Love Me | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | May/June 2017

Hello Friends.

As soon as I saw the KaiserCraft Daydreamer Playful patterned paper from the Lite Kit, I knew I wanted to cut the paper up and use this for my design. I love the colours in this paper and the sentiments so I got to fussy cutting these out into squares and rectangles. 

I was a little torn as I loved the B side too but the main design for my layout was based on the little squares.

I started placing the pieces onto a white cardstock background and arranging them so that the black pieces and the yellow pieces were evenly spread out so they weren't concentrated in one area.

I then decided that I wanted to bring some more of the squares into my layout but didn't want to make it too busy so I started to cut some small squares from the same paper to break up some of the sentiments. I didn't really worry about the sentiments that I used from the paper. Lets face it, if we worried about using some relevant on every layout then we'd all have loads of bicycles, ampersands and flamingos left from ephemera packs!

I chose a square photo to use on this layout and I chose to use a photo of me! I chose this photo as I knew what I wanted the layout to be about. 

If you ever struggle with what you want to scrap, my best piece of advice is to think about what story you want to tell. I'm not one for journalling much on my layouts. But, when I do journal, it is to tell a story. The story with this picture will be revealed further below. 

I felt I needed a co-ordinating paper behind my photo so I used the co-ordinating Kaisercraft Mischievous patterned paper to bring some more of the mint colour in. This also brought some of the black across to the right hand side of the page and was perfect for where I was going with this layout. I matted my photo on white cardstock and placed some fun foam behind my photo to give it some depth and shadowing.

Next I used a small sticker strip to underline my photo so it wasn't "floating" on the layout. I couldn't wait to use the chalkboard label stickers from the Embellishment Kit and the white Gelly Roll gel pen worked perfectly on this. I created some little doodle accents in each corner to create a bit of interest and to soften the edges of the label and added my journalling. This is where my story comes into the layout. My journalling reads "I've always struggled with self confidence. Scrapbooking has really taught me to love myself". I never scrapbooked pictures of myself when I first started and when I did, it really boosted my self confidence and has encouraged me to get into the pictures more, not just take them!

Above the chalkboard sticker, I added a heart from a heart form the die cut pack from the Main Kit and topped this with a Heidi Swapp bow, also from the Main Kit. Again this helped bring the black over to the right hand side of the layout and create some focus around my photo. 

I decided that although the left side was busy with the sentiments, it still needed something so I added a couple more hearts from the die cut pack (Main kit)  and a scattering of sequins, also from the Main Kit. I used the Gelly Roll pen again to outline the black squares and I even applied the same technique on the grey hearts (loved how this looked).

I completed my layout with a small title to the top right of my photo and for this I used the Heidi Swapp aqua glitter puffy stickers from the Lite Kit. I wanted some of the same aqua puffy stickers dotted around the layout also and this alpha set only came with letters, numbers and a few punctuation so I decided to use the hashtag on one of the squares to create #beinspired and also the @ symbol to the right side of the photo (just because!).

And here is the completed layout. I quickly drew a messy border around the white border and I was really happy with how this layout turned out. 

Now its your turn to see how you can create a unique layout using this paper............

See you really soon for more from this months AMAZING kits!!

Claire xx

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