There is nothing like a smile. “A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.” There is no doubt about it. A smile changes everything. It is a gesture that can make someone’s day. As the saying goes, turn that frown upside down. Part of our Everyday Life Series, we are going to create a great layout using photos of a girl with a bright smile!

Before creating the layout on the right, we studied the photos at hand. There are times, when studying the photos before you start will allow you figure out what items you want to place in your layout, and play around with different ideas and envision what you want in your layout. Based the photos chosen, the focus is the smiling girl but let’s not forget the flowers in the background. We wanted to choose a background page with a shade of yellow to accentuate the blue and yellow from the flowers in the photos.

When choosing a background page for your layout, think of it as your “canvas” to build on. There are times when you might want to choose a plain background to create a layered look or a dimensional background. You may want to create a more dimensional look when your photos are not an action pact photo. For this particular instance our background was chosen with colors that would make the photos “pop” and make your eye go right to the photos at hand.

We have our photos chosen, and background sheet. Now decide on how you would like to frame your photos. Do you want to use a pre-made frame? Do you want to create a frame? Or do you want to just have your photo free standing in your layout? There are no right or wrong answers. We have done all the above. However, for this particular layout, we have chosen to create our own frames. When deciding frames for your photos, try to use similar colors as your photos. For example, we will be using frames in yellow and crystal blue. Both of these colors are in the photos that we are using in the layout. Using similar or same colors makes the colors more prominent in the photos.

We have the foundation for the layout. Now think about if you want to add any borders, and if so, how you want to use them in your layout. We are using 6 x 12 flower border to add some bright colors to the layout. For our other border we are using a olive green border to bring out the olive green a bit more in the flower border. Though our background is bright yellow with white flowers, we wanted to add a bit more color and a great way to do that is by using a border or two to achieve it.

We mentioned that we wanted to give our layout a “flowery” feel. In order to do that, we have added some embellishments. We added some colorful flowers in hot pink, olive green, and blue to represent the love of flowers. After all, flowers are a big part of the photos in the layout. As a finishing touch, we added two journaling cards. The first one is “Born to Shine.” The young girl in the photo is definitely meant to shine. The second journaling card “A Smile Is The Pretties Thing To Wear” and this journaling card about sums up the sentiment in the layout. Adding embellishments with text and pictures is a great way to express the feeling you are trying to get across to your viewer.

The bottom line is, you want to create a scrapbook layout that has a cohesive look. Fun background page, borders, frames, embellishments, and paper die cuts are used to help depict the story you are trying to tell. More importantly, have fun with your pages.

Materials used:

  • One 12 x 12 Background Sheet by American Crafts-(Summertime)
  • One 2x 12 Border by American Crafts-(Summertime)
  • One 6 x 12 Border by American Crafts-(Summertime)
  • One 6-Inch Blue Rectangle Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4-Inch Yellow Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “A Smile Is The Prettiest Thing You Can Wear” by Pebbles (Love You More)
  • One 4 x 4 Journaling Card by Simple Stories-(Sunshine & Happiness)
  • Four 1-Inch Flower Embellishments by Simple Stories-(Sunshine & Happiness)








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