What little boy does not want to be a fireman when they grow up?  To most boys, being a fireman is pretty cool. The big red trucks that have sirens that blast when the firemen are on their way to a fire is very alluring to little boys. The gear that firemen wear is another enticing factor to little boys. This week for our “Everyday Life” series, we are using a photo of a child dressed like a fireman.

Our photo is a simple photo of a boy dressed up as a fireman. A background paper was chosen to enhance the photo. Because the photo in the layout has a yellowish tone and the boy is wearing yellow a background of mustard was chosen to extenuate the yellowish tone in the photo. That’s something you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing background papers that can make photos stand out on the page.

Once the background paper has been selected, this is your so-called “canvas” to build your layout using the selected photo. Being the theme is a boy dressed up as a fireman; we have selected borders with red, blue, and a border with fire trucks to give more emphasis of theme being a fireman.

Based on the colors chosen for the background page and borders, we now have to think about what we want to use to frame our photo. For this particular photo, we chose to create a 4 x 4 square frame red to bring out the red in the photo along with giving the photo more emphasis on the 6 x 6 border to be placed around the photo. If you are not crafty, you can also buy pre-made frames at your local craft store. Just be sure to choose a frame that compliments your photo/photos. If your photos are busy, use a simpler frame. If your photos are very plain without much color, you may want to use a frame with more color.

We have the background page, and the framing of the photo chosen; now we want to think about what we want to have the layout convey. By looking at the photo, and the colors that we have chosen thus far, we want to add items that convey fireman as well the actions of what the boy is doing in the photo. The child in the photo is dressed up like a fireman but we get the impression like he is saying something in the photo. We chose to use a journaling card that says “Dude.” We also chose a journaling card that says “Rocks” to imply that the boy in the photo is rocking the costume in the photo.

There are a couple of more items we want to add to the layout. We want to add some embellishments and two sayings that we chose to use as a border as well. . Choose embellishments to enhance your page. Embellishments are used to get a response of WOW. When most people look at a page in a scrapbook, it’s not always the photo that gets there attention as much as what is used on the page to get a response.

We chose an embellishment of what a fireman would wear along with a fire hydrant. These embellishments give the layout a bit more dimension. The two things we added last were borders that said: “boys will be boys” and “I love you just the way you are.” Both of these sayings depict the action of what the boy is doing in the photo.

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 Golden Yellow Background Sheet by Close to Your Heart
  • Two 6 x 6 Borders by Echo Park Paper
  • One 6 x 6 Fire Truck Border by Echo Park Paper (Scout)
  • One 4 x 4 Square Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “Dude” by Simple Stories (For Him)
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “ Rocks” by Simple Stories (For Him)
  • One Fireman Pants and Jacket Embellishment by Jolee’s Boutique
  • One Fireman Boots Embellishment by Jolee’s Boutique
  • One Fireman Hat Embellishment by Joelee’s Boutique
  • One Fire Hydrant Embellishment by Jolee’s Boutique
  • One Border “Boys Will Be Boys” by Echo Park Paper
  • One Border “ I Love You Just The Way You Are” by Echo Park Paper

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