Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Baby Layout + Some Thoughts On Working With Bold Colors

Hello everyone! I'm popping onto the blog today to share a layout I made for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

This month, the team is using the February 2017 Cocoa Daisy kit, Ashton Court, as inspiration. Ashton Court had a bright, festive color palette made up of sunshine yellow, lime green and deep navy. None of those are colors I'm usually drawn to in scrapbooking, but something about them spoke to me this time around. They struck me as being very "summery" and goodness knows I could use a healthy dose of summer in my life right now! You can see the mini page kit I pulled together over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, but here's the layout I ended up making ...

That's my little munchkin, freshly scrubbed and bathed and ready for bed. I love that photo of her and wanted to make a fun, cheerful layout to document the candid snapshot.

As I was putting this layout together, I was reminded of this post I wrote back in 2014 for a National Scrapbook Day extravaganza event over on the CKC blog. Working with neon colors isn't always easy - but it is possible! Now, I realize that in this month's counterfeit kit the colors aren't exactly neon, per se ... but I believe the same principles apply when working with bright, bold colors in general.

In the post referenced, I shared 3 simple tips on how to incorporate neon products on your projects and I used all 3 of those tips on my layout above. I kept my "neon use" to a minimum, I used a white background to create a softer look and I used layers of shades (bright neon yellow on top of sunshine yellow, for example) to prevent the pops of neon from stealing the show. I also used another trick - a black and white photo - to keep the design from looking too busy. I hope this inspires you! xx

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lina's First Snow Day

Believe it or not, we don't get very much snow here in Vancouver. If you watched the 2010 Winter Olympics that may be hard to believe, but it's true. The winter skiing events were held up in the mountains and snow actually had to be brought in because there wasn't enough up there naturally. All that to say, when my baby girl and I woke up one morning in early December to a neighborhood covered in white, we were *very* excited. I managed to grab my cell phone and snap this picture of her looking out in the window, checking out snow for the very first time. Such a special moment, and I'm glad I caught it on camera.

I used Crate Paper's Snow + Cocoa line for this page. It's a fabulous winter/Christmas collection that was just perfect for documenting baby's first holiday season. More Snow + Cocoa layouts to come! xx

Saturday, December 31, 2016

January Counterfeit Kit - Frosted Seaside

Happy New Year !!!! I seriously *cannot* believe that it's already 2017 ... it seems that I was just ringing in 2010 and then I blinked and wound up here. How did this happen?! Anyways, as perplexed as I am by the whole thing, I'll spare you all that "time flies" talk and get straight to the good stuff - a new kit to counterfeit! 

This month, Julene was tasked with choosing our inspiration kit and she selected the January kit from Shop and Crop. If you're doing the full Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop, you know by now that the original kit is full of mint and grey with pops of black, white and woodgrain (see photos above). I was definitely inspired by the color palette, as well as the bottle of spray mist and the mandala designs. 

Here's my version, which I'm calling Frosted Seaside ...

As you can see, my take is quite a bit softer than the original and I'm absolutely in love with it! The papers I chose are from Pink Paislee's Take Me Away collection and Crate Paper's Little You and Shine collections. I can't wait to use Frosted Seaside to create some layouts for my daughter's baby album. 

I'm the last stop on the hop, but you can head over here to start from the beginning xx