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Bold, bright and funky!

Hi Magpies it’s Julie back with you today sharing some bold, bright layouts to inspire you during the coming month. Upon looking through the store I happened upon the Becky Higgins Project Life ranges. Now as I don’t do project life I’ve always glossed over this section before but boy have I been missing out!! It’s full of great products certainly not just aimed at project lifers. I choose to use the forever young collection for my first layout ‘Totally Awesome’. This collection doesn’t have any 12×12 papers so for my background paper I used a neutral paper from the simple stories Family basic kit & added loads of mixed media to it,inks, texture paste, splatters, all in colours that matched the papers. I choose 2 triangles to put in 2 opposite corners, from the 6×6 paper pad, & using punches & die cutting dies, cut out a variety of shapes, arrows, circles & words to add around the page. I made a paper layer for my photo to sit on & drew with a pen around each layer to give them some definition. I added the whole page to a piece of black cardstock & sewed all around the edge. I finished the page with some bits from the chipboard stickers pack.





My second layout ‘Llama Love’ is using Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith collection. I loved this collection when I first saw it, full of bright, funky designs & wanted to show that I could be used for a layout that was not faith related. My background paper is the B-side of the admirable paper, which already had a few splatters printed on but I added a few more , I then backed that onto the praiseworthy paper, having first gutted the centre. I added a vertical strip of Clara- no 9 watercolor splotch/flower doodle paper from studio calico on the left hand side & some more strips from the illustrated faith range on top of that. I sewed a large circle in the middle of the page & added my photo clusters in that.



My title is from the Treasures & text sticker sheet & I fussy cut the word love from the Arts Prints paper. I added lots of stickers to finish this page from the Little bits stickers, Love it stickers, Point it arrow stickers & I also added some pieces from the Elle’s studio Thankful- Bits & pieces pack, & to finally finish it I added some enamel heart stickers which I love, love, love & am now on my second pack!!!


My final layout ‘ monkey business’ is using stash from a few different collections. My background is Studio Calico Darcy no8 Handwritten Alphabet/Scribble which again I have added some mixed media to. I then cut out a variety of sizes of circles from the Studio Calico Clara no 9 paper & the Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers 6×6 paper pad & arranged these across the middle of the page. I made a mat for my photo using Fancy Pants Designs Summer Sun- Decorative tags & added that to the middle of my layout. I added a few of the Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers rub ons & backed my page with the wild goose chase paper from Amy Tangerine Finders Keeper collection.




I hope you have enjoyed my layouts this month & I’ll be back next month with some more xoxo



Products used;

Simple Stories

We are family; simple basics kit

Becky Higgins

Project life forever young; chipboard stickers

                                                   6×6 paper pad

Bella Blvd

Illustrated faith; Admirable paper

  Praiseworthy paper

                                 Arts prints paper

                                 Treasures & text sticker sheet

                                 Little bits stickers

                                 Love it stickers

                                 Point it arrow stickers

Studio Calico

Clara no 9; Watercolor splotch/flower doodle

Darcy no 8; Handwritten alphabet/ scribble

Elle’s Studio

Thankful bits & pieces

Hey Little Magpie

Enamel hearts stickers rainbow colours

Amy Tangerine

Finders Keepers; Wild goose chase paper

         6×6 paper pad

                                   Rub Ons

Fancy Pants Designs

Summer Sun; decorative tags


  1. Barbara

    Love them all Julie so bright and vibrant – wish I had the courage to do bold xxx

  2. Jackie xxx

    Stunning layout, ❤️❤️ The NYC one – love all the detail as it reminds of how ‘busy’ our holiday was. Also love the last one – a fun day definitely.

  3. Natalia

    As always your pages are so vibrant and alive Julie! They are just filled with energy and so much detail to appreciate and enjoy. Really stunning!

  4. Sheena x

    Fabulous pages Julie x
    So many little details that keep catching my eye xxx