I can't work in a mess and so, when I start to work with the kit, the embellies are put in one basket and the flowers in another. I pick out some photographs and start playing with the papers seeing how the papers will go with my photos. I will usually pick 3 to 5 papers that I think will work and put the rest of the paper back in the drawer. After pushing paper around for a few minutes a design starts to form in my head and I go ahead and cut some of the paper and lay them out. Then I sort through embellies and flowers and push those around on the papers. I select what I think is going to work and they go into yet another basket. Yeah, I am an organization freak and in spite of these measures I still manage to routinely lose things on my desk. Well now really, I don't lose them, that damn scrap fairy comes and takes them!! Eventually, the layout comes together and I repeat the process all over again for the next layout. Like Kim, I usually start with the sketch and get that out of the way.
If I am doing the anatomy page I deviate from the above method and put everything but the main kit away and work with that only since the anatomy page is done with the main kit only.
Enough about all that, let's look at some layouts! This is an old photo, but I love it so much! This is Fifi and she was the flower girl at our poodle's breeder's daughter's wedding. She carried that sweet little basket down the aisle like a little princess and held it in her mouth for about 20 minutes and then very calmly set it down in front of her. She never made a sound or moved about during the entire ceremony! Her brother poodle was the ringbearer. The wedding was outside and was just beautiful. I think I loved it so much because as a child I always dreamed of a wedding gown with a really long train and my dogs to help carry the train, LOL LOL!! I think I must have gotten that from a Disney movie.
The kit features Fabscraps Elegant Chic papers and a couple sheets of Blue Fern Studios Love Story. For this first layout I used all Fabscraps and flowers from the main kit and add ons.
I embossed the chippy with Stampendous Shabby Pink embossing enamel.
This layout was done with the Blue Fern Studios papers in the kit. Most of the red roses are handmade rolled roses done with two different dies. I cut the Love Story title from the edge of the paper.
And finally, a fun little Easter basket. This is easy to make and it's something you could make with your children or grandchildren.
I have a video that shows you how to make this basket too. The video shows different paper but it's the same basket.
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