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 girl enjoying a lollypop.

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 the girl is wearing a blue dress. We are going to base our layout on the color blue.

Our background paper that we have chosen has cherry red, pink, blue yellow and olive green stripes. This background page is reminiscent of a rainbow lollypop. Being the theme the child is enjoying the simple pleasure of a having a lollipop we have chosen to keep this layout very simple.

Based on the colors of the background page, we now want to think what kind of frame do we want around the photos? As we noted earlier, we are focused on the blue in the photos. After al, we want our audience to be drawn to the photos on the page. In order to achieve this, we need to pick other elements in the photos that draw our attention.

Our scrapbook layout is starting to take some shape. Let’s continue to build on keeping the photos of our layout be the focal point. Based on the colors chosen for the background page, we now have to think about what we want to use to frame our photos. For the photos we chose to create frames using crystal blue and cherry red colors. We chose to use a crystal blue so it can pop against the multi-colored striped background and compliment the blue and cherry red in the background page. We created a 5 x 5 crystal blue frame using the words” what’s up?” in cherry red. Another frame that is 4x 5 with crystal blue with cherry red with hearts. Again, these colors were chosen to accentuate the blue in the photos.

We have the background page, and the framing of the photos chosen; now we want to think about what we want to have the layout convey. By looking at the photos, and the colors that we have chosen thus far, we want to add items that convey a whimsical feel since the activity of enjoying a lollipop elicits a sense of enjoyment.

A number of journaling cards were chosen to help depict the feelings we were trying to get across to our audience. A journaling card that says “currently.” This journaling card is used to start a conversation using another journaling card. The journaling card “I Think You Are” which is a list helping describe the child. Such as: awesome, sweet, lovely, happy, all of the above. Lastly we added a journaling card “March To The Beat Of Your Own Drum.” By looking at the child in the photo, you get that feeling that she is the type of child that is a free spirit who has the curiosity to do what she feels.

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 (We Are Family)
  • One 5 x 5 Blue Rectangle Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4 x 5 Cherry Red and Blue Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3 x 4 “March To Your Own Drum” Journaling Card by Pebbles (Love You More)
  • One 3 x 4 “I Think You Are…” Journaling Card by Pebbles (Love You More)
  • One 3 x 3 “Currently” Journaling Card by Simple Stories





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