Variation on a Theme: Back to School Layout

I have two boys. I make scrapbook pages for them both. Often times, the memory I am preserving is a family outing or something we did as a family so suddenly I need a duplicate page- one for each of them. I have recently come to the conclusion that I don’t like duplicating pages. All of the fun seeps right out of the cracks when I have to make a second copy. So I have been experimenting with different ways to solve this dilemma. So today is one of those attempts.

Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

Last week, I posted the page that I did for my older son, Logan. Today I am sharing the page that I made for my younger son, Gavin. I used the same layout but made a few changes in each area.

I liked the Petals and Paisleys paper so much that I used it again but I featured some of the other designs. The stripes had to stay the main focus. You’ll soon discover that I have a weakness for stripes.

I tried a different styled tree from the Thoughtful Branches bundle.

Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

One of my favorite changes was using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder on the title. It really looks lovely and I think it echoes the leaves of the trees.

Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

 

Here is Logan’s page:

Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

Can you spot all of the differences?

Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

I think I struck a good balance- I enjoyed using the same layout as last time because it helped me save designing time AND I liked using different elements because it allowed me to use my creative license.

Have a cleverly creative day!

Please leave me a comment below and tell me- if you have more than one kiddo that you scrapbook for, how do you solve the problem of duplicating pages?

-Staci

 

Stampin’ Up! products that are featured in this layout: 

Thoughtful Branches Bundle (Hurry! It’s only available through August 31st! Click thumbnail to order yours,) Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (available September 1st,) and the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

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Images ©Stampin’ Up!

Images ©Stampin’ Up!

Images ©Stampin’ Up!

 

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Irresistibly Floral Butterfly Card for Pals Paper Arts

In This World stamp set and Irresistibly Floral DSP are featured in this card for PPA314. Staci Rivera of Clever Bow Tie Designs

I used this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge as an opportunity to tryout the Irresistibly Floral Specialty paper. It is a new designer series paper that is available in the annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog. And oh my, goodness! I am in love with this paper! It is incredibly versatile plus it leaves my desk and fingers an inky mess and who doesn’t love evidence that they’ve been crafting? Wink. But seriously, coloring this paper can be a little messy so plan accordingly.

Here is this week’s PPA sketch that I used to design this card.

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Here is my feminine take on the sketch. I love the combination of pastels and browns- I used 
blushing bride and pear pizzazz with chocolate chip. 

In This World stamp set and Irresistibly Floral DSP are featured in this card for PPA314. Staci Rivera of Clever Bow Tie Designs

This is my first time using the “In this World” stamp set. Isn’t this butterfly great? I love how nicely it paired up with this feminine look. I intend to pair this stamp set with a more masculine grunge look on a card or scrapbook layout in the near future. So many ideas! So little time!

In This World stamp set and Irresistibly Floral DSP are featured in this card for PPA314. Staci Rivera of Clever Bow Tie Designs

Here’s the inside bottom corner:

In This World stamp set and Irresistibly Floral DSP are featured in this card for PPA314. Staci Rivera of Clever Bow Tie Designs

I really enjoyed playing along with the Pals Paper Arts. You can join in the fun and participate too by clicking the sketch above. You will also be able to see lots of other great samples made with this sketch. It is a great way to get the creative juices flowing!

In This World stamp set and Irresistibly Floral DSP are featured in this card for PPA314. Staci Rivera of Clever Bow Tie Designs

Have a cleverly creative day! And before you go, please leave me some love in the comments below. Your comments encourage me!

-Staci

 

Stampin’ Up! products that are featured on this card: In This World Stamp set and the Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. Click the thumbnails to order now.

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Back To School Layout with a Sneak Peek

Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

I really enjoyed making this scrapbook page. When I saw the tree from the Thoughtful Branches bundle I knew it would make a wonderful embellishment for a scrapbook layout. As I let this idea bounce around my head, I remembered the great photos that I took of my boys a few weeks ago as they headed back to school. They were very excited about starting school but groaned a little at my insistence to take photos on their first morning back. You think they would be used to me taking photos of them by now. LOL!

I used Petals and Paisleys Specialty DSP on this layout. This beautiful paper is a sneak peek from the holiday catalog. You can order from the Holiday Catalog starting Sept 1st. I really like the versatility of this paper. It has feminine paisley sheets, masculine stripes and a houndstooth pattern, as well as fall colors for all of my fall and Thanksgiving projects.

Here is a quick tip for the tree. The leaves look wonderful when they are popped up but trying to place itty bitty pop up dots is very time consuming. Here is my solution- cut two (or three) extra tree top pieces in white, adhere them together, and then adhere the stamped tree top on top of the sandwich. Look closely at the tree top in this photo:

Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

Isn’t this tree darling?

Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

Thoughtful Branches Bundle with Petals and Paisleys DSP are featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

This combination could even be used as its own card front. Maybe I will try that soon.

I used ribbon and buttons from my stash which is mostly made up of retired Stampin’ Up! beauties.

Banners using Stampin’ Up! Petals and Paisleys DSP. Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. SU

I cut the letters with my Cricut. The Cricut is my go to tool for creating titles on my scrapbook pages.

Petals and Paisleys DSP is featured on this Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. Stampin' Up! SU

Banners using Stampin’ Up! Petals and Paisleys DSP. Back to School Scrapbook layout. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs. SU

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project as much as I enjoyed making it. Please leave your thoughts on this page in the comment section below.

Have a cleverly creative day!

-Staci

 

Stampin’ Up! products that are featured in this layout:

Thoughtful Branches Bundle (Hurry! It’s only available through August 31st! Click thumbnail to order yours) and the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (available September 1st.)

Images ©Stampin’ Up!

Images ©Stampin’ Up!

 

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Floral Boutique Suite Featuring Rose Red

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I love the monochromatic cards that I have seen online that feature the floral boutique suite. The monochromatic paper in Night of Navy lends itself well to this. Leave it to me to long to color outside the lines. So for fun I added a competitive dollop of Rose Red.

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I started out with a completely different layout design in mind so when I was finished with this card I didn’t really fancy it. I think it is a gorgeous card but because it wasn’t what I was intending I was a little disappointed at first.

I combined items from my ribbon stash; this really added life to this card. Tip: I placed a line of Rose Red cardstock right behind the lace trim so you can see the pink peeking through.

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I also took the time to add some spice to the inside.

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As I get back into the swing of making paper projects, I am finding that my MOJO is a little off so I am very satisfied with this card. What do you think of it?

Have a creative day!

-Staci Rivera

Stampin’ Up! items featured in this card: Floral Phrases stamp set and Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  Click here to order online

Floral Boutique in Cherry Cobbler

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I have seen a lot of cards in Night of Navy using the Floral Boutique Suite. I wanted to do something a little different. I love the way it came out, don’t you?

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This card was made using the beautiful Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies and my Big Shot. I placed the curves of the floral dies towards the edges of the card because I liked more of a bar in the center for the sentiment. It was a little trickier to cut but definitely worth the effort.

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The Floral Phrases stamp set and Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies are new items featured in the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I really really enjoyed making this stunning yet simple card. Please comment below, I would love to hear what you think.

Thanks for taking a look. Have a creative day!

-Staci Rivera

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