Creating scenes on scrapbook layouts

A great way to showcase photos in scrapbooking is to create a scene that tells some of the story. I have 4 layouts to share that use scene setting in the layout all of which are done in slightly different ways!

This fun layout documents our cats in the long grass and wild flower section of our garden. To create the layout I used a wildflower die set from Sizzix I cut the flowers from thick cardstock and used a metallic water colour palette to add subtle colours to the flowers.

The layers of mint paper acted as grass to mimic the scene in the photo, and layered bird stickers added a finishing touch! I love how the story of the cats in the grass doesn’t really need to be told with words, as the scene depicts what’s going on in the photo!

This is a much older layout and has a scene depicting swimming turtles to tell the story of the turtle hatchery we visited in Sri Lanka.

Here I used my cricut and the pen setting to draw these turtles on the right hand side of the page. I added watercolour over the top, the watercolour was added using the packaging technique and as I did it the pen from the cricut smudged. When I looked at the photo of the baby turtles in the water I really felt like the smudged outlines perfectly represented the image. This is not so much a full scene layout but the contents of the photo is represented on the page, which to me is one of the main functions of a scrapbook scene.

In this very cartoon style layout and I have used a scene to show more than the picture does, here I fussy cut a picture of our house and used a cut-file to tell the story. Rather than back the cut-file with pattern paper I used gelatos to add colour and backed the cut-file with a piece of vellum.

The background has been made up of hills cut from different pieces of green paper and a watercolour wash cloud background with a few cut clouds added as well. This layout is called ‘house on the hill’ and I think it represents our home really well, as you can’t tell that the house is situated at the top of a hill from the photo this scene adds detail beyond the photo to tell our story.

Here is the most recent scene layout I have a video of the process you can watch here.

With this one the foreground is made from a piece of diagonal paper and a few scraps of leftover paper from my stash. The background is ink blending over a doily to create ‘clouds’ or a sky effect and layered flowers held in place with a Brad are added along with strips of green paper for a stem.

Again this layout goes slightly beyond the photo to tell more of the story. The photos themselves are zoomed in on Phoebe but don’t really show clearly where she is, so here the layout signals that she is in the garden in these photos and complements the title nicely!

Do you ever create scenes in your layouts? Is it to add more information, to mimic the photo or are you just a fan of scrapbook scenes?!

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