On June 1st our youngest celebrated his 5th birthday. I always like to take a photo of each of the kids on their birthday, so we did a little photo shoot. Let's just say that his idea of taking a good photo and my idea of taking a good photo, are totally different! So I just snapped away, and then looked through all of the photos later, to see if there was one that I could actually use. Thankfully, I did get a great shot...even though he wasn't looking directly at the camera. But the smile was great and he had his hand up to represent age 5, so I went with it!
I wanted to create a happy page for this photo...without a birthday theme. I'm not overly fond of creating birthday themed pages. It's just this weird thing I have! So I knew that the Plus One collection by Amy Tangerine from American Crafts was just what I needed for this page!
Like most scrappers, I can't bring myself to throw away the manufacturer strips at the bottom of the patterned paper. They definitely come in handy, so I always keep them with the collection. I grabbed the Buddy patterned paper and immediately knew that a diagonal design would be in the works. I used the manufacturer strips along the diagonal line of the background paper, and added in some Thickers and die cuts, with the manual die set. I also used the arrow stamp from the Acrylic Stamp set and stamped on a few of the paper strips. I added my title over my photo, with some clustering on the corner. And I finished my layout, by fussy cutting the heart shapes and stitching down the center of each one.
So next time you are choosing patterned papers for a project, make sure to save the manufacturer strips! There are a lot of fun, creative ways you can use them on your paper projects!
Supplies: Buddy (366812) - Plus One; Addition (366851) - Details; Bits (366849) - Die Cut Cardstock Shapes; Associate (366860) - Dies; Mix Tape (366839) - Washi Tape; Accompany (366856) - Acrylic Stamps; Twins (366837) - Thickers; Collage (366057) - Thickers