Halloween Layout

This is a layout I did for my son’s first year album, Halloween 2010.  He was such a little thing — cute, obedient, easy going, and didn’t know what’s going on.  He’s now one and half years old, but has entered into the terrible two stage since his first birthday.  I suppose “terrible two” starts at 1 year + 1 day?  Not at the 2 year mark?  I know I know, I shouldn’t complain because a year from now I’ll say the same thing about right now.  I know he’s still a cute little thing, and he’ll only get naughtier as he gets bigger.  I love him to death no matter what!

I thought I’d share my design or thought process here, something I long to see on other well-known scrappers’ blogs but seldom find.  The first photo is my sketch in Adobe InDesign.  I like doing my sketch digitally.  This way I can print out the photos directly, to the exact size as I sketched.  I duplicate-drag (alt+drag on Mac) the photos to a 8 x 10 page and print on a 8×10 photo paper.  I can usually fit all my photos in a 8×10 paper.  If not, I combine photos from other layouts or just save the leftover for next time.

Sketch in Adobe inDesign

Here’s the result, pretty close as planned:

Pretty happy with the little round table I made in photoshop, glued with a 3D foam pop for dimension
The gift tag was done in photoshop as well,and printed on the Bazzill Kraft
cardstock. Hand cut, punched, and threaded.

Since this is my first layout entry, I’d love to know what you think about it?  Do you like how I shared the process?  Too much or too little info?  What would you like to see?  I am not the most artistic or creative person, but I’m good in technology and organizing my workflow so I can achieve more in a short period of time.  I hope I have something to contribute to the “memory keeping” community.

Cardstock – DCWV Citrus Stack
Photo Mats: My Minds Eye Lost and Found Two &
Bazzill Kraft Cardstock
Gift tag: printed and hand cut with Bazzill Kraft
Rosettes: American Craft Chap Collection
Washi Tapes: cutetape.com 

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