Traditional Scrapbook Layout - Echo Lake (and some tricks!)
I haven't been able to make a physical layout in awhile, so last night I sat down to scrap a few photos from our vacation week. I chose to work with some photos from Echo Lake State Park. I had a beautiful panoramic photo that I'd made by stitching some shots together in Photoshop Elements and removing the people with the spot healing tool.
These were my original images:
And my result using the Photomerge/Panorama tool with the spot healing tool. (Click to view larger).
I wanted to include this on my page, so I sketched out a layout that would allow for this panoramic image plus a few other special ones from the lake.
It was easy to choose and print my images, but once I started trying to get them onto a page, I struggled a bit. I found a green striped background paper (Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm), and the light brown card stock to use behind the photos, but after that is when it got tricky. I think it was because green was a main color. I have a hard time working with a true or foresty green.
I went through my stash and found elements that I thought would work, and then suddenly it just all came together. I picked out a few wood veneer pieces, a flair button (from The Flair Shop using my freebie Remember brush), and then found a sticker from an older sticker sheet (I don't even have the packaging to be able to tell you what brand it was). I layered the sticker onto card stock and then trimmed around it, following the jagged edge of the sticker.
I then went to my boxes of embellishments sorted by color, and pulled out my browns and greens. I found a stamped embellishment I'd previously made myself with the Stampin' Up! Modern Label punch and a stamp from Blinks of Life for Studio Calico. I also found some cool green striped vellum arrows that I attached using my Tiny Attacher. (Did you know you can staple anywhere on the page with this stapler? Just open it all the way up, put a mouse pad or piercing mat under your project, and apply some gentle pressure. Then lift up your paper, and use a craft knife or other tool to gently bend down the staple ends).
I grabbed some adorable tiny green buttons and then some of my homemade enamel dots and attached them with Glossy Accents to finish off the embellishing.
Finally, I added my title with these white foam thickers from American Crafts.
I'm tremendously happy with the page, considering I spent some time really struggling with how to complete it. And it felt nice to play with some physical product again.