Using Ephemera to Create a Theme

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I’m so excited to share my first layout using the 2016 October Hip Kits!  They are just so beautiful.  As soon as I opened the kits, I saw these adorable houses from the WeRMemory Keepers Ephemera in the Embellishment Kit.  I was immediately inspired to create a “Home” themed layout.  I searched on Pinterest and found the sweetest quote.  I created it in my Silhouette software and cut it on a sheet of the white cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I arranged the quote so I would have just the right space to place my photo to the right and a cluster on the bottom left.  It’s actually pretty easy to make this layout work once the title is cut and finished because there is only so much space left to add your photo and embellishments.  I backed all the letters with various patterned papers from the Main Kit and Paper Kit.
Dimension is key to really making things pop off your page.  You can create dimension in lots of ways.  The easiest way is to raise your photo/s and/or embellishments up by using pop dots or foam.  Here you can see how the photo and house are raised up, creating a shadowing effect.  This makes it easier to layer things under there, like stickers or thread.  I added this cute “the CREW” wood veneer on to of the house because it describes my sweet family photo.  I added a little bit of gold machine stitching as well.
For my bottom cluster, I used another house die cut and added a Simple Stories flower cluster sticker, another die cut from the same pack as the house as well as a wood veneer heart and a pretty gold rub-on.  All of those are WeRMemory Keepers.  The top circular piece I fussy cut from one of the Project Life cards.  Kim Watson always does such a fabulous job of designing those so they match the papers and embellishments perfectly!
Here’s another look at the bottom cluster.  I added some of the Crushed Coral Shimmerz Texturez from the Color Kit as well as some of the Prima Oil Pastels from the August Color Kit.  I also used these same goodies in the top cluster behind my photo, too.
Backing cut file designs is a great (and colorful) technique.  It gives you the chance to use lots of papers & patterns  without being too busy or overwhelming.  Plus you can get some really fun color schemes!  I just picked a font on my computer and typed it out.
Here’s one last look at the top area.  You can see the pretty Shimmerz under the photo, the Simple Stories flower sticker and the rub-on.  For my journaling, I typed it out on my computer and printed it using a typewriter font.
I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try with your October Kits!  Here’s my process video showing how I put this whole page together.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great week!


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