Our friends and our family are the most
important people in our lives and greatly impact on who we are.
Makes sure you include the people who have influenced your life
and how important they are to you in your albums. The following
layout was created to recognise the impact my friend Carol has
had on me and reflect how much I value our friendship.
The materials used in this layout are Sonnets
Paper (Yellow Block, Peach Wash, Hydrangea Wash, Lavender Wash
and Celery Wash), White cardstock, Purple Ribbon, Making
Memories Buckle, Alphabet Stamps and Purple Ink, White Flash
Fibre, Purple Eyelets, Purple Magic Mesh, White
& Cream Buttons Stickers, Strawberry Alphadots Stickers and
& Flowers Vellum Stickers.
There are a lot of steps involved in creating
this layout. However, each one is fairly simple so anyone can
Because there are many different papers
making up the background, I began with a sheet of white
cardstock. That way, I could easily construct my background by
layering everything on top of my cardstock. As you will not be
able to see the cardstock in the finished layout, I recommend
using a colour you have too many of or you feel you would never
I choose all Sonnets papers to create this
layout, but you can use any with a soft pastel look to them. I
recommend using different shades of the same design for the most
Begin by cutting a square of your Yellow
Block paper (or equivalent). It should be about 2/3 the size of
your page. Adhere it in the top right-hand corner. Then tear a
strip of Celery Wash paper (or equivalent green paper) to go
across the bottom of your page. Make sure it is tall enough to
overlap onto your Yellow Block paper. Adhere it. Next, tear a
strip of Hydrangea Wash paper (or equivalent blue paper) to go
down the left-hand side of your page. Again, make sure it is
wide enough to overlap onto your Yellow Block paper and adhere
it. Finally, tear a corner of your Peach Wash paper (or
equivalent) to across the bottom left-hand corner and adhere it.
You have now created your background.
The next step is to prepare your photo. Begin
by creating a thin matt on white cardstock. Then, adhere to a
second matt made from your Lavender Wash paper. Make sure the
border around your photo is about 1cm wide and leave a space for
your ribbon down the right-hand side.
To attach your ribbon, first cut two equal pieces
long enough to span your matt. Place them on top of each other
and thread through your buckle. Separate the two pieces with a
fan effect and place the ribbon on top your photo matt. Tuck the
top of each piece under the matt and adhere (I recommend using a
photo tab). Now decide how high or low you want your buckle and
put it in place. Then, tuck the bottom of each ribbon under the
matt and adhere. Finally, adhere your photo to your background
paper, making sure it is a little off-centre so you will have
room for your tags.
Creating the tags is easy. Simply choose
which two rectangular stickers you would like to use from your Butterflies
& Flowers Vellum sticker sheet and adhere them to your Peach Wash
paper. Cut out a rectangle around the sticker leaving an
approximately 12 mm border across the top and a thin border
around the rest. Next, cut two diagonals across the top to
create the tag shape, attach your eyelet and thread the fibre
I have stamped the word 'friendship' onto the
heart sticker. If you wish to do the same, you will need to be
careful. The stickers are made of vellum, which is not very absorbent.
You will need to leave the ink to dry for quite a long time and
you will need to handle it very carefully in order not to smudge
|When you have completed your tags, adhere to your
Next, cut two pieces of purple Magic Mesh to
go in the bottom left-hand corner. Use your flower and dragonfly
stickers to work out the size. Once they have been cut, adhere
them to your background, overlapping them a little. Next, add
your stickers and button.
Finally, finish off your layout by adding
your title to the top left-hand corner.
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