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A Summery Page

12X12 layout American Crafts Elle's Studio Just Beachy Michelle Unruh September 2012 Kit tutorial

I realize it is the first day of fall here in the States, but I wanted to share one more summer page made with the Just Beachy kit and add on. Now we don't have beaches like all of you down south, so we head to the lakes, water parks or in my case, the river. :)


Again, I made another photo collage using Kerri Bradford's templates that I bought. I love how easy they are to use. Check out the tutorial in the forum, as I tried to explain below how to use them. She also has an excellent video on her site. Seriously, these are really easy to use. I am no photoshop expert, and I love playing with these.

The primary color palette of this kit worked so well with my photos. I love how this page feels different than my other two using this kit just by how I combined this color palette. Here, I didn't use as much yellow, but a lot more red to pull from my daughter's shirt in the photos. I used the navy patterned paper as my background, leaving the top corner peeking. I love the diagonal line from my son in the photos up to the paper. It pulls your eye across the page. Adding just a small pop of yellow this time and putting it in a visual triangle, draws your eye around the page.


I love the mix of alphas and had fun using those cool tags Jessica made for the kits. I layered some die cuts and stickers to anchor my title. I also put some of the yellow paper behind the tag to make it pop. 


The Elle's studio tags are fabulous for layering up a bit. For some added interest, I added a button with some twine in it.

There is a tutorial on the forum on how I made my photo collage.


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  • adele on

    I really like the different blocks, and the multi-alpha title. I’ve been on the run lately, but I’m looking forward to having time to run through the tutorial — I’d love to learn to make a photo collage.

  • Melanie on

    Your photo template turned out great. Love the layout!!!!

  • Nathalie on

    Great design Michelle and I love the title work with the stickers and tags!

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