The papers in this collection have gold foil accents so I knew from the beginning that I wanted to have a lot of gold featuring on this layout. I started by tearing a section of the 'Yay' patterned paper to run horizontally across my layout. I wanted to have torn edges on the papers to reflect the fact that I knew my photos would be of my little boy tearing open the wrapping paper on his birthday presents.
I really couldn't decide at this point whether to have a white background, or to use the blue co-ordinating bazzill cardstock. I decided to go with white as I wasn't sure at this stage whether or not I wanted to add any mixed media onto the background. I felt that I needed some plain paper in a darker colour to help the 'Yay' paper pop more against the white, so I tore some strips of the blue bazzill cardstock and added it behind the patterned paper. I raised the patterned paper on foam dots to add a little dimension to the layout.
I left the layout here, and came back to it once I had my photos. I mounted them both onto white card and then again on the same blue bazzill cardstock to help them stand out more against the busy patterned paper. I then cut one of the tags from the 'Bright Bursts' patterned paper as the blue matched well with the bazzill cardstock. I mounted it on white card and punched a whole to add some string.
I then cut out a present from the same patterned paper and also a coral/pink ticket and some party hats from the 'Party Popper' patterned paper. I stuck some of these onto the layout using foam dots to help them sit off the page a little bit.
I decided I wanted more gold on the layout so I pulled out a gold embossing powder and my heat gun. I had a lovely chipboard title from Dusty Attic which can be found here and I also had some wooden presents in my stash and I heat embossed both of these to make them a glittery gold.
I felt like the title needed something more around it so I used the branding strip from one of the patterned papers as the colours matched well and it said 'It was the best birthday ever' which I thought fitted well. I mounted this strip onto the blue bazzill cardstock and added it under my title. I finished the layout with some peppermint twist sprinkles enamel dots by Doodlebug Design.
I hope you've enjoyed this layout. It was my very first of 2020, so here's to a brand new year full of scrapping!
I'll be back later in the month with another layout from this collection which is available to purchase in the shop.