9. Your First Layout
So - you should be now just about ready to start your first layout. Hopefully after reading my other sections and looking through my Gallery you will feel more confident about attempting this.
On this page I will show you a step by step guide to completing a really simple Mickey Mouse layout using products from my store. You can use this layout as a guide to make your own layouts if you do not want to use the materials that I have, for example you could have a plain black background and classic "Mickey" colours, or you could make it a pretty Disney Princess layout, you could use strips of coloured paper if you do not want to use ribbons, adapt the idea in any way that you like!
These are the items I have selected: ( you will find links to the products at the end of this page)
1. Choose the photos that you would like - I have printed mine 7"x5" size and then I have already cropped it using my guillotine and used my corner punch to round the edges of the photo. I have chosen red to back my photo onto. I find it helps if you stick it onto the corner of the cardstock as per the photos below - about 2-3mm away from the edge. Then you can use your guillotine or paper trimmer to carefully trim the other 2 sides. ( it may help to practise with the postitioning first on some spare paper!)
2. Next, I took the sheet of Chipboard Alphabets and carefully cut around each of the letters to spell out MICKEY MOUSE, then I got my photo and I had a play around with the letters and photo to find a positioning for the layout that I liked. ( dont stick anything down yet!)
3. I decided on the 2nd one! ( sorry about the quality of the photos - it was quite a dark afternoon when I took them) Next decide on the positioning of the ribbons and Flowers - I had a play around with 2 ideas:
4. I decided to go with the 2nd picture - now you are ready to start sticking!!! Firstly position the Red and Purple Ribbon and then line up with the top and bottom of the photo. The ribbon will need to be cut so that it is approx 1" longer each side of the layout. When it is in position carefully take the photo away ( you could use a very light pencil to carefully make a few dots for where the top of the ribbon will be )and then you can use your double sided sticky tape to stick the ribbon carefully along the paper. Use double sided tape to stick the overlap on the back of the layout or if you prefer and you have some lovely sharp scissors you can cut it at the side of the layout. Then do the same with the purple ribbon at the bottom, then line up the other 3 colours and stick the middle one first, then the outer 2 colours.
4. Now you are ready to stick on the title and the photo - so position the letters where you want them to go and peel them off of the backing one at a time. Then you can stick on the photo with double sided tape.
5. Now push the brads through the flowers and open up at the back ( like a paper fastener ) then attach with double sided tape or large glue dots. You could make a small hole through the paper using a pair of scissors to push the brad through, but if this is your 1st time then you may want to stick them on instead.
6. Lastly, use the self adhesive rhinestones to add a little bling to your layout! I have used the largest circles and the smallest ones to make little Mickey Ears! I used 1 for the dot of the " i " in MICKEY and then went a bit mad with the rest of the pack as I love these!!! ( and a great way to make Mickey Ears too!! ) So - there you have it - your layout is now finished!!!
For this layout I needed:
Onto the next section :> Congratulations