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First Love
If you’re anything like me, you can still remember the name of your very first kindergarten love. Still, nothing could have prepared me for the day when my 6-year-old daughter came home from school and announced that she, too, was in love! As a mother, this moment came as a complete shock to me, but it’s certainly one of those special childhood moments that I’ll want to remember forever. I created this fun “First Love” layout to document the story and preserve the memories of Lauren’s very own first love.

About this Page
For this love-themed layout, LeNae selected a classic red, black and white color scheme to complement the large black and white photo. She layered two papers to create the background for the layout, then told the story of the photo in a large journaling block. LeNae topped off the layout with wood letters, silk flowers and a variety of brads to add tons of dimension and texture to the page.

Patterned Paper Tip
When selecting the background paper for your layout, you can add visual interest to the page by layering two different papers as the background. Rather than using just the red floral paper in the background of this “First Love” layout, LeNae added a torn piece of black and white patterned paper over the bottom third of the paper to add contrast and expand the color palette.

LeNae’s Favorite Templates

Susan’s Pockets & Tags
Susan’s Office Envelopes
Mini Envelopes #1
Mini Envelopes #2
Mini Envelopes #3

LeNae’s Tip of the Month
Want to try out a unique journaling style? Try using a template (see the sidebar to the right for my favorites) to create an envelope or pocket out of your favorite patterned paper. Handwrite or computer journal on a separate piece of paper or cardstock, then slip it into the pocket to create functional journaling the viewer can interact with. Other suggestions? Rather than creating one journaling block, you can also create smaller strips of journaling that can be pulled out one by one. Or, instead of using a template to create your own pocket, try using a Attachments™ real fabric pocket to display your journaling!

LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:

  • Use the red floral paper as the background. Tear a 12”x4 1/2” strip off the top of the white/black dots with striped border paper that includes the border, then glue the border edge even with the bottom edge of the background paper. Add two red brads to the right end of the printed black grosgrain ribbon strip.
  • Mat a 5”x7” vertical photo on red glimmer paper, trimming the mat to 1/16”. Computer journal the date onto ivory cardstock and crop to a small rectangle. Ink the edges with black, then glue the journaling behind the top left side of the red glimmer mat. Mat the photo again on black/white polka dot paper, trimming the mat to 3/8”. Mat again on ivory cardstock, trimming the mat to 1/16”, then glue 1” in from the left edge and 1 1/4” down from the top edge of the page.
  • Computer journal in a vertical rectangle onto ivory cardstock, leaving enough space in the title to accent with wood letters. Tear along the bottom edge of the journaling, then ink the edges with black and accent the journaling with red decorating chalk.
  • Cut a 1/2” wide strip of black/white stripes paper and ink the edges with black. Glue the strip centered across the space left in the journaling, trimming the excess paper even with the edges of the cardstock. Mat the journaling block on black glimmer paper, trimming the mat to 1/8” and tearing along the bottom edge. Glue the matted journaling to the right of the photo, then add one red mini brad to each top corner. Add the wood letters over the black/white stripes paper strip to complete the title.
  • Use the template to trace the tag shape that fits into pocket “A” onto the back of the black floral paper, then cut out. Glue only the left, right and bottom edges overlapping the bottom left corner of the photo to create a pocket. Cut a 2 3/4”x1/2” strip of black/white stripes paper and lay it over the front of the pocket, then add one red mini brad to each end of the strip to secure in place. Add one silver big brad to the center of one small, red silk flower, then attach on the front of the pocket. Computer journal onto ivory cardstock, cropping to a small rectangle to fit in the pocket. Tear the top edge of the journaling and ink the edges black, then accent the journaling with red chalk and place inside the pocket.

LeNae’s Supplies for Making this Layout:

LeNae’s realistic, timeless style is a hit with scrappers of all skill levels. To see tons of LeNae’s latest layouts and other fabulous paper crafting projects, pick up Design Elements, the newest idea book from Hot Off The Press!


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