Step-by-Step: Aunt Jeanne and Jane


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Article Courtesy by Jane Swanson


A long overdue visit to New York to visit my mom’s only sister and her family produced so many precious memories and, of course, photos to remember my special time.  My first page had to feature my aunt and me, and because of my aunt’s love for dogs and cats, I had the perfect paper.

The Max and Whiskers collection along with the June Bug collection from BasicGrey gave me the exact look that I wanted for my family-themed layout.



  1. Use the dark brown side of the Tiger paper as a base .
  2. Cut a 6” x 12” piece of decorative paper from the June Bug collection and adhere it 3/8” from the right side.
  3. Cut a 6” x 5” piece of the greenish side of the Elvis paper and run it through your printer for journaling.  Then adhere it 1” down from the top and 1” from the left side.  Also cut a 1” x 4” piece and print the date on it and adhere it 3” from the right side and 3/8” from the bottom.
  4. Using the Picket Fence paper from the June Bug collection, cut a 3” x 11” piece and adhere it 2” up from the bottom and 3/8” from the left side.  It should also be even with the journaling piece from step 3.
  5. Cut an additional 1 ½” x 6” strip of the Picket Fence paper and attach it 3/8” down from the top of the journaling piece. It should also overlap by about 3/4”, but I judged it mostly by the pattern on the paper.
  6. Now you are ready to arrange your photos.  Attach the 5” x 7” focal point photo 3/8” down from the top and 1 1/4” from the right side.
  7. Align two of the 2 ½” x 3 ½” photos on the right-hand side of the Picket Fence strip.  They are even with the 5” x 7” photo at 1 1/4” from the right side and about 1/2” apart from each other.
  8. Attach the third 2 ½” x 3 ½” photo about 1 1/2” from the left side and about 3/4” from the bottom.
  9. The title fits perfectly on the top of the journaling piece, nestled just below the Picket Fence strip.  The American Crafts Thickers letters fit perfectly in this space.  I chose the tinfoil as I wanted a bit of shine, but any of the American Crafts Thickers will work beautifully.
  10. The Max and Whiskers chipboard dogs and cats embellished the page perfectly.  I used a tiger-striped cat to finish off the title by adhering it just over the top corner of my 5” x 7” photo.  A cat with a curly tail joined the two photos in the lower right corner.  I used the dog that matched the 6” x 12” paper and attached it looking adoringly up at my aunt. I used a bit of the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to help them ‘pop’ a bit more.
  11. I slid another part of the title, “and Jane,” into the chipboard dog’s mouth.  I used the Elvis paper and inked the edges with the Vintage Photo Ink.  This is my favorite part of the whole page as it just seems to add that touch of whimsy.
  12. Wanting a bit more glamour on my page, I spritzed the Tim Holtz Grungeboard swirl shapes with the Olive Vine Glimmer Mist and adhered one to the right side of the 5” x 7” photo and the other over the left bottom corner 2 ½” x 3 ½” photo.

I’m off to find the perfect frame for this page because it is going to be my aunt’s Christmas gift, but shhhhhhh! Don’t tell her!


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