Published on March 14th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain1
Bringin’ St. Pat’s in Old School
Well, old school scrapbooking that is. Years and years ago, we loved to use paper dolls on our layouts. It became old hat and kitschy to use them for the past few years. I would love for mainstream scrapbooking to get back to some of the old style and techniques that we used to use. So I’m bringin’ it BACK! More cardstock and patterned paper, less empty white space, more journaling and photo use, instead of just a simple single photo.
This layout is super cute, I created a paper doll leprechaun with his pot of gold, a fun title and some pretty colors to showcase my minions four leaf clover find.
First thing I did was to look at my Cricut Carts and find my leprechaun. I knew the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge would have one, so I found him, and added all the details of clothing, hair, and accessories. I found the pot of gold and the clover as well.
The title was from the Cricut Stamping cartridge and the horseshoe from the Cricut Create a Critter 2 cartridge. When I cut elements like the clover, I size them a few sizes, and cut out a couple extra. Just in case I want to use more then I plan for, which was a good thing in this case, I ended up using the one on the pot of gold and the layered clover.
I used the Cricut Font and Basic Shapes cartridge to cut circles, I sized them in a layer under the title and diecuts I wanted to use them for, then sized a second one for a matted look.
I used scrap papers for this entire layout. I went through my boxes of patterned paper and cardstock and could create for days with the amounts of scraps I have. No point in continuing to pile them up, especially since I have some really beautiful papers. I prefer less bold patterns and tone on tone papers. I love the colors in this layout, still showing lots of green for St. Pat’s but other colors too.
When I can, I love to use a diecut to accent my title. It really is cute, and it helps build the theme of the layout.
See, paper dolls can still be relevant and not baby-ish or too cutesy. Of course I accented his cheeks with some chalk to add face color.
When I was finished the layout, I found I had diecuts left over, and not wanting to waste them, I knew I could put them on a card and use some more scraps to have a bonus birthday card laying around.
Again, I reached into my scraps pile, I have a HUGE bag of smaller pieces, and even the card base was already there. I just layered my scraps and added my clover and button.
These SRM Press stickers made a great non themed card. Obviously the card is for a March birthday, but how about if you created a card with the scraps from every layout you create, you’d have an abundance of cards at your finger tips for last minute gifting!