Happy Monday, and today I’m back on the blog to inspire you with some designs that will expand your existing stash and help you to create different looks using supplies you already own. First I’d like to show you once again this collection of Mix Match Edges also available as separate packs. Last week I featured layouts combining the edges with the Serendipity Collection and I think Mix and Match Edges collection deserves a second look using other kits.
And in case you missed it last week Karen has created a tutorial on ways to use the edges: New Mix and Match Edges Tutorial.
I’m choosing this gorgeous layout, Sing, by Kabra to get things started. She uses Joyful Noise and the very versatile puzzle pieces from Serendipity. (Puzzles are also available with a CU license, and that product is a tad different. Take a look at the differences here!) The Mix Match Edges Newsprint work to frame her layout and the color and size match her photo perfectly. I love the way a single puzzle piece is separated from the rest and the photo she chose just radiates the joy of singing. The ribbon banner carefully placed in the top corner, the beautiful, oversized cluster across the bottom as well as the stamped music staff are the perfect added touches.
6grand uses the Mix Match Edges Inked, which I believe she combines with the Mix Match Edges Handwritten in Isn’t That Crazy, a layout featuring her uncle’s 80th birthday. The kit and template she chose are by Aimee Harrison and Heartstrings Scrap Art respectively. The edges subtly define the boundary of her layout. The many clusters and circles atop the photo and blended background are so pretty and in no way overshadow the lovely photo. The bits of lace and stitching finish things off in just the right way.
I had an opportunity to use the edges myself along with the Joyful Noise kit, a free mini add-on from Snickerdoodle and a template from Cristaly. (This sweet little mini-kit is FREE when you participate in the Use-It-All Challenge at The Digichick! There’s still time to join in this months fun. Join us HERE.) This layout uses a couple of photos of my daughter’s last ballet recital so many years ago. I chose one of the Mix Match Edges Halftones, and I can’t believe how the edge adds to the look of my layout. The stacked papers are the perfect backdrop for the split frame which is included in the free mini. I added a few small clusters per the template design and my layout is complete.
Another new collection you need for your stash is Artsy Textures and Transparencies. Separate packs are available and currently on sale but the bundle of course is the best value!
As always, Karen has created a tutorial for you. You must view this tutorial to understand the true versatility of this collection: Artsy Textures and Transparencies.
This product is so new I didn’t find many layouts, but the layouts I did find are beautiful. There’s so much to love about this layout, Artsy Textures Vol. 6 by Bright Eyes which also uses the Joyful Noise Collection. She describes her process : “Added Artsy Texture Vol 6 – 2 using the Vivid Light Overlay to the paper on the right side of the LO. The paper on the left side is the same paper without the texture added. Great way to add dimension while keeping the same colors in the layout.”
The framed, extracted photo is a delightful focal point for her layout. The split design works well and indeed shows-off the versatility of the texture she selected. The large floral cluster with the hanging ribbon serves to emphasize the vertical design of the layout while the tucked journal card completes the layout serving as the perfect title for her page.
Finally I’ve chosen this layout, Sing by Kythe, which uses Joyful Noise and Artsy Textures Vol. 8. This is a lovely photo-less page. The background created with the texture is just gorgeous and full of light and dimension. The large clock cluster is well balanced with the title-work in the top corner and the musical staff completes the look and reinforces the theme of her page. I’m certain to add this collection to my stash very soon.
I hope you have found these layouts inspirational and the tutorials informative. I almost forgot to mention that you can try out the Artsy Textures by downloading the freebie Karen has generously provided in this blog post: Using the Spot Healing Brush. While you are there don’t forget to read the tutorial for some valuable tips. Thanks and have a great week.