Monday, October 7, 2013

You Taught Me

I wanted to try my hand at showing the process that goes into my layouts. From the last batch of photos I had printed, I had an old photo of my dad and me that I have no backstory for. Because of that, I decided I'd use it as an opportunity to document some of the hobbies and obsessions that he instilled in me.

I always begin with my photo(s), and then I'll select the background patterned paper and a couple of coordinating papers. For this one I chose Basic Grey {Carte Postale} Ocean Drive paper, 2 scraps from past Studio Calico kits, and a sheet from the new Best of Basic Grey paper pad.

Next I decide on the placement of the photo and which papers I want to layer beneath it. I usually mat my photos and also like to use pieces of paper as embellishments. You can see on this layout I used two strips at the top and bottom, two triangles and some punched shapes, all from the papers I had originally pulled. I move things around for a bit until I feel they've found their place, and then I'll adhere everything. This time I wanted to stamp a little under the paper layers, so did that right before gluing.

I use a ruler to hold my letter stickers so that I can see where I want to put them, and if there is ample space. Since I was including stamped letters, I lined them up as well. While I was working on the title I thought about how I wanted to do my stamped words, and then I needed to let it all marinate before finalizing everything.

Sometimes when I finish a layout, I know it's not completely finished. I set it aside for a day or two, and then take a fresh look at it. I decided to remove the enamel dots and add one last stamped word strip. Then I felt it was complete!

The other items I used were a geotag clip from the Ohdeerme kit, old Basic Grey letter stickers, Hero Arts Stepping Stone alphabet stamp set, My Mind's Eye {Find Your Wings and Fly} stamps, and Pebbles alphabet roller stamp.


  1. Love this layout! Thanks for sharing your process too.

  2. That's pretty much the same process I use. Love casual feel to this page.

  3. So nice to see how this came together. Awesome page!

  4. Great combination of paper colors/patterns!

  5. This is so touching, and I love the globe detail! Such a creative design!

  6. this layout is absolutely PERFECT!!! I love everthing about it!!! so awesome

  7. Awesome layout, thanks for sharing :)

  8. what a great layout!! Love this!! TFS!

  9. What a fabulous page! Great idea for those photos without a particular story.

  10. Thanks crafty ladies, your kind words mean a lot!

  11. This is such a great page!!
    I love that you told a story with an unrelated photo.
    And thanks for all the comments you have left me.
    I am adding you to my blog roll!

    1. Thanks Mary Jo, I saw your comment on the 2Ps forum, so have added you to my bloglovin' feed, see you around the blogosphere! :)


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