I did it! I created a page "a la Shimelle"! You see I am a much more linear scrapbooker. I mean I do love layers of paper, but I tend to use them in borders or in blocks rather than building out from under the photo. Plus, I mostly make two-page layouts, just because I ususally have 3-6 photos that lend themselves to a two-page layout, rather than squishing them all on one page--or printing them small to fit them in.
And I rarely place my journaling directly on the page--unless it is along an edge or perhaps around a photo. I just don't like my handwriting and it just distracts my eye when I see a block of it on a page---all its' imperfections just seem to scream out at me. I know, I know, I know; it's important to include your own handwriting (I would love to see/have my grandmother's handriting on photos or recipes--am hoping my mother kept some of her letters. I kept letters of my mothers' just for this reason.)
Anyway, I only had this one photo of Jacob with the bunny. The photo was taken at preschool, kind of like a school photo. One shot was all you got. I've been watching all of Shimmelle's videos at Two Peas in a Bucket and had it in mind to try building the irregular layers of paper out from the photo, spatter some paint and tuck the title in tightly on the arrangement of paper(s).
I used some older My Mind's Eye papers (from their Laundry Line collection), a few little pieces from one of their 6x6 pads, a piece of older Making Memories paper (with the postage stamp edge), a punched border piece that was just laying on my desk top leftover from another layout, and then I wanted that doily tucked in look---but what? No doilies! So, I cut up the backing up from a package of Primas. And that little leaping bunny? That came from a Melissa Frances pack that I found when I was cleaning out stuff! Haven't even a clue as to how old it is. Kismet!!! Title letters are Thickers. Spattered some paint and added the buttons.
Sounds quick, huh? But in reality this took me all afternoon! This process was a bit foreign to me and it took me longer than if I had fallen back on my regular process. But it was so totally worth it. I love the page and I will definately be working more at this process to be able to include more pages like this in my albums. So, try something new and then try it again. It was fun and refreshing to mix it up.