Today I have a fun A5 layout to share with you using the gorgeous Denise collection!
Now that it's starting to feel more like summer where I live in Southern California, I've decided to start an A5 album to document all of our trips and summer activities that we'll be doing over the next few months. To be honest, summer is not my favorite season (in fact, it might be my least favorite!) so I find that documenting fun activities can actually make it easier to look forward to the activities themselves. That may sound weird, but when the temperatures hit 100+ degrees I'll take any motivation I can get to leave our air conditioned house :)
For this layout I documented a recent trip I took with my husband to Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes, CA. The colors from the Denise collection were so perfect for complementing these coastal photos, and the stamp sentiments were perfect for the story I was telling.
I started by laying out my photos in Photoshop. For the left page I made a 2x4 grid of photos (photos are roughly 2 x 1.5 inches), but left two spots blank so I could embellish them later on. For the right page I sized my photo to roughly 2 x 3 inches and then typed my title and journaling directly underneath. These photos could easily be printed separately and then adhered individually to a piece of paper, but I went ahead and laid everything out on two A5 templates I created in Photoshop and then printed them on matte photo paper.
After my A5 pages were printed I adhered my photo grid to a piece of pattern paper from the Denise Collection. I love how the yellow contrasts the ocean blue! I stamped "You & Me" in one of the empty sections and for the top I cut down a die cut tag and layered a couple of labels on top.
I kept the right page very simple by just adding a couple of die cuts and puffy heart stickers to the top of my photo.
I'm so happy with how this turned out. I find that when I keep things on my layouts simple, it helps to make the few pieces that I do choose to include really pop off the page.