This is one of my favorite layouts that I have done in a while. It is about my parents surprise "Retirement/Bon Voyage" Party that my brother and I threw for them. I used solid yellow cardstock for the background and then tore a piece of road sign cardstock. I mounted about 3-4" of it on the two far outside edges of the background cardstock. I then put the posed group photos down the left side of page 2 and then a great photo of my mom hugging one of her best friends. I then mounted the invitation in the center of page one and cut out a photo of the "retired" sign to go below. I then used my 2" square punch and punched out the people from a bunch of photos that were taken. I was able to get 16 photos on this layout! I made sure to record who was in each picture!
"A Boy and his Bike" 2007
I rarely do 1 page layouts but I have a few of these in a row all of the sudden. I love the gears on this page! I cut 3 gears and a bike with my silhouette digital cutter from grey cardstock. I then trimmed the photos to fit behind the gears. I didn't have enough of the circle letters to do the entire title, so I mixed my handwriting with black and the circle letter tiles! The background is a vintage, distressed green.
"If you PLANT it..." 2007
My husband is a fantastic gardener and I rarely showcase his talents! One of use took these great photos of our front yard in Aloha. I love all the plants! I used purple for the background cardstock and then matted all the photos in black. I then wrote around the edges of the photos the types of plants that are in the pictures. I combined my handwriting with a flower vellum where I cut out the word PLANT for the title. I like how my journaling finishes off the phrase from the title (...it will grow. Especially if your name is Matt!). I think combining the title and the journaling makes a great flow!
"Seattle Mariners" July 2007
This was quick and easy layout for a few photos I had of a Mariners game we had gone to. I used a dark green background cardstock and matted the photos in a dark grey. I put the two top photos at angles and then made a contrasting photo border across the bottom. (I just trimmed the pictures so that all three would fit without losing anything important!) I then used a couple of 3-D Mariner banners that I purchased in Seattle. (They might have been Jollee's brand).
"Giggles" Fall 2007
I love this layout! The paper is wild and crazy, just like my daughter! I was meant to go the other direction, as in the green stripe across the bottom, but I didn't like it that way! :) Instead, I rotated the patterned paper to have the large green stripe down each outer side. I then just plopped my photos on. (Yes, all the mats were preprinted on the paper!) I used an exacto knife to cut the orange and green photo corner so I could slide the photo underneath. I then added the word "Giggle" and the three little hand drawn pictures to the upper corner. Another quick and easy layout! I love the photos in this one!
Downtown, Fall 2007
It was one of this perfect fall days; clear, crisp and sunny! I used fall leaf patterned paper as the background and then matted all the photos on light yellow. I then journaled leaving extra space between each line so I could cut each line into its own segment and line them up in the upper right hand corner.