It's Jennifer Larson, sharing some tips for designing your pages and adding special finishing touches.
Last year my son was asked to sing a solo as one of the Wise men in our church's Christmas pageant. I made this page using the photos I had taken of the occasion:
Merry Little Christmas patterned paper: Wassail, Holly Bough, Baubles; embellishments: Button Set, Little Labels, Ephemera Pack, Large Decorative Tags, Ticket Roll, Sticker Fundamentals, Red Large Alpha Stickers
Hint #1: Group smaller photos together.
I had taken most of the photos on my iPhone; all were taken indoors during the winter. These photos typically do not look so great, so I print them small and group them together for greater impact, despite their poor color and resolution.
Hint #2: Lay strips of patterned paper as a base for the page.
I love patterned paper and especially love to put a lot on the page. To keep the papers from competing with each other, I lay thin strips on the page to create visual interest without making too bug of a visual mess. Note: I usually lay the strips horizontally, but to switch it up a bit, I lay them vertically and designed the page around that axis.
Hint #3: Punch out patterned paper and use negative space as stitching templates.
I loved the Baubles paper, so I used my 5/8" circle punch to remove the decorative circles to add to the page. I them took the scraps and punched a 7/8" circle and used the negative space to trace around the baubles, punch holes, and stitch. I love the texture that was added.
Hint #4: Use dimensional adhesive to raise flat page elements.
I love to layer elements on a page. I typically center them around the title or the focal point photo. To add dimension, I use dimensional stickers to raise some elements (ephemera or stickers) and overlap other elements. Before doing so, I use my embossing buddy to remove the stickiness from the back of the stickers.
Hint #5: Cut journaling into strips and ink the edges.
I like my pages to look like they are in motion, and when I cut the journaling into strips, I can better achieve a natural flow/ movement to the page. When I journal, I space it at 1.5 when I am using TImes New Roman, 12 point font (and let's be honest--that's always for me!). I then trim it and ink the edges on a stamping pad, then finally adhering them to the page. I usually do not line up the strips; I like the staggered look.
And that's my page, along with many of the design decisions I made along the way. I hope this gives you ideas that you can try!