Interchangeable scrapbook page display

smoothfoam scrapbook page layout

I like to have options and change things up, so I love the Smoothfoam 12″x12″ Scrapbook Page Mounts for displaying my scrapbook layouts. I decided I could make them interchangeable, too – let’s get started!


Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Ivory acrylic paint
Various scrapbook papers, corner punches & stamps
Push pins or thumbtacks

Paint the Smoothfoam front, back and edges with ivory and let dry.

arrange scrapbook layoutCreate a basic layout of photo frames using various papers, corner punches and stamps. Leave space to write about what was going on in the photos.

scrapbook page layout Attach the photos inside the paper frames with push pins or thumbtacks. It’s easy to rotate in new photos this way.

A tabletop easel is perfect to display my scrapbook page!  What will you display on your Scrapbook Mount?


Valentine Scrapbook Layout

I’m excited to share a Valentine craft project with you. I am trying to stay ahead of the holidays this year, so I am getting ready for Valentine’s Day NOW! I hope you enjoy this Valentine scrapbook layout and maybe it will inspire you to get a jump on your holiday décor, too.

valentine scrapbook layout


12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Patterned scrapbook papers
Black ink pad
MD Hobby & Craft aluminum sheet
Tin snips, paintbrush
Acrylic paint
Embellishments:  paper doily, crocheted flowers, brads, ribbon, black tag, rhinestones
Double-sided tape, foam tape
Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Die cut tag – black
Family photo or vintage graphic

I started by cutting and layering my papers, inking all the edges black and distressing a bit. Tape layers together and glue to the Smoothfoam sheet.

Trim your photo or Valentine graphic to fit on top of coordinating papers using foam tape. Ink the edges black.

Using tin snips, cut a rectangle of the aluminum sheet for behind the photo and adhere it with double-sided tape. Add the black tag and top with the photo.

Cut and paint a second piece of aluminum in the shape of a heart and adhere to project. Finish this Valentine craft project with embellishments as shown and glue a ribbon around the edges of the Smoothfoam sheet for a finished look.

How to Decorate a Hawaii Scrapbook Album

Hawaii Scrapbook Album Collage

My parents went to Hawaii on vacation and asked me to scrapbook the adventure for them. One of the challenges of making a scrapbook for people who don’t scrapbook is that it really has to be a practical, stand-alone piece. I knew this trip was very special to them, so I wanted to make a book that looked amazing sitting on the coffee table, but that was could be handled and viewed regularly. That means the book needed to be lightweight and not very bulky, which is a challenge given that alot of the Hawaii-themed items I had in my stash were heavy (wood) or bulky (flowers, buttons, and such).

Then I spotted this amazing African Mask on the Smoothfoam website. It was perfect for the island theme I was aiming for and was lightweight and easy to paint.


The texture of the painted Smoothfoam gave the effect of stone, an added bonus!!

I first painted a layer of brown acrylic paint on the front of the Smoothfoam African Mask. After allowing that to dry thoroughly, I painted the details of the mask using various colors of acrylic paint with small paint brushes. I used metallic gold paint on the eyebrows, forehead, and chin to add a bit of shimmer and depth to the piece. After allowing to dry, I attached the mask to the front of the album with hot glue.


Smoothfoam African Mask
Acrylic paints: Brown, Gold, Green, Lime Green, White, Yellow, Coral
Paint brushes
Glue gun

For more details on how this book came together, including a video tutorial of the making of the entire cover, please check out my blog at


Smoothfoam swivel block collage


I love how my swivel block collage looks with all its inspiring sentiments. Want to display some photos? Just attach them to the sides or back. Each block swivels and spins around so you can see the other sides. There are so many fun papers with matching embellishments, so I want to show off a whole collection in one place and not piece it out.

smoothfoam swivel block collage

You will need:

Three 2″ x 4″ x 4″ Smoothfoam blocks
One 2″ x 4″ x 12″ Smoothfoam block
Coordinating scrapbook papers/embellishments (I used Close To My Heart – Ariana)
Adhesive rhinestone flourishes
Inkpad in matching color
Mod Podge
Paint brush, pencil
Paper trimmer, scissors
3-D adhesive dots
Craft glue
CraZy Tackz – (tack with a hook)
Toothpicks or wooden skewers

1.  For the base:  Cut two 4″ x 12″ rectangles from the scrapbook papers. Glue to the front and back of the large Smoothfoam block with Mod Podge. Cut and glue two 2″ x 12″ rectangles of contrasting paper to the top and bottom of the block.  Cut and adhere a 2″ x 4″ rectangle to each side. For a perfect fit, trace around each block before cutting.

2.  For each block:  Cut two 4″ squares for the front and back, and four 2″ x 4″ pieces from coordinating papers and adhere.

3.  Smooth out any air bubbles and allow to dry thoroughly.  Trim off any excess paper from the edges and then distress the edges by sponging with ink.

4.  Arrange and adhere the matching die-cuts and embellishments to each block. Use 3-D adhesive dots to add dimension.

Smoothfoam  swivel diagram

5.  To make the blocks swivel, refer to the diagram given and connect the blocks with skewers or toothpicks. Do not glue.

6.  Glue the TackZ into each side that you would like to hang ephemera, keys, etc. I like to apply glitter to the stopper of the tackz for added effect.

Burlap heart wall hanging


February is the month for love…and this burlap heart wall hanging is a lovely way to enjoy Valentine’s Day every day! Printed burlap along with distressed scrapbook papers look great together. Read on and I’ll show you how to make this Valentine’s wall hanging.

burlap smoothfoam love panel

You will need:

12″ Smoothfoam scrapbook mount
3-1/2″ Smoothfoam half-heart
Printed burlap (fleur de lys pattern)
Pink cardstock
Scrapbook paper with large focal image (I used “Dear Jane” by DCWV)
1-3/4″ alpha stickers or diecuts  (“LOVE”)
1 yard jute twine
Brown distress ink pad
Cosmetic wedge sponge
Glue gun with low melt glue sticks
Craft glue
Ribbon (for hanging) or easel

1.  Cut a 16″ piece of burlap, lay it printed side down and place the Smoothfoam panel in the center. Wrap the foam with the burlap, keeping it taut as you glue the burlap down. Snip off the corners to reduce the bulk for mitering. Glue an 11″ square of burlap over the folds to finish the back side of the panel.

2.  Trim a 6″ square of burlap so the design is centered, and wrap it around the Smoothfoam heart. Glue the edges to the back and trim off excess bulk. Set aside.

3.  Cut the focal image paper to an 11″ square and color the edges by pouncing the wedge sponge on the ink pad, then smudging the ink on the paper.

4.  Center and glue the paper to the front of the board on top of the burlap, then hot-glue the heart to the board.

5.  To make the banner, cut four 3″ x 3″ triangles from pink paper. Chalk the edges of  each triangle pennant with the ink and sponge, then fold the base of each pennant over the jute twine and secure with glue. Adhere a letter to each pennant to spell “LOVE.”

6.  Drape the banner across the front of the board and pin each end of the jute twine to the board. Secure each pennant to the board with glue.

7.  Adhere a 10″ length of ribbon to the back side of the board with hot glue if you want to hang it – or place your Valentine’s wall hanging on an easel to display on a shelf or mantel.

Accordion-fold mini scrapbook cube


Wow, August is almost over! Summer vacations provide so many photo opps…fun times with friends and family. This mini accordion-fold scrapbook cube is perfect for tucking away little mementos & reminders of your summer getaways. It would be fun to make mini scrapbook cubes commemorating any season, or holiday, or a special event like a baby’s birth or a wedding!

Accordian mini scrapbook block with Smoothfoam by Marilyn Gossett

3″ Smoothfoam cube
12″ sheets of cardstock with coordinating papers and embellishments
( I used the “Surf’s Up” assortment from Close To My Heart)
Rubber stamps and ink pads
Die-cuts, mini-envelopes, ephemera, photos
Cosmetic sponge wedge
Dry adhesive
Dimensional adhesive
Jute twine
Paper trimmer and scoring tool

1.  Cut a sheet of cardstock into four 3″ x 12″ strips.  Score each strip at 3″ intervals and fold accordion style.

Accordion mini scrapbook prep

2.  Cut contrasting papers into 2-3/4″ squares and adhere a square to each panel of the cardstock on both sides for all four strips. Adhere a strip to each of the four sides of the cube.

3.  Embellish the squares on each strip as desired with photos, die-cuts, etc. Tuck little notes and other ephemera into mini pockets.

4.  Adhere a finished strip to each side of the cube, then adhere a square of paper to the top and bottom of the cube.

3. Display your mini accordion-fold scrapbook open, or secure by tying a length of jute twine around the cube.

Accordion mini scrapbook closed

Happy Scrapbooking Day!

embellish corners of smoothfoam scrapbook sheet

This weekend people all over the world will be cropping and celebrating the art of preserving memories during International Scrapbooking Day, the first Saturday of May. It was started in 1994 by Creative Memories as National Scrapbooking Day and it has grown every year since.

Smoothfoam has a scrapbook page mount (12″x12″x 7/8″) that makes a perfect foundation and frame for displaying your favorite layouts. You can paint the edges with 1 or 2 coats of acrylic craft paint, or wrap and decoupage the edges with paper or fabric.

Smoothfoam takes regular craft glue well too – you can adhere your layout right to the surface. If you want to regularly change out the pages for display, use tacks or straight pins to attach them to the foam mount instead.

It’s lightweight – great for hanging a mosaic of scrapbook pages over the bed or baby’s crib (I live on an earthquake fault line, so I’m always nervous about sleeping with a heavy framed picture above my head, lol). Just pin or glue a little loop of ribbon on the back and you’re set!

It’s fun to embellish the textured edges to create a decorative frame – this photo shows four different corner treatments…try inserting brads or straight pins, glue and glitter, adhesive pearls and rhinestones, or even washi tape!


National Craft Month: Mounted scrapbook page

Mounted scrapbook page on Smoothfoam I love my family photographs (this is my baby granddaughter!) and I like to display some where they can be seen all the time, instead of tucking all of them away in scrapbook albums.

Smoothfoam scrapbook mounting sheets are nice and lightweight for displaying 12×12 scrapbook pages.

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12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
6″ square piece of Smoothfoam
6″ square photograph
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Baby Pink
12″ x 12″ white die-cut patterned cardstock
Elmer’s Spray Adhesive
Elmer’s Tacky Glue
2-1/2 yards of 5/8” grosgrain ribbon
Scrapbook embellishments
Short straight pins

1.  Paint the front and edges of the 12″ Smoothfoam sheet pink; allow to dry.

2.  Adhere the die cut paper to the Smoothfoam with spray adhesive. Do this outside or in a well-ventilated area.

3.  Brush an even layer of glue to cover the front of the 6″ square of Smoothfoam, then gently press your photo into place. 

4.  Glue a 14” length of ribbon across the front of the panel, about 2” from the bottom and wrap each end around to the back; secure with pins or glue.

6.  Glue the photograph panel in place on the 12″ panel and add additional embellishments as desired.

7.  Use remaining ribbon to tie into a hanger and secure to the back with pins or glue.
Tip: soda can tabs also work great for hangers; adhere to the back with pins or glue.