Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Summer Fun

This scrapbook page uses Washington Apple Designer Series Paper, Kraft Cardstock, Bashful Blue Cardstock, Real Red Card stock, Die Cut Blooms, the Big Shot Billboard Alphabet die, the Birds and blooms die, the Dotted Jumbo wheel, the Life's a Breeze Stamp set. I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Bashful Blue classic ink pads as well.

I wanted to create a fun bright summery layout on my 12x12 page using squares. I had some images I took at the beach, and knew they would be perfect for my Washington Apple Designer Series Paper. My girls had blue and orange pails & shovels, and a blue swim suit. I cut a strip of paper for my title, and placed my letters which I had run through my Big Shot. I had to run it through 2 times to get the 2 U's and the M's, but I love being able to pick which letters I need and place them down.

I cropped my pictures to 4x4 and my large strip of Washington apple to 12x4.25. I wanted a tiny strip of sqaure color to peep out. On the bottom I cut a piece of Bashful blue to 8x4. Then I ran my Jumbo wheel over that to give myself a good journaling place. I built up my flowers using the Die cut blooms, and made some leaves using a scrap of Old Olive and the Bids and Blooms die with leaves on it. I curled the edges lightly with my fingernail and creased the leaves to give the flowers some more interest.

I tried a new technique with VersaMark and wax paper on the bottom of the Kraft paper to give it some texture. By crumpling the wax paper and stamping randomly I got a great abstract look that could be built up as lightly or as heavily as I wanted. This could be used to look like faux leather too depending on how tightly I crumpled my paper.

At this point I knew the page needed a little bit more interest, so I stamped out flip flops and a pail from the Life's A Breeze set and trimmed them out. I also stamped "sun fun" on the bottom of my journaling block in Bashful Blue.

I could have changed up the design by adding another photo if I had less journaling or more images to use. Also by changing the stamp set and paper, I could easily change this from a beach look into any other type of page. That is one thing I absolutely love about Kraft cardstock. It works with any color and can be extremely versatile to tie in the stamps sets and pages in an album.

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