Traditional Layouts

50 First Layouts | Hey Good Looking ft. Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful!!!

Hi everyone, today I am continuing my series called 50 First Layouts, where I share a product collection and then create layouts based on those products! I am still working with Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful, and today’s layout is called Hey Good Looking! Check out my process here.

 

My photo I am working with is of Emberlynn, who is now 13 and she loves the camera! We went to downtown Winston in February to visit a vintage game arcade called Reboot, and I took this photo while she was hanging out in the seating area. 

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Can you tell I am loving this collection? The colors and the icons are awesome! This layout began with the happy little yellow bicycle (did you know Little Yellow Bicycle used to be a scrapbooking brand?!!) and a beautiful photo of Emberlynn.

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I also chose a Silhouette Cut File from Paige Evans and I have backed these florals with other patterned papers from the collection. You can download this cut file here.

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I cut two of the floral cut files and adhered one to the top of the page, and the second one to the bottom of the page. My photo is then adhered slightly to the right of those files. Now my embellishments can fill in around the photo.

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I have also used the Dream On stamp set from Pinkfresh Studio, which I just absolutely adore! The hand drawn rectangles house stamped sentiments and I used the patterned circle to add more interest to my background paper. 

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I also added a bit of stitching to the layout around the floral elements. I can’t really do much hand stitching because it makes my hands hurt, but I do love to add texture with the machine! I just went randomly around the floral cut files and I also underlined the stamped words at the bottom of the page.

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Such a fun and easy layout to create! Thank you for joining me today!

~Theresa

 

 

 

50 First Layouts | Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful Unboxing

Hi everyone, today I am so excited to begin a brand new series with you all about current collections and how to use your collections as a jumping off point for layouts! In this video I am unboxing Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful and sharing 5 prompts for layouts that you can use to create your layouts as well!

Here is a short recap of 5 ways you can develop ideas for your scrapbook layouts from your product collections:

1.Pull your favorites. I say this all the time: Use your favorite products!!!!! Go ahead and pull them out while it is fresh and while you are in love with them! And make a layout. Make two. Have fun with those products that made your eyes sparkle and made you press the buy button.

2. Look for common products, common shapes, or common shapes. Anything that goes together in the collection can be a great starting place and I just love a pretty layout with a cluster of products, don’t you? Hey remember this layout?

50 First Layouts | Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful Unboxing

That layout was created because I wanted to use all those beautiful chipboard hearts on a layout, and they look stunning all together on the page.

3. Think about what the collection reminds you of? When I receive a collection in the mail, I love to pull everything out of the packaging and just play with the different elements on my worktop. I like to layer things together, try different products beside each other, just play. This is so much fun, no commitment, no pressure. And this is a great time to think about what the collection brings to your mind. Are there memories or places or people or things that it reminds you of? Those are instant starting points.

4. What is a theme that jumps out at you? Typically collections have a theme and it is usually pretty easily recognizable. Sometimes they add little unexpected elements to the collection, and I have another fun little trick. Sometimes I like to use a collection for precisely the opposite thing it was designed for! Ha! A great example I have of this is this layout I created using the Sahlin Studio Run collection. I didn’t have any “run” type photos, but I did have a great photo of our son graduating from middle school.

50 First Layouts | Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful Unboxing

This gives your collections much more mileage than you might think!

5. Keep a running list of the projects you are working on + the products as they arrive at your door. This is my best trick for making sure I actually use my products. I keep these two running lists and when products arrive, I automatically consult my project list and plug the product in. In fact, if I am able to I like to try to use each collection in each project. That makes my inner warrior scrapbooker so happy!

 

Ok, friends, that is all for today. Stay tuned, as this is a new series and I will be sharing my process videos for this collection in the next few weeks! And then we will select another collection and do it all over again! Let me know what collections have caught your eye this season!

~Theresa

 

 

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!

Hi everyone! I am sooooo excited to share this gorgeous mixed media scrapbook layout with you today! I picked up Vicki Boutin’s All The Good Things collection plus her paints, glitter, and mixed media paper and pulled it all together in this layout. I absolutely love the results and I hope you do too! You can watch my full process video here.

I was so excited to receive my package with All The Good Things and couldn’t wait to try all the new paints and products I had bought! I was really anxious to try the mixed media paper, which has been designed especially to accept paint and other mixed media and not buckle or warp. It worked beautifully for this layout!

Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!

My first step in creating this layout was to go ahead and gesso the whole page, even though I don’t think you have to do that to the Vicki Boutin papers. I like to do that just to get warmed up and feel like I am not working on a blank page (yes, weird, I know!). Once I had the gesso down, I used modeling paste to build my background. Notice the floral elements I added to the page, starting at the upper left hand corner and traveling across to the bottom right.

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Once I had the floral elements down, it was time to add paint. My favorite part of the creative process is laying down wet paint and then turning the paper to allow the paint to flow. Watching the paint flow into all the crevices and tiny places created by the modeling paste is so cathartic to me! For this layout I allowed the purple to flow to the edges and then worked it around the page for the border. The purple and orange paints also flow across to the individual elements on the page so they are all tied together. I added a bit of teal to each flower, and I also splattered a little to add more depth and dimension to the background.

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Once all the paint was down, I added a little glitter mixed with glaze onto the page. I used the text stencil from Vicki, not necessarily to have a noticeable text, but just to have a way to put the glitter down in small places near the embellishment clusters. For me, the painted floral elements become home bases for my embellishment clusters, and the gold glitter adds more texture.

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Another awesome part of creating this layout was adding the die cut embellishments. The All The Good Things collection ties in beautifully with the paint colors, so I chose elements with purple, orange, and green, plus I added a little pink and yellow. I absolutely LOVE using color, all the colors (!!!) in my layouts! 

Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout | My Happy Heart ft. Vicki Boutin All The Good Things!!!!

The last thing my layout needed was a bit of journaling and a title. The glitter foam words describe my expression in the photo, and the emotion I wanted this layout to convey perfectly! I also stamped my date using a roller stamp, and wrote my journaling with the help of a few stamped lines.

What an awesome layout to create and I hope you enjoyed watching the process! Have you tried the new Vicki Boutin products? I’d love to see! Thanks for following along today, see you soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

New In The Shop: You Are My Star Silhouette Cut File

Hi everyone, it is Freebie Friday here today and that means a new cut file, called You Are My Star! This is a print and cut file, so if you are able to print 12×12 you can print this out and then have your cutting machine cut it out for you. Click on the image below to download the product.

Larkindesign You Are My Star Print and Cut File

Here is the layout I created with this file. I was inspired by a photo of Alan and myself as we were getting ready to drive to a mini vacation!

Larkindesign You Are My Star Print and Cut File

My plan for this cut file was to have just parts of the stars fold over so the background paper could peek through. I chose this coral color, which contrasts beautifully against the navy Dear Lizzy specialty paper. All the products used in this layout are from the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection, with the exception of the wood veneer stars, which are Studio Calico.

Larkindesign You Are My Star Print and Cut File

I layered my photo onto other patterned papers from the collection and then added little bits and bobs around the photo as well. The hot air balloons in particular carried a particular feeling I wanted this layout to convey: we were going away for a few days without the kids and so it really did feel like we were wild and free!

Larkindesign You Are My Star Print and Cut File

I used a chipboard title Wild & Free, which is layered onto the black and white florals that I hand cut from the patterned papers. 

Larkindesign You Are My Star Print and Cut File

Such a fun little cut file! You can watch my process video for the layout here:

I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout come together! Now go download the file and make something! Be sure to use #larkindesigntm if you share online, so I can see!

~Theresa

 

Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

Hi lovelies! Today I am sharing this lovely layout about bad Mondays – do you have them?! I did this week and oh boy, it set me back a bit. So I settled in to practice a bit of creative self care. In this layout I am working with Paige Evans brand new collection called Turn the Page and the Triangle cut file from Paper Issues!

 

Here is a look at the completed layout:

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

There are so many yummy things about this layout, so let’s start with the cut file from Paper Issues. I love the triangles and I wanted to cut the 2×2 papers to fit behind the cut file.

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

I used my Studio Calico paints to create a really subtle background, and you can just see it peeking out behind my title work. Paint is one of my favorite ways to practice creative self care: moving the brush around the page is so very satisfying to me!

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

My title began with the days of the week wood words from Freckled Fawn and I have borrowed the words of Monday Monday, a song by The Mamas and The Papas. I know, can’t you just hear it in your head now? The rest of the title is made using the alphabet from Turn the Page. My journaling fit perfectly in between the lines here.

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

At the top of the page I added just a tiny banner from the 2×2 paper pad. This establishes the boundary of the layout here, so your eye knows exactly where this layout ends. 

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

I am so glad you joined me today! This was a fun layout and a great way to practice creative self care during a really rough week. See you soon!

~Theresa