On the surface, the Imagine That! collection looks like it’s meant for theme parks and superhero-themed projects. While it is a great collection for these things, it also works for a variety of other types of projects such as adventures, spring, summertime and more. Check out how blog contributor Nicole was able to use the collection to bring her family trip to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument to life!
Nearly all my pages are made of double-page spreads, and I loved that this sketch was all horizontal photos. These photos were taken when our family visited the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, a few years ago. The photo of my son and daughter sitting on the bench in the Remembrance Circle is one of my favorite photos ever, and I knew I wanted to make it the focal point of my layout. The yellow color of my daughter’s shirt matched the yellow colors in the Imagine That! Paper Pack, so even though that pack might not be the first thing you think of for a relatively somber topic, I think it worked very well.
To create this layout, you will need:
- Imagine That! Paper Pack
- Imagine That! Stickers
- Imagine That! Layered Embellishments
- Black Sans Serif ABC/123 Stickers
- Goldenrod, Peacock Blue & White Cardstock
- Original Border Maker System with the Double Chevron Border Maker Cartridge
- 12-inch Straight Trimmer
- Multi-Purpose Tool
- Tape Runner
- Black Dual-Tip Pen
Step 1: From the Imagine That! Paper Pack, use the black polka dot patterned paper for the left-hand side of the layout and the striped patterned paper for the right.
Step 2: Punch a Double Chevron border from a piece of Peacock Blue Cardstock. Use the yellow star border strip from the sticker pack and adhere it about 1/8″ away from the bottom of the border. Choose three horizontal photos to go down the left page. Cut them to measure 3-3/4″ x 6″ (or 5.33″ if they’re from a phone) to allow space between the pictures. Adhere them to the page, then trim the remaining Peacock Blue Cardstock away, leaving about a 1/8″ border along the photos.
Step 3: From the remaining Peacock Blue Cardstock, punch another Double Chevron border. Using the 12-inch Trimmer, cut it to measure 12″ x 1″. Then, cut an additional thin strip to measure (1/8″ – 1/4″) to use as an accent later on the page.
Step 3: Adhere the border to the top of the striped paper, making sure the stripes are vertical. Using the back of the other striped piece of paper (yellow patterned paper with plus signs), cut a 6″ x 12″ piece, and adhere that to your page directly under the border strip. Use the thin strip of blue cardstock to trim the edge of that yellow piece.
Step 4: The upper right corner of the page is a great spot for your focal point photo. Mount it on White Cardstock to make it stand out. Mat the other two photos with a very thin border of the black polka dot patterned paper. Attach photos to page as shown.
Step 5: To create a custom sized photo mat, trim the photo mat about 1/2″ smaller than you want the final width to be. I wanted my mat to be 4-1/2″ wide so cut it at 4″. Overlap the cut piece (on top) with the remaining piece of the mat, carefully lining up the edges, and use Tape Runner to adhere it. Write your journaling and attach to the page.
Step 6:Because I was using a black background I decided to replace the fourth photo on the left hand side with a title block. To make sure the letters are straight, I used a scrap strip of cardstock and taped the ends down on the Custom Cutting System Mat. If your strip is lined up with the grid, you can slide the cardstock you want to adhere your title to under it, align it with the stripes in the other direction, then use it as a positioning guide.
Step 7: After your title is down, trim the white title block, mount it on Goldenrod Cardstock, then mount on the remaining piece of striped designer paper and trim. Adhere at an angle, being careful that the corner that overlaps your photo doesn’t cover anything important!
Step 8: Finally, use the Imagine That! Embellishments and Stickers to enhance your page.
Not only is the Imagine That! collection cute and colorful, but it’s also versatile and can be used for a variety of projects. What type of projects have you been using it for? Let us know in the comments below!