Thursday, August 25, 2011

Birthday Girl Layout

I really can't believe she is already 17! Actually, that was six months ago, so now, she is 17 1/2. WOW!!! Time sure flies.

I had these photos sitting on my desk for some time now. Instead of going to Hobby Lobby on Tuesday, I decided to stick around and scrap with a few of the "Peas". (thanks for the inspiration)
Today, I decided to try something different and used a background that was already pre-embellished. While these paper are beautiful, I usually tend to stay clear of them because I find it a little difficult knowing how to place my photos, and the end results look kinda flat to me. This one from Sassafras came in a kit and I was determined to use it.

 I first tossed, yes, tossed my photos down to try and find the right placement. Next, I cut off the cute little border bar code that Sassafras puts on the bottom of their paper. I always consider this piece lagniappe and I love to use it on my pages. I added a couple of other borders. One a sticker and one a piece of trim. This also helps add some texture to the page. Then, I raided my stash to see what items I had on hand that resembled the pre-embellished paper.

I found the tags and buttons and placed them exactly where they already were on the page. I added a Martha Stewart doily over the one in the bottom right corner. Then I cut the larger doily on the Silhouette using the Dear Lizzy design.


Once I had all of my embellishments glued down, I added my title which was also cut on the Silhouette using a sentiment bought from the online site. The flower was handmade. My first attempt; definitely won't be my last. I love how it came out, though, I would recommend a second set of hands to help shape and hold while gluing.

Lastly, I added some stamped sentiments along with a date. The small sticker text is from the Girl's Paperie. I really love those things!

I really like how this page turned out. It was quick and easy and the design provided for some guidance when it came to laying out the embellishments. Almost like using a sketch. I hope this helps you see pre-embellished papers in a whole new light. I know that I will now look at them differently and I see more of them in my creative future.

8 comments:

Jingle said...

This layout is GORGEOUS! I absolutely love it!!!

Tammy said...

I am like that too - I tend not to buy these kinds of designs because I have a really hard time using them too. No matter what I do, it looks flat! But I like your ideas. I have a few older sheets I've never done anything with. May have to get them out and give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration.

Blessed Ladybug said...

veru nice.. happy belated birthday.. thansk for sharing...

Steph said...

Very pretty! Love the layered embellishments.

Ursula said...

love how you added the words to your flower, gorgeous! thanks for visiting my blog

Mary Jo said...

So pretty!
Lots of fun embellishing! :)

Becky said...

This turned out so fun! I love how you added to the page. I never quite know how to use those kinds of paper. Great ideas!

sutty said...

Beautiful page - so much to look at and love those doilies :)