New York City’s oldest standing bridge is the High Bridge, which was built to carry the Old Croton Aqueduct over the Harlem River. The water tower itself was built to help meet the increasing demands on the city’s water system. We will be featuring these two landmarks this week, part of our New York Happenings Series.

By looking at these photos, we have decided to go with a very simple layout to showcase these two fantastic photos illustrating this unique historical landmark. By going simple, we have to then think about how to best capture the essence of the photos. Do we choose colors that will bring out the richness of the green color with a bit of blue? What you want to really focus on is really very subjective to the creator.

We chose a background page that had olive green with white in the background. We wanted to use a green that would allow the white and green in the photos to be enriched by the colors of the background page. Having the layout be as simple as possible and have the main focus be on the water tower and the high bridge.

Based on the colors chosen for the background page, we now have to think about what we want to use to frame our photos. To frame our photos, we chose decorative paper to help bring out the richness in the photos. We chose a green and white polka frame for one photo, and a olive green patterned frame for the second photo.

The bulk of the work is now done. Now the fun begins! Choosing embellishments and paper die cuts are always the fun part when creating a layout. Choose embellishments and die cuts to enhance your page. Embellishments and die cuts are used to get a response of WOW. When most people look at a page in a scrapbook, it is not always the photo that gets there attention as much as what is used on the page to get a response.

Our first reaction when seeing these photos of the High Bridge and High Bridge Water Tower is how serene these photos are, and how something so serene is here in New York City amongst all the chaos of the city. How are we going to use die cuts and stickers to give justice to the serenity of the photos? We chose go with die cuts that have some meaning. We first placed a die cut of the saying “scenic route” pointing to the High Bridge itself. Next we chose a die cut “discover” to illustrate that once you have discovered the High Bridge it does have a long history with the city of New York. A die cut “water works” was placed in the middle of the layout to show that the water tower is also an important part of history. Lastly, we used some arrow stickers to bring attention the photo of the water tower, that we think is a magnificent photo unto itself.

The bottom line is, you want to create a scrapbook layout that has a cohesive look. Fun background papers, frames, and embellishments and die cuts 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 DCWV papers
  • One 5-Inch Olive Green Pattern Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 5-Inch Green and White Polka Dot Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • Two 5-Inch Rectangles by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3-Inch “Discover” Die Cut by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3-Inch “Water Works” Die Cuts by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3-Inch “Scenic Route” Die Cuts by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 2-Inch Arrow Sticker by Me and My Big Ideas
  • One 3-Inch Arrow Sticker by Me and May Big Ideas



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