Scrapbooking Ideas for Storytelling and Design with the Constellation Motif | Get It ScrappedFind scrapbooking ideas when you connect the “constellation dots.”

Star constellations let us find order in chaos, to make patterns out of randomness, and the motif offers opportunities to: support story (from looking to the stars, to going places, to having a story written in the stars), add sparkly bits, and give order to scatters.

 Tell of a parent’s love with a “to-the-moon-and-back” theme

Scrapbooking Ideas for Storytelling and Design with the Constellation Motif | Ashley Horton | Get It Scrapped

2 the Moon & Back by Ashley Horton | Supplies: Patterned Paper, Cardstock, Phrase Stamp, Chipboard & Thickers: American Crafts; Cut Files & Printables; Two Peas in a Bucket; Sequins & Wood Veneers: Studio Calico; Color Shine: Heidi Swapp; Glitter & Adhesive Paper: Silhouette; Mini Market Stickers: October Afternoon; Die Cut Machine: Silhouette CAMEO

Ashley Horton says, “It’s rare to get a photo of all three kids, smiling and looking at the camera, but this one does it and makes a great photo for a page about how I love them “to the moon and back.”

The constellation motif is a great visual to go with Ashley’s message. She cut constellations from a circle of star print paper and used it as a foundation. She says, “To carry the constellation look into my title  for big impact, so I used a large cut file of a geometric ampersand that echoes the lines of a constellation.”

tell the story of your night sky

Scrapbooking Ideas for Storytelling and Design with the Constellation Motif | Celeste Smith | Get It Scrapped

stargazer by Celeste Smith | Supplies: Lauren Reid & Valorie Wibbens: Twinkle kit.

Celeste Smith says, “The night sky on Cape Cod is so different than the sky at home.”  To scrapbook this subject, Celeste added stickers of constellations from a digital scrapbooking kit to white cardstock for the background. She says, “I was sure to space the constellations evenly and purposefully to make it look like the paper was created that way in the first place.”

Illustrate a fireworks story with constellations

Scrapbooking Ideas for Storytelling and Design with the Constellation Motif | Kristy T | Get It Scrapped

Fizzer by Kristy T| Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzil, Artee; Alphas: American Crafts, Kaisercraft; Paints: Koh-I-Noor Watercolor paint, Adirondack; Journaling Card: We R Memory Keepers; Sticker: Simple Stories; Clear Journaling Card: Simple Stories; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Paperclip: Unknown; Crayons: Strand; Template: Heidi Swapp; Pen: Pilot.

Kristy T says, “My page is about this New Year’s Eve when I got sparklers for my kids to celebrate and it didn’t quite turn out as I had imagined.  It ended up being a bit of a fizzer. I included the Southern Cross constellation, which is one of the constellations that can only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere where we live.”

“My rendering of the constellation was by pictures of constellation art for children.  My son did the coloring (first with a yellow wax crayon and then a blue over the top).  I looked at images of the Southern Cross online and scratched out the dots before ruling the lines, using the rounded (ball) end of a paper piercer.  I used the Heidi Swapp confetti stencil to ‘scratch’ off the crayon using the pointed tip paper piercer to create the stars.  Use a light hand with the piercer so the paper doesn’t tear.”

“The night-sky background was made by flicking Calico Shine over black cardstock.  I think you could also create a constellation using this technique but using a dropper or the tip of a paint brush to position the points of the constellation where you wanted them.”

Represent the people in your photos with the constellations for their zodiac signs

Scrapbooking Ideas for Storytelling and Design with the Constellation Motif | Lise Mariann Alsli | Get It Scrapped

Written in the Stars by Lise Mariann Alsli | Supplies: Papers: Crate paper, Bazzill; Embellishment: Crate paper – border stickers, Karen Foster – scrappers floss, Prima – resist canvas, Prima – Mini shipping tags, Kaiser Craft – Rhinestones, Glitz – Giant rhinestones; Inks: Tatterede angels – Glimmer mist; Alphabets: Making memories tiny alpha; Other: Fiskars border punch, lace, part of broken necklace, pink ribbon, small rhinestones, joint tape, pearl ribbon.

Lise Mariann Alsli says, “This is a page about my love for my daughter and my feeling of pure happiness I get when I think about being her mother, and I used a photos of use laughing together that I love.”

“I added our zodiac star constellations to support the title “written in the stars.” Her sign is the Aquarius on top, and mine is the Leo partly covered by the photo.I made the constellations with rhinestones (some big and some small) and pearl ribbon to define lines between the “stars” in the constellations. The patterned paper of the sky also supports the theme.”

Make a constellation with those little embellishments you usually scatter

Scrapbooking Ideas for Storytelling and Design with the Constellation Motif | Carrie Arick | Get It Scrapped

Thanks NASA! by Carrie Arick | Supplies: One Little Bird: Stargazer; CD Muckosky: Inkpot Alpha, Markerific Alpha; Fonts: F25 Executive, Pea Lopez; LADEE Photo by Jon Hanson (Creative Commons License)

Carrie Arick says, “I documented a couple of the launches from the nearby NASA Wallops  Flight Facility, which our family thinks is really cool. The Big Dipper (Ursa Major) was the closet visible constellation in our sky during these launches.”

“My first step in creating my constellation was Go Astronomy for a map to help me get my Big Dipper shaped well enough to be recognizable. I knew my constellation would work better at the top of my page, giving the rockets in the photos a place to go.  I made the constellation with embellishments that I would normally use for scattering: wood veneer stars and sequin stickers on a star-print paper. The background paper was originally very dense and busy, so I layered another paper behind and set the blending mode on the star paper to overlay and reduced the opacity.This created a more natural, dimensional ‘sky’ for my Big Dipper to live in.”

record a love “written in the stars”

Scrapbooking Ideas for Storytelling and Design with the Constellation Motif | Christy Strickler | Get It Scrapped

It was Written by Christy Strickler | Supplies Patterned Paper: Webster’s Pages, Studio Calico; Letters: Time Holtz, LilyBee Designs; Die Cuts; Pink Paislee; Stickers: My Mind’s Eye; Button: Queen and Co.; Enamel Dot: PinkFresh Studios; Other: DMC floss, pearls, glass beads

Christy Strickler says, “This is a rare photo of my husband and me, taken by my son.” Christy told their love story with the title It Was Written and a constellation motif.”

“I layered constellation patterned papers over each other. I used floss to string beads across the heart in an effort to create a dimensional constellation of my own. I first outlined the shape, then randomly created shapes within it. Most constellations seem to feature triangles and trapezoids, so I stuck with those shapes within the heart. I used one long stitch between each point rather than smaller stitches in order to emphasize the intersecting points of my constellation.”

the story of future promise is one that reaches toward the stars

Scrapbooking Ideas for Storytelling and Design with the Constellation Motif | Get It Scrapped | Amy Kingsford

Be Brilliant by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Simple Scrapper: November 2013 Member Sketches; Paislee Press: Bright Side; One Little Bird: Stuck On You; Valorie Wibbens: Twinkle Elements and Be Journalers; Michelle Godin: Color Wash Papers; Allison Pennington: Wonder Tapes; Robyn Meierotto: In Stitches- Basic Neutrals.

Amy Kingsford says, “This photo is one I recently took of my niece.  She is growing up so fast and I see her now at age 8 and I just know she is going places. It was this thought that inspired my page and the use of stars and constellations throughout.”

“To create my own constellation feature on my page I added this silvery sprinkle of stars and then used my line tool to connect the dots.  It turned out to be a unique and eye-catching way to frame my page.”