Sometimes we create a page that we love, but something about it doesn’t feel quite right. Most of the time when I am feeling that way about a layout, I find that it is usually because all of the elements I have used up to that point are flat.
That’s my cue to look for a dimensional embellishment that I can add, even in just a few places, to step things up and make the design POP.
American Crafts is always coming up with fun and clever accents for our pages, and today I’m featuring my latest favorite embellishment on this layout.
I LOVE the Inflated Ephemera Hearts
in the new Shine On collection by Amy Tangerine
. When I first saw these hearts, all I wanted to do was purchase 5 more packages and hoard them. Haha! They are ADORABLE!!! I resisted, and instead used most of them on this page of my daughter on the first day of school.
I used a punch to create 1.5″ circles of various patterned papers and then arranged them randomly around the page, Next, I added the inflated hearts to several of the circles. The variety of patterns were cute on their own, but the fun dimension and shine the hearts added took it to the next level!
My daughters have developed a new summer tradition of spending an afternoon together painting wood boxes that they call “Treasure Boxes.” Throughout the coming year, they place mementos into their boxes as they go on vacations, or gather things that are important to them in their daily lives.
The 6×8 Pads have become a favorite of mine for fussy cutting large elements for my scrapbook pages. Here I placed a large floral in the upper left corner of the page. I used a Black Glaze Pen to add a bit of shimmer to the flower centers, and even accented a few of them with black gems from my stash.
For the title, I used my Silhouette Cameo
to cut out a phrase. The original phrase said “Friends are a Treasure.” I cut off the word “friends” and then used pink letter stickers to replace it with the word “sisters.”
The flowers on this layout follow a diagonal line through the page from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. I used a chipboard element with flowers
on the top left corner of the horizontal photo, along with a sprinkling of heart die cuts
, to help connect the diagonal through the photos. The flowers in the bottom right corner of the page were fussy-cut from one of the cards on the 4×6 Horizontal Elements paper
Two strips of patterned paper along the left side of the page, anchor the design and tie all of the colors together.
Next time your family members are hanging out together chatting around the table grab a few shots with your camera and create a page about their relationship. You will be so glad that you did!
Title Cut File: ‘Friends are a Treasure” Phrase by Lori Whitlock (Design #9385 in the Silhouette Design Store)
I’m always looking for a way to brighten up the shelves in my craft room or my kitchen window sill and this crate of paper cacti plants fit the bill perfectly!
I used a cactus cut file by Paper Zen/Ceclia Louie
that I found on Etsy to create this colorful trio and placed all of them together in a paper crate
created with a cut file from the Silhouette Design store (#57298). The base of the crate is cut from 12×12 Smooth Kraft cardstock with panels of the Planted paper
. I added a border strip cut from The Good Life paper
as a decorative accent, and then wrapped white twine around the box several times for a bit of texture.
Wouldn’t this be a fun set to gift to someone?! Add a handwritten Shine On Card
and you are ready to go! Or maybe you’d like to use these for your next summer party and place a cactus on each of your place settings with the names of your guests? The flower pot on the bottom is the perfect place to add a treat.
Finish your project by creating plant markers using the blocks from The Good Life paper
and the More of This paper
. They are quick and simple to make by adhering them to skinny craft sticks.
These cacti have so much personality and were so much fun to make! I hope you grab yourself some of the New Amy Tangerine Shine On papers
and make a set for yourself, too!
Cactus Cut File by PaperZenShop on Etsy
Crate: 3D Paper Eggs and Holder by Jamie Cripps (Design #57298 in the Silhouette Design Store)
Thanks for joining me today. Happy Crafting!
I love the fall and everything that goes with it … including Back to School! The minute the notebooks and crayons hit the store shelves I get giddy! In addition to collecting office supplies this time of year, I also love to stock up on school-themed scrapbook supplies like the new Echo Park Paper Back to School collection
I have school albums for each of my kids with a tabbed section for each grade. At the beginning of the section I always place a page featuring the pictures we take on the first day of school.
I grouped the close-up shots for this page on a block of black and white composition book patterned paper from the 6×6 paper pad
. A strip featuring lots of school words from the Border Strips paper
runs down the left side of the page.
I used a notebook patterned card from my stash for the journaling and then grouped all of the school supplies stickers
at the bottom. Of course I had to add a paper clip!
I used the Prize Ribbon Die Set
, to add the grade level to the bottom right corner of the larger photo. I layered together two of each of the pinked circles and ribbon tails for more dimension and interest. I used the star from the die set to add bright, yellow stars around the page.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I inspired you to create a fun page for your children’s school album.
Cut File: “Back to School” by Skyla Design
(#267309 in the Silhouette Design Store)
Enjoy your weekend!