I've had these photos in my pile waiting to scrap since last summer, so I'm thrilled to finally have the perfect papers to use them!
I knew I wanted to use the 'Swim like a Fish' paper because the colour matched perfectly to the trim on my little boy's outfit. I started by gutting the sheet, leaving a border of about 1 inch all around. I trimmed down a sheet of white cardstock and stuck it to the border.
I used my trusty Distress Inks to create my background. I picked 'Mustard Seed' and 'Barn Door' as again, they matched my little boy's clothes. I used the packaging technique to get some large red and yellow inked areas, and then added some splatters around the edge.
I wanted to create some layers behind my photos to help them pop and to add dimension, but I wanted to make sure the 'Swim like a Fish' patterned paper really ran throughout my layout and wasn't just used as the border. I matted the photos on white cardstock first, then added them to a layer of the 'Swim like a Fish' paper. I then added two further layers of yellow and red cardstock. I popped these layers up on foam sheets but decided I still wanted more of the turquoise paper. I cut a small rectangle in half and snipped the edges and placed one either side to make it look like a banner running behind my layers.
I knew I didn't want to embellish this layout too heavily as I wanted the patterned paper to really stand out. I cut a section out of the Daily Details cut-apart sheet which looked like a record card with a space for the date and tucked this behind my layers (and apparently forgot to add the date before taking my photos!!). I also placed a Doily by Doodlebug behind this and another at the bottom to add some different textures to the page. I then added a few pieces from the Ephemera Pack - The flamingo, the sun, the leaf and the orange tab at the top.
I finished the page by adding a chipboard piece by Dusty Attic which says 'Great Day', a white clip by Freckled Fawn and finally my title 'Splish Splash' which is from a Doodlebug Design Ephemera/Die Cut Pack.
I hope you've enjoyed this layout. I'm finding this collection great for summer photos and can't wait to create more!