Setting the Scene
One of my favorite techniques on children’s layouts is to create a scene using stickers and ephemera of a whimsical style. These pieces usually include animals, people, or cityscapes. It’s a great way to use those exotic animals or tricky themed products too! Here is an example:
With the Photoplay Jurassic collection, there were a number of fun stickers that just begged to become a scene! I started the first scene by arranging the background (trees, rocks, and volcano) and then layered the dinosaurs on top, so they appear to be in the foreground. Layering like this gives the perception of depth without the bulk of foam adhesive! This type of scene very structured to create a semi-realistic setting, this works really well if you have these background pieces (trees, foliage, etc).
For the second scene, I again started in the background, but this time created a pattern with the circle stickers and added the fossils later on foam tape. This time of scene is more playful and less structured, so adding the foam behind the fossils makes their placement look more intentional. This type of scene is a great choice if you do not have the background pieces to create a setting.
Either way, setting the scene on your layout can give it a fun and silly vibe that I find fits perfectly for photos of my kids. It allows me to match the tone of the photos as well as illustrate the story behind them. I hope you will give “setting the scene” a try!
-Design Team Member Laura Alberts
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We are so excited to see what these creative ladies will design this year! Get to know each designer below, check out their project gallery, and follow them on social media. We are so inspired by them, and know you will be too!
Hi I'm Ashley and I'm from Daphne, Alabama. I started scrapbooking in 2006. We had our first daughter and I wanted a way to document her photos, but didn't want to go the traditional baby book route. A friend introduced me to scrapbooking, and I was immediately hooked!! Since then, I have been on many Design Teams and I love to create traditional Scrapbook layouts and Traveler's Notebook layouts. My style is definitely colorful and layered. I like to typically work with one photo on my layouts, and create clusters around it, while adding more interest to the layout with cut files.
My name is Erica Thompson (Erica Rose Creates) and I am from Rochelle, Illinois. I am a stay at home momma with 6 babies ages 20, 16, 13, 10, 6, and 16 months. We also have 2 fur babies Izzy the Boxer and Lola the Pitbull. Our house is constant crazy and we would not have it any other way. I have been creating and documenting ever since I was in middle school. I love creating 12x12 layouts but also make mini albums and cards. I also love to work in my Happy Planner and travelers notebook.
Hi! My name is Laura Alberts and I live in Southaven, Mississippi. I am an avid scrapbooker and crafter, specializing in 12x12 and 9x12 layouts, mini albums, and cards. I’ve been scrapping for almost 20 years on and off, becoming more intentional in my craft nearly 2 years ago when I started creating videos for YouTube. I am an upbeat, outgoing person and a teacher at heart. I love the opportunity that social media has given me to share my work and the many techniques I love to use. My style is very colorful and eclectic, including mixed media, hand stitching, cut files, lots of layering, and a floral obsession!
Hello! My name is Natalie Dill and I'm from Nashville, Tennessee. I am a FT working mom of two boys and a morkie pup. I enjoy traveling with my husband and we love food, so you can know what types of layouts to expect! I'm an avid and passionate paper crafter with a focus on scrapbooking. I create all sizes of "traditional" scrapbooking pages, often with corresponding pocket pages. I also use my craft in travelers notebooks, mini albums, cards, and I have recently begun to embroider.
Hello! I’m Sara and I'm from Western Pennsylvania. I am 40 years old and the mother of 2 boys and 3 dogs. I work at home, homeschooling my boys and taking care of my elderly grandfather. I love to read, and I like to cook, but I’m not a fan of laundry or dishes! I also love being a creative artist in this industry! I like to try all.the.papercrafts and mixed media. I enjoy teaching what I’ve learned for the last 18 years I’ve been creating, mostly on my YouTube channel but I have also begun creating my own classes for my website. I’ve been a part of the community at A Cherry On Top since 2013 and can’t wait to get started!
Hi, I'm Wendy Antenucci from sunny Florida! I have been married to my wonderful hubby for 19 years and we have 6 kids, ranging from 16-5. I started scrapbooking shortly after my first child was born in 2002 and haven't looked back! I am a SAHM and homeschooler so I tend to scrap during my kid's rest time; it helps clear my mind and get me through the rest of the day. On the side, I am a violinist and I love teaching; I am a HS math teacher by profession and this year I am teaching English Grammar and Writing with Classical Conversations. My main scrapping love is 12x12 layouts about my family and Disney World which is 2 hours away. I have kept up with Project Life for 4 years now, and I enjoy planning with all the pretty things.
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