|Photos of my Nephew, Cooper, during his first football game. Photos by Tonya A. Gibbs.|
Today, I want to give you five prompts for creating a layout. Hopefully these prompts will give you a place to start next time Mojo goes on vacation. For today's layout, I'm going to use the photos from the above mentioned photo shoot.
Prompt 1 - Select papers that do not fit the theme or color pallet of your photos.
My photos are clearly football themed, and predominately red, white, and blue. Themed papers are obvious selections, and I'm looking for unexpected. I don't need a football sticker to know this is a football layout. Also, if I chose the colors in the photo then my photos would compete with my background. Since I want the photos to pop, I've selected a neutral color palett of black, taupe, and gold. These colors are neutral which means they go with ANYTHING ANYWHERE!
|Teresa Collins Memorabilia Line released summer 2013|
Teresa Collins' Memorabilia line was perfect. The colors are neutral and the theme is centered around a family story, rather than a specific event. The black chalkboard papers give great contrast against my bright sunny day photos. If your photos are dark - you may want to consider lighter colors for your background.
Prompt 2 - Place Embellishment clusters directly on your photos.
This technique will help to anchor the photo to the page, and also give it depth and interest. This is a great technique for photos that have a lot of negative space or distracting elements in the background.
Prompt 3 - Layer Sequins
Sequins have become a super trendy embellishment. I'm noticing that some are metallic and some are flat, they come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. The sequins in this collection are rather large, and I simply added a wood veneer star from Studio Calico to the centers. Love how these made a cute embellishment, without taking away from my photos.
Technique Tip: Hot glue will melt most sequins. This is how I placed mine...I placed the glue on the layout in a dot formation. Let it cool for a second until it is more than 50% solid, then add gently place the sequin ontop of the glue without pressing it too hard. This makes the hot glue more like a pop dot and elevates the sequin off the page.Prompt 4 - Use Clear Glitter Nail Polish
My wood veneers needed a little pop, but I wanted them to stay neutral. So I reached for clear gold glitter nail polish and painted them. When selecting my nail polish - I go for the cheapest with the chunky glitter pieces. This will give you a nice bokeh look when applied. You may need several coats to achieve the look you're after, but I love the effect!
Prompt 5 - Use Ribbon in an unusual way
The ribbon on my page is the only thing that has color found in the photos. I did this so that your eye finds a base, or weight to the bottom of the photos. I love how it is just waving across the layout. You expect to see ribbon as banners, or tied neatly across an element, but squishing it up gives it a fresh look and provides movement and depth.
and ...drum roll please ... this brings me to my completed layout.
I know masculine layouts can be challenging. So, I hope you have been inspired next time Mojo goes away on vacation.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya A. Gibbs
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 6x6 Paper Pad
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Chalkboard
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12x12 Die Cut Paper
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12x12 Cardstock Stickers
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Border Strips with Glitter Accents
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Chipboard Buttons
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Decorative Brads
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Envelopes
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Sequins
Studio Calico - Classic Calico Vol. 2 - Wood Veneer Shapes - Tiny Stars
Studio Calico - Yearbook Collection - Wood Veneer Pieces - Speech Bubbles