I finally got my hands on the Neighborhood line and couldn’t wait to use it on my latest project to share on the Crate Paper blog. This line is perfect for boys and girls and everyday life. I thought it the perfect line to use for a layout about Payton at the park one day.
The beautiful thing about Crate Paper and the Neighborhood line is that it plays well with previous releases. As you can see by my layout, there’s a touch of Brook for the base paper, and a little snippet of the Paper Doll Collection in the layered flowers I made. I love how bits of the color scheme can be carried forward with each new Collection. It makes it very easy to bring in new product and still utilize your stash.
This layout was fairly simple to create so I thought I’d give the break down so that you can recreate it yourself.
Start by trimming a piece of kraft cardstock 11 inches square. This piece of cardstock was actually from my junk pile. I had printed some journaling down the center of it for a previous layout, but it ended up in the wrong place with a font that was too large, etc. I’m so glad I was able to put this cardstock to use on another layout.
After trimming your cardstock,
1. Trim the Block Party print 10.5w by 6.5h. Trim another section at 10.5” wide by 3” high and use a border punch on the top edge. We are using both sides of this piece of paper.
2. Layer these two pieces on the kraft cardstock, and adhere. This is where you would stitch if you have a sewing machine.
When you have fun prints like this base here, with a lot of small images to look at, sometimes it’s fun to use a big chunk of it on your layout. It adds a lot to the story.
As you can see I didn’t adhere this to the base paper yet. I will adhere it to the base last. This is because that little bit of dimension between the stitching and the base paper adds a little extra oomph that I like.
I was really inspired by the layered felt flower in the layered chipboard for this Collection, so decided to use it and recreate my own with paper to add detail to my page.
To create layered flowers is really easy. You simply punch circles in different sizes, and stack them up.
I like to use focal embellishments in odd numbers, so I have three flowers total for this layout.
At this point it’s a matter of layering photos and flowers, adding the title, and the journaling. It doesn’t get much easier than a chipboard title from the Chipboard accents for this line. Sunshine is the perfect word to describe her. I added additional title letters from the alpha label sheet, and I couldn’t resist, I had to add that sunshine shaped button from Eclectic button pack in place of the dot on the “I” in my title. (I am in LOVE with the eclectic button packs. I need several packages from each line). I tied up this button with some floss for a bit of fun. I added pop dots for the flowers because every layout should have something adhered with a pop dot.
Lastly, mount that kraft cardstock on your base paper. I wanted something with yellow to bring out the title. I almost chose the Home print with that yellow border, which would have worked great, but I’m still holding my new pretties close to me, so decided to peek around at previous collections for what I had left, and found that the appropriately named Sunshine print worked brilliantly with this layout. Why I still had a whole sheet of this print is beyond me, but I am so glad it has found a new home.
When I was looking for photos to use on this layout I had to laugh at the number of photos where she wasn’t looking at me, had an odd look in her face, etc. But the more I looked at them together, the more I saw her personality, so I had to use several of them on this layout. These photos weren’t taken too long ago, but someday she’ll be married with children of her own (although right now she says she isn’t going to have any. Hmph), and I want her to be able to look back on these layouts and see herself as she truly was as a little girl.
Have a great day! My challenge to you would be to use several photos taken in succession on a layout and see what type of story it tells you. ~ Davinie