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After years of hard work, what better place to showcase your graduate’s accomplishments than in your scrapbook? Whether you’re celebrating a graduation from pre-school or college, graduation layouts are a great way to preserve old memories, honor friendships and document future plans.

About this Page
LeNae chose a classic color scheme for this graduation-themed page, using both patterned and glimmer papers from Classic sarapapers™ and accents from the matching Classic Embellish-abilities™ kit. She layered a striped paper through the center of the background paper, overlapping it with a large group photo. A slide mount on top of the photo helps to keep the focus on one specific person in the group. Finally, LeNae clustered two more slide mounts, a mini diploma, ephemera and personalized journaling down the right side of the page to balance the layout and add personality.

Patterned Paper Tip
Think you can’t mix patterned papers on your scrapbook pages? You can! In fact, when scrapbooking in a 12"x12" format with just one or two photos, mixing patterned papers can be a great way to add contrast and fill up some of the extra space on your layouts. On this “Graduation” page, I chose a background paper with a light, allover words pattern. Since this background paper is mostly black and all the subjects’ clothing is black, I cut a wide strip of striped paper to break up the visual space with color, contrast and pattern. This strip also helps to create a space to display my photos and embellishments, rather than having them look like they’re just floating on the black background.

And when working with school-themed photos, versatile, classic colors like black, white and red are always great, or try using papers and embellishments that match the school colors!

LeNae’s Tip of the Month
Group photos are great for scrapbooking because they not only show where you were and what you were doing, but also who you share your memories with. So what if you want to use a group shot, but want to focus on one specific person in the photo? The easiest way to point out one person in a group photo is with a frame. On this “Graduation” layout, I focused on just one person in the group shot by framing him with a slide mount. You might also try printing two copies of the same group photo and using both of them in your layout. Leave one as a group shot, then crop the other to show only the subject you want to focus on. Also, if all the members of the group are wearing different clothing, selecting papers and embellishments that coordinate with the clothing that your subject is wearing will help to keep the focus on that subject.

LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:

  1. Use the black words paper as the background. Cut a 12"x4" piece of black/ivory stripe paper with the stripes running lengthwise and glue across the center of the background paper.
  2. Mat a horizontal 5"x7" photo on black glimmer paper and trim the mat to 1/8". Mat again on red glimmer paper, trimming the mat to 1/16". Computer journal the name of the school and the year onto white cardstock. Crop to a long rectangle, ink the edges black and glue behind the top left side of the matted photo to create a tab. Glue the matted photo centered over the black/ivory stripe paper, 5/8" from the left edge of the page. Turn a large square slide mount so the black side is facing up. Punch three holes down the top left side of the slide mount and add one white, one red and one silver mini brad to the holes. Glue the slide mount framing the subject of focus in the photo.
  3. Cut out the “achievement” ephemera and ink the edges. Mat on black glimmer paper and trim the mat to 1/16". Add one red mini brad to each corner of the ephemera, then glue at an angle over the black/ivory stripe paper, just to the right of the photo.
  4. Turn another slide mount so the white side is facing up, ink the edges and glue at an angle under the ephemera. Cut a 2 1/2"x4" piece of white cardstock and roll it to create a mini diploma. Tie the rolled paper with a length of red sheer ribbon, then use Glue Dots™ to attach the diploma over the slide mount window.
  5. Computer journal onto white cardstock, printing an area no larger than 1 1/2" square. Turn another slide mount so the black side is facing up and glue over the journaling, framing the journaling in the slide mount window. Crop the journaling, leaving a 1/16" border around the slide mount, and ink the edges. Glue at an angle above the ephemera, then add one red embossed brad to the left and right sides of the slide mount.

LeNae’s Supplies for Making this Layout:

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