I thought I would finally share my layout from the Spring issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today. I have been working on the "What's Next" feature for the last few issues, which means I'm creating a layout with the next season in mind. So for the spring issue, I created a summer themed layout. I was sent the new DIY Boutique collection from Simple Stories to work with.
This collection has tons of bright and fun summer colors, and then lots of black and white. I love how the colors "pop" more when mixed in with the black touches. I'm a sucker for small text type patterns, so I knew I would use the black text patterned paper. I also chose a diagonal stripe patterned paper and a subtle woodgrain patterned paper to use, along with lots of the solid colored papers.
I used lots of little strips of the papers for this layout. In fact, if you had seen my desk at the time I was working on this layout, you would have been amazed at the amount of little scraps I had laying around. I would cut a strip, and then changed my mind on the size and cut another one. The way I pieced everything together was way more complicated than it needed to be. But that's how it goes sometimes when you start without a plan.
I also pulled out some white cardstock circles that I had left over from another project and used them on my title piece. I knew I wanted to use some of the fun circle stickers, so mixing in even more circles seemed only logical.
I rediscovered my embossing folders and Cuttlebug in creating this layout. I know I've been embossing a lot more lately, but this layout is were that started back up for me. Since I was using a lot of the solid colored papers in this collection, I felt like they needed a little texture added to them so they didn't feel so flat. I used a variety of embossing folders for a fun, random look. I also lightly sanded over the embossed areas to bring out some of the white core of the papers.
The "super" and "fabulous" were stickers. I think you all know I love to include handwritten words in my titles, so I loved that it was as easy to do as peeling off a sticker and adding it to the page. I combined them with some fabric Thicker alpha stickcers and some green alpha stickers to complete my title.
If you haven't checked out the Spring issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today yet, you can view it online or download it (totally free) RIGHT HERE.