What do you do when you have about an inch worth of photos for one event? You create a layout with only one photo! I know it seems silly, but I did just that with our adventure walking The Narrows at Zion National Park. We took this selfie before wading through the river with all the other hikers.

The first thing I did was create a base for this photo. I did that by selecting four colors from the Basis cardstock selection. The colors I used are listed below. Basis cardstock is 80lb and perfect for all your paper crafting projects. I cut each color into 3.75 x 5.5″ rectangles.

To add interest, I used a corner rounder to round all four corners of these rectangles.

Once that was complete, I used a variety of embossing folders to emboss all four rectangles.

I selected a neutral patterned paper from my stash and cut it down to 11.5×11.5 by removing .5 inch from two sides and used our Wedding Cake Cardstock to mat it for the base. The .25×12″ strip of dark brown paper was from my scrap bin.

From here I created a cluster using Design Space and my Cricut. I searched for trees, rocks and a label to create a cluster I liked. Add interest to these cut pieces by adding ink and markers to them. Take a look at the close up below.

At this point, I like how it’s coming along, but it’s still missing something. After taking a second look, I added another tree and some stickers from my stash. I also added some dark brown paint splatters here and there.

It’s pretty simple, but I love it! Here’s a close up of the cluster! The blue/water of the rock image is actually green/ground in Design Space. I changed it to blue since the rocks were in the water.

I hope you like the layout as much as I do. The embossed color pieces add so much to the layout with not a lot of extra work. Plus it was fun to pull out my embossing folders.

Products Used:

CutCardStock papers: Basis in Green, Olive, Blue and Light Blue; Pop Tone Limeade; Wedding Cake White and Black 12×12 Cardstock

Written by

Dorlene Durham

Hi there! I’m a mother of four young adults, two granddaughters and a dog, Gracie. We are an active family that love to create memories which gives me more things to scrapbook! It's win - win! You can see more of my creations on my blog Crafts in the Command Center, IG @3sons_and_astar or YouTube Channel Dorlene Durham.