Make It Sunday – 10.30.11

Welcome to Make It Sunday! Wait… I know what you’re thinking about the layout above… where are the photos? Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite scrapbooking tips! Making layouts before you have the photos! I actually used this technique last year when making my sister a baby album, before her first child was born, and it’s a really fun technique to use when you are making something to give to someone, or for scrapbooking photos you don’t have yet! Just make your page and plug the photos in later when you have them printed!

This weekend I was just dying to create a Halloween layout about the little Halloween get-together I’m having tomorrow… but of course, I don’t have photos of it yet. So, I’m scrapbooking ahead of time, this time around!

Here’s the steps on how I created this layout:
1. Start with one piece of American Crafts Nightfall Halloween paper and cut off the extra bottom piece where the bar code is – don’t throw it away though, we’ll use it later. I sprayed a little Studio Calico White Mist on the bottom portion to lighten up the black paper.

2. Next I used our 4 x 6 Spooktacular journaling tags since they are 4 x 6 photo size, to figure out where I want my photos placed.

3. Then, I cut 3, 6.5 x 4.5 inch pieces of paper from American Crafts Nightfall Autumn Feast, October Night, and Autumn Night. When I get my photos printed, I will put the photo on, centered on each of these papers. When I center the photos on these papers, they will have about 1/4 inch around the photo of the paper showing like a border.  

4. Now tuck in a Spooktacular journaling circle tag under the top left square, and remember that piece we saved from step 1? Cut the strip so it fits below the very bottom piece of paper and the left one.

5. Alright, are you ready for the tricky part? We now have to glue everything down, but while we are gluing we have to remember that we still have to slide the photos in, so we can’t glue everything down completely yet. Below is an example of where I put the glue for the bottom blue square. See how it does not touch the other squares? This will allow me to still slide the photos underneath the blue square when I have them.

6. Now, take your Halloween Snippet journaling tag and back it with a piece of American Crafts Nightfall Autumn Night, trimming it so only about 1/8 inch shows around it. Glue it to your paper, only putting glue where a photo does not need to slide under.

7. Next, add some fun embellishments! I used a Halloween Pennant and another tag from the Halloween Snippet, again only gluing where the photo does not slide under – above is an example of how you can use a piece of scrap paper to double check you have no glue where the photo will need to slide under, later.

8. To finish off the layout, I added a couple fun embellishments from the K&Co’s Spook-Tacular accents

Next week, after I add the photos, I’ll show you how it looks! Who knows, I might even decide to add a title over the photos after they are one! Don’t forget that you can do this with almost anything – and it’s a great way to get a head start on those holiday layouts or your December Daily!

This Sunday’s giveaway features the three Elle’s Studio products used. We are giving away the Halloween Pennants, Halloween Snippet and the Spooktacular journaling circles.

Just leave a comment to be entered! We will draw the winner and post it with next weeks “Make It Sunday’ post. *Comments must entered by 11:59 pm on 11.05.11 to qualify for entry. One entry per person, please.

Congrats to last week’s winner:

Cheryl Leong, please email us the info below to claim your prize to
Prize: October 23rd


  1. Veronica says

    love your layout! cant wait to see it all done!!

  2. What a fun technique. I love that collection by American Crafts and your October Elle’s studio collection. Thank you for the chance to win.

  3. Chunyuan says

    thanks for the technique. Beautiful collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Laurel says

    Love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Kim says

    oooh, love it all. And such a great, time saving idea. THANKS!!

  6. Melinda says

    Thanks for sharing your tip! I don’t have a chunk of time to scrap, so when I have time I either make up kits, sort/edit/print photos or like you did, make layouts before the photos! It works for me! Can’t wait to see your Halloween photos! Thanks!

  7. Amanda says

    I love all things halloween. This would be awesome for my 31 Days of Halloween layout I’m going to do. I have watched at least one Halloween type movie the entire month. Thanks for the chance.

  8. ellen s. says

    oh so cool! i love Halloween so much, this is perfect!

  9. Melissa says

    Oh I love this! I need to remember to make more layouts without pictures.. then it’s all ready and done! 🙂

  10. Jill says

    what a great idea! so cute!

  11. blupixy says

    Love the layout, but can’t wait to see you add photos! Love all of the Halloween goodies! Thanks for the chance to win them!

  12. kolleen says

    Love the do ahead idea. Take advantage of when you have time to get ahead. Thanks for sharing.

  13. April says

    What a great idea!!
    – April W

  14. Donna says

    Thanks for the great technique. Love the ghost.
    Thanks for the chance to win such great items.

  15. smahrty says

    cute layout, i like the spider web strip at the bottom and the journalling card.

  16. I’ve been dying to get my hands on those cute pennants!

  17. Colleen says

    Love the step-by-step instructions with pictures. Such a cute layout!

  18. Melanie says

    Great layout! Love the idea of creating the layout ahead of time!

  19. Regan says

    What a wonderful layout! I look forward to seeing the layout with the photos! Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. mst822 says

    Love the layout! Thanks for sharing your technique, it’s such a great idea!

  21. Annette says

    awesome layout… Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway…

  22. Angela says

    Love it!! Would love the Halloween products!

  23. Jacelyn says

    This page is so lovely and such an easy design. Thank you so much for sharing!

  24. Celeste B. says

    How great to have your layout made before you even take the photos.

  25. Margie says

    Great halloween page-lots of fun!!

  26. Karen says

    Love the adorable tags.

  27. Moi says

    I love this idea!! And I didn’t even realize that the journaling tags can be used in place of photos!

  28. Kim C says

    Wow! Really like your layout! Thanks for the inspiration .

  29. Karey says

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. Happy Halloween!!!!

    Have fun adding those photos… I love the idea!

  31. StacyC says

    OMGosh, what a gorgeous layout….

  32. Making a layout without the photos has always been difficult for me. Thanks for showing the way and offering up some cool goodies too! I LOVE this layout…can’t wait to see the pics!!!!

  33. Amy Coose says

    What a great idea, and thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Andrea says

    i can’t get enough of your tags/pennants etc! They are perfect for everything!

  35. lana says

    I love all these halloween goodies!

  36. Nathalie says

    I almost never start with the page other than for mini albums. I am looking forward to seeing the finished layout!

  37. Jennifer says

    Cute LO … what a great technique – I’m going to try to challenge myself at a retreat next week!

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