It’s reveal day for the July Freckled Fawn kit Silver Linings! Today I’m sharing how I used the kit to make SEVEN projects!
First, you can see what’s inside the kit in Freckled Fawn’s video below. I always start by looking through my kit a few times so I can get ideas on how I’ll use it.
*There are resin shapes included in the kit not shown in the video.
Often, one embellishment in the kit will remind me of specific photos I’ve taken. This kit, I started with this flair. It reminded me of the reads photos Jake took of me recently, and the colors were perfect. I started thinking about the other ways I could use the kit to make an awesome reads / currently pocket page as I printed my photos.
I used square Currently cards for this month. I always combine Currently cards with my reads photos, so I knew they’d be in play on the page. The spot I had in my album for this page did’t use square pockets, so I decided to mount them onto plain white cards, which I patterned using the silver washi tape from the kit.
I wanted to have lots of color for the title card, so I got out the acetate alpha & numbers. (The first thing I did with the kit was alphabetize these in the packaging, which sped up my process tremendously. Also, remember to take the protective film off of the back!)
The 3×4 cards were too small to use the acetate letters for a full title, so I began each word with the acetate alpha and used the Lili Alphabet Stamp to finish the titles.
I adhered each letter down using the phrase stickers, and I liked the way they looked so much that I decided to keep going to use the phrases to make a pattern. I cut bits of the colors off of the stickers to extend the pattern all of the way across the page on portions that didn’t have room for full phrases. I also tried to stick to phrases that made sense for the page.
I finished the page with the details stamp from the Add-On “This Is My Story” Stamp, which I stamped on white cardstock, cut out, and put on the photo with a pop dot. A bit of journaling in the white space of the photo and around the flair and I finished my first project with the kit!
Next, I went to a story I’ve been wanting to tell. My birthday is coming up at the end of the month, but I never made a page for my check-in list from last year. I thought I’d better get on it before I start a new list for this year. I chose a photo I used in the blog post about my 27th year and one from my birthday party with family for this pocket page. The photos aren’t very colorful, but my daughter’s swimming suit and the colorful elements in the kit inspired me to use rainbow techniques on the page! The great thing about neutral photos: you can do pretty much anything with them.
I used the “This Is My Story” stamp from the Add-On Stamp to create a background pattern for each card, then stamped and cut out multiple labels using the stamp set to house my journaling (except for red–I used the red labels that came in the kit for that).
I included one embellishment on each of the cards that matched the card color–enamel dots on the red, resin star and arrow on yellow and orange, and enamel asterisk on blue. For the green and purple cards, I used clips that are now sold out in the Freckled Fawn shop. But there are a ton of other clips available and there’s a buy two sets get one free clip flash sale going on until July 2 at noon MST!
For the title card, I used thin washi tape to create rainbows on the top and bottom of the card: red, orange, and yellow from this set, seafoam and plum from this set, and aqua from this set. I sewed on the numbers for my title, added retired Freckled Fawn stickers to create the rest of the title (along with an “i” stamp from the Lili Alphabet Stamp), and added some more enamel shapes.
After two pocket pages, I wanted to create a traditional page. Probably because I was working on a few of the gaps in my 2014 album with the last page, I automatically thought of my husband’s grandparents’ 65th anniversary. What better use for the “love, love, love” wood veneer?
I used the resin hearts along with the “Let’s Celebrate Today” cork sticker, which were fantastic for the anniversary theme.
I used more of the numbers for the title, this time attaching the acetate letters with brads. To finish the title, I used another label stamp (that will fast become a favorite) along with letter stickers from the July 2014 kit.
To balance out the hearts and cork, I included three (sold out) cork hearts on the top of the page.
I knew I’d be using the 8.5 x 11 anniversary page as an insert for a pocket spread, so I wanted to make the rest of the spread using the kit so I could tie the whole thing together.
Just a few embellishments can go a long way, especially on busy spreads full of photos. I used washi tape (seafoam and forrest green from this set and orange from the Wanderlust kit) and phrase stickers from the kit to cover up the strips on this card that weren’t quite matching, then covered the sentiment on the card with a cork sticker that made more sense with the spread.
On the other side of the spread, I used elements from the anniversary page’s title for the date card.
I also added a cork sticker and resin arrow to jazz up the cards a little.
Using matching cork stickers and washi tape brings all of the pages of this spread together. This is especially helpful for stash busting cards–I was using cards and patterned papers from a lot of different companies, so the embellishments were important to bring a consistent thread through the whole thing!
Next I moved to my favorite embellishment left in the kit so far–the “the best” wood veneer. I thought about the things that I haven’t documented yet for 2015. What was “the best”? Planet Comicon, hands-down. I know I want to make several pages about the event, so I decided to enlarge two of my favorite photos of my family and our friends to work as an introduction to the event in my album.
Once I chose the red paper, I had the idea to line the rest of the red labels along the top of the photo. (I left one for the bottom corner.) I used a small amount of adhesive on the labels to hold them in place, then sewed them on for a more finished look. As a border between the photos and patterned paper on the bottom, I lined up the remaining silver foil phrase stickers (you can sure get some miles out of that sticker sheet).
I gathered some of the enamel shapes around the wood chip so it would stand out even more.
I added two more small embellishment clusters to the page to create a visual triangle. I mostly stuck to the kit, but I wanted a few more tiny bits to work with, so I used some puffy stickers from the Carnival Kit and a pink resin star that matched the patterned paper.
Next, I really wanted to use the cute Digital Cut Files for this month, but I need a new blade and mat for my Silhouette. So I decided to go a different route! I created two patterned papers with the digital images–one with the clouds, the other with the hot air ballons–by coloring the elements and repeating them over and over. I picked colors that would work well with the Mother’s Day gifts that I made with my kids.
Then I added color to the phrases and a few shapes and cut them out with a craft knife. Not as pretty as they would have been if I’d had my digital cutter, but it still totally works.
I finished off this little 6 x 8 page with a acetate letter to start the title, the rest of the title on a stamped label, an enamel asterisk tucked behind the photo, and a few more phrase stickers.
Last but not least, I used the washi tape and the acetate letters for a minibook about my favorite books. I just added the tape and letter to the back of the photos and journaled right there. For each page, I used the dots on the washi to line up part of the thick washi to the top, then cut off the excess carefully so I could add the other part of the strip to the bottom!
You’ll see more of this project in the FREE workshop Find Your Voice
I used most of my kit for these 7 projects, but I still have even more that I can pepper into future projects! I hope you liked a peek at how I used my kit this month. I’d love to see how you use yours!
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