It's become a habit of mine to create monthly photo collage layouts. Sometimes I have several photographs that I really like and that show what we did during the month, but I don't always want to include them as their own page in my album. So, I've begun making collages of them and writing a little bit about each month instead. It's a great way to get the essentials into my scrapbook.
This particular layout sketch is a great one for either a collage of photographs as I've done here, or as a way to incorporate a large photograph such as an 8" x 12" portrait.
- Scenic Route Paper - Collection Packs - Sumner
- Scenic Route Paper - Die Cuts - Arrows Background
- American Crafts - Letter Stickers - Monograms - Mumbo Jumbos - Brown
- Signo - White Uni-ball Impact Pen
- Zig Writer - Green
- Zig Writer - Brown
- white cardstock
- 3-D Dots - Adhesive Foam Squares - White - 1/8" Thick
- Crop photographs to fit an 8" x 12" opening. You can crop them to fit exactly or you can overlap them for a more collage-like look.
- Arrange photographs and adhere the photo collage on the right-hand side of a 12" x 12" sheet of white cardstock.
- Next, trim a 3 ¾" x 12" strip of patterned paper. I chose a subtle design with primarily one color since my photographs were fairly overwhelming. Adhere the paper strip on the left side of the white cardstock, leaving a ¼" space between the photo collage and the patterned paper strip.
- Mat a focal photograph and adhere it to the upper left corner of the layout, slightly overlapping the photo collage. My focal photograph is trimmed to about 4" x 5" and matted on cream-colored cardstock. I also outlined the photograph with brown pen on the photo mat.
- Add alphabet stickers along the right side of the focal photograph to vertically spell "JUNE".
- Add a "?" sticker next to the "E" in "June" and outline it with a white pen.
- On cream cardstock scraps, write out the words "what", "did", "you", "do", "in", "we", "were", and "busy" with a brown pen. Then outline the words and cut out each word.
- Outline a small arrow die cut and adhere it just below the focal photograph.
- Adhere the subtitle words with three-dimensional foam adhesive.
- Next, handwrite your journaling in a bullet-style list on cream cardstock. Outline each "bullet" and cut them into strips.
- Lay the journaling strips over the collage of photographs and arrange them how you would like them to appear. I chose to do a vertical list over a photograph with some dead space (the bowling lane), but you could also randomly place the journaling strips throughout the photo collage.
- Adhere some of the journaling strips directly to the photographs, and adhere others with the three-dimensional foam adhesive to add depth to the journaling.
- As a final step, I added a white pen border to a photograph in the lower right portion of the layout to add a little bit of extra "oomph."