When I find a design that works, I tend to use it over and over. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit. Unless that habit is making the bed every day. Then, notsomuch. But when I'm scrapbooking, I rely on stand-bys like the overlapping grid - a series of similarly-sized blocks that are layered together - to help me complete pages more efficiently. It's a framework that I come back to time and time again. Much like my unmade bed. Ahem.
On this layout, I wanted to showcase some of my kid's artwork along with photos of them creating it. To make everything the same size, I snapped some photos of their art pieces and reduced them to 2.5" square before printing them along with my photos.
To add some color to the page, I chose Bella Blvd papers that were similar hues as the artwork and cut the papers into the same size squares. I also threw in a few neutral kraft patterns to keep the the grid grounded and not too busy. I rounded all the corners and added machine stitching around the edges of all the papers.
Then I began layering all the squares, placing the photos and artwork on the topmost layer. I love using foam squares to adhere the elements so there is a definite dimension created in the design. I left the center of the grid open to house my title, which is a combo of letter sticker and chipboard (also from Bella Blvd.)
By relying on a design that I've executed in the past (you can see two other examples of how I used the overlapping grid in this Simple Saturday post) my page comes together quickly without a lot of stress or fuss. If only I could make household chores as simple...