OK, I’m a little late getting this posted…should have done it last week. You know how life goes, lot’s of stain removing, grocery shopping, blah, blah, blah. So maybe I’ll be really industrious & get two in this week, not promising anything though!
With all the Jake layouts I’ve been doing lately, I wanted to make a special one for Delaney. All the photos were printed at Costco. We had the photos taken at Sears & I bought the CD so I could print my own photos. I used Costco’s photo organizer program to create the collage. You really should check out this program, it allows you to gather your photos and then drag them into place on a collage template. They offer quite a few templates, this is my first experiment with their collages. After dragging your photo into place, you can zoom and then move it around in the space for just the right cropping. You can also flip your photo, so it’s going the right direction. DO be sure to check that your photos are all facing the direction you want them to, before you print them or send them to Costco. On Jake’s collage, I forgot to turn one of the photos before I sent it to Costco for printing. Then I didn’t even notice it wasn’t facing the right way, someone from Dave’s office pointed it out to him! When I went back into the program to flip it, I wasn’t able to figure out how to do it. I think I have to drag & crop all my photos into a new template & print it again. Just a tip, in case you get a little carried away or distracted, like I do, when you’re creating something new!
For the layout, I printed the collage as an 8 x 10 and the left side photo as an 8 x 8. The background paper is a zebra pattern called Dress Code from American Crafts’ Teen Collection. The pink is a Prism Metallic named Desire. The white is a texture that I thought resembled a zebra pattern from World Win. I love the zebra ribbon from Creative Impressions. And if you’re looking for the letter stickers, they come on a 12 x 12 sheet from Reminisce. The little ribbons on the left side, are a collection of different black & white ribbons from the shelves at Whimzee’s.
I love how the zebra paper looks with Delaney’s black & zebra top from Gymboree. When I took a look at this finished layout, I knew I had to make one for Delaney’s friend. Her room has just been painted….zebra on the bottom half and bright pink on the top. I haven’t seen it yet, but I know that this paper combo will look perfect in a shadowbox in her room.
If the photo you’d like to use with this paper combo doesn’t quite match…maybe the clothing isn’t black & white or the background is busy, just have your photo printed in black & white. I love how you can change your photos on Costco’s site, even after you upload them. You can try them in other color combos too…blue & white, pink & white, green & white and more. If you don’t have a Costco near you, they can mail you your photos. 4 x 6 prints are only 13 cents and my favorite 8 x 8’s are $1.49.
I’ll try to get this week’s layout finished & posted this week. That’s the goal anyway. I hope you enjoy this layout. Let me know what types of information would be helpful to you and I’ll try to incorporate them in my future Layout of the Week posts.