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Scrapbooking Design Tip: Mimicking Shapes From Your Photos

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts and Bazzill; Patterned papers and embellishments: My Mind's Eye; Circle punches: Fiskars and EK Success; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

When I started putting together this group of photos I noticed that there were a ton of circle elements in the photos. At the playground the boys were playing in a big plastic tube that was lines with round holes throughout it. I like finding ways to mimic things I see in the photos into my design. I knew instantly that I was going to create a layout full of circles to match the circles in my photos.

First, I started with a large circle on the left page. I had a lot of photos so instead of doing one large photo cut into a circle, I used four photos to create one large circle piece.

To create that photo circle I started with an 8" cardstock circle. Then I used a ruler to find the center of the circle and used a pencil to draw a "+" in the center. Next I adhered the four photos so that they would meet in the center. Then all I had to do was flip the circle over and cut off the excess photos.

To continue my circle theme, I added a cluster of circles around the edge of the large photo circle.

I used circle photos, patterned paper circle, buttons, chipboard pieces, metal circles, and enamel dots.

On the right page I used large photo block and then accented a small corner of it with more circles.

If you are looking to create something a little different, look to your photos and see what simple shapes you find. Look for things like:

• triangles

• squares

• circles

• diamonds

• hexagons

and find fun ways to incorporate them into your design all while highlighting your photos.

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