There are many places in New York City that have that special magic. That magical find where you find peace and tranquility in the mist of a busy city is rare. This particular place in the city you need to take a tram and vehicular traffic is at a minimum, is Roosevelt Island.

This week we are going to create a layout of a lighthouse on Roosevelt Island. The lighthouse on Roosevelt Island was built in 1872. The lighthouse has a very tranquil presence when viewing it. For our blog post this week, we have an outstanding photo of the lighthouse that we will showcase.

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 really captures the lighthouse from a far. How do we want to best capture the essence of the photo? Do we choose colors that will bring out the starkness of the photo, or do you want to have the lighthouse be the focal point? What you want to really focus on is really very subjective to the creator.

We chose a background page that had an olive green tone to page that would allow the various shades of greens, reds, and grays in the photo to “pop” and make the layout more inviting. The background page was also chosen not only for its color but also as a base for a layering technique we would use to build our layout.

As we mentioned, our olive green background was chosen as the base layer to allow our photo to “pop” in our layout. There were two schools of thought going on, we wanted to make sure we chose other background colors that gave a cohesive look, but also added some brightness to the layout as well. Two 6 x 6 background sheets were used to help build our layout. We chose a white and olive green polka dot background sheets to help bring the color to the forefront.

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 chose to create two frames by hand using an olive green and cherry red paper. We chose to stay with olive green to give a cohesive look and we chose cherry red to brighten up the page.

There are a couple of more items we want to add to the layout. We want to add some embellishments and paper die cuts. 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 get a response.

In order to capitalize on the richness and the beauty of the photos, we added some die cuts to help depict the meaning of what we wanted to get across when viewing this layout. We added a lighthouse die cut to show we wanted to give emphasis to the lighthouse itself based on the photos. We then chose the word “nature” die cut to illustrate the beautiful grounds and the water in the photo. A camera die cut and the wording “snapshot” was added to show the brilliance of the photos taken by a camera. Lastly we added the wording “Its The Little Things That Matter The Most” to help illustrate that not to take anything for granted especially nature and all the beauty around us.

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 Pebbles
  • Two 6 x 6 Inch Background Sheets by Bo Bunny (Little Monster Collection)
  • One 5-Inch Olive Green and Cherry Red Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4-Inch Olive Green and Cherry Red Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3-Inch “Snapshot” Die Cut by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3- Inch “Nature” Die Cut by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 2-Inch Camera Die Cut by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4 x 4 Journaling Card “It’s The Little Things That Matter Most” by Simple Stories



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