For my first projects, I received some papers from the lovely 'For The Record' collection from Echo Park. This collection really suits my style; it is a bit vintage, a bit girly, but not too over-the-top flowery. I particularly like this Fancy Floral paper - it reminds me of the dresses my Nan used to wear.
I put together two layouts and a card - the first layout using red cardstock to co-ordinate with the red and green scheme. I've used a small heart punch and silver Glimmermist to make a blown dandelion effect; I thought this would suit the photo of Holly looking like she is doing something cute and feminine (although she is actually eating grass).
I used some twine and the polka-dot print on the back of the Vintage Linen paper to make a banner, and added some BasicGrey rub-ons, little flower cabochons and a Kaisercraft waterlily card from the Hunt and Gather collection under the photo. My kit also included a sweet poppy stamp which I've stamped in white ink at the bottom of the page. I really like how bright and vibrant this layout has turned out, although I was a little heavy-handed with the Glimmermist as usual and my paper has dried a bit lumpy.
For my second layout, I used the Echo Park 'Fabric Store' paper with some more red cardstock as a base. I haven't done a layout with filmstrip-style photos for a while so I thought I'd try these couple of shots of Ty lining up his matchbox cars in a perfectly straight row in the middle of the kitchen floor. He's a bit OCD when it comes to putting things in lines!
I've used the Jenny Bowlin mini bingo card from my kit behind the photos and a vintage French flash card and milk bottle cap. The alphas are also from the For The Record collection. There's a little strip of red and white ribbon and a chipboard arrow (which I've inked and added Dimensional Magic to), and a bit of blue Kaisercraft paint underneath it all, and that's about it!
It's been a while since I have made any cards, and I didn't want this small piece of Fancy Floral paper to go to waste, so I added it to a kraft card with a 1" punched circle and 'congrats' sticker from the Echo Park alpha sticker sheet. The ribbon effect is a happy accident; I realised once I started stapling that the staples were the right size to hold the ribbon down without actually piercing through it, so I could pull and adjust bits out to make a wave effect.
I had lots of fun making these projects and am already looking forward to getting stuck in to my next kit!