Celebrate Spring | 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month

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It is almost the end of the month (again!) and I am just now writing about my kit and sketch for March. I have been scrapping some—not nearly as much as I would like though–and blogging even less. Spring time has been busy!

In honor of spring, I selected a collection of supplies that celebrate the beauty and wonder of this season. I call this kit Celebrate Spring!

I began with this paper from Shimelle’s Little by Little collection. I loved the handmade look of the paper, the pretty pink color, and the mix of florals and polka dots. The rest of my papers stick to a color scheme of pink, yellow, and blue. I mixed in more stripes, florals, and polka dots.

The embellishments I chose include die cuts, puffy stickers, flat stickers, rhinestones, butterflies, chipboard die cuts, enamel dots, letter stickers, and washi tape. My favorite embellishments are these butterflies from Maggie Holmes. (**A complete list of supplies is at the end of the post.**)

I have been working with this sketch this month.

The first layout I made told the story of my son and daughter volunteering to help at various events at our church. The photographs are from the recent Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast. They both helped prepare and serve the food. I am very proud of their generous spirit!

The layout stuck fairly closely to the sketch. The background patterned paper I used at the top of the page is somewhat bold, so I simply used white cardstock at the bottom to give the eye a place to rest. The die cuts from the Tealightful collection from Pebbles were perfect as accents to the page!

The second layout features pictures of my son and husband at a recent grass fire. The two of them are both volunteers at our local fire department. I wanted to document their service to our community.

For this page, I turned the sketch so that the photos were at the top of the page. It was a challenge to create this page from a collection with so many pinks. I chose a color scheme of yellow, blue, and red and used the papers and embellishments I had that fit this scheme. I love the simplicity of the page and the pops of red against the lighter blues and yellows.

The final layout I have made thus far flips the sketch so that the photographs are on the left side. This arrangement fit my pictures well, since my daughter is looking off to the right in the bottom photo.

This page tells the story of my daughter taking Chinese classes at the school run by our local Chinese Association. For this layout, I used lots of layers under the photos as well as more embellishments. I love the butterfly in the lower corner symbolizing my daughter’s growth in beginning a new adventure as well as learning a new language.

I have a few more days left this month so I am hoping to get a more layouts done with the Celebrate Spring collection. Happy Spring!

Now go create!

**Complete list of supplies**
Patterned paper:
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, Seeing Magic
Doodlebug, Spring Things, Bitty Bees
American Crafts, Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day, C’est La Vie
Pebbles, Lullaby, Woodland Baby Boy
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 06
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 08
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 10
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 24
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, Seek the Moment
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, What a Hoot
American Crafts, Amy Tangerine, On a Whim, Sprinkle
Embellishments:
Shimelle, Little by Little washi tape
Pebbles, Lullaby Baby Girl ephemera
Pebbles, Sunshiny Days letter stickers
Pebbles, Maggie letter stickers
Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day chipboard stickers
Pebbles, Simple Life puffy stickers
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams butterflies
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams rhinestones
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams phrase stickers
Pebbles, Tealightful ephemera
Pebbles, Tealightful puffy stickers
Pinkfresh, The Mix No 1 puffy stickers


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Using a Limited Color Palette

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I LOVE color. I could spend days on Pinterest just pinning color combinations that I love (see my Color Inspiration board here.) But when I scrapbook, there are times when I want to limit the use of color.

In this layout, I purposely used a limited color palette of pink and black to complement the blue and grey in the photographs. The pictures are somewhat busy and bold, so the soft pink does not compete with the photographs. The black accents ground the page and give structure to the layout.

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All of the embellishments are in the same colors, yet add needed texture and dimension to the page. I added just a touch of gold to set off my title.

To learn more about using a limited color palette on your layouts, check out the blog at Get It Scrapped.

Now go create!


Watercolor Dreams

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Hello and welcome to the October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop! You should have come here from Jemma’s blog. If you need to start over at the beginning, just go back to the CKC blog to see the full list of participants.

This month our inspiration kit is actually a new collection–Indigo Hills from Pink Fresh Studio. You can see the lovely watercolor and floral designs in beautiful pink, blue, aqua, and gold. This collection also includes a number of wonderful embellishments which you can see on the Pinkfresh Studio website.

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For my kit, I began with two soft floral papers from Basic Grey in colors similar to the inspiration kit. I then added watercolor papers from My Mind’s Eye and Prima. Finally I chose more papers in gold, grey, pink, and dark blue to round out the patterned paper selection.

My embellishments include puffy stickers, gold letters and hearts, and a die cut pack all inspired by the original collection. This soft, dreamy kit I have decided to call Watercolor Dreams.

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Check back during the month to see how I use this kit! Next stop–Julene’s blog to see her take on this month’s inspiration.

Now go create!