Hi everyone, today Hannah is on the blog sharing her gorgeous layouts using the Larkindesign Sweet Chicks Digital Collection! Be sure to check out her About Me Page, where you can connect with her on all your favorite social media.

 
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Aloha!! It’s Hannah with you today. I am completely in love with these patterned papers. I want to print multiple copies of them to use them on all my layouts this month!! I know I sound a bit crazy, but this past month I was in a major scrappy rut, a mix of the rainy chilly weather of the Pacific Northwest and the busyness of the daily grind especially this time of the year. Getting ready for the spring routine and letting go of the winter blues, this collection really helped spark so many ideas and cheer me up. The bright colors are fun and whimsical but easy to use on any kind of layout. 

Today I thought I would show you two layouts I made with my kit. Though I made more projects with my kit so keep a look out on my Youtube Channel to see some Project Life and some more ways I used all of the amazing collection. 

 

Here is a look at my first layout. When I seen this collection I immediately thought of this picture I took of a daffodil in my yard. These flowers are finally starting to sprout up and stretch out to the little sun we have had. 

 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!

I also know that I wanted to create a layout with some stitching with a quilt like type of pattern on it. I have done something similar to this a few times, and it is a lot of work but striking when fully finished. This time I wanted it to be more grid like and only on half of the layout. I also knew I wanted to use a wood grain patterned paper so you would get the full effect of nature. This Crate Paper Here and There wood grain really helps bring out the warm tones of the yellow and orange in the Sweet Chicks patterned Paper

I continued and used a lot more of the Here and There collection. I really love the idea of connecting adventure and exploring the world right around you and this concept of travel. Travel in the sense that you can travel and explore your own backyard, back roads, the world around you if you just change your perception. Change the way you look at this world around you. 

That made this collection perfect with my story. My story of explore my yard for the first signs of spring. Something I needed to do to help breathe life into my world of grey and drizzly coolness. This flower is standing tall towards the few sun rays shouting that spring is on it’s way. 

I grabbed some of the ephemera and layered it with the Larkindesign elements like tags, labels and banners. 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!

I added a few hints of copper, bringing out the warmth of the collection. I also made sure that the layers behind the photo were similar colors that were in the collection. I used the 6×6 pad from Crate Paper. 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!

I found this chipboard camera from Altenew. It was a similar size as the envelope and I like how it helps balance out the squares underneath. I didn’t want to cover up too much of them, so I stuck with just the camera and a yellow sticker from the Here and There collection. I mixed textures and types of products to help bring contrast against the structure of the stitched squares underneath. 

 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!

Bringing in more copper and some bold black puffy stickers I added the title on the squares. I also mixed structure and and almost untidy look to the title by adding the black puffy stickers over the squares and across the middle of the last across. Then adding an arrow. I love how this mimics what happens in nature. 

 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!

I finished off my layout by adding the date and used a roller phrase stamp. I mixed using white ink and some green ink by Ali Edwards. I like how both these inks stand out just enough to read them, but blend with the colors on the layout. I really wanted it to be a subtle element. I wanted the star of this cluster be the circle patterned banner. It looks so great with the yellow label, teal chipboard heart and the white puffy heart from the Here and There collection. 


Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!

What do you do with a bunch of leftover 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 squares of Sweet Chicks patterned paper?! You figure out a fun and creative way to use it up, thats what you do!! With mojo flowing through my veins I decided to be adventurous and fussy cut the green patterned paper from the  Maggie Holmes Flourish collection. This piece had lots of strips of semi circles, that almost look like rainbows. I cut each little section and cut around the semi circles. I laid them out across the outside of some white card stock. 

The border still looked a bit empty and bare so I decided to tuck those leftover squares I had from the above layout, since I had some extras. I also used a few of the washi strips from the elements sheet. Having the papers be varying heights really helped to create texture all around the layout. 

 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!

I am loving the colors from the Sweet Chicks Collection with the Flourish Collection by Maggie Holmes so I grabbed more of those. I decided to grab the April Clique Kits as well because they had some cut elements that I thought would work nicely with the Sweet Chicks Collection. Like the floral green flair and some of their exclusive elements. 

 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!

I decided to spread all my layered pieces out over top of some white card stock that had a minty teal color acrylic paint just brushed on with a bigger coarse bristle paint brush. When I just want to add a splash of color over a big area in a haphazard way I choose this paint brush. I love the texture I get from the bristles and I love the way the texture from the card stock peaks through the paint because it doesn’t get into all the nooks and crannies. 

To help the light paint color stand out I drew on some diagonal lines with a black journaling pen. I really like to use the Pilot Precise V5 pen for layout backgrounds that have paint on them. The ballpoint writes nicely over top without getting jammed or drying out. This diagonal designed was inspired by the dot criss cross pattern in the Sweet Chicks Paper collection. I also think the black brings out the black and white elements and papers in the collection that I used throughout my layout.

 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | April Layout ft. Sweet Chicks!!

I fussy cut a lot of the elements out like these circles to use as embellishment clusters. I think this shows you don’t need a ton of fancy embellishments if you don’t want them. Fussy cutting out cameras and circles from the papers made a lovely layering piece. Top that off with some enamel dots and you have a cheerful background. 

The last element I wanted to mention was this coffee cup made with pearler beads. 

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It’s no surprise that I am an avid coffee drinker, and of course my kiddos know this too. One time while they were creating pearler bead creations of tons of objects and things, they made me this cute and adorable coffee cup. It just so happens to be my fave colors too. It works so well with this collection and the photo I used that I decided, ‘hey if Suse Fish can add pearler creations to her Project Life I can add one to my layout’!! I made sure I used red line double sided adhesive so that piece isn’t going anywhere, because it is heavy. I love how it adds just another element and texture that I haven’t used before. 

So to close off my post for today, I hope you are encouraged to look at the world around you in a new light, a different perspective. What things do you have laying around that help tell your life story that you haven’t thought could work on a scrapbooking layout and try something new. Play with colors. And when you are in a rut, dig deep and search for something that is inspiring you to tell the story of your life. 

I hope you check out the Sweet Chicks Paper Collection and the card collections, they are so versatile. Also if you love it you can use it over and over again!! Like I plan to do. Keep a look out on my social media sites for more projects with this collection!!

Until next time Stay Inspired

Hannah 

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