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It’s all about joy, laughter and smiles. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in our busy day-to-day lives that we sometimes overlook life’s simple little pleasures. While I love to scrapbook the big, important events in my life, it’s the sweeter moments, like those between my daughter Lauren and her grandpa, that I really want to preserve forever. Your scrapbook is a way to remember the past and connect with the future–take full advantage of this unique opportunity with all of life’s special moments!

About this Page
On this “Joyful” layout, LeNae paired lightly colored papers from the Vintage sarapapers™ collection with coordinating overlay embellishments from Clear & Frosted Overlays for Scrapbooking. She selected a bordered paper for the background and used shimmery glimmer paper to mat two sweet photos. LeNae used ribbons and slide mounts to attach overlay accents throughout the page and boosted the dimension on the layout with buttons, brads and more ribbon.

Patterned Paper Tip
When using a patterned paper with a border printed on it, try experimenting with the border by placing it along either side, or along the top or bottom edges of your layout. By placing the pretty floral border along the bottom edge of this page, I created a perfect place to feature the page title. That’s right–the title doesn’t have to run across the top! Placing borders and titles in unexpected areas of the page will add extra interest to your layouts.

LeNae’s Tip of the Month
One of the hottest new trends in scrapbooking is the use of clear materials. Why? Clear materials are easy to use and will add new, unique dimension to your scrapbook pages. Starting with vellum, the “clear” trend has expanded to include full-page acetate overlays, vinyl tags and now, the latest innovation in this popular trend, clear and frosted overlay embellishments.

So what’s the biggest question people have about trying out this new trend? It’s this: “How do I attach clear materials to my projects?” This question comes up frequently for one reason: Since “clear” means “see-through”, simply applying glue to the back of your overlay and attaching it to your page will usually result in the glue being visible through the overlay. The solution? From brads and clips to staples and ribbon, there are numerous ways you can add overlay accents to your layouts. If you choose to use glue, use a glue stick and apply only a small amount behind the darkest printed portions of the overlay (the printing will help cover up the look of the adhesive).

I used three different techniques for attaching overlays to this “Joyful” layout: First, I stapled one overlay to the background paper, then framed it with a cute covered slide mount. I used a glue stick to attach a second overlay above my journaling block, taking care to apply glue only behind the opaque areas of the overlay. Finally, I used a “Joyful” overlay to create my page title, punching a hole in each end of the overlay and threading ribbon through to secure it across the bottom of the page.

LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:

  1. Use the ivory linen with floral border paper as the background, turning the paper so the border runs along the bottom edge. Cut out the “joyful” overlay and crop to a 5 1/2”x1 3/4” rectangle. Turn over the overlay and color in the letter “F” with a blue Permapaque® pen on the back of the overlay. Punch a 1/8” hole in each end of the overlay. Cut two 5” lengths of lavender grosgrain ribbon and run 1” of each ribbon length up through the punched holes. Fold the 1” piece over onto the rest of the ribbon length, then use a pastel blue mini brad to secure it in place, as shown. Lay the overlay centered over the floral portion of the page border, then wrap the ends of the ribbon lengths around the edges of the page and secure on the back.
  2. Mat two horizontal photos on lavender glimmer paper, trimming the mats to 1/8”. Glue one photo in the top left corner of the page and glue the other in the bottom right corner of the page, just above the border, overlapping the photos where they meet in the center of the page. Cut out the “sweet” overlay word fragment and glue it over the top left corner of the photo at the top of the page. Cut a 3” length of lavender grosgrain ribbon and tie a knot in the center. Use a Glue Dot™ to secure the knot in the bottom right corner of the photo at the bottom of the page.
  3. Cover one jumbo slide mount with multi stripes paper, then turn the slide mount so the stripes run vertically. Cut a 3” length of lavender grosgrain ribbon and trim the tails at an angle. Fold over the ribbon length and staple the folded end in the bottom left side of the slide mount with the tails pointing downward. Cut out the “giggle” slide mount overlay and staple the overlay 1 5/8” in from the right edge and 1 1/4” down from the top edge of the page. Glue the covered slide mount around the overlay, centering the overlay in the slide mount window.
  4. Computer journal onto white cardstock and crop to a 3 1/2”x3 5/8” rectangle, including about 2” of blank space above the journaling. Cut out the “Laughter makes life sweeter” overlay and glue it at the top of the blank space above the journaling. Cut a 1/4” wide strip of multi stripes paper and glue it across the journaling block, just under the overlay. Mat the journaling block on lavender glimmer paper, trimming the mat to 1/8”, and glue in the bottom right corner of the page, just above the border. Thread white embroidery floss through the holes on one light blue button, then use a Glue Dot™ to attach the button over the button printed on the “Laughter makes life sweeter” overlay.

LeNae’s Supplies for Making this Layout:

Want to see more ways to use overlays on your paper crafting projects? In Clear & Frosted Overlays for Scrapbooking, you’ll find 24 fabulous ways to use overlays on your next scrapbook pages and sampler projects. And don’t forget to check out Design Elements for a whole section devoted to overlays, and so much more!

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