I can honestly tell you I've been having such a fun time creating with the Hello Again collection from Carta Bella that's currently available in the Paper Stories store. I'm not sure that I had used Carta Bella before the lovely Georgia sent me this kit, and maybe you're in the same boat? Let me tell you the quality of these papers is fabulous! Do you remember the old Crate Paper, or the older My Mind's Eye papers that were thick and soft and velvety? That's what these are like.
For this first layout I've limited myself to only using the yellow, pink
and black papers. When I'm faced with an entire collection I find it a
little daunting to know where to start. For example, there's way too
many fun tags and stickers to choose from! But if I make up a colour
scheme to follow it helps me make choices about which ones to use.
I started my layout by cutting out a bunch of hearts into my background
paper with my Silhouette. I backed it with a contrasting colour and made
sure to stick some foam tape in between the layers to give it some depth and dimension. That's a little technique I've been playing around with lately and I'm really loving the results. I've made another page using this style but it's been picked up for publication by Scrapbook Trends (yep - shameless name dropping here!)
And of course, the cut-out hearts don't go to waste because I've used
some here, and the rest ended up on my next layout! I've just doodled
around them a bit with black and white pens.
Because most of the decoration on this page was done with the hearts I
didn't need a lot more embellishments, but I've layered up some of the Element Stickers plus the Label and Flair from Ormolu
which match perfectly. The title stickers also worked well as they
continued on with the black & white theme. You can find these JBS stickers in the shop too (on sale!!)
This layout is all about the day my youngest finally called her sister
by her proper name. You know how young kids tend to turn long difficult
names into funny little abbreviations? Well it's taken my
almost-4-year-old that long to be able to call her sister 'Bethany'.
Mostly she calls her 'Bebesh'. It's partly our fault too of course, as
we rarely call her Bethany either. She's got about a million little
nicknames that we call her instead. It's just a family moment in our
everyday lives that seems worth documenting :-)