Thursday, October 11, 2012

Get Your Smash On

The Reveal
Hello PMB friends, this is Michelle here today. If you enjoy working on smaller albums - Simple Stories' Mix & Match album, Smash Books, homemade minis or Project Life, then using a card kit is the perfect complement. The A2 cardstock and 6 x 6" patterned paper packs are the just right size for the job. I always feel guilty cutting out a little piece or narrow strip of 12 x 12" paper for my layouts. Now I don't feel like I'm wasting a perfectly good piece of paper and can create guilt free. If only we can say that about  baked chips. I just grabbed my Smash Book, photos, Sweet Life kit and this is the result. 

The Process
Since I don't have to spend time deciding on which stickers, paper collection, ribbons vs. washi to choose, I can just exert my effort on the creative process. I started with my main concept of the layout, that of having my Dad in the back seat in a bit of a role reversal. I wanted the focal point to be his photo. I did that by having the title, which are speech bubbles, point back to him. 

I cut out my title on my Cameo. There were plain speech bubbles and "are we there yet?" text in the Silhouette store, but they were sold as separate die cuts. I just decided to make my own, and am now passing the savings on to you. 

Silhouette Studio Download: Are We There Yet Speech Bubbles
The cut file includes filled speech bubbles, text only and plain speech bubbles.

After arranging the photos and title which is the bulk of the layout, I focused on embellishments. I wasn't sure what to do with a straw at first, so I challenged myself to incorporate it. I flattened it with a bone folder and cut it in half.

I then dabbed on some ink to change up the color to match the accent color on my layout. It turned out to look like washi tape. This is a really quick and cheap alternative, especially if you don't need an entire roll of tape. You can make the white part any color that you need. 

I wanted to add the location and date of the photos. I repeated the grouping of paper, ribbon and straw behind one of the Avalon stickers. I cut out the central wording of the sticker so it became a frame for the photo caption.

Lastly, I worked on the journaling. Since half the layout was blank at this point, I had a lot of room to play with. I decided to incorporate some of the Fresh Squeezed Stamps throughout the writing for a playful touch.

Just use your Sweet Life kit and you'll be like Stuart from MadTV and say, "Look what I can do."

Thanks so much for stoppin' by and I'll see you next week!

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  1. Such an awesome use of the kit! love what you've done with the straw! FAB page...

  2. This ROCKS!! I loveeeeeeeee the colors and how you did the title!!!

  3. This is so cute Michelle! Love the title.

  4. Wow! Great idea...It is very cute...

  5. great smash page. Great inspiration.

  6. Brilliant! I love mini's and need to play with them more. I was staring at that straw knowing someone would be uber clever with it! Ta-da! It was you :)

  7. This is great!! TFS, I've been looking for smash book ideas. Love the straw technique too!
    -Gabi from Denton, TX