Today I have a layout and card celebrating summer sunshine. I thought it would be fun to create a couple of projects using sunshine icons. I love adding sunshine shapes to my projects, whether it be scrapbook page layouts or cards. There are tons of ways to use them and so many of the Simple Stories Collections showcase sunshine icons in one way or another. I'm using sunshine designs from the Sn@p! Summer Collection for both of my projects today however Good Day Sunshine and Summer Paradise are two recent collections which feature sunshine elements as well.
For my layout I combined 12x12 patterned papers from the DIY Boutique Collection and Say Cheese Collections. I love how easy it is to mix and match the paper designs from the Simple Stories Collections! I drew several circles in the Silhouette Cameo Software and used the offset button to create approximately 1/4" outer circle for each. I then cut the larger (offset) circle shapes from the Say Cheese text paper and cut the smaller circle from the other Say Cheese black tone-on-tone patterned paper. When these two papers are layered together it provides a lovely "frame" to pop some of the Summer Sn@p! Insta-Square Cards and Summer Sn@p! 3x4 cards behind!
I embellished these circles with stickers and brads.
I printed a 6x8 photo collage and trimmed the top row apart from the rest to split above and below the 4x6 Summer Sn@p! Card I used for the title of my page. I added thin patterned paper strips from the DIY Boutique 6x6 Paper Pad above and below the journaling card and layered a couple of the DIY Collection Office Journal Layers around the title card.
To create the "hey there sunshine" card I first used a manual die cutting machine and some steel rule dies from my collection to die cut several of the 4x6 Summer Sn@p! journaling cards with the SSS Hexagon Background Craft Die. I cut the design again from some smooth white cardstock, matted the "frame" on a piece of cardstock trimmed to the same size as the hexagon background and started replacing the "inside" hexagon shapes using the colorful patterns. This creates a wonderful inlay style background!
I trimmed a thin strip from one if the other cards to adhere along the top of the banner, layered another die cut banner made from vellum behind and wrapped some pretty twine around the top, tying it into a bow. I stapled the two banners together at the top and secured them to the card.
Easy, bright and FUN!
Want to see how I put both of these sunshine-y projects together? Check out the video below:
- "Cute & Crabby" Layout & "Hello" Card feat. Simple Stories Sea To Shining Sea Collection (video)
- All Squared Up Layout & Card feat. Simple Stories Insta-Squares die cut with steel rule dies (video)
- "Hello Sunshine" Layout feat. Simple Stories A Charmed Life Collection & SS Silhouette Cut Files (video)
- "So Sweet Together" Layout and Birthday Card feat. Simple Stories (video)
- "Be You" Layout and Love Card feat. Simple Stories (video)