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I thought I would share one of the two layouts I created for this issue. This layout was for the 3-Designer Challenge, where three designers were given the same exact set of products to work with. We had the Down By The Shore paper collection by Fancy Pants, a fun die-cut placemat from Jillibean Soup, a stamp/die set from Sizzix, small striped accents by Queen & Co, Thickers from American Crafts, and textured cardstock from Bazzill.
I knew right away that I would likely keep most of the die-cut placemat in one piece on one page of my two page spread, so I figured I would make a photo collage to include lots of photos for the other page. I used a storyboard template from Kerri Bradford to create my collage.
I hand cut some flowers from one of the floral patterned papers and adhered them here and there on the placemat. I'm not a huge fan of fussy cutting, but every now and then you just have to do it. And usually, it's worth it.
I honestly hemmed and hawwed over how I wanted to use the die-cut placemat for days. I was scared to cut it, unless I was completely sure about how I was going to use it, since I only had one of them to work with. I wasn't sure about using it all in one piece. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to leave it white. I finally decided to cut off a few inches from one side to use on the second page, and kept the larger piece for the first page.
I used a lot of the solid sides of the patterned papers for pops of color, along with the cardstock. I cut different sized circles to randomly fill in the holes in the die-cut placemat. Some of them I adhered under the placemat and some of them I added over the holes. I ran some of the circles thru my Cuttlebug, using the bubbles embossing folder, for extra texture. Kind of goes with the pool/water theme of the layout.
Since the white foam Thickers were a smaller font, I used them in some of the larger circles to add a few descriptive words and the year the photos were taken. I added a few of the striped flower accents, and used the stamp and die for my title piece.