Summer Outings – Using Themed Products to Scrapbook the Ordinary

Welcome to a new Make It Monday series on my blog. I’ve been trying to kick start this for awhile and it took a combined effort with my business partner to get me back on track. With anything in the small business world, it may be a bumpy ride! I appreciate you sticking with me.

This week I have a 12×12 layout to share with you, complete with process video. As it is (finally) summer where I live, it seemed only appropriate to break out the summer products and scrapbook something that involved sunshine and frozen treats. Take a look – oh, and yes, I’ve just recently downloaded a new video editing software so moving forward, my videos will be way better! Seriously, there are so many things to have to know in this business!!

The tree gave me some issues when I was trying to back it, but we got there in the end. And I LOVE this cut file! It’s from Paige Evans. She’s doing a 24 Days of Summer Cut Files promotion right now. You can still sign up by buying the bundle from her Etsy store. And no, I’m not an affiliate, I just love her products!

I used two different collections. The first one is called A Slice of Summer and is from Echo Park. It’s bright and primary with fun patterns of strawberries, farm trucks and retro camper vans. The second collection is simply called Summer and is by Carta Bella. This one is more muted and has patterns with watermelons, lemons and flower bunches. The two collections work beautifully together, and having both really helped pick just the right ones to back my cut files with and to frame my photos.

I’m so happy I chose to use one pattern to back my title letters instead of my original idea of using multiple patterns. It keeps the page from getting too busy, helps the title be easily read, and also makes the summer icons stand out. If you wanted to back each letter in a different colour, then I’d suggest keeping the icons simpler by using the same paper for them. Another option would be to keep the middle bits in the those icons, and use paint or inks to colour everything in.

I printed my pictures at 3×4″ using the Project Life app on my phone. If you wanted to have even more of the title cut file showing, you could easily print them smaller or use just one photo. But I couldn’t use just one! Showing my hot puppy with his giant tongue hanging out, and also how much he wanted my ice cream was integral to my story! His tongue is so big I’m fairly sure he could have devoured my ice cream with one lick!

Not pictured, but mentioned in my journaling, is my 13 year old youngest daughter who spent the entire outing pouting. Sigh. Eventually the ice cream brought out a smile but man it took a lot of coaxing! Entirely my fault for forcing her to spend time a) outside, b) “exercising”, and c) off her screen. Yep, we have entered that lovely teen stage with her.

I used a background paper that leant itself quite easily to being written on, but if you chose a different paper, there were quite a few journaling cards in the collection that would have worked instead. To incorporate that in, I would create a block with the journaling card and the photos and then tuck the whole thing under the title element.

Thank you for joining me today for this first Make It Monday post. I’ll see you next week for another one … if not before! Because this week is LOAD722 Mini – a quick 7 day LayOut A Day challenge over on ScrapHappy. I don’t promise to scrapbook a layout every day this week but I do have a Featured Designer layout to share so look for that.

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