Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a layout made with Echo Park's new Family Reunion Mini Theme. Not only am I going to show you the finished page (above), but I'm going to take you through how it came together, from start to finish. Readers frequently ask about my layering technique and have asked for more process posts, so let's get started!
Believe it or not, I don't usually have anything in particular in mind when it comes to layering. I basically just play with a mix of stickers, papers and embellishments, adhering when I'm happy with the look.
Step 1: Here's a look at the foundation of the page — just a few little clusters to start it all off, made with elements cut from papers in the collection, along with some stickers. Don't feel as if you need to use patterned papers as is. Take a good look and see what you can cut out, like the frames, banner and “Good Times with family” circle I used here.
Step 2: Now it's time to start building things up. The elements I've added create a base for grounding the photo and a place to house a journaling tag (bitty bag).
Step 3: Adding a bit more layering — a Polaroid-style frame highlights a second patterned paper. Because the paper is a bit busy, the frame helps to define it so it doesn't compete with the background.
Step 4: Now it's time to add the photo. I backed it with a doily which helps connect the photo to the frame and reaches toward to the top left corner, tying the page together.
Here's a look at the finished page again. As you can see, I added the title (along with a patterned paper photo corner to help ground it), punched borders, a bit of machine stitching and a few small elements to fill spaces I felt needed a finishing touch.
So there you have it. A look at my scrapbooking process. I hope you enjoyed seeing this page come together and you're inspired to give layering a try.
Now is probably a good time to mention I've added a "Process Posts" tab to my blog's home page. I've listed posts that contain content about my process. I've added this page, and will add future process posts, as well.
Have a great day!