Ah, the lazy days of summer. Everyone has their own ways to enjoy these languid summer days, and we look forward to them all winter. This week, the Digi CT is sharing some of their summer traditions with you, in layout form. Hopefully, these layouts will inspire you to scrap your own summer traditions, or even create some new ones!
A Summer Tradition by Art_Teacher/Laura:
Laura created this two-page layout with a freebie template, which was the only way to fit all the photos she took of her family's summer 4th of July tradition.
Slice of Summer by nun69/Angie:
Angie exclaims, "This reveal is all about summer traditions, and for the Miller 6 pack it is all about watermelon until it goes out of season!"
Grace Island Picnic by Keling/Sara:
Sara explains, "One of my favourite summer traditions, that I've missed these last 2 years since we've been in the UK, is our annual church picnic, usually on the Thursday of Cupmatch (1st Thursday in August or the last in July, depending on how the 1st of August falls). Years ago, we used to go out to Ports Island every year, but now, the whole church boats out to Grace Island for a fun day of food, fellowship and fun! We're just missing it this year - Cupmatch is yesterday and today, and so the church picnic would have been yesterday! My layout features photos from the event in 2007, when DH's family were visiting us in from England!
Holiday Traditions by Anna1972/MC-Designs/Annalies:
Annalies tells us, "This is a real tradition, reading books, books, books. I don't care where I am, when I have some books with me it is fine by me!"
Traveling to Seoul by milmomma/Brittney:
"To me," Brittney says, "this means a summer road trip in a very hot car with too many bodies. A foreign bed and fast food. Oddly, I love this tradition of summer vacations and have started doing it more with my family."
Girls Night by JennKellams:
Jenn writes, "I don't have children so my traditions are made with my friends. Being in college has its benefits for meeting people and these girls have really become great friends of mine! We love having a get together since we are all free this summer."
Summer Sunshine by Janell:
Janell says, "Of course one of our favorite summer traditions is swimming and Maya loves the pool!"
Summer Camp by sarahwhithers/Jennifer:
Jennifer's summer tradition, "would have to be camping. I've gone the last three years in a row now, at least once, and always enjoy it. Here's hoping this year we go again!"
Home Grown year 5 Hybrid Album by Smiley-Scrap8/Ronny:
Ronny created this incredible acrylic, hybrid album and tells us, "We have tons of things we like to do during the summer but our summer garden has become something we just can't live without in the last 5 years. The kids beg and beg to get the garden started each spring and have a blast taking care of it all summer long."
Perfect Summer by MamaK321/Kristi:
Kristi says, "There is one thing that makes my summer perfect... spending time at home with the family, doing not much of anything. LOL BBQing, swimming, celebrating birthdays, as long as the family is together.
Summer Fun by Scrappin13/Molly:
Molly explains, "I love summertime. I love being able to stay up late and sleep in, going swimming at my parent's pool, going to baseball games. These are the things we enjoy doing and make summer my favorite time of year."
Whether your summer traditions are getting together with friends and family, eating, swimming, reading, traveling, camping, or gardening, or just laying in a hammock in the shade on a sunny day, don't forget to scrap them! Below are some of the terrific designs from the Digi Shoppe, used in the layouts above.
When I saw the SEI line of Jocelyn I knew right way it was going to be the perfect paper line to work with this month. Our family was having a Decade birthday party and the colors and designs in this looked like fun. The stickers, embellishments and sparkles that went along with it were going to work wonderful.
The best Brothers, at least that's how both my husband and I feel about ours so I finally got a picture of the four of us together. The SEI Jocelyn line was a great choice for this and I'm sure they are going to love my choice of pink and green to accent the picture.
Just smile - seeing some of these people really had me smiling all day, some I see once in awhile and other's it has been years. The colors in these papers are so pretty to use with so many pictures.
This line is perfect for masculine layouts as well.
A fun card made with the SEI Jocelyn line and my Sizziz big die.
We had a big decade birthday party for a group of us in the family and it seemed the best way to celebrate to have it all together. I saw the SEI Jocelyn line and thought it would be a perfect match for the party pictures and it is!
I have a bit of a love affair with KaiserCraft. I drool over so many of the Beyond the Page and wooden elements and own a shameful amount of their pearls. I will admit, though, that their papers have almost been an afterthought for me. Until now! When I first saw the new LeChateau line I thought the patterns were lovely but didn't necessarily think I could do much with them. They looked very "wedding" to me. But I kept going back to click on them in the shoppe and after a while I started to get ideas... home decor, cards, layouts beyond weddings. They could actually be quite perfect for my masculine pages and get me out of the "green and brown" rut I have been in.
Oh, KaiserCraft. Whatever shall I do now that you have shown me the error of my ways? It turns out I loved their paper just as much as their other unique offerings! It's double sided with rich colors and LeChateau has great sophisticated patterns. They designed the patterns to work flawlessly with their die-cut wood embellishments. And did you know that their die-cut paper pieces come packaged in a fabulous clear plastic zippered bag that you can reuse and is punched to put in a binder? I may need to buy more of those JUST to have a collection of the packaging!
This ended up being one of my favorite reveals. I found these products easy to work with and my projects came together surprisingly fast. And I think you'll agree that these papers can go far beyond wedding pages!
These photos are a bit formal because of the clothing we are wearing but the poses are casual. I used the die-cut paper as the background for this page for its formality but the rest of the patterns are more casual. Using my craft knife, I cut the corners of the design and slipped the mat paper behind the cuts. You will see that I loaded all of my projects and pages in this reveal with flowers and bling... this line sort of begs for lots of layering and embellishment, which is fine by me! The kraft journaling spot goes really well with this line, as does kraft anything for that matter!
Someday You'll Fly Away
This page has a lot going on. Sometimes I find it hard to use papers that have very large design elements on them like these bird cages. They take up the majority of the left side but I really love the bird motif right now and had to find a way to use this paper. It some respects it actually makes it easier to design the rest of your page because you have less space to figure out what to do with! I did some really simple layering for my photo and another kraft journaling spot. I also distressed the heck out of this page. I absolutely adore the wood bird embellishments and used them to echo my title. The bird on the left looks like he is "flying away" out of his cage and my son is watching him. Finally, I used a very fine glue pen to outline the largest bird cage and added fine black glitter to pop it off the page.
Ok, while this line CAN be used for things other than weddings I still had to throw a page in that was wedding related! I used the classic, demure black diamond print for the background and fussy cut the floral strip at the bottom. That pattern is just so pretty! My pleats were made from basic white crepe paper that I gathered and adhered to a half circle. It is a cheap embellishment but perfect for this layout because it matches the bride's dress. I also made the flower by twisting a wide twill ribbon in a circle, adhering it to a paper circle, and adding the bling on top.
This project was absolutely the most fun to make and took me less time than you would think. I started with a white Creative Imaginations box and painted it black. I used sandpaper and filing tools to distress it and then fit each box with a photo and/or paper. I mixed black and white, color, and sepia toned photos, which I normally would not do, but it really somehow works with this line. Here I used more of the KaiserCraft wood birds and a frame as well. In person you can see how I used foam tape to pop up multiple layers, especially the coordinating paper die-cuts. Bits and pieces of buttons, lace, metal accents, flowers, and trinkets finish off this box. I punched holes in the top and strung it with the same twill ribbon I used for the flower in the layout above.
"Hi" Blooms Card
Finally, I put together this card. The lollipop flowers are simply three staggered, crumpled circles that have been inked and topped with threaded buttons. I sewed the "stems" and a border and added the alphas over the striped strip, die-cut tab, and a bit of lace. Easy but something nice to send!
I don't know about you, but I find almost every product line from Making Memories completely irresistible! Their newest travel themed line, Panorama is no exception! Beautiful, warm colors, combined with lots of vintage travel embellishments ...
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Do you ever feel a little retro, a little glamorous? If so this line is perfect for you. The name says it all - RetroGlam. With shades of green, yellow and purples you might think blah, but they really pop and will make your pages pop as well ...
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