Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

Get Close To The Detail – Them Buttons Layout

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

I’m good at taking pictures of people and places, but I need to remember more often to zoom in close to the detail too! I really want to capture these things to look back on in years to come.

For this layout I’ve focused on my daughter’s hands doing up her shirt buttons, something she still struggles with but is so proud of herself on the days she manages it:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

I really like the ‘don’t be pushed by your problems, be lead by your dreams’ Ralph Waldo Emmerson quote from a piece of Webster’s Pages Dream In Color paper. It’s such a positive suggestion to turn your worries around and work towards goals instead!

When I started this page I’d originally planned to put the photos on a grid paper background with a coral-pink cardstock border:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

But I decided it looking boring! I think I was drawn to the grid paper because it’s such an everyday photo with not much colour in it. But who says everyday photos should be on plain paper?

Once I switched it to this special piece of Crate Paper Craft Market Gold Glitter Accent Paper it looked much more fun and positive, plus the chevrons pointing down act like arrows and create a focal point down the middle of the page:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

I wrote my journaling on a thin strip of grid paper, and adhered it to a ‘shelf’ I cut from wood patterned paper. Then I flipped it over and added two layers of foam tape just along the bottom of the shelf:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

I stuck the ‘shelf’ along the bottom of the layout, then tucked buttons all the way along it! I also used a button in my title for the ‘o’:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

The dark brown of the ‘shelf’ was a bit dominating, so I made sure to use brown at the top of the page too, with bronze alphas and a button for the word ‘buttons’ and the word ‘them’ has brown letters. I also punched a couple of tiny stars from the wood paper and added them to the page with pop-dots:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

The ‘shelf’ was a fun way to use up some of my button stash:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

Do you spot the pink triangle enamel shape on top of the left-hand photo? It’s pointing as an arrow towards my daughter’s hands. I also used a geotag as another ‘arrow’ on the quote piece:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

Everything helps to keep your eye moving around the page!

Be Inspired:

Use a ‘special’ piece of paper for an everyday photo or card

Make a shelf and put buttons along it

Use a triangle or a geotag as an arrow

What do you think of the swap to the special paper – are you a glitter paper lover or not?

I’ll see you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

  • Linda Reilly

    something else I’ve never thought of zooming in and taking close up shots something else on my list to try lol xx

    May 17, 2015 at 12:43 pm
  • love how you have documented the everyday, the current, the now…as you know I am not a huge fan of glitter and bling Jennifer but you have inspired me to use more over the years I have known you!

    May 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    This is absolutely super!! Never think to do close ups like that!!!!!! Stunning layout!

    May 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm
  • jengd

    Great layout- the shelf of buttons is a grounding for it.

    May 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  • Dawn Cheshire

    What a great idea, to scrap the little things but a big milestone for a young one!

    May 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm
  • I TOTALLY love glitter paper and think its a GREAT swap! And what little girls wouldn’t like her photo done up in pink and gold glitter! How fabulous is the button shelf too!

    May 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm
  • I love glitter paper….awesome layout!

    May 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm
  • I love how the buttons look like they are sitting on a ledge, this is awesome, I may scraplift this from you!

    May 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm
  • Switching the paper was the right thing to do. the glittery chevron paper is so pretty x

    May 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm
  • Love love love the glittery paper!!! This is such a sweet LO. All your elements work so well together. Love the pink and brown color scheme and your genius use of the buttons on the shelf! I need to use buttons more often!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    May 17, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Janet

    I think the swap was the perfect idea!! I love that paper and I am going to see if I have it in mys stash to use for this challenge. I have some super cute photos of my boxers to scrap.

    May 17, 2015 at 3:31 pm
  • Julie J

    Buttons weren’t too much of a problem – it was laces my daughter struggled with. I take a lot of detail photos so may do this challenge.

    May 17, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Sharon

    I do love a buton or two on my layouts and the shelf of them is great. Fabby idea on the close up photos for an event too..

    May 17, 2015 at 5:50 pm
  • Emily

    I don’t usually use buttons, but I think I might have to start adding some buttons onto my projects now. I love this layout.

    May 17, 2015 at 9:55 pm
  • Gold and Glitter. Love ’em both! My stash of glitter nailpolishes for fussying up wood and chippy is ever increasing!!! And that shelf of buttons. BRILLIANT!!!

    May 18, 2015 at 12:28 pm
  • Awww, its a major achievement for them at that age.It still makes me smile in the mornings when my youngest has his school shirt buttons done up a bit skewiff.

    Great layout, and makes that bold patterned paper less frightening to use

    May 18, 2015 at 11:44 pm
  • Really love your quote here…..and I’m sure she must be proud to have mastered a pretty difficult skill.

    May 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm
  • I love your button shelf. Very inspiring. A wonderful milestone to be remembered.

    May 19, 2015 at 11:42 pm
  • I think that background paper is definitely more FUN & happy – a perfect choice!

    May 21, 2015 at 4:04 am
  • Great layout. I love it with the glitter. Glitter paper is good with me unless it sheds – then everyone else in the house gets a little grumpy with me!!

    May 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm
  • karenladd

    Oh yes!!! That switched out paper is just fabulous! The first was fine too but the pink with glitter makes it POP!!

    May 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

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