Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Step-by-Step: Seventh Grade Photo (Pebbles Front Porch)

It's been a long while since I've shared a post about my process. Today it's time to change that! Let's peel away the layers and take a step-by-step look at how this page came together, shall we?


As we go along, you may notice a number of pencil markings around the page. That's because I plan my pages out. Once I get everything where I like it, I pencil in where everything goes. After that, I take everything off the background, then start putting pieces back in a methodical manner. It's kind of like doing a puzzle.

1. Lay the groundwork for the left side of the page — a punched border, a block of patterned paper as the backdrop for the photo, a small floral frame (to see where this piece came from, see the photo below) and a banner.


1a. Pebbles Front Porch Knock Knock paper is full of wonderful elements that can be used as embellishments on your pages. Do you see the block highlighted by the large arrow, toward the bottom left side of the paper? Cut this piece from the sheet. Cut the sentiment from the center of it (following the dotted border I've noted as a guide) and use the floral piece as a frame. The "love you" banner (shown on the photo above) was also cut from this paper (middle row, toward top).




2. Now it's time to start the layering process




Add two phrase stickers ("hello" and "date"), the photo, then the large floral chipboard piece to the page. Note: The photo mat should be cut slightly longer than the photo itself to leave room for a punched border at the bottom.

Tie a length of green grosgrain ribbon around the photo before adhering it to the page. I like to secure ribbon to the back of a photo with a bit of double sided tape so it doesn't slip and slide while I'm trying to tie it. When I'm done, I use my sewing machine to run a vertical stitch down one side of the ribbon to be sure it stays in place.


2a. Adhere the "Hello friend!" banner (cut from the Knock Knock paper) along the upper right edge of the page. Layer the "It's a beautiful day!" sticker tag over the banner. Add buttons as shown, securing them to the page with embroidery floss.


2c. I've tucked a basic white shipping tag behind my photo because this is how I like to do my journaling. I'll get to that once the layout is finished.


3. Add a mix of Knock Knock paper sentiments, phrase stickers and chipboard pieces to the right of the photo.



4. Now it's time for the finishing touches, like the title (which is spread around the page, in a visual triangle), some chipboard flowers (to balance the large chipboard piece anchoring the top left corner of the photo), and a finished journaling tag tucked in behind the photo.




Thanks so much for coming along on this creative journey with me today. I hope you enjoyed seeing how this page came together and learned a bit about my creative process.
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17 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your creative process!! I loveeeeeeee it!!!!

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  2. Awesome to read how it all comes together! I never would have thought to cut out the thanks to make that square a frame, so creative!

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  3. oooo what a great tutorial. Penciling things in. Who knew. Which is probably why mine doesn't go back the same way it started lol!!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing the steps. I like how you work with the journaling block paper by cutting out just what you wanted.

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  5. Thanks for showing us how you make these pages come together!

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  6. Fun peek at your process! Beautiful page!

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  7. Thanks for the peek at your process. I always find it interesting! Love the layout!

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  8. Nice peek at your process! Great page!

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  9. so thats how you do it:):) looks fantastic!!!!!

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  10. Pretty page, Lisa!
    And great photo!!

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  11. I love what you did with the front porch collection Lisa, I have been eyeing this collection for awhile but haven't purchased it yet :)

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  12. Love to see how the process comes together for others! This is a gorgeous layout. Especially love the color palette and the ribbon on the photo. :)

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  13. Awesome. I love seeing how you put this together. So cool! thanks for sharing your process.

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  14. Great idea for putting your layout together, Lisa! Another adorable page!

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  15. super fun to see the step-by-steps!!! love how it came out!

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  16. How wonderful to see just how you create your beautiful LOs! Thanks for sharing!

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