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Fun With Photo Blocks #14

Get the best of both worlds by including more photos with a large photo block on one side of your layout while still having some fun by creating a more traditional scrapbooking design on the other.

Supplies used - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper and stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC

I don't know about you, but I love Simple Stories and their card/cut out papers. (FYI, this isn't paid advertising, I promise! I just really love Simple Stories. Always have, always will!) These cards always feature a large variety of great designs in an assortment of sizes. It makes creating with them so effortless and easy.

On this layout I used a mix of 2 x 2", 4 x 4", 3 x 4", and 6 x 4" cards and photos to create a really simple design with lots of details added in.

On the left page I arranged 2 x 2" and 4 x 4" cards and photos in a square on the center of a wooden patterned paper. The wood paper had some snowflake details in the top and bottom corners that frame the block of photos perfectly. To add a little extra detail to the snowflakes I added some circle stickers with foam adhesive to the center of the larger snowflakes.

On the right page, I really took a simple approach and kept the embellishments to a minimum. The cards are decorated enough that I didn't want to overwhelm it with extras.

To coordinate with the left page, I added some circle snowflake stickers to the empty space in my 6 x 4" photos and then added a stitched line to give the appearance of falling snowflakes.

A few things to note about this layout:

One, I distressed the edges of both the papers and the photos with a nail file. This is one of my go-to techniques for snow layouts. Distressing the edges reveals the white core and on a snow themed layout it somewhat resembles a snowy edge on those pieces. It's the perfect frame!


Two, I used a mix of black and white photos with color photos. The photos of Drew matched the papers so perfectly, but Jackson and his bright red Cars hat clashed with it all. I decided to switch all of his photos to black and white instead. I like that all of Drew's are in color and all of Jackson's are in black and white because it makes each set stand out in their own way.

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