Happy Monday everyone!! Today, I'm sharing 2 birthday layouts that I created about 2 my boys using Cheery Lynn Designs dies and a mix of patterned papers from Bella Blvd and Echo Park Paper Co. I tell you, I can not believe that my older son turned 7 just 3 weeks ago and my baby will be 3 in less than 2 months!! They're getting old...I'm not, just them...LOL!!
Side note: I absolutely love how usable Echo Park's packaging is! I cut a 4" strip from the packaging paper and was able to incorporate 18 different patterns without overwhelming the design of having to cut out each individually! Love that!
OK, back to the layout...
I wanted to add just a touch of texture to my background, so I sandwiched the paper between the Desert Floor Embossing Plate and an embossing pad and used a mallet to bang the texture into the paper since it was too big to send through my embossing machine.
I also added some sparkle by applying droplets of Key Lime Luminarte to the background.
Cheery Lynn Designs has a wonderful array of 2" x 3" layered dies that allow you to create the perfect little embellishment for any project. I used the Index Card here to highlight part of my journaling as well as add another red element to my layout.
I am all about incorporating texture onto my layouts! I love how the Piercing Plates not only add texture, but allow me to add perfect stitching (in the case here, faux stitching). All of the holes are pre-punched for you, all you have to do is stitch! How easy is that?
I created textured journaling border strips by die cutting the smallest of the XL French Flair dies and embossing it with Desert Floor. I cut the piece in half and aligned it next to my photo.
On this next birthday layout, I'll show you how to change up the look of a couple of the dies by using small pieces of them.
I added a fun playful look to the Coved Rectangle dies by making them into "tickets". I achieved this look by cutting them half, inking them and then adding a rub-on and pen work.
The XL French Flair die becomes a journaling spot that houses my title. Again, I cut out the die and trimmed off the piece that I needed and saved the rest for another project.
The Dimensional Star Buttons were used as is, but the addition of some colorful baker's twine help to take these over the top.
A plain black circle cut using the Classic XL Circles is used to mat the bowling ball making it pop right off the page!
I hope this post has inspired you to pullout your die cutting machine a go to work!!
Until next post, have a great day!!