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School’s Out For The Summer Layout

School's out for the summer, so let's celebrate by creating a fun layout with @heyelsie on the @pinkpaislee blog today! #pinkpaislee #pppickmeup #ppwildchild #ppturnthepage #12x12 #scrapbook #layout #elsierobinson

Happy Friday everyone, it’s Elsie here! Since the school year is wrapping up and summer is just around the corner, I thought that it would be fun to create a layout that celebrates school being out for the summer!

I really mixed and matched the products on this page and have used bits and pieces from Pick-Me-Up, Wild Child, Turn The Page and Oh My Heart! Let me talk you through everything…

elsie_school_layout_12First off, I started by backing this lunchbox cut file designed by Paige. I wanted to include lots of childlike embellishments on this page, so the lunchbox was the perfect compliment to that. I used a mixture of patterns from Pick-Me-Up, Turn The Page and Wild Child and then hand-stitched around the edges to add more definition and cuteness.

elsie_school_layout_5Since I sized this cut file quite large, it meant that my design came together very easily. I used the lunchbox as the centre point of the layout so all of the embellishments help draw your eye, not only to the lunchbox, but also the photo which I nestled alongside it.

elsie_school_layout_3I love the cluster of embellishments surrounding my photo, especially the hoola-hooping panda on a skateboard from the Wild Child puffy sticker and die-cut pack! I also think it’s fun to use a school picture to signify the end of a school year, and this is a very old one of me – look at those pigtails!!

I also grounded the layout using a strip of a ledger patterned paper from Pick-Me-up at the bottom of the page, but to decorate the edge I created a notebook border to add more interest and convey the school/summer theme I have going on!

elsie_school_layout_4I love creating diagonal designs, and since the lunchbox/photo clusters are situated to the bottom right of the page, I wanted to create an explosion of embellishments and colour in the top left corner.

Each embellishment is kind of personalised to me, and what I loved about summer growing up. So there are lots fussy-cut books from an Oh My Heart paper, since I was always reading as a child… Also if you can’t get the physical version of this Oh My Heart paper anymore, try the AC Digitals store!  There are also some puffy sticker skateboards, ice creams and juice boxes (a staple snack in the summer), lightening bolts because of my obsession with Harry Potter, a guitar because I tried (and failed!) to teach myself to play it one year and some bugs because I loved ladybirds growing up!

But if you recreate this design you could use any embellishments which are suited to you/your kids.

elsie_school_layout_6To fill in the gaps between all of these embellishments I used the small star clusters from the Wild Child rub-ons, as well as some star puffy and cardstock stickers. I also raised the larger embellishments up on some foam dots which helped create a more dynamic and lively design.

elsie_school_layout_2And to finish things off, I fussy-cut a couple of labels from the Pick-Me-Up 6×6 paper pad and tied them to the lunchbox to create the look of a cute little charm!

Thanks for joining me today everyone, I hope you’re also inspired to document the end of the school year and to mix and match collections on your next project!

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