Getting Beatific With It - Working with 'cut off' strips

Hi Leo here

I’ve been having a play with my main kit 'Beatific' today. 

As a starting point for my layout I took inspiration from this layout on Pinterest. It’s from the Fancy Pants blog and it’s used the ‘Chill’ paper that’s in the main kit so that's what I picked out first. I wanted to use strips of paper to follow the lines on the pattern and mix in some of the ribbon and embellishments and going through the papers I thought, instead of cutting strips from the main paper sheets why not use the already made up strips at the bottom of the papers, the ‘cut off strips’. They’re already strips and they already have a fun mix up of patterns! 
I started off by cutting the Chill paper into two pieces to use both sides and matted one piece at the top and one at the bottom of the sheet of kraft cardstock.
In between the two pieces I've added the cut off strip paper pieces layering them up, (all three are cut from the main kit paper). I also added the title first having it central and following the lines on the paper and I'm using that as I go along as the guide to add the other pieces making up the layout underneath.

Next I've added some larger pieces of patterned paper to act as a background for my photo along with another strip across the top to anchor them, (this one is the cut off strip from the Chill paper).

At this stage I've added my photo along with some of the washi strips from the kit, (everything I've used is just from the main kit). The cute flower die cuts from the die cut pack have a scribble pattern on them and it reminded me of loose threads so what I did to enhance the die cut a bit, (to give it a bit more texture and interest) is wrap some sewing thread around three of my fingers loosely to get a bundle then I've fixed that bundle down onto the back of the die cut with double sided tape then used the same tape to adhere it to the layout trapping the threads.

 My sewing machine is out right now, (it's got the promise of a cushion to be made but no idea when that's going to happen!) so I added a little bit more stitching and another strip of paper under and at the top of the title.  All finished! This, (for me) was a really quick layout, I did it in about an hour, just over. I like how the cut off strips make it look like lots of paper was used when really I just used the one full sheet and some little bits. Hope it can inspire you to use up your cut of strips!
xx Leo

Simple...but colourful

Hey everyone I back with a couple more projects you could try over the weekend with the current kit. Our new kits will be with us before we know it and your in for a treat! Lets talk you through how I made this layout.

Products I used: From the Main Kit
-Simple Stories Carpe Diem - Make it Happen 12x12 cardstock
- Pink Fresh Studio Felicity - Happy Words cardstock (b side)
- Pink Fresh Studio Felicity - Die Cuts
From the Lite Kit:
- Simple Stories Carpe Diem - Bits & Pieces
From the Embellishment Kit:
- Pink Fresh Studio Puffy sequin stickers
- Simple Stories Carpe Diem Chipboard Stickers

How I put it together:
I started off by cutting a 4" by 12" strip of the Felicity Happy Words cardstock (B Side) and adhered it to the centre of my background. I then stuck my photo in the centre. I used the Pic Stich app to put the two photo's side by side and turned it black and white before printing them on my Canon Selphy (I'm obsessed with black and white photographs at the moment I think they add depth and mystery to photos).

I knew I only wanted a tiny bit of journalling on this layout so I chose one of the tags from the Simple Stories Carpe Diem bits and pieces pack which came with the Lite kit. After I'd attached that where I wanted and wrote my journalling I proceeded to surround the photo's with Ephemera from both the Carpe Diem Bits & Pieces from the Lite kit, and Pink Fresh Studio's Felicity Die cuts. I also used some of the Carpe Diem Chipboard stickers from the Embellishment kit. I arranged the pieces around the photograph creating a frame for my focal point, the photograph.
Finishing off this simple, but pretty layout I popped some of the Pink Fresh Studio Puffy sequin stickers here and there so to add some dimension.

*The "If you can dream it you can do it" sticker I added from my stash.
I hope you like this layout. I really like how it turned out. If your looking to make a page about one photo (or 2 small ones) this is a great technique to try.

I'll be back soon with my next post...keep your eyes peeled...the next one is a bit more technical!

Happy Scrapping everyone xx