Summer and scrapbooking aren't always a great mix. With kids home (and more often, with kids NOT home and having to run them all over the place!), time is short. And when time is short.. it can be hard to take the time to play with paper and glue.
The last few weeks of school were packed with activities, and I was feeling a bit drained when I sat down with the Hello Hello Scrapbook kits. I challenged myself to push outside my comfort zone and try something new on each of my pages. It was just what I needed to get going! I'll be sharing more about how each of these came together in the coming weeks, and challenging you to try a few new things!
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Use a Digital Template : I had this page nearly completed, and then saw Shanna's templates and fell in love with the rainbow sunburst. Before I knew it, I was tweaking the it to work with my idea, printing it onto SC Grid Paper, and reassembling the page on the new background. I love how the sunburst plays off the rainbow of stars on the other side of the page! All that color fits the energy and excitement of being on the brink of summer vacation.
No Embellishments + Deconstruction : I think it's clear that I'm a BIG embellishment addict. So could I create a page without ANY? Turns out that yes, I can. And I can even like it. ;) I was inspired by Katie Licht's Deconstruction / Reconstruction blog post, and I'm excited to use this process again. I loved how the bright colors of Hello Hello are a stark contrast to a quiet black and white of my littlest absolutely crashed out - it fits his tendency to both play and sleep hard!
Use a Pin : It's time to put that time spent pinning to use! I picked a recent favorite and used it as a jumping off point for my page. I mixed the Something Blue and Sunny Day acrylic paint from the main kit into a perfect green, and painted over a handcut speech bubble mask. Since the paint technique and the photo both had a BIG presence, I kept the rest of the page fairly simple. Words can't even express how much I love this self portrait painted by my oldest, and I think this layout features it perfectly.
Use what you love: By the time I got to my last page, I was ready to just let go and have fun. I pulled together all of my favorite pieces that I hadn't used, and built them into a funky grid design. The Heidi Swapp glitter words inspired me to dig up this photo - which then got me excited for more Monday Night Movies this summer!
I hope these challenge ideas have you even more ready to have the Hello Hello kits in your hands - I'm looking forward to sharing more about each of them this month!
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