Sorry it's been so quiet here on this blog. Summer is getting the best of me, and I have just accepted the fact that I will never have the same time to be creative as I do when we're deep in the routine of school, sports, etc. I do have a layout to share today, and one later this week. So I can at least guarantee two new posts this week!
Have you had a chance to download and browse thru the Summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today yet? It's completely free to view the digital issue, so there's no reason not too. Plus, it's filled with some gorgeous projects and awesome articles and features.
I wanted to share the layout I created for the summer issue. I've been working on the "What's Next" feature for the last several issues, so I'm always creating a season ahead. For the summer issue, I created more of a fallish layout. The editors know that I don't have much of a "fall" season where I live, so they thought I could create a friendship themed page, using some "fallish" products.
I chose the Now & Then: Mildred collection from My Mind's Eye to work with. I thought it had a great mix of fall colors and I've always been a fan of My Mind's Eye products. I went looking for photos to use for this layout, and was kind of shocked to realize I didn't have many photos that would work well for this layout.
The girls have plenty of photos that they've taken themselves with their friends, but none that would really work well with these papers. I ended up digging up a few photos of the girls with Amanda, one of my previous daycare kiddos and one of their best friends growing up. I had printed four photos that I had intended to use, but along the way, I only ended up with room for two of them.
I die cut a 12x12" heart background from white cardstock using my Cameo and adhered it to another sheet of white cardstock for the base of my layout. I love the subtle look of a white-on-white background. I lightly spritzed the background with some navy blue misting spray and started picking out my patterned papers to use.
I adhered a strip of solid navy blue and a strip of the diagonal stripe patterned paper along the top and bottom of the page and machine stitched along the strips. I picked out several patterned papers that I wanted to incorporate into the page design, and cut pieces from each in varying sizes that I could layer across the page. I machine stitched around the edges of each paper, and distressed the edges, before arranging them and adhering them down.
I picked a few cuts from my Silhouette library to combine for my title. I cut the inside part of "friends" from an aqua-ish solid paper and spritzed it with white misting spray, and then layered over the outline of "friends" with I cut from the navy blue solid paper. I used that same navy blue paper to cut "forever" from.
All of the chipboard pieces, chipboard buttons, brads, buttons, and enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye too. I love when manufacturers have so many embellishments that coordinate with their collections, making it super easy to create well put together layouts.