Hello Loch Ness : Scrapbooking Layout Photo Tutorial

The inspiration for this layout came from the Jot Magazine Issue 18 call for layouts featuring “hello”. The image was captured while on holiday in Scotland in 2016. So many feels when I look at the picture, in addition to it’s attractiveness simply as an image. Now obviously my layout wasn’t selected for the reader gallery (some amazing layouts were – check out the magazine here) but the important thing is that it gave me an idea to run with, and I ended up making a layout that I might otherwise have overlooked. So if you are short on inspiration or ideas, consider checking out design team calls, magazine advertisements or monthly crop lists. You don’t have to ever submit your layout, or even share it on line (though you should!) The important thing is that you have made something you love, and had fun doing it!
Now on to the layout. I’ve set out a photo series so you can see the order in which I approached this layout. I don’t pre plan or pre design my layouts. Rather, as you can see from the photo sequence I start with the image itself, then move to the background before embellishing and finishing with the title. If you are interested, scroll to the bottom for a product list

1. Back photo (printed on my selphy) with smaller border of white cardstock and then black cardstock

2. To draw attention to the red in the image add another layer of red vellum behind the image and accentuate the sky with the clear sticker

3. Cut down a strip of the feature paper, theme appropriate!

4. Build your own embellishment cluster, aiming for a variety of textures/elements

5. The key to spacing a title successfully is using packaging as a makeshift guide

6. Attach your embellishment cluster, using foam dots to level the various heights

7. Complete with some tiny wood veneer stars!

Product List

  • Background – 12 x 12 American Crafts Black cardstock
  • Feature panel – My Minds Eye Mint Juplep Journey Adventure 12 x 12 paper
  • Photo papers – Plain black and white cardstock from Officeworks; Sprinkles Shape vellum in red hearts by Doodlebug
  • Embellishment cluster – American Crafts Shimelle: Starshine mini flair badge, Starshine ephemera diecut cardstock embellishments, Starshine Exploration 12 x 12 paper, Starshine Pathfinder 12 x 12 paper, Gog Now Go wooden epoxy buttons; Gold chipboard geolocator from Project Life Everyday stickers; Tiny star wood veneer from Corbett Creations
  • Alphas – Gold chipboard Becky Higgins Project Life Everyday stickers; American Crafts Hardcover Glitter chipboard letter stickers
  • Plus – Dear Lizzy varnish stickers, double sided tape, foam dots and tombo mono multi liquid glue