Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Designer Showcase: Boy Pages

What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails
That's what little boys are made of!

Today's Designer Showcase is bringing on the "boy" pages.  And you'll see that they are not just snips and snails!  For a long time the scrapbooking industry seemed to be overlooking that we have guys in our lives that we want to scrap too.  Recently several companies have introduced lines that work well for more masculine pages and projects.  As  mom to 3 boys, that sure makes me happy!  Let's have a look at all the great inspiration from the Contributing Artists.

Heather has 2 pages to share today. This first one is a digital page that she did about her son.  I love the bright colors and wonderful shapes.  A couple of things to point out on this page, the use of both circles and squares, they really work well together. And did you notice that the photo is black and white? I really like how it stands out so well. 

In this paper scrap page that Heather is sharing, we can see how she made flowers and flourishes work on a guy page!  Love it!  There's just enough frill to be pretty and yet enough edgy stuff to be manly!  The touches of dark colors, string and tags really help add to that balance. I love the way there are 2 intersecting design triangles on her page with both bring your focus to the picture. Do you see them?  The 3 flower clusters are the points of one triangle. The 3 tied up tag ends are the points of the other triangle.  Cool!

Here is a page by Nancy that shows off her son.  I love how she pumped up the masculine paper patterns by distressing them with inks.  Check out the rough edges on the banner. Just the simplest details, but taking that extra time to do that really enhances the layout!

Nancy really made this a guy page.  Love the colors that she chose. All the different textures, edges and shapes go so well with the grungy background paper.  The question mark in her title is perfect. Seriously? This is studying?!  

Cindy's pages always pack a lot of memories. But her story behind this page is a testament to her dedication to capturing those memories.  She told me that the photos on this page span more than 2 years. Every time she took a cute sports photo she would accumulate them in an envelope with plans to make this page!  That's dedication!  Cindy used a sketch by Helen Croft for inspiration in her design.  The uniform size and shape of the photos is really cool.  I also like the off set partial circles.

Both of these pages are by Vicky. They are both filled with yummy embellishments. I love the way she has made flowers, bling, doilies, butterflies and lacy edge punches work on these guy pages.  She does this with the color combinations, the distressed edges (which are so realistically worn!) and the selection of elements and patterns. I really like the clock shapes in both pages. They have a masculine feel and also pull at our heart strings.  We can imagine that these photos have captured a moment in time, a giggle, a shared memory. Great representation.

Wow, check out this digital page by Dolores.  She has captured the great outdoors in her photo and on her page. The colors of her papers and elements are an extension of her photo. I really like the way she tucked the tree behind the frame made of twigs. It just flows!  The light stamped images on her background paper add fine details that bring your eye back into her beautiful photo.  She even has a little bit of bling scattered on her page.

This is a page I did with photos from a trip to Old Town San Diego. Love it there!  The old west atmosphere was perfect for some photos of the guys.  I used some distressing, inks, ripped paper edges and a bit of twine to add to the masculine feel.

Hope you've enjoyed this showcase of some pages for the guys.  Be sure to come back next week when we feature some girl pages!


  1. You guys rock, I adore each boy page and find so much inspiration in each one! :D :D

  2. Great pages and wonderful inspiration!

  3. To me boy pages shouldn't have flowers. There are tons of embellies to use on boy pages like airplanes, cars, trucks, robots, monkeys and etc. Save the flowers for girl pages.

    Want to see some boy pages with no flowers, check out my gallery:

    Monique Fox

  4. Love your boy pages!

    I'm not a frilly girl and most of the time "boy" papers go best with what DH and I are wearing and our setting; especially outdoor shots! Thanks for the great ideas!

  5. I really enjoyed seeing everyone's different takes on boy pages. It's neat to see how everyone interprets everything differently.


    Thank you very much for sharing your opinion. I think it's great that you've found a way to scrap boy pages your way.