My favorite detail of this layout is the sun, which is, in part, the result of a happy little accident. I used foam dots to raised my sun off the paper but the beads weighed its edges down so it actually has a rounded puffiness to it that I just adore–perfectly child-like. I wish the photos showed it better.
Take Advantage Of All Angles
Notice the totally different effects between laying beads flat and lying them on their side. You can get two different looks with one product.
Stickles have proven themselves to be 100% versatile, from the glitter of Christmas time to the glistening reflection of the summer sun. I love products like this that provide multiple uses for multiple purposes, making a huge impact from just a small amount.
I bet the designer of greenish-blue paper never thought of water while creating it, but look how wave-like it is?
A Wet Look
Add Glossy Effects or Diamond Glaze to the top of an element on your page for a wet look. It takes a steady hand to do long, thin lines like this, though, so you may want to practice beforehand. I had a little trouble with mine.
The economy is tight right now, at least for Americans. You don’t have to hit the scrapbook store, though, to find just the right summer products for your layouts. Search through your current stash to find items that emulate aspects of summer on this year’s pages.
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115 Degree Summers
Journaling reads: The benefits of 115 degree summers: 1) amazingly warm pool water…feels good! 2) No need for towels! It’s not cold when we get out and the sun dries us immediately.
Album: This layout could fit into a lot of my albums. I could put it in my Things We Do album for summer swimming, my People We Love album, since we were in my friend’s pool, or a seasons album in a summer section. But for now I’ve chosen to put it in an album about living in Arizona, since the story I chose to tell is about the uniquely hot Arizona summers and what it’s like to live through them. (Thanks to Stacy Julian for this wonderful philosophy!).
Supplies used: Cardstock (Bazzill); Patterned paper (Creative Imaginations); Glitter (Stickles by Ranger); Clear glue (Glossy Accents by Range); Letter stickers (Creative Memories); Beads (from own stash).