This has been such a wonderful month. I have learned so many things from our lovely collective. They have the most wonderful ideas. I have been at this for a long time, and yet I always find something new to learn each day. I wish there were hours enough in the day to implement all the new techniques, write all the stories, and take all the photos that I want to.
But with summer at its middle, the kids come first. So I sneak in my time here and there and do my best to keep taking pictures, and keep my notes nearby. To help put a quick page together, I looked in the gallery for a layout that would help me make a layout using a group of photos I took at our jazz and blues festival. With room for six photos, Jennifer's layout was the perfect choice.
Here is how the sketch came together.
I stayed pretty basic, letting the photos shine without much fanfare of embellishment.
Oh how I love the photo of her little bbq sauce 'stache. :) I liked the layered photos and the strip of four. Really a great design. Jennifer is so very talented. (Being the queen of horizontal photos that I am, you know this one is going to get some mileage in my books. Over and over...)
I hope you will be able to put this sketch to great use! If you are interested in purchasing a layered template, you may do so by clicking the button below. It will only be available for a limited time, so don't wait too long!
Thank you so berry much for stopping by today! I hope you have a lovely weekend!
Hi there! Jennifer here to talk to you a little bit about creating a mini album to document your summer. Every summer my boys and I create a summer bucket list of items we want to complete. As we check items off the list I snap a photo to document it and in turn add it to a mini album :)
Last summer we set out to with a hefty list of 100 things we wanted to accomplish. Simple things like playing with sidewalk chalk and water balloon fights and day long things like water park trips and family vacations! After 3 fun filled months we ended up checking off 50 of those 100 items! It was such an amazing summer and we made so many great memories along the way.
As we completed items I knew I wanted to put it all together into one mini album. I decided to keep the design simple, one 4x6 as well as a date, the number the item was on our summer bucket list and some journaling.
Digital templates/sketches and mini album sets really do all the design work for you, and all you have to do is add the photos and journaling and print! *Of course you could create a similar summer mini album with paper and photos or as a hybrid project.*
Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you start working on your summer mini album:
1.Start with the end in mind: Have a plan of what you want to document and a design scheme for the whole project. How many pages do you want it to be? What type of album do you want to use? Figuring out all of these things before you start will help simplify the entire process of putting the pages together!
2. Keep it simple: If you make the project too big it will never get done! Break down each page into a simple 10-15 minute task you can put together each and every night throughout the summer! Pick out the paper & embellishments you want to you and stick to those few items! Less is more when it comes to a simple mini album ;)
3. Keep a checklist: This will help to keep you on track and know what you have already accomplished and what you have yet to work on! It helps with motivation in the same way a daily to do list does :)
4. Be Flexible: If you original plan doesn seem to be working out best for you change it up! *With my mini album I decided half way through that I was going to have way too many pages. I decided then and there to throw in a few other photo sizes and less journaling on a few pages to make it all fit into a 20 page 8x8 shutterfly book!*
5. Have Fun! Make this a fun project you look forward to working on while you unwind after a long busy day! If its not fun, it wont get done. So make documenting the memories your top priority and the rest will just come together with the help of these few tips and a little time scrapbooking :D
Hi there! Celeste back again with another post. I hope you are enjoying your summer and taking loads of photos! Today I'm going to talk to you about templates and sketches. I tend to be very literal when I'm working with templates and sketches, but really there is so much you can do with them.
I created this template/sketch from a page I created. Super simple design, but fun and really makes the photo take center stage.
Now using my template, I'm going to show you a few ways to switch it up!
*Rotate the template 90 degrees either clockwise or counterclockwise. See how I rotated the title and the journaling. I also moved the element down.
*Fill the page or shrink the main area down. Here I filled the page, but with a larger template you can always shrink it down!
* Add photos. You can always break a photo spot up into more photos!
*Upside down! You can always flip the template upside down or mirror it from left to right or top to bottom. It's an easy way to change it up especially if you prefer your photos on a certain side of the page.
*And now for something completely different. Just use the page as inspiration. Here you can see I kept the scalloped edge and the polaroid photo, but created a page that is more layered and has more elements!
That's just a few of the many ways you can mix it up a bit.
I love summer. Early morning walks, evening bike rides, eating outside, vacations, staycations, fairs, festivals, farmers markets, outdoor concerts, ice cream, lazy days, a slower pace. That's been our summer so far, so what's not to love? All this fun means we take more photos at this time of year than any other. When I get a pile of summer pictures developed, I want to scrap as many as I can, as quickly as I can. The two-page layout helps me accomplish just that. Some are intimidated by this larger canvas, so today I'm posting a few examples with design tips so your two-page layouts can be just as easy to create as a single page.
Tip #1: Take a cue from the photos to create a background.
The balloons in the second photo inspired me to layer patterned paper circles over white cardstock. I cut one large circle so that it runs off the top of the page and spills over onto the second page. Then I cut more circles in various sizes and colors to keep things interesting. Circles always bring an energy that keeps your eye moving around the layout.
Tip #2: Take a cue from the photos to create embellishments.
Our trip to the Copper Harbor lighthouse in Michigan's Upper Peninsula inspired me to use my Silhouette to create custom embellishments that fit the theme of this two-page layout. The lighthouses are arranged in a visual triangle that lead the eye though the title and journaling, then over to the second page. A row of anchors layered on colorful scalloped circles adds interest and ties the two pages together.
Tip #3: A little patterned paper can go a long way.
On the same trip, we spent a lovely day in Marquette, Michigan. These photos are already very colorful and highly saturated, so I minimized my use of patterned paper. A few strips provide the needed foundation so my photos are not floating on the page. A small cloud punch allows me to introduce a more fluid shape and adds a pop of color at the top of the layout.
Tip #4: Horizontal borders tie everything together.
When designing a two-page layout, I'm always looking for ways to unify the look, which usually means adding some kind of border across both pages. I created top and bottom borders on this layout with paper strips and stitching. Another border of colorful patterned paper runs through the bottom row of photos. Clustering the rest of the page elements towards the center and leaving generous space gives the layout a clean look.
Do you have an abundance of summer photos waiting to be scrapped? Why not make a serious dent in your pile by whipping up some two-page layouts!