Summer Stories | June Kit

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Summer is my favorite season. I gleefully bask in the warm weather, inhale the scent of honeysuckles, and devour ripe peaches. So when I spied this new paper from Simple Stories, I was inspired to create a kit to reflect my love of summer.

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Simple Stories, Sunshine and Happiness, Shine Bright

To go with this sunshine-y pattern, I chose these papers:

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Pink Paislee, Fancy Free, Paper 06

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Pink Paislee, Outfitters, Paper 04

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Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith, Whatever Is Lovely, 3×4

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Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Freshly Picked

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Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Freshly Squeezed

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Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Daily Details

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Echo Park, Party Time, Celebrate

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Simple Stories, Sunshine and Happiness, Oh Yeah

I picked a variety of embellishments that would coordinate with my papers as well as give me a good choice of products to use.

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Bella Blvd, Fruit Punch, Cardstock Stickers, Tiny Text Alphas

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Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Cardstock Stickers, Treasures and Text

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Simple Stories, Bloom and Grow, Decorative Brads

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My Mind’s Eye, Market Street, Flair Pins

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Echo Park, Party Time, Enamel Dots
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Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith, She Blooms, Washi Tape, Bloom

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Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith, She Blooms, Icons

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Bella Blvd, Cute Clips, Pretty Posh

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Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Bloom, Delights with Foil Accents

Already I have a number of warm-weather photographs to scrapbook. I am looking forward to using this kit, which I am calling Summer Stories.

Now go create!


The Last of Cheers!

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I finished up using most of my Cheers! kit with two more layouts.

In order to use up the other half of the patterned paper I used on the Play Time layout, I created this page.

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We bought a new grill recently and had our first cookout of the year. I took several photos and chose three to use on this page.

Finally, I used up the remaining floral paper on this layout.

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I did not use many embellishments since the paper is so bold. I also converted my photo to black-and-white so that it would stand out against the floral pattern.

So that’s it! I have enjoyed playing with this kit, even though a couple of the products did not turn out as expected. (You can read about these products here and here.) I hope these posts inspired you to make your own kit to use for your next pages.

Now go create!


Play Time

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I have been slowly working my way through my current kit, Cheers!, and I am realizing how much I miss having a local scrapbook store. Two of the items I purchased have been unexpected and unusable on a scrapbook page.

I wrote about the party fans in this post.

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And now I am seeing that the cute clothespins with the stars are just too chunky to use on an actual page.

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If I had seen these items in the store, I probably would have left them on the shelf. I use fairly flat embellishments on my pages.

On the bright side, however, I now have some cheery party fans to hang up around my house. And I know that I will find some use for the darling clothespins–maybe in the Week in the Life album that I am planning?

Anyway, the next layout I made with this kit uses a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kit blog. I love the CTK Sunday sketch series! I have several of the sketches pinned for future inspiration.

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The layout features photos of my kids playing a tabletop air hockey game. I love to listen to them play together because the always make up their own rules and then accuse each other of cheating–so funny! So I documented this story on this page.

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I found myself using some embellishments left over from another kit since I am short on product in the Cheers! kit. Luckily these embellishments coordinated well with the colors in my current kit.

Now go create!


Cheers!

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Cheers!

So here it is in reality–my newest kit–Cheers! (For a look at how I created this kit, see this post.)

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Now that I have the papers and embellishments in hand, I just keep thinking how cheery this collection is. Thus the name–Cheers!

My first layout for this kit is based on this sketch by Sherry Stringfield at Sketch Savvy.

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The sketch is fairly simple and the papers complemented my spring flower photographs–definitely a cheery subject for me! Although the sketch suggested using two patterned papers in the background, I chose to use a solid cardstock with the butterfly paper since I wanted my pictures to stand out.

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Check back here for more projects made with the Cheers! kit.

Now go create!


Uh Oh!

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When I was writing this post about my most recent kit, I was awaiting its arrival by UPS as I was sitting at my computer. After the post went live, I received my kit. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found that these:

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were actually authentic party fans! [insert embarrassed emoji here]

I mistakenly assumed that these cute items were small embellishments that could be used on a scrapbook page, similar to these:

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Uh Oh!

Oh well. What is a scrapbooker to do? I am sure that I will find a use for these party fans–they are pretty snazzy. Maybe a Memorial Day celebration?

Now go create!