Supplies Used: Background Patterned Paper—Basic Grey Nordic Holiday - Carving; Photo Matting Cardstock — The Paper Studio, navy blue; Sticker Letters — Basic Grey Nordic Holiday; Embellishment Stickers — Basic Grey Nordic Holiday; Journaling - Epson Label Maker; Free Bird Pattern from About.com Scrapbooking; Free Branch Pattern from About.com Scrapbooking.
Step by Step Instructions for the Double Page Spread:
- Select two 12x12 inch pieces of patterned or solid cardstock. If using a patterned cardstock for this layout, choose a pattern that is subtle and can take the place of a solid. The paper shown here for the background is from the Nordic Holiday line by BasicGrey. It is the back side of a more heavily patterned piece of cardstock weight paper and perfectly coordinates as a "solid" with the rest of the line.
- Cut two pieces of patterned paper that are 6 inches wide x 7 1/2 inches tall. You will be able to cut both of these from one sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper. These pieces are the diagonally striped background pieces shown in the sketch and sample layout shown here. Attach to the layout as shown, leaving at least 4 inches of space at the top of the layout.
- Cut two strips of coordinating patterned paper that are each 1 inch wide by 12 inches long. This is the floral print stripe shown in this sample winter layout. Attach to the layout, overlapping the previous piece and leaving a bit of the first pieces showing between the edge of the paper and this new stripe.
- Mat four 3x4 inch photos on a piece of coordinating solid cardstock that is 6 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide. Attach this entire piece to the layout, noting that in the sketch and sample page the mat is adhered slightly higher on the page than the very first pieces.
- Add two more 3x4 inch photos to the right hand page and as many as 4 more to the left hand page.
- Complete the layout by adding journaling, a title, and embellishments. If you wish to use the birds shown on the sample layout you can find the Free Bird Pattern and the Free Branch Patterns here on About.com Scrapbooking. Print one branch and trim it as desired to make it a little more stream-lined. Save the bird pattern to your computer and paste it into a word processing program so that you can resize it. You will want to print the pattern so that the bird is approximately 1 1/2 inches tall for the small bird and 2 inches tall for the larger bird in the lower right of the scrapbook page sample shown here.
There are many ideas on About.com Scrapbooking for using lots of photos, you can find them here in Scrapbook Page Ideas for Using Lots of Photos.