Our Grown Up Vacation
I discovered that 8”x8” papers and albums are a great way to document my vacations! I can dedicate a whole album to just one vacation, or fill the album with pages from lots of short trips. I chose this classic color scheme and a double-page spread format to display my memories of our Seattle getaway.
About this Page
LeNae selected two coordinating 8”x8” papers for the background of this double-page spread. She matted her photos on solid black and red papers and attached alphabet tiles and artwork cut-outs with foam tape for dimension. LeNae computer journaled onto white paper and accented the title of her page with a cut-out embellishment. Finally, LeNae journaled a photo caption onto a tag cut-out and added knotted ribbon strips throughout the page.
Patterned Paper Tip
Take a look at the paper used in the background of the left page of this layout. It’s printed with intersecting lines and blocks of color, so it’s easy to determine the best places to place your photos and embellishments.
Another tip: When putting together a double-page spread, your background papers don’t have to match! Using different papers that coordinate with each other and with your embellishments add a lot of impact to your layout.
LeNae’s Tip of the Month: Utilizing Space with Double-Page Spreads
When working in an 8”x8” format instead of a standard 12”x12” size, double-page spreads are a great way to combine photos and journaling without cluttering one page. In “Our Grown Up Vacation”, I chose to dedicate the left page to photos, and I saved my journaling and a smaller photo for the right page. I was able to fit three photos and plenty of journaling on this double-page spread, and I still had room for a few important embellishments.
LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:
For the left page:
- Use the postmarked paper as the background. Mat both photos on solid red paper and trim to 1/16”. Mat the large photo again on solid black paper and trim to 1/16”. Arrange the photos on the page as shown and secure using a glue stick.
- Cut out the “excursion” and “getaway” paper ribbon fragments, the tag art and the number tiles to represent the year. Using foam mounting tape, attach “excursion” and the number tiles in the top color block area of the background paper. Attach the “getaway” fragment vertically on the tag cut-out using foam mounting tape, then secure the tag vertically in the right color block portion of the background paper using a glue stick.
- Cut two 3” strips of black and white gingham ribbon and tie into knots. Attach the knots to the top of the small photo and the tag using Glue Dots™.
For the right page:
- Use the dark red with stripes paper as the background. Mat the photo on solid black paper and trim to 1/8”. Glue the matted photo to the right side of the paper using a glue stick.
- Cut out the “sightseeing” paper ribbon fragment, the tag art and the alphabet tiles. Using foam mounting tape, attach the “sightseeing” fragment above the photo and the alphabet tiles along the bottom of the page. Write the title of the photo on the tag art with a black pen and attach the tag, overlapping the bottom right corner of the photo, using foam mounting tape. Tie the remaining 3” strip of black and white gingham ribbon into a knot and attach to the top of the tag with a Glue Dot™.
- Computer journal onto white paper, leaving enough room in the title to add a paper ribbon fragment. Cut out the “vacation” ribbon fragment and add it as part of the title using foam mounting tape. Add black penwork along the top and bottom of the journaling, then attach the journaling on the left side of the page with a glue stick.
LeNae’s Supplies for Making this Layout:
- patterned Paper Pizazz® 8”x8” Vacation Papers: Postmarked paper, dark red with stripes paper, solid black paper, solid red paper, tags, paper ribbon fragments, alphabet cut-outs and number cut-outs
- Cardmaker’s™ Classic Ribbons: 9” of 1/4” wide black and white gingham ribbon
- Scotch® Brand Foam Mounting Tape
- Glue Dots™
- glue stick
- fine tip black pen