Scrapbook Layout | Beautiful Life – Notre Dame de Paris

As I mentioned in my last article, I have Paris on the brain lately…and part of the reason is that I’ve been busy creating scrapbook layouts from one of my Paris trips the past couple of years! This Paris scrapbook layout of Notre Dame showcases one of my favorite photos from my 2017 trip.

Paris scrapbook layout Notre Dame Cathedral using Tim Holtz products

It’s been awhile since I created a layout that had this many elements on it (and no stamps)! I really went to town digging in my Tim Holtz stash for this one, since so much of his stuff is perfect for a historic city like Paris.

[Disclosure: Some links in this article are advertiser links or affiliate links that pay this site a commission when a purchase is made after a click. The label maker was provided to me by Dymo to use in a previous sponsored post, but has since become a go to tool for me because I just really like using it.]

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There were so many beautiful paper sheets in the Tim Holtz Memoranda pad that would have worked with this 5″ x 7″ photo! It was a hard decision but I ultimately chose this paper design because its yellow tones work with the yellow sunrise that I wanted to highlight in the photo. And the yellow is the perfect contrast to all the gray tones in the photo, making the photo pop off the background.

But this pale paper had a problem with the photo. The pale sky just kind of melted into the pale paper. A few strips of dark Tim Holtz “French” Design Tape under the top of the photo fixed that. And it had the added bonus of providing a way of “grounding” the photo on the background.

Paris Notre Dame layout construction

Next I started building my main embellishment area. I used some of the 6×6 paper designs from the Memoranda pad to create two tags. The small one is die cut and the large one is hand cut because I wanted an extremely specific size. I chose the reddish pink paper for the large tag to highlight the pink in the sky. The blue-gray tag highlights the cathedral itself.

A piece of design tape and a hole reinforcer on the large tag help tie the two tags together by moving the blue-gray color across to the pink tag.

Paris Notre Dame layout construction

The title is cut from yet another color, a shade of coral or blush pink that is also in the sky.

I didn’t want to layer yet another paper design element over the tags. So I typed my journaling on the computer and then printed it on inkjet vellum that could go invisibly over the large tag. A few Tim Holtz Adornaments finished the tag area by filling in some awkward white space.

Paris Notre Dame layout construction

Underneath the tags, I got out my trusty labelmaker to make a kind of sub-heading for the page with the cathedral’s name. Right above that I used a date stamp to put the date on it. (Tip: Check the year on the stamp when you use it! It says the year of the last layout I did. Ooops!)

The layout was a bit right side heavy, so I wanted to fill in some space in the bottom left corner. I used some of the Memoranda paper and a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die to create a texture layer in that corner. Then I put a Compass Coin on top of it! This added to the travel theme, created some more visual weight in the area, and also balanced the metal color of the elements on the tags.

Paris Notre Dame layout construction

This is a lot of elements but it was easier to assemble than it sounds. Because almost all of the elements in this layout are designed by Tim Holtz, they coordinate easily!

I have several more layouts in various stages of completion from this same trip…I can’t wait to share them with you all!

Notre Dame scrapbook layout

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11 Responses to Scrapbook Layout | Beautiful Life – Notre Dame de Paris

  1. Gab October 26, 2018 at 4:47 am #

    Great LO Nancy and stunning photo!

    • Nancy Nally October 26, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      Thanks so much Gab!

  2. MichelleGB October 26, 2018 at 4:59 am #

    Beautiful page!

    • Nancy Nally October 26, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      Thank you Michelle!

  3. Neysa October 26, 2018 at 8:13 am #

    Lovely layout & great use of do many different elements. Love Tim Holtz.

    • Nancy Nally January 24, 2019 at 12:42 am #

      Thanks so much Neysa!

  4. Rhonda H October 26, 2018 at 8:26 am #

    Wow. You nailed it with this layout. The papers and embellishments you chose fit the mood perfectly! Can’t wait to see the rest of this album!
    PS- Paris is on my bucket list!! With a degree in art and a minor in art history, plus 12 years of French under my belt, it’s high time I get over there.

    • Nancy Nally January 24, 2019 at 12:42 am #

      Thank you Rhonda! And yes, you’re way past time to get over there! Hope you make it soon!

  5. Linda Johnson October 26, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    Love your beautiful layout. And thank you for all your design steps!

  6. Ann Palmer October 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

    Great choice of products! Love this layout.

    • Nancy Nally October 31, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

      Thanks Ann! I love using pre-coordinated products. It makes it so easy it almost feels like cheating. 😉

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