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Off the Page

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Years ago I decided to scrapbook in a 12×12 format, rather than in 8.5×11. I love the symmetry of the square and the room I have to tell my story. However, there are times when my story stretches beyond the limit of the 12×12 canvas. How can I scrapbook beyond the borders of my page?

Recently, two of my three children have gotten their driver’s licenses. My husband and I have been relegated to the passenger seat, both literally and figuratively. On this layout, I wanted to show how my son is driving off down the road and into his future by stretching my story beyond the page. All of the elements on my layout draw the eye up and off the canvas.

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First, I placed the photo so that the reader can see the road out of the front window going across and off the page. Second, I tilted the patterned paper underneath the photograph so that the edges are pointing off to the top left. Next, I used a patterned paper with a chevron print that points off the page. Lastly, I placed cork clouds in the top left corner to further draw the reader’s eye off the page and reinforce the theme of my layout.

To see more examples of extending your story beyond the canvas, check out the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!


A New View

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For fourteen years I drove the same car, a blue Ford Expedition. The car became mine when all of my children were small and in car seats. As they grew, the car took us to all the places we needed (and wanted) to go–pediatrician visits, riding lessons, trips to the zoo. Recently, we decided that this trusty car should be retired. So the hunt for a replacement began.

Soon I found the perfect vehicle–a red Ford F-150 truck. This truck had all the requirements I was looking for as well as some extras that I love–heated seats, GPS, and my favorite feature–a sunroof!

This month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to document something you love. What a perfect challenge to document my new truck and use my February kit, Flowers & Candy.

For this page, I really wanted to highlight the beautiful blue sky in the photograph. So I changed the picture of the truck to black-and-white so it would not compete with the focal point. I used a pale yellow background to set off the pictures.

Make sure to check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month for more inspiration from the team!

Now go create!