by Julie Jones
One of my favorite things about taking my daughter’s photo is the moment that she lets go of the fake smile and gives me the genuine giggle. I wanted to document that on a page, so I started with a series of photos that took her from fake smile to laughing out loud.
Patterned paper: October Afternoon (orange polka dot), Basic Grey (brown), Autumn Leaves (cream)
Decorative Tape: Heidi Swapp
Letter Stickers: American Crafts
Adhesive: Herma Tabs
Paper trimmer: Cutterpede by EK Success
Step 1: Beginning with the background of the polka dot paper, lay your photos out in the pattern you would like them to be for the finished project.
Step 2: Go through your scrap stash, or use a new piece of patterned paper, and cut blocks and strips from the paper. Randomly add them behind your photos until you achieve the desired look. Adhere blocks and strips of paper and photos to the page with your favorite adhesive.
Step 3: Add decorative tape around the border of the photos where you’d like. For embellishments like this, I try to use the “triangle” rule and add embellishments so that they form a triangle around the focus of my layout. In this case, her giggly photo is the focus, so I added tape in three different areas to highlight that.
Step 4: Add your title with colorful stickers. Add the date and any journaling you wish. For this layout, the photos and title were self explanatory, so I just added the date and a small sentence about the giggle being my favorite.
This is a four-photo layout, but you could easily substitute more photos by cropping them down smaller. You could also use fewer photos, by filling up the space with blocks of patterned paper instead of a photo.