Hey everyone! This is Shelly again with this month’s dose of the makings of a double page layout.
The crisp fall air has arrived here in the Midwest US, which just happens to be my favorite time of the year. YAY! It put me in the mood to get scrappy with some rich cozy colors.
This time, I decided to challenge myself to use Christmas goodies. If you are anything like me, I tend to collect lots and lots of Christmas collections, and there is no way I could ever use them all.
So why not use them for something other than Christmas? I got busy with the Sleigh Bells Ring Collection along with a touch of the Frightful Collection to bring in some orange.
Supplies: Sleigh Bells Ring – “Reindeer” Paper, “Christmas Tartan” Paper, “Noel” Paper, “Blitzen” Paper, 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, Enamel Shapes, Alpha & Word Stickers; Frightful – “Frightening Frames” Paper, ”Spooky” Paper, 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, Enamel Dots; Jubilee Tangerine – “Adventure” Be Daring Paper, “Story” Rub-Ons; Other: Alphabet, Silhouette leave shapes.
With this layout being a fall summary, I had lots of pictures that I wanted to include. The easiest and quickest way I can fit all those memories on a layout is to do one big block of pictures on one side of the layout. You could totally do a 12x12 photo collage, but I opt for putting (2) 3x4’s on a 4x6 for ease of printing. Most of my daily pictures are horizontal 4x3’s, so this block works perfect.
Colors! I pulled out a few of my favorite non-Christmasy themed papers from the Sleigh Bells Ring Collection. The orange papers from the Frightful Collection and a touch of yellow from Jubilee Tangerine Collection were just what I needed to really bring out the fall for my layout.
After pushing around some patterns, I fell in love with the rustic wood pattern on the B-side of the “Reindeer” paper. It is the perfect fun neutral to let the colors in my pictures really pop. To add a little more interest to the block of pictures, I added a white mat to a few of them. I also decided to push the open 4x3 space to the middle. Once I had my foundation down, I was then left to embellish and have fun.
I used my Silhouette to cut a few different leaves from various patterns. You could also just freehand cut a few leaves too. I almost did a few like the one on the bottom right, but then I remembered I had these leaf shapes in my files. The orange leaf there, it was cut by my hands, so I know you could cut them too!
I added in lots of different textures using enamel dots, rub-ons, corrugated letters, and stitching. I need a whole sheet of those little leaf rub-ons! I have to admit that I actually squealed when I was thumbing through the different rub-on sheets and came across those.
The “lovin’ it” rub-on was a last minute add. That open space between the two vertical pictures just kept screaming “fill me in!” and this rub-on was the perfect touch. As for the date, I used an Alpha & Word sticker sheet from the Sleigh Bells Ring Collection. There is only one sticker of each number, so I used (2) “L’s” which did the trick for the eleven.
To add interest to the big block of pictures, I continued the yellow strip of patterned paper across the top. This also helped bring my two sides together.
I wanted to re-create the same embellished look from the left side of my page onto the little 4x3 open space on the right side, just on a smaller scale. I was able to add in two falling leaves with enamel dots, the corrugated alphabet, rub-on words, and a scalloped border. I have to say that I really packed a punch in that small canvas I was given.
I know not all of you out there reading this are into double page layouts, but this has to be the easiest “sketch” to dip your toes into if you have ever wanted to try your hand at it. You can turn any single page into a doubler just by adding a 12x12 block of pictures.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderful day!