Welcome to the Gardeners' Digest, a monthly update from the Garden Girls, the design team at Two Peas in a Bucket. We'd love it if you'd visit each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month -- and what a month it is! I don't know about you, but summertime scrapping is really the best scrapping of the year for me, and so far this summer, I have been in the zone. Do you know that zone? The I've-been-wearing-pajamas-all-day-wielding-a-scissors-and-covered-in-mist-while-fawning-over-paper zone? Good times.
My most recent layout is the product of one of my pajama-wearing days (man, I love summer!). With the Fourth of July holiday just weeks away, I couldn't resist creating a layout about that special day. I hope you'll like the full layout when you see it (it'll be in the gallery soon!).
Here, I used numbers as a design element, enhancing the theme while putting my number stickers to good use. I also had some fun with the journaling -- when you see the layout, you'll know what I mean.
If you're planning a Fourth of July layout and you need some product ideas, check out this helpful compilation on Two Peas. Almost everything that I used on this layout, including the JBS Wren paper, can be found there.
Another aspect of summertime scrapping that I love is being able to "pea" more often than usual, since I'm on break from school. There is so much ingenuity and color and playfulness and heart to be found lately in the galleries at Two Peas. In fact, all of those things can be found in the pages of new Garden Girl Marcy Penner. Just look:
Marcy's pages demonstrate that she has mastered the art of subtle contrast. There is often a lot of white space and a sense of boldness present on her layouts, but at the same time, there are clusters that reveal her eye for detail and nuance and layers that urge you to take a second look. She combines a clean, graphic style with softened, sweetly mussed-up edges. Alongside her trademark ink splotch "signature" (it's like a scrappy fingerprint -- I love it!) she also delivers a bit of the unexpected. For instance, the arrows at the top of the layout are delightfully startling, and the title is a crafty and charming addition. She's just so good. Can you tell I'm a fan?Another perk of summer scrapping? The summertime releases! Yesterday I received a box bursting with scrap-me goodness, including...
|New Mister Huey's mists from Studio Calico|
|Heyday from Studio Calico (which fans of Sassafras will absolutely love)...|
|"Bouncy" patterned paper from the Pebbles Sunny Side collection (don't you love this B-side?)...|
|American Crafts "Memo" Thickers (I'm a fool for text-patterned everything)...|
|and the perfect beach layout paper -- "Coronado" from the American Crafts Shoreline collection.|
Onward with the hop: your next stop is the blog of new Garden Girl Marcy Penner!