Have you ever ordered scrapbook papers online knowing exactly what you wanted to do with them…and then when you open the box, they take you in a different direction entirely? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me when I ordered the Knave of Hearts Collection from Collage Press to work with this month. I wanted to make a mini album for my son, and there’s no doubt in my mind that these papers would have worked beautifully for that, but when I got them, something about them made me want to grab some really old photos to work with as well. Pretty exciting when the papers tell you how to use them, huh?!
The first layout I did with them is a heritage page of me as a shameless two year old who couldn’t keep her swimsuit on! The diecut from this collection works perfectly with a Kraft background and was dying to be inked for an aged effect! I added a few bits of lace, flowers and pearls to complete that vintage feeling on my page entitled Really Teeny Bikini Gone
The Knave Cut rings are so perfect for framing a layout that I was inspired to scrap this old race photo of me. Running brings me such a sense of peace and freedom that I often use that time to analyze what is going on in my life or pray, so it was easy to use one of my favorite songs for this layout about me.
I did eventually get around to using these products on some fun boy pages. The first one, The Summer of Your Last Suppers tells the story about the summer after Nicolas’ 8th Grade Graduation. He and his friends feasted at least once a week after shopping at the grocery store down the street. They called them their last suppers. There are so many masculine elements in this collection that boy pages were a snap. A photo, a few pieces of the patterned paper, those delicious rings, and the fun pop of die cut embellishments and this layout was DONE!
I found some even older photos of Nicolas…these were from shortly after his 9th birthday when he used all of his birthday money to buy a very cool skateboard. I managed a fun series of photos of him his first time out on the board, so I used the last of those diecut rings to frame them. These papers look awesome on a black background and the diecut sheet had some really fun shapes and titles on it!
An even more unexpected way to use this collection is for outdoor photos. I’ve been looking at this group of photos for at least four years and never really had the right stuff to scrap them with. We had so much fun the year we spent time in the mountains taking hikes and discovering new and amazing places right outside the doors of our cabin, that I wanted to be the layout to be just right. Sometimes when you let go of the need for perfection, the work just comes together. When I saw the photos again, the colors in them popped out at me as PERFECT for these papers…so here you have it! Just a few strips of paper, a fun punched border and the great diecut journaling spots perfectly placed tells the whole story for me!
So, the next time you place an order at A Cherry on Top with layouts in mind, don’t be surprised if something entirely different happens when you open up that box!
One more project done with these products can be seen in my gallery here.
The following products were used on these layouts:
you still ROCK the vintage & old photos with cool designs :) (and my sentiments exactly, elsie! lol)
I love the older photos with this line! Great layouts!
Fantastic job, Laura! I've had this line sitting on my table for weeks...now if my kids would just go back to school! ;-)
you truly rocked this line and made me love their stuff, amazing!
You did an amazing job showing how versitle this line can be! Great job Laura!
Wow! Love all of your layouts! Especially the skateboard one!
You absolutely amaze me!! I never thought this line would be so versitle!! All you LOs are FABULOUS!
I adore this collection and knew you would do amazing things with it...and you did!