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Gossamer Blue | My Home


The December kits from Gossamer Blue really offer a huge variety this month.  While there is primarily Fancy Pants and Pink Paislee products, we received a few sheets from the Dear Lizzy Saturday line as well.  I think the ampersand paper was the perfect setting for this Fall photo from last year.

The photo is layered on tissue paper and then I focused on tons of embellishments.  I'm still on this more simplified layout kick, but this time I kept the background simple and really added to the photo area.

I used all Fancy Pants Golden Days ephemera on the page, sticking with coral, gold and black.

Those die cut flowers are something, aren't they?

I kept the branding strip along the bottom of the paper because it was black and white (even though the large layout pic doesn't show it as b&w).  One last bit of ephemera finished the page.

You're something wonderful ;)

Gossamer Blue | Beautiful

So much yumminess in the December kits.

Like, way yummy.

I've been drawn to pinks forever, but you add in some navy and the perfect yellow and gold.... yep. Done.

When I got the December kits I made three layouts right away, and all three have the photo on the lower right side.  If it ain't broke, and all that.

Some lovely washi strips with gold accents.  While I adore those gold washi strips, they can be a booger to photograph!

Feathers, always.

Another washi strip, this time it photographed quite well!  ;)  I added machine-stitching and gold splatters to finish this page off.

Ahhhh, I miss those baby days.


12x12 | Nothing Can Dim the Light

This quote from Maya Angelou resonates with me in so many ways.

In another life I served the homeless in Florida.  This quote made me think of my kids from the shelter, it made me think of my girly, it made me think of my friends who have true concerns regarding our recent election.

Clique Kits knocked it out of the park with that quote.

It is one I'll always carry with me.

Shine bright.


12x12 | Real Life

Another page using Clique Kits featuring Pinkfresh Studios Indigo Hills.  Oh how I love this color palette!

I started by drawing the title with my Silhouette using one of Clique Kits cut files, then hand-stitched with yellow floss.

After using a few patterned papers to mat the photo, I added in some random embellishments including some Clique Kits exclusives.

There wasn't a lot of thought on embellishing for this page, the focus was on the title and the secondary title using the Pinkfresh alphas.

The photo is of the girly after preschool one morning last year, she immediately ditched her pants when we got home.  Typical of this kid, still!


12x12 | Fabulous

I love that navy and coral have been a strong color combo this year, they make for the prettiest pages.

Add in some gold and, well it's fabulous :)

I find that gray or black and white patterns make the best background papers for mixed media.  I used Shimmerz inks to smoosh colors on the floral paper, keeping it primarily in the area I planned to place my photo.

Machine stitching some wonky paper strips has been my thing lately.

My layout got a bit warped from the mixed media, it will flatten out in the page protector though.

Stay fabulous!  And Happy Thanksgiving!

Gossamer Blue | Beautiful

This is the last of my November kit layouts for Gossamer Blue.  I rarely use dark colors as the background but loved the houndstooth pattern so much I had to use it up!

To lighten things up a bit I painted some Heidi Swapp Color Shine gold on the background paper, giving the photo area a bright and shiny spot.  I used several layers of 6x6 papers from the Bits & Pieces kit to mat the photo, making sure the months were showing on the right of the picture.

I did some machine stitching with white and gold threads to add more texture and light to the layout.  I added in gold and white spray ink splatters as well.


Clique Kits | You Shine

I'm still loving the 9x12 size.  It seems to fit my one-photo-per-layout style.

You know, there are no rules for scrapping.  Yes, you can follow basic design principles and rule of 3's, etc.  But if you want to put 5 photos on a page, or 1 photo or none, do it.  Do your thing.

This layout is my version of doing my thing.  I have a teeny tiny pic that I had printed for another project and didn't want to trash it.  So I made it work on this page.  Using a smaller format helps those little photos not get lost.

I used several exclusive cards from Clique Kits to mat the picture, then trimmed down a 4x4 card a bit smaller and used another card to mat that as my title.  No rules ;)

A few Pinkfresh Studios puffy stickers and a wood veneer as embellishments made my page feel more balanced, to my eye.

I fussy cut this Amy Tangerine die cut paper to create some texture and excitement at the bottom of the layout.  I added Pinkfresh washi along the top of the page and then machine stitched the perimeter.

I can't sew a straight line to save my life.  And I love the wonky look my pages have because of it.

Do you, you talented thing, you :)