Inspired by Childhood Iconography with Melissa Mann

Inspiration is everywhere, and with an old photo, design team member Melissa Mann was transported back to a familiar stationary design that she loved as a child to create her new layout. Let’s find out what inspired her to create a fun and colorful new page!

Hello again, friends! This is Melissa with you on the blog today and I have one more project that I made using my February 2020 Kit and add-ons!

Supplies | February 2020 KitFebruary 2020 Cut Files, February 2020 Print and Cut LabelsTeal Acetate AlphabetBe Happy StickersPuffy Rainbow Stickers, Cork StarsSimply Wonderful Wood Veneer BannersAcrylic Raindrop ConfettiLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Sunshine & Laughter Stamp

I found this old picture of my sister and I a couple of weeks ago and saved it so that I could scrap it later on. When I started to plan this project, that picture immediately popped up in my head and I knew I wanted to use it with the “You & Me” cut file from the February 2020 Cut Files as my BIG title. The picture was not in great condition, so I scanned it in and then converted it into a black and white photo. I already knew that I was going to be using a LOT of color on this layout and decided that a black and white photo would work best against all the color.

One of the things I remember most about growing up in the eighties and nineties is the love affair I had with all things Lisa Frank—all the color, rainbows and hearts! There was SO much of that in the February 2020 Kit that I knew it would be easy to mimic those design elements on this project. While I was looking for the bits and pieces I wanted to use, I found several of the 3″ x 4″ journaling tags in the February Kit that I was able to cut down or cut out a shape and include on my project. Always remember that you don’t need have to use those journaling tags whole—they can be used in so many different ways!

I printed off a sheet of the February 2020 Print and Cut Labels and used those to type up several small sentiments, or stamp on using the Sunshine & Laughter Stamp. I stacked these on the layout with the other stickers and die-cuts above and below my title. It’s super easy to run these through my typewriter and type up exactly what I want and then cut them out.


I hope you have enjoyed using your February kit this past month! Remember that the digital items that coordinate with the kit each month can make a BIG impact on your projects! Plus, you can use them over and over and over again!

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