If you have never been over to check out Easy Scrapbook Pages, you definitely should take the time to head over. The purpose of ESP, is to provide you with amazing layouts and then break those layouts down into 8 steps or less, for you to re-create them. Here are the steps I used in creating "Perfectly Poised":
1. Print and trim a single photo with a very narrow white border (3.5″ x 5″ or 4″ x 6″). Lay it on subtle, tone-on-tone patterned paper about 1″ from left edge of canvas and 2″ from top edge of canvas.
2. Cut a 5.5″ x 5″ piece of subtly patterned paper, and place it behind your photo. Add a small tag and doily to the right of your photo.
3. Use small letter stickers and a larger alpha to add your title over the top of the doily. (You’re layering in a downward diagonal on the page.)
4. Embellish around the doily with theme-specific embellishments (here butterflies). If you can substitute a decorative brad or epoxy for an alpha in the title, do it.
5. Use a ruler to draw lines on the background paper to the right of the photo and doily cluster for journaling. Keep a jagged edge to the journaling lines (rather than perfectly aligned). Handwrite your journaling.
6. Add an embellishment cluster at top right of the canvas. Use round punched paper and strips of patterned paper.
7. Add an embellishment cluster that includes embellishing word strips at bottom right of canvas (to complete the diagonal line of elements). Tuck in additional small layers around photo.
8. Cover your photo and add a little spray mist to the background, by removing the nozzle from the mist and lightly tapping over your page.
So, if your Scrapbooking mojo has gone on vacation lately, or you are just looking for some new inspiration, take a little time and head over to Easy Scrapbook Pages. You will find a ton of inspirational layouts and quick and easy steps to re-create those pages!!
**I also have two other items of "business" to share today.**
In my total flakiness, I completely forgot to mention on my Blog that I have a layout published in the July Issue of ScrapStreet magazine. ScrapStreet is a FREE e-zine and they publish a new issue every month. Check out the July Issue HERE.
And I also wanted to let you know, that Allison Davis has decided not to continue with the Sketch Support Blog. I served on the Team starting in January of this year and after the May reveals, Allison announced that the Blog would take a break. She made an announcement on her personal Blog this week, that she had decided not to continue with the Sketch Support Blog. You can read her announcement HERE. And I would like to add just a little Public Service Announcement!! :) One of the disappointing factors Allison pointed out, was the lack of comments on Blog posts. We are ALL definitely busy people, but I would like to encourage you...and me...to leave a comment, when we visit Challenge Blogs, Sketch Blogs, or any informative Scrapbook websites. The owners of the Blogs like to know that people are interested in their content and appreciate the work they put into their posts. So next time you check out a site, just take a second to leave a short little comment. You may not think that your comments make a difference, but they really do!! :)