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Article Courtesy by Kayla Richards Filip

When I think of summer approaching, I think of one thing: the beach! I used soft but fun, summery colors that remind me of sand, beach grass, palm trees, and salty ocean water. These colors helped create a layout with that oh-so-wonderful feeling of summer! Follow the simple steps below to create a layout like this of your very own.



  1. First, begin by trimming the kraft cardstock to measure 7 ½” x 10”. Position the kraft cardstock as shown on top of the lemon-lime cardstock. The lemon-lime cardstock will be your background.
  2. Next, you will use your patterned paper to create the strips you see on the layout. (I used Scenic Route patterned paper; however, you can use any paper you wish.) Begin by cutting a strip 1” x 10”. Position this strip about 1” from the bottom of the kraft cardstock. Then, cut another strip that measures approximately ¼” x 8” and position it under the other strip. I cut the left side of this thin strip diagonally to create a visual element.
  3. Then, take your photo and use the Highland Bazzill Cardstock to give your photo a mat. I usually allow for about an 1/8” border. Adhere the photo and mat to your layout, as shown.
  4. Now, you will create your tag. My tag was pre-printed, but tags are very easy to create on your own. Take the backside of the Creative Imaginations paper and cut a rectangle that measures 2 ½” x 5”. Position the rectangle so the long side is going up and down. Next, cut two diagonal corners to create the tag. I finished off my tag with a fun button on the top and some stamping to make a journaling area. Be creative -- use stamps, a pre-printed tag of your choice, ribbons, buttons, etc. to add some flair to your layout. You can even use a round Creative Imaginations Tidepool sticker as a faux button.
  5. Next, grab the patterned paper again. This time, you will be cutting the patterned paper that is on the left side of the tag and on the right side of the photo. These two pieces should be the same pattern. Cut each piece at least 3” x 2”. Place them on the layout as shown. If either side is too long, just tuck the paper under the tag or the photo.
  6. Your final steps are to add the last details. Use the Thickers to add your title, and use a felt tip marker to add in your journaling. Enjoy!

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