I think this is the last page for my 2009 scrapbook album!
When I was thinking about how I would arrange this layout, I had originally chosen a different layout to use as inspiration. However, when I opened my album and looked at the pages around where this one would go, I discovered that one of the layouts just a page or two later had such a similar sketch that I thought it would be awkward. I went to my Scrap Pinterest board and scrolled through, looking for something that would use my landscape 4×6 and 3×4 photos. When I came across this one by Stephanie Buice for Crate Paper, I knew it was just right! I trimmed my 4×6 to a 4×4 and it was perfect.
I’d say that I followed the inspiration layout pretty closely. I pulled out my (dwindling supply of) Christmas papers and started layering scraps under the photos until I was happy with how they looked. (I sort of coordinated the colors with the rest of the layouts in the Christmas 2009 series, and especially the layout on the facing page of the album.) I pulled coordinating embellishments from my (dwindling supply of) Christmas embellishments and tucked them here and there around the photos.
The title is cut with my Silhouette SD– the very same one I’m holding in that photo! It’s seven years old this year, and I have gotten SO much use out of it. It is a fantastic little machine. I used the font “the Nightly Poem” from the Hungry JPEG, and I stretched it a little bit to make the word have a more horizontal feel (the font itself has a very vertical aesthetic, I think).
I even imitated the machine stitched frame around the focal photo+paper+embellishment block, but also added some hand-written journaling under it. I didn’t add ink splatters (I forgot, plus I didn’t have an appropriate color), and the background was looking bare to me. I added a simple strip of patterned paper to the left edge and two rows of stitching, and suddenly the layout looked bound and finished.
textured creamy white cardstock
patterned papers: BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday” and Crate Paper “Peppermint”
embellishments: BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday,” Lily Bee “Christmas Town,” as well as miscellaneous other sources
alphabet stickers: October Afternoon Mini Market