Scrapbook Page Challenge: Use color, image, pattern, and type to reveal character | Get It ScrappedThe best scrapbook page stories reveal characters, setting, plot and theme.

In this piece we’re focusing on character and showing you how to use select tools–color, image and type–to put character front and center on your page.


Nicole Mackin says, “The main character of this layout is my youngest daughter, Mallory. It is not about a specific story but about some specifics about her right now.”

“Because I wanted the page to reflect my daughter’s personality, I used multiple elements to symbolize who she is. These included:

  • bright colors,
  • music notes,
  • unicorn and mermaid elements,
  • hearts, and butterflies.”

“Some elements are literal: the music notesĀ are included because she loves music and loves to sing.”

“Some elements are more symbolic: for instance the unicorn washi tape is used because she has an interest in the magical and unknown.”

“There is an eclectic feel to the layout because that represents her. She can be a silly goofball one second, then hand us a test with a 100% at the top. She is always surprising us, yet keeping us on our toes!”

Scrapbook Page Challenge: Use color, image, pattern, and type to reveal character | Nicole Mackin | Get It Scrapped

Wonderful by Nicole Mackin | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants; Stickers: Fancy Pants; Die Cuts: Fancy Pants; Washi Tape: Recollections: Rub On: Craftsmart; Enamel Dots: Fancy Pants; Flair: Fancy Pants; Doily: Recollections; Stamps: American Crafts.


Jana Oliveira says, “My family made a trip to Vancouver, Canada. Visiting Stanley Park we found out they had a steam engine. It was a little one, but my son really loves trains. He was so happy in his way, paying attention and enjoying and feeling every minute of the ride inside the park. It was a very peaceful ride.”

“Stars have huge symbolism to me. I use them when thinking about revealing character. Nothing to me makes more sense for my son’s stories because he is a star fighting everyday in a place that doesn’t accept him well. He is happy despite it all. He really enjoys himself and is a happy child. With the stars, I combined bright colorful elements, like paints, stamps, scribbles all tied together to the happy vibe of the page.”

Scrapbook Page Challenge: Use color, image, pattern, and type to reveal character | Jana Oliveira | Get It Scrapped

Oh Happy Day! by Jana Oliveira | Supplies: Amy Martin: Starry Night;Little Butterfly Wings: M3 jan17,just breath, jokes on you, have courage and be kind,M3 sep15,m3 JAN 16 add on


Jill Sprott says, “In order to capture the character of the biggest character I know–my dog-boy Linus–I set out to create a page in which all of the elements converge to convey his personality: the pair of images reflect his sweetness and his silliness, as does the journaling, which is in his voice.”

“What better way to capture character than to let the subject of the page do the talking? Because Linus smells of dirt and grass and loves cuddling, I combined warm and earthy colors and patterns, even creating some patterns of my own using stamps. Every aspect of this page reflects his eat-play-love philosophy of life.”

Scrapbook Page Challenge: Use color, image, pattern, and type to reveal character | Jill Sprott | Get It Scrapped

L: Our Dog Boy by Jill Sprott | Supplies: Patterned Paper: American Crafts, Daisy D’s, Autumn Leaves; Alphas: Studio Calico, Crate Paper, Simple Stories, and Harmonie; Accent/Label Stickers: Freckled Fawn, Ali Edwards, and Crate Paper; Buttons: Love, Elsie; Tag: Crate Paper; Clothespin: Crate Paper; Rubber Shape: Crate Paper; Frames: Crate Paper and Studio Calico; Tabs: Evalicious and Crate Paper; Stamps: Studio Calico and October Afternoon; Paint: Studio Calico and Pebeo; Ink: Hero Arts

Stefanie Semple says, “It is a year since our cat Shadow broke his shoulder blade, and this layout reflects my daughter’s relationship with him now.”

“I worked with a color palette that reflects Shadow’s coloring and blue to represent his gender. The use of hearts indicates their affection for each other. The addition of the flowers and pops of pink show my daughter’s feminine qualities. I even chose one of the fonts for its playfulness.”

Scrapbook Page Challenge: Use color, image, pattern, and type to reveal character | Stefanie Semple | Get It Scrapped

Just be you by Stefanie Semple | Supplies: Pink Reptile Designs: Nuts about you & Cattitude, Digilicious: Meow kit, Lynn Grieveson’s: Meow Elements


Christy Strickler says, “Our new kitten came to us unsocialized, sweet and cuddly but sometimes playing too hard, with a bit of biting and scratching. My son joked about how she was like a sour patch kid: sour and then sweet.”

“I designed the page to be half-and-half, solid color for her sweet side and a playful print to represent her sour side. It is cut on a triangle which represents change. I used tart shades of pastel orange, greenish-yellow and light green to represent the sour. Flowers softened the page and added a feminine touch to represent that she was a girl. I used citrus slices to represent her sour and sweet sides. They are wood veneer which adds a touch of warmth for she is quite a cuddly kitten despite her sour moments.The cursive title adds another soft touch while alternating with the smaller, hard font in the word ‘and.’ The photos are placed askew to represent her silly side.”

Scrapbook Page Challenge: Use color, image, pattern, and type to reveal character | Christy Strickler | Get It Scrapped

Sweet and Sour by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Cocoa Daisy; Wood Veneer: Cocoa Daisy, Studio Calico; Flair: Studio Calico; Stickers: Jillibean Soup; Letters: Evalicious, Heidi Swapp; Flowers: Recollections; Other Jewels


Ronnie Crowley says, “My daughter’s finance got his Aggie Ring recently so my page records what this means to them both. As he is in the Corp of Cadets at Texas A&M and was in his uniform, I wanted to reflect the masculinity of the day–especially since it was very different from the day when my daughter got her ring last year. I used patterned papers with a military feel to them, limited embellishments to a traditional gold star, and then selected alphas to complete the simple masculine look I was trying to achieve.”

Scrapbook Page Challenge: Use color, image, pattern, and type to reveal character | Ronnie Crowley | Get It Scrapped

Aggie Ring Day by Ronnie Crowley | Supplies: Kim Jensen – Welcome; Chelle Creations- Rainbow Neutral, Wild Blue Yonder; Jennifer Labre – Touch of Spice; Simple Scrapper Template July 2012