Make a Class Photo Scrapbook Page

We buy class photos every year.  Make that class photo scrapbook page sparkle and be the centerpiece page suitable for framing!  Cordelia is a beautiful girl (OK I am biased, but who cares) and I love showing off her picture.

I really have been neglecting my scrapbooking lately.  I have started doing a page for every school picture I have before I forget what year it is from.  They will make a beautiful display at her graduation party and a nice scrapbook chronicling her school years.

What You Need:
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        • 2 sheets of 12 X 12 cardstock
        • tape or liquid glue
        • various scraps of cardstock
        • class picture in electronic form
Paper Selection

Match the color scheme to something in the picture.  I chose the blue background.  The cricut cuts the base to 11.5 X 11.5.  This sheet can be a patterned sheet.  Choose a 12 X 12 background sheet (not included in the photo above) that goes with the base to go behind the page to make it fit in a typical scrapbook.  This creates a thin border around your page and that is all you see of that sheet so patterns aren’t really useful for the background page.

The embellishments are thin so patterns don’t really work.  But I did add a foil accent with foiled paper.  Glitter paper would work to for an accent.

Cutting the Paper for the Class Photo Scrapbook Page

A little bit of prep work is needed, like selecting your picture and if it isn’t in electronic form, either scan it or take a digital picture of it.  I just buy the CD now and send it to the family that way.  With the CD I can print any size and as many as I want.  Most school photographers now offer this option and while it may be expensive, it saves me having extra photos laying around and everyone can print the size they want.  I did not put Cordelia’s picture or the name and date in the SVG file because you will want your own.  Just edit the placeholding text I put in and add your sized (a little larger than 3 X 5) picture.

The electronic picture can be uploaded and saved as a Print/Cut image is Design Space.  If you need help with uploading pictures, I will add a section at the end of this tutorial on how to do that.  If you need to know how to do Print/Cut, there is a tutorial included in Design Space- There is Nothing to be scared of videos here.  While you are there check out my other beginner tutorials there.

The frame and borders are very thin, so be careful removing them from the mat.  i had to cut extras of the border because it kept tearing.

Design Space cuts the top page to 11.5 X 11.5 inches, making a 1/4 inch border around the whole page.

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Assembling the Class Photo Scrapbook Page
All the embellishments come in two or more layers.  Glue the layers together carefully.  (Yes i put glue on the wrong side of one of them and had to recut it) Once all the embellishments are glued together, lay them out on the page to make sure they all fit before gluing them.  I arranged them to fit my page but if your name is longer or shorter, you may have to adjust them a little.  The flowers can overlap the borders to make room, if needed. Once you are sure of the placement glue the picture to the back of the frame and glue everything down.  Attach the backing sheet with a 1/4 inch border around the page (again, not shown) Your Class Photo Scrapbook Page is done. I hoped you learned how Cricut can help with embellishments and journaling.
Uploading a Picture to Design Space

I included Cordelia’s picture in the Design Space file.  It is not in the SVG file.  Inkscape doesn’t work well transferring that many color layers into Design Space.  If you want to upload your own picture, that can easily be done.

First, start Cricut Design Space.  Then, start a new project.  Click the Upload button (the little cloud bottom left).  Then, click Upload Image in the center of the page and navigate to where your picture file is on your computer and select it.

Click Open.  If it is not an SVG image (most wont be) then click complex.  Remove anything that you don’t need.  Your picture, in this case. should be a rectangle and there wont be anything to remove.  Now, click continue.  Save the image as a print/cut image and it will be placed in the list of recent uploads.  Now open this project and click upload.  Select the image and insert it into your project.  Finally, size it appropriately for this project (a little bigger than 3 X 5).

Secrets of School Photographers
  • Photographers try to take pictures before lunch or they may end up with mustard (or something else) stains on the clothes
  • Selfies have made their job harder.  Kids think they need to make faces or have animated poses.
  • There is a reason for the “head tilt.”  If you tilt your head you’re more likely to also move your chin in that same direction, which makes for a more interesting highlight/shadow play and also has the added benefit of making the face look smaller 
  • Someone needs to be on booger patrol for obvious reasons.

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