Create a Bright Tropical Layout with a Fun Twist

Hi! It’s Sandra here on the American Crafts Studio blog. I'm excited to share some tips with you to help you plan for your next scrapbook layout. Hopefully this bright and whimsical tropical scrapbook layout will inspire you! I used the fun new collection Here and Now by Dear Lizzy. 


When I start a layout, I always start with the photo I want to use. I look at the colors of the photo. These colors are key for choosing my background paper. The theme or place where the photo was taken is also important. Next, I scan the collection on my desk, which was Here and Now by Dear Lizzy for today’s layout. Then, I decide which papers and embellishments would work well with my photo. As I said the decision is based on the colors and the theme of my photo. 


For today’s layout, I wanted to scrapbook a photo about a visit to Leipzig Zoo in Germany. The photo has some shades of green and blue. So I flipped through the papers and embellishments from the collection to find the ones that would match the photo. When I saw the ‘Paradise’ paper, I knew immediately that this is THE paper for my layout! I love the green color scheme and the tropical vibes it brings. It was just what I needed for my zoo layout. 


And then I just go with the flow. I place the photo onto the background paper to find the perfect spot. Next, I arrange all embellishments around the photo. I just place them onto the layout to please my eyes. When everything is in place, I glue down all the pieces. Sometimes I add little things later, just to make the layout look great! 



I always try to include some handmade details on my layouts. Did you spot the special shaker window that I added onto the photo? I cut a rectangle window from the background paper, just a bit larger than the photo. Then I created a shaker window with transparent foil and sequins. I finished it by sewing around the edges. I think sewing adds a perfect finishing touch this layout.  

I hope you like my tropical scrapbook layout with the Here and Now collection. Have fun creating something beautiful today!


Supplies: American Crafts – Dear Lizzy Here and Now Collection: Paradise (356649), Heat Wave Puffy Phrase Stickers (356655), Paper Clips (356659), Die-Cut Shapes (356660), Accent and Phrase Stickers (3566568)