Summer Visit | A Scrapbook Layout

Today I have a two page scrapbook layout to share. A few weeks ago, my brother and sister-in-law came through Tennessee and stayed over with my nephews. It was unexpected, but I get so little time with these guys, I’ll take whatever time I can get! What’s an Aunt to do? Grab the camera and get some new photos!

A two page layout using pocket scrapbooking elements on the layout without divided page protectors.

Layout Inspiration

To start, I did take my own advice, and I reached for a sketch from Scrapbook Generation. My own style is more suited to one page layouts. I’m always afraid that any two-pager I do will look like two one page layouts that share pattern papers. Using a well designed sketch, I know I will end up with a cohesive layout.

I have fallen in love with Simple Stories. Originally, most of their products were all geared towards pocket page scrapbooking. Several of their pattern papers include 4×6 and 3×4 cut apart elements. Their newest collections feature more traditional 12×12 patterns and this summer collection is luscious!

The DetailsA two page layout using pocket scrapbooking elements on the layout without divided page protectors.

I used buttons in several strategic locations on my layout to create visual triangles. The triangles direct the eye from the title, through the photos and to the second page where the journaling is. I kept the embellishments simple. Taking a queue from the pattern paper on the left, I punched circles from other pattern papers in the collection. I added punched shapes and topped them off with buttons.

I added two 4×6 element cards from the collections to my layout, which helped the layout come together quickly. The alphabet sticker sheet has a variety of sizes and colors in the letters so it’s easy to create an interesting title. I also added word-fetti style stickers that reinforce the theme of the page.

Final Notes

To unite the two pages, I added the striped pattern paper. If you’ve been on the fence about using these collection because you don’t have any divided page protectors, don’t worry about it. As you can see, these elements are great for standard layouts too!

Bonus Tip: print several photos onto one 4×6 print

I had more photos than called for on the sketch. I ended up creating some 4×6 canvases in Photoshop Elements, divided the space into clipping masks and then dropped in all the photos I needed. I printed them out on 4×6 photos – no cutting or matting necessary!

Thanks for stopping by today!



  1. tammy,
    this layout is awesome! i love all the details!

  2. What fun colors and those little embellishments you made are so cute!

  3. What a fun summer layout – I really like all the colors in it. And what a fun surprise to have an unexpected visit! Last year my nephew called one day and wanted to stay overnight (the next night!) & go to the Armed Forces Bowl here in Dallas – of course, we made arrangements for it so we could visit with him & enjoy my 3-year-old great-nephew. (As an added bonus, he got us tickets to the game too!) It was totally unexpected, but such a fun quick visit. So glad you got to enjoy a day with your nephews.

  4. Very Cute! The Simple Stories collections looks like a great way to scrap especially if you need to catch up.

  5. i love this paper set and what you have done with it thanks for sharing….

  6. This layout is beautiful! I love all the little details that you put into it. Awesome!

  7. I love that line, too!
    Perfect for your layout 🙂

  8. this is pure eye candy, love the happy fun colors

  9. Fun summer colors!!

  10. Great LO Tammy; looks like you had a great time with your nephews! And now I must check out the simple stories, sounds just the thing I need! x

  11. Hmm… I have quite a stack of WRMK divided page protectors. I should check out the Simple Stories. Great layout!

  12. Looks like they had lots of fun with their aunty.
    Your layout is so fun, love the playful colours and your embellishments

  13. Oh this is a great two-page spread. So colorful and interesting to look at. I see you have a badge for Nic and May’s class, but it looks to me like you could teach them a thing or two.


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