Today I’m sharing a step-by-step progression to create a 9×12 scrapbook layout using the Studio Calico Odyssey scrapbook kit. As I oft mention, I am a sucker for kits. They help me scrapbook more efficiently, they keep me on budget, and help to combat my greatest scrapbook weakness: decision fatigue. I’ve been a subscriber to the Studio Calico scrapbook kit for more then six years, and I still get super giddy when my box arrives each month.
I started by trimming the polka dot paper down to 9×12 and choosing the photo I was going to use. The kit had travel theme running throughout, so I thought this would be perfect to document some photos of my recent trip to Washington DC. I added a tab sticker to the lower right side of the photo and decided on the general lower right hand corner for my photo placement.
I flipped through the paper and embellishments in the kit and picked out a couple that called to me. I used a strip of the mustard yellow paper behind my photo. I started laying down a few embellishments around the photo, playing with them until I liked where they looked (I spend way too much time on this part BTW).
I first moved the tab sticker to the top right corner. When I stated to cluster embellishments near the bottom of the photo, it felt out of place. I decided to put the washi tape under the photo. Also upside down. Also I added a second layer of washi tape. I like flipping words and numbers upside down if I like how they look in a graphical sense, but their messaging is unnecessary. I was happy with how it was coming along and I wanted to get the title in there before adding any other little touches.
I added the title on the left hand side. I started by adding the letters in the word way right next to the globe embellishment. I knew that’s where I wanted the shortest word to be, so I started with the shortest word and went from there. I was happy with the way it was coming along. Next I needed to add some journaling and add something to the title near the top left corner for balance.
After adding the asterisk to balance out the title, I get all the way to this point and I’m like — um, maybe I need to add some blue in back behind that yellow paper. So I carefully pulled up the right side of the photo and yellow paper and stuck the strip of blue paper underneath.
To finish off the layout I added a strip of the tally markers patterned paper under the title and called it a day.
I’m really enjoying scrapbooking in the 9×12 size. I struggle with square sized layouts and the 8×6 and 8.5×11 sizes are very limiting, especially when I’m using 4×6 photos. I’m feeling especially good about myself lately and I want to shout it from the rooftops. The 9×12 size gives me a bigger canvas on which to document my awesome lady life.
What was the last layout you scrapbooked? What story do you want to scrap next?