Lately when I've been needing a night out, I've been heading to Archivers and enjoying their "free" crops on Fridays and Saturdays. I love wandering around the store and looking at the projects on display and the projects others are working on. I very rarely get as much done as I want to, but I always have a great time. I decided to go this last week and stupidly left the pictures I was planning to scrapbook about on the kitchen counter. I did remember the paper pack I bought last week at AC Moore - $10 for 180 sheets of ALL POLKA DOT PAPER! Right up my alley. So I decided to just make some generic layouts for my daughter's scrapbook using this paper and here's what I came up with. (I still need to add some titles and embellishments; I'm just showing you what I made during the crop.)
Here's my first layout. One of my favorite things about the Archivers crops is that you can use their die cuts AND a box of punches. I love punches but rarely buy them because they're so expensive. So I used their punches to make some layered flowers using the paper scraps from the layout.
Here is a closeup of the flowers. I raised one using foam adhesive. I also glued the punched flowers onto pink cardstock and trimmed around to create a shadow effect.
On to the second layout, which I really love. The first I consider my warm up. :)
I fell in love with this blue polka dot paper with the bird embellishment. I'm really into nature embellishments right now- birds, trees, etc. I just loved this cute little bird, but I wanted to do a two page spread and there were 3 copies of this exact page, but I didn't want to reuse the same decoration on both sides of the layout. So I rotated the paper and covered the bird/flower decoration with the floral paper in the bottom right corner of the picture. I also decided to do a trick I'd seen on a scrapbooking TV show and layer the bird and flower decoration on the bottom left to make it more dimensional. Rather than using up the third sheet of this paper, I just trimmed out the embellishments from the layout on the right, since I was just going to cover it up anyway.
The back of the right side page. No one will ever know. That is, except everyone reading this blog! ;)
But look at what an improvement this made! Isn't it so cute? I love the way the added dimension makes this look.