Hello scrappy friends today I am sharing a 8.5×11 inch layout documenting my beautiful children when they were younger! I have used the beautiful These Days collection.

I like to mix things up and so I decided to create a 8.5×11 inch layout instead of the traditional 12×12 ice layout. The great benefit of this is that I have used the 6×8 paper pad instead of cutting into my 12×12 inch papers. I used the same three papers at the top and bottom of my layout but changed the order for visual interest. When I adhere torn paper strips I never glue the top part so I can go back and add elements.

I added black machine stitching to these paper strips to add a stark contrast and texture. I created a floral cluster to the top paper strips, layering them over each other, tucking in extra leaf die cuts, puff sticker florals finished off with a wooden epoxy flair.

Again I embellished the bottom paper strips, adding die cuts and puffy stickers finishing off with a Accessory sticker phrase sentiment. Layering your embellishments in the different paper strips creates a beautiful cluster that your eye is drawn too.

Before adding my photo I added some texture paste using a dot stencil. I usually buy white texture paste and then add acrylic paint with the colour I want, it certainly is a way to save money buying lots of different coloured pastes. I matted my. photo again from papers in the 6×8 inch paper pad, when you background is white a contrast is needed. I added two of the gorgeous gold glitter puffy hearts to contrast against the dot stencil.

I used both the foam word titles and puffy alphas, again I wanted to create a stark contrast against the white and using two different types of alphas creates dimension. I added a tiny phrase sentiment from the puffy stickers and added directly under my photo. Lastly I added some butterflies around my page, some from the clear sticker sheet and the other from the die cut pack.

I enjoyed creating this layout, simple but pretty! As always thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful and creative week!

Rachel X

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