Borders are a great way to enhance the theme of your page. This design uses simple coordinating paper art on a blue tiles background to create a vertical border on the right side.

About This Page
scrapbook project LeNae started this page with a blue/green sponged background paper. She cut a piece of blue tiles paper and matted the left side of it on black, then attached it to the right side of the page. LeNae matted both photos on black and added a white rectangle with journaling on the tag and threaded fibers through the top. The tag is placed next to the top photo. For additional embellishments, LeNae cut out the blue and green alphabet tiles and images. She added a ladybug cut-out to the bottom of the tag, a grasshopper to the corner of the bottom photo, and used foam tape on the other cut-outs and arranged them along the blue tiles paper. She added the alphabet tiles to the top photo to balance the page.

Patterned Paper Tip
The blue and green sponged paper was a perfect match for LeNae’s photos, as one of them has a green grass background and two of the boys wear denim overalls in the photos. LeNae added blue tiles paper as a border, lightening up the darker tones of the sponged paper and breaking up the horizontal scheme of the page. She matted the left edge of the tiles paper with black paper to separate the patterns. “The black line theme on the tiles and border was an easy transition onto my photos. I matted each on black cardstock for a finished look.”

LeNae’s Tip of the Month: Borders
Borders are great for giving your page dimension and interest, as well as simply building upon the theme of your layout or photos. Borders can be anything you want—from a paper strip like this, to tag embellishments, a buckle up treasure, a piece of ribbon or twill or a line of embossed charms or alphabet tiles.

LeNae’s Steps to Making This Layout

  1. For the background: Use the blue and green sponged paper as your background. Cut a 3 1/4” wide strip of blue tiles paper. Mat the left edge of the blue tiles on black, with a 1/8” wide border. Glue to the right side of the sponged paper.
  2. For the border: Cut out the insect and design squares and arrange them centered on the blue tiles paper with foam tape. The foam tape gives each square some height and gives the tile strip a mosaic look.
  3. The photos: Mat both photos on black cardstock and glue to the page as shown. Cut out the blue and green alphabet tiles and form the “boys” headline along the edge of the top photo. Cut out the grasshopper image and attach it to the bottom right corner of the bottom photo with foam tape.
  4. The tag: Cut out the tag that matches the blue tiles paper. Write your message on a white rectangle, then draw a slightly squiggly black line around the edge of the journaling. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and tie fibers to it. Use foam tape to add the ladybug cut-out at the bottom of the tag. Glue the tag next to the top photo.

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