I L.O.V.E. the new Neapolitan Collection! It has the loveliest journaling cards, bunting flags, and other ephemera in wonderful pastel shades of pink, green, purple, and peach – and the sweet ice cream theme is perfect for this picture of my sweet girl! I started this layout with the idea that it would be strictly monochromatic shades of lavender and purple. However, I couldn’t resist adding touches of green (the butterfly stickers are my favorites!) and pink because everything was SO CUTE I couldn’t limit my choices!
TIP: Don’t have 12×12 paper to make a border like the one I have at the top and bottom of my layout? Don’t worry! As long as you have a small repeating pattern on your paper, you can line up the pattern along the edges of smaller 8×8 papers or even scrap papers to make one long strip. I taped the two pieces together and then used a small border punch at the end to help camouflage any little inconsistencies and draw the eye away from the barely visible seam.
I used one of the journaling cards and sewed along three sides to make a pocket. I used a circle punch to punch a half circle in the middle of my pocket so that I could get my tag out more easily. Of course, I love the arrow journaling card so much that I ended up leaving as much as possible out of the pocket! I layered my Pretty Little Studio Butterfly stickers on top of butterflies created with a punch and then adhered them to each other using a stapler.
TIP: Want to use your stickers but don’t want them to actually stick to anything (like my layered butterfly)? Simply brush a small amount of talcum or baby powder to the sticky underside, and you instantly have non-sticky stickers!
As you can see, I love to layer my papers and my ephemera. The background garland circles help to “ground” the smaller accents and keep them from getting lost on my layout. I intermittently added pop-dots under my items to add even more dimension!
What would you like to see done with the new Neapolitan Collection? Would you mix all the colors into one big, pastel rainbow or would you prefer more monochromatic layouts?