3 to Inspire: "Happy Together" Layout | Citrus Twist Kits

Hi there everyone! It's Andrea here, and I had so much fun working on this special “3 to Inspire” challenge, with the three elements of sewing, word stickers, and the color pink.  I was so excited because I knew that these would all work great with the Citrus Twist February kits and the over-all feeling of February which is frankly quite sweet and lovely (due to the nature of Valentines Day, I think).

For my layout, I knew that I needed to use the super beautiful floral patterned from Crate Paper Oasis that is in “The Bright Side” add on kit. There is some fun pinks in that floral paper, but to add some more pink to my layout, I chose to use cute embellishments like some pink flowers from the Pink Paislee ephemera in the add on kit, and some butterflies and hearts and things from the chipboard stickers in the Main Kit. For more pops of pink, I did some fussy cutting and used some arrows from some of the patterned paper in the Pattern Paper Play kit and also some sweet little tickets that I cut from some of the product packaging.

I added word stickers to my layout that would help to tell the story. I used words like “loving this”, “let's go”, “me and you” and “you are my happy” to show that the story is all about me and my love, my husband Ryan, on a romantic Valentines Day night out. By adding both the flat word stickers and the chipboard ones, more dimension and interest is given to the page.

To add my sewing in, I did some hand-stitching here and there on my page. I stitched a bit across the top of the page where the paper clips are to kind of further anchor down the flags and things that I added to that top corner. I also did some cross stitches on my fussy cut pink tickets. And for the last of my sewing, I created a special little heart using a left-over piece from the Pink Paislee ephemera pack which I painted and then added some white cardstock to and stitched to make a fun and interesting, one of a kind embellishment for my page. (note: I added a few more painted touches here and there that had a bit of this kind of effect on it just to balance things out).

I had so much fun with this “3 to Inspire”! (Oh, and I just want to also point out that I had a lot of fun with my pics on this layout too and so can you...here is a fun tip...try coloring your pic/s for your layout in cool colors like the challenge color pink and/or mint, yellow, blue, etc using photoshop or another photo editing app or software! )

How-to: "Gratitude" Layout | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a lovely fall layout about gratitude! This is the time of year when we reflect on all the things that we are grateful for. For me, the first thing that always springs to mind when I think about all that I am thankful for, this time of year and any other time really, is my husband! I am so grateful for my husband and our love. For this reason, I decided to make a layout about how grateful I am to have my super awesome hubby in my life.

I created the layout using fall leaf cutfiles that I designed myself and the super amazing Gather collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. I cut the leaves from several different lovely patterned papers from the collection. I used a variety of colored patterned papers like the blue and white music paper, some peach patterned paper, and the minty-aqua plaid and royal blue gingham patterned papers, for example.

I used the cool “Happy Place” patterned paper, that looks like a kind of weekday planner chart, for my layout background. I thought it would work well for a background to all the colors that I was using with the leaves.

I took a photo from Ryan and I from a Thanksgiving a few years ago and I framed it with some layers of patterned paper and a chipboard frame sticker. To add something really special to the framed picture, I punched the chipboard frame with my Crop-a-dile punch, and added a couple of tassels to it with some thread.

I did a little bit of hand-sewing on my layout, to add a sweet “handmade” detail to the look of it (on top of some metallic washi-tape and a strip of patterned paper). For my title, I used the word “grateful” which I wrote myself and cut out on my die cut machine, using two sides of the “Beautiful” marbled style patterned paper from the collection. This gives a cool drop shadow effect to the title and really makes it pop. I think having a large title like this, sewn onto my layout, along with the drop-shadow style of it, really helps draw the eye to the title so that you see right away what the story is that I am trying to tell – one about gratitude. The photo, of my husband and I kissing, at the center of the layout, with the various colored leaves surrounding it on either side, and the little stickers on it that say things like “life is sweet” and “grateful for this” – all of these tell a further story about my being grateful specifically for my husband and our love, and also say that this is a fall/thanksgiving story.

I had so much fun making this layout and I think that I want to frame it and put it up for Thanksgiving-time. I love the idea of having décor up for this time of year that has vibrant, rich colors like the colors of the leaves on the layout. I hope that this has inspired you to make a layout about what you are grateful for in your life...and also maybe to use some fun colors and leaves like I did – all with the lovely Gratitude collection by Maggie Holmes!