Monday, June 29, 2015

A Doodlebug Designs Sunkissed Summer Pool Party Layout

I'm sharing a fun summer themed layout over on Doodlebug's blog today using more of their adorable Sunkissed collection.

When creating this layout I chose a grid design, but I needed something to fill that last remaining square. After considering using it for my title or a journaling block, I decided to create a handmade sunshine embellishment.  I fashioned him from a circle die-cut, alternating strips of the two tangerine tone-on-tone prints from the collection and a pair sunglasses from the icon sticker sheet.  I love how he rounds out my visual triangle and took on a little personality of his own.

For my title I die-cut the word summer using THIS Silhouette cutting file and paired it with the word "fun" which I fussy cut from one of the 4x6 cards found on the green grass paper.

I thought these photos of my daughter wearing a darling popsicle tankini from several years ago were just so perfect for the images in this collection.The only problem was the pink in her swimsuit was clashing with the pinks in some of the papers.

I was able to solve that by sticking mostly with tone-on-tone prints and pulling in the perfect bubblegum pink from the Petite Prints collection.  To tie it in bubblegum color some more, I die-cut mini flowers from the same paper to layer over the printed flowers on the flip flop stickers and used a strip of the rainbow washi tape.

Don't these happy colors just scream summer?!  They make me want to sip a fruity smoothie while dipping my feet in the pool.  :)

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Doodlebug Back To School Layouts using Alphabet Stickers

Hello there!  Today I am sharing some fun ways to use up those extra random letters in your alphabet sticker stash over on Doodlebug's blog!  :)

Alphabets and typography make me think of school so I decided to try and make some more progress on my daughter's school album by pairing the letters with some of the other fun stickers and papers from Doodlebug's new Back To School collection.

To start my page, I started by spelling out my title in the colored alphabet stickers on white cardstock and then working my way out, I added random white stickers in different fonts to fill in the leftover spaces and create the look of a custom embossed paper.  While I didn't want to waste my stickers (because it does use up a lot) I made sure to have some of them bleed off the edge.  I was able to salvage the spots I cut off and use them to fill in other edges.

And just how did I perfectly center my title?  I used Melinda Spink's ingenious tip to place them on parchment paper to see how much space they would take up and then I lined them up with a ruler to make sure they were perfectly straight in the transfer.

While I had my supplies out I created a second page to compliment the first one.  For this layout I chose to go more simple and to just mimic the colors and the ruler border on the other side.

By adding some foam tape underneath my apple sprinkle shape I was able to add a little dimension and create a mini scene with the lunch and milk icon sticker.

I find 8x10 class photos extremely hard to scrapbook and get creative with since they take up so much of the layout so I have given myself permission to cut them up and just make sure that all the details I trimmed off are covered in some other way on my page.  In this case there was a ton of extra space on my daughter's class photo with the name of the school and pictures of the teacher and principal.  To make sure they were still included, I chose to simply cut them out and include them them as snapshots along the bottom.

I hope I've inspired you to tackle those leftover sticker sheets full of extra Q's and Z's!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

New Summer Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine

Just popping in to spread the word that the new Scrapbook & Cards Today Summer 2015 issue is now available.  I was honored to be included--It's full of so many inspiration and is free for your viewing pleasure HERE.  :)

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  :)

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