Never Grow Up

We have been blessed with beautiful spring weather for the last couple of weeks. It’s such a relief to be able to get out and enjoy the outdoors – especially since we’re under our third “Stay at Home” order. Our youngest grandson Ben is now two and a half. Every day is a new day of discoveries for him. He loves being outdoors and he and his siblings have a wonderful treehouse in their backyard. My daughter managed to get Ben to slow down long enough to capture this beautiful photo of him in the upper level of their treehouse.

The perfect cut file to complement this picture was the Tree House cut file from Peartree Cutfiles. You can find it here https://www.peartreecutfiles.co.uk/product/tree-house/

While it does take some time and patience to back this large cut file, it was worth all the effort. I used patterned papers for the background and the tree trunk from Shimelle’s Never Grow Up paper line. I also used a Copic marker to colour the rope ladder found to the left of the tree trunk. When I’m working on a cut file this large, I use the fill option in the Silhouette Studio software to map out the colours first. This ensures I don’t miss any of the pieces as I cut the backing, and also speeds things up overall.

I wanted this cut file to take centre stage on the layout, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum. The Never Grow Up title, get OUTSIDE banner, snail and vellum ant all came from a coordinating ephemera package from the Never Grow Up line. I adhered some fun foam to the back of the Never Grow Up title, to provide a bit of dimension and texture to the layout. The two little layered butterflies belong to the Flower Wild Free collection by Prima Marketing Inc. The date was added using Doodlebug Design Inc‘s, my type stickers.

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope I’ve inspired you to get outside to enjoy the spring weather! Until next time, stay safe, stay well, and Happy Scrapping!

Precious Moments

I spent some time last week sorting and clearing out some of my electronic picture files. I’m so happy I did because I came across this gem of a photo that I’d forgotten about. I LOVE everything about this photo – the sweet dog Lillie, her curiosity, the ripples in the water and the colours all combined to make this photo simply spectacular! My soon to be (not soon enough!) daughter-in-law, Tanis, took this gorgeous photo of Lillie when the two of them were camping and hiking at Horseshoe Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta in 2017. Sure makes you want to run to the mountains, doesn’t it?!

I used two cut files from Peartree Cutfiles to complete this layout. The Arrow Border cut file was a perfect match for drawing focus on this outstanding photo. You can find it here https://www.peartreecutfiles.co.uk/product/arrow-border/. I wanted to pull on the colours from the lake to complete the border and accomplished this by using coordinating papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Happiness collection. I raised some of the arrows for further emphasis and accomplished this by adhering black fun foam to the back of the turquoise and aqua arrows around the border. The remaining arrows were simply backed with coordinating patterned paper or Huckleberry Pie cardstock from Bazzill. The Moments title can be found here https://www.peartreecutfiles.co.uk/product/moments/. It was backed with Huckleberry Pie cardstock and I used Lawn Fawn’s Metallic Cardstock in “Holographic 2.0” to back some of the camera elements.

One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed using Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections is the fact that many of these collections work together. With this in mind, I searched through my collections to find a background paper that fit the layout I had in mind. The background paper in this layout came from the Boy’s Rule collection, specifically the Messed Up patterned paper sheet.

In wishing to keep the photo the main focus of the completed layout, I only added a few additional elements to complete it. The word “precious” was added above the title phrase and it came from the sticker sheet in the Happiness paper collection. The date and Lillie’s name were added with my type cardstock stickers, and the blue heart came from the Rainbow Hearts Shape Sprinkles package – all elements from Doodlebug Designs. Here are a few more photos to provide more detail on the completed layout.

So glad you stopped by today. Until next time, stay safe, stay well and Happy Scrapping!