I’m back with another page using the Simple Stories Hello Summer collection and a June 2018 sketch by PageMaps!
These snapshots are from our trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago. We were just standing on this path waiting for a tour guide … and as I looked at my family, I just felt so grateful to be there in that beautiful place, with these beautiful people. Definitely a reason to “Smile,” don’t you think?! Life is so good!
I anchored the “Smile” sticker on a speech bubble die cut (created from a metal die I have in my stash) to give it a bit more presence as my title. Next, I surrounded the title with a few more stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet. The sun cloud, leaves, and flower are all from this sheet. That cute little lime slice is from the chipboard sheet.
I used a stamp from my stash to create the journaling block and then decorated the left side with a chipboard cactus and more stickers.
At the bottom of the page, I used the chipboard banner as a resting place for the “Relax” die cut and other elements. I stamped my date here with a Heidi Swapp date stamp and then added a bit of Heidi Swapp Black Velvet Color Shine to break up the linear feel of this page. (I’m always soooo nervous to add that final step of ink splatters … thankfully, I felt good about how they fell on the page this time! Whew! :D)
I think that pineapple “Peace, Love, & Pineapples” paper is just so cute here and really makes this page shine!
Cardstock: Black, White, Yellow, Lime Green
Speech Bubble Die
Journaling Lines Stamp: Hampton Art
Hello! There are NEW sketches up at PageMaps for the month of June. Yay! I always love being inspired by Becky Fleck’s sketches! They are especially perfect during the summer months, when you want to keep creating, but don’t want to expend too much mental power thinking about where to start on a page … just pick a sketch, print a few pictures, and run with it!
Here is my page for this month!
I pulled out the Simple Stories Romance collection for this page of my daughter and her last Valentine’s Day box (sniff, sniff). I mirrored the sketch to match the direction my daughter was facing in the photo, so that she would be facing the title and other photos.
I used a large fussy-cut flower, and a clock trimmed from the 4×4 Elements paper to represent the circle in the sketch.
I then placed my title across the top of the smaller photos. The chipboard title had lots of pattern, and to help it stand out against the pattern of the background paper, I matted each letter with blue glitter paper.
Your eye starts at the top of this page, travels down through the title and supporting photos, to the journaling … to keep your eye from “falling off” the edge of the page, I used a couple of chipboard arrows to point inwards towards the journaling, and back towards the focal photo.
Summer is a time to be outside and make memories, but that doesn’t mean you have to fall behind on your memory keeping! Challenge yourself to grab a few photos, and use a few of Becky’s sketches at PageMaps this month to keep your creative mojo flowing!
Simple Stories Romance “Love Story” Paper
Simple Stories Romance “3×4 Journaling Card Elements Paper
Simple Stories Romance Combo Sticker
Specialty Papers: Blue and Silver Glitter Paper, Vellum
Large Scallop Border Punch: EK Success
Journal Block: Studio Calico
Gray Distressing Ink: Close to My Heart
Teal Zeal Ink: Memento
Did you know that you can also find card sketches at PageMaps.com?! Yes, it’s true! They come out quarterly for your card making inspiration.
I pulled out my metal dies and created this summery flamingo card using one of the sketches. Check it out!
I used an American Crafts 6×6 paper pad that I picked up at Target or their warehouse sale (one of the two), that has been hanging out in my stash for ages. The colors were perfect to use with the adorable Echo Park Paper Pink Flamingo Die Set.
I also couldn’t resist adding in a few Tropical Palms die cuts. The speech bubble sentiment was created with the Text Me Die Set.
See those darling pink, felt flowers? Those are some oldies-but-goodies by Jenni Bowlin. They worked great here. I added velvet green ribbon in the top of the tag to repeat the fuzzy texture of the pink flowers at the top of the card.
CardMaps Sketch by Becky Fleck (May 2018)
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