Keep Calm and Eat a Donut | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, Raquel here today with you sharing my newest layout using the August kits. These kits seriously have to be one of my favourite ever that I have worked with! Loving each and every piece and the beautiful colour palettes that can be achieved.


For my layout this week my task was to ‘make it masculine’. My style I guess could be described as soft and feminine so I wanted to stay true to that whilst incorporating elements that would make my layout appear more masculine.

To achieve this I stuck with a white background and title, pops of colour from the kits and lots of contrasts of black. For me, adding contrasts of black make a layout more masculine and that is what I aimed to do today.


To create the donuts I used Kim’s cut files and cut them on a white card stock from the card stock add on. I also cut an outline of the donuts on the kraft card stock to give them more of a donut-y colour. To add the pop of sprinkles I matted the donuts with one of the Amy Tan patterned papers.


The title is one of Kim’s cut files too! I couldn’t resist using it!


I decided to work in a somewhat diagonal design. It is certainly one of my ‘go to’ layout designs as I love the look of embellishments and photos flowing across a page.


I printed the two photos of my son in wallet size and in black and white so they would coordinate with the colour palette of the layout. These photos were ones I had in my mobile camera roll and perfect for the cut files this month. I matted the photos with a couple of the 3×4″ cards from the Project Life kit.


To make this page more masculine I added the pops of black to the page. This was done using some of the cute donut Amy Tan stickers.keepcalm-4

And the cute Dear Lizzy rubber charms, chipboard, clear stickers and Crate Puffy Stickers


I also cut a couple of the 12″ scallop strips from one of the papers in the kits. I just love the way it looks, and placing them at the top and bottom of the page brings your attention back into the middle of the page.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope this page has given you some insight into how I may make a page more masculine, whilst staying true to my style.

Raquel x

Raquel Bowman


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