Hello everyone! This is Shelly returning again this month’s dose of the makings of a double page layout.
I was sitting on a bench watching my kids play in the sand and splash in the waves. That is when it hit me. OH! This would make the perfect memory to be scrapped using the new MME Necessities line! Yes, that was me. I like to think I am not the only one out there that is living in the moment and enjoying it, but then a creative idea pops into your head of how you want to get this memory on paper. Right?!? Please say I am not alone.
So, here it is... fresh off of my scrapbook table, our annual beachy memories that were captured over our family Fourth of July vacation that happened only a few short weeks ago. This has to be a world record for me to get a memory scrapbooked this quickly. I guess when the creative impulse hits, you better run with it!
Supplies: Necessities: Blues – “Confetti” Vellum Paper, Foil Monogram Alphas, 6x6 Paper Pad; Reds – “Stripe” Vellum Paper, “Triangle” Paper, Glitter Monogram Alphas, Decorative Tape, 6x6 Paper Pad; Wood – “Light Wood” Paper, 6x6 Paper Pad; Metallic – “Dot” Vellum Paper, Metal Dots; Other: String
You will notice throughout my process, I tend to switch out different pictures along the way. I almost always order a few extras for that “just in case” moment, which I inevitably always have. You will also note that I continuously switch the “Elsie” picture too. Why is it that I couldn’t get a grasp on how I wanted that to be? The funny thing is, after taking pictures of the layout for this post I realized I needed her name to be upside down just how I took the pictures.
Here is my sketch I worked with. What kicked started my process this time around, were the two horizontal detail shots. I wanted those to shine on my page by printing them 4x6. I still wanted to have a 4x6 shot of the typical kid face picture too, and that is when I decided to print the two vertical shots of each of my kids. Having those (4) 4x6 photos pretty much dictating my design, the rest of it just flowed to have a few smaller shots.
I pulled out the Necessities Blues and Reds just how I had envisioned while sitting on the beach watching my little ones play. The light wood patterned paper was just meant to be for the background. I was so happy that it worked beautifully with the color of the sand.
After having those on my desk, I added in a pop of gold. I wasn’t sure how the role of gold would play just yet on my layout, but I knew this layout would need a pop of it somewhere along the way. Maybe the letters? A gold vellum sun? A brad or two here or there? Only time would tell!
After pushing around pretty papers and cutting a few up, I had a plan that I loved. It was great how the woodgrain background gave the vellum papers a beautiful soft feel. For the title, I opted for the blue with a touch of red. I tried on the gold letters for size, but it just didn’t give enough “wow” factor to the title for it to stand out. So the quest for gold continued…
Then it was time to fill in some of that open space. I know the banner craze started a long time ago, but come on, they are just too fun and versatile not to bring them back into play every once and while.
Swooping them across each side of my layout created a path for my eye follow and let me add in a little more texture and color too. It also gave me the perfect opportunity to bring in that pop of gold I was itching for.
To create my banner, I got out a couple of my trusty circle punches; creating a stack of colorful circles from the 6x6 designer paper pads and a shiny gold stack of circles from the gold dot vellum. Then I simply folded them in half and wrapped them around white string.
Thank you for stopping by for another glimpse of what happens inside my head while I create a double page layout. I hope I have given you a little bit of inspiration to create one of your own. Have a wonderful day!