I pulled out my Echo Park Paper Once Upon a Time Prince collection to scrapbook a few pages the other day. This collection was released about a year ago, but is still available in stores. It was the perfect choice for the two photos I will be working with today!
PRINCE IN TRAINING
I wish I could take credit for the title on this page, but I pulled that clever phrase off of one of the elements in the collection. It was too cute NOT to use with this photo of my son attempting to dislodge the sword in the stone at Disneyland. 😀
If you are stumped as to what to do for your title, give it a try! Look through the elements in the collection for a phrase that would coordinate with YOUR photos. The designers of these collections spend a lot of time and effort coming up with the phrases, so you may as well take advantage of their hard work! 🙂
My other tip is to try using a sketch to jump start your page design. For this page, I used one of Becky Fleck’s May 2018 sketches from PageMaps.com … however, I switched it up a bit by turning the sketch on it’s side and mirroring it (I used the sketch in the lower left corner of the PDF print out, if you’d like to see the original). Doing this allowed me to stretch outside of my comfort zone and put elements together in a way that is new to me!
I could have just stuck these arrows to the page … but somehow that little bit of stitching makes them feel “special.”
I had a lot of fun building the title for this page. I first began with the “PRINCE” word and then decided to add the flags above and below it. The flags are all stickers and die cuts from the collection. I did add other elements (chipboard pieces, letter stickers, and stickers) and strips of paper on top of several of them to make them more intreresting.
The curtain rod-looking element along the top row is from the Hero Banner Die Set. It wasn’t quite long enough, so I die cut two rods and then pieced them together behind one of the flags.
In the lower right corner of the photo, I placed a cute castle sticker, popped up with foam squares. I wanted a forest on either side of the castle, so I cut the tree sticker in half, placing one half tucked behind each side of the castle. You would never know that the tree sticker doesn’t run the full width of the castle!
The Once Upon a Time Prince collection was also perfect for this page of my daughter all dressed up to go to a Medieval Themed party several years ago.
I created the banner across the top of the page using pennant punches by American Crafts and papers from the Once Upon a Time Prince 6×6 Paper Pad. I stitched them across the top using my sewing machine and then added a few glossy, pennant pieces from the Enamel Shapes.
I cut the scroll from the 4×6 Journaling Cards paper to accent the left side of the photo, and then built a little cluster of elements below it from the 6×13 Chipboard Set.
Another cluster of chipboard elements (the castle, phrase, stars, and coat of arms) accents the bottom right corner of the photo.
At the bottom of the page, I layered together several strips of patterned paper to anchor the design. The bottom strip is punched with a postage stamp patterned border punch by Fiskars.
Thank you for coming by today!
The beginning of a new month means more new sketches from PageMaps! I love the surge of inspiration I feel each month when I see what the designers have created with Becky’s sketches. Here is the page I created for April.
YOU ARE MY GUITAR HERO
For this page, I pulled out some papers from the Photo Play Fresh Picked collection that I purchased last year and mixed them with some items from my stash. (A few of the papers are still available at Scrapbook.com. You will find links to them at the bottom of this post, if you are interested.)
I used the wood plank Farm Fresh paper as the background because it repeated the wood door that is behind my son in the photos.
I then used white cardstock matted with the Fresh Flowers plaid paper.
I anchored my title on a Project Life transparency card with a blue speech bubble on it. Unfortunately, I do not remember which collection this is from, but if you like this look, you can always recreate it with a swash of paint … or try printing your own transparency using some clip art.
As you know, I love fussy-cutting florals … they are becoming a “must-have” on almost any page I do lately! Even though this page is about my son, they still work!
I wanted to add some dimensional accents to this page, and decided to go with wood veneer because they matched the color of my son’s guitar in the photos. I have so much wood veneer in my stash! I really need to put it to use more often!
I’m not sure who the manufacturer of the wood letters are, but the arrows and hearts are by Studio Calico. The wood buttons are oldies-but-goodies by BasicGrey.
The “tag” peeking out from behind the journaling block actually isn’t a tag at all! It is actually a label sticker. I simply punched a hole in it and added a silver eyelet using my WRMK Cropadile. (Yes … I still like using eyelets! *wink*)
I love creating with Becky’s sketches each month. Which one will you choose to create with during April?
White Crochet Twine
Gray Distressing Ink
Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Machine
3D Fishing Tackle Box Cut File by Lori Whitlock (Design #81472)
Thanks for coming by!