Sunday, 11 July 2010

July At Gotta Craft

Today I get to show you the layouts I made with the July Gotta Craft kit. I think it sold out pretty quickly on Friday night - and I'm not surprised because the Echo Park Sweet Summertime papers are just beautiful. Double sided and loaded with colour, they are a real pleasure to cut into. And the stickers?  Bunting and pinwheels and a hot air balloon all on one sheet..


When I'm using stickers I often put them onto a piece of plain card and then trim them out (you can cut them close so that no one knows, or add a little contrasting border) - that way they lose the sticky back and I can move them about before finally sticking them down. It's also a way of adding a bit of dimension and sometimes I'll add even more with pop dots.

I picked the quote here because I wanted to show how many letters you can get from one alpha sheet. It's a little reference to my parents being teachers and bossing their flowers around. That's me in the very short blue dress.


And this is The Small One in a photo I have used before; but I thought her big buttons were a great mix with the spotty paper so I "did" it again. See the pinwheels? I cut those from one sheet of paper.


And I still have lots left for something else! (If you want to stretch your Sweet Summertime supplies even further, check out Echo Park designer's Creativity By Crystal for free downloads.) Although the kits are gone, Sandra does have all the bits for sale here. And do keep an eye out because there is a new selection due in very soon.

Oh, and if you really love pinwheels you might like to try making a fabric one with Betz White's tutorial here. Have a good Sunday!

23 comments:

JO SOWERBY said...

wow what a versatile kit sian. loving the pinwheels. the colours are g8 for summer crafting and i love the letter stickers uve chosen. the small one looks very cute in her yellow coat!!!
Jo xxx

Ruth said...

What a great kit! Your pages are stunning and I love what you've done with the pinwheels. I do hope the Small One likes her LO ~ it's fab!

Rachel said...

I love the bright colours. Thanks for the top tip with stickers, can't believe I never thought about that before.

Denise said...

Sian I love what you have done with this,I always just miss out on their kits - they sell so quickly.Beautiful layout,I can feel a purchase coming on !! x

Ally said...

Great layouts as always Sian. I love these papers.

scrappyjacky said...

It looks like a great kit,Sian,and you've used it wonderfully. The more I see your pages....the more I begin to like 'white' space.

Amy said...

My goodness ... they are breathtaking!
Have you changed your font? Looks great :-)

Cheri said...

The layouts are awesome Sian! And the Little One isn't all that little anymore... wondering how much longer you are going to be able to call her that!

Winnie said...

Love those LOs Sian - so bright and colourful. Love those pinwheels too - lots of cutting there!!

Amanda said...

Wow that's a lot of pinwheels to cut out but they look great.

I love the combination of the photo and the yellow polka dot paper - perfect

Deb said...

Adorable layouts (as usual), Sian! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pinwheels you have cut and used on the second page. And thanks for the link to the pinwheel tutorial - they are darling!

alexa said...

Sumptuously summery work - and love the pinwheels... Adhering stickers 'n things to card/paper first is a great tip!

Maria Ontiveros said...

The pinwheels are great!!! But the layout of yourself is my favorite - such a sweet photo and great quote. Lovely kit, and they're lucky to have snagged you for their design team!
Rinda

debs14 said...

All those pinwheels! What patience! (or did you get horsey to give you a hand/wheel?)
Great layouts, the font of the alphabets is so lovely and both the photos suit the papers. Fabulous!

humel said...

Gorgeous layouts! The first one made me chuckle (as a teacher myself...) xx

Abi said...

Love love love the LO. The kit is so pretty! Abi xxx

Clare said...

I love what you have done with the papers, I'm not surprised the kit sold out so fast. The pinwheels look fantastic, you must be very patient!

Karen said...

My parents were also teachers and I wonder if my children would say the same about us! The quote made me laugh. I love both layouts, and am awed by those pinwheels. Thanks for the link. They make a wonderful embellishment.

darkpoetess said...

yay! I got this kit too and have been loving the pinwheels and colours! The alphabet is great, yes, but so are the borders. I haven't finished what I've been working on but yours look fab! x

jennifer said...

The layouts look great Sian, especially love the scattering of pinwheels. I have been trying to think of other ways to use pinwheels since discovering how to make them! I also love the papers, the colours really do 'pop' don't they!

Carrie said...

Beautiful layouts! Love the idea of adding sticky letters to cardstock and thanks for the link for pinwheels, they are so cool!

Sandra said...

such stunning, stunning layouts - as always Sian.

sharyncarlson said...

Ohmygosh, those pinwheels are to die for! Love your layouts!

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