Bright and Cheerful Layout

How has your week been? Mine has been busy with work and family. I did manage to read a few books (that’s my other favorite hobby) and scrapbook a few layouts. With all of the unhappiness and difficult times going on, today I needed some bright, cheerful colors to make me smile. So I created a bright and cheerful layout for my album!

I Needed Some Inspiration

I knew I wanted a bright, colorful and cheerful design. I looked through a few pages of sketch ideas, but nothing was jumping out at me. I turned to my next source for inspiration, Shimelle’s YouTube channel. I looked at a bunch of thumbnails until one caught my eye. It was a Disney layout she did on white cardstock and blue glimmer mist.

Shimelle’s Meeting Alice at Epcot Video, perfect inspiration

My Plan for Bright and Cheerful

After I watched Shimelle’s video, I started to form a layout in my mind. I loved how her’s looked on the white background, but I didn’t have a stencil or glimmer mist. However, I do have some of Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks and I have a few bright colors. My photo is from a recent trip to San Luis Obispo California. We were there for the farmer’s market and as we were walking down the street, the Fremont theater caught my eye.

Fremont Theater San Luis Obispo

All of the neon lights on the marquee are just like a rainbow. I wanted my layout to have those colors prominently on the background. I played around with some bright pattern papers first, just in case that looked good with my photo. I am a bit shy about using my inks on my layouts – what if it doesn’t work and goes all wrong, what if the paper warps and buckles? Do you want to know something that I learned from Shimelle? It’s okay. It’s only paper, we have lots and lots of paper.

Time to Start Inking

I have almost all of the colors of the rainbow in Distress Inks, I seem to be lacking green and orange (I need to remedy that soon). As it turns out, there isn’t very much of those two colors in the neon lights. So I started with red, yellow, teal, bright pink, purple and navy.I like using my new Scrapbook.com domed foam applicators. I also have the Ranger foam applicators, but the domed ones don’t leave a line when blending.

Apparently I didn’t plan out the spacing very well, because I had a wide white strip on the bottom. I walked away for a bit and then looked at it to see what I could do. I decided to add a strip of pale pink on the bottom and it looks really nice. Distress Inks dry pretty fast, but I let it sit for a short while just to be sure it was dry before carrying on. My textured white Bazzill cardstock did warp a little, but not to bad.

Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Scrapbook.com domed applicators

Paper and Stickers Come Next

I tried to use the same colors for the photo mats to go behind my photo. I can never seem to find the right shade of teal when I need it, but I found one that works just fine. I inked the edges with gray ink since the papers came from different manufacturers. I wanted a bit of definition between the layers.

I chose to use Thickers* for my title. The Crate Paper Surprise alphabet from the Hooray Collection and the stars and dots from Shimelle’s Sparkle City collection. I love the way the light bounces off of these! To finish it off, I added a few labels, and word strips along with the puffy stickers from Sparkle City.

Thicker sets for title and embellishment

The Finished Layout

And here is the finished layout. I am really happy with how it turned out. I could have added a lot of stickers and embellishments to the layout, but I really wanted the beautiful colors to stand out. I need to remind myself to try different techniques, this was fun and easy to create and it looks wonderful. I hope you have a bright and cheerful week!

Happy Scrapping!

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