Hi Creative friends,

It’s Gwen and I’m back on the blog today sharing my very first layout using the stunning new ‘These Days’ collection.  The moment I saw this new collection I knew I’d love using it to document everyday moments of my family.  For this layout, I thought it would be fun to document my Miss 14 and her continued obsession with reading and her favourite book right now.

To begin my page, I’ve created my background using the ‘Family Ties’ and ‘Daybreak’ pattern papers.  I’ve also added some stitching around the edge for added detail.  I love using pattern papers for the backgrounds of my layouts and love this pretty green tone paper.

Next up, I’ve used the ‘Daybreak’ pattern paper to back a cut file from CUT to YOU as well as my photo.  This particular pattern paper is one of my favourites from the new collection.  I’ve popped the cut file onto foam tape for dimension and positioned onto my background along with the photo making sure everything is nice and straight with my T-square ruler.

For the embellishments for this layout, I have gone with a visual triangle, however, instead of the photo being inside the visual triangle, I have positioned my title inside of it.  The clusters I’ve built with similar elements including pieces from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera pack’ some ‘Wood Buttons’ and fussy cut out butterflies from the ‘Take Flight’ pattern paper.

I’ve also added some stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ which I’ve mounted onto foam for dimension.  I love the sentiments that are included in this collection, perfect for sweet little family moments.  You’ll see each of my embellishment clusters has these elements in it, I find when I do this, it helps pull the page together.

I love the contrast of the white cut file shown here sitting onto of the background pattern paper.  You can also see here the elements of one of the embellishment clusters and my fussy cut butterfly.

If you would like to see how this page came together, I have a YouTube process video you can watch here:

If you haven’t seen the new collection in full yet, you can see my unboxing video here:

Thanks for popping by today,

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