Happy Friday! This week on the Sisters in Stamping blog it is my turn to host and I chose a scrapbook layout as my theme for the week in honor of National Scrapbooking month. My contribution is this 12"x12" layout featuring the Flower Fest stamp set in the new Summer Mini catalog. I just love these flowers and this bright color combination of melon mambo, daffodil delight, whisper white and certainly celery really makes me think of summertime. One of the very first things I loved about stamping when I was first introduced to Stampin' Up! seven years ago was that you could create your own personalized designer paper with stamps and ink. I still love doing this for one sheet wonder cards and also for scrapbook pages. I took a single sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" whisper white and stamped all over it with the large flower, small flower and leafy stem images to create my background. Because our inks match our card stock, I used a 12" x 12" sheet of melon mambo as the base of my page and it coordinates beautifully! I also know that my certainly celery ribbon will match, too. Don't you love that about Stampin' Up! products?
One of the great things about this Flower Fest stamp set is that so many of the images work with our punches so putting together projects is a breeze... especially since you know I HATE to cut things out! If you check in our catalogs, any image that is outlined means that it has a coordinating punch. Very cool!! If you know me at all, you know I am a punch junkie... I own them all!
Did you notice the large flower embellishment? That idea came from my friend Karla Anders when she shared her sneak peek card from the Summer Mini on our Sisters in Stamping blog a few weeks ago. What a fun (and easy) technique.. be sure and visit her blog for the details! I attached it with double stampin' dimensionals over a gathered piece of 1-1/4" striped certainly celery ribbon. To do that I used the new white baker's twine in the Summer Mini and wrapped it around the ribbon and tied it in a knot and trimmed the ends so it would be hidden under the flower. A little rhinestone sets off the middle of the flower nicely.
I was having a hard time coming up with a title for my page since I don't have any specific photos in mind for this page... "sweet" was pretty generic and I thought could work with a number of different images. I used my Big Shot to die-cut the daffodil delight card stock with the Serif Essentials alphabet set and for some texture ran the letters back through the Big Shot with my Square Lattice impressions folder.
Remember how I said the punches work great with this set? Well the large flower can be used with the 2-3/8" scallop circle punch and the butterfly image works with... you got it, the butterfly punch. I stamped it with melon mambo ink, colored in the dots with a daffodil delight stampin' write marker and then added dazzling diamonds with my 2-way glue pen. To give them a little more pizzazz, I added a strip of 3 little rhinestones for the body. The butterflies are attached only at the center with a stampin' dimensional so that they pop off the page. I stuck with the rule of threes and only added three butterflies to the page.
If you're interested in learning more about scrapbooking or to join a scrapbook club with me, please contact me... and if you'd like to order the products to duplicate this project you can email me or place that order in my online store. Be sure and check out our scrapbooking special this month! Don't forget - every $50 order earns you $10 in Debbie's Stampin' Bucks through May 27th and puts you on my $50-50 board. If you place an online order you'll also be entered into my monthly online order stamp set drawing. Please note that if you place an order after May 16th you'll have to do so online because I'll be cruising with my hubby and Stampin' Up! to Alaska!!!
I hope you found some inspiration here today and are going to give scrapbooking a try if you've never done it before. And if it's been a while since you've done a page, why not make some this month. For more ideas, please visit the Sisters in Stamping blog after Noon EST today to see what Karla, Jacque and Rachel came up with this week.
As always, thanks for visiting with me and be sure and come back this weekend when I share the rest of the Summer Mini catalog swaps I received from Kris and Rachel. Have a wonderful weekend!