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What About Wednesday: Changing up the photo size

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Aloha!! For Christmas My parents came to visit and we did a couple of things out and about. I took my DSLR with me to get some good and nice shots while out. I am so glad I did too. Having a nicer camera than my phone really makes the difference between nice shots and photos and AMAZING shots and photos.

After editing my photos in Photoshop, I arranged them on a template sized at 8 1/2 X11. I had the idea of printing my photos, thinner and longer. I wanted to try to do something different, even if I wasn’t sure what that would be.

I added three images to the 8 1/2X11 template and printed that out on my HP Photosmart Printer with glossy photo paper.

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Changing up the size of your images is a great way to spark creativity in your projects. Even if you don’t print at home like I do, many printing companies offer different sizes when you order.

Let’s take a look at the finished layout!

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I love this shot that I took in Poulsbo, Washington. This water dock shot is almost as pretty as it was in person. I love how it stretches across the layout, which is why I choose to scrap in the 9X12 size.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the words Docks and Bay. I picked a font from my computer that had a Viking feel. The town of Poulsbo, is all things Vikings. The buildings and colors felt like you were walking down an Norwegian town. This font had that feel as well. They are nice and big and draw your eye right towards the photo.

I also cut the tickets from a patterned paper and scattered them near the title but also throughout the layout. Layering the tickets with Thickers and Cork Stars make a nice little cluster.

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I used a post card ephemera piece from Maggie Holmes Gather (the colors from this collection went so well with my photo too) for my journaling.

I clustered more ticket ends, cork stars, and mocha mint dreams sequins together on the journaling card.

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At the bottom of the picture I layered a gold doily with the ticket ends, cork stars and mocha mint dream sequins. I used some chipboard pieces from Ali Edwards Story Kits as well. The sentiments were perfect for a road trip.

I love how this gold doily peaks out though. It really catches your eye to the bottom of the photo.

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Also added a half gold doily up at the top of my layout with a wood grain tab layered with a ticket stub and cork star.

 

I really enjoyed using a different size photo for a change. It allowed me to focus on the photo, especially since it was a gorgeous shot. having it span across the layout really just made it the focal point.

I hope you are inspired to try out using a different size photo than what you are used too. If you do don’t forget to share it over at our Facebook group too.

You can also watch the process video for this layout.

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Have a great day!!

Hannah

 

What About Wednesday: Monochromatic Layout with Layers

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Aloha my scrappy friends!!  This past week the weather here in Washington has been so nice, high forties, sunny. It has me thinking about nature. All the photos I have been taking this summer/fall of nature around me.

Also lately I have been in a monochromatic mood. I really have been enjoying mixing different shades of the same color together. I really have been loving focusing on a couple colors that match or compliment each other and use just that. Picking out embellishments that match is like a scavenger hunt in my stash.

This fall I took some photos of the pinecones from our yard. I have been really into taking nature pictures of the things around us. Trying to get creative with my shots and take pictures of things I see everyday but don’t always capture. These are usually things that inspire me when I sit down at my scrap desk.

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I started off using my Shimmerz sprays with a paint brush for different size drops on top of White card stock. I like using a medium size brush so I can get bigger drops but also tap the brush for small splatters. I used Shimmerz Vibez Eggnoggin’ and Bamboo Leaf. I also used Tinsel from Heidi Swapp Color Shine to get a black gray color.

I knew the color would work with the outline I doodled along the outside of the layout. I also knew I wanted to use the black and white line crossed paper from Maggie Holmes Gather Collection to mat my two photos.

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I used lots of layers on this layout. I really wanted a natural feel to them, to mimic the images. I used a past kit from Clique Kits that had similar colors and a fall theme. I Used white doilies, ripped washi tape and Studio Calico wood chips in the layers for a chunky look to my layers.

Like I mentioned I wanted a monochromatic look, so I stuck with green, gray and orange tones throughout my layout. The Evergreen Bough Sequin mix was perfect for this layout. Paired with the Dear Lizzy chipboard Thicker plus signs it added a fun scattering of embellishments that I think didn’t over power the layout.

I added Pretty Little Studio word phrases and labels from a past spring line that was very nature themed. I even made a banner with bits from the labels in the layers.

The felt Evergreen Trees were given to me by a friend and they are so fun and look great tucked in next to my clusters. I used them with some baker’s twine and Maya Road white tassels. I love this element. It really draws your eyes to the photos.

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I really just love how it all turned out and really helps showcase these two really fun and cool pictures of pinecones from my yard. One during the summer when they were covered with sap, and in the fall fallen apart ready to drop seeds for future pine trees. I love that my kids are super thrilled to play and experience this nature around them, by collecting them and examine them.

I love that I get to remember their excitement for learning and experimenting with nature. I hope they don’t lose their wanderlust! Their joy for the beauty and world around them.

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I really, really love these Dear Lizzy Thicker word phrases. I couldn’t help but use one for the title. I layered it on top a Dear Lizzy cut apart that says Bliss Ave. With plus signs and sequins scattered around it, it really is a big focus.

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What is it that you love around you? What inspires you to pick up your camera and take a picture? Are you creating layouts or projects with those pictures. Are you sharing the theses around you that you see everyday and brings a smile to your face? I encourage you today to share what makes you smile with someone you love today!!

That is what scrapbooking is about, sharing the things we love, the things apart of our lives, the things that make up the stories in our lives.

Have a wonderfully inspired day!!!

Hannah

 

You can also watch the process video of me making this layout on my Youtube Channel and here.

 

 

What About Wednesday: Shaker Layout

 

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Aloha!! It’s Hannah here with you this fine Wednesday. Can you believe this is our last sketch with Let’s Get Sketchy and our team up with them. I have had tons of fun seeing their layouts and all of our’s. Don’t forget to hop over to their blog and check out their sketches when you need some inspiration.

I have to make a confession. I hope you won’t tell!! I have never made a shaker card before. I know it’s crazy isn’t it?! They are so cool and seem really easy to make. Plus who wouldn’t want to use tons of sequins at one time.

In all honesty I have never made a shaker card even though I keep thinking I really should. When I was looking at this week’s sketch the first thing that popped in my head was, this would be really cool as a shaker. Here is the sketch for this week designed by Let’s Get Sketchy Brenshevia.

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I started out with white card stock from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store, I used two sheets. I cut a big circle out of one of the white sheets. I thought the white would help whatever sequin mix I decided to use, pop.

I also grabbed a sheet of heart acetate so that it was easy to see the sequins.

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Because I was using the circle for the shaker, I moved the circle a little to the left. I wanted more card stock on one side for the layering. I also decided to use just one photo that was horizontal and a journaling card instead of two photos. This left a little more open space. If you spend the time to make a shaker you want to see it, right?!

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The photo I picked was of my son, me and our puppy on the couch, with my puppy taken up most of the photo. (This is a common occurrence when we are on the couch.) I wanted to make make I documented it before she (our puppy) is too big for the couch at all.

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There was a lot of orange in the photo. Which inspired my sequin choice, 2 Cool 4 U.

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For the layers I choose colors that complimented the sequin mix, blacks, grays, light blue and yellow. With the white background it really helps brings your eye to the shaker. I used double-sided dimensional foam tape to pop up the circled card stock with the acetate paper. I made sure I used extra sticky tape, and liquid glue on top of the acetate so my layered paper doesn’t come off over time.

I love how the edges lift off the acetate though. Some texture always makes me happy, and I love the shadows that it creates.

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I used feltie hearts in gray and blue around the shaker. I really wanted to draw your eye around the photo and shaker. I added a few sequins from the 2 Cool 4 U mix that I used inside.

I added a bit a sparkle with my title to bring out the tiny little silver stars in the sequin mix.

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Look at how those colors pop right off of the white?!!

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I am really glad I finally took that step and made a shaker, and on a layout too!! It is so much fun, and it was actually really easy!!

Here is a look at the full layout.

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I hope you stop by the Let’s Get Sketchy Blog and look for some inspiration there. You are sure to find some!! Also don’t forget to check out our Facebook Group and join in our monthly challenge. (You still have a little bit of time to finish November’s challenge or start December’s Challenge tomorrow.)

Have a great week!!

Hannah

What About Wednesday: Starting a New Kit

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Hello!! It is Hannah here with you today!!

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Do you ever get a new kit in the mail and it looks far to pretty to cut into? Or do you ever sit with your kit on your craft table and wonder what parts of that kit you should use first? Well today I am going to talk a little bit about my process for starting a new kit.

Here is a Youtube video of me talking through opening a new (June) Clique Kit that I haven’t used yet because it was just so pretty.

My first real tip for being able to dig right into a kit when you get it, and this is really a mind over matter issue. Just think of it like any old paper or layout you are starting. When I stop overthinking about a kit, it usually is easier for me to jump right into using my kit.

My next tip, is to start with my photo. By picking my photo and using that as the starting point, I can tailor my layout to match the feel I am going for.

Knowing the design can also help digging into my kit. If I know I want to make a L shaped design or a grid design. I can pick papers that help me achieve that design concept. Some of the papers in my kit may not work with the design I want and that makes it easier to pick papers.

Also what about just using your favorite paper or embellishments to start making your layout. If you pick out your favorite parts of the kit and then add pieces from the kit that work well with those pieces then you will have a layout that you love because you love the elements on the layout.  Using the pieces I love always gets me excited about scrapbooking and then I tend to like my layouts more too.

Lastly I want to mention that if you have a routine for starting a layout, this could also be helpful. Are there certain things you notice you do when you are successful in producing a layout or project in a timely minor for you? I notice for me(also realize this is different and unique to each scrapper), that I feel successful in my scrap room when I stick to a scrappy routine. Making sure I am not overwhelmed with inspiration online is the first thing. If earlier in the day I picked out my starting point definitely helps me. I then put on some music and pick a photo from my photo pile and get to town. I look through the kit and pick out things that jump out to me as matching the feel of the photo(s) I choose.

I try to think about my stash and think if I have anything in there that matches my photo or feel I am trying to accomplish on my layout. i try not to spend too long looking around for things and just kinda go with my gut. When I am successful, I find that I am taking about an hour to create a layout from start to finish. Using and sticking to my kit helps. Also making decisions without stewing over them is what I try to achieve.

It I start each layout or project the same way I get into the habit of making better instinctual decisions on my layouts. And I tend to love them better.

Let’s take a look at the layout I made with my newer June Clique kit that I hadn’t used yet.

 

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I picked My photos first, I knew I wanted to make a layout about the new coffee maker we bought right after we moved into our new house. We had to wait another week to get our household goods, so a coffee maker would be needed to make it through the week. This new one we found, had a container to put milk into. Then you microwave it, and pump to add air to make foam. I can now have homemade lattes right at home. This literally makes my soul sing!!

Because I knew what story and photos I wanted to tell, I took from my stash some stickers and die cuts from Pretty Little Studio about coffee. I also had an old coffee cup clip from a past Clique kit.

I also took this time to pull out some grey and blue feltie hearts from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store. I knew they would be perfect because my coffee cups all had blue and grey tones in them.

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The kit I used had tons of cute Elle’s Studio stuff in it. Using a kit really helps keep things coordinated. This helps making a layout a little faster for me. I take less time figuring out things that all match or work well together. And this kit’s main colors worked perfectly with the color scheme I wanted to use.

I instantly picked out this Clique exclusive because the saying went with the feel I was going for. It’s the little things of life that makes life better. I backed the patterned paper with white card stock from the Store to add texture without being really heavy.

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I backed each of my photos with a white doily. I wanted lots of layers but didn’t want to add a lot bulk. The doilies are good for that. I also used some vellum and tissue paper behind my photos.

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The clear acetate pieces mixed with the SpiegelMom Scraps exclusive mix for the kit and the new Mocha Mint Dreams sequin mix add light layered embellishments to the layout without feeling really heavy.

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I love how these sequins look like steam coming from my cup!!

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Those blue feltie hearts in a row, add something fun tucked in the layers of the tissue paper and add a shelf for the script font on the background paper.

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I also love the pops of pink throughout the layout.

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I may have ran out of room for my journaling!!

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The way I clustered my photos and journaling card, make the best use of this diagonal design on the background paper. It is really fun and different from the designs I usually use on my page. It stumped me at first, I won’t lie. I took about thirty minutes working on the placement of the photos before I was happy with how it looked. Once I was happy with the way they looked the rest of the layout came together really fast.

I hope I gave you a few good tips for starting a new kit. Also know that there is no right way to dig into your kits. As long as you are happy with your process, it is the right way!!

Have an inspired Wednesday!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparklers Unite – Product Reveal!

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Hello September!  Its time to celebrate our kids going back to school, cooler weather and more new paper crafting goodies from SpiegelMom Scraps!  First off, I’d like to announce the winner of the August cut file challenge. This lucky winner gets a $10.00 shop credit and to design a cut file with Khristina Sorge……

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Congrats Karla YungWirth!!!  Please email Jody at SpiegelMom@gmail.com to claim your prize within 5 days.

This month I’m excited to share new Cork Confetti, new sequins and new Heart Felties colors!  Bam!!  

This will be the last product reveal until November my friends! The great news is we are finally moving very soon. So, be on the look out for some amazing deals to gear up for my big move and the Holidays.  In the mean time, you can still score great prices in the shop on current sale items plus the designer’s discount codes!  Don’t forget all the wood veneers are already marked way down!

Now for today’s blog hop line-up!!  

Jody 

Lisa Kingston

Sarah McClellan

Hannah Lemieux

Khristina Sorge

Beth Soler

Crafty Meggy 

Sara Scraps

Katty Miranda

Evi Cortes

Felicia Young

Rachel Stewart

Before you move on, here is this month’s FREE cut file designed by Khristina Sorge!! This is super cute and perfect for back to school or any “Book Lover.” Just like last month, create a project using this FREE cut file set and link it up below for your chance to win a $10.00 shop credit!

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff, #spiegelmomscraps #smscutfile #silhouette #cutfile #linkup #monthlychallenge #scrapbook #scrabpooking #bts #backtoschool #booklover #books #card #cardmaking #diy

Now head over to Jody’s blog for her fun layout and don’t forget to leave your comments on all the blogs for a chance to win a second $10 shop credit this month!  Enjoy!!

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What About Wednesday: Lisa’s Sketch Challenge

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Aloha Sparklers!! I hope your week has been crafty and going well. It’s always challenging to balance craftiness and all the adult things that need to get done. Especially near school time.

This week I thought it would be fun to take on the Challenge that Lisa has posted in the SMS Facebook Group.  If you don’t remember her challenge here is all the details…It’s a 3-2-1 Challenge. 3 embellishments, sequins, doilies and a banner
2 colors (from the mood board, pinks and blues)
1 sketch
The Theme is Your Bucket List. Something you dream of doing one day but have not dont yet.

Of Course I am really bad about sticking to the rules when it comes to scrapbooking. Some of us are totally like that, we have to break all the rules, no matter what they are?!! Some of us have to follow the rules right to the letter too. The thing I love the most about scrapbooking is that it works well for both camps of people too. Whether you are a rule follower or like me a rule bender. At the end of the day are you happy when you are creating and Are you documenting the memories you want to remember that is all that matters!!

Here is a quick look at the sketch. I used this loosely to spark inspiration for my layout.

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I went on this tangent up above because I didn’t follow the rules of the challenge exactly. First for the banner, I used crape paper to create texture across my layout.

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Instead of a doily I used tissue paper. I had this tissue paper that matched perfectly the colors I was wanting to use. I think you will agree it was a good idea.

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I used the Passion Flower Sequin pack from the store on this layout.This pack was the colors of the mood board and started my process of making this layout. It was the first thing I picked out.
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For embellishments I used tons of hearts, some circle elements, and a metal clip. I mixed up the hearts by using puffy stickers, vellum and cardstock ones. The circle elements include a flair button, cardstock circles. even some of the puffy stickers with hearts were circles. Last I added a metal clip on one of my photos. It looks so cute tucked in the layers of tissue paper, doesn’t it?!

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Doesn’t those staples look so cool near this cluster of hearts?

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And I love the addition of gold throughout my layout.

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These colors are so beautiful aren’t they?! Perfect for the photos that I choose.

For the colors in the mood board are so pretty. I did use more of a teal than blue. I also added gray to the mix of colors, to accent the pink and teal. In the mood board there was a photo of a castle at dusk, and I loved the dark shadows in that photo.

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Another thing I detoured from was the bucket list interpretation. Lisa asked us to scrap somewhere we haven’t been but want to go. I actually picked pictures of my new scrap room area. In our old house I had to scrap in the living room. I have never had my own scrap room and when we first looked at this house and saw all the windows I knew it would be perfect for my scrap room. Thankfully we were able to buy that house and I now I have my very own scrap room.

I talked also about how excited I am to make my room pretty!! Because I am, it is a process because moving into a new house so many places need attention, but I look forward to making this scrap room mine and all mine throughout the years. I look forward to all the memories I get  to scrapbook in this beautiful room with windows and during the summer flowers from my yard!!

Here is a look at some of the journaling..

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As you can see I moved the second photo and the title too. I really thought that my photo looked better on the left side where there was more open space on the photo to overlap them. That created some boxy space at the bottom which was perfect for the title and little embellishment cluster.

I hope you were inspired today. I also hope you check out the Facebook Group and look at the challenge Lisa created for the month. Play along and share your layout with us!! Challenges are such a fun way to mix things up with how you decide what to document or make!

Here is the completed layout I made for the challenge!!

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See you later Sparklers!!

Hannah

 

Making Mixed Media Easy

Aloha It’s Hannah here with you today. I am super excited about my first post here on the SpiegelMom Scraps blog!!

Mixed Media is super trendy but can be really intimidating. There is so many things that could go wrong. It can be really messy and unpredictable. If you do it right it really can look awesome and make an unique background that is perfect for the story you are wanting to tell.

Pinterest is a fun place to gain some inspiration for backgrounds. I love using textures and patterns to inspire me. I have been loving circles lately. On Pinterest I had seen a background with tiny circles on it. Using tiny circles in a few areas is a easy way to add color and media to a background without being complicated as well.

I decided to use the end of my pencil easer as my paint brush to dab circles on my white cardstock. I used Shimmerz Dazzlerz in Gummy Bear Blue and Sour apple Green because I knew I wanted to scrap a spring picture of my kids running.

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By randomly places the dots around the layout, overlapping the circles you create a background that is unique. The eraser makes the dots imperfect and the Dazzlers is a little thick which gives texture to the dots when they dry.

You could let each color dry in-between colors, but actually wanted some of the Dazzlerz to mix a little creating a new color. This kind of background could be really busy or really subtle depending on how many dots you add. I went for the middle ground, and added a decent amount but left quite a bit of white space.

Something else that helps add personality to a background is to stamp on it. I have tons of planner or smaller stamps. I knew my little heart stamp would be perfect. I added open and closed hearts to change it up. I just placed them throughout the dots. I used a black Stazon stamp ink, but this would look darling in a different shade ink close to the Dazzlerz colors.

I let the background dry over night. It really didn’t need it though. Allowing you background cardstock to dry before adding layers on it is key. Air drying is best because it cuts on the paper from warping too much. I often use a heat gun slightly to help speed the drying time. Letting me follow through with my thought process on a layout.

I didn’t want to cover most of the dots and hearts I created so I kept my layers behind my photo simple. I used a large glassine bag as one layer. I like the way the background softly peeks through the sides of the bag. I also matted my photo in white. I added two laters of patterned paper in fun artsy and watercolor type of patterns. This helps tie in with the homemade background.

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I also added some very thin washi tape on the background. I added a diagonally striped patterned paper on the side and bottom of the tape. I wanted to use these two areas to help ground my photo and build my embellishment clusters on them.

Take look at each cluster. I absolutely love how they turned out!!

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The little felt clouds in the store are perfect for this layout. I also took a patterned that had clouds on it and fussy cut them out.

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By adding pop dots to some of the clouds and layering them, it really makes the clouds feel like they are floating.

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I used word phrase stickers in similar colors and some die cuts it helps add some other shapes into the mix.

I finished with lots of sequins from both the Spring Blooms and A Day In the Woods Mixes. I love how both these colors picks up colors in the papers and mixed media I used. In the end I just think they look cute and fun!! Cause who doesn’t secretly love sequins!?!

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Inspired by Sunshine and playing in the sun, which my kids love to do. Actually they just love to run around outside, rain or shine, but more in the sun!! I started with a scripted die cut piece. I like the look of a title with different colors and shaped fonts and this layout it just went perfectly to tie all the colors together from the layout.

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Here is a look at the whole layout.

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I hope you were inspired today. Inspired to do a little mixed media on your layouts or try something a little different. I find these things really help me grow my scrappy mind, even if they don’t end up working on a page or project.

have a great Day and I can’t wait to see you around!!

Hannah