Hey there, friends! Missy back with you today. When you start a new scrapbook layout, do you usually start with your photo and then select your papers or do you begin with the papers and then choose your photo? I do both. For this layout, I began with the photo. I let it inspire me to choose the colors of my page as well as the title. This photo is of my oldest daughter, and when I look at it I see so many things. I can see how happy and content she is. She is autistic and nonverbal, and she has a lot of sensory issues. When she is in the pool she seems to come out of her shell. Many times she puts her fingers in her ears to block out any outside chaos that she can’t process. The smile on her face in this photo shows that she is very happy and at peace with her surroundings. Plus it shows her true beauty. And since I wanted to showcase her happiness in this layout, I decided to go bold and bright and create a happy and fun page.
"Happy Girls", by Missy Whidden.
I decided to use a square design cut file from The Cut Shoppe on the top half of my background paper. It’s from Sweet Sweet Spring, and I love the soft blue design on it. I backed all the squares with papers from Sweet Baby Girl, Zoo Crew, Cute Baby Boy, and Illustrated Faith She Blooms & Whatever is Lovely. I used a bit of clear gesso on the bottom half and added some watercolor behind the photo. I used some blues, pinks and oranges to echo some of the colors up top. I combined several alphas to create my title.
Here’s a close-up of all those squares. This did take a while, but the result is worth it. I love how many colors & patterns I was able to use here. I used a few of the white Little Bits stickers around the squares and did a bit of machine stitching with blue thread. I also added a few enamel hearts. They are always the perfect embellishment!
I love using multiple colors & fonts to create fun titles. Here I used some of the Ciao Chipboard pieces, a patterned paper die cut word, some Tiny Text Alphas and some Text & Treasures from She Blooms. Mixing and matching is another great way to bring lots of different colors to the page.
To add a bit of interest to the left of the title I added a few more enamel hearts with a bit of pink tangled thread. I love the contrast between these fun colors.
Here’s another look at the squares. I tried to keep the colors mixed well by not placing the same color in two close squares. I wanted a scattering of different colors, and this is an easy way to get small details on the page. Take a look at your patterned papers and there may be a small area on a certain paper that you can use. I got a lot of use out of the She Blooms floral paper. There are so many gorgeous colors on it, and it was so fun to use tiny parts of it to back these squares.
Here’s one more look at the title area. I felt like I needed a touch of green in there somewhere, so I used a scalloped border punch and made a small green strip under the title. I added a bit of machine stitching through it and then added a small line of journaling.
I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next layout! Have a great day!
Sweet Sweet Spring: Easy Breezy, Buds & Blooms; Sweet Baby Girl: Borders; Cute Baby Boy: Daily Details, Jungle Jammies, Play With Me; Zoo Crew: Snake Skin; IF She Blooms: She Blooms, Take Root Pink, Treasures & Text; IF Whatever Is Lovely: Praiseworthy, Exclusive Collection Kit Bonus Pattern; Just Add Color: White Little Bits; Tiny Text Alpha Stickers: Faithful; Ciao Chip Elements: Today; Enamel DooDads: Bell Pepper; IF Enamel Hearts: Oh My Heavens Mix, Bless Her Heart Mix, She Blooms Mix