So many of my smiles begin with you. Whenever looking at photos of children, the given response is always with a smile. Photos of children are one of those things along with photos of animals that give people a smile. In our Everyday Life Series, we are featuring a photo of a brother and sister during wintertime playing in the snow.

Now let’s begin our adventure of creating our layout. Before choosing a background page, study the photo at hand. Look at the colors in the photo; what are the colors in the photo that you want to accentuate? Looking at the photo there is blue and a bit of yellow a reflection from the sun. Blue and yellow are the colors we are going to base our entire layout on.

Our background paper that we have chosen is light blue with blue stripes. We are going to use this background paper as our so-called “canvas” to build the layout using the selected photo. Being the theme is children playing in the snow; we have selected borders based on the colors in the photo being blue, and white and we will be using our chosen papers to build our layout layering various papers to add dimension to the layout.

Let’s start to take our “canvas” from being plain to a colorful dimensional layout. As mentioned previously, our 12 x 12 background page is a light blue with blue stripes. As you can see the light blue background was chosen, because the children are wearing snowsuits with blue and green, and we wanted to play off that color in the layout. We wanted to continue our focus on the light blue color, so we then added a border using the same color, but this time with bold blue and white snow pattern. By placing this pattern one the top of the background page, makes the blue color more pronounced, and draws your eye right to the center of the layout.

Looking at our layout all you see is a 12 x 12 background in pale blue with stripes, and a border running across the top of the layout. The layout as of now is pretty one-dimensional as far as color goes. How do we go from the layout looking one dimensional in color to having our layout “pop?” Well, remember we mentioned we were going to play on the color of blue and greens in the photo? Now we are going to add another primary color into the mix.

We have pale blue and white in our layout thus far. Now we are going to add some different shades of blue to the mix along with red. To brighten up the layout, we have chosen a 6 x 6 white polka dot sheet of blue to give the layout a bit of color. We then added a red border to the mix to add a bit of balance to the layout. By doing this, the teal color is not dominating the layout as a whole.

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 5 x 5 rectangle in a crystal blue to frame our photo. We chose a crystal blue so it can pop against the blue background and compliment the blue and red border as well.

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 wintertime, and the snow. The children in the photo are in the snow smiling. A journaling card “So Many Of My Smiles Begin With You.”

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.

There are many embellishments and stickers one can use to represent snow and the wintertime. A couple of paper die cuts were used to illustrate snowflakes. We placed the snowflake paper die cuts on top of the red border with white snowflakes to make the snowflakes more prominent. We also used snowflake embellishments along with the saying “Let It Snows” to help convey to our audience snow in the wintertime. Another embellishment “Joy” was placed in the layout to illustrate the joy in the photo of the children playing in the snow. Lastly, we used a snowman embellishment to convey wintertime and the act of building a snowman using the snow that has just fallen.

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 Background Sheet by Simple Stories (Say Cheese II)
  • One 4 x 12 Border by Doodlebug Designs (Santa Express)
  • One 3 x 12 Border by Close To My Heart (Snowhaven)
  • One 5 x 5 Blue Rectangle Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4 x 8 White Rectangle Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 6 x 6 Red Patterned Background Sheet by Echo Park Paper (Keepin Kozy)
  • One 6 x 6 Blue and White Polka Dot Background Sheet by Echo Park Paper(Keepin Kozy)
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “So Many Of My Smiles Begin With You
  • One “Let It Snow” Embellishment by Me & My Big Ideas
  • One Snowman Embellishment by Me & My Big Ideas
  • One “Joy” Embellishment by Me & My Big Ideas
  • Four Snowflake Embellishments by Me & My Big Ideas
  • Two 2.5 Snowflake Die Cuts by Scrapping Your Way



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