School Photos *sigh*

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Today I am going to stand on my soap box and admit that school photos are usually the last pics I choose to scrap. I don't know why... I think it's because I can never come up with fun designs and I struggle with the primary colours... where's the pastels!!! Well Doodlebug must have been listening because they have designed THE most gorgeous 'Back to School' collection that actually ticks all the boxes. Fun theme, primary colours with a hint of pastels and measuring tape washi!

My son is now in grade three so it truly has taken me a while to drag these photos out.

Now I know I've done a few of these collages as I love to play around with lots and lots of ephemera... I just can't help myself. So, if you would like to have a go yourself then I'll briefly explain my process and give you a few tips that I've learnt along the way.

Step 1: I found an apple shape on the internet and printed it out to the size I required then placed it onto my cardstock and using a hand-held embossing tool I marked the outline. I usually find it best to place my cardstock on top of a cork mat so the indentation comes through. You could use pencil but it becomes a bit tricky to erase it afterwards.

Step 2: I always start laying down the largest embellishments first so I have them balanced across the shape and I place my photo temporarily on the layout so I don't have to worry about putting pieces behind it.

Step 3: Next I fill in the rest of the shape with smaller pieces being careful to really watch my colours so I don't overdo the one colour too much in the one place.

Step 4: Finally I use Epoxy Sprinkles to fill all the small gaps and to complete the outline. The more gaps you fill the crisper the shape becomes.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope I have given you some ideas in how to get the most out of all your stickers, brads, buttons and epoxies and a way that perhaps you hadn't thought about or just hadn't attempted yet.

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  1. I just love every element you have added to your LO Melinda....& of course in the apple shape..very clever & organised & I love it!

  2. This is amazing Melinda!! Loving the apple shape!

  3. It looks amazing! Love the whole apple idea & the way you've used the enamel drops, too:) I bet it felt good to get these photos scrapped!!!

  4. So super fabulous Melinda! I just love it!!!

  5. Oh wow! This looks amazing! Love all the colour and the cute little embellies are superb for a school theme!

  6. Wow a fantastic page as always....for a moment, I got a shock thinking it was your little man starting school !!! Then I read on???

  7. LOVe it.Howd you do the writing?