Monday, March 18, 2013

A few two-page layouts

I've been posting many one page layouts recently. I know that I often get working on one idea - like single page layouts - and that is where I focus for a while. Sometimes, I give myself a challenge to do something different. Here are two two-page layouts from the last few weeks.

This one came together like a dream once I reminded myself to think in colors not just in themes. The greens and aquas of Avonlea were great for my dusky outdoor pictures.

A close up of the left side. I kept the design simple to let the photos shine. Some foam adhesive and Colonial White Waxy Flax were my only embellishments.

And the right.
I stamped the title with the Bohemian Alphabet and stamped a simple border at the top of the page.

This second layout uses some older and some very new products. I based my design on pattern #2 from Make it From Your Heart (new). The papers are long-retired (old).

The left page.
I really like the way the pigment ink makes the title pop even stamped across three different colors. (new) The alphabet stamp set is Cobblestone - retired (old)

The right page.
The pattern papers are from two different packs - Level 1 kits, in fact (remember those?) I liked the way they fit with the outdoor feel of the page. (Definitely old)
Some details:

I paired the older papers with some newer embellishments including the Epoxy Bubbles and a quote from a new set. (definitely new!)

There. I've taken my own challenge and have proven to myself that I can still create in 12X24. What's next? Maybe 12X18?

What about you? What is your go-to size for layouts?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Buzz and Bumble on the Paper Trail Hop!

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog Hop. This month we are buzzing along with Close to My Heart's new Buzz and Bumble paper packet. You may have arrived here from Karen's blog but either way you're on the right track - this hop is circular!

Here is a look at the Buzz and Bumble paper pack:

I love the warm colors in this pack. I had fun creating some cards using these papers.

I thought this paper was perfect for some all occasion cards. Many of the cards I create have very generic sentiments on the front. I leave the insides blank when I create them, then I have a ready supply of cards that I can tailor to a specific event with the words I use inside.

And here are some close ups:

And I just couldn't resist one "bee" pun:

Do you have any card making tricks? I'd love to hear what works for you!

Thanks for buzzing by! I hope you'll check back next week to see about some classes and events in March! For now, buzz on over to Lynne's blog. I'm sure you'll appreciate her bee-autiful creations!