November is a time for giving thanks. Whether you're thankful for friends, family or holiday feasts, devote a page in your family's album to this special time of year. As your children grow up and begin holiday traditions of their own, you'll cherish the opportunity to look back on your family's special memories, traditions and times of togetherness.
About this Page
LeNae chose coordinating fall-colored papers from Flea Market Fabrics sarapapers™ to create this layout. She accented a matted photo with ribbons and ephemera, then layered it on top of a collaged background. LeNae topped off the page with a cool collaged border she created with smaller photos and more ephemera, adding ribbons, tags and staples throughout. And yes, those are real staples! Just grab your all-purpose stapler from your desk or workstation–staplers make it super quick and easy to attach ephemera, ribbons and even photos to your projects!
LeNae's Tip of the Month
Having a little writer's block? You can add journaling to your pages without having to do all the work. Paper Pizazz® Definitions & Words Ephemera is filled with over 200 words and definitions printed on both paper and vellum. All you have to do is cut or tear out the ephemera and add it to your page! I combined two definitions with two small photos to create a collaged border along the bottom of this "Thankful" layout. You can use the ephemera as is, ink the edges like I did, or try chalking, crumpling or stamping on it. Attach the ephemera to your projects with glue, or use foam tape, staples or clips for dimension.
I used ephemera, rather than handwritten journaling, to convey themes of family, celebration and tradition on this layout. While this page works great as a less traditional Thanksgiving page, the layout could easily be used for any other family celebration, too.Another tip? Notice the small photos I used to create my collaged border. To create your own border, use photos taken from a distance so the subjects are smaller, then crop around the subjects. This lends a “zoomed in” feel to the smaller photos, giving them more impact than they would have at their original size.
LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:
- Place the rust striped paper with the stripes running horizontally. Tear the bottom edge off a 6 3/4"x10" piece of rust/light blue woven paper and ink all the edges brown. Glue the woven paper 1" from the top and 1 1/4" from the left edge of the page.
- Mat a 7"x5" photo on light blue textured paper, trim the mat to 1/8" and ink the edges brown. Fold a 3" length each of light blue and brown grosgrain ribbons in half and secure the folded end centered behind the right side of the matted photo. Glue the photo 2" from the top and the left edge of the page.
- Ink the edges of the "kindred" and "share" ephemera. Fold a 2" length each of light blue and brown grosgrain ribbons in half. Secure the folded end of one ribbon length behind the right end of each of the ephemera words. Staple the ephemera words over the top right side of the photo. Use a black pen to journal "Thankful" onto the label and glue the label overlapping the top edge of the woven paper piece.
- For the ephemera collage, glue the following pieces at varying angles and slightly overlapping each other across the bottom of the page:
- Mat a 1 1/4"x1 1/2" photo on light brown, then light blue textured papers, trimming both mats to 1/16". Ink the edges of the light blue mat.
- Ink the edges of the "Celebration" definition ephemera and use a staple to attach.
- Mat a 3"x2" photo on light brown, then light blue textured papers, trimming both mats to 1/16". Ink the edges of the light blue mat. Wrap a 6" length of blue Dolcino ribbon around the left side of the photo, knotting on the front. Use a black pen to journal the year onto the tag, then glue the tag to the photo with the tab placed under the ribbon knot.
- Ink the edges of the "family" definition ephemera. Knot a 2 1/2" length of light blue grosgrain ribbon and use a Glue Dot? to secure the knot in the bottom right corner of the definition.
LeNae’s Supplies for Making this Layout: