Flamingo Envy

Paige offered a super cute Flamingo Pool Floatie cut file for free in her Happy Scrappy Group and I just had to use it!  The group is free to join and has loads of inspiration for using Paige Evans cut files and collections!

 

I had to make my flamingo pink and went straight for Oh My Heart!  I backed the flamingo in two of the pink papers and left the middle ring open for my journal card since I do not have a flamingo floatie!  I added lots of pink flowers and attached the sunglasses to my journal card to make it easy to pull it in and out.

I didn’t want the flamingo to be stranded so I painted her a pool and some splashes!!  It was so fun to make this page!

 

Family Tree – Crate Paper

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  I have a family tree layout to share using the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection by Crate Paper.  I had so many ideas whirling around in my head as to how to approach the layout.  I started by looking through photos and realized I don’t have photos readily available of extended family.  I thought it would be fun to focus on my daughter, myself and my parents for this layout.

I started out with a tree cut file that I cut from white cardstock.  I fiddled around with the cutout tree for quite awhile until it hit me to try the background with the tree cut out of it.  I slipped a piece of teal green patterned paper behind the cutout and loved it!

From that point, I chose my photos and then decided on an arrangement.  I added the photo of Hannah at the bottom left, a photo of her and I on the right and a photo of myself and my mom and dad on the top right.  I decided to use pinks and yellows to embellish the photos and got out the floral die cut pack!  I LOVE the flowers that Maggie Holmes includes in her collections.  My instinct is to hoard them, but on the layout, they went!  I added some washi tape at the bottom of the layout to “ground” the tree and popped on the cute little partridge embossed puffy sticker.

At the top of the tree, I added a fussy cut dragonfly from the Charming paper and a for a little joke I added the squirrel holding the little acorn! (Nuts don’t fall far from the tree) Haha!  I tucked in some of the gorgeous gold puffy sticker leaves and finished off with some word strips from the cardstock sticker pack.

I hope you are inspired to create a family tree for your family!  I want to do another layout with old-time family photos!

Bright Idea – Pinkfresh Studio

This summer my daughter is taking Social Studies in summer school to get a headstart on Grade 10 (still can’t believe she is old enough for Grade 10!) By the third week both of us were tired of social every day and sort of hit the wall, the photo shows her studying during her snack break! The lovely lemons in Simple & Sweet by Pinkfresh Studio seemed super fitting for a make lemonade out of lemons type layout!

I started out the layout with a white background and used large alpha stamps for the background.  I then began the hunt for all the lemons I could find in the collection, and I found a lot!  The lemons are in the papers, die cuts, puffy stickers and chipboard.  I fussy cut the lemons from the paper to layer on my page mixed in with the others I found.

I used a few of the stamps from the Let Your Heart Decide stamp set to jazz up the background even more.  I stamped with yellow and black ink.  Some of the stamps are stamped on cardstock and fussy cut for more dimension.

I finished off the page with a cute title.  I was originally just going to use the “bright” puffy sticker on it’s on and then it occurred to me I could make a longer title using it with the black alpha stickers!  A few lemon color enamel dots added the perfect finishing touch to all the lemon layers!

Heart Eyes – Crate Paper

I traveled to Palm Desert, CA in April to visit my girlfriend.  I took a lot of photos of her gorgeous desert garden.  I love cacti and succulents so it was right up my alley.   It is funny to me how many of my travel photos end up being of plants, flowers, trees, and sunsets!  I suppose I take many plant photos at home too; I just love plant photos!!  I chose one of the photos of a pretty cactus to make a layout about.  The Wild Heart collection by Crate Paper is SO perfect for these types of photos!

I decided to string tags on some white bakers twine, I have made similarly designed layouts, but I just love the look!  Once I had made my tag decisions I used my Vicki Boutin Art Crayons and puddled some watercolor behind where each tag would go.  I used a custom mix of pinks and yellow and teal.  Once the puddles had dried, I went back in and added tiny splatter drops in the same colors.

I kept the embellishments on the tags pretty simple.  They are so beautifully designed they made a big impact just as they were!  A few stickers, some gold hearts, a paperclip and the alpha, finished the layout off perfectly!