Lincoln Center is one of those places that are just magical. Lincoln Center can transport you to that far away place with the sounds of the New York Philharmonic, to giving you the feeling of dancing in the latest performance from the New York City Ballet. Lincoln Center is just magical. No mater what, especially at night when the elegance of the building is lit up.

As we continue with our New York Happenings Series we are showcasing one of the major attractions of New York City. For our blog post this week, we have an outstanding photo of Lincoln Center that we wanted to showcase.

For the layout on the right, a black and white photo was used of Lincoln Center. Having the photo in Black and White is particularly special since it really does show the beauty of the building and the intricacies of the architecture.

As we study the photo at hand, we want to really study the structure of the photo. It is easy to say we want to accentuate the fact that the photo is in black and white. How do we want to best capture the essence of the photo? Do you choose colors that will bring out the richness of the black in the photo, or do you want to have the white be the focal point? What you want to really focus on is really very subjective to the creator.

The black and white photo of Lincoln Center is just breath taking. We wanted to create a very clean and simple layout that would showcase the beauty of the building. In order to do this, we chose a 12 x 12 background that symbolizes Lincoln Center. As mentioned Lincoln Center is known for the arts, and we chose to use a 12 x 12 background with musical notes.

Based on the colors chosen for the background page, we now have to think about what we want to use to frame our photo. We wanted to use neutral colors to help accentuate the essence of the photo. We created a 6 Inch frame using an ivory sheet and a silver shimmer sheet. We created a more intricate frame to add some understated elegance to the layout.

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 this photo of Lincoln Center in Black and White was WOW! How were we going to use die cuts, embellishments, and journaling cards to give justice to this fabulous photo of Lincoln Center?

First and foremost, we wanted to keep this layout as simple and elegant as possible. We did not want to clutter the layout with a lot of die cuts and embellishments. In order to accomplish this, we stuck with you using journaling cards to enhance the layout.

A number of journaling cards were chosen to help add some color to the layout. A journaling card with a “heart” to get the sentiment across of expressing our love for Lincoln Center and the elegance of the photo as a whole. Another journaling card with the word “magic” to get the sentiment across of Lincoln Center being a place of magic. These two journaling cards helped depict the sentiment and feeling every time a person goes to Lincoln Center and the magnificent of the building portrayed in a black and white photo. Lastly, we added musical note die cuts to bring the musical background to the forefront.

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 Crate Paper (Oh, Darling)
  • One 6 Inch Cream and Silver Shimmer Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4x 6 Journaling Card “Magic” by Simple Stories (Say Cheese)
  • One 4 x 4 Heart Journaling Card by Simple Stories
  • Two 3 Inch Music Die Cuts by Scrapping Your Way







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