I’ve been putting my April Product Picks to work and loving the results. I am so glad I picked such a bright color scheme for my kit. These papers and embellishments have been so easy to work with!

For my first layout, I was so inspired by the Basic Grey Blueprint challenge by Ann-Marie Morris. I was immediately drawn to the layout of the elements. Here is the sketch and inspiration from their blog: (inspo from Lab Partners)

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Here is my take, utilizing my April Product Picks Kit:

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I started with the blueprint as my base. I first switched it up a little bit by turning it to the side, putting my photo to the left and the small squares to the right instead of the bottom. I only had one photo that I wanted to use so I replaced the second photo with this striped die cut card from a Studio Calico Project Life kit (I added this piece to my original kit contents.) I kept the smaller borders at the top and bottom of the design. I also moved my title from the top border to inside the second larger square. After the initial layout base, I began layering (…and layering…and layering) more embellishments on top.  I have a tendencies to over-embellish. The more “stuff” the better! 😉 Once I got to a point where I thought I was done, the layout still didn’t feel complete. I matted the entire layout on a piece of yellow cardstock (another addition to my kit) and that seemed to pull it all together. Here are some of the detail shots:

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Other additions to the kit included a digital Sundrifter label from Studio Calico, a Yes, Please roller stamp, paint splatters made from acrylic paints + water (I hardly ever buy mists.), and Tim Holtz mini paper clips (my newest obsession).

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I also included this little yellow photo corner. It’s so old, I’m not even sure where its from?

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I really loved the look of cutting out the arrows from the Dear Lizzy|Lucky Charm|Noteworthy paper and layering them up. Small details like the paint splatters, enamel dots, twine, and little phrase stickers finish off little groupings perfectly. They are layering essentials in my book.

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The letter stickers I chose for this layout included these pink ones from Simple Stories Snap. I really wanted to use these thickers for “NeeNee”, however,  I ran into the dreaded “E” problem…and this title called for 4! My solution? Print my own title. I used this font in my Silhouette Software, printed and cut them out of cardstock. Simple fix.

After all of my layering, you can hardly even tell I started with the sketch above! I love that sketches can help jump start your creativity, but don’t limit you from making a page stand out as your own. This page turned out so bright and cheerful, it’s got me dreaming of spring even more than I already was!

If you get inspired by either the kit idea or Basic Grey’s blueprint, I would love to see your projects! Have a splendid day and happy crafting!

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