Retail Therapy | A Scrapbook Layout

Ah, boys will be boys. Rough and tumble, they go all out, and eventually someone lands in the emergency room needing stitches…

As is the case with my own nephews. I was looking through my sister-in-law’s Facebook photo feed and came across these gems (Thanks Nichole!). They are the perfect every day life, right now photos so I snagged them to create a layout.

I love this Game Day Chili collection from Jillibean Soup. The sport themed papers are printed on kraft paper and the colors just pop right off the page. No sketch or inspiration for this one. This one came together pretty easily for me (shocking, I know!). I knew I wanted a wide band and borders under the photo. I needed somewhere for the title to rest so I cut out some circles, repeated smaller circles on the bottom and the rest of it came together flawlessly.

Because I like the way the opaque mists splatter better than the glimmer variety, I have started to experiment with my own mist concoctions. I already have a drawer full of paints so why not give them a try before buying more colors? Taking two parts paint to one part water — in this case I used a glimmer mist — I had some grungy paint to splatter on this layout.

I roughed up the edges of some of the paper and the shapes, echoing the idea that my nephews are also a little rough around the edges in these photos. I sprayed the wood veneer stars with one of the mist colors that I do have. I think these wood veneer pieces are my current favorite thing. I love how tiny they are and how much they can add to the design.

And a quick tip – don’t forget that you can layer your letters if you need too. When I spelled out therapy, the word was longer than the circle mat. To shorten it up, I overlapped the letters just enough to get them to fit in the space.

Other: Mister Huey Atmosphere, American Crafts Vera Thickers, Fiskars small star punch, Making Memories edge distresser.

When was the last time you used some rough around the edges, every day life photos on a layout?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Ouch! Poor guy.
    As for the layout though, great design.
    I love those wood shapes, too, lately.
    And I love how you used them up by the title.

  2. Ouch! Poor kids but they don’t look any worse for the wear. LOL! This is a great boy layout! My last “rough around the edges” page was about my daughter dissecting a frog. Not exactly for the faint of heart. LOL! 🙂

  3. Such a great page! I love the stars and paint splatters.

  4. Great page! Love the design and how you did the title!

  5. This is fantastic! Great work! 🙂

  6. Love the layout. Sorry for the boo-boos. Love all the botton layers and borders. Great tip on letters..

  7. This is a great layout-I love the stars in the upper corner-draws your eye right to the title.

  8. Wow, that is a rough week! They look none the worse for wear, though, thankfully. Great page, love the colors!

  9. I found another scrapbook store!!! This one is big!!

  10. Oh man, what AWESOME photos! Hope they’re okay 🙂 Love those stars too. I’m still having a bit of an issue with the splattering thing. I’m just flicking it with my finger, but it’s not as uniform as I would like it. I know that sounds weird, because it IS splattering after all. But I AM a wee bit OCD 😉

  11. what a fantastic page! great job- love the kraft and white combo!!


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