Wow! Is it really May? Don't I say something to that effect every month? We have had some beautiful days here in the Pacific Northwest and I have soaked up every last bit of it. It has made me long for drinks with umbrellas and bright colors. Well the May Gossamer Blue kits don't come with cocktails (unfortunately), but they do come with color...including a bunch of the highly sought after Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. Normally this cut apart style is not my sweet spot. I don't have the patience for all the cutting...but Paige and Pink Paislee made it possible for me to make a layout that looks like it took way longer than it actually did to finish.
The MVP this month was definitely the Fancy Free page kit. In addition to the pre cut overlay, it also came with a title, embellishments and the bottom patterned sheet. When I first saw it I was a bit bummed because I thought for sure I couldn't use it. I've always admired that intricate look, but it just wasn't my style...or so I thought. Well, I was happy to be wrong. The fact that it comes in a full 12x12 sheet means you can use as much or as little of it as you want and that's exactly what I did. I also chose to use just the die cut overlay placing bits of the patterned paper in some areas and leaving others open. This created a more simple look that suited my tastes. I finished things off with some stitching and tiny stamps (I LOOOOVE TINY STAMPS). The title circles were cut from a Simple Stories cut apart page.
I chose to go with a simple grid style layout to showcase some of my favorite flower pictures this Spring. I take a LOT of flower pictures so using a grid helps me to get a few extra pictures on my page without it being too much. There was so much color in these photos, that the chipboard title seemed like a perfect fit.
As you know, I can't exactly go a month without making one (or several) layouts dedicated to Ronin...my beloved Blue Heeler/Beagle. The colorful papers that came in the May Kits definitely capture his playful personality. I used those puffy numbers from the Fancy Free collection to direct the look of this page.
When it comes to memorykeeping, there are so many ways to document life that don't include pretty paper and stickers. That's why I LOVE scrapbooking. It's a creative process driven by beautiful products. I'm not ashamed to say that I often allow the products to drive the look and feel of my layouts. It was a complete joy to play with the kits this month and I'm just getting started:)