More than likely, your summer is going to include an event or two where you take lots of photos. My first one happened last weekend at the wedding we attended and we have a few more little trips scheduled the next few months.
I am planning on making a grid similar to the one shown above for all these events. (Maybe - plans often change.) I could have done a similar grid to this machine stitched one, but I really wanted the photos to face eachother, not back eachother. I made this grid digitally in Photoshop Elements and I filmed a quick video to share the process :
I ended up making two 4x6 canvases with six photos each and printed them on Office Depot brand photo paper and cut them down to size.
The left grid was glued back to back with the invitation that I cut down to 4x6 and the right grid was backed with the teal textured paper that comes in the book. I flipped it over (remember the holes are evenly spaced) so the textured side could be decorated.
The last spread talks a bit about my running adventures. I created a 4.25x5.5 canvas in PSE that was the same size as that chartruese scalloped card and played around with the text until I had a design that I liked. I cut a piece of computer paper down to 4.25x5.5 and ran that through the printer first to see how the text printed out on the smaller size. I made a few simple adjustments (shifted the text up and to the right) and then let the scalloped paper go right through my printer. Simple enough.
I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to use the teal paper and played around with a few ideas before deciding to just go with the running theme there too. I used cheap craft paint and a foam brush to paint the bottom of my left running shoe and then "stamped" the shoe down on to the textured paper. The lime green paint showed up pretty well and I like how it all ties together color wise.
The stamped shoe got me thinking about other things I could bring into this book over the next few months. Trying to think outside the box more and more.
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