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Family Portraits
Nothing fits in a family album quite like a family portrait. These cherished photographs remind us of our heritage and show us how our family has changed over the years. LeNae's simple, heartwarming vintage layout lets her family photo shine for years to come.

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LeNae selected soft colors and kept the embellishments to a minimum on this vintage-inspired layout, letting the family photograph stand out as the focal point of the page. She started with allover patterned papers from Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers, piecing together the background with a large piece of striped paper layered on top of a subtle rose paper. She placed one large matted photo to the striped paper piece, then added more vintage charm and dimension with layered silk flowers and a border of buttons.

LeNae's Tip of the Month
So what does “vintage” mean, anyway? In scrapbooking, “vintage” refers to an artistic style. The colors and patterns of your papers, the type of embellishments and the distressing techniques you use all determine a “vintage” style. The colors? Soft shades like rose, ivory and mint green, plus a few bold colors such as burgundy and teal. Embellishments? Think Grandma's sewing box. This means buttons, ribbons, silk flowers, lace and stitching. Distressing? Quick, simple distressing techniques like inking, chalking or sanding the edges of your papers or embellishments or lightly crumpling your papers all lend to a “vintage” style.

For this “Family Portrait” layout, I set the vintage tone with a foundation created from rose-colored papers, softly distressed around the edges with brown ink. After adding one simple photo, I embellished the page with stitched buttons, a touch of ribbon and layered silk flowers, distressed with chalk in the center and accented with a sanded brad.

LeNae's Steps to Making this Layout:

  1. Ink the long edges of an 8 1/4"x12" piece of pink striped paper (stripes running horizontally), then glue 5/8" from the left edge of the pink rose paper.
  2. Mat a 5"x7" photo on maroon textured paper (leaving the top edge unglued), trim the mat to 1/8" and ink the edges. Add the “family” word clip at the top left edge of the photo, then finish gluing the top of the photo to the mat. Glue the photo 1" from the left edge and 1 1/4" from the top edge of the pink striped paper.
  3. Computer journal the year in brown ink on ivory cardstock. Crop to a small rectangle, ink the edges and glue alongside the top right edge of the pink striped paper.
  4. Thread ivory embroidery floss through the holes on six brown buttons (two of each size), knotting the floss on the backside of the button. Use Zots™ to attach the buttons evenly spaced down the right side of the striped paper.
  5. Add brown chalk to the center of the small pink silk flower and layer it on top of the large pink flower. Sand the top of a brown big brad, then add a monogram rub-on to the sanded surface. Fold a 3" length of brown sheer ribbon in half and place the folded end in the center of the layered flowers. Add the big brad to the center to hold all the layers together, then use the brad to attach the flowers in the bottom left corner of the photo.
  6. Computer journal in brown ink on ivory cardstock and crop to a horizontal strip. Ink the edges and glue at an angle under the photo. Use foam tape to attach the “Enjoy Each Moment” cut-out to the right of the journaling.

LeNae's Supplies for Making this Layout:

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