If you're like me, you take lots of summer photos. You also want to fit as many photos on your layouts as possible. You want those layouts to be easy and fun, and you want to make good use of those tools in which you've invested your hard-earned money. I'm going to show you how to make the two-page layout below with just a few sheets of patterned paper, cardstock, buttons, thread, and one foot of ribbon, as well as your Cricut machine. (If you don't have a Cricut, you can certainly use another machine or other pre-made embellishments.)
Use solid cardstock as the base for your pages.
Cut coordinating cardstock into two 12" x 6" panels, and adhere two inches from the top of each page.
Adhere your photos to the panels, which will serve as mats for your photos. This will allow you to include photos of different sizes and orientations, yet have them look cohesive and organized.
Cut patterned paper into eight 3" x 4" rectangles, and adhere directly below photo mats. I alternated both sides of double-sided papers.
Punch decorative border strips from remaining patterned papers, and adhere to the bottom edge of each page.
Using the Cricut with the Jubilee cartridge, cut your title from your choice of papers. I cut "summer" at 1 ½" and "FUN" at 2".
Cut three 3" scalloped circles from kraft cardstock.
Adhere the title "FUN" to scalloped circles, and outline with a white gel pen.
Adhere the title to the right side of the layout, placing "summer" on the top and "FUN" on the bottom.
Add the journaling circle to the left side of the layout.
Freehand cut three circles at approximately 1 ½" and three at approximately 1" in size, all from patterned paper. The circles should NOT be perfect. Layer one of each size to create a flower.
Tie twine through the buttons and attach to the centers of the flowers.
Add ribbon (cut into two 6" pieces) and the flowers to your layout for embellishment.
Here is a list of the supplies I used for this layout:
Brights Cardstock Stack by Die Cuts With a View
Little Yellow Bicycle Journal Tablet by Deja Views
summer-themed patterned papers, such as Barefoot and Bliss by BoBunny
Cricut machine and Jubilee cartridge by Provo Craft
Scalloped-edge punch by E.K. Success
twine, such as this Baker's Twine by We R Memory Keepers
buttons from my stash