Using Chipboard in your Designs

Hello there!

We’d like to welcome Mel Blackburn for another term on the memory keeping design team and today she is sharing a bit about herself and her scrapbooking journey. In today’s post Mel and Audrey are sharing designs with chipboard embellishments. Let’s start with Mel’s introduction and design…

“Hi everyone! I’m Mel and I’m delighted to be part of the Cocoa Daisy Team! I live in beautiful Eastern Canada with my three daughters and wonderful husband, they are such good sports at making sure to help me in my quest of storytelling and documenting. By day I work outside the home and try to schedule my crafty time during a quiet evening or early on a weekend morning. I love sitting at my craft table before everyone gets up and spend time crafting while enjoying a warm cup of coffee.

I’ve been scrapbooking for over 14 years, my work has evolved from traditional 12×12 layouts, to 9×12 documenter pages and now Traveler’s Notebooks. My love of paper started at a very young age when I started hoarding a collection of notepads and fruit scented pens and evolved when I became a mother and wanted to document every milestone achieved by my daughters.  My design style is eclectic, from complex multilayers and mixed media projects to simple TN spreads, I love, and want to do it all!!!

My current go to format for documenting is a Traveler’s Notebook (TN). I love how a TN enables me to combine my love of scrapbooking and storytelling, it gives me the creative outlet I need all the while telling those meaningful everyday stories.”

“Today I’m sharing a TN spread (deconstructed TN – my favorite form of TN!) which features the amazing chipboard elements from the December kit! I love working with chipboard, it is one of my favorite embellishment. I especially like to pair them with stickers and diecuts, I love how they easily add dimension and depth to a project.”

“I was excited to see the diecut snowflakes and knew that should have a dominant place in my spread! The center of the snowflakes was the ideal location for the chipboard circles. Pairing this with white cardstock creates an elegant and simple accent page to my TN spread.”

Mel’s design is elegant and has many little details that can be easily reproduced in your own way!

Now let’s take a look at Audrey’s design with chipboard in the 12×12 medium.

“The Nordic Woods Collection gives me all the cozy winter feels and I knew it would be perfect to document the magical winter memories I had with my sister. I wanted to use all those beautiful stickers and chipboard from the kits so I made an embellishment tree to showcase them all.

The bigger block stickers are perfect for a base so I chose a sentiment that matched my story. Then I just built the layers from there using 1 inch strips of paper as an anchor. Finally, to pull it all together I cascaded stamped snowflakes down the page in a swirl pattern to mimic snowfall. What winter memories will you document with the Nordic Woods Collection?“

Such a cute tree and sweet memory for Audrey to document.

Chipboard is so cool and can add texture and interest to your layout. We would love to see how you are using chipboard in your designs and hope you will share in the Memory Keeping Facebook group or on your social media.

Take care!




  1. Dawn

    Love the TN Ringed Binder shown in this post with the TN page protectors. What brand is the binder and page protectors and where can they be purchased? Thanks!

    • Melanie Blackburn

      Hi Dawn,
      Glad you like it, the album was gifted to me, I’m therefore unsure of the brand. I do like to make my own TN binders with thick cardstock for the cover pages and regular rings from the office supplies store. I also like to use 6×8 page protectors that I trim down to fit my custom TN. Hope this helps.


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