52 Layouts Step-by-Step #1

Friday 8 June 2012

A bright and happy Friday morning to you all this morning.
I get asked all the time how I go about making my layouts so every week for a whole year I am going to create a new layout for you, each with step-by-step instructions, which will hopefully make things a little bit clearer and fingers crossed we'll have some fun along the way!

I would love you to join in with this each Friday and show me what you make so there's a linky tool thingy at the bottom of this post to enable you to do so.

So what will you need to join in this week?

I've used:
2 x pieces of cardstock (1 light, 1 dark)
3 x patterned paper. One is a borders/stripes one with things I can cut out and make embellishments with
1 x large (ish) alphabet
1 x small alphabet
Borders - I had those Mist-a-bles by Pink Paislee which I thought I'd have a play with.

Step 1:
Cut one of your patterned papers to 7 1/2 x 11 1/2". Ink the edges of this piece in brown ink. Also ink the edges of your background card in the same colour.  Position the patterned paper onto your layout. (I generally don't stick anything until the end but that's up to you...)

Step 2:
Cut your other piece of patterned paper to 5x7" and ink the edges in brown ink.

Step 3:
Mount onto brown card 5 1/4 x 7 1/4"

Step 4:
Add a portrait 6x4" photo. My photo is quite dark so I have sanded the edges (just with an ordinary emery board) to make it stand out slightly against the patterned background - not that you can really tell from the picture below!

Step 5:
Decide which parts of the borders/stripes paper you are going to use then cut the reverse side to 3x5", ink the edges in brown ink and position under your photo layer so it is poking out of the top left corner (if the reverse side of your paper is no good then use the reverse sides of some of the other patterned paper you have used so far or something else entirely)

Step 6:
Add a scalloped ribbon border under your photo. I used those Mist-a-bles by Pink Paislee I mentioned earlier which I had to mist. Problem: I only have one mist and couldn't find it so I inked in brown ink instead. If you don't have any scalloped ribbon then you can just add normal ribbon, or create a scalloped border from plain cardstock.

Step 7:
Cut a few strips from the borders/embellishments paper, ink the edges and layer them under the photo and the scalloped border.  I was lucky enough to have journalling boxes on my chosen paper so I cut one of those out and have added it to the bottom left corner of my photo. If you don't have something like this on your paper then see what you can find in your stash or make your own by cutting some white/cream card into a shape and mounting it on a colour of your choice.

Step 8:
Cut a couple of other strips from your borders/embellishment paper (or use leftovers from the other patterned papers used in this project), ink the edges and add them to the top right corner of your layout. Also add a couple of cut out embellishments either by hand or by using a punch. I cut mind using a circle punch and then inked the edges. (BTW it is at this point I was happy with my layout so I stuck everything else down)

Step 9:
Add your title using a mixture of the large and small alphabet stickers

Step 10:
Add a subtitle, the date and/or some journalling in the box that is at the bottom left corner of your photo

And that's it, layout complete. Here is the finished layout:

I really hope you've enjoyed this and will join in as I'd love to see what you have made. There's a linky tool thingy at the bottom of this post so please do link your work so I can come and have a nosy.

On to what you will need for next week's project:

This is going to be a double layout so:
3 x sheets of 12x12 card, 2 the same colour to serve as your background
3 x sheets of patterned paper. I've gone for one floral patterned, one quite plain but with a light pattern and one chevron pattern. They also all have reverse sides that coordinate and may well be used in the layout
1 x large alphabet and 1 x small alphabet
A few embellishments: I've gone for a butterfly, some epoxy circle stickers plus a flower not pictured (ignore the small brown rectangle with the swirly pattern, I didn't use it in the end!)
Five 6x4 portrait colour photos, capable of being cut down to 5x3 1/2" .

So you have a week to gather your supplies and if you'd like to join in, see you next Friday!


  1. love the idea, and great LO... won't have time to play this week, however will try to play along next week.

  2. Looks fantastic - will play along.

  3. Lovely layout. I will have a play this weekend.

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  5. thank you so much. This was just what I needed. Look forward to seeing what others do.

  6. Thank you for this....i really enjoyed following your instructions, and it made making this LO so much quicker! Look forward to your next one :-)

  7. I actually manage to find some time to do this after all. Submission had closed though. I change it a little but it pretty much the same. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thanks for this - I've managed to get this one done. Posted it on my blog today :) I will be playing along as & when I can!

  9. I want to play when I can please!