Hello everyone! This is Shelly returning again with this month’s dose of the makings of a double page layout.
The kids are heading back to school, and summer is coming to a close. In honor of saying goodbye to another summer, I thought I would bring you guys some summer inspiration to get those memories documented. If you happen to follow my series here, you know that I am a big fan of season summary pages. There is nothing better than piling all those memories onto one page to see it all at a glance.
Supplies: Jubilee: Tangerine – “Story” Triangle Paper, “Adventure” Be Darling Paper, “Story” Wonderful Paper, 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, “Honor” Label Stickers, “Honor” Decorative Brads, “Awesome” Enamel Dots, “Awesome” Mixed Bag; Wild Berry – “Hey You” Gardens Paper, “Life” Tribal Paper, “Hey You” Rub-ons; Other – Alphabet stickers, cardstock.
As always, I started off with a sketch. With these summary pages, my go-to sizes are almost always 2x3 and 3x4. These are the perfect sizes to get lots of those memories on a layout! Summer is almost always the season with the most pictures. I guess the outdoors brings out the photographer in me; that and the fact that daylight seems to be endless. Oh summer!
I did section out my pictures into two categories this time around, everyday summer and our family getaway for the Fourth of July. Instead of trying to put all of those pictures on this summary page, or creating a second one, I printed my favorite shots from that week as 4x6 so I can slide them in simple pocket page protectors.
When it came time for color choices, Jubilee’s Tangerine jumped right out at me with a touch of the Wild Berry too. The aqua, yellow, and orange were all calling to be on this page.
I started off with the yellow “Adventure” Be Daring paper first. It has a fun pattern and the subtle color between the yellow and soft white would let the 3x4 pictures take center stage. Next I pulled the line of 2x3 photos on the left side up because once I placed the patterns and colors they weren’t anchored enough on the page. They were competing too much with the patterned papers. Once I pulled them up against the yellow, my eyes were happy.
Knowing I was going to have a pocket page insert in between my layout, I wanted each side to be able to stand alone, yet still work perfectly together too. I mirrored the horizontal lines on both sides; whether it be with pictures or patterned paper.
Using some strips of patterned paper, I created a banner cluster to draw your eye in on the left side of the page.
Keeping a big blog of smaller pictures is my go-to. Like I said earlier, I wanted each side to be able to stand completely alone on its own but flow with the other side as well. Switching up the horizontal lines from patterned paper to a cluster of pictures and vice-versa helped me achieve the look I was going for.
The new rub-ons are the bomb! I was pretty excited when I first saw them, and knew I could have some fun with those babies. They were the perfect touch for the haphazard graffiti looking title. It also allowed me to have a title on both sides of my layout that would look great together or separate too. A win-win in my book.
When I do something to one side, I like to do it on the other side as well. This is a great way to bring both sides together. This bottom corner was the perfect spot for some more 3x4 photos with white borders and a banner cluster too.
For the pocket page, I simply slide my pictures in with a label sticker for a short title. The pictures tell the story, so no extra words were really needed. This is something we do each and every year, so sometimes it is good to just let the photos tell the story from time to time.
We spent lots of time at the beach and play ground during our week of vacation. I grabbed a couple of my favorites that told the story for each of those adventures.
This insert couldn’t be all business. I trimmed down the same blue stripe “Story” Triangle paper from my layout, printed a quick phrase, and embellished it with an enamel dot from the Tangerine Decorative Brads. That’s simple, but sweet in my book. The best part is that I got the entire summer documented and recorded.
I really love the concept of mixing quick and easy pocket pages with my traditional pages. I get to have fun and be creative, yet I am practical and realistic with my time management. It feels really good to get these memories documented for my children without being overwhelmed with several layouts. Pocket pages aren’t just for my family Project LifeⓇ albums any more. I can mix and mingle them with my creative side too.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day!