Reinvent the Theme Layout by Phil Donahue

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Hello scrappy friends! It’s Phil Donahue here sharing the layout I created for International Scrapbook Day 2024 in Paige's Happy Scrappy Place Facebook Group!
My challenge was to reinvent the theme! For my layout I heavily featured Paige's Christmas collection called Sugarplum Wishes in a vibrant summer-themed layout. Nearly any themed collection can become more useful and versatile using a few of the following tips:
1) Sort your Scraps: In every collection, there are papers which don't fully reflect the theme. These can be found in B-side patterns, neutral embellishments, and phrase stickers that fit nearly any theme. For my layout, I sought out those items from the Sugarplum Wishes collection and set them aside to audition on the layout. These items included patterned papers, phrase stickers, cardstock stickers and foam stickers.
2) Cue the Cut File: A bold cut file, like the Summer Summer Summer one I used easily creates a theme reinvention with little effort! I cut mine using a pale pink cardstock and backed it with the pink Paper 6, green Paper 10, and multi-color dot Paper 5 along with a halo of vellum.
3) Make with Mixed Media: To further separate the original theme of the collection, I used a fun stamp set and Distress Oxides to create my background. This is a great way to incorporate any colors from a collection and create a more cohesive layout to fit any theme!
4) Everyday Embellishments: After using as many elements from the collection as I could, I looked in my stash for embellishments which more closely fit the theme I was going for in my layout. This included die cut flowers and enamel dots to create areas of embellishments on the layout and complete the page!
5) Focus on Photos: The photos I chose are clearly summer themed so no matter how Christmas-y my supplies may have been the summer theme shines through because the photos are the focus! Feature photos that make your theme shine and make them the focus of the layout!
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, charms, embellishments: SUGARPLUM WISHES; white cardstock; Distress Oxides; Cut file: Summer Summer Summer by Paige Evans

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