Four years ago my family checked off a bucket list item when we took our summer vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We stayed in a beach house and/ spent our days playing in the ocean, collecting shells, and eating good food. It was amazing! The Simple Stories Sunshine & Blue Skies collection, with its sunkissed vibe, was perfect for scrapbooking all of the beach photos I took while we were there!
I pulled out the Say Cheese 4 Fun Words Large Metal Dies to create my title. I die cut the title three times. Two layers are from Navy/Emerald paper, and the third layer is from the navy dot side of the Let’s Escape paper. I layered them all together with foam tape to give the title lots of dimension.
I LOVE the Pool People Bits & Pieces and couldn’t resist creating a little scene with them below the title. I surrounded them with phrase stickers from the Combo Stickers and 4×6 Stickers, and added in more accents from the Bits & Pieces pack and Chipboard Stickers.
I used dies from my stash to compliment the Sun die cut at the top of the page. I used foam tape to add a couple of leaf stickers and a phrase from the Combo Sticker Sheet.
This embellishment cluster on the right page was a lot of fun to create. I love combining die cuts in an “L” shape to accent the corner of my photos. I also added another die cut word to this side, as well, accenting it with the hexagon umbrella shapes from the collection, phrase stickers (4×6 Stickers), and that super-cute, polaroid camera sticker!
I love how beachy this collection feels! It was the perfect way to document our beach adventure on the East Coast!
Have you ever tried creating a scrapbook page using only die cuts? That is what I did on this next layout. Check it out below!
I had picked up this pack of large die cuts at Michael’s one summer after our vacation to Hawaii. I thought they would be the perfect page accents. However, I didn’t have any paper that matched the style of the die cuts and the size of the die cuts themselves was quite large. So, I decided to use them as the main focal point for my page.
I arranged my photos together and then began tucking the leaves and flowers in around them. Notice again, that there is no patterned paper layers on this page … only die cuts.
I ended up with two “spaces” between the leaves. I used the space at the top of the page for my journaling …
… and the space at the bottom of the page for the title.
This page title was created with an “oldie-but-goodie” stamp set in my stash. They are the “Nadiya Stamps” by Studio Calico from 2008. I remember when they released these stamps. I HAD to have them … but you know what?! I think this is only the second time I have actually USED them. *blush*
The small gold Thickers made the perfect little shelf for my stamped word to “sit” on.
This weekend, dig into your stash and find a set of die cuts that could use some love. If they are a large set, try using them as “layers” tucked in around your photos, instead of using patterned paper. Who knows? You might just come up with a design you love!
See you again soon!
School is back in session, but my mind is on all of the fun our family had this past summer. We were able to cross off one of my bucket list items with a visit to the Oregon coast. It was wonderful!
I cut the black banner chipboard banner
in half using half across the phrase sticker in between the photos and the other half at the bottom of the page. The zig zag shape adds interest to the page and the black color grounds the other elements and keeps your eye moving through the different portions of the layout.
have got to be my favorite part of this paper collection! They were so much fun to use and really helped to bring in the patterns that we saw in the art that we saw on our visit to the glass studio.
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This is about the time during Summer that I feel it slipping between my fingers. There’s a sudden panic to fit in one more road trip, or to make sure we have checked off all of our summer bucket list items as we start making the shift to thinking about Back to School.
The great thing is that Summer can last all year long in the scrapbook world! Just pull out some bright papers and spend some time working on a summer memory or two.
Today I am sharing a page using the Carta Bella Paper Beach Day collection with a few fish making an appearance from the Echo Park Paper Under the Sea collection. I’ve mixed these items together with a few sticker sets that have been hanging around in my stash.
My fish are flying out of the ocean waves with the help of a few yellow toothpicks that I grabbed from my kitchen.
I created a little scene on this circle punched from the Cool Cruising paper using the Beach Day Element Stickers, a puffy sun sticker by Mambi, and a dimensional umbrella sticker from an older Recollections sticker sheet.
The “F-U-N” pennant stickers were also from the Recollections sticker sheet and look so cute here with the blue Momenta letter stickers. (It’s not often you find bright blue letter stickers … they are usually aqua or teal … so I snag this color up whenever I see it somewhere!)
More stickers and a punched photograph adorn the circular elements at the bottom of the page.
I love printing my photos in smaller sizes so I have room to play with design elements on a page, and this one was a lot of fun to do!
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