Summertime. Clear skies, raging sunshine, and the beach. What more can you ask for? Going to the beach in the summertime is a luxury. Seeing children playing and running on the beach always brings a smile on ones face. What better way to document the joys of springtime by creating a scrapbook layout of your children enjoying the days of summer? This week for our “Everyday Life” series, we are using a photo of a children playing outside enjoying a sunny summer day.

If you have a lot of photos, and don’t know what to use, narrow it down to one or two. For the layout on the right, one photo was used. Out photo is a simple beach photo of the sky with sand, and a young child running in the distance. A background paper was chosen to enhance the photo. Because the photo in this layout contains a crisp blue with a background page several shades darker than the blue in the photo was chosen to extenuate the crisp blue in the photo. That’s something you’ll want to keep in mind choosing background papers that can make photos stand out on the page.

Once the background paper has been selected, this is your so-called “canvas” to build your layout using the selected photo. Being the theme is a beach scene; we have selected borders with red, white, blue, and yellow to complement the dark blue background paper. We have chosen a red and white striped border to place on the right side of the layout, and a border with blues and yellows with the word “summer” going across the top of the layout.

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 7 rectangle in a rich blue as a smaller background paper to layer on top of the larger background paper to “frame” our photo. If you are not crafty, you can also buy pre-made frames at your local craft store. Just be sure to choose a frame that compliments your photo/photos. If your photos are busy, use a simpler frame. If your photos are very plain without much color, you may want to use a frame with more color and pizzazz.

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 Summertime and the beach. The child in the photo is running on the beach without a care in the world. A Journaling card “Time for some summer activities yes!” was use to illustrate the child running carefree in the summertime on the beach.

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 paper die cuts one can use to represent Summertime and the beach. Embellishments such as a pail and shovel, along with a sand castle were chosen. Paper die cuts of the wording “Love This” and paper die cuts of beach balls were used to represent rallying ball on the beach.

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 Dark Blue Background Sheet by Close to My Heart
  • One 5 x 7 Rectangle Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “Time for Some Summer Activities” by Webster Pages
  • Two 1-inch Beach Ball Embellishments by My Minds Eye
  • One 5-inch “Love This” Embellishment Tag by My Minds Eye
  • One 1-Inch Pale and Shovel Sticker by Mambi Stickers
  • One 1-Inch Sand Castle Sticker by Mambi Stickers
  • One 4-Inch Red and White Border
  • One 4-Inch “Summer” Border by Simple Stories

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