Capturing in Color with Mary-Ann Maldonado

Summer memories are just calling to be documented in bright and bold colors, which is why our May kit and add-ons are so vibrant and fun! Today, design team member Mary-Ann Maldonado is with us to share some superbly creative ways that she used our newest supplies to document a fun and COLORFUL summer memory! Let’s take a look:

Hello Elle’s Fans! I hope you are a fan of color, because on this layout, I went all out! I cut almost every sheet of paper from the new Beautiful Day 6 x 6 Paper Stack into a small triangles. Then I arranged and re-arranged until I found a pattern that I liked.  I wanted ALL of the color on this layout to match the “run, walk, ride, jump, play, swing” tag from the May 2019 Kit.  

Supplies | May 2019 Kit, May Blank Label Stickers, Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Fuchsia Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Hand Drawn Acrylic Hearts, Everyday Goodness Epoxy Stickers, Play Wood Veneer Words, Beautiful Day 6 x 6 Paper Stack

For the journal block and my photo, I used packaging from the Puffy Alphabet Stickers as a base. I love that the hanging hole shows. Repurpose and reuse, right? I emphasized that my boy and his dog were swinging with the Play Wood Veneer Word “swing” directly after the word “swing” from the 3″ x 4″ tag in the May Kit.

I really wanted to use the May Blank Label Stickers in an unordinary way.  Why not use them as they are? Instead of wasting the entire sheet of stickers, I sliced down the center of the sticker sheet and tucked half behind the photo layers, creating more color and leaving the other half to use later.  

Since the Beautiful Day 6 x 6 Paper Stack patterns and May Blank Label Stickers were full of color, I added embellishments to match the papers, adding a textural, monochromatic look instead of standing out.  I really love how it turned out!

Puffy sticker journaling in both teal and fuchsia, and fussy cutting the word “fun” from a 3″ x 4″ tag in the May 2019 Kit created the story behind my photo at the top left corner.  

I encourage you to cut your papers into a non-traditional shape, use up your packaging and be creative with your labels! You might be surprised at what fun design you can come up with!


  1. Cynthia Baldwin says

    Gorgeous! Great use of color, and I love the patchwork of different patterned papers.

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