This week’s challenge at Document Life Workshop is to Use Photos as Embellishments. Photos can be used not only as a way to tell a story, but also as decorative elements. For this layout about hanging out with my brother-in-law on his rooftop garden, I punched circles from 2 inch x 2 inch photos to use in places I’d normally put patterned paper or embellishments in this design. This allowed me to get some supporting photos in! Inking along the edges of the circle photos makes the pop more and ties into the metallic papers on the page as well.

An extra tip: my scrap pile is getting kind of high, so I layered big strips of paper. This isn’t normally my style, but sometimes trying something new stretches you creatively and helps you to more effectively use supplies.

Hop over to see a few other takes on the challenge!

P.S. Some of these supplies were rescued from the layout I gutted.

Supplies Used:

Paper: Dear Lizzy Float Away, Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye, K & Company, Hambly; Embellishments: Freckled Fawn Cloud Wood Chips; Ink: Tsukineko Planetarium pack; Pen: EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.1-Millimeter Marker; Adhesive: Scor-Tape, Scotch Dot Roller; Tools: EK Success Paper Shapers 1-1/2-Inch Circle Nesting Punch, EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Craft Scissors, Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer, stapler.

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