In the weeks since I made this layout, we've gone from "ALMOST" to being knee deep in summer. Hanging out with friends, going to the pool, lazy mornings, and most recently, The Lego Movie on mega repeat.
I wanted to share how I tweaked Shanna's template to make it fit what I wanted for this page. I love the look of templates, and it never occurred to me to alter them until I started working with Shanna Noel on her Digital | Beyond the Basics class. It really opened my eyes to just how versatile these files can be!
I started this page with Studio Calico's Hello Hello Scrapbook kit and it came together quickly - but the background was feeling rather plain. It really didn't have the energy & excitement that I wanted to capture, and when I saw this template, I knew a starburst was the answer. I could have pieced it together with patterned paper, but I wanted to try something new and see what I could do with Shanna's template!
Here's what it looks like when you first open it. I hid everything but the starburst rays, and then rotated it so the starburst would be on the left side of the paper.
I then resized the canvas to 11x11in.
And then cropped it to 8.5x11in.
I wanted the blues to be on the bottom to echo what I'd already done with the punched stars, so I flipped the template.
I selected all of the pieces of the ray and resized them to be slightly wider than the original design - I wanted to be sure the point would be under my photo once I printed the burst.
I printed the template onto Studio Calico's grid paper - it adds a subtle texture to the background that would be missing if I had used white cardstock.
The starburst echos the stars on the opposite side of the page, and brings the perfect amount of color to my background.