Graham Cracker Layout

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Graham Cracker Layout

I recently took these photos of my son enjoying one of his favorite snacks, graham crackers and milk, which also happens to be my own favorite childhood snack.

I have not only fond memories of loving the taste of the snack, but more importantly, of the day my grandpa introduced me to it. He acted as if he was sharing some great secret the rest of the world wasn't privy too and it made me feel special to share his secret!

Graham Cracker layout detail

Since I had a lot of journaling, as well as a lot of photos and embellishments, I included a (5 1/2î wide) fold-over panel with the journaling hidden behind the main photo.

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The front of the panel is embellished using the some mists and a simple mask made using the Extra-Large My Funny Valentine Squeeze Punch and some scrap paper.

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I started by cutting an opening in the panel using the Bracket and Journal Shape Template and the Ultra Shape Express tool.

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Using an Extra Large My Funny Valentine heart cut from a scrap piece of paper, I created a mask, simply lying it on my textured cardstock, and sprayed it with a khaki and a yellow mist, layering the colors while they were still wet to blend them. You can see I removed the mask prior to adding the yellow mist.

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I added some straight machine stitches for journaling lines and hand stitched the misted paper behind the frame opening. I added the eyelet trim after I doing the hand stitching because it was easier to squirt some liquid adhesive in the space and just stuff the edge of the trim up in there.

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To dress up the inside of the panel a bit, covered the frame opening from the last step with some patterned paper. I then added some punched hearts using the Large and Extra-Large My Funny Valentine Squeeze Punches, as well as some strips of eyelet trim.

The layout was finished off by adding some punched trim using the Effervescence Border Punch to the side of the panel and tying the misted area of the panel to the rest of the layout by randomly misting the edges of the layout. If I was a better planner, I would have thought to do this prior to adhering everything else to the layout so I didn't have to mess with worrying about overspray! And there's another secret for you. I stink at planning and I've yet to find a solution for it.