If you are new to scrapbooking, I will give you a few tips on where to start in today’s post & project. Today we’ll be using the Baby’s First Christmas collection and I when I saw it, I knew exactly which photo I wanted to start with.
I’ve taken some photos to guide you through the steps I took to get my completed layout. All the supplies I used are listed down below along with some top tips.
I have a 12″x 12″ piece of red cardstock and I’ve layered on a white piece measuring 11.75″x 11.75″. I then trimmed out the grey/white polka dot paper – it was not long enough to go from one edge to the other, so I trimmed it in half as the middle will be covered.
The second patterned paper has been matted in the same red and then placed towards the left. At this point in time, my layout was going to be in this orientation. It’s okay to change the plan! I’m also experimenting with a strip of paper. I quite like it, so I’ll cut some more.
I’ve now turned my layout, cut an additional strip of gold card and placed them in the large white area at the top. This will be perfect for behind my title – My First Christmas. Also experimenting with the leaves coming out the side and I like it 🙂 I now have the main elements living in the right places.
So for the finishing touches I have added some more strips to go underneath the journaling – this creates some balance and copied elements bring the page together. I have created a cluster to the left of the photo and then to the right. This layout has 3 areas of interest that bring the eye into the centre of the ‘triangle’ they have created. This makes the page flow and draws the eye to the photograph. I’ve finished with some mini red buttons and wooden stars from my stash.
Use an acid free glue on your photos to keep them archival safe.
Create 3 clusters of interest around your focal point (photo) to create a ‘triangle’ – it will make the eye flow through the page.
If you are new to scrapbooking, why not copy a layout you like or find a sketch on Pinterest – these are great starting points
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