Do you have a list of things you'd like to try on a layout? I always have ideas generating and try to keep a list of those ideas somewhere near my scrapbooking desk. Today's layout knocks out two of those things! Christine joining you today with a Halloween layout showcasing the Spooky Nights collection paired with the Simple Pages Template 8!
The first thing I wanted to try on this layout was doing a comparison of two years of an event - in this case Halloween! I even took the kids pictures in the same place. I only did three of my kids for this one and pulled out the Simple Pages Template 8 to create a grid layout.
The squares on this one are 3 X 3 and as you can see - I used photos for the top and bottom row and then filled in the middle with patterned papers and the title. I used the same patterned paper for each vertical column on the layout. Knowing that the rest of my design was going to be busy - so I kept the grid very simple.
Because my pictures had so many colors going on that were going to battle each other and the collection for attention, I opted to print them in black and white.
Originally I was going to use a ready made title and just have it say "Happy Halloween." There are so many great options for titles within this collection. But I got the rhyming idea in my head and went for the chipboard "Boo" and then added "Times Two" with Basics Alphabet Sticker.
I used ghosts from the Cardstock Stickers and Bits & Pieces to frame my title. Black Enamel Dots were a good finishing touch.
The second thing I wanted to try was creating a collage style border on a layout. I achieved this by combining Cardstock Stickers and Bits & Pieces. Explaining this is best done in video - so swing on over to my YouTube Channel to check it out.
Although I have done a lot of collages, this type was a first for me, I have never done a border. A couple of tips from along way: lots of matting helps to keep it from being too busy. As you can see I added a double mat behind my photo grid AND the outside of my layout. I originally finished the layout without the outer matting but after looking at it for awhile, I knew it needed something and that simple addition took care of it.
Thank you so much for joining me today!