I'm getting this post up much later than planned. We took a family day on Monday and spend the day in Santa Cruz. Got home too late to work on anything that night, and today was a blur of work, kids, and craziness. Finally sitting down tonight to work on some blog stuff. Anyways. Today, our new monthly project sheet for July went up on the Bella Blvd blog.
For the July project sheet, my focus was on Bella's Designer Tapes. I knew from the start that I wanted to create a background with the tapes. And I knew I would then add my photos, title, and anything else to the center of the page.
I'll let you in on a little secret. I had no idea what photos I was going to add to this page when I started, or even when I choose the colors of the tapes. I work backwards sometimes, I know. And I randomly came across these photos when I went searching for pics to use, and they were already conviently in this collage that I had created forever ago, when I had intended to use them for a different layout. I loved that they were already ready to print in the collage, and they matched, so it made this layout even quicker. Quick is good sometimes!
I picked out six tapes that I thought would make a fun color combination, and cut twenty 2x2" squares from white cardstock. I covered each square with strips of tape, using one design/color of tape for each square. I simply tore off pieces roughly 2" in length, and stacked them onto the square of cardstock. Once it was covered, I trimmed off any excess tape from the edges.
Then I took a sheet of cardstock, and started arranging and adhereing the squares around the outside edges of the page. I adhered some squares with the tapes going side to side, and some with the tapes going up and down. And I definately spent WAY too much time deciding in what order to put the squares in, making sure to spread out the colors and patterns in a pleasing way.
At the last minute, I decided to add a little extra embellishing with some coordinating buttons. I threaded them and adhered them with glue dots around the page.
You can view and download our free July project sheet, complete with supply list and step-by-step instructions, right HERE.