Every once in a while I come across a photo that's just so good, adding too many embellishments or too much journaling might just take away from it. This picture of Tyler Ray's birthday was one of them. By enlarging the image to an 8"x10", I let the photo speak for itself.
About This Page
LeNae took advantage of the black and white photo, using purple and blue papers and accents for the layout. She tore the right side of the blue sponged to create a 3"x12" strip, which was glued to the left side of the lavender linen paper. She used the strip to journal Tyler's name, creating a border. LeNae enlarged the photo and matted it on purple, then blue. LeNae cut out two tags and used them to journal "Age 5". She tied them with blue fibers and added them to the top right of the photo to balance the layout. LeNae also added "Happy Birthday" and "Let's Celebrate" ribbon sentiments across the bottom of the page, coordinating with the blue and purple tones.
Patterned Paper Tip
Black and white photos make picking colors easy! Since this photo has great contrast, LeNae was able to use both light and dark papers—this also keeps the overall appearance of the page from becoming too light or too dark. She selected coordinating papers and tags from 12"x12" sarapapers™. The lavender linen paper as the main part of the background draws attention to the photo while the torn blue sponged paper creates a unique border. LeNae used purple as her first photo mat, then blue to contrast against the lavender linen. The papers are perfectly matched with the blue and purple ribbon sentiments and the blueberry fibers.
LeNae's Tip of the Month: Using Large Photos
While many photos are perfectly fine for scrapbooking as is or slightly enlarged, there are a select few that can be enlarged enough to take up the majority of a 12"x12" page. When you do have a photo that good, take advantage of it. The key is cropping the photo to focus on the subject and letting the photo dominate your page. This photo of Tyler Ray's 5th birthday was perfect to show the memory of the day—the contrast between light and darks in the photo is great and the cropping of the photo is such that it perfectly frames Tyler and the lit birthday cake. Enlarging the photo makes the memory seem even more realistic.
LeNae made the photo stand out by accentingit simply. Instead, she double matted it to create a frame and used soft sponged patterned papers, journaling on a strip of paper to the left to create a border. LeNae created detail by adding tags tied with fibers that announced Tyler Ray’s age of 5 and some simple ribbon sentiments across the bottom of the photo.
LeNae’s Steps for Creating This Layout
- For the background: LeNae used a piece of lavender linen paper as her background, then tore the right edge of a 3"x12" strip of blue sponged. She glued the strip to the left side of the lavender linen to create a border.
- Matting the photo: LeNae matted an 8"x10" photo on purple sponged, then navy blue cardstock, leaving 1/8" wide borders on each. She glued the photo to the page as shown, slightly overlapping the torn blue strip. LeNae added lengths of "Happy Birthday" and "Let's Celebrate" ribbons across the bottom of the photo, securing with clear tape on the back of the page.
- The tags and journaling: LeNae cut out the blue and purple tags and stamped "Age" and "5" on them. She glued them to the top corner of the photo, then cut three 4” lengths of Blueberry Fibers, held them together and knotted them at the center. She also knotted the ends, then used a Glue Dot™ on the back of the knot to add the fibers to the tags. LeNae finished her journaling by stamping the name down the blue border as shown.