I am still in disbelief in being on the American Crafts' design team. So very honored.
American Crafts has an enormous amount of product. Even I get overwhelmed by so many options. So I wanted to share how this layout started. It didn't start as a layout. I pulled out an assortment of American Crafts papers and supplies from Sketchbook, Dear Lizzy, and Shoreline. I picked a few sheets of pattern paper and vellum and started stamping this frame from the Sketchbook line over and over again. After cutting them out, I wondered how they would look grouped together. So I pulled out a neutral and simple pattern paper. Did I mention, I brought everything into the living room, and sat side by side with my daughter. Something about not being where I normally create and just "playing" can really help when you don't have any idea what you want to make ;)
...that's where it began. I basically started moving these stamped frames around to see what I liked. I ended up liking them kind of overlapping each other rather than how I first started by having them go in different directions. Once I had the overlapping frames of vellum and pattern paper down, I started layering on top and around.
I only did a little bit of cutting with the Silhouette...mostly used scissors and trimmer to start layering and seeing what I liked. I even used two leftover frames that didn't get used as mats for the two photos here.
One of the last things I added were the stitching, drops of mist, date stamping, and journaling...
This was a very fun layout to create and the best part about it, I felt like I got to play and experiment with being creative, not knowing if this would turn out to be a layout or who knows what.
You can see a list of supplies on 2 Peas, here.