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We Love Our Puppies- Start to Finish

Today’s layout is brought to you by the recent addition to Sloane Farms….

We have been fostering our puppy Jake’s mom for the past week and we had been expecting her puppies in the first week of April. Much to our surprise, my husband went out to feed her Monday morning and we had been blessed with three new chocolate labs. There are two boys and a girl and after the visit to the vet on Tuesday, they have been giving a clean bill of health as has Caramel {the mother}. We were worried with such a small litter for a Labrador and that was the main reason for going ahead and taking her into the vet. She has been nothing but a great mom so far and I can’t wait to see the puppies grow.

Onto today’s layout….

My layout started with two sheets of Kraft cardstock by Canvas Corp. I am totally in love with the texture of this paper and the color is PERFECT for Kraft. I am trying to get it in larger quantities since I love it so! Next was to choose what papers I wanted to focus on in the background. I chose a few of the papers from My Minds Eye Follow Your Heart Collection by Rhonna Farrar. I am loving these patterns {and colors}j and so happy that I was able to get them in my most recent scrapbook shopping haul {link will take you to YouTube video! 🙂

I cut each of these papers down to 2″ by 8″. I played with the order of the papers and which side I wanted to show until I got it exactly right. Rounding the corners of the two ends to add in a resting point.

I just received a new stamp set that had these amazing cloud stamps and I wanted use them for accents on my page but also wanted them to be patterned. I used the scrap from cutting down my 2″ strips and stamped two smaller open clouds and one of the striped larger clouds on each. I then cut them out.

After having the clouds ready, I chose a journaling card that I had printed from Splendid Miss M in grayscale on cream cardstock. First, I rounded the corners of the journaling card and inked the edges with Broken China and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. I didn’t want the “Who, What, Where” to show in the corner so I used one of the larger clouds to cover up that area just stapled on with my Tiny Attacher. This was a good thing because after I layered the smaller cloud on top, I decided it needed some balance down below the cloud and that was when I wrapped the Carribean Twine from The Twinery around the base of the journaling card.

I stamped the LOVE sentiment from the same Hampton Arts stamp set first with Close To My Heart Tulip Stamp Ink. I then grabbed various alphas {we and puppies- Basic Grey and our- My Mind’s Eye}. The word “we” was originally a cream alphabet that I wanted to actually match the papers and pull in some of the blue so I just colored them over with a Letraset Sky Blue Marker. The empty spots needed some balance and in came another smaller cloud and some blue rhinestones.

Next it was time to start adding things together. I put down my photos of Jake {chocolate lab} and Sookie {Piebald Dachshund} and the journaling card that I had just decorated. I wanted to give the bottom of the photos a nice border so I chose the ruffled ribbon and adhered it down with Scor-Tape.

I cut out some of the hexagon shapes from another page from the collection and drew a border with a Tuxedo Black Ultra Fine Bic Mark-It before I tucked them under the farthest strip on each side.

I also cut out a hexagon pattern from another sheet of paper and adhered it down on the left side. With the remaining clouds that I had stamped earlier, I went through and added them in various spots with the smaller clouds simply stapled to the bottom ones or straight to the layout.

At this point it was just too simple for me and it didn’t have any paint! I grabbed my Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar paint dabber. I opened the top and got my thinnest paint brush and went around the complete edge of my central section. After that had dried, I went through with my white pen to make it pop out. I finally decided I was done and my layout was complete.

The layout is a bit more simple than most of my one page layouts but I’m pleased with it. I was able to get 8 photos in and not use a ton of paper. This would be great for using up more scraps as well as it really only uses a minimal amount of paper in each pattern.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the products that I have used in this layout, I have provided affiliate links below. I provide these links as I get a small percentage back from the sales and am able to put it back into the blog. I truly appreciate those of you who do use them.

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