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Technique: Family Layouts
Designer: Susan Cobb
There are no rules when it comes to family layouts. Your portraits will shine when you create a layout using colors, patterns, and a scrapbooking style that suits your family. A funny, candid family photo looks great with brightly colored papers, while a generational portrait might be better on a classic layout with a streamlined, timeless look.
Susan created two very different layouts, both with a style that suits the personality of the photos. One page features a crisp color-blocked background paper for a simple, classic photo, while the other uses a shabby chic effect to highlight a more casual picture. What's your family's style?
By Susan Cobb
- Ink the edges of the color block paper and place the paper with the black block in the bottom left. Mat a 7"x5" photo on black cardstock and trim to 1/16". Mat again on black mesh paper, trim to 1/4" and ink the edges. Glue the photo centered over the large tan portion of the background. Tie 8" of black grosgrain ribbon into a bow and use a Zot to attach it in the bottom left corner of the photo.
- Computer journal a vertical block on tan textured paper. Mat on black cardstock, trim to 1/16" and glue centered over the red portion on the left side of the page.
- Use a craft knife to cut a 3/8"-long vertical slit between the tan and red blocks at the bottom of the page. Run a 5" length of black grosgrain ribbon through the slit and across the red block. Wrap the tail around the edge of the paper and tape both tails to the backside. Cover a slide mount with black mesh paper and ink the edges. Glue a photo framed in the window and glue the slide mount in the center of the red block.
- Cover another slide mount with red paper, ink the edges and glue a photo in the window. Fold 2" of ribbon in half and tape the loose ends behind the top of the slide mount. Glue the slide mount centered in the tan block (with the folded end of the ribbon over the horizontal black border on the background).
- Cut a tag shape out of tan textured paper and ink the edges. With the tab on the left, glue the tag over the black block.
- Computer journal a page title and photo caption (for the main photo) on red paper, crop to two small horizontal strips and ink the edges. Glue the title over the tan tag, extending off the left end, and glue the caption below the bottom right corner of the photo.
- Run thin strips of red paper through the holes on 6 black buttons. Use Zots to attach the buttons to the page: Two down the right edge of the journaling block, one over the end of the photo caption, one over the end of the page title, one over the folded ribbon above the slide mount, and one over the right end of the ribbon that runs across the red color block.
By Susan Cobb
- Sand the surface and ink the edges of the spiral notebook paper, then place it with the spiral on the left. Mat a 7"x5" photo on white cardstock, trim the mat to 1/16" and ink the edges. Mat again on white black cardstock, trimming the top, right and bottom edges to 1/16" and leaving the right edge at 1 1/8". Punch half of a 3/4" circle in the middle of the right edge of a 1"x5 1/4" strip of black cardstock. Mat the right edge on blue cardstock, trim the mat to 1/16" and ink the edge. Glue the strip even with the large left edge of the photo mat. Tie a knot in the center of a 6 1/2" length of brown grosgrain ribbon. Run the ribbon down the black cardstock strip, taping the tails to the backside. Glue the photo centered at the top of the tan portion of the background.
- Computer journal a photo caption on white cardstock, crop to a long strip and ink the edges. Glue the caption centered under the photo. Lightly sand the tops of two blue mini brads and attach one to each end of the caption.
- Computer journal onto white cardstock, crop and ink the edges. Mat on blue cardstock, trimming the top and bottom edges to 1/8" and the left and right edges to 1/16". Ink the edges of the blue mat. Mat a third time on black cardstock, trimming the left, bottom and right edges to 1/16" and leaving the top edge at 3/4". Tie a knot toward the left end of a length of brown grosgrain ribbon. Run the ribbon across the large top edge of the mat and tape the tails to the backside. Glue the journaling in the bottom right corner of the page.
- Sand the tops of two brown big brads and attach one over each end of the gingham ribbon border printed on the background paper.
- For the cluster in the bottom left corner:
- Computer journal the page title onto white cardstock, crop and ink the edges. Mat on black cardstock, trimming the top, right and bottom edges to 1/16" and leaving the left edge at 3/4". Fold over the large left edge of the mat until it overlaps the edge of the title. Fold a 1" piece of brown ribbon in half and tape the loose ends behind the folded end. Use a sanded blue mini brad to hold the folded end of the mat and the ribbon in place.
- Mat a 1 1/2" square photo on white cardstock, trim the mat to 1/16" and ink the edges. Mat the left end on blue cardstock, trim to 1/16" and ink the edge. Mat a third time on black cardstock and trim to 1/16".
- Sand the tops of 7 light blue mini brads and add them to the center of a large brown silk flower.
Attach all the elements at varying angles. Knot a short length of blue gingham ribbon and Zot the knot in the top right corner of the photo. Insert the prongs of a blue flower brad through the holes on a large brown button. Use Zots to attach the button in the bottom corner of the title.