My Little Explorer..

Hello Everyone!

As promised here I am, back with my second layout from this gorgeous kit. This time I wanted to make something a little Autumnal so I could use some of those beautiful autumn aspects that came with the kit.
So without further ado, here is my layout and the items I used to create this look..

From the Main Kit:
- Bazzill Swiss Dot Butter 12x12 Cardstock
- 1 sheet of Smooth White Cardstock
- Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Gather So Sweet 12x12 paper
- Simple Stories Hello Fall Piles of Smiles 12x12 paper (both sides)
- Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills Pinnacle 12x12 paper
- Simple Stories The Reset Girl Speckle 12x12 paper
- Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills Die Cuts Pack
- American Crafts Jen gold glitter Thickers
- 1 of the custom cut-apart labels
- Diecut leaf trim
- Bird print organza trim
From the Lite Kit:
- Pebbles Warm & Cozy chipboard leaves
From the Extras Shop:
- Antique Rose Nuvo Drops
- Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills Studio Puffs

And here's how I created the look:
Firstly I started with the strips of patterned paper and cardstock. I used five pieces from the sheets listed above and cut them to 2" wide by 8" tall, being sure to leave equal gaps at both ends and in-between each piece (I eye-balled it)
I was then just going to lay my photo on top and start embellishing, but I felt the photo need some layering because it was just blending into the background. So I used some scraps I had left from Piles of Smiles paper and Speckle paper, and also added a piece of the pinnacle paper.
I placed some double sided tape at the back and added the cut apart label before adhering the whole thing to my layout.
I then decided what I wanted to do with my title. I knew I wanted some of it to go underneath the photograph to "ground" it I guess you could call it, but I also wanted to use a couple of the Pebbles Warm & Cozy I layered up 2 of the same shape (there were many different shapes in the pack). One newsprint type and one brown. Adhered those to my layout and then put MY on top using the American Crafts Jen gold glitter Thickers...these are beautiful!!!

I spelled Little Explorer with the rest and I love how It looks.
To tie in with the leaf theme I used the diecut leaf ribbon and adhered this using some extra strong red tape as it is fabric and I really wanted it to stick for a long time.

Look at how those Thickers sparkle! Isn't that ribbon gorgeous? I love it!
By the time I had all these different elements happening on my page I decided it only needed a little embellishing so a simple phrase piece from the Indigo Hills was laid under the title alongside one of the puffy hearts from the same collection. I also added another puffy heart at the top and used my Antique Rose Nuvo Drops to add three little dots at the top and bottom corners diagonally.

I decided I didn't like the 2" of white space at the bottom of my layout and felt it needed something delicate just to finish the layout off, so I used the bird organza ribbon and it did just what I wanted it to.

I love this layout and how it turned out, it's going to sit very pretty in my puppy's album and guess what??? You may see more puppy pictures coming up in future layouts because (drumroll please...) We are getting another puppy!!! Enya's half sister is coming to join our family this week!
As you can probably imagine I am VERY excited!

If you've created any layouts using these gorgeous elements, and your a subscriber to Quirky Kits... please head on over to the Quirky Kits Subscribers group on facebook and tag me in them. I would love to see what you create.

I will be back later on this week with my 3rd layout..Until then, Happy Scrappin Everyone! x


  1. Gorgeous page, love the idea of using the strips that way to create the background :o)