Hey everyone! It's Laura Vegas here, and I'm thrilled to be guesting here for the month of September and having the opportunity to work with the super fun October Afternoon goodies that landed on my porch last week. There's nothing better than getting brand new product to get me inspired and ready to create.
I was really excited when I opened up my box and found all sorts of Daily Flash goodness! I've been looking forward to getting my hands on this collection since it was revealed, and it was even better in person. After much debate with myself, I finally decided to start out with the Girl Talk mini collection for my first projects, mixed in with just a few pieces from the Midway collection. I started out my page by pulling out the Whisper patterned paper, as I loved the feather design and the soft girly colors. I paired it up with the backside of the Duck Pond patterned paper from the Midway collection, since I really wanted to add in some of the darker aqua and I also liked how the rows on this sheet gave me some nice areas to line things up. I'm a very linear scrapper, and love having natural lines on the page to help build around. I also added in a small strip of the green star patterned paper from the Midway collection, to match the green
I then pulled out the 6x8 paper pack, and cut lots of pieces apart to use on the rest of the page. I love that these smaller sheets are filled with a wide variety of small block accent pieces, along with blocks of additional patterned papers to coordinate with the large sheets. I was able to mix and match a few 2x2" squares, 3x3" squares, and even a 4x4" square for my title piece.
To help the 2x2" square pieces stand out more, I matted them on white cardstock and then added them to the 3x3" squares. I distressed the edges of all the squares and then adding some machine stitching and layered them together with a few pop dots for some extra dimension. I also used the Everyday Roller Stamp on the yellow square piece to add a few phrases, rather than fill in the spaces with my own hand writing. I do recommend doing the stamping before you have it adhered with pop dots, as I didn't get very clean stamped words. A little advanced planning would have helped, but that's often not the way I work. I just used a pen to add in the parts that didn't fully stamp.
I almost always use alpha stickers and/or chipboard alphas, or a die cut using my Silhouette, for my titles. But the 4x4" "I Love You This Much" block was perfect for a quick title. I just added some machine stitching around the edges and adhere it using pop dots. I also added a few Snap Caps arrow pieces by one of my photos.
I have always loved October Afternoon's buttons, and buttons are something that you'll find on the majority of my projects. I love to randomly sprinkle them across my layouts. Although secretly, I put WAY too much planning and thought into where each button will go ;) I added in a few of the Tin Pins as well. I tucked a colored tab from the Midway Tidbits package under each photo. I used color coordinating alpha stickers to add a short word to each tab.
One thing I love to do after creating a layout, is to create a quick card using my scraps. I figure I have all of the coordinating pieces out already, so why not use a few before I put everything away. I will also often pull an idea or design element from my layout and work it into my card design as well. I created another layered square piece, with the "Oh Hello Friend" 2x2" square in the center for my sentiment.
I stapled a Snap Cap tab to the top of the sentiment card to fill up the empty corner. A few threaded buttons finished off the simple card.
I hope you've enjoyed my projects today. I'm pretty sure I am going to use the divided 12x12" page protectors for next week's project. I just have to decide which of the Daily Flash mini collections I want to feature. Decisions, decisions. I hope you'll stop by next Friday to see what I decided on!