Inspired By | 213 In 2013

When I saw the video for this project by Shannon Tidwell on Two Peas the other day, I thought it was a cool idea for an interactive page. But it wasn’t until I came across a set of really bad photos that I realized just how I could put the design to work. Armed with these photos and the Charming collection from Echo Park (that I am still hoarding), I got down to creating my own interpretation.

The photos are from a midnight bowling outing with my nephews. The photos are pretty bad; dark, grainy and hard to look at. Nonetheless, they showcase a highlight from this particular trip and I really wanted to get them onto a layout. Taking advantage of the flap portion of  Shannon’s design, I realized the dark photos didn’t have to be the focal point. I could add the bad photos under the flap and create a fun interactive page that had more to it than just the bowling photos.

The top page included only one photo and I used the rest of the pace to create a vignette of embellishments and various chipboard pieces. I also used a border punch at the top to add some additional detail. I used black cardstock behind the title and punch to bring in some contrast and to balance against the dark photo.

I was inspired by how Shannon created her title, a file she cut out with her Silhouette. I loved the idea of the negative of a title cut into pattern paper and one photo on top. I made several elements on the background page — the journaling and the enjoy life tab — show when the flap is closed so that the layout could also be enjoyed when the flap is closed.

I’m so glad I saved the woodgrain paper as it tuned out to be the perfect background for these bowling photos. I also like that this line was retro inspired as bowling itself feels retro to me. It’s not an activity I participate in often but reminds me of my childhood as my parents both bowled in leagues when I was growing up.

I used black polka dot washi tape to attach the flap to the layout. Underneath the flap, there are more photos and journaling.

I used the underside of the flap to create a pocket to hold memorabilia from the trip. I dug into my memorabilia ziploc bags and found several things I had kept from the trip but hadn’t used on other layouts from this trip.

This layout was really fun to put together and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. When was the last time you added memorabilia to your pages or scrapbooked less than perfect photos?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. This is such a great idea! nice job:)

  2. I very rarely scrapbook non-perfect photos. This is a great way to include them on a page, because sometimes no matter how bad the photos are you just have to tell the story! I have some of my daughter opening her stocking on Christmas morning which I might use for a page like this!

    The woodgrain paper is perfect for the bowling page! x

  3. A great project, I don’t know anyone who has great Bowling Alley pictures, they are so hard to get in such a low light environment, but I love how you used them here.

  4. I loved this when I saw it too, love your take on it 🙂

  5. what a great layout, love that the less than perfect photos didn’t keep you from preserving a memory!

  6. Oh I love this
    What a fantastic idea for more photos & journaling

  7. ooooh – I LOVE your take on this. I saw that video too – so inspiring!

  8. Love how you actually do not realize the photos are dark with the dark from the other page.

  9. This is such a fun page.
    I love how you used your not so perfect photos 🙂

  10. Very cool page! And I love how you added the memorabilia!!


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