Some papers I find very easy to work with- they tend to be the ones with small regular patterns all over them.
Others I find much harder- especially ones with large brightly coloured pattern or pictures.
So when I received a package containing a selection items including papers from the Dream Street Birdie Bits collection, I got very scared!
The layout was going to have to be big, bright and fun, or this was never going to work.
First I chose my base, a pale blue cardstock, and cut it to 8.5x11 inches.
Next I took the "She's Not Alone" paper, and cut the scalloped striped section from the edge.
The reverse of this paper is also striped, so I was left with one strip with a scalloped edge, and the rest of the sheet was left edged with an inverted scallop.
The cut off portion I then trimmed to 8.5 inches wide, to fit the cardstock, and inked the edges.
I then punched some holes along it on each scallop, and fixed some white cardstock underneath. This I then adhered to the lower part of my page, leaving a 5mm strip of the blue base showing at the very bottom edge.
Using the inverted scallop I cut a wide band; and from the "Nothing to Lose" sheet, I cut a strip to fit across my page.
I then inked the edges of all these pieces, and fixed them to my page, along with a strip of white card cut into scallops using the EK Success medium corner rounder/scallop punch; and two other strips cut from the reverse of some of these papers.
Next I cut out some of the pictures from the papers to make elements for my page- speech bubbles from the "Sing Just Enough" paper; and some of the birdies from the "She's Not Alone" paper.
The edges were all inked, and I fixed sticky foam pads to the backs to give height.
I matted my photo onto white cardstock, and fixed this to the page.
I then cut thin strips for my journalling, and inked the edges before writing on them.
Included with this package were some felt flowers, which I layered, added a punched out circle to the centres, and held together with small black brads.
Now it was time to finish assembling the page.
And this is the completed layout...
Certainly not the usual sort of papers I'd choose- but definately great fun to play with :o)