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Summer is...
From backyard barbecues and camping trips to family vacations, hot weather and summer jobs, summer means something different to paper crafters everywhere. Whether you spend your days catching up with the kids while they’re out of school or relaxing by the pool with your favorite magazine, pay tribute to the season with a scrapbook page that shows just what summer means to you!

About this Page
A soft green and aqua color scheme is a great way to cool down a hot summer layout. LeNae selected papers from new Flea Market Fabrics sarapapers™ and accents from the matching Flea Market Embellish-abilities™ kit for this refreshing outdoor page. She layered coordinating patterned papers to create the background for her summer-themed photos and journaling, then added a personal touch with hand drawn doodling around the corners of her page elements. Trendy silk flowers and unique brads embellish the doodling, adding simple, coordinating color and dimension.

Patterned Paper Tip
Background papers don’t always have to be covered with a noticeable, allover pattern. In fact, when working with photos that feature many different patterns or colors, using background papers with subtle patterns (like a faux-textured paper) will help keep the focus on the photographs. But if you’re like me and you just can’t resist all the amazing patterned papers out there, you can mix and match subtle and busier papers for a cool collage effect. For the background of this summer layout, I chose a simple green faux-textured paper, then clustered large rectangles of my two favorite coordinating papers on top. By adding my photos and journaling directly on top of the patterned paper areas, the patterns are broken up a bit, making them act as a nice accent rather than a slight distraction from my photos.

Another tip? I used a corner rounder to round the corners of the layered patterned papers, then repeated the round corners on my photos, mats and journaling. Especially when layering elements for a collage effect, rounded corners are easy on the eyes and will help one element flow into the other.

LeNae’s Tip of the Month
The latest trend in paper crafting is easy to do, it lets you get a little creative and it’ll add tons of personality to your projects–and I bet you already have all the tools you need to do it! What is it? It’s hand drawn doodling! Doodling was a popular paper crafting technique several years ago, and it’s quickly made a comeback in scrapbooking and card making with swirly designs as the latest craze. The best part? All you need is a pencil, a pen and a little imagination! If you want a little practice before jumping right in to this technique, try out some designs with a pencil on scratch paper until you come up with one you like. To add the doodling to your page, first draw lightly with a pencil, then trace over the pencil lines with any color of pen to make them really stand out. (Hint: Creative, curly doodling is great for pairing with round corners and round embellishments!)

LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:

  1. Use the green textured paper as the background. Cut a 6 1/4"x10" piece of green striped paper with the stripes running shortways, then round each of the corners. Glue the striped paper centered 3/4" from the left edge of the page. Round the corners of a 4 1/2"x8 1/2" piece of yellow with flowers paper and glue across the page, 3/4" from the right edge and 1 1/4" from the bottom edge (the floral paper will overlap the striped paper).
  2. Round the corners of a at a 5"x7" vertical photo. Computer journal the date onto white cardstock and crop to a small rectangle. Glue the journaling behind the bottom left edge of the photo to create a tab. Mat the photo on gold textured paper, trim the mat to 1/8" and round the corners. Glue the photo 1 3/4" from the left edge and 2" from the top edge of the page, overlapping the striped paper piece and leaving the bottom right corner of the photo unglued.
  3. Round the corners of a 4"x4 1/2" photo, then mat on white cardstock, trim the mat to 1/8" and round the corners. Glue the photo 1 3/4" from the top of the page, overlapping about 3/4" of the larger photo.
  4. Computer journal onto white cardstock and crop to a horizontal rectangle, leaving about 1" of blank space to the left of the journaling. Round the corners of the journaling, then tuck the left end under the bottom right corner of the large photo. Glue the journaling and the corner of the photo in place.
  5. Using a black pen, draw freehand doodles like curly lines, small circles and polka dots around the top left corner of the large photo. Accent the doodling with aqua mini brads and use an aqua big brad to attach a small white silk flower overlapping some of the doodling. Repeat the doodling around the bottom left corner of the large photo, the top right corner of the smaller photo and the bottom right corner of the journaling block. Accent each of the doodled areas with an aqua polka dot brad and accent the doodling by the journaling with more aqua mini brads.

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