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Hi Everyone!  Emily here!  Happy Friday, and welcome to the another edition of “Pinspired with Gossamer Blue!”  The second Friday of every month I will share a layout inspired by something I discovered on Pinterest!

I don’t know about you, but to me, Pinterest is kind of a big black hole! You click on one thing, and then it shows you other similar pins, which then leads you to even more similar boards and pins. It goes on forever!  This is exactly how I happened upon this month’s inspiration piece! Earlier this year I was perusing Pinterest looking at spring dresses. I am not a fashionable person…but I wish I were!  I often find adorable outfits and dresses on Pinterest and file them away on my for “maybe someday when I have style!” I love yellow, and was looking for cute yellow dresses, only to be sucked into the vortex!!  After clicking through a number of different pins I found a ton of adorable springy dresses, including this one:

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Source: Unknown

When my April kits arrived in the mail, I was immediately drawn to the yellow and the florals, and it made me think of the dress!  I love that there are papers and embellishments from multiple manufacturers that include both yellow and black and white florals. I decided to create layout inspired by the dress, using these products.

I was set on using a black and white photo from the layout so it would mimic the black and white florals. After looking through my recent photos, I ended up with one of my son in a cute hat I bought for him. I love how the black and white totally tones down the original photo, in which he’s sitting in a bright read Target cart!  When it’s black and white you notice his hat and his smile, rather than being distracted by the unusual situation!

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The first embellishment that caught my eye when I opened my kits was the yellow acrylic “HELLO” that was included in the Pink Paislee ephemera pack. I was surprised at how large the letters were, and rather than using them as a title under my photo as I had originally envisioned, I ended up placing them vertically up the side of the photo. Now, it serves as much as part of the of the overall design of the layout as it does as a title.

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I used a number of fun yellow papers and embellishments, as well as some black and white ones! I went back and forth about whether or not to include another title, and I decided to put a title under the photo explaining what exactly was going in the photo. While I am a fan of the trendy “hello” title – it’s so ambiguous and doesn’t always convey  The two words included on the sticker sheet were “Happy” and “Moments.” I was able to turn one of the Ms upside down to create a W and spell out “New Hat.” I often use the letters that come on word sticker sheets to create other words!

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I am not a person who is usually drawn to floral patterns, but I just love this layout. Maybe it’s the fact that there is still snow outside as I write this post, but the whole layout just feels bright, and fun, and springy to me! It might seem a little odd to have a floral layout using a photo of a boy, but I actually love the end result. Flowers aren’t just for girls!

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Supplies:  April Scrapbook Main Kit, Life Pages Main Kit Life Pages Main Add-on, Bits and Pieces

Do you have a spring dress that you love? How would you use it to inspire a layout?  To play along with this month’s challenge, post your projects in the Pinspired gallery or on Instagram with the #gossamerblue hashtag! I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a great weekend, and happy scrapping!

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Pinspired

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Hi Everyone!  Emily here!  Happy Friday, and welcome to the another edition of “Pinspired with Gossamer Blue!”  The second Friday of every month I will share a layout inspired by something I discovered on Pinterest!

I am often drawn to collections of things – especially artsy, craftsy, paper-product type things. I have pinned lots (and lots and lots) of photos of various collections, which are often based on a certain color or color scheme.  Back a few years ago (okay, it was actually like SEVEN years ago, but that makes me feel really old!) there was a column that I loved on the decor8 blog called “Color Me Pretty.” Each post would include fun collections of things curated by Leslie Shewring (aka: A Creative Mint). These were back before the days of Pinterest, but I have found many of my favorites and pinned them!  Here are a few examples:

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This month, I was drawn to these images and actually spent a lot of time going back through old posts on the decor8 blog. I love everything and anything colorful, so I wasted a lot of time…! I decided I wanted to make a layout that would mimic the look of these collections and layers, especially this photo featuring all the red, kraft, and white products

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When I first began, I actually wasn’t planning on creating a layout that was only a single color or color group. I figured I would just have lots of fun, bright layers. However, after I started going through my March kits, I realized that there was a LOT of products that were aqua and navy. I started by collecting all the embellishments I could that were these two colors. Eventually I added some green to the bunch, so that the layout.

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I stuck down the bigger die cuts and stickers first and then started arranging the smaller items on top. I wanted to make sure there was a lot of dimension, so I raised some of the elements up using foam dots.

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I continued layering and adding embellishments until my page was almost completely full. I left only a small space at the bottom for a photo of my son and me. I probably should have printed and attached the photo first, but I like to live on the wild side, so it was actually one of the very last things I put on the page.

I tried to fill up the white spaces with little things like enamel dots and little stickers. I knew it was going to be crazy, but I wanted to make sure that it still all flowed together well. I ended up not giving this layout a title or adding journaling.

As I’ve mentioned before in my Pinspired posts…sometimes we scrapbook to keep very specific memories, and sometimes we scrapbook because it’s a fun artistic outlet. This layout was fun to make and I didn’t feel like it had to have a specific title or any journaling.

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Products used: March Scrapbook Main Kit, Life Pages Main Add-on (sold out), Life Pages Add-on #3.

I would love to see your take on these fun “Color Me Pretty” collections To play along, post your projects in the Pinspired gallery or on Instagram with the #gossamerblue hashtag! I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a great weekend, and happy scrapping!

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Pinspired

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Hi Everyone!  Emily here!  Happy Friday, and welcome to the another edition of “Pinspired with Gossamer Blue!”

Earlier this month, my daughter played at a piano “play-a-thon” held at a bookstore. While we were waiting for her performance, my brother and I meandered about the store looking at books. I rarely (and sadly) go to bookstores anymore, because I buy the Kindle edition for the vast majority of the books I purchase.

My brother and I were marveling over some of the gorgeous book covers we saw…and were discussing how many books we had bought throughout our lives based solely on the cover.  This conversation is what inspired this month’s Pinterest post – use a book cover!

I’ve always loved books covers, and if you search through my “Artsy” Pinterest board, you will find many, many book covers. After searching for awhile for the perfect book cover to use this month, I decided to move away from my own boards and just do some general searches on Pinterest for book covers. I came upon this list/article – “19 Beautiful Book Cover Designs for your Inspiration.” Clearly, the answer would be in this article…and it was!

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Source: The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball

I guess I don’t know if I would characterize this cover as “beautiful” but it’s definitely cool and inspiring…and it would translate into a layout perfectly!!

I knew I wanted my layout to have a ton of layers, a lot of white space, and just a smidge of color. I started by cutting up white cardstock into four rectangles. I made sure to make the smallest one large enough to fit my photo.  I staggered them around my paper and used a tiny bit of adhesive to stick them down.

I wanted them to be imperfect, so I made sure they weren’t perfectly aligned. I added my photo on the very top!  The very first embellishment I added was this little kraft tab sticker that says, ever so appropriately “Love you to Pieces.”

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I included three thin pieces of colored cardstock. I chose blue, yellow and a gray stripe that mimicked the stripes on my youngest son’s shirt. I placed each strip directly under a piece of cardstock with just the edge hanging out.  I wanted the color to be super subtle, as to not take away from white cardstock layers. I also added a love-themed badge to the top right corner of the photo.

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Finally, I added a few more simple embellishments, including the label stamp that comes with the Life Pages kit, a few little enamel stars, and some stickers.  My title comes from the song My Little Love by the Weepies.

It’s such a sweet song, and ever since I heard it, I have referred to my kids as “my little loves.”  I made sure to let my alphabet stickers fall off the page a bit or be covered up a bit so that they somewhat matched the look of the title on the book cover.

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The final product is just as I intended – a lot of white space, some layers, and a bit of color. I like how the vibrant colors in the photo really pop out against all the white. I decided not to include any journaling, in part because “Here’s a random photo we took at Potbelly Sandwiches” just didn’t seem all that important, but more so because I thought a lot of writing would take away from the overall design.

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Kits used: February Main Scrapbooking Kit, February Life Pages Kit, Main Add-on Kit

I would love to see your take on this funky inspiration piece! To play along, post your projects in the Pinspired gallery or on Instagram with the #gossamerblue hashtag! I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a great weekend, and happy scrapping!

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