This layout uses two sheets of gorgeous blue and orange paper from Quick Quotes Paper Company and one of their Vellum Journaling Strips. I wasn't sure about the designs on this "Tin Type" line of papers, but loved the blue/orange color combination, so I took a closer look. I flipped these two sheets over and found, to my delight, a much more subtle pattern that was easy to use. I cut a die cut flower pattern out of the orange sheet using the Paper Lace Cricut cartridge and added a journaling box from Simple Stories that I had in my stash (it's cut apart behind the photo to make it appear bigger than its original 5x7 size). I really liked this vellum title strip, but wanted to make it stand out on the page a bit more. I love how placing colored and/or patterned paper behind the vellum can change the whole look of it - this makes it easy to match to your layout. I opted for a small polka dot green print. Adhering vellum can be challenging, too. I was out of vellum tape, so I decided to just add a couple of stitches to adhere it to the green paper. I simply threaded a needle with two colors of thread and doubled it up and stitched a few irregular "stars" to attach the vellum to the green paper. I then could use my regular adhesive to attach the strip to a piece of chipboard (okay it was just some cardboard) and then used glue dots to attach the whole thing to my page. Basically, I took a $1.00 vellum strip and with a few items I already had in my stash, turned it into a $3.00 embellishment. Now that's frugal - and pretty, too!
I was also drawn to the same color combination on this Nikki Sivils line of papers called "Messages". It also sported some cute telephone and typewriter graphics and fun little phrases. I was excited to use the "You are just my type" title for a layout featuring a recent photo of my husband. I used one sheet as the background and cut a large shape (from Storybook Cricut cartridge) from a sheet of ledger paper (so cool!). The other two sheets had all sorts of graphics on them, including the strips of typewriters and telephones (just cut them apart and layered 3 strips behind the photo). I fussy cut the big typewriter and popped it out on the page with foam dots. The small banner punched out from the die-cut sheet and I threaded a bit of twine through the four pieces to connect them before I adhered it with glue dots onto my page. I love how this layout turned out. It was nice to create a page for the man who, after 17 years of marriage, is STILL "my type."
I had lots of elements left, so I also created a few cards. I used some plain cardstock from my stash and layered various embellishments to create these three cards. I especially like the "you light up my life" sentiment - too cute!
You can find these fun papers at Scrapdoodles right now. Challenge yourself with a new color scheme, have a little fun with the vellum strips and send a few "messages" to your friends and family. I think the Nikki Sivils "Messages" won't last long, so hurry in!