I gravitate towards warm colors and earth tones when picking my patterned papers. Bright colors usually overwhelm me although I love looking at them. Basic Grey’s June Bug papers are filled with bold designs and bright colors. I knew it would be challenging to use them on layouts. In fact, it took a while before I determined what to do with them. My solution: Break them up to little pieces. That’s exactly what I did with this layout. Here’s how.

Materials: Papers – Basic Grey June Bug (Picket Fence, Strawberry Cheesecake, Kaleidoscope, Fresco, Orchard, Apron), Rub-Ons and Bling – Basic Grey Bling It On, Ribbon – Basic Grey, Button and Bird Chipboard Stickers – Chatterbox.

Choose a base paper. I picked Strawberry Cheesecake from the June Bug line.

Then I got the Apron paper and cut it to 11 x 11. I used the back portion which is more like a distressed cardstock, since the base paper is already very colorful and busy. I distressed the edges using a paper distresser and then adhered it on top of the base.

I then got some paint and sort of made a sweeping motion with a foam brush at the bottom right portion of the paper, where I decided my title will go.

Now here’s the fun part. I got my square punch and well, punched squares from different patterned papers. I distressed the edges of the small squares and lined them up in two rows to form a grid. I trimmed my picture so it would fit in the space left by the square papers.

After that, I just embellished the page with cut outs from the patterned papers, rub-ons, bling, chipboards, ribbon and of course, a bit of stamping.

Here’s the layout. I used a colorful photo to go with the colorful papers.


Here’s a closer look. I used the Bling It On rub-ons and matching bling to embellish the photo.

I used a blue paint to bring out the yellow title. I also used a yellow ink for the stamped journaling block.

Basic Grey products are available at My Little Attic. By the way, there’s an ongoing sale at My Little Attic/Scrapbooks Hawaii. Check out the website for the MLA items.

Thanks for looking!

Written by Alby Laran

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