Sunday, 11 September 2016

Agnus | Crate Paper Mix

 Hi again, I took a little break from my project life album to create a 12x12 layout using the remainder of my Cool Kid collection teamed with a mix of products from a few other Crate Paper collections. I often collect bits and pieces from several ranges as they are released, and while sorting through some of my papers I noticed that there was a pattern in the style of colours and patterns I had collected. There was a wide range of different manufactures and yet the colours were similar, the patterns repeated and besides a few odd pieces here and there, the majority of my stash could easily work together. 


I decided to put my theory into practice and gathered up a range of different pieces from several Crate Paper collections to use with my Cool Kid paper pad. I began by pulling out a few papers that picked up some of the colours in the photo, then looked for other papers that would work with the ones I had selected and shuffled the patterns around the page to give me an idea of how each pattern worked with the one next to it. I usually mix small and large patterns and often like to add a few subtle designs that won't compete with the more bold graphic patterns, and it is the patterns as much as the colours that determine where each layer will be placed. 


Next comes my favourite part of every layout... the embellishments! When selecting each piece I look at how it will enhance the look of the page but also if it will help to tell the overall story. I often vary the type embellishments used to give the page more interest and each piece usually has a paper partner - meaning that it will match at least one of the paper layers through either colour or pattern. 


Products from the Sassy store...

Crate Paper Cool Kid 6x6 Paper Pad 
Crate Paper Cool Kid 12x12 Chipboard 
Crate Paper Cool Kid Embellishment Pack
Crate Paper Cute Girl Be You Paper 
Crate Paper Wonder Happy Hello Paper 
Crate Paper Wonder Gold Foil Acetate 
Crate Paper Wonder Chipboard Phrases
Crate Paper Poolside Jar Die-cut Window Pockets
Crate Paper Poolside Gold Glitter Plus Sign Vellum 
Crate Paper Styleboard Gold Polka Dot Foil Kraft Paper 
Bella Blvd Tiny Text Alpha Stickers 
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Black Velvet


    

  




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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Agnus | Project Life - Crate Paper 'Cool Kid' continued

Hi there :) I am back with another project life share using the fun Crate Paper 'Cool Kid' collection from the store.
Even though I normally use a weekly format, I have documented the final two weeks of May one one spread because I was a bit light on photos and didn't want to feel forced to try and make them stretch over two double spreads, but I guess that's the beauty of project life in that you can do it any way that suits you. I tried to keep the format similar to my previous May pages to keep the month looking consistent.


This collection doesn't actually include many journal cards, but that was easily overcome with printed journal strips teamed up with paper layers and chipboard accents to create my own fun journal cards.


The large chipboard pieces were great for adding a focal point to the page, and by adding the tiny text alpha stickers directly over the top I was able to create greater sense of depth on the page.  


  

I used the saying and cute fox from the 12x12" Run & Jump cut-apart sheet to create another simple but effective filler card, and love that it relates to both of the pictures along side it.



I placed some of my other journaling in a chipboard frame and really like how it breaks up some of the busy patterned paper and helps the story to stand out. 



In an effort to make better use of my tools, I have challenged myself to use my fuse tool this month and it was the perfect solution for including some event tickets from a night at the drag-way my boys attended. I filled the pocket with stars and used the fuse to seal in the tickets and stars before attaching the pocket to the page protector. I used one of the star paperclips as an easy way to open the shaker pocket to reveal the photograph beneath and love that it adds a bit of interaction into my album. 

  
The mixed alpha stickers doubled up as a design element and a way of telling the story on my final photo of the month. I often use word or alpha stickers directly over my photos for both the design and story aspects. 


Products from the Sassy store... 
Cool Kid 6x6" Paper Pad 
Cool Kid 12x12" Chipboard 
Cool Kid Run & Jump Paper
Cool Kid Embellishment Pack
Bella Blvd Tiny Text Alpha Stickers 
WRMK Fuse Tool
  
   
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Agnus | Project Life - Crate Paper 'Cool Kid'

Hi again, I have another project life share using a range of fun new items from the 'Cool Kid' collection from Crate Paper.

I have started documenting May, and as always began the month with a custom title card. I got out my fuse tool to create a small shaker pocket behind one of the chipboard frames from the collection and filled it with some shiny stars from the embellishment pack. I used a mix of alphabet stickers to introduce the month and dressed up the card with a few paper strips and small embellishments. 


I mainly used journal strips for the spread, but some details worked better on a journal card, which was easy to create with just a few layers. 


I always keep movie tickets and other ephemera, and a simple pocket with a few dimensional embellishments was the perfect way to add them to my page.  


The next moves onto the second week of May, although I do plan to add an insert between the pages.


I like the impact of using titles directly on my photos and the alphabet stickers were great for filling in the white space in the pic.



I love the fun chipboard stickers in this collection and really like the way they helped to dress up my photos and cards. If you don't like the bulk of chipboard, then don't worry because there is also a great range of flatter accents in this collection.


I used the 6x6 paper pad to create my cards, but each paper is also available in 12x12" size.


Yep, more chipboard but how could I resist adding a 'Roar' to the lizard pic ;)


Products from the Sassy store... 
Cool Kid 6x6" Paper Pad 
Cool Kid 12x12" Chipboard 
Cool Kid Run & Jump Paper
Cool Kid Embellishment Pack
Bella Blvd Tiny Text Alpha Stickers 
WRMK Fuse Tool
    

 
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