Elephants, giraffes and more. What better place than going to the zoo to see these spectacular animals. Going to the zoo is a favorite pastime for the young and old alike. What better way to document the joyous day by creating a scrapbook layout of your child going to the zoo?

Before we started to create our layout, we first gathered all the photos we wanted to use. For our layout we decided to go with three photos. We chose photos with a bit of action. The photos are of children looking at elephants and giraffes and other animals at the zoo.

Based on the photos that we chose, we then gathered various papers with similar colors in the photos. As you can see the photos are showcasing grays, browns, and a bit of orange. We then decided to use a background page and borders with these colors to give more emphasis to the photos in the layout.

Our background sheet with a tint of orange was chosen, but we wanted to add a more dimensional look to help the photos be more prominent on the page. One 6 x 6 sheet of paper and 6 x 8 sheet was a golden yellow and gray were selected to bring out the brightness of the yellow tint and gray color in the photos. Our main focus for this layout is the animals, which is the theme of this scrapbook layout.

The background sheets have been selected, now it is time to decide how we want to display the photos in the layout. Do we want the photos to be free standing, or are we opting to frame the photos? To frame photos or not, is really up to the person creating the layout. There are times you want to frame your photos especially if something is cut off in the photo, but you still want to display the photo. Other times, you may want to have them free standing to display the entire photo at hand. We have chose to frame our photos. We really wanted to showcase the animals in the photos and give a more prominent look in the layout. By framing certain photos you are giving them more of a close up by framing them. The framing for these photos were done by hand, but you can go to your local craft store and buy pre-made frames. Frames in gray and gold were created to help capture the colors in the photos.

Now that the papers 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 6 x 8 sheet, and the 6 x 6 sheet and then glue down the photos. Look at the spacing that is left. Decide what you would like to add to complete the layout.

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 their attention as mush as what is used on the page to get a response. Since our layout is a child at the pumpkin patch, choose elements that help convey what the child is going and the surrounds of what is in the photos.

An embellishment of an elephant was chosen because the children in the photos are looking at elephants. Along with an elephant embellishment a giraffe embellishment was chosen as well. In the second photo a child is looking at giraffes as well as ostriches. Lastly, we chose an embellishment to help depict what the layout is about. We chose an embellishment with the wording “ It ‘s a Zoo in Here”

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 Orange Background Sheet by Heidi Swapp
  • One 6 x 8 Gray Patterned Background Sheet by Heidi Swapp
  • One 6 x 6 Golden Yellow Background Sheet by Echo Park Paper ( That’s My Boy)
  • One 4 x 5-Inch Gold Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • Two 4 x 5-Inch Gray Frames by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3-D Elephant Embellishment by Paper House
  • One 3-D Giraffe Embellishment by Paper House
  • One 3-D Embellishment “It’s A Zoo In Here.” by Paper House




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