Playground Layout by Shimelle

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Hello crafty friends - it's Shimelle here today and it's my turn to share something playful: Paige's Playground cut file! I've mixed plenty of Paige's collections to scrapbook a photo of my son and I on one of our early morning playground outings.

I started by cutting the Playground cut file from white cardstock at about 11" wide and paired it with a 3.5x5" photo.  I knew I wanted the slide to be the yellow Paper 8 to match the photo, but I took inspiration from our clothes for the other colors backing the cut file so there are also shades of purple and blue in the mix. These papers include Go the Scenic Route and also the older Whimsical collection.

I wanted the background to form a basic grass-and-sky scene and started with a green and pale blue mix of patterns, but when I turned over the blue sheet, it was this perfect cloud print! Both background papers are from the Whimsical collection - Papers 15 and 20. I cut the green into a curve for some hills, but in the end that mostly ended up under the playground and the photo, so you can recreate this look with a straight line if freehand cutting gives you worry!

Using the white-based patterned for the sky instead of the blue gave way to the idea of keeping the title all in white too, and I love how these layers came together! It's still legible, but doesn't over power all the other fun things already there in that playground scene. The larger lettering is from Take Me Away and the Mini Foam Thickers are my long-term faves from Pick-Me-Up. I couldn't help but add more embellishments and I kept that on the diagonal from the top left to the bottom right, including some small phrase boxes from a paper branding strip, floral die cuts, and enamel hearts from Bloom Street, and Puffy Stickers from Go the Scenic Route.

I only had one photo from this particular playground story, but I realized when I was working with this cut file that it would work beautifully with a strip of photos since it doesn't take the full height of the page. Definitely something to keep in mind if you're usually a multi-photo scrapbooker and also take plenty of trips to the swings! Do you have any particular number of photos you like to scrap per page, or do you love to mix it up?

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you make time for something playful!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, Thickers, stickers: GO THE SCENIC ROUTE; Floral Die Cuts, Enamel Dots: BLOOM STREET; Patterned paper: WHIMSICALMini Foam ThickersPICK-ME-UP; Large Thickers: TAKE ME AWAYwhite cardstock; Die cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Playground by Paige Evans

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  1. Love this layout! I need to get that cut file and use it for pictures of my grandson on the playground. As always, just lovely, Shimelle!

  2. What a fun layout! The cut file scene is so evocative of the playgrounds all of our children play on and the multicolored cloud paper adds to the sweet whimsy of the page.


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