Amber is back today sharing a layout that is twice as much fun! That's because unlike the majority of 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts these days Amber created a two page spread for us. I love that she created a cohesive design with repeating elements and used several different photos to tell her story.
Here is what Amber had to say about this project!
We left Tucson, Arizona where it was already having temps in the 100s... when we headed up to Williams, Arizona where it was nice and cool... it even snowed on us in May! The cold weather was welcome even when we were fishing and provided beautiful cloud coverage for photos! I loved this beautiful paper from the Simple Stories Happy Trails collection named "Lakeside" with its monochromatic fish swimming about, perfect for a fishing page! And so much fishing related ephemera in this collection! I tried to keep the two page layout as monochromatic (like the Lakeside paper) with various blues and teals including the mixed media background and the blue paper used for backing some of the photos (from the collection, but was only identified by being a cut apart sheet for 4x6 elements). The title was appropriate as my family did not get a single fish to bite that day! All the other families we camped with caught several fish! I tried to utilize the journaling tag and fishing rod from the sticker sheet to look like it was being reeled in with the fish attached for a little whimsy for my journaling.
Here is a close up of her beautiful mixed media sparkly lake/water inspired background! Those blues and aquas are stunning!
I know that lots of you have been doing some camping, fishing, and hiking this past summer because the Happy Trails collection kit from Simple Stories sold out mighty fast! I would love to hear some of YOUR fish tales! Leave us a comment below if you have fishing photos you need to scrap. You can also post your projects in the Clique group anytime. We'd love to see them!
Just when you thought Mariah's style was all about clean lines and matted photos she decided to surprise us all with this beauty. She used a combination of wet media on her background paper repeating the circular grain of the wood and picking up a little color from the patterned papers she selected to contrast perfectly with the black. Read on below for Mariah's own words.
This was a super fun layout. I really think I should be honest here and share that I haven't made a layout in quite a few years. I've been concentrating on my photography. In fact, this photo was done in pure manual and I am using spot metering now. I've been shooting in manual for quite sometime but the metering is different. If anyone has questions about that, I will gladly answer.
Anyhow, for this layout I started with a base of color with inks and sprays...which were dried out. So I made the best of it and used the few items I have that weren't dried out (like I said it's been a while for paper crafting). I added some garden paint I had in tiny bottles to add the black. Some of the ink spots are Tim Holtz ink. I added water to the ink that I had pressed onto a plate. Just push the stamp pad down and add water. It's really versatile. I really wanted to define the circular pattern of the paper from Simple Stories "Happy Trails" kit. I love the messy look, really and truly. I cut apart some of the papers and added some embellishments from Clique Kits past kits to complete the layout. I'm really happy with the layout and if you have any questions about the layout or photography, just ask.
It's been a lot of fun having Mariah as a guest. I am glad that she is getting back to papercrafting and I can't wait to see her share her work in the Clique facebook group.
Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to capture and document the moments in life that are truly so meaningful to look back on and enjoy savoring over and over again. As time goes on when you look at your scrapbooks it will be the photos after the passage of time that give meaning to this hobby! It doesn't have to be overwhelming to get those photos off your computer or phone and into a real life album creatively. Read on as Mariah shares two clean and simple style layouts about her family's outdoor fun.
The Simple Stories "Happy Trails" kit is a cute and fun kit to document your outdoor adventures. For this layout, I wanted to make it simple and easy. So, I printed 3 (4x4) photos off. I usually use that ratio when using my cell phone for photos because it converts so much easier on Instagram. I also happen to just really like that format. I loved all of the Ephemera Bits and Pieces contained in the kit. I used some to add fun and cute details to the layout. It was super simple and fun to put together. Also, don't let anyone tell you girls can't fish because that fish was the biggest of the day and an awesome walleye at that.
Capture those Details!
When we spend time in the great outdoors, we tend to always document the big picture. We document what people are doing or the landscapes we are exploring. It's always important to catch the small details as well. I loved how the light was shining on these flowers as my family and I walked up the creek bed so I took a quick photo.
For this layout, I used the Simple Stories "Happy Trails" kit. I tried to keep it simple with the focus on the photo. I used the ephemera that came with the kit to create little details on the page. I love to use the border strips that come on the bottom of the 12x12 sheet as well. I also got out my butterfly diecut to add some three dimensional elements to the page. The photo was a 6x8. I matted it on black paper to make the yellow stand out. The ephemera was a perfect little title for the image. Next time you are out and about on your adventures, don't forget to document the little things too.
The next time you hear someone say they don't have time to scrapbook or are not creative enough to make a layout that is appealing and meaningful...point them toward The Clique! ;)
While camping with my daughter, we like to go for walks and look for wildflowers to try to tuck them into her hair. I knew the Simple Stories Happy Trails "Back to Nature" paper would be perfect for these pictures as soon as I saw it! I utilized both A and B sides for this; the orange with off white polka dots for some of the floral petals of the cut file and then the floral side for large layering behind the cut file.
I loved this paper with its pops of teal! I tied this paper in with the accompanying floral ephemera and added more pops of teal with the tissue paper backing and the background wood grain paper. I wanted the Simple Stories paper to be the main focus so I backed the remaining petals of the floral cut file with lace and rose gold glaze for some different textures. Even camping collections can be made into girly layouts!!
Clique Kits loves everything about this...
Here is a close ups of details we love in Amber's layout! Isn't her two year old just the sweetest?
Not surprisingly the Simple Stories Happy Trails collection has sold out. Make sure you message Clique Kits if you would like to see it brought back to the shop!