Hello, Simple Stories fans! Melissa here to share another week in my Life Documented album as I continue on with catching up some weeks from previous years that are still left to scrap. This week finds the Homespun collection being used to document some Independence Day fun!
Last time I hosted the blog, you may recall that I talked about using non-seasonal collections to scrap seasonal events, and I'm doing the same thing with this layout. Homespun isn't a 4th of July themed collection, but the family motifs and home-y accents definitely work for all of the bold colors in my photos of hanging out with my family and watching fireworks. I tweaked a few of the products here and there to make it all come together, and I'll share a few of those techniques with you below.
If you haven't tried the new DIY (Design It Yourself) collection yet, you really need to check these pieces out! I used a DIY speech bubble die-cut as a layer under a chipboard camera from Homespun, and there are lots of great neutral layers in DIY that will coordinate with any of Simple Stories' collections!
This red-bordered journaling card was actually pre-printed for Thursday, but since I needed a Tuesday card (and the Tuesday card in the collection didn't jive with my layout's color balance), I found a die-cut in the Bits & Pieces pack and layered it with a sticker to help the card fit my layout.
A pre-printed 4x6 card can help build the fastest embellishment cluster ever! The doilies and banners were already printed on this card, and I simply added a tiny chipboard heart and a word sticker to both help tie the photo to the design as well as create a dimensional cluser in no time flat.
Simple Stories' Insta-Squares make fabulous embellishents on Life Documented pages, even if you don't use the square Pocket Pages. Here I tucked a 2x2 heart card from the Homespun Insta-squares behind a small photo and layered on a die cut from the Bits & Pieces pack to finish it off. Quick, easy, and cute!
As I close out my 2011 and 2013 Life Documented albums, I'm using the 12x12 faux leather Sn@p in teal to hold my layouts. These albums are simply gorgeous and have such a luxurious feel to them!
All of my weekly Life Documented pages for 2011, 2012, and 2013 use Design 3 Pocket Pages- I'm so used to using this design that I totally get into a zone when choosing photo sizes to print, and it goes super fast! Editing and printing photos is my biggest hangup when it comes to any variety of scrapbooking, so I'm all for anything that simplifies the process.
Homespun Products Used:
- 12x12 Collection Kit
- Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers
- Expression Cardstock Stickers
- 6x6 Paper Pad
- Bits & Pieces
- Sn@p Cards