Hello! Today I wanted to share an idea I had to add pictures to my scrapbook, while working within a few limitations. I had this great set of photos from the 10th anniversary part for my dad and his wife. I wanted to give them the special treatment, but I also had the back page of my August monthly spread blank. For my yearly scrapbook, I mix Project Life pocket pages and full 12x12 spreads. (more on THAT soon) I decided to make a full page layout, but format it to fit into the PL style page protector. I'm going to give you a few instructions so you can try this at home, but if you are interested in a more detailed tutorial-leave a comment!
When planning my layout I thought about the page in two halves. The left side was just photos. I put that great pic of my nephews in the center, because I knew I could cut that in half and not lose any important faces. The right hand side took a little more thought. I laid out the background piece and a portion of this great floral paper (paper is actually black and white, but I added watercolor!). I had this one great pic of my grandmother with my oldest niece and nephew so I moved the two around until I found a position that would be pleasing overall, but would allow me to cut it apart without (again) losing anything important. To help me along I used an empty PL page protector as a visual (just by laying it on top to see where the lines would fall). Then I glued down the picture, floral paper and the cute words tags from Elles Studio. Then I took the whole thing to my paper cutter and CAREFULLY made the cuts I needed. I cut it into 3 4x6 pieces, then cut the center piece into 2-3x4's (again, I realize this is a lot of details, if you want more-leave a comment!). I rounded the corners of each pieces-something I did not really want to do, but the PL cards on the other side are already rounded, so I wanted them to match (sidenote -Dear Project Life peeps- please start selling your products with STRAIGHT CORNERS) I slipped each piece into their respective pockets and marveled at my brilliance ; ) . One last step-I added those foams stickers to the top of the plastic page protector-the adhesive is pretty strong and I didn't want to mess with lining them up in all the pockets. The fact that they run across the the page help to tie the two halves together.
There you go! This kind of page requires a little more planning, but I am moving towards pairing down the size of my scrapbooks, this solution allowed me to give my photos the special treatment without adding the bulk of another page.
I linked the products I used below so you can see what I used-I hope you will try this in our own scrapbook! Leave a comment if you have any questions or you need more details = )
Be back soon,