- I cut and laid out everything before I started so I would know how far up or down the page to start the photos. This also helps conserve paper. There is only one piece of 12x12 Not Quite Navy cardstock for the layout.
- Since I wanted the numerous paper layers to appear to continue across the spread, I started at the top of each page. I adhered the Not Quite Navy cardstock on each page, then the scalloped DSP (this is a handcut scallop following the design of the paper), and so on down each page side by side.
- To get the most out of my pattern paper, I cut the middle out of the paper I used to mat the photos. One of those pieces is flipped over and mats the half circle photo.
- My gridded ruler is my favorite tool for just about every layout and a lot of cards. I purchased this well used one from Cottage Mills in the fabric department of a craft store. It is 2" x 18" with 1/8" full lines:
- Rummage the momentos left from travel or an event. The '50' was cut from a scrap left over from the invitations I did last year for this event. The gold ribbon was leftover from wrapping the napkins for the tables.
- It is hard to get all these little paper strips to stick sometimes so after I finish a layout, I go back over it with a toothpick and a little white glue to touch up anything that is not affixed.
Finally, step back and perhaps even walk away for awhile. I thought this was coming off too busy but after I came back from a break and took a fresh look, I liked it much better.
Ingredients: Stampin' Up! DSP Bella Bleu
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Kraft and some vanilla that I'm not sure where it is from. Vellum from Hobby Lobby.
Ribbon: Gold from Morex, Very Vanilla from Stampin' Up!