My name is Carri Powers and I am delighted to be a guest designer here at Pink Paislee. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart and I am a stay at home mom to our 14 year old son and a 7 year old daughter. Before kids, I was an accountant so I didn’t consider myself a creative type. My creative side came alive when I started scrapbooking when my son was born. What first began as a hobby to preserve his milestones soon grew into a lifestyle for me. I love scrapbooking, collecting supplies, and all the while documenting moments in our life that we don’t want to forget. I also enjoy photography, Instagram, and online paper crafting classes.
Carri’s Designs for Pink Paislee Featuring Atlas Collection
When I saw the 12 x 12 world map acetate paper, I knew I had to incorporate that into my first layout. I decided it would work well on a layout documenting our destination wedding in Negril, Jamaica almost 25 years ago. (Okay, that makes me feel a little old!!!) To adhere the transparency I stitched three sides down and left the top open. I punched several hearts and dropped them down in the page to create a sort of shaker page. The static cling actually holds them in place for the most part so I didn’t even stitch the top closed. Some of the hearts flipped over so you see the white side of the paper but it still creates a bit of texture and fun on the layout so I didn’t bother fixing those. The rest was just fun layering and embellishing along with tracing a little star to mark Jamaica on the map. I allowed the “fly away with me” card to act as the title. I have strategically placed my adhesive behind my layers so I can tuck in a piece of paper to journal about our wedding day.
For the next layout I really wanted to do something with the chipboard rainbow airplane sticker and I kind of went out of the box of the travel theme. The airplane made think about soaring and reaching new heights. I immediately thought about some photos I took of my daughter to document her starting a new school this past year for first grade. I had fun including cutouts from some of the 12 x 12 papers and also some of the ephemera included in the collection. The little globe has a silver metallic accent to it and the metallic letters really pop off the page.
After perusing through the ephemera, I decided I wanted to throw together a quick mini album documenting some photos I took on a morning walk at our favorite vacation spot. I wanted to keep it pretty simple with accents of paper behind the photos and focus on the ephemera and colors of the collection on the left hand side. There are little tags contained in a sewn vellum pocket behind each photo that describes these little places. These photos take me back to that happy place! Once I embellished this little book, it just really makes me happy and will probably live on my nightstand so I can flip through it from time to time.
I still had one photo of the beach that I really wanted to use on it’s own layout. I slapped some paint down just because I am trying to incorporate some different techniques on my pages. And it is pretty fun to break out the paint and just play. The scripted Post Card pattern paper in this line is so pretty. There is such a nice mix of soft colored papers and bolder papers in this collection.
After all of these layouts were done I just couldn’t stop there. I had another photo of my niece who is graduating from high school this year that just kept popping into my head. Again, this wasn’t to be a travel themed layout but she is about to complete one journey and begin another so I felt like this collection offered pieces that would serve this theme well.
Thanks so much to Pink Paislee for allowing me to participate as a guest designer! I hope I have shown how versatile and fun the Atlas collection is. Thanks for looking!