They're lovely. And they totally stump me! I get completely confused about how to use them! Where do I put the photos? Am I meant to cover some of the embellishment, or do I scrap on the opposite side?
So, over the course of time, I have forced myself to use some of these papers, and I've been really thrilled with what I've learned and how they have turned out. Let me share...
I eventually decided that I wanted the floral frame to overlay the photo...and since the frame was included as a separate element in the kit, I could do exactly that! I placed my picture, layered the frame over it, then sized it to precisely match the background. All the finishing details came together easily after that. I've posted this completed page before, but now you know "the rest of the story!"
Beautiful Life digital scrapbooking layout by Chanell Rigterink Credits Patterned Paper and Frame: Spring Time Fever Kit by Tia Bennett; Pink Paper, Flowers, Ribbon: Song of Spring Kit by SAS Designs; Paper Tear: Having Hope Collection by Thao Cosgrove; Word Art: Marie Stones; Font: Bodoni MT
I finally stumbled upon the idea of layering this paper over a solid one, shrinking and tilting it slightly to better show off the torn edge. Suddenly, I had more room at the top, and a nice edge to anchor the pictures to. I ran some ribbons across the bottom to help ground the page and added an embellishment cluster that balanced the photos but didn't cover too much of the heart stamp.
On this Day digital scrapbooking page by Chanell Rigterink Credits Digital Paper: Just B Messy Collection by Angie Briggs; Embellishments: Splash of Color Collection by Angie Briggs; Staples: Valerie Randall; Font: Segoe Print
Both of those layouts were victories born of sheer persistence, but who doesn't prefer when a page just seems to design itself? That was the case here.
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I contemplated this template for quite a while, waiting for inspiration to strike. I tried out several sets of pictures, dug through my stash looking for the right kit to use, and kept coming up empty.
Then, just before my deadline, Angie Briggs saved me with this freebie she released for her You Are Collection! I knew immediately what I wanted to do and which pictures to use...