Here at Simple Stories we love to get you thinking about how to combine the great, easy to use designs of the Simple Stories lines with the latest and greatest trends of the industry. I'm really not sure that there is any greater trend right now than electronic die cutting. I finally jumped on the bandwagon myself, and I'm no longer sure how I ever scrapped without one! Couple my machine with some Pinterest fun, and I end up with a quick layout to showcase one of my daughter's favorite moments of 2012. Speaking of my daughter, it would be inappropriate of me to not share that all the photos on the following layout were taken by her... and yes, I am a very proud momma.
My layout started like this:
I had seen this adorable fall leaf garland on Pinterest via fellow DT member Emily Pitts and pinned from Elsie Flannigan's blog. While it was adorable in felt, I immediately thought that I could make it with fun patterned papers. I've been dying to play with the Summer Fresh line all spring, and I especially wanted to use it with some of my kiddo's cowboy photos. The 6x6 pad from Summer Fresh was perfect for setting up a design to cut multiple shapes of different patterns.
Once I had all my shapes cut, I simply stitched them together using some dark colored jute. You can also see here how I painted some journaling lines for my layout. This is a great way to deal with dark colored backgrounds on which you want to write directly.
I've also been dying to use the Simple Stories memorabilia pockets. I used another die cut image (a gift from my friend Gillian Nelson) and just tucked it inside the pocket, embellished and placed on my layout.
I also die cut my main title. I wanted to bring in more of the yellow pattern from the line, and I wanted my title to be bold to really focus on the importance of who this man is. For my daughter, meeting him was a dream come true. If you don't know who he is, I highly recommend renting his movie (also titled Buck, like my layout :) )!
I cut the tickets from one of the Elements pages and just separated them to be used individually. Some stickers added for fun, and voila, the layout is finished. So, if you've been thinking about getting more use from your Summer Fresh line, why not create some die cuts (electronic or otherwise) or punches ready for use on a later layout? I hope you'll join in the fun!