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Stacy’s Planner Layout

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March is birthday month for my family. This month we celebrate my son’s, nephew’s, grandpa’s and mom’s birthdays. This month is something extra special, we celebrate my son’s 16th birthday, so what other way to create memories than to document them? This last year he got his very first checking account, definitely a growth milestone! I had to document that.

I am not a 12×12 scrapbooker. When the economy fell and scrapbook stores closed I stopped scrapbooking, but planning has brought light back into the scrapbook world.

Here I used my Happy Planner™️ to create a layout using my Gossamer Blue Main Kit. I just loved the solid blue cardstock that came with the kit and the watercolor paper; to create the background I cut out the watercolor brush strokes  and created “die cuts” and glued them on the cardstock. And the foam letters add such soft texture to the layout.

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Sometimes making boy layouts with girlie styles can be difficult but as you can see I didn’t let that affect me, and guess what, small amounts of  pinks and yellows didn’t take away from the boy layout.

 Another thing I am getting addicted to are these epoxys, using them in the corners of the photos or shapes can create a wall art look.

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Hope you guys enjoyed my layout, remember it’s okay to add pinks to boy layouts in small amounts and cut apart those 12×12 backgrounds, you can make really cool die cuts!!!   

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8.5″ x 11″ Layout by Neftali

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Hello there, it’s Neftali here!

I’m happy to be back to share with you all this 8 1⁄2 x 11 layout today! This, in fact, is my very first time trying out this size and I love the change so much! I think trying out new things when it comes to scrapbooking is very important so that we could always be growing and finding inspiration.

That is why I decided to give this size a try and use the super adorable March Kits!

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These kits are the perfect color palette for the beginning of spring and everything that comes with it. I immediately fell in love with the Shimelle Sticker Pack that’s included in the kit. It is FILLED to the brim with clear stickers, washi tapes, and label stickers.

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You can see the variety of gorgeous stickers that complement my photograph. My favorite part about the Sticker Pack is that each page had different textured stickers so the possibilities are endless when pairing two stickers of each different sheet!

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I added just a hint of yellow splatters that are almost unnoticeable unless you take a good look at the details.

I used a mixture of the Pink Paislee puffy sticker sheet, the Thickers and the sticker pack to create my title for this layout.

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I think that this title has to be one of my favorites! I added a little extra texture to it by stitching across the word “beautiful” with my sewing machine.

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Finally I finished off with my favorite way to balance off a page and that is a little cluster on the top corner! I used some more stickers from both the Pink Paislee and Shimelle Sticker sheets, plus another stick detail atop the “happy heart” and done!

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I love this layout so much for so many reasons. But mainly because I had so much fun using such beautiful embelishments from this month’s kits. I hope that you guys have got your March kits and that I have inspired you to create all kinds of gorgeous spring layouts.

Until next time, stay crafty!

 

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Going Bold with Your Background

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I don’t know about you, but when I open up a kit for the first time I always look lovingly at the beautiful pieces of solid colored cardstock in the kits……and then I set them down and reach for my own stash of white cardstock to actually create with!

I create with a white background most of the time–it’s just what I like to do, so much so, that when I do begin with something besides white cardstock, I get a little twitchy-for real! Ha ha.

We all have our things and that’s okay, HOWEVER, it’s also okay to challenge oneself and step outside the comfort zone which is exactly what I did with the beautiful piece of turquoise cardstock included in the March Scrapbook Kit!

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Making this layout was incredibly fun, but it wasn’t without its challenges. One of the qualities of a bright white background is that it tones down the other colors that you use.

That isn’t the case with a bold background color, though, and instead of throwing a lot of colors on to the page, I have to tone it down a bit. The problem with having too much color on one layout is that you run the risk of overwhelming the photo(s) which is why I always include a nice quantity of neutral colors on my project. For this layout, I turned to my trusty white cardstock and cut a background piece that I could layer on top of the cardstock. I was also careful with my choices of patterned paper and made sure to include  the black and white patterned paper along with a few strips of a light colored paper.

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The new Thickers from Shimelle’s latest collection that are included in this month’s kit also provided another option for adding more neutral colors to the layout. I went ahead and went with a white title, but the black titles  included in the package would have also worked.

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I usually reserve the colored cardstock included in the kits for making die cuts, but using it as background really jazzed up my scrapbooking and I am super happy to have added this bright and bold page to my album!

 

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