As always, I was able to make this layout in just a few minutes using the layout patterns in the [affiliate link] Scrap Free Scrapbooking eBook by Jennifer Priest. This layout was made using half of a two page design from cutting pattern 3.
I made some modifications to the pattern to accommodate the photos that I wanted to work with. I printed all of the photos 4" tall to start with, and then trimmed some of the edges so that they fit better across the page. The area occupied by the picture on the right of the layout is open in the cutting pattern but I had another picture that I wanted to use so I filled it with the picture. The other two pictures occupy an area that is supposed to be a single 4" x 6" photo, but I used two photos that are slightly larger than that when put together instead.
Layering pale colored papers on top of each other, it's hard to get definition and visual separation. To fix this, I used one of my favorite scrapbooking "cheats". I used my Colorbox Pewter Mixed Media ink (I also recommend using a gray Colorbox Fluid Chalk for this technique). I brushed it very lightly along the edges of the paper layers. The color is not obvious to the naked eye, but as you can see below it provides a subtle faux drop shadow that gives the layers more separation.
I also wanted to get my daughter's age into the title, so I added one of the labels from the "Joy Parade" tags & labels set, and stamped the number on it. This created the pun "delight-four" as my title when I combined it with the puffy word sticker.
For my journaling, I chose to use a horizontal journaling card. The "It's Your Birthday" heading on it helps establish the birthday theme, and the lined card means I can handwrite without it becoming too big of a disaster.
All of the patterned paper and embellishments on this layout are from the brand new "Joy Parade" line by Fancy Pants Designs. It's exactly the sort of collection that I love to have in my stash. With designs like balloons, sprinkles, and bright pastels...this collection can create so many themes. When you have versatile things like this in your stash, it makes it so much easier to put together a layout!
- Fancy Pants Designs "Joy Parade" patterned paper & embellishments
- Hero Arts "Essential Uppercase" alphabet stamps
- Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Blackbird
- Colorbox Mix'd Media Inkx in Pewter