By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor
Are you working on your favorite layouts? Are you stumped for a new look on them? Outline your favorite pictures with decorative blocks to draw attention to them and make them stand out or create them to add quadrants that you can journal in.
Start by cutting at least twelve 1 ½” squares from cardstock. A paper trimmer makes this a quick and easy job. Your total number of squares will be dependent on the size of your photos. The photos in this layout have been cut down to 3 7/8” x 5”.
For an added look cut a 2” x 2” square for the middle of the layout from patterned paper. This is the Snow Fun line by Carta Bella.
Begin by adding the first picture to your base paper using a tape runner. The piece used here is the Winter Banners from the Snow Fun line by Carta Bella.
Attach the first three squares along the side of the picture. This design used two embossed squares separated by one plain square. The pattern you decide to use is up to you and the look you would like to achieve.
Add some fun stickers (Snow Fun) that match your picture and layout theme to make a statement. You can, also, use stickers to hide places in photos that you may not want in them, but cannot edit out. This is a great way to hide those areas.
Now, add the horizontal row of squares across the layout. On this row, the patterned has been reversed from the first one and has the embossed square in the middle of the sets and the patterned paper square in the center of the row.
Continue to add your photos, the squares and stickers until your layout is complete. If you would like, leave some of the areas without pictures and add a piece of cardstock (the cardstock can be die cut to add a shape in that area) or journaling tag to give you a space to write your thoughts.
The next time you’re looking for a way to add some interest to a layout, add some decorative squares to achieve just the look. Add some more fun with stickers to make those photos pop even more. Remember there is no right or wrong when it comes to scrapbooking so go ahead and make the page yours!