It’s not what your family does together that’s important, it’s the special time you spend together and the memories you create with each other–memories that you’ll want to preserve long past the terrible two’s, the teen traumas and all the other joys you’ll experience as your family grows up. This sleek, simple layout pays tribute to that all-important family time, and ensures that you’ll always remember the details of life as you know it in your own family.
About this Page
LeNae chose a sweet pink paper from Paper Pizazz’s® Busy Scrapper’s Solution Girls: Baby & Toddler Papers for the background of this layout, then added a large piece of pink textured paper across the middle to break up the allover pattern. She enlarged a photo to 5”x7” to create a striking focal point on the page, then created a short journaling block to tell the story behind the photo, accenting it with alphabet tiles and artwork from the paper collection. Finally, LeNae embellished the layout with coordinating pink buttons, mini brads, ribbon and silk flowers from the Retro Embellish-abilities™ kit.
Patterned Paper Tip
When working with background papers that have allover patterns, sometimes it can be difficult to ensure that your photos, journaling and embellishments will stand out on top of the busy background. While matting your photos and journaling on solid papers and cardstock will allow them to stand out on top of the patterns, you can also break up the allover print with a large piece of solid or textured paper. The large piece of textured pink paper that runs across the center of this “Family Time” layout helps keep the focus on the photo and the journaling, and allows all the small buttons, artwork and other embellishments to be seen.
LeNae’s Tip of the Month
When working with lots of colors on one page, it can be difficult to make sure all your blues match each other, all your reds match, all your greens match and so on. One of the easiest ways for beginning scrapbookers to create striking layouts is by mixing and matching papers monochromatically. What does “monochromatic” mean? Monochromatic means different shades of one color. For example, this “Family Time” page is monochromatic because all the papers and embellishments used throughout the layout are pink. Monochromatic color combinations take the stress out of having to perfectly match your colors! Since there isn’t competition between numerous colors on the page, you can use both dark and light versions of the same color.
LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:
- Use the pink multi circles paper as the background. Cut a 7”x12” piece of pink textured paper and mat the long edges with white cardstock, trimming the mats to 1/8”. Glue the matted paper piece centered across the page and add one pink mini brad to each corner of the pink textured paper.
- Mat a 5”x7” vertical photo on pink cardstock, trimming the mat to 1/8” and inking the edges black. Cut a 4” length of pink grosgrain ribbon and tie a knot in the center. Lay the ribbon diagonally around the top left corner of the matted photo with the knot centered on the front, then wrap the ends around the edges of the photo and secure on the back. Computer journal the date onto white cardstock, crop to a small rectangle and ink the edges. Glue the journaling behind the bottom left edge of the photo to create a tab. Mat the photo again on white cardstock, trimming the mat to 1/8”, and ink the edges black. Glue the photo centered over the pink textured paper piece, 1” from the left edge of the page.
- Computer journal onto white cardstock and crop the journaling to a 6 1/2” tall vertical rectangle, leaving at least 1 1/2” of extra space above and below the computer journaling. Ink the edges of the journaling block black and glue over the pink textured paper piece, centered between the matted photo and the right edge of the page. Cut out the “Family” label and glue it across the space you left above the journaling block. Cut two very thin strips of white cardstock and run one strip through the holes on two 7/16” wide pink buttons (the smallest buttons from the Embellish-abilities™ pack). Use Glue Dots™ to secure one button on each end of the “Family” label. Cut out various alphabet tiles to spell the word “time” and glue them overlapping each other in the space you left below the journaling block.
- Use a Glue Dot™ to secure one small pink silk flower in the bottom right corner of the journaling block. Cut another thin strip of white cardstock and run it through the holes on one 5/8” wide pink button (the medium size from the Embellish-abilities™ pack). Use a Glue Dot™ to secure the button in the center of the silk flower.
LeNae’s Supplies for Making this Layout:
- Paper Pizazz® Busy Scrapper’s Solution Girls: Baby & Toddler Papers: Pink multi circles and pink textured paper plus alphabet tiles and artwork
- Retro Embellish-abilties™ : Pink silk flower, pink buttons, pink mini brads and pink grosgrain
- pink cardstock
- white cardstock
- black ink pad
- Glue Dots™
- glue stick