I Love Watching You Play | Multi-Page Scrapbook Layout + Video Overview

I Love Watching You Play by Ali Edwards

Today I'm sharing a layout here and over on the Studio Calico blog that was inspired by a page in the Member Gallery by Pam:


It's likely not much of a surprise to you guys that I like two-page layouts that incorporate a full-page photo. It's hard to beat the visual impact that comes from an enlarged photo.

On Pam's page I especially liked all the white space on the second page, the enlarged type (part of a phrase) and the stitched circles across the bottom and the top.

With those design elements in mind I looked at my list of layouts I want to make and decided to get the story of Anna's first soccer season into layout form.

As you probably know by now, I like to blog many of my stories first and then turn them into layouts. Why? Usually it's because I get more of the story told since I'm focusing on the words first and then creating a design to fit my words vs. making my words fit my design. Obviously I don't do this for every story or every layout, but the ones where I tell a more complete story tend to be my favorites.

Here's a look at what I came up with ( video follows with a walk-through below):

I Love Watching You Play by Ali Edwards

This is a 4-page layout. Here's a break down:

  • One full page 8.5x11 photo
  • One full page of pattern vellum + labels
  • One photo collage (front and back) that measures 5 x 11
  • One 8.5x11 page of journaling

I Love Watching You Play by Ali Edwards

The full page photo includes just a few embellishments added to the bottom left corner. These include phase stickers from the following sets: Pink Paislee Sunshine Collection, Studio Calico South Of Market Phrase Stickers, and Cosmo Cricket Punch Me Tiny Text.

In addition I added a little white star sequin attached with a small silver brad.

I Love Watching You Play by Ali Edwards

On the front side of the  pattern vellum I added my title. The font I used is My Underwood (I say it wrong in the video).

I Love Watching You Play by Ali Edwards

When you turn the vellum over I've repeated the same label shape with a different collection of embellishments.

I Love Watching You Play by Ali Edwards

Using the punched out section of the gold-rimmed label (see video for visual) I traced the area and then cut it out of the Turnip The Beet pattern paper. On top of that I layered another sticker from the Pink Paislee set and added another star/brad combo.

I like repetition.


The next page in the layout is 2, 5 inch x 11 inch photo collages I put together in Photoshop. I printed them on photo paper and then adhered them back to back. For printing at home I use an Epson R2000.

I Love Watching You Play by Ali Edwards

After adhering the two photo collages back to back I slipped them into a 8.5x11 page protector. To make the page protector a custom size I placed it on my trimmer (with the photo page inside) and cut it, leaving about 1/4 inch of space along the edge. To seal up the page I used some star washi tape.

A single circle chipboard embellishment was added to the front of the photo collage. These were from an embellishment kit at Studio Calico that is no longer available.

I Love Watching You Play by Ali Edwards

The backside of the photo collage page includes a few more of the phrase stickers and another small white star/brad combo.

I Love Watching You Play by Ali Edwards

Along the edge I added a 2-inch plastic tab and stamped "just awesome" using my Just Awesome stamp set + Mint Hint ink.


And the last page is the full story. As I mention in the video below I originally intended to fit the journaling into about the same amount of space as Pam took up for her title in the inspiration layout. Once I started flowing my text in from the blog post it was obvious it was going to need more space.

I know including this much text isn't for everyone, but man it has my heart.


In case you are interested, the green Copic marker I used is from this set and the plain 8.5 inch x 11 inch vellum I used in the video that I didn't end up incorporating into the layout.


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