Rome At Arm’s Length | A Scrapbook Layout

Today I want to share the page that uses the circle pinwheels from the tutorial I posted the other day. 

Supplies: Paper – October Afternoon Collectors Item, Strawberry Jam, Near Mint,  Needs Paint. Cardstock: Bazzill Passionate, Cream Puff, Kraft. Embellishments: October Afternoon Thrift Shop Alpha Stickers, October Afternoon County Fair journaling card (discontinued), Cosmo Cricket brown Tiny Type stickers, American Crafts City Park button, Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread, handmade pinwheels. Tools: Paper Shapers 1.75″ circle punch , EK Success Large 1″ circle punch, EK Success Flourish Square slim punch, Quickutz scallop border die, paperclip.

These photos were taken in Rome. They are the only three photos (for the entire 11 day trip!) that I took holding the camera at arm’s length. Even though I was traveling by myself, I was with a tour group and everyone was always willing to take my camera and snap a photo of me. But there wasn’t a good photographer in the bunch. 

It was only on these last days that it finally occured to me to do the self posed, hold out your arm photos.  I’m so glad to have them because it shows a unique perspective on the last few days of my trip. If you ever need a photo of yourself, don’t be afraid to hold out the camera and snap away. It feels a little silly at first, but in the end, you’ll be glad to have them!

I love how this layout turned out. The inspiration for the design came from a sketch at Sassy Lil Sketches. I adapted it to fit my photos and changed the placement of my embellishments and title.

A few things to note:

  • One of my pinwheels just happened to land on my table on top of a flourish square punch. It totally changed how the pinwheel looked! I mounted the pinwheel on the square flourish before I added it to the top left side of the page. Just another way to change up how it looks. More versatility. I love that!
  • The button/paper clip on the bottom right side of the layout was created by me. It’s not one of the super cute KI Memories clip art buttons. These are just too easy to make yourself! I threaded my favorite crochet thread through the button holes before adding adhesive and attaching the button to the paper clip.

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll be spending the rest of my week drooling over all the new sneak peeks all the scrapbook manufacturers are showing. What new product are you most looking forward to?

22 Comments

  1. This is simply beautiful. I love your title and the pictures you chose to showcase are perfect! Everything flows so wonderfully! Very inspiring!

    xoxo

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    • Thank you Mary! It was one of those times when everything just worked. Love that. 🙂

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  2. Really nice layout. I love your pinwheels. They look great!

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    • Thanks!

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  3. We try doing the arm length photos but they are always odd looking. Need to practice more but I don’t mind taking them since we can delete them and take another one 🙂 Cool Layout as always!!

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    • Deb – the part I forgot to say was that I took like 6 or 7 photos each time until I got the one I could live with. LOL. Thank goodness for digital.

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  4. Tammy, those pinwheels look fab in action! Awesome layout!

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    • Thanks Becky! They are fun. It’s that wishful spring thinking. 🙂

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  5. Those are great photos! I would never have guessed that you took them at arms length! I may have to remember that! I am never in our vacation photos. Love the way those pinwheels look in the layout! It is Fabulous!

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    • Thanks – I didn’t even have to crop them much to hide the arm sticking out. I don’t think my arms are all that long so I think anyone can do this. 🙂

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  6. Wow I love your idea. I am always taking photos at arm’s length but never thought about scrapping them! Good job!! and thanks for the idea!

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    • You are very welcome. 🙂

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  7. I absolutely love this layout and the title. I have several similar photos when I was touring London on an open air double decker bus while DH worked. I just may have to scraplift this idea for a layout! :>)

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    • Go for it! I’m always looking for connections in my photos and just happened to notice that all my “arm’s length” ones were in Rome. Voila. Instant layout idea! 🙂

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  8. Love the layout, especially the pinwheels!

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  9. Cool layout…so jealous of your trip…great idea for your pics too!

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  10. Those pinwheels are so cool on your layout! What a wonderful alternative to the usual flower!

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  11. Isn’t Rome wonderful! I love your layout, and I can totally relate to the bad photographer problem. I don’t know about you, but it seemed that every time I tried to do a self-portrait, someone was always offering to help me out by doing it for me. Which would be great, except that they usually did a much worse job than I ever do!

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  12. You take excellent self portraits. I tried that and cut my head off, lol.
    Beautiful layout. I really love the title, nice play on words, so clever

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  13. Love your layout, and love ROME!! I was there over 20 years ago, such a great time! Those pinwheels are adorable and add something special to your page!

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  14. LOVE this layout. I have so many of these shots and have to take them regularly!! I love youe title. FANTASTIC!!!

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    • Thank you Lydia! I’m glad it will provide you with some inspriation! 🙂

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