Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fresh Take

One of my favorite layouts (harkening back to the first post on this here blog...many years ago!) is an oldie but a goodie. The challenge is making it still look fresh and fun. I think the newish set from Hero Arts called Birthday Celebrations does the trick.

Lots of white space with pops of color, geometric confetti shapes and linear circles (an oxymoron!), the tension of angles and curves, and a slightly distressed sentiment that contrasts with the crisp all just works.

My first post on this blog was March 20, 2009. That's almost exactly eight years ago. It was also 2,382 posts ago. Wow. If that's not a sign of obsession mental illness a whole lotta crazy a happy hobby, I don't know what is.

I challenge you to take this basic layout--three images in a line and a sentiment underneath--and make it fresh. Share your links in the comments!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Hero Arts Birthday Celebrations
ink: Archival Ink manganese blue, peacock, black; Memento Danube blue
paper: Papertrey white 
accessories: 1" square punch, dimensionals


  1. Happy blogiversary! I absolutely love this design -- the circles and squares make me happy. It's a perfect card for the hard-to-design-for young-teen nephews in my family. Thanks for this inspiration!

  2. Congratulations on the milestone! I think I've been reading you almost that long. You are my happy space every morning with my breakfast. Monday through Friday you make me think, make me smile and inspire me. Thank you!

  3. This is a such a great graphic card. Congrats on the blog-aversary and staying true to yourself.

  4. Love your fresh take on the layout ... HERE is mine.


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