Hi everyone, it’s Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I am super excited to be sharing my very first layout using the brand new ‘Storyteller’ collection! And as with any new collection I receive, the first layout is always the hardest. This is partly because there are SO many pretty things to choose from, and partly because they are just so gorgeous you don’t want to use them up. haha (I know I am probably not alone on this one.) I decided the best way to “break the seal” was to just get stuck straight in and create something quick and simple.

My daughter is quite a talker. She loves nothing more than to entertain me with hilarious stories and she gets very animated when she tells them. I knew I had a great set of photos taken during one of her storytelling sessions and I decided they would be perfect to match with this collection.

I began my layout with a very simple background – some dark grey acrylic paint applied to a sheet of white cardstock with a brayer. The reason I chose to apply dark paint first instead of just working on the white background, is to help the colours pop against it.

I wanted to have a vertical style design for my layout, as I thought it would work well with the size and shape of my photos. I also wanted to keep the focal area of my layout confined to a central strip. I chose the stunning Brighter Days paper with its painted stripe pattern and cut it in half vertically. I then tore along the vertical edges to give an uneven edge, then I cut away the red stripe at the top to shorten it. I used scissors to make a small incision (about 1-2cm) from both sides along each of the painted lines. I then used a wooden skewer to roll up the edges of the paper.

Once I had the edges rolled, I adhered the patterned paper on top of the paint, then added my photos to the page with some scrap cardboard behind them. With the main elements of my layout in place, it was now time to add some embellishments! I used the pattern on the paper to dictate my embellishment placement by blocking the colours together. I began by fussy cutting some pieces from the Story Time cut apart paper, including the fabulous love this tag, which I tied with a little twine.

I then moved onto a mix of pieces from both the Die Cut Ephemera pack and Floral Ephemera pack and placed these strategically around my page. (I used foam tape under a few of the pieces to give a little more dimension.) I also added a couple of stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet. I finished off my layout by adding several hearts and dots from the Puffy Stickers pack. At this point I actually had to stop myself from adding more to the page, because sometimes the key is knowing exactly when to stop.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. Please make sure to contact your favourite scrappy retailer if you would like to get your hands on this stunning collection. It’s going to be a big seller, so get in early to avoid disappointment!
Until next time, happy scrapping!

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