The Joan of Arc Memorial is one of the oldest memorials in New York City. The Joan of Arc Statue is housed in Riverside Park. Jeanne La Pucelle later known as Joan of Arc, she was a heroine of the middle Ages. If you have been following our blog, we have a series called New York Happenings. This week we are going to showcase the statue of Joan of Arc and emphasis her beauty in a stunning black and white photo.

A 12 x 12 background sheet in a light gray was chosen to actuate the charcoal gray in the photo. A black and white border was selected to bring out the brightness of the white in the photo. Our main focus of this layout is the richness of the Joan of Arc statue and the bare trees. Along with a black and white border, we chose an 8 x 10 aquamarine border along with an 8 x 10 patterned border.

The background sheets have been selected, now it is time to decided how we want to display the photo in the layout. Do we want the photo be free standing, or are we opting to frame the photo? To frame photos or not to, is really up to the person creating the layout. There are times you want to frame your photos especially if something is cut off from the photo. By framing certain photos you are giving them more of a close up by framing them. The framing for this photo was done by hand, but you can go to your local craft store and buy a pre-made frame. We chose to create a layered look by placing our frame on top of a cherry red rectangle to give the photo more weight in the layout. A frame in grey was created to help capture the black and white in the photo.

Now that the borders and framing have been chosen. It would be a good stopping point, and start to secure the elements of the layout. Begin by securing down the borders chosen, and then glue down the photo. Look at the spacing that is left. Decide what you would like to add to complete the layout.

The bulk of the work is now done. Now the fun begins! Choosing embellishments, stickers and journaling cards are always the fun part when creating a layout. Choose items that help you depict what you are trying to get across to the viewer.

Choose embellishments and paper die cuts to enhance your page. Embellishments and paper die cuts 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 a get response. Since our layout features a black and white photo of a statue of a well-known person, we chose journaling cards to bring attention to our black and white photo.

For example, a journaling card of “Look At This” was chosen to bring attention to the photo. We chose a journaling card that had that chalk look which compliments the colors of the photo. A Heart Journaling card was also used to bring some color to the layout as well as some texture since the heart is in red glitter. To finish off the layout we create a paper die cut of the wording “Amazing.” We also added a cherry red square on the bottom left corner to match the cherry red rectangle border used to accentuate the photo. Lastly, we added two stickers with aquamarine to give the layout a more cohesive look.

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 Page by American Crafts (Amy Tangerine)
  • One 9 x 12 Black and White Border by Heidi Swapp
  • One 8 x 10 Aquamarine Border by Heidi Swapp
  • One 8 x 10 Patterned Border by Flow Magazine
  • One 6-Inch Aquamarine Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4-Inch Grey Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3-Inch Paper Die Cut “Amazing” created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 2.5-Inch Cherry Red Square by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “ “Look At This” by Page Pockets
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card of a Glitter Heart by Page Pockets
  • Two Aquamarine Circle Stickers by Flow Magazine

 

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