Building Pages is Retired — but the Scrapbook Coach classes are the update!

scrapbookcoach300pxScrapbook Coach classes take on the idea of foundations in an update to this retired class. Click here.




self paced class with Debbie Hodge; download and/or access in the Get It Scrapped classroom

while we’re not selling it after February 7th, you will have forever access to it in the classsroom

Have you ever wished there was a formula you could use to make awesome (and original) scrapbook pages quickly?

Would you like to understand why certain page designs work and how to make those kinds of pages yourself? Without sketches? Would you just like to broaden your style or jumpstart your mojo?

Here are 12 approaches to designing great scrapbook pages. These are approaches I wish I’d had defined for me several years ago when I’d grown a tired of using sketches and was wondering how I could take my page designs to the next level. Back then, I spent a lot of time studying layout design, magazines, and online galleries. I spent a lot of time practicing and trying new things.

In Building Pages, you not only learn about 12 “starters” (or approaches to the page) but you understand the design underpinnings and implications of each.  You see multiple directions in which you could  go with each approach.


These pages all come out of the “Golden” page starter. Can you see what they have in common? In Building Pages you’ll learn about lots of starters including golden, shelved, spacious, blocked, divided, banded, and slanted.



 You don’t have to be a graphic designer to do this

imageIf you’ve taken any of my classes you know that I think we memory-keepers/scrapbookers/journalers are a smart bunch. I’ve continually found that students I’ve taught are motivated to learn skills and really understand techniques that will take their creations to the next level. Another thing you’ll know about me if you’ve been around Get It Scrapped! is that I love merging the analytical and creative halves of my brain. I believe that when you break something down into its parts, you’ve got a place to begin that can take you to new places creatively.

It’s not about buying the latest products (those some goodies are nice), and it’s not about spending hours measuring and getting everything into place. Rather, it’s about understanding what story you want to tell or what moment you want to capture and then making basic photo and product selections and applying solid design skills — to get you on your way to scrapbooking efficiently and beautifully. A framework underlies the building of both simple garages and elaborate cathedrals. Why not use a good framework for beginning your scrapbook pages? The right foundation does not box you into something formulaic, but, rather acts as a starting place. It is often a springboard to making original layouts that present photos, title, journaling, and embellishments in an appealing design.

I just have to say in writing that this is by far THE BEST class I have ever taken, in person or online. Seriously. Debbie, I cannot tell you how awesome it is to finally understand WHY stuff looks good or doesn’t. I have always looked at things and knew they were wonderful but didn’t understand why. So making it happen for my own work was difficult. Now that I am starting to SEE what it is that makes things work, I am gaining a whole new perspective for art and my own creativity. I feel like you have given me my mojo back. I told my RGH (really great husband) that I was so excited that all I can think about is my next chance to scrap. That hasn’t happened in over a year. To say I am grateful is an understatement. I am so happy. You can’t even know how much I have gained from this. Thank you so much. – Mary Cody


A new approach to making scrapbook pages

The 12 different “page shapes” in Building Pages are not sketches: rather, they are starting points. In each lesson, you’ll learn about one page shape and how to use it in a variety of ways–making it your own and, always, ensuring good use of design principles. We’ll also take a look at what details can do for each shape. And—because we all like a sketch at least once in a while—every lesson includes an original page sketch with an accompanying digital layered template you can use in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS to make a digital page.  

Debbie! IMHO, this is the only class I’ve ever taken that is an absolute MUST! I’ve always loved to scrap & have never had nearly as much time to do it as I’d like, but ever since this class started, it is the ONLY thing I want to do & I’m beginning to get aggravated that life is getting in my way!! I genuinely hate to see this class end . . . this experience has been PHENOMENAL!! I can’t say often enough or loudly enough how delighted I’ve been with every single aspect of Building Pages. -Dee Pounds

Here’s how Building Pages works. As soon as you register, you’ll receive download links for the following:

  • 12 lessons all in one (140-page) indexed pdf. Starter diagrams and page sketches are repeated in appendices for easy reference.
  • 23 page sketches with 23 layered templates for use in Photoshop Elements or CS. Twelve of these sketches/templates are only available in this class, while variations of the additional 11 sketches have been shared in the Get It Scrapped forums over the last two years.
  • 12 video lessons to accompany each written lesson. The videos are in mpeg4 format and may be viewed in your web browser or downloaded and saved to your computer for viewing in Quicktime on macs and pcs.
  • NOTE: This class is for both digital and paper scrapbookers. Additionally, we focus on the square (12″x12″) canvas.

The amount of work and thought that Debbie put into each lesson is incredible. The quality is superb! What a treasure we have now. I printed it and saved it in a binder. Thanks so much. It has improved my scrapping immeasurably. And did I mention-it’s been great FUN!!!! -Chris Rickert


Do you need more details?

imageLesson 1 Blocked Learn about making pages that have a “blocked” design. These pages have an obvious underlying grid structure.  Begin with a grid and move to using variations.



imageLesson 2 Golden Make pages that incorporate a rectangular inner canvas upon a square canvas. The principles are based upon the idea of the “golden” ratio and its implications for appealing design.


image Lesson 3 Spacious Design a page that includes generous and “active” white space.




 imageLesson 4 Foundations Explore the idea of foundations–of that first layer or first organizing element that you begin your page with. Understand the variety of ways you can create foundations for your page.


imageLesson 5 Teeter Totter Make asymmetrically-designed pages that are well balanced.  Understand guidelines that help you sense when you’ve achieved visual balance.



imageLesson 6 Layers Take an approach to the blank canvas that incorporates layers. Understand the implications for white space,  materials, meaning, and mixing patterned papers–then make your own layered pages.


image Lesson 7 Shelved This lesson builds on what you’ve been practicing in previous lessons and takes a very specific approach to design: put your elements on a “shelf.” Use the analogy of a fireplace mantelpiece and master arranging elements for balance, flow, and emphasis.

imageLesson 8 Banded Arranging your photos in a strip or a band and then using the remaining space on the canvas for journaling and title is a page foundation that is easy to use AND that provides lots room for variations.



image Lesson 9 Divided This lesson’s starting point is a “divide.”  Begin by dividing most or all of your page either horizontally or vertically and then (this is important) make that dividing line key to your design balance and impact.



imageLesson 10 Slanted You can use lines in your layouts to elicit an emotional response. A diagonal line is action. It’s a line on the move, and it can add interest and energy to your pages. Make a page designed on a diagonal.



imageLesson 11 “L”s and “T”s Squares and rectangles are probably the most common geometric shapes you encounter.  You can use the building block of rectangles–the right angle-as the basis for page design.




imageLesson 12 CirclingCircles are eye-catching, fun to work with, and freighted with meaning. They are associated with unity, wholeness, and infinity, as evidenced by expressions like “circle of life,” “circle of friends,” and “circling the wagons.”  Let’s take a look at some ways to make circles an important part of your page design.

What if you don’t love Building Pages?

Test drive the materials for 30 days and see how you feel about the scrapbook pages you make as a result. I think you’re going to find that the information is solid: the starters show you not only where to begin but provide a number of possible directions for proceeding; the sketches and templates give you a quick way to get pages made and understand the design even more. If you don’t agree, let me know within 30 days of your purchase. I’ll be very happy to refund your money, and we’ll still be friends.

I’ve found myself looking at layouts, whether it be in a magazine or in a gallery and actually SEEING the various foundational designs that we’re learning under Debbie’s instruction. And I, too, am chomping at the bit every spare second to do a layout, and a meaningful one at that!! – Cheryl McCain

When can you start?

You’ll receive access to all materials within a few minutes after payment. A confirmation email will have download links for everything–there’s no waiting for access to a private forum and tracking down individual lessons. I’m very excited about the information in Building Pages. If you are too, please click the button to get your materials today.