…grab your punches!
But first…you gotta love these photos! My nephew Kyle is such a ham for the camera. I was looking through Kyle’s section of photos and started to see one tongue shot after another. Kind of begging for their own page, don’t you think?
It’s taken me a week to get this one done. A few minutes here, a few minutes there. Frankly, it was a challenge. I’d rather have a block of time to work on it until it’s in good shape, but that was not my reality last week. And because of that, the design kept changing. I had to try a bunch of different things before finally settling here.
What didn’t work? (Wish I had thought to take some photos to help illustrate, but I didn’t think of it!)
Orignially, I had the photos directly on the zigzag background and it was too busy. I wish I could grow to love my layouts on pattern paper backgrounds. I am always impressed by Shimelle’s use of pattern paper backgrounds but when I do the same thing, it doesn’t work as well. But I do love this paper and it’s just right for these photos, so the background stayed.
I just had to firgure out how to save the rest of it.
I tried a combo of red and yellow cardstock first, using different colors for the two rows of photos. But it wasn’t working for me. I didn’t like how I cut the frames or the alphabet stickers I originally picked.
So I went back to what I know best: neutrals. Once I added my photos to white cardstock and enlarged the frame, it finally started feeling right. Next, I needed something to fill in the white blocks of space where I would put my title and sub-title.
I tried a variety of things. I went through a huge stack of journaling cards. I thought I could find some that would look fun stacked up in that space with the title on top. Nothing looked right. The colors were off or the scale wasn’t right. I even tried some Project Life journaling cards and they were just too big.
Punches to the rescue! When all else fails, create what you need with your own tools. I turned to my trusty flourish square punch and an old paper shaper tag punch and created exactly what I needed. The punches added the fun color I wanted. I added another half punch at the top left and bottom right to help create diagonal flow and lead from and to the other embellishment clusters.
Now, if only I had to time to follow it up with another layout. But I don’t. I’m off to work.
Hope you are having a great week.
Thanks for stopping by!