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Start to Finish #1: Strut Your Stuff

For awhile now, I have been following Shimelle in her fairly regular Starting Point layouts. There are many of them that I have created and turned into layouts as I have really enjoyed. This past week, I decided to try my own based on the design principles that I have learned in the past.

My starting point began with a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Bamboo cardstock for the base. I then built upon it with a 11″ x 11 1/2″ sheet of Bo Bunny Double Dot Journal in Turquoise. I then used a double sided sheet from the Happily Lost Collection from Lily Bee Designs for the yellow polka dots/postcard pieces. The yellow piece is cut at 4 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ and the postcard piece is cut at 1 1/2″ x 11 1/2″. I added a bit from October Afternoon to give some teal doilies at the top and then some scraps from Echo Park Off the Record near the bottom. Each of these are cut at various ranges from 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ x 11 1/2″.

I began this layout with no pictures in mind but when going through my stack of untouched photos, I loved these of the peacocks from the Omaha Zoo. It was my first trip up there with my husband back in Summer 2009. The circle border stamp is from Purple Onion Stamps that I won in an online giveaway ages ago. I think I was still in college!

I popped up the journaling on foam tape to give the layout some extra dimension and you can see where I used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to attach down the little border strip, where I punched the edge of the Postcard paper with the EK Success Diamond Lace and also inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

When I had it almost finished, I felt that it needed a bit more so I added some buttons tied off with twine from Crooked Stamper’s Etsy shop. LOVE IT! {Need more funky buttons!}

Love how my layout turned out in the end and I hope that you did too. Hoping to get another layout accomplished this weekend at least. 🙂 I would also love to see if you follow this starting point as well. Please leave me a link in a comment so I can check it out. I am hoping to do these at least once a month if there is interest. It’s like getting a free mini-class! Let me know!

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