Friday, June 6, 2014

Happy Birthday - 21

A few months ago, I was going through my stash, assembling some supplies I no longer wanted for the giveaway box. In one of my paper keepers, I stumbled across this make-&-take from Archivers several years back.

Originally, I'd planned to use it as a page for one of my husband's birthdays, but I decided it would make a great base for telling the story of my nephew turning 21.

I gathered the photos and a package of die cut cards from Chic Tags.

I thought I might make use of the packaging on this page, but I didn't find a use for it. Another time, perhaps.

Finding a way to fit all the photos tricked me up a little bit. I added some die cut letters and numbers, using dies from the company that used to be called QuicKutz, and I also created a few embellishments with card stocks and stamps, also using some stamps to create some additional pattern and texture, to kind of "busy it up." (I wanted the design to have a lot of energy, almost chaotic.)

Here is my completed page:

Supplies: Card stock and patterned paper from Archivers and Stampin' Up! Tags from Chic Tags. Gems by TPC Studio. Enamel dots by My Mind's Eye. Letter stickers by Basic Grey. Stamps by Tim Holtz, Basic Grey, and Stamps of Life. Ink by Ranger. Chipboard stickers by Bo Bunny. Ribbon by Archivers. Letter and number dies by QuicKutz.

Overall, I like how everything I added works together with the original design, even if it did wind up a little bit more chaotic than I intended. I really like getting to use something I could've thrown away to create a page that tells an important story.

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