As we continue with the week's "Crateware Catch-up", first in line is Sasha Farina's abundantly colorful spread, Glad I Have You. A clean background greeted by Crate's old & new patterned papers and embellishments are just a few of the qualities we like about this work of art. So much to look at and take in, and Crate surprises throughout.
"I love this photo of my girls with their friends, and The Pier patterned papers complement the moment beautifully! I punched multiple stamp shapes from different papers and sewed them in strips for a fun look. I kept my embellishments fairly simple and then added my title directly to my photo."
"My niece is at a stage where she likes to wear dresses. This means that as much as we try to make her wear anything else, she refuses to accept. To document this, I used papers and embellishments from The Pier collection. Even though the Pier focuses on Summer-like beach elements, it's versatility still allows for lots of flexibility to create a fun, whimsical and non-beach like layout. One tip would be to select more neutral elements like the 'balloons' and the 'pinwheel'. I also created a vellum pocket filled with gold sequins and confetti."
Through repetitive use of similar shapes, creating a supportive framework around a photo is a cinch! This layout from our dear Sophie Crespy does just that! The background is a reshaped piece of DIY Shop patterned paper and on top, random recycled Pier chipboard frames furbished with cute chipboard clothing! It's a beautiful, clever arrangement!
"Sometimes, things just come together so easily. Maybe it's because the elements are made specially to coordinate, or maybe there's just a pile of random scraps sitting on your desk..but every once in a while a project is a cinch to create. That was the case with this card -- and I was thrilled! I loved the "Sunscreen" paper from The Pier the first time I saw it and I've had a piece laying out for a couple months, waiting to be used. I've definitely had a thing for peachy oranges and creams lately, too, of which there happen to be a wealth in The Pier collection. the "Good Day Sunshine" accent card had to be used and when I put a couple of DIY Shop paper scraps together with the "Sunscreen" paper and accent card, I loved what I saw. All I had left to do was add a tag, that fantastic pinwheel, the "Fun" place marker, and a couple of other bits, and this card very quickly made itself!"
"Let's face it -- you can never have too many birthday cards at the ready. Don't you always know someone who's having a birthday party? I love the Party Day line because it's all about birthdays and celebrations. It's definitely been my go-to line when creating cards for kids and men because of the neutral colors and patterns. Festive and fun are words that come to mind when describing the collection. Soft and sweet might be reserved for Maggie Holmes and DIY Shop..that's why this card seems so unexpected. But, when I paired up the Polaroid Frame with the Birthday Girl label die-cut and pink Accent Card, a very feminine card was born. It has it's fun, festive element -- that cute, pearly pinwheel -- but the rest of it is just soft, sweet and feminine."
"I have a huge soft spot in my heart for the DIY Shop collection. I think it has become my favorite of all the Crate releases this year..um, maybe ever. I love the beautiful colors, the vintage patterns, and all of the embellishments. I've made several cards from the papers, including this one. I would tell you that the black and white striped design is my favorite paper, but so is the tiny floral print and so is the wood grain and so is..are you catching on? They're all my favorites, really, and I think one reason is because they all seem to play so nicely with each other! Seriously, every single time I'm looking at this collection, I see at least four new projects I want to create with it."