For this scrapbook layout, I knew I wanted to have a center mat bordered on every side by a patterned paper, clean lines, rounded corners, and a hand stitched border. I chose a busy plaid from the “B side” of the old Mr. Campy line by Cosmo Cricket with a center mat of kraft cardstock.
I then knew where I wanted the photos and worked from there. I also wanted to use an old tag Bo Bunny’s Roughin’ It line. The tag is acting as the title for the page. I decided it really needed to overlap other element to add interest instead of trimming it down to fit.
I wanted a paper for a block at the bottom. I needed it to have an element of interest, but I didn’t want to add another patterned paper. I decided on a piece of Core’dinations cardstock that matched the light green in the plaid paper. I LOVE the embossed Core’dinations cardstock. The embossed cardstock adds interest through texture, but won’t compete with patterned papers. Sometimes, I sand the embossed cardstock, which is a messy process, but I love the results. It becomes distressed with embossed areas revealing the inner core color. This time I just inked the cardstock to emphasize the embossing.
I decided to cut the journaling block into two pieces rather than leave it whole under the title tag. I think this emphasized the tag. I also added some stickers from the Mr. Campy line to the journaling block and one to the embossed cardstock for embellishment. I also added some brown brads to the bottom corner, since it was looking a little bare. I think the brads help balance the layout.