Hi there my fellow crafters! Today I am here to share a layout documenting some joyful photos of my daughter playing in the rain. I chose the Daydream collection because the motifs of suns and rainbows was perfect for this moment of a warm afternoon sun shower.

I chose a large background cut file from COAPA Cutfiles that features lots of little umbrellas. The rain itself isn’t easily visible in the photos, so I really wanted to emphasize the rain theme! I backed the cut file with the rainbow stripe, yellow stripe, and tiny daisy print papers from the 6×8 paper stack – I like this for backing cut files because the print is sized down, which allows more of the design to be visible.

For my background I chose a bright sky-blue cardstock. I love how it mimics the sky and the white of the cut file edge really pops against the bright colour. I ran the border edge of the cut file through my sewing machine with white thread, to firmly secure the cut file to the background while adding a lovely textured border.

The raindrop design on Sun Shower 12×12 patterned paper was just made for this layout! I tried it out as a background, but the white of the cutfile didn’t stand out enough for me, so I decided to fussy cut a whole bunch of the raindrops instead. If you get stuck with an idea not working, try to think of a slightly different way to use those supplies like this – sometimes it turns out even better!   I sprinkled all those raindrops into the spaces between the cut file umbrellas, and I just love that effect.

I matted my photos with Happy Place and Garden Variety 12×12 patterned papers to help separate them from the background. I positioned them diagonally on the page, leaving a gap between two of the photos for my title.

I chose the ‘Happy Days’ title from the die cut ephemera. I love the happy colours and the font, and to help emphasize the letters even more I traced around the edge of them in black fine liner pen. For good measure I added a banner die cut as a subtitle below.

Next, I created three embellishment clusters, one by each of my photos. I chose a combination of suns, rainbows and hearts from the accessory stickers and the die cut ephemera. I also managed to squeeze in an adorable rainbow flair button ­– I will be so sad when I run out of these!

For finishing touches, I used a white gel pen to outline all the little hearts, highlighting them further. I also added a cluster of my favourite tiny word stickers from the accessory stickers by each photo. I really love how these can take the place of journaling to help tell the story on a page.

I hope you enjoyed reading about this layout as much as I did making it! There is a process video linked below if you would like to see how it all came together. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


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