Creative Memories, Projects & Ideas

Strips and Triangles

Many years ago when I first began teaching scrapbooking classes with Creative Memories, “strips and triangles” were all the rage! A quick and easy way to complete an album page, just add stickers and you’re done!

Take a look at this layout completed in 2003!

McEwen Photos2Albums Strips and Triangles Layout

Well, here’s an updated version on how to use your scraps to create ‘strips and triangles’ to complete a scrapbook layout.

For this layout, I’m simply using a 2″ x 6″ strip of paper from each of the 6 double-sided designer papers in the Winterberry Collection from Creative Memories, but you can use any collection to create this look!

Supplies Needed:

  • 2″ x 6″ strip from each of 6 patterned papers from a CM Designer Paper Pack (6 in total)
  • 2 Cardstock sheets for the background (navy)
  • 4″ x 12 ” Strip of Cardstock (white)
  • Cardstock for photo mats (white)
  • 6″ x 12″ Cardstock (white)
  • ABC/123 Stickers
  • Stickers
  • Tape Runner, Repositionable Adhesive
  • Foam Squares
  • Border Maker System (Chrystal Chain) or Border Punch
  • 12″ Trimmer
  • Personal Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Multipurpose Tool


  • Use two sheets of cardstock for your base (navy).
  • Cut each of the 2″ x 6″ strips of Designer Paper in half so you have 12 – 1″ x 6″ strips.
  • Adhere each of the 1″ x 6″ strips to the  6″ x 12″ sheet of cardstock side-by-side reversing the patters as you go, so all 12 patterns are showing. (trim to 6″ x 12″)

McEwen Photos2Albums Strips and Triangles Layout

  • Cut the cardstock with strips attached in half diagonally.

McEwen Photos2Albums Strips and Triangles Layout

  • Adhere the triangle pieces in opposite corners of the layout.
  • Use the Border Maker System (Crystal Chain) or a Border Punch to cut 2 borders from the 4″ x 12″ strip of Cardstock.
  • Place the border strips along the edge of the triangle strips (do not adhere).

McEwen Photos2Albums Strips and Triangles Layout


  • Arrange photos on the layout as desired (do not adhere to layout) overlapping one photo over each of the triangles.
  • Mat desired photos (do not adhere to layout).
  • Find where the photos overlap the triangles and use scissors to cut the border strip into 2 pieces at the center of the overlap area.
  • Adhere the border strips using Repositionable Tape Runner starting at the edge of the paper for each, leaving a gap where the overlap is. Trim excess from edges.

McEwen Photos2Albums Strips and Triangles Layout

  • Adhere the photos to the layout.
  • Add a title using ABC/123 Stickers (Tip – use the Multipurpose Tool to help with placement).
  • Add stickers using Foam Squares if desired.
  • Add journaling.

McEwen Photos2Albums Strips and Triangles Layout

And there you have it, a quick and “Strips & Triangles” layout!

Here’s a one-page layout version featuring the Wicked Cute Collection from Creative Memories.

So, what do you think?  Would this be a layout you would create?  Would it be a one-page layout or two-page?  Can you imagine yourself creating this layout multiple times with various collections?  I sure can!

Happy Scrapbooking!

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