How To Talk And Chew Gum | A Scrapbook Layout

Have you ever had a group of photos that you really liked but couldn’t quite bring yourself to print for one reason or another?

That was me with these photos. I have quite a few photos of my youngest nephew hamming it up for the camera (the boy knows how to work the camera!) and there wasn’t anything remarkable about this particular set. Don’t get me wrong – they are super cute photos. But two issues were bugging me. First, I have no idea what he was doing or what was going on. For photos like this I generally have to come up with a clever angle and that’s not my forte. Second, there are seven photos in the series. If I printed all seven photos at 4×6, I’d have to do a two page layout.

I have an aversion to 2-pagers. I’ll do them for travel and event photos, but even that is a major challenge for me. So when it finally occurred to me to print just a few of the photos in a smaller size, I was suddenly much more excited about scrapbooking them. I could actually see the page design in my head and feel it coming together. I’m so glad I finally had that epiphany because this page is now one of my current favorites.

With photos like this where I don’t really know the details or what story the photos could be telling, I turn to my nephew’s personality and let the photos tell me what it’s about. How to talk and chew gum at the same time naturally emerged.

I didn’t use a sketch or other inspiration for this one. I knew I wanted the photos to be sequential and show the action step by step. Once the photos were lined up and the journaling spots included, I added the borders on the top and the bottom to provide a contained space. I played with the title a bit, trying to add an embellishment cluster. That didn’t look right. I tried random enamel dots. Nope, that didn’t work either. But something was needed to anchor the title. When I finally tried the clear acetate star,  I knew I had letters to put on the other side that could create balance and tie it all together.

I’m really thrilled with how this one turned out. And I’m noticing a trend. When I have less time to fuss around with my layouts the design tends to be cleaner and more streamlined. Do you streamline your designs when you have less time too?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. I love your page, and those HS goodies are some of my favorites!

  2. These are adorable photos and completely scrap-worthy! The simple design fits perfectly.

  3. You always have the best solutions to scrapping issues. These photos are adorable and I’m so glad you got them scrapped. 🙂

  4. what a great way to use the photos!! super idea

  5. These pictures just crack me up – love the theme you used too! LOL!! Great layout design too!

  6. This is absolutely adorable! I definitely streamline my process when my time is limited. Guess my time has been limited for the last few years. Haha!

  7. This is such a sweet layout.,,such a cutie he is.
    I love the peace photo 😉

  8. Great layout – I like the numbered steps/photos & that star really sets the title off nicely.


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