Number 1 Element for Your Layout

No matter the paper, the chipboard, bling, paint, and ink my number one element for my layouts are the photos.  I would love for all my photos be taken in a professional matter, but they are not.  Some photos are from the 30's, 40's 50's 60's, etc.  Some are of professional quality and some of blurry.  Many of the memories captured are happy, but some reflect the funny and sad part of living.  No matter, the focal point must be your photo.

Making your photo the number one focal point is hard for me because I love the variety of papers and more.  I want to play and create.  If you are like me you can get carried away with all the products available to us.  Now this is not to say we shouldn't paint, ink, add elements, but we can't forget bring focus to the photo.  Again this can be a real challenge to me.

This is a photo of my daughter and granddaughter (Little).  It is a selfie ... a new category in for scrapbooked photos!
Some Details
Photo taken by my daughter with her iPhone
Paper:  My Minds Eye Lost and Found Record It Heirloom line
Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studios, doily and title
Flowers and bling :  Prima
Other: ribbon from May Arts, charm from Bo Bunny, and white hearts from Martha Stewart

What do you do to make your photo "pop"? 

Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Enjoy the green.  I'm Irish on my mothers side of the family so I will enjoy our day.

Have A Crafty Day!


  1. I'd have to agree with you, my number one element is my pics. Love the layout, and how the pic is nestled down in the embellishments.

  2. So beautiful, Debby! Yes, my photos are the focal point of my crafting. I use the rest (meaning embellishments) to help tell the story and add a creative aspect as well.

  3. Your layout is very pretty. You did great keeping the photo number 1.

  4. "little" is sure growing up, so pretty!! Love your take and I agree with you on the focal being the pictures! Lovely!!

  5. Very nice layout ! I love the way you cut your title.

  6. I agree with you! I love having the photos the main focal point!
    Your layout is fantastic!

  7. awesome layout and the photos definitely need to be the focus :)

  8. Love this! I use matting and clusters like you to make the photo pop.


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