Try something different
Whenever I am starting a page, I usually take my pictures and play around with the placement before I find something that fits. When I was creating these pages, I wanted to try something different, and so I started by cropping them into circles before placing them on the page. I don’t usually crop my pictures like this because I don’t have a circle punch and have to cut it all by hand, so once I did it, it was as if a whole different creative side of me opened up. If you are trying to do this without a circle punch, I highly recommend using a circle stencil.
This page was very fun to make. When using circles in your layout, it’s a good idea to curve your title around one of the main circles so that the page flow isn’t broken up by the straight lines. I used the curvy lines at the bottom as well to fit with the theme. I liked the white space around the photos, so I kept it as is without any journaling.
I added some New York embellishments to keep with the theme. I love these “salted” pretzels.
For the next page, I took a different approach. I cut the circles in the paper itself and added the photos behind. This page was “H” for my alphabet book, standing for Highland, Hicuts and Haggis.
I had some scraps of material left over from when my kilt was made, and so I wanted to incorporate these into the page. I used adhesive to secure the pieces to a white page (I outlined the placement of the circles on the white page so I knew what would be shown when I put the top sheet on top. Again, to keep the flow of the page, I chose to journal around the circles with pictures.
I made my own embellishments for this page so that the colours would be consistent. I traced some flowers I already had to create the layered look. I really liked how the paper went white around the edges when I was cutting. I think it added some character to the flower.
Have you ever played with circles? If so, how did it turn out?