I made my second ever 8.5 X 11 layout and I must say I am really starting to like this format. Once I got the proportions sorted, it became quite easy and I love the result. This size of layout, and this particular page, are totally inspired by one of my favourite scrapbookers - Rory Vaillancourt. She is on you tube as "Kateroar" and is also a member of the Scraptastic Design Team. Rory is immensely talented and makes lovely layouts and great videos. Her voice is so soothing and relaxing as well LOL. She is also quite active on our various facebook groups. If you don't know her, head right on over to You Tube. As a double bonus, she is hosting a challenge right now. The requirements are super easy - be a subbie, make a layout and link to it in the comments section of her challenge video. The prize is totally awesome as well !!!
This layout is really a scraplift, not of a specific layout of Rory's but rather more generally of her style, design and some of the techniques she uses often. I used a monochromatic colour scheme. The banner under the photo was given texture by using my crimper (gosh I don't even know when I last used it!!) and then distressing, and inking the edges. I used some vellum behind the photo and then some fun foam to pop both the vellum and the photo up. All "Rory techniques" LOL.
Here it is :