HAPPY TIMES | HAPPINESS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative friends,

I’m back today with a new share and I’m stash busting for this one.  It’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ and I thought it might be fun to pull out my stash of the ‘Happiness‘ collection.  I also thought it might be fun to scrapbook an older photo of my daughter for this one.  This photo was taken quite a few years back now celebrating her wins at a local swimming carnival.

For this layout, I was really drawn to use the bright colours in this collection and team them with a black and white photo.  I was also keen to use one of the prints as my background for the page and decided on the ‘Little Things‘ pattern paper.  It’s pretty bold for a background print, but I really love it.  I’ve also added a frame to my background using a floral from the collection, this one called ‘Botanical Bliss’.  To finish the frame off, I’ve used a contrasting coloured thread and stitched it around the outer edge.  I’ve also used this stitching on my photo.

Next, I’ve used the ‘Meadow’ pattern paper to back a cut file.  This one is from CUT to YOU called ‘Roses and Frames‘.  I have cut the file quite large so that it acts as a background feature for my page.  It also has two positions for photos in it which makes the photo placement really easy.  As I only have one picture for this layout, I’m going to use the other photo block as a spot for my title.  This is going to be a centered design, so I’m careful to make sure everything is positioned nice and straight and perfectly centered on my background.

I’ve chosen the ‘Good Vibes’ pattern paper to back my photo, it contrasts beautifully with the pink tones in the ‘Meadow’ paper.  I’ve also raised my photo on foam for some dimension.

For my embellishments, I’ve used elements from the ‘Ephemera Pack’.  There are lots to choose from in these packs, they really go a long way.  The title ‘Happy Times’ is also from the Ephemera pack, but there is also a ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack in this collection which includes a STACK of fun layout titles.  I’ve also included a flair button from the ‘Flair Buttons’ pack to round out my top right-hand side cluster.  The ‘Good Vibes’ banner sticker which you can see below is from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’.  

When positioning my embellishments, I’ve focused them in the top right square section of the cut file and then worked them down towards the bottom left-hand side of the page where my photo is.  The main idea here is to help lead the eye down towards the photo.

To finish the page, I’ve fussy cut out some of the pretty butterflies from the ‘Bright and Beautiful‘ pattern paper.  I love using fussy cut elements as embellishments and as they are essentially a piece of pattern paper, they are very inexpensive so would definitely recommend picking up some designs like this one.  I tend to fussy cut a bunch in advance so that I have them ready to go when creating.  I’ve also been sure to include some of the typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’, these are always a nice finishing touch to a page.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how this layout came together, now is the perfect time to stash bust if you are waiting for the arrival of the new ‘Sunkissed’ collection.

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

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