Hello my friends! Lina here! And today, I am sharing a layout I created using the These Days collection. With all it’s bright summery colours and florals, I just could not resist!  I mean, it’s almost summer here in Canada and what a better way to kick it off!

I started with a cut file and used the papers The Good Life and Family Ties to paper piece the title. It’s all layered onto a white piece of cardstock and then popped up on dimensional foam for height. The title now has dimension and lift and adds a bit of something different. Next, I used a photo of my darling daughter from our last family summer vacation. The photo is matted with a variety of papers form the A5 Paper Stack and then popped up with dimensional foam.

Next, I started working on my clusters… I knew that I wanted to add 3 different ones to form a visual triangle. Next to my photo I created the main cluster and used a rainbow Pocket Card as my base and layered pretty pieces of Die Cut Ephemera and embellished with the Floral Ephemera. I mean, that bike is pretty special and needed to have a place on this layout. I added some foliage and greenery to really bring in that tropical element as well.

Embellishing my layouts is my most favourite part of creating any layout. I take great joy in adding bits and bobs to layouts to really round them out and make them my own. I added some metallic gold thread to the layout both behind my photo and title and in nest form so a precious wood button could sit. I just love the pop of gold peaking through; I feel it just adds that bit of extra texture and depth.

I kept this layout pretty clean (for my style) and didn’t fuss too much with it. I really wanted the photo, papers and title to be the main focus without them getting lost within all the pretty. I added a couple typed sentiments from the Accessory Stickers and hearts and butterflies from the ephemera packet and called this layout complete! Love how it turned out and I am officially ready for Summer!
Thanks a bunch for joining me today on the blog 🙂


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