There are so many beautiful sheets of patterned paper created by the various manufacturers in the scrapbooking industry today. If you are like me, you probably love collecting these lovely sheets of paper, but have no inkling of how to actually use them on a layout due to their bold or busy patterns. What I discovered is that you do not have to use the entire sheet of pattered paper. Instead, you can simply cut out designs from the paper and use them in a variety of ways on your layout. This way you can use the same sheet of patterned paper without duplicating the same design.
Me by Larissa Albernaz
Supplies: Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Sultane, Alphabet: BasicGrey, Stamps: Tampo Maniak 81, Other: clothespins.
Design Notes: This layout plays with the idea of mixing modern and retro elements in a grid.
My Space by Mande Pierce
Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico, Jillibean Soup, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Alphabet: American Crafts, Flowers: Sassafras Lass, Bling: Prima Marketing, Ribbon: Cosmo Cricket, Brad: My Mind's Eye, Stamp: Studio Calico, Tools: Punch (Fiskars).
Design Notes: I cannot get glue dots to stick to ribbon permanently. I have tried several varieties. So, I tack it down with glue dots in the rumpled way I want it and then sew a few stitches to hold it down.
Journaling: With every move, my space changes. Here, it is the formal dining room. It's not big or fancily decorated, but I have little pieces I love.
Not Yet Little Girl by Staci Taylor
Supplies: Paper: Teresa Collins, Sassafras Lass, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Die-Cuts: Sassafras Lass, Alphabet: Paper Trunk, American Crafts, Trim: Prima Marketing, Pen: Marvy Uchida, Other: thread.
Design Notes: When I first saw this patterned paper by Sassafras Lass with the little girl on a bicycle, I knew it would be perfect to scrap about my daughter so badly wanting to ride a bike like the big kids. One of my favorite ways to embellish a page is to cut patterns out of patterned paper. For this layout, I not only cut out the girl on a bicycle, but I cut out different flowers to add a feminine touch to my page.
Journaling: Although your little body is just not ready yet for a big girl tricycle, you certainly put all your effort into trying. You so badly want to do what the "big kids" can do, especially Noah. Enjoy this time - you'll be one of the big kids all too soon!