Sunday, March 1, 2015

Monthly Reveal with Laura

Hi there!

Laura here today sharing my monthly reveal. I was given some goodies from this Simple Stories Collection called "Legacy".  It has lovely rich colours that are super warm and cozy for this time of year.

And some kraft paper doilies by Petaloo, aren't they so pretty!

And these gorgeous wooden flower shaped buttons from Maya Road.

They all look great together, and I was very inspired to create.  In fact, I completed all these pages in one sitting (well minus a dinner break)!

I was super inspired by this large doily, I love that it is kraft.  I grabbed a length of ribbon from my stash and wove it through some of the holes and then tied a big bow and added one of the wood buttons to the centre.  I don't often remember to add ribbon to my layouts, but this is a super easy and pretty way to include it. This was the jumping off point for my page. After that I trimmed up some contrasting papers and layered them all up with my photo and added an acetate overlay over it (you can sort of see the 6 pack in the kit photo above), which I trimmed down to fit my photo.

I used a mixture of alpha stickers and regular stickers from the sticker sheet to create my title.

Don't forget to use the alphanumeric stickers to add a date to your page.

I hand cut a couple of tags from some patterned papers to add in a different shape to my page, attaching them with staples for the texture.

I didn't journal on this page instead I used some of the stickers to relate the story.

I love this wood grained paper with the variety of circular elements printed on it,  but I wanted to include some of the colours from the photo so I punched out a few circles from the golden-yellow patterned paper and adhered them randomly around my page.

I used the stickers to bring in more colour to my page.

The six acetate overlays are packaged with tissue paper between them.  Instead of throwing the tissue  sheets out, I punch some circles out of them and layered them up to frame this button.  I crinkled the tissue circles and added some ink for a bit of texture.

I couldn't use all of the acetate overlay sheets as they came because of the way that I cropped my photos, so I found other creative ways to use them.  One had this pretty heart and banner on it, so I trimmed it out and adhered it to my page, offset from the photo as a title.

One of the papers had a pretty grid pattern on it, a scrap of it made for a great journaling area.

If you look closely at the collection package above, you will notice that one of the sheets had this great print on it that looks like a stack of photos.  It measures 6 x 8 inches.   I trimmed it from the page, fussy cutting around the shape of the old school photo borders. Do you remember photos that had pretty scalloped edges?

There were a couple of spots were the photos were printed over the edge of the patterned paper so instead of having just a straight cut line, I rolled the edges of the patterned paper to enhance the old and worn look.

This page, even though my last, was actually my first idea.  And I used the papers in the previous layouts strategically to have enough left to create this page.  I did add a piece of light kraft cardstock my my stash as the base, I didn't really need to but I just liked the look of it.

The "documented" label was trimmed from a patterned paper, I even trimmed around the little handle so that I could wrap it over my photo - it looks more 3d like this.  Even though I have both a manual and electronic die-cutting machine, sometimes for hearts and banners I go old school and hand cut them, I know gasp!

A little cluster of papers and stickers adorn the bottom right corner.

My title was created using alpha stickers along with the word "love" which was cut from an acetate overly.  It didn't fit over my closely cropped photo without overlapping onto faces, and was way to pretty not to use, so I trimmed it out.  I LOVE it!

The phrase "this is what matters most" was hand cut from one of the patterned papers.  It actually looked very similar to the way I have but cutting out the words allowed me to pop dot them.

This collection is great for everyday family photos and would also be great for vintage photos.  Can you see yourself using this collection?

Thank you for visiting today!


  1. Absolutely love both of them! Clean but embellishment rich. Actually pinned boy, hope you don't mind!!