Creating with Sunshine and Amanda-jayne Baldwin

We could not be more excited that our newest products, the June 2020 kit and extras, have hit the shop! This fun release brings vibrant colors and a feeling of warm, sunny days to your creative space, and design team member Amanda-jayne Baldwin has taken full advantage of that with the layout she’s sharing with us today! Let’s take a look!

Hi, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Amanda here, and boy was I excited when I opened up the exclusive June 2020 kit and add-ons—so many gorgeous products included in one box!

Summer is my favorite season and I just couldn’t resist adding a little sunshine into my layout!

Supplies | June 2020 KitJune LabelsSummer Stickers, Tiny Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers, Summer Wood VeneersVacation Wood VeneersSummer Fun 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

For the love of summer, sunshine & sunbursts! The June Kit is outta this world! Let’s take a closer look at this striking sunburst page:

Inspired by the theme and colors of my family photograph, I knew I wanted to create a page that evoked all the summer vibes. As soon as I saw the yellow sun patterned paper in the Summer Fun Paper Stack, I knew I would have to use it! However, unlike my usual butting of two papers together to create the illusion of a full 12″ paper, I had to get a little creative to make this design work. 

To form the sun, I trimmed the first sun paper to 6 inches long, and then rotated the second sun paper, trimming it to 6 inches wide. Now, when combined, these two pieces became one large radial 6″ x 12″ sun—awesome! To add extra dimension and texture to this sun, I cut along all the sun rays, distressed all the edges and foam mounted all the pale yellow segments. For added impact, I also added a half-inch trim of the blue striped pattern paper, also from the Summer Fun Paper Stack, beneath this sun. To keep my design uniform, I lightly distressed the edge of this paper too. So effective!

I layered my photograph onto a couple of the 3″ x 4″ tags from the June Kit, some pale blue tissue paper from my stash, and some of that gorgeous blue striped paper again. Into these layers, I tucked in a few embellishments—die cuts from the kit, June Labels and even that “summer fun” circle, fussy cut from a tag in the kit. I wanted to it as a feature embellishment as it combined the sun design with the blue colors and also aided to anchor my photo cluster onto that circular sun.

I cleverly positioned this photo cluster over the center of the sun for two key reasons: 1. so that your eye would be drawn directly into the photo, and 2. to cover the paper joints and enhance the illusion of 12 inch papers. 

Drawing on the natural sand color in my photograph, and a need to balance out all that vibrant color, I mixed the Summer and Vacation Wood Veneers and added them to my design. The “summer snapshots” veneer fitted beautifully across my photo and formed the perfect title! 

To further enhance the sun design, I used a mix of circular embellishments throughout my page, and even scattered some Tiny Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers, too. Those little pops of teal created a point of difference between the dominant blue & yellow, and added that extra interest!

For a finishing touch, I added a cascade of the Summer Stickers at the base of my photo.

What a simple, yet striking page to document my family’s summer story! I hope I have inspired you to start documenting your summer stories with our fabulous June 2020 kit and add-ons! Thanks so much for visiting!

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