Designing a Scrapbook Layout...When Is It Too Much?

When is too much on a layout really too much?  I have an outline of what I like to do to create my pages.  Not paying close attention I might have created something other than I intended.  Designing a scrapbook layout has inherent pit falls when your paper and embellishments are especially extraordinary with a great amount of details. 

Was it too much on my layout?  Husband says "no."  I am not sure.

The story 
My daughter and her husband went to the Pont  des Arts Bridge in Paris and placed a lock on the bridge.  I am so glad they were given this opportunity before it was removed.

"A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love.  Typically the sweethearts' names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love."  Wikipedia.

My System
  1. I design the layout on paper. I try to remember tips I have received ... like the rule of 3s or setting your focus off center and the best has been "do it the way you love to create."
  2. Then I lay out the photos and elements.
  3. Take a photo. 
  4. I walk away awhile to give some time to make sure this is what I want.
  5. Make adjusts and start. 

I started adhering the corrugated cardboard and then the elements.  I used glue on those items that went directly on the cardboard.  (Thus no removing and resetting.)   I mistakenly did not place some of the elements where I had planned...I had to ad lib the rest.

Julie Nutting's French Flea Market Collection:  paper and stickers
Ken Oliver's Color Burst Alizarin Crimson
Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink, Idea-ology Timepieces Clock Faces, Arrows Adornments and Typed Tokens
Prima Flowers and Clay Art Tiles
Hobby Lobby lock and key
Eiffel Tower rub-on
Special Note:  The small element coming out of the flower on the lower right side is actually the gloves from the sticker sheet.  I just turned it around.  Looking at life upside down!

Too Much?
Just Right?
Maybe too Little?

When do you just walk away?

One thing I am sure of:  I finally said this was in my heart and here it is. 

 Create Memories / Pass Them On


  1. It's done when YOU say it's done!!! I love it.

    1. your answer. I am going to use that.

  2. So you!!! Would love to see that bridge some day!!! Beautiful page!

  3. I love the way it looks! It gives a sense of romance that the setting calls for, and the corrugated cardboard adds texture, while balancing the fancy elements. Just gorgeous, all the way around.

    1. Thank you Karen. Thanks for breaking it down for me. It is encouraging.

  4. I like the way Lynn thinks!!
    I am a pretty simple scrapbooker (in my eyes) but every once in a while I love to add lots of embellishments and layers.
    I think this layout is perfect.


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