Life Lessons | A Scrapbook Layout

I was looking through my Pinterest boards the other day and I spent some time looking through my color inspiration board. I’ve pinned so many fun color palettes and it’s been awhile since I’ve used one as a starting point for a layout.

Once in awhile, I like mixing things up and starting a layout with something other than my photos. Here’s the one (from Design Seeds) that I settled on to inspire today’s layout:

Photo credit:

Color palettes are fun to use but it can be a challenge to find the right combination of pattern paper and photos. Rather than fret, I took both of those issues out of the equation all together. My favorite way to start a layout with a color palette is to turn my photos black and white.

With no competing colors, it doesn’t matter which photos you use. Most of the photos I chose today have been scrapbooked on other pages so I don’t feel like I’m wasting them not scrapbooking them in color. It’s quite the opposite, actually. I think that turning photos to black and white photos adds a whole new spin and makes them feel like different photos.

I loved the mix of teal, blue and orange, so those are the colors I pulled out. I am still really digging circles, so I finally bit the bullet and cut my photos into circles using my Spellbinders nested circle set in my Cuttlebug machine. Instead of going through my paper stash to look for patterns, I just focused on cardstock here. This is another layout inspired by a design Ali Edwards presented during her Hello Story class at Big Picture Classes. I mirrored her design, but put my own spin on it with additional shapes, punches and a few flowers. (The orange circle above will hold the dates of the photos, I still have to go back and look them all up.)

My nephews are not little boys any more. They are growing up (too fast, if you ask me). I don’t always have specific stories to share so with a page like this — especially since these photos have been scrapbooked on other pages — I really wanted to share a message rather than a story. They are now young men exploring who they are, what they like and neither one is afraid to push the boundaries a bit. I want them to know it’s OK for them to always simply be exactly who they are. No conforming. No compromising. Just know who you are and be exactly that.

The best thing about a clean layout like this is that it came together super fast. After it was all assembled, it really needed some kind of additional definition. I took one of my favorite journaling pens and drew a pen line around the border.

Any big plans for the weekend? I’m getting out of town tomorrow for a quick visit to my parents but Sunday I have lots of crafty catch up plans. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


  1. Beautiful color combo, great topic and design too!

  2. Lovely layout, I especially like your doodling around the border!

  3. This is just fabulous, Tammy!
    Pretty colors and I love that quote!

  4. Love it! I love clean layouts 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  5. Love the quote and the colors!!!

  6. A great layout & nice use of the color palette. My nieces are growing up so fast, too – Pun’kin is getting a driver’s license soon, eeek! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Oh I like that page – great color scheme and the journaling on the punched labels and around the edge are fab.

  8. I really like this layout.
    I love those colours and how you used the photos.
    I also really like your doodling around the layout.

  9. love this layout and the colors are beautiful!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.