Secret Garden Fast2Fab™ Album Secrets Revealed

If you were stranded on a desert island with only one scrapbook item, what would it be? Go on, take a moment to think about it… but don’t think too hard! What I’m getting at is, what is your can’t-live-without Creative Memories product? Mine is the Fast2Fab™ Album, without a doubt. The Repositionable Tape Runner Refill and the Border Maker System follow closely behind, but the Fast2Fab™ is simply outstanding. Take a look at what I created!

I gasped out loud when I ripped the packaging off the new Secret Garden Fast2Fab™ Album and paged through it. Breathtaking colors and beautiful watercolor floral designs were a feast for the eyes. You must see this one in person!

I have created a few layout examples that illustrate my favorite ways to use the predesigned layouts and some tips to easily overcome challenges. You’ll see a before-and-after photo for each of these three layouts.

To create these layouts you’ll need:

Layout 1: Simple Borders



My favorite way to personalize a Fast2Fab™ layout is to add a simple border to the top, bottom or side(s).

Using the Scallop Dot Border Maker Cartridge, punch two borders with Peacock Blue Cardstock. Trim each to 1″ wide and adhere to the bottom of the layout. Using the Dancing Daisies Border Maker Cartridge, punch two borders each with Royal Blue Cardstock and aqua designer paper. Layer them over the scallop dot borders as shown.


After placing the photos, journal as desired. I created a “journal box” using strips of White Cardstock (4-1/2″ x 3/8″) and edged on top and bottom with sticker bars.

Layout 2: Clever Coverups



Sometimes my pictures just won’t work with the predesigned boxes. I really prefer having several pictures on a page. In this case, the two vertical boxes didn’t work with my four photos, so I arranged the photos over the boxes and covered up the little white space showing with cherry blossoms and stickers. I carried the arrangement over to the opposite page to tie it all together.

Again, I added a border to the bottom. Punch out a border with the Teardrop Lattice Border Punch and cut it in half lengthwise. Adhere to the bottom of the pages, cut-side down. Add Foam Squares to the border stickers and mount on top as shown.

Layout 3: Waterfall Pockets



Peekaboo Pockets™ are a new fave! I love how they allow me to add more photos to a layout without it getting too crowded.

To create this spread, mat photos with White Cardstock and mount on the spread. Using the Scallop Burst Border Punch, punch a border with purple, aqua daisies and White Cardstock. Trim each to 3″ wide. Layer as shown and adhere to the right side of the layout.

Cut a 4″ x 6″ piece of designer paper and journal. Add a sticker bar to the bottom. Adhere to the lower left quarter of the page layout. Slip on page protectors.





For the pockets, fill the backsides with vertical photos. Trim the three front-facing photos to 4″x 4″. Cut pieces of designer paper to 4″ x 2-1/4″. Apply a bit of tape to the top 1/4″ of the paper pieces, adhere the bottom edges of the photos on top to measure 4″ x 6″. Add a bar sticker and title to the top one. Slide into the pockets and mount.

Tip: Mount the bottom one first, directly on the page protector, covering the journal box. Mount the second pocket, layering so just the paper piece is showing, and then do the same with the top one, creating a waterfall effect.


To create tabs, cut a few scallop burst punched shapes with scraps. Trim out individual scallops with scissors, apply adhesive to the top 1/4″ and adhere to the backside of each pocket as shown.

Do you have some “secrets” of your own when working with Fast2Fab™ Albums? Please share in the comments below!


12 thoughts on “Secret Garden Fast2Fab™ Album Secrets Revealed

  1. Love Fast2Fab albums and the slight changes you can do to make it personal. I did the same for my niece as a graduation gift. Love your layouts, and the peekaboo pockets.

    1. Tina, so glad used the you said that you used the layouts for your niece’s graduation gift. I am not only using the Secret Garden Fast 2 Fab for my daughter’s wedding album but I am using one for my granddaughter’s high school graduation gift this year.

  2. Loves this ! And the collection.. just got mine and can’t wait to try some of these ideas.

  3. Thought the place looked familiar–Magnolia Plantation. It is one of the flower places I’ve visited that I am featuring in my fast2fab Secret Garden.

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