Photo Free Layouts
Iíve been looking for a way to document my goals for
2004, as well as highlight the memories of 2003. Personally, I canít
think of a better way to do that than with a photo free layout.
Iím sure some of you are trying to figure out why Iíd
do photo free layouts, especially with all the pictures that are taken
during the holiday season. I need a break from the pictures. I want
to concentrate on all the thoughts in my head, everything that
happened and will happen to me and my family; the things that I just
wasnít able to capture on film (or a memory card in my case).
In my first layout, Iíve chosen to write a letter to my
younger son, documenting his 2003. I tried to capture all his
ďfirstsĒ in pictures, but it wasnít meant to be. I want Devin to know
that while I may not have been able to freeze the moment for him to
see, it is forever etched into my memory, as something I will always
To convey a more personal feeling, Iím using a
handwriting font. Iíve picked Juergen Italic for itís slightly sloppy
yet elegant look. Besides, itís one of my favorites!
Parchment: Simply Sampler
Spiral Clip: Simply Embellished
Fountain Pen: PSP Tube
Font: Juergen Italic
New Yearís Eve after my first sonís birth marked a change for me.
That was the last time I made a New Yearís Resolution. Ironically,
itís the only resolution Iíve ever stuck with too! That year, I
resolved: ďAfter this resolution, I will never make another resolution
so long as I shall live, because I hate breaking them!Ē OK, so it was
really corny, but it worked.
Anyway, since I donít make resolutions, I wanted to
create a layout of the goals I have for myself for 2004. I want
this one to be a bit more whimsical than the letter to Devin was, so
Iíve chosen to use several fonts, in different styles, to convey my
feelings regarding each goal.
Keep in mind that photo free does not mean image free.
Use the available elements from the Simply Digital line, or grab a
great piece of clip art from the net.
Bath Blue & Blue Stripes: Simply Fun
Silver heart frame: Simply Elegant
Fonts: LD Punch In, Punch Out, Sketch,
Royal Portable, Stencil, Letter Press Inverted
Gigi, Editor, Scrap Happy, Zipty Do Standard
Clock: PSP Tube
Liven up your photo free layouts by playing with the
available effects in Paint Shop. For the words Live and Love on the
previous layout, I added an inner bevel (Effects, 3D, Inner Bevel). I
just played with the numbers and colors and available edges until I
found a look I liked. Use gradients and patterns too! Text doesnít
always need to be one solid color.
There are so many ideas out there for photo free
layouts. Scrap some of your favorite recipes and menus, a story about
your childhood or your even how you met your spouse. Document the
things that move your heart without pictures. And most of all, have
fun with it!!
Big Checks paper, colorized, bright/contrast: Simply Sampler
Groovy Sponge paper: Simply Sampler
Butterfly Charm: Simply Sampler
Alien Skin Splat!: Resurface and Border Stamp (ants)
Picnic Basket: PSP tube
Fonts: Problem Secretary and 2 Peas Well Behaved