Here's the sketch I used. I found it on Pinterest, but it's originally from Brenda Ragsdale's blog (Grand Divas Creative Corner):
What I used
Papers: DCWV "The Stack 5" 12x12, DCWV "Old World" stack 12x12, Creative Imaginations Sonnets "Moss stripe" 12x12, Papermania "Nature's Gallery" A4, Core'dinations dark grey card
Embellishments: Papermania AlphaMinis "Curly Font White"
Colours: Promarker "Cool Grey 5", grey Sharpie pen, grey, white gel pen, dark grey Zig Art & Graphic Twin
Tools: XCut nesting circle dies, QuicKutz nesting circle frame dies, XCut flower dies (for the spider body)
- Black lettering looked too stark for the title, so I coloured white letters with a dark grey Promarker to match the dark grey fabric print paper I used to mat the photos. To get the right colour and a textured finish, I built up 3 layers of grey, covering less completely with each layer.
- I don't have much of any of the papers in this layout, so they're heavily gutted. The beige layer is mounted on stiff card (recycled packaging) to give a smooth base for the photos.
- The photos, taken indoors with a phone, are not great quality. Heavy cropping helped to focus attention on what was important, but I also made my son more prominent by choosing paper colours that highlighted his clothes.
- The spider legs, web, and eyes are drawn on, but his body is die cut using a flower centre die so he looks hairy.
- As the page will (hopefully!) be one of many from the day, I wanted to include an element for the event that could be repeated in other layouts. I think the corner quarter circle is general enough that I should be able to fit it into most other designs.
- Both the Promarker and the Sharpie pens bled too much for the journalling, so I had to use a Zig pen instead.