Hey Magpies, Caroline here with you today. I can’t believe that we are nearly half way through January, the months just seem to keep whizzing by. I am enjoying our daily dose of inspiration from the other team members and I’m really excited to be sharing three layouts with you today, using The Yellow Door Collection by Fancy Pants Designs. I was drawn to this collection by the lovely bright colours and bold prints, which although it is predominantly an autumn collection can really be used for any theme.
My first layout ‘Ice Sculpture Trail’ is 12 x 12 and features photos from a winter trip. The collection includes some soft pinks and turquoise papers, that worked perfectly with these icy photos.
I started by matting my chosen photos onto some white card to make them stand out and then laid them on top of the turquoise papers to see which would work best. I liked the bold print of the Enjoy paper and wanted to include it on the layout, however I felt that it needed to be placed in the background so that it didn’t take too much attention away from the photos. I chose the Kitsch Fall paper instead to showcase the photos and layered them with the Fall Festive paper. The reverse side of the Fall Festive paper has colourful scalloped banners running across the page and the dark blue scallop was calling to be fussy cut to create a strip to ground my photos and title.
Once I had the papers and photos in position I started looking through the Die Cut Ephemera pack for some embellishments. The blue circular flowers caught my eye as they matched my colour scheme and worked nicely with the leaves and scalloped labels in the pack to create two areas of embellishment in a diagonal line across the page.
I placed my Thickers title along the scalloped border below the photos and placed strips of journaling written using my typewriter in the bottom right hand corner, so that the layout didn’t appear top heavy. I overlapped them with the vertical paper so that they weren’t detached from the rest of the design. I also used some scraps from cutting out the scalloped border to type out the date and location and layered them on top of the scalloped labels in each of the embellishment clusters.
My second layout ‘An Autumn Walk’ is a double page standard sized traveler’s notebook spread. I knew that I wanted to use the colourful Autumn paper and thought these were the perfect photos to complement it. When I’m working on a double page like this, I usually work across the whole spread to start with. I just have to make sure I’m aware of where the join in the pages will be. Being careful about where I place my photos and embellishments, so that I will not be cutting through the middle of a person in my photo or a word in my journaling.
I started by cutting the bold Autumn design down to cover the majority of the spread and was then looking for something more neutral to mat the photos. I ended up using the reverse of the same paper. I wanted my photos to flow across the two pages, so I positioned them in the centre overlapping both pages. Once I had them in position, I stuck everything down to the left hand side first, then trimmed off the excess and stuck it down to the right hand side, making sure to line everything up correctly.
Next I was looking to add some embellishment, selecting lots of autumnal themed die cuts from the ephemera pack. I started by placing the ‘A’ card to the left of the photos and built up the cluster from there. I will regularly cut stickers and die cuts in half so that I can use them in other areas of the page. I did that here with the black circle sticker so that I could use it in the second smaller cluster on the top right hand side of the page.
I chose some word stickers from the Die Cut Stickers & Labels to finish off the clusters and then added a title using Thickers to the bottom of the photos. I ran the title and the journaling across the two pages to pull both sides of the page together and finished off by tucking the date down at the bottom of the right hand page.
My third layout ‘Summer by the Sea’ is another 12 x 12 page. The majority of my layouts start with the photo, however this one was inspired by the multi-coloured strip at the bottom of the cut apart sheet. It was so bright and colourful that I felt it just screamed summer.
I selected a bright summery photo to match and straight away reached for the subtle turquoise pattern of the Kitsch Fall paper to reflect the sea in the photo. The next design I chose to use was the Welcome paper and I originally picked it up for the hot pink pattern. I thought it would go well with the bright summer theme, however when I tried it, it turned out to be just too bright but I loved the reverse design. It is a beautiful bright floral print, and I felt the navy blue background against the other bright colours and the white base just made all the colours pop off the page. Finally I chose the navy blue and white striped Enjoy paper to frame the photo and bring the navy blue to another area of the page.
With all the bright colours and the busy floral print I felt it didn’t need a great deal of embellishment, however I loved this big flower from the Die Cut Ephemera pack so wanted to use it. I decided to use some Elle’s Studio clear stamps for the rest of my embellishment and also for my title. I chose 3 phrases from the All The Details clear stamp set and stamped them around the photo to form a visual triangle.
I used two different stamp sets for the title, the Chloe Alphabet and the Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp – Solid. I wanted to pull the pink into another area of the page, so I used a pink ink pad for the small words in the title. I also used it with the heart stamp in the ‘All The Details’ set on the turquoise Kitsch Fall paper which I cut out and placed around the title and word phrases. I put one final heart up in the top left hand corner with the location of the photo and the date, which I typed on my typewriter.
Thank you for joining me today and I will be back on the blog on 25th with some more layouts using this lovely collection from Fancy Pants Designs. If you haven’t already please check out the other posts from this month and why not head over to the Hey Little Magpie Facebook page and have a go at Niki’s beautiful mood board challenge running until the end of the January.
See you next time.