I don't know about you but summer seems to be the time of the year in which my camera's SD card fills up the quickest. What with all the great light and the fun summer activities, chances are that you're all capturing tons of beautiful sun-filled photos this summer season as well.
And I bet you can’t wait to get them onto your scrapbook pages, right?!
So to motivate you, here's a look at a few of my favorite season-inspired trends that I'm enjoying playing around with in my own summertime layouts.
Try channeling the rays of light radiating from the brilliant summer sun in your layout by adding your own burst of lines or strips in your scrapbook page background. In “Easy Livin” I’ve accented this sunny photo of my sister’s family with a subtle stitched burst that radiates from behind my photo’s center.
Gold can be a fun way to add light and sparkle to your layouts, while complementing your sunny photos perfectly. Gold can also help you warm up black and white photos and/or cooler summer tones. In my page "Let Love Lead the Way," I lost a lot of the light in my photo when I converted it to black and white, but I felt this was a necessary design choice. So I added a few splashes of gold throughout my page to help restore some of its sparkle.
3. Sun-faded photos
Add a soft summer glow to your photos by treating them with a subtle haze or even a full blown flare. As you can see in my page “This is Summertime,” even these black and white summer photos benefit from the soft light created by this sun-faded recipe that I used in Rad Lab.
4. Banners and buntings.
Banners and buntings are a great way to establish a sense of scene in your summer pages and they can help you convey a care-free feeling as well. In my page "My Sweet" I've blended a banner filled patterned paper with a watercolor background in a similar color. This allowed me to create the perfect backdrop for these photos of my sister-in-law and niece enjoying a warm summer day out on the lawn.
5. Gradient backgrounds (ombre)
Try using mediums like watercolors or mists, vellum or washi or even Photoshop's gradient tool to capture this cool effect in your page. Whether your gradient is inspired by a recent sunset or the rainbow of colors reflected in your sprinklers, recreating its essence in your page background can help you to really set the mood for your summertime memories. My gradient background in “The Whole Package” was inspired by the gradient glare produced by an old pair of sunglasses.