Friday, May 14, 2010

My first Guest Designer Post!

Pam from The Bug Bytes asked me to be a Guest Designer on her Blog . After I composed myself - what an honor that was! - I decided to get working on something for her and her readers! One of the carts of the month is Accent Essentials. As I was looking through the handbook I fell in love with two of the accents. For some reason, they just jumped out at me and I loved the whimsical look to them. So, here's what I did with them.

Anyway, on with my project for today. I used the Acent Essentials cart to put some whimsical designs on the background paper for this very simple layout of me with my daughter. This is one of my favorite photos of us together.

I started with three designs from the Accent Essentials cartridge. I chose Accent 19, Accent 20 and Accent 24. Here they are laid out on my G screen. I divided the designs into quarters on the mat and changed up the sizes of each one. I wanted them all to be different so no two are the same size. Accent 20 is made of two pieces. I decided that I wanted them to be welded together so I used an "I" from George to connect the bottom of the "heart".

I found four colors that went along with my photo and laid them out on the quarters of my mat.

After I put all of the designs down on my layout I realized that I should have gone back and taken some pics of the in between, but I had already glued them down. Sorry! To prepare the cutouts for the layout, I very lightly brushed a bit of color over them. I chose a coordinating plain piece of Bazzil Cardstock and placed the designs randomly around the cardstock.

Here are some closeups of the cutouts. I used Stickles (who doesn't love, love, love Stickles!!) to add a bit of bling on each design. I also used some gems I've had laying around forever for the center of the flowers.

One rule that I make myself adhere to with all of my layouts is that I try to use my own handwriting on each one. I dislike my own handwriting, but I think it is a very personal touch to add to each layout. I absolutely love looking at my Grandmother's handwriting and it brings back wonderful memories of her. I hope that my kids will look back at their scrapbooks and feel the same way with this little touch. :)

Here is the completed layout! I am very happy with how it turned out. Very simple and basic - just my style. :)
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Thanks for stopping by and please let me know what you think!


  1. I like your way of thinking ~ nice and simple. Your layout looks great! I am more interested in layouts than cards, so I really like your blog.

  2. I like how simple, but yet how beautiful it is. The colors match so very nicely TFS.

  3. Thanks Brenda! Please come back and let me know what you think! I'm going away this weekend for a scrapping weekend at a friend's house. I'm sure I'll have lots of layouts to share :)

    Mary Ann - the colors look much nicer in person too!~

  4. Pretty!! Makes me want a gypsy!! LOL

  5. Great layout!! I love the way you used the die-cut shapes for the background and the colors you chose are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Wow, this looks like so much fun and sooooo summmery... I LOVE IT! stop by and enter this and maybe you could win a cart at