October 22, 2009

Layout of the Week – Our Little Monster

When I first saw the new Monster collection from Reminisce, I just knew I had to use it for a new Jake page. I had just taken some funny photos of him. Our own little monster turns into a tornado every day. The little tornado moves quickly across the living room to the hearth, where we store his toys, grabs things and starts dumping, tossing, throwing them across the room. He plays & plays in the middle of this mess. We reorganize & straighten up his stuff about five times everyday. All the little cars in their container, books stacked nicely, balls in the toy box, etc. And then he wakes up! And it’s back to tornado mode! So one day, I decided to take photos of all the little messes he made that day, all over the room. Of course when I looked at the photos, the room didn’t really look as messy as I thought it did. But still, picking up the same toys so many times everyday, I guess it just adds up!

I used my new favorite embellishment on these pages! I outline the edges of paper, stickers & photos with the thick end of my black Zig Writer. I love how the black helps make things on my pages stand out.

The pages have so much going on with all the color & pattern of the paper and stickers. And then there is also the size of the stickers to take into consideration. I wanted to add a little more embellishment, so I added a ribbon to the tag sticker on this page. It gives a little more dimension to the page, while not competing with all my other elements.

That day, as I was photographing his disaster, he just stood, leaning against the couch, smirking at me, as if to say, “Look how cute I am! There’s no way you can be made at me about this!”

But wait…could he be turning over a new leaf? As I’m writing this, he just brought me the Swiffer Sweeper, out of the coat closet & had me turn it on so he could vacuum…we’ll see…


After you finish a layout, add a thick black outline to some of your page elements to help them stand out from a busy background. I use the thick end of a black Zig Writer.

Try adding a thin solid color ribbon to your page, for a little extra dimension that won’t take away from your page design.

Don’t be afraid to cover up portions of your photos with large scale stickers.

Use a few smaller photos or wallets (as I’ve done here) grouped together. They give the feeling of one large photo, while telling more of the story than one photo would.

Supply List

Reminisce Monsters collection papers and 3 different sheets of Monsters self adhesive stickers: words, tags & journal boxes & large monsters

Thin Grosgrain ribbon, navy & orange

Zig Writer, black

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  1. Yes, it must be hard to be upset with him with that darling grin! And what a good little helper to bring the swiffer to you! Your scrapbook pages turned out so cute.

  2. I love the monster theme of the layout. You are right, the black ink around the edges make the work popout! Love that look!

    How wonderful that he started to vacumn! My vacuum cleaner is too big and my kids probably couldn’t push it. But they use their toy cleaner…at least it is something:)

  3. I have thought hard on learning to do scrapbooking but haven’t made the initial step….I love the monsters:( thanks for stopping by my page…..Have a great day!

  4. Wow, what a fantastic layout and your little boy is such a cutie. I have a little girl who is a whirl wind just the same. Love the papers you have used, so fun.


    Jo xxx

  5. Great layouts. Very cute!
    Happy GNO!

  6. Hi Julie.
    What a cutey!
    I love your monsters!

    Have a great weekend/VGNO!

  7. That’s just adorable – love it!

  8. Love the pages you created. I have to refer my friend to you she is an avid scrapbooker and blogger. Happy VGNO!

  9. What a cutie pie – you make me want to have little ones around again (kinda ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great scrapbooking idea!Your pages have turned out beautifully.

    Nice to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a newbie at VGNO.

  10. Happy VGNO!

  11. Love the monster layout! And the little monster is a total cutie – hard to be mad at such a cute little face, isn’t it? Especially when he offers to help clean up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy VGNO! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Adorable! Happy VGNO.

  13. That’s what you get for putting him in a monster layout…..

    He is too cute to stay mad at (especially if he starts vacuuming!!)

    happy VGNO! I love to see your scrapbooking layouts, they are always so cute!!

  14. Cute layouts!

  15. That is just so darn cute!

    Hope you’all had a good VGNO- we had company last night.

  16. Love this page, I adore the monster theme as well.

    Thanks for visiting the next step challenge blog!- gayle