Three Things : For the Love of Yellow + A Layout


It's usually about this time of year that I start longing for some some lovely spots of yellow both in my house and in my work. I've definitely been into pink lately, but as soon as I start seeing yellow tulips and daffodils in the store I start getting excited about the crisp, fresh nature of spring. There are definitely not any tulips or daffodils blooming locally, but they are starting to push up through the dirt in the pots outside my front door. Ah, possibility and growth. I love the cycles of the seasons.

Today here's three yellow things to celebrate the newness of the next season and a layout inspired by all this yellow goodness.

Studio by Claudine Hellmuth for Ranger : Semi Gloss Pastel Yellow Acrylic Paint : See the layout below for use of this paint. Love the consistency.

American Crafts Specialty Ribbon Creme & Yellow : I always like to have a small collection of ribbon on hand for a variety of different crafting tasks. This set is a nice combination of yellows + cream.

Bazzill Basics Dotted Swiss 12x12 Cardstock Pack Honey Trio : my favorite textured cardstock.

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This is a fun, fairly simple layout that is a great way to use up some of your stash at home.


Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Textured White; Paint: Claudine Hellmuth Pastel Yellow Acrylic; Rolling Stamp + Ink: Stampin Up; Chipboard Heart: American Crafts Friends House Chipboard Teen; Metal Spinner Pieces: Tim Holtz Game Spinners and Sprocket Gears; Clock Rub On: Little Yellow Bicycle; "You" Circle Accent: Jenni Bowlin Studio Kit; Sticker Strip & Circle Sticker: 7gypsies; Clear Plastic Flower: Heidi Swapp; Large Scallop Heart: Technique Tuesday; Tags: Misc.


1. Start with a 12x12 sheet of textured cardstock. Paint a large square right onto the cardstock leaving a white border around the edge. Let dry.


2. Collect a few tags, patterned papers, and/or small envelopes to use as the elements on one side of your heart. The idea is going to be to collage them together under the scalloped heart alongside a photo.


3. Create a pattern on your painted background. For this I used a rolling stamp from Stampin Up and More than Mustard ink. Here's the result after the ink has been rolled on to the cardstock:



4. Paint a chipboard frame the same color as your background. This is a new heart-shaped chipboard element from Technique Tuesday. Other large decorative chipboard frames can be found here and here


5. Lay the heart down and begin arranging your paper elements.


6. Measure the size of your frame and print out a photo. In this case I printed my photo 4.5 inches x 9.5 inches wide. Trim around the outside to fit behind your frame. You could easily have more than one photo in place of the single photo as well. I added a bit of text to my photo in Photoshop before printing.


7. Trim the paper elements to fit behind photo and adhere to background cardstock. Add additional elements to complete your layout and adhere chipboard frame. 

Here's a look at some of the elements I used up close:


I love these metal spinner elements from Tim Holtz (a game spinner on top of a sprocket gear). I find them pretty versatile and can be added to pages that tell a variety of different stories. The metal elements are layered on top of a rub on from Little Yellow Bicycle. Cute little heart (I sanded the edges) is from American Crafts Friends House Chipboard Teen collection.


Large clear plastic flower from Heidi Swapp. Lots of little bits of this and that - a really great way to use up some of those things you have stashed away. 


Coming tomorrow: A Superhero giveaway.

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