Hello SCT fans! It’s Lisa Dickinson here today and I’m excited to be sharing a new layout, as well as an easy technique you can use to include important memorabilia in your albums! If you have kids in school, you know the amount of paper and projects that come home every week can be overwhelming. And those special items, like awards or report cards, can get lost in the clutter. But because of their size, it’s often hard to include these important milestones on a scrapbook layout. The solution? Turn it into a photo!


Supplies | Patterned paper: Pebbles; Chipboard letters, stickers: American Crafts; Die cuts: Blue Star Design on Etsy; Journaling tag: Project Life; Acrylic: Close to My Heart; Enamel dots: Bella Blvd; Adhesive: 3M; Other: buttons, twine, paper clips

My daughter was recognized at her elementary school with a monthly citizenship award and the certificate was a letter-size that would have taken up most of my layout. So, I simply took a photo of it on my phone, resized it to a smaller canvas, and had it printed as a 4” x 6” print. TIP: Your photos should be 300 dpi resolution at print size for best quality!


After printing, I have a miniature version of the certificate that’s perfect for including on a 12” x 12” page!



I was able to include the certificate in the design, as well as a photo of my daughter from the day she won the award. Even though it’s significantly reduced, you can still see all the details on the award. Displayed on the page, it’s no longer contributing to the big piles of clutter on our kitchen counters!


A bold title is a great way to set the theme of the page, using a die cut word and chipboard stickers. I love the font Super Clarendon for making titles like these—it’s a bulky serif font that’s perfect for using with electronic die cut machines.


A layered die-cut flower ties in the floral pattern from the bottom half of the page and helps complete the grid of four elements in the center of the page: photo, title, award, and embellishment!


The story of the layout was typed on a journaling tag that slides behind the photo, easily accessible with a pull of the twine. When I adhered the photo to the page, I used a solid line of adhesive on the sides and bottom edge, leaving the top edge open to allow for the tag.


If you’re feeling nostalgic and don’t want to trash the original certificate, you can always include it on the backside of your layout like I did!


I hope this has inspired you to include important memorabilia on your next page—it’s as simple as taking a quick snapshot!