Together, Cherish, Joy

scrapbook projectIt's always great to add your own heartfelt journaling to a page layout, but when the words escape you, there are other ways. Definitions & Words Ephemera, Mary Anne's Word Garden Ephemera, and embossed charms and fragments are all easy ways to add just the right words to your scrapbook pages. LeNae used a combination of ephemera and charms to celebrate these family photos.

About This Page:
LeNae started with a piece of tone-on-tone green color blocked paper for her background. She used another green tone-on-tone paper to mat her photos, then matted them again on black cardstock to keep them from getting lost in the background. LeNae angled three photos of varying sizes and shapes to add interest to the page. The black and white pictures also make color matching easy.

Patterned Paper Tip:
LeNae selected color blocked paper for her background, taking the guesswork out of coordinating papers for her layout. The greens of this background provide just enough color to bring out the brightness and contrast of the black and white photos. The green squares printed on the bottom of the page create a border—a perfect place to add embellishments or journaling. The soft edge between the dark and light green panels mimics the look of a torn edge—without the work!

LeNae's Tip of the Month: Easy ways to journal
Rather than writing her own entry about this page, LeNae used three definitions (together, cherish and joy) to express her feelings about these family photos. She selected two cream colored definitions and one white. She tore each of them out and applied chalk to the edges and placed the white one in the center to balance the bright white tones in the photos. LeNae also added one silver and one bronze embossed charm next to the photo of her daughter Lauren for additional journaling. The charms add a touch of metallic color to the layout.

LeNae's Steps To Make This Layout

  1. Mat the photos: Mat one of the larger photos on light green and the other on dark green from the coordinating tone-on-tone color blocking page, trimming to 1/4". Mat both of these photos and the small photo on black, trimming closely. Glue at angles onto light green section of tone-on-tone color blocked background paper.
  2. Add charms and fibers: Cut out "joy" and "wonder" charms. Cut 2"-3" lengths of two green fibers and use a Glue Dot™ (careful, they're sticky!) to secure them next to the square photo as shown. Use Glue Dots™ and foam tape to secure paper charms over the fibers.
  3. Add definitions: Tear definitions from the book. Chalk the edges with black. Cut three 4" lengths of green ribbon fiber and secure both ends of one to the back of each definition. Glue the torn definitions to the bottom of the page. Insert a brad above the center of each and "hang" ribbons from brads.

Supply Listing:

Project reprinted from Kyla's Tone-on-Tone Color Block Papers.

LeNae Gerig is the author of LeNae's Scrapbooking Basics. She considers herself to be a "realistic" scrapbooker who wants to create great layouts quickly and easily.

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