Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sweet on Fall (Simple Stories Harvest Lane)

It's no secret that I love to layer elements on my layouts, but sometimes it gets a little complicated. When I start a layout and everything is where I want it (and before anything is adhered) I take a photo of the page. I also make light pencil marks to show approximately where the pieces go. This way when I move everything off of the background I don't have to worry about how to piece it all back together when it comes time to adhere. Think of it as a puzzle if you will. If I forget how I layered elements (in terms of what goes on top of or under something else) I can refer to the photo. While I was putting this layout together, I figured if I'm taking a photo of how the finished page should look, I should photograph my process too because it would be fun to share with you (at least I think so, LOL). Are you ready?

Step 1: Background has been chosen. Time to add a bit of patterned paper as a backdrop for the photo.


Step 2: The patterned paper is nice, but the page definitely needs more color. Bingo cards work well as an embellishment so let's layer some over the gingham paper. These colors say "fall" and stand out nicely against the dark background.


Step 3: Time to add the photo. A small red banner complements the apples in the photo and visually bridges the gap between the photo and the gingham paper. It also brings another color into the mix.


Step 4: The right side of the page is coming along, so it's time to work on the left side. Some little scraps and a small banner look nice, plus the cream banner balances the red one.


Step 5: Let's deal with the gap between the photo and striped paper. A large flash card and a couple of smaller ones below it fill the space and anchor the left side of the page to the photo. I'm liking this so far. Time to add a few embellishments. Maybe some buttons...


Step 6: Buttons at the end of each banner add some interest. The blank spot on the blue plaid label needs a little something. How about a small word sticker? If I'm going to use one word sticker, maybe I should add in a couple more. :)


Step 7: Now it's time to step back and decide if there are any "blank" spots. I see a few. Washi tape and more stickers solve the problem. What about a title? Where is it going to go? I haven't really left much room for anything big, so let's get creative...


Step 8: A fairly small title on the right side of the page includes a little tag that says "fall" to finish it off without taking up much room. Punched borders at the top and bottom of the page lead the eye into the center of the page. I'm calling it done. :) I hope you enjoyed seeing how this page came together, from start to finish but before you go, I'd love to know how you put your pages together. Do you wing it and adhere as you go? Do you lay everything out until you like the arrangement and then adhere with the pieces in place? Or do you come up with an arrangement you like, move it off the background and then adhere it one piece at a time like I do?

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26 comments:

  1. Lisa, this is amazing! THANK YOU so much for sharing your process on how this page came together!!! :)
    Sylvia xx

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  2. Fabulous!!! Love seeing the process.

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  3. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee how you put your pages together!!!!! This is BEAUTIFUL!!! I always love your layers!!! Absolutely GORGEOUS!! I just used this line last week for stuff I have coming up on my bloggy in Oct.!!!!

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  4. Great idea~I make the pencil marks too. I don't know though it seems like it never goes the same way the second time around:):)~awesome layout Lisa!!!

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  5. Beautiful page! I really enjoyed watching it come together!

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  6. Great how-to. You make it look so easy. Loved watching it all.

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  7. Wow! What a fantastic piece of work and I really enjoyed watching the progression.

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  8. One - gorgeous page!
    Two - fun to see your process!
    Three - good to know how you do it. I know that I have trouble remembering where things go sometimes even when just layering a few pieces :)

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  9. Such a fun look at your process, Lisa. Gorgeous pic and page. You did a beautiful job with this collection.

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  10. Love the layering, thanks for sharing how you do it :)

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  11. This is fantastic!!!! Great layering.

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  12. Loved watching your process! Very fun layout too!

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  13. I love getting a peek into your process-so cool. Great layout! No one layers like you do! :)

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  14. So fun looking at other scrappers' process! I take a photo of mine too so that I know where everything goes! Makes it much easier!

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  15. Oh fun share! I don't take a photo of my pages. It is a good idea though!

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  16. TFS your layout process. Super cool.

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  17. What a awesome layout.
    I love all the layering...that is something I don't do often, even though I really like the look of it.

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  18. SO fun to see your process!!! LOVE IT!

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  19. Love this layout! Love to see your process in action. It was cool to see how all the layers come together. I'm working on a layout with this collection. I'm in love with the colors! :)

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  20. Oh how lovely! Love the step by step photos, too!

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  21. I loved this peek into your creative process! I feel like my process varies from project to project, but I have been known to take a photo of a work-in-progress, just like you did, so that I can remember how my layers fit together. Other times, I just wing it. :)

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  22. Lisa, your layouts are always gorgeous!! I'm such a fan! Thanks for showing us your process. I love seeing how you layer so well!

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