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That Smile Layout | Diane Williams

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I just love the muted colours in the Again & Again collection and they worked SO well with the colours in my photo that I had to use as many as I can. And use up some of my scraps at the same time!

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I knew I wanted to make this gorgeous photo of my nephew the focal point of my layout, so I printed it at 6×6 inches and mounted it on craft foam for a little dimension. I always end up with lots of long and thin paper scraps in my collection and I decided to use those to frame my photo. But for something a little different, I decided to only frame two sides!

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I began layering small pieces of paper and longer scrap underneath my photo, lightly gluing as I went. I used scissors to roughen the edges of some pieces for a little dimension.

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I used a variety of border punches to add interest and dimension to some of the smaller strips. This is the perfect opportunity to use up some of those branding strips too!

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Once I had about three quarters of my page covered, I adhered everything down securely and started to increase the dimension and texture by folding up some of the edges. Then I started tucking pieces from the cut apart sheet and die cuts into some of the layers. Anything that was too large to fit under the strips, I cut down or in half so it could tuck under. This often meant I could use both sides of a label or tag.

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I typed my journalling onto one tag and added that to the bottom right of my photo. It stuck out much further than the rest of my layers which provided the perfect little shelf for my title. The foam alphas from the Again & Again collection are my absolute favourite! I love the little peek of peach that they add.

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My last step was to add a few enamel pieces around the page. I love the shine and different texture they add!

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I just love all the colour and texture this technique creates as well as how much of my scrap pile disappeared into a finished layout. It created the perfect frame for my photo!

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