Hello and happy summer! I’m back with a brand new layout featuring photos from our recent summer family vacation with the Simple Stories Cruisin’ Collection.
Each time one of my children graduate from high school, we plan a big family trip to celebrate! My son graduated from high school this year, so we planned a cruise to the Western Caribbean. It was such a BLAST! The photos on this layout today feature the excitement we all felt as we boarded the cruise ship.
I LOVE using lots of patterned paper in my scrapbook designs, but to make those patterns really SHINE, you need to give the eye a rest by incorporating solid colors as well. This is why I love the Simple Basics Kit so much! I used all three papers in the Simple Basics Kit on this page. I used the Navy/Yellow paper for the background, and then layered up the Red/Blue paper and the Teal/Cream paper as photo mats behind my main photo.
I then created an embellishment cluster across the top of my photo with the sun, cloud, and phrase stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet, as well as a few chipboard hearts and enamel dots.
I decided to do something a bit different for my journaling on this layout. Instead of using one large journaling block, I layered together three different journaling shapes from the Bits & Pieces. I LOVE the way this turned out! The different shapes stacked together are so CUTE!
I then accented the top of the horizontal photo with the “Anchors Aweigh” phrase (Bits & Pieces), a heart sticker (Combo Stickers), chipboard pieces, and a sprinkling of enamel dots.
I placed the chipboard phrase “Bon Voyage” along with the chipboard cruise ship at the bottom of the vertical photo for my page title. Next, I tucked in a few stickers behind the photo mat layers to the right of the title and then added tone-on-tone navy enamel dots to the ship and page background. (It’s amazing the fun texture and shine you can add with just a few enamel dots! I love those things SO MUCH!!!)
To cap off my design, I added strips of the yellow/white striped AHOY paper across the top and bottom of the page.
Simple Stories makes scrapbooking so much FUN! What memories will YOU capture today?!
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.
Thanks for stopping by!