This is Karen, back with another Mix and Match for October. I am still on my 6x12 streak. I've decided that I really like this size and, more significantly, I like how it causes me to think differently since it's so narrow and tall compared to the 12x12 pages I usually make. If, like me, you haven't changed up the sizes you use for your layouts in a long time, I highly recommend giving it a try.
For this month's Mix and Match, I knew I wanted to use the new Cut and Paste line. I love how colorful the line is and the papers make me so happy. I decided to match it with The Sweetest Thing which might be one of my all-time favorite lines. I love the warm yellows and oranges and reds in both lines.
In the spirit of changing things up, I decided to print a 4x6 photo of our recent trip to visit my husband's family. I usually prefer smaller photos on my pages but this picture has all of his family in it and I wanted each person to be clearly visible, so I decided to print it larger. The neat part was how the 4x6 covers the entire width of the 12x6 paper, cutting it in two sections.
I pulled out the aptly-named Best Paper from The Sweetest Thing line to use as my background. I liked the "one of a kind" words and knew that I wanted it to show on my page, so I lined my photo right above it and
used that as my starting point. I then pulled out Amazed and Point from the Cut and Paste line. I added a strip on top and one on the bottom, and a pink section in the middle. A few embellishments here and there
and this is what I ended up with:
For the top of the page, I used a sticker from the Find Your Wings and Fly line and I cut off the right side to make sure it lined up well. If you look carefully, you can see that I used the cutoff part on the bottom left of my page. Nothing is ever wasted. I also used the Decorative Tapes on top of the seams where the papers meet, I like to do that for a more seamless feeling. To add some texture, I stitched on top of them, too. Even though you can't see the stitching, you can feel it and I like the texture it adds without distracting you too much.
On the bottom part, I repeated the same The Sweetest Thing word stickers, the white stitching, and then added some more stickers from Find Your Wings and Fly.
This one ended up quite simple but I still love it. Sometimes we try to over-complicate things when we make our pages. I find myself spending hours on where one tiny embellishment should end up. In the end, what matters most (to me) is that the memories I care about are preserved, the stories are told, and that I had fun while doing it. So if I find myself struggling with an embellishment for more than 20 minutes, I take
a pause and see if I can do without it altogether.
Thank you, again, for letting me share my page and I'd love to see any Mix & Match pages you have from this month so I hope you link me up in the comments!