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Make Your Own Magic Layout | Diane Williams


Sometimes you have photos that you’d love to document, but they aren’t the greatest quality. Never fear, you can still use them on a fun layout, you just need to disguise them a little by filling the page with fun details. The Truly Grateful collection is perfect for this with all its cute little animals and cheerful sentiments!


To begin, I printed my photos small, 2.75 inches square. Because I am trying to disguise my photos, I wanted to keep the color scheme monochromatic so I went through the collection and picked out all the blue papers from both the 12×12 papers and the 6×8 paper pad. Then I trimmed each paper into 2.75 inch squares as well.


After arranging the squares and photos on my white background concentrating on the balance of photos, patterns and contrast, I decided to try a pale blue cardstock instead and loved how it added even more blue to the layout. Once I was happy, I used a little adhesive to adhere all the papers. Then I used my sewing machine to stitch each square into place. I used a white thread on the darker papers and a blue thread on the lighter ones. The stitching adds a bit of detail and texture.


I added white paint splatters and left everything to dry before adhering my photos to my layout. I used craft foam for dimension, bunching up a little bit of blue thread under each one to give a little more color and texture.


I used a ready-made sentiment from the puffy phrase Thickers and placed it next to one of my photos, contrasting it on a light colored paper. It overlapped the photo and the edges of the paper to make it more of a focal point of the page.


Then I went to town embellishing each of the paper squares with stickers, die cuts, and puffy stickers. Some I added straight to the papers and some I added some foam to the back of. I cut down a journaling spot to fit inside one of the squares and added my journalling to it before calling my layout done.


Here is a quick process video of how this page came together.

In the end, I have such a fun and busy page, you don’t even notice that the photos aren’t of the best quality. Plus I got them documented and that is a win! So never let the quality of your photos determine whether or not they get scrapped!


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