8.5 x 11 Scrapbook Layout|”Picture Perfect” feat Maggie Holmes
Are you stuck in a rut, and need some scrapbook inspiration? Here’s a quick 8.5 x 11 scrapbook layout using primarily Maggie Holmes embellishments!
Today, I have an easy layout for those crafters looking for an easy scraplift. This layout was made WAAAAY back when I was just learning how to layer. So, if you are new to layering, this layout is just right for you!
Maggie Holmes “Styleboard” Collection
Maggie Holmes “Confetti” Collection
Michaels Recollections Paper Pad
Ironically, this layout is one of the first layouts I made when I started back scrapbooking after my two-year hiatus. I did not have a clue where to begin when I returned home from my deployment. I had fallen in love with all the Maggie Holmes products out on the market, but I did not really know what my style was just yet. So, I stuck with what I knew best: PLACING TWO STRIPS OF PATTERN PAPER AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF MY LAYOUT! This is my go-to sketch when I am stumped. This design forces you to look to the middle of the layout, which is where my photo and its layers are.
I recommend minimal use of embellishments on this layout. There is no need to use a lot of embellishments when you are showcasing an “empowering” moment. I do this a lot when I scrapbook about myself. I want myself and others to forget about the embellishments, and focus on the happiness in the photo. To balance the layout, I focus more on my layers, however most of my embellishments come from Maggie Holmes and other American Crafts collections.
Oddly enough, the layering in this layout is beginner level. It is quite easy to mimic. Simply, place your photo as a guide to map out how big you want the layers to be. Additionally, this will allow you to conserve paper because you are measuring out the exact amount of paper you will need for each layer. I recommend at least three layers of coordinating pieces. All papers used for layering are from various Maggie Holmes collections.
Next, pull out the embellishments you placed aside to play with. I add them to various spots throughout the layout for variety. Plus, I always try to use a large embellishment to pull the viewer’s focus to the title. Funny thing, the rest of my embellishments are placed based off of how my layers are placed. As I have mentioned before, I go by feel. If it does not feel right, I keep moving my embellishments around until it makes me feel “complete.” If you find yourself in the same boat as me, remember the “Rule of Thirds” saying: “repeating a technique three times to create balance.” This could simply mean placing three of the same embellishment strategically on the layout. If you have caught any of my process videos, you will know that I do this with everything: layering, embellishment, and splatters.
Lastly, I like to add my signature technique: adding paint splatters to my layout. I try to be careful, so I don’t mess up the beautiful layout I have just put together, however, you cannot really control the splatters without using some type of shielding. Before you begin with your splatters, consider mapping our where you want the splatters to be. Once you have figured that out, place scraps of papers around those areas, so you have a little control over where the the splatters land.
Scraplifting this layout should be a breeze! I challenge you to try to recreate it! All you need is 15-30 minutes of free time, and you can recreate this layout! Always remember, it is about documenting the moment! Happy scrapping!