Amethyst – Layout 7


Hooray for Wednesday! I love Mid Week Mojo and the opportunity that we have each week for a new inspirational layout sketch. I love even more when it’s guest sketcher week because it’s incredibly rewarding to me to turn the reins loose and let one of our amazing community members take the spotlight and shine! I think you’ll agree completely that Kyla Norris has done an exceptional job with the Beach Babe and Beach Bum collections by Fancy Pants. These collections are splendidly sunny and summery and make me want to bust out a paper chain to count down the days until school is out! (Did I really just say that?)

Now it’s turn to sit back, relax and soak in the talents of Kyla.

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Hi There! Kyla here, and oh my goodness I can’t say how excited and nervous I am about today! Back in February Kristy contacted me and asked if I would like to create a sketch for the Mid Week Mojo’s. After promptly bursting into tears, being so excited and so happy I answered with a huge YES, I’d Love to!!!

I was absolutely thrilled when I found out that I’d be able to work with both Beach Bum and Beach Babe by Fancy Pants. These collections are so versatile and the colours are vibrant, warm and they make you feel happy by just looking at them! They also come loaded with so many fun goodies to work with that it was hard to know where to get started first!

My family and I live up in Quebec, Canada and the nearest ocean or “real beach” is a good 14 hour plus drive for us—but even with the theme of these kits being beach inspired, they truly work for any layout. I started working with Beach Bum and found some papers with rich greens and blues that would work perfectly with some photos that were taken at our cottage last summer by the lake. All the die cut embellishments were awesome to accent the photos, and I was able to keep a woodsy/cottagey feel to the layout with the trees, cloud, sunshine and water wave pieces.

I had more photos of Oliver throwing cups of water around at the cottage so I created a second page, this time using the Beach Bum paper flowers and brads as accents.

Next I moved on to Beach Babe. I seriously adored the fun summery pinks, blues and oranges in this collection. I really wanted to come up with a way to show how summery papers can still be used for non summery photos. Enter Canadian Winter! On Family Day this year, we ventured out to visit Winterlude, our local winter festival. With photos of snow sculptures in mind, here is the second sketch for this week.

To “freeze” up the warm colours of the Beach Babe papers, I heat embossed all the edges with clear sparkly, and silver embossing powders and used some Shimmerz paint. The blue fuzzy trim doubles as snow balls and I used the wave rub on to look like a blustery wintery wind while the blue flower rub on in the top corner and the starfish on the bottom could be mistaken for snowflakes *wink*.

I couldn’t just stop there, there are so many cute things to work with in these kits, I wanted to create some more. While chit chatting about today, Kristy had told me awhile back that today is extra special, as it’s her darling girl’s Birthday! With that in mind, I wanted to use some Beach Babe chipboard banner pieces and ribbon to make a card for the Birthday Girl! A Thank You card came together with some more chipboard pieces, ribbon and brads.

Along with all the amazing embellies, I was able to work with the Summer Soiree Stamps. Using some distress inks and embossing techniques, I used some stamps to make an Anniversary card for my Mum and Dad. I also used some embossing powders and the stamps on this layout I put together.

A few fellow Scrappy Sisters and I started a Circle Journal many months ago, for my “page” I used some more Beach Babe. I loved the older girly pattern and the die cut flowers and mini brads were super cute to add a little detail.

Last but not least, I combined both Beach Bum and Beach Babe together to make a 6×6 Mini Album for summer photos! The two different collections blend so well together! I used some past MWM sketches to create some pages and then used the Cinch to bind it all!

I can’t wait to see what everyone creates this week and Thank you so much for letting me be a part of the Mid Week Mojo Experience!

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Kyla, you absolutely spoiled us with your creations! And you are so thoughtful to have sent my sweet Sarah a birthday card. I absolutely cannot thank you enough and cannot wait to see what pops up on our Facebook fan page this week using your sketches as inspiration.

And now for the announcement of our lucky weekly Mid Week Mojo winner. Congrats this week are in order for Erin Colby!

Erin, your layout is absolutely awesome! Love the orange! And of course the photos of you and your little lady are so precious! Thanks so much for participating and now if you’ll be so kind as to send an email to customerservice@stealnetwork.com, letting them know you are this weeks winner, we will be happy to send a little something out to you!

If you’d like your chance to be next week’s lucky winner, here is all you have to do.

Be sure to have your layout created and posted somewhere online, as well as linked to this blog posting by Monday, April 9th at 11:59 MST.

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