Hey Pink Paislee friends, it’s Elsie here with a 12×12 layout for you using the Summer Lights collection. I absolutely love anything to do with the beach, so when I saw this week’s theme for the blog I immediately had a million ideas for layouts, but funnily enough this layout wasn’t one of them!
I’m always drawn to lighter colour tones on my pages, so that’s where my brain went to first. But when I started playing around with my ideas nothing seemed to be working. My favourite paper in the Summer Lights collection has to be paper 02. I love purple, and I seriously don’t think we get enough of it in scrapbooking products, so I decided to use that as my jumping off point.
The ‘A’ side of paper 02 looks like a horizon. It’s quite an abstract and bold pattern, and whilst I love it, I initially was a bit confused as to how I could make it work. I wanted to try and debunk the idea that it was a difficult paper to use, and use it as one of the main focal points on my page!
One way I think you can make a bold paper like this work, is by framing it. I’ve been really enjoying doing this on pages recently, as I always want to use bolder and darker patterned papers on my background, but I’m always too chicken to do so! And a frame is a great way to contain a bolder pattern and still maintain some ‘white space’.
Rather than using some more ‘true-to-life’ patterns and colours on the palm trees, I used black cardstock to help create my ‘sunset scene’. Black cardstock actually helps create a more realistic sunset scene because the palm trees would be backlit by the sunset horizon in real life.
So the colour scheme of this layout ended up being predominantly purple and black, a far cry from what I initially thought this layout would look like! But variety is the spice of life, isn’t it?!
On this layout I’m documenting about how I think there’s nothing nicer than a sunset drive after a long day spent at the beach. I used paper 02 again and paper-pieced a car together, complete with surfboard on the roof! I chose this paper again to give the illusion that the car was lit by the sunset, because sunset colours like this would be reflected onto the car’s exterior.
I felt like the top of the page needed something, so I again used some black paper to create some bunting! Instead of using plain black cardstock again, I wanted to use another patterned paper. I found a scrap of this black and white floral paper from the Moonstruck collection and it was the perfect choice to balance out the page.
Of course I couldn’t resist using the the holographic alphas and embellishments somewhere on this page. I love the pink foam core in the alphas, and in some lights the foiling becomes such an awesome shade of pink/purple!