National Scrapbooking Day – Hello Little Sunshine

It’s National Scrapbooking Day over the pond today, so I’m sharing one of my favourite layouts I’ve made to date. The photo is one of Jamie’s pre-school photos – it’s very cute but also a little strange…a cowboy fishing in the woods? Anyway, it was such an adorable photo I had to scrap it and I knew exactly what journaling to use – 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive. The song kept coming into my head when I looked at the photo.

Getting Started

I thought about using patterned paper, but everything I put the photo against seemed busy. I wanted to enhance the photo, not compete with it. So I put the photo against the white cardstock and pulled out every stamp set I had with leaves and foliage in them. I marked where the photo was going to go and then stamped the leaves around the edge in different shades of green. I wanted to use red as accent colour to pick up the reds from his collar and the mushrooms – so I stamped little flowers in red around the foliage.


The Journaling was quite easy to do (I had already decided what to write). I simply typed it up in a word document, printed it out on a 4×6 piece of photo paper and used my  paper trimmer to cut out all the rows. The trickier part was not to get carried away sticking it all down in the wrong order! I was lucky this time 😛

To carry on with the hints of red I used cardstock strips to add ‘landing ground’ or ‘shelves’ for the photo and leaves to sit on. This also proved quite effective behind the title.

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Finishing Touches

All my accents have been stamped and trimmed out – I have not bought any extra embellishments. I do like to cut out stamped images and then layer them over each other instead of buying them already made. It can be challenging do it this way sometimes but it does encourage you to get creative (and it does save money). Even the title was stamped and trimmed.

I know the weather is going to be nice today, but I do hope that some of you will get time to fit in a little scrapbooking today 🙂

Helen x


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