I made this layout for the Cord Camera Scrapbook Studio Design Team for June and it was posted a little while ago and I haven't had a chance to add my 2¢ about it. I was asked to play with Bella Blvd's Sunshine and Happiness line. I absolutely love bright, vibrant colors and I gravitate towards playful, small(ish) patterns. These papers hit all my favorite things! Well, not my graph paper favorite thing, but that's another day's post... Naturally I had a ton of fun with these papers.
Sometimes you start the layout process holding a picture and thinking about the story you want to tell. In this case, I had the papers first, I immediately thought of a picture of my older daughter Maggie wearing an orange striped swimsuit in our community pool when we lived in Rochester, Indiana 15 or so years ago. I set out to find that photo but got sidetracked along the way. That can sometimes happen when you have something like 20 shoeboxes of photos to dig through... Have you ever been flipping through photos looking for something and coming across something that stops you dead in your tracks? You let out a little sigh and stare at the photo while memories wash over you? So cheesy, I know, but that's what happened.
When I got my first studio light I didn't really know what I was doing, and the best way to learn is to play and practice and experiment and analyze and retry. Molly was both my assistant and my muse. She was so good about letting me practice on her. For my part, I did my best to make it either short or fun or a little of both. On this day, I had a big cup full of bouncy balls and had her fling the balls at me. The shots were super fun - globs of color floating in the air and her happy expression and chubby toddler hands behind them.
I love the way the Bella Blvd papers convey a fun and happy vibe. I love (lovelovelove) the wonky scallop borders - can't get enough of that!
I used the words that came on the sticker sheet interspersed with my journaling, but wanted to add just a little more color to keep the flow - so added colored text boxes around various words. For the sticker words that were white, I just used a colored pencil and none-to-carefully traced around them just to help them pop a little more. I love that the journaling became a design element. I want to remember to try this again sometime soon.
I feel like I might be the last person in the scrapperverse to try these stick pin/flaggie things.
I'm gonna come right out and say it:
THEY SCARE ME.
I don't know why, but they do. I envision injuries and blood. But I'm here to tell you, no bodily fluids were lost in the making of this layout or in any subsequent handling. Maybe they're not that scary after all. And they're danged cute!
Oh. The little graphic prints make my heart happy. The grids, itty bitty polka dots and chevrons in happy colors are perfect. They couldn't have picked a better name for this line than Sunshine and Happiness! I totally agree.
And now, Molly aged 11 11/12 is waiting for me to
beat her play her in a couple of games of ping pong!
Thanks for stopping by!
p.s. Did you notice that there was NO SILHOUETTE used on this page? I know, right? CRAZZZY!!!