Collage Pics+Die Cuts = Adorable Layout

Hello Everyone ! This is Debbie O’Neal of Scrap Me Quick Designs. I am so thrilled that Beth asked me to be a Guest Designer today on Scrapping Wonders.

Who loves seeing lots of photos on a layout ? Who likes to use their die cut machines to make your layout titles really POP on your page? I know I sure do ! Today I wanted to share a project I made that combines both of these into an adorable easy to make layout.


photo collage

First, I started making a collage of photos from some of our favorite things we did with my granddaughter this past summer. All of these photos were taken on the fly using either my iPhone OR my iPad.

As you see in the finished project, I had my collage photo printed at 8X10 size to fit 20 photos. Photo Tips:: 1) Walgreens now offers a collage option where you can just add up to 20 photos and it creates a wonderful collage for you. You can even change the background designs and colors. That is where I got my collage printed for this layout. 2) I know that there are also Apps now for iPhone and android phones where you can build your collage on your device and then send to be printed from your phone. How cool is that? I plan on trying that option next time.

You really can’t make a summer layout without the sun on it so I started there with my design.

sun and pen

I made the sun in two layers using CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge and my Cricut machine. Die Cut Tip: To give more dimension to my die cuts I often like to use an alcohol marker to trace around the edges. I used Ranger Distress Marker in Spiced Marmalade here. I then added small foam dots to pop up the two pieces of patterned paper. I am using Echo Park’s Hello Summer patterened paper in my layout.

close up of sun

To make the Happy Summer 2012 title, I started with a label shape from CTMH Art Philosophy. I also welded together using my Cricut Gypsy the 2012 numbers from the same cartridge. Die Cut Tip: Combine multiple die cuts to create one focal image.

The “Happy Summer” is from Summer Celebrations cartridge.
Die Cut Tip: It was cut in two different patterned papers and then layered one on top of each other slightly off set. I then adhered the label to the 2 dimensional sun.


washi tape


Hot Trend Tip: Washi tape is so fun to use and I could not resist adding a bit to the border area of my background page.



Still using CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, I made these little tag shapes and added the word FUN also cut from the same cartridge. Die Cut Tip: I love using patterned paper with my die cuts to add more color to my layout.



And a layout isn’t really complete without a bit of journaling. I cut a piece of patterend paper as a base, then used my Dynamo Tape maker to print out the words. Makes it easy to add to the paper since it already has adhesive. I cut a couple of little slits in the paper and added some gorgeous twine to give it a little umph !

Happy Summer 2012 layout was easy and fun to put together. I can use as a stand alone page OR as a title page for an album I can make about the entire summer. I know I plan on using collage photos more in the future.

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  1. Barbara

    I love using collages. This is a great one. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Alice

    Nice guest post! Love how it brings both of your specialties together! I love that you started your summer page with the sun… what a ‘bright’ idea!

    1. Beth

      Thanks Marcia, Debbie did a great job with that collage!

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