Welcome to this month’s Simply Inspired Blog Hop. If you arrived here from the fabulous Dana Kessler’s blog you are in the right place. This month we are celebrating the release of Close to my Heart’s new Annual Inspirations Idea Book with a New Product Showcase. All of the artwork from the amazing Consultants in this hop, is made using brand spankin’ new products that will be available on August 1st. (I will add links for you to the products I used on August 1st.)
I know it may seem a little early to be thinking about Fall, but it is right around the corner. I fell in love with the Fall themed papers and coordinating embellishments from CTMH’s new Pathfinding Collection and knew they would be perfect to highlight these family photos.
The Pathfinding paper and Compliments (chipboard) pieces include great designs using Olive, Autumn Terracotta, Champaign, Chocolate, and a beautiful new color called Glacier. On the left page of the spread I cut the title on my Explore machine from a piece of Goldrush cardstock. (I used a font called Lavanderia Bold.) The frame is stamped with a new background stamp set called Season of Thanks. The “Love is all you need" sentiment is from the Big Hug stamp set.
I also used some of the Pathfinding Assortments throughout the layout. To add a little sparkle, I used a few of the new Gold Bling Gems. (They are one of my favorite new accessories!)
The pattern I used for my layout came from the Magic How-To Book. One of the best things about the book is that it shows different ways to make your layouts interactive. I used the Hocus Pocus pattern on pages 56-61. The film strip on the bottom slides to the left to reveal more photos that are hiding. It is so much fun to make your layouts interactive.