Last month we shared with you the beauty of creating mini albums—they’re easy to manage, great for gifts and perfect for a themed album. LeNae created this fantastic layout for a themed heritage album—it’s the perfect way to scrap those old family photos. By tucking the corners of her photo under the ribbons in the paper, LeNae easily made her page look three-dimensional.

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LeNae used both embellishments and background papers from the 8” x 8” Papers for Heritage book and combined them with a black and white family photo. She used the lifting technique to tuck the edges of the photo under the ribbons in the paper, then added ribbon fragment cut-outs and journaling with foam tape.

Patterned Paper Tip
The simplicity of the French Ribbon paper works wonderfully with an old black and white picture—the light gray and white tones of the photo create great contrast with the dark backdrop and gray printed ribbons on the paper. The journaling on white also stands out easily.

LeNae’s Tip of the Month: Lifting
The lifting technique is one that sounds much more complicated and involved that it really is. By lifting printed portions of a patterned paper and tucking a photo or piece of journaling behind it, you can easily add dimension to a page—without the bulk of many heavier embellishments. The French Ribbons are perfect for this simple page and create great faux photo corners. Designer Susan Cobb is often found cutting out the edge of a flower, heart or other printed object on a piece of patterned paper for added dimension.

The technique is simple—all you need is your paper, a pencil, ruler, craft knife and cutting mat—in addition, of course, to the photo or journaling you plan to insert. LeNae decided where she wanted to place her photo, then laid the matted picture down on the patterned paper. She then used a pencil to mark the edges of the ribbons that fall behind each of the four corners of the photo. LeNae removed the photo and set the paper on her cutting mat, where she used her ruler and craft knife to cut slits in the ribbon where she made her pencil marks. Finally, LeNae was able to simply lift up the portions she had cut and slip her photo under the cut ribbons—perfect photo corners!

LeNae’s Steps to Making This Layout

  1. For the Background: Use the black and gray French Ribbons paper. Mat the photo on black cardstock.
  2. Lifting: Place the matted photo over the center of the French Ribbon paper. Use a pencil to mark where the ribbons fall behind the corners of the photo. Remove the photo and cut the slits in the ribbon using a ruler and craft knife. Place a bit of glue on the back of the photo and slide the corners under the cut ribbons.
  3. Add the Embellishments: Cut out the paper ribbon fragments and attach them above and below the photo as shown, using foam tape. Computer journal and print on white paper. Mat the journaling on black cardstock and punch a hole in each end. Add a brad to each hole and attach the journaling at the bottom of the page with foam tape.

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