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Kendra & Keeley
Remember your childhood best friend? Some of us may still be close friends with those childhood pals, but many of us have probably lost touch over the years. Try reliving the memories by creating a layout that pays tribute to your own childhood best friend, or preserve the sweet photos and memorable stories for your own children in your latest album!

About this Page
Nothing says “feminine” quite like a pink and purple color scheme! LeNae selected a light purple paper with a subtle, allover words pattern for the background of this layout. The background paper comes from the Paper Pizazz® Fresh Citrus sarapapers™ collection which also includes the black and lavender glimmer paper that was used to mat the photos. LeNae used fabric flowers from the Citrus Embellish-abilities™ Kit to accent the page, attaching them with an array of coordinating brads from the same embellishment kit. Finally, LeNae topped off the page with cute journaled tags, complete with looped strings so they appear to hang from the trendy flower embellishments.

Patterned Paper Tip
First thing’s first: When using a background paper with an allover pattern, you’ll want to mat your photos on a solid paper or cardstock before adding them to the page. This will ensure that your photos stand out from those backgrounds. However, just because you’re matting on solid papers and cardstock doesn’t mean you’re limited to the basics. Basic, flat colors are great for photo and journaling mats, but you can also add some eye-catching flair to your projects while sticking with solid papers. How? On this “Kendra & Keeley” layout, I matted the photos on solid colored glimmer paper. The solid colors still separate the photos from the background, but the shimmery glimmer paper adds a bit of girly shine to my feminine layout. If glimmer paper won’t work for your project, you might also try a solid colored paper that’s covered with a light, subtle pattern like a faux-texture.

LeNae’s Tip of the Month
With spring in full force and summer right around the corner, Earth’s fabulous flowers are all around us–and now we can add them to our scrapbook pages, too! Fabric flowers are a hot trend in paper crafting, and they really couldn’t be easier to use. They come in an almost infinite number of colors, sizes and styles, so you’re sure to find just the right flower to add to your next project. After you find that perfect flower, what to do with it? Fabric flowers are so easy to use because they make a statement on their own, so you don’t have to do all the work! You can add them to your projects as is with a Glue Dot™, or add a brad to the center for a simple, dimensional and functional accent. Or how about a button or a bunch of mini brads in the center of your flower? Want to add some personal flair to your fabric flower accents? Try chalking or stamping on the flower before adding it to your project. Or, try layering flowers of different sizes or colors or even folding the flowers in half like I did on this “Kendra & Keeley” layout.

LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:

  1. Use the purple words paper as the background. Mat a vertical 5"x7" photo on lavender glimmer paper, trimming the mat to 3/16". Mat again on black glimmer paper, trimming the mat to 1/16". Add one pink mini brad to each corner of the photo, then glue the photo centered 3/4" from the left edge of the page.
  2. Use five pink mini brads to secure a small purple silk flower just under the bottom left corner of the matted photo. Computer journal the names and date onto white cardstock and crop to a small rectangle with about 1/2" of blank space on the left edge. Mat the journaling on black glimmer paper, trimming the top, bottom and right edges of the mat to 1/16". Trim the left side of the mat to 1/2" and tear the edge, then fold over the left side of the mat on top of the journaling and secure in place with a pink brad. Cut a 4" length of white embroidery floss and tie the loose ends together to form a loop. Loop the floss around the pink brad on the journaling and use a Glue Dot™ to secure the knotted tails just under the purple silk flower. Glue the journaling at an angle under the photo.
  3. Mat two 3 3/8"x3 5/8" photos on black glimmer paper, trimming the mats to 1/16”. Glue the photos at varying angles, one above the other, centered between the large photo and the right edge of the page with the top photo overlapping the bottom photo.
  4. Fold one small pink silk flower in half and use a lavender brad to attach it in the top left corner of the top photo. Punch a 3/4" circle from the border on the blue stripe with mosaic border paper, then glue the punched circle to the top of a lavender big brad. Computer journal the year onto white cardstock and trim to a small tag shape. Punch a 1/16" hole in the top of the tag and run a length of white embroidery floss through the hole, tying the loose ends together to form a loop. Fold one large pink silk flower in half, run the big brad prongs through the tag’s embroidery floss loop and use the brad to attach the folded flower in the top right corner of the bottom photo. Glue the tag in place just under the flower. Add one lavender mini brad to each of the visible corners of the smaller photos.

LeNae’s Supplies for Making this Layout:


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Bonus Card Project!

With just a blank card, you can use all the supplies you already have from the layout above to make this fresh handmade card! Use the design to create a belated Mother’s Day card for Mom, or change the journaling on the tag to suit any recipient and any event.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place the card with the fold on the left and trim 1 1/2" off the bottom edge, leaving a 5" square card. Cut a 4 3/4" square of blue grid with stripe border paper (including the border) and ink the edges. Glue centered on the card front and add one lime mini brad to each corner.
  2. Cut a 1 1/2" wide strip of dotted grid paper and ink the long edges. Mat the long edges on lavender glimmer paper, trimming the mat to 1/8". Glue the paper strip centered across the card front, trimming the excess paper even with the edges of the card.
  3. Cut out the green tag and use a black pen to journal onto the tag. Punch a 1/16" hole in the top of the tag and thread a length of white embroidery floss through, tying the loose ends together to form a loop. Use a Glue Dot™ to secure the tied tails in the center of the dotted grid paper strip and use foam tape to secure the tag at an angle in the bottom right corner of the card front.
  4. Use a Glue Dot™ to secure one large purple flower centered on the card front, covering the end of the embroidery floss loop. Run a short length of embroidery floss through the holes on a large lime button, knotting the floss tails on the backside of the button. Use a Glue Dot™ to secure the button in the center of the silk flower.

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