Today we have another project from our guest designer for August, Andrea Gray! This time, Andrea is working her magic on a fun scrapbook layout inspired by one tag in the August exclusive kit. Let’s have a look!
Hi everyone! It’s Andrea here and I’m back to share a 12” x 12” layout with you today! When I flipped through the August exclusive kit’s 3” x 4” tags, I found the “focusing on” tag and immediately thought of the perfect photo to document: a photo of me daydreaming about cute frames!
When I saw the little wood veneer glasses in the Sunny Days wood veneers, it completely sealed the deal! The story is that I have always wanted glasses but have 20/20 vision. I know, I know – poor me! LOL. But now that there are so many cute frames available, it makes my envy even stronger!
My process for starting a layout is typically the same. It starts with the photo and then I select supplies to complement it. I like looking beyond the obvious colors in the photo. For example, the glasses I have on are teal, which is perfect because it coordinates with the patterned paper in the Sunny Days collection. But check out the background of the photo: I spy woodgrain. I decided to use the full 12” x 12” Adventures woodgrain paper from Sunny Days paper collection as the background and use the Sunny Days Stars teal sunburst paper to mat the photo so the woods didn’t blend together. I wanted them to connect visually, but not touch.
Supplies used: August exclusive kit, Sunny Days 12” x 12” paper collection, Sunny Days 6” x 6” paper stack, letter and number stickers- pink, Little Moments Word Labels, Notes from Today stamp, and Work Hard stamp.
From there, I continued with the grid-style format using contrasting colors for matting the focal pieces. For lighter tags, like the grid, I kept the matting light so it stood out against the woodgrain, and for darker elements, like my photo and the heart tag, I used lighter colors to back them.
Keeping the embellishments to a minimum was important since the woodgrain pattern can feel quite heavy. To achieve this, I added a small cluster of tags to the bottom left of the grid journaling tag and used a wood veneer star from the Sunny Days wood veneers to balance it all out.
My favorite part of finishing a layout is adding tiny little shots of color here and there so I added some coordinating enamel dots, a tiny sentiment strip and colored in a box from the checklist!
Hi & hello from Northern California! You might know me around the crafty world as retrohipmama and I am super stoked to be a guest designer this month! Outside of scrapbooking I love to do different crafty things, jump on the trampoline with my two boys, scroll Instagram (I’m always there so follow me @retrohipmama), eat dark chocolate, have conversations with my husband in movie quotes or song lyrics and watch football. I am currently on the Illustrated Faith and Gossamer Blue design teams and love inspiring others to make stuff! My style has definitely evolved over the almost 20 years I have been memory keeping, but my layouts always come out clean and colorful and full of stories. This summer I am teaching myself piano and going on a lot of different crafty adventures!