Hi everybody! Gia here for my first June post. Today I am sharing a layout that I created by scraplifting a follower who never fails to tag us on Instagram when she creates with one of our kits. Her Instagram handle is @scrappincolleen and if you are not following her yet you should be--she shares a lot of scrapbooking and is also a big time planner.
When I first started scrapbooking over 20 years ago I met so many friends by going to by local scrapbook store where we would meet up and crop together on Saturdays and also by going to home parties. The online scrapbooking world of blogs and forums were only just getting started back then and while we would sometimes look at the designer pages in awe, more often than not we focused on WHY we were scrapbooking (ie. my daughter's dance recital, my son's football games, our trip to the Rocky Mountains...) There were always the stories we shared that we couldn't wait to talk about and find the perfect papers and cute or pretty things to "match" our layouts, which 9 times out of 10 were going to be spread out over 2 pages. (Otherwise, how could you ever narrow it down to just 6 or 7 photos when you had 200?) If you can relate, than you understand why this community is so important to us and even though we may be interacting a lot more on the internet than face to face, our hobby is one that is so much better shared!
When I saw a layout by @scrappincolleen where she created a background with some strips of paper cut into frills and she used a doily for a layering effect behind her photos, I knew that this was the perfect layout for me to lift. Here are the things I love about Colleen's design:
1. The way her photos take center stage on the layout
2. All of the fun layering she did
3. All of the texture she added with the doily and fringe.
And here is Colleen's layout. Isn't it sweet?
For my layout I used the Kaia Kit and I immediately thought of using the doily in the kit as a mat for my photo and then I planned the rest of the background around the scene of the baby rabbits paper from Alexandra Renke. Since the kit contains 2 of each paper, I was able to fussy cut from one of the papers and then use foam tape to layer on top of a whole sheet of the same paper adding dimension to certain parts of the design and creating depth in the background scene.
Then all I had to do was dig out my fringe trim scissors (it's a little rusty but still works) and create the fringe edge along one side of strips of different patterned papers in the kit. I cut them a little wider than an inch
(I don't measure I just eyeball what looks right to me. If it is a little wonky that works for me.)
After arranging my fringe strips how I wanted them I realized the lace trim in the kit would be perfect to alternate with the paper to add even more texture with the fabric lace and the machine stitching.
I hope you enjoyed my process and can appreciate why it is more fun when we are together, even if the way we connect nowadays looks different from how it used to be. I am grateful to @scrappincolleen for sharing her layouts with us by tagging us on social media and hope that you will tag us too! #cliqueinternational @cliquekits