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Celebrate with the Countryside Inn blues – a scrapbook layout

So here I am, starting my new career with Stampin’ Up! And lovin’ it!!

I have truly fallen in love with so many of their products. It’s re-inspired me, and I am creating more than I have in a long time. Of course, I’ve also been frustrated at a ‘lack of products’. Lol, not from SU, just from me not yet owning all the ones I want! I take it to be a good sign that I’m wanting more.

Countryside Inn paper from Stampin' Up!

But, I have to admit, that the Countryside Inn paper pack was not one I was initially drawn to. However, I had a couple of samples of layouts and cards created with it at my SU launch event, and lots of you commented on how much you loved it. And then Crafting Your Memories with Paula created this super cool layout, and I just knew I had to ‘case’ it for my nieces’ birthday photos. And now, of course, I love the paper. Doesn’t it so often happen that way?!

It was very convenient of my niece, to host a ‘blue’ theme for her birthday party. So it was a bit of a no brainer to use the beautiful Countryside Inn papers to complement and continue the blue theme.

The layout

Here’s the finished scrapbook layout. But there’s more to it than meets the eye ….

Image of scrapbook layout using Countryside Inn blue paper suite

I was restricted to a single page for this layout, as the rest of the album was already created, so this had to fit in its allocated slot. So I chose to use flip flaps, to be able to maintain the integrity of design, and get all the photos and journaling on the layout that I wanted.

There’s another flip flap over the top photo on the right, so all up I got 6 photos on this layout, plus the story. Not bad right?!!

To add that extra ‘celebration’ feel to the journaling, I stamped over the top of it with the Drizzling Droplets stamp set.

Create it yourself

If you’d like to re-create it, here’s a few tips.

Start by trimming your paper to 11″ square. Then you’ll need a cutting mat, a long ruler (metal is best) and a ‘blade’. (I used the Take Your Pick tool from Stampin’ Up!, with the Crafters’ Tips (which includes a blade).

Cut your paper across the full diagonal (as picture 2 below). Once you’ve done that, you’ll then do the same with one of your triangles (picture 3 below). Repeat this with 3 more different sheets of designer paper.

I daubed the edges of each of these triangles before adhering. It’s such a gentle way to add a little more depth to a page. I also find it oddly therapeutic. 😊

The rest of the layout should be relatively self explanatory.

What I would remind you when organising your photos onto a scrapbook layout, is to consider ‘clustering’ them. It generally looks best if they’re grouped together in some way. Don’t leave the gaps between them be too big, or they’ll look like individual ‘islands’! 🤣

Here’s the key products I used;

I hope this inspires you to ‘case’ it and create it for yourself.

Share here if you do.

Happy creating,

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