How to Dress Up a Single Photo Scrapbook Layout

Posted by Latrice Murphy

Create gorgeous scrapbook layouts in no time using just one 4x6 photo. A scrapbook collection kit and sewing machine add the perfect touches.

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Latrice here, with a boy layout that uses a fun collage type layering to create interest right behind one main photo. It's easy and fun, so let's get started!

Here's what you'll need

Cardstock- American Crafts 12x12 Summer Pack

K& Co Trend 12x12 Specialty Paper Pad

Echo Park Jack and Jill

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Echo Park Enamel Dots

Tombow Foam Tabs

Tombow MONO permanent adhesive

Fiskars paper trimmer

Fiskars Amplify scissors

Sewing machine

Washi Tape

Choose a photo (4x6) and some patterned paper. Most of the pieces I used on today's project were scraps from other projects.

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Lay the pieces out to see what can be made of them. In the photos below, notice how I layered some pattern with some cardstock. There were a couple pieces that were trimmed down, and I pulled in a 3x4 card that was cut from a 12x12 piece of patterned paper to add to it.

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Ink the edges of some of the pieces and snap a photo on your phone. This will help you remember what was layered on top of what. Use some tape on the backside to hold this together for better placement in the next step.

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Start putting the layout together. The patterned paper below was trimmed to 9"x12" with a 1/2" piece of coordinating cardstock. It got sewn down by machine, but this can be done by hand or with a white pen for a faux look.

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Place the collage of paper with the top piece hanging over about 1" and centered from right to left.

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The journaling on this page was done on my phone and printed through WiFi! Using your Word document app and the fonts you have on your smartphone, you can jot down or write your wording just about anywhere. Save it and print it out later. This font is called chalkboard. I attached the strips with adhesive and each piece got a staple.

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Lastly, lets add the photo. To make the photo stand out even more, place some 3-D adhesive on the backside and matte it in a lighter colored cardstock. A couple of stickers and a few more lines of stitching finish this page off just right.

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Here is a look at the completed layout once again. Scrapbooking shouldn't be stressful or take up a whole lot of your time. It's all about those photos and creating something a little bit special for your future family to look back on. This photo makes me smile, just looking at it. I could have just placed it in an album with the journaling and still felt the same. I want my kids to know that I was creative and that I loved doing pages this way for them!

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I'm so glad you came by to see my page today. Now it's your turn to create a project with more meaning! Make something that means more, so it is worth more to you. I can't wait to share more tips and ideas with you all!