Thursday 23 January 2014

I Love this Guy

Today I am so excited to be featured as the Guest Designer over at The Memory Nest. Here is what I created using the Cut and Paste line by My Mind's Eye.  
What a great line of paper - the colors are very neutral and would coordinate with a variety of photos, and there are so many great patterns. For my layout I chose to use a photo of my husband and I that we took while we were on a weekend getaway to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. Notice how I am happily smiling in this photo, well that was not the case shortly after we snapped this shot – I had a rather spectacular fall while we were hiking down the mountain. Thankfully I walked away with just my pride and my tailbone a tad bruised.

The 'I love this guy' arrow was just perfect for my page and even though it is small, I decided to use it as my title. I am always trying to find new ways to add titles to my pages and thought that in this case a smaller title would keep the focus on the picture; who says a title has to take up lots of space on the page?
Adorable chipboard flowers – I love how they look on the same colored background paper. And did you notice the ombre effect on the background paper?
Of course I really layered the paper on this page, using as many of the different patterned papers from the collection as possible.  I love this layered look.
In addition to my layout I also made this card. Again, I layered the papers and used some of the coordinating stickers and chipboard.
I have really become a fan of buying an entire line of paper with the coordinating embellishments. It makes designing and completing a layout/card so much easier. Until recently, I rarely used to purchase an entire collection, preferring to buy the odd piece of patterned paper and then use something from my stash to embellish. And while I did get layouts finished using this approach, I spent a great deal of time rummaging through my supplies. Having everything coordinated from the get-go is such a time saver. I have not abandoned my stash completely – like that would ever happen – but when I do sift through it, I am most often looking for one odd thing rather than embellishments for the entire page.  The layout and card that I made here came together so easily and quickly because I had everything ready to go before I even started designing. Is buying an entire line of paper and embellishments something you do?

I want to thank Leslie for the opportunity to be the Guest Designer this month. I loved working with this paper line and appreciate the chance to showcase my work.....


  1. This page just caught my eye. Such a lovely photo and scrapped to show it off to advantage. Love your blog too, very inspiring!

    1. Thank you so much Jane. And thank you so much for following along.

  2. Love your layout and card Rachel. Thank you for sharing your craftiness!!

    1. Thank you Leslie. I loved creating with this line; thanks for the chance to do so.