Welcome to day two of our second unofficial CropChocolate Blog Hop! A bunch of that crafty ladies who hang out on the Cropchocolate forum decided to get together to celebrate craftiness and give away some prizes! So, if you have arrived here in the middle of the hop, be sure to start at the beginning by visiting bybelle for your chance to get in on winning some great Echo Park goodies.
For those of you who have already hopped all the way though, you already know that our theme was “bountiful borders”! At first, I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with the theme. But then I pulled out a photo that I have wanted to scrap for a few months now, and together with my new and beautiful This and That Graceful collection, the layout seemed to create itself!
So, let’s talk borders! For this layout, I decided to play with the idea of straight borders, and borders created with shaped elements. I actually went out and bought my first border punch (I know, I know, SHOCKING!), mostly because I felt like I bit of a phony participating in the hop without at least one of these handy tool (like I needed an excuse)! ;) The floral scalloped pink border was created with the purchased punch, while the wood grain one on the end was created with a simple circle punch (each circle cut in half and glued in place). And finally, the teal coloured border strip was taken straight from the paper pack.
I actually had big plans about using the border punch to make some cute rosettes for the layout, but once I pulled out the paper pack, I fell in love with some of the floral elements, and realized that I just want to do some fussy cutting. So, out came the trusty scissors, and with a bit of time, the flowers started to pop right off of the page.
And finally, for the little surprise on this layout – some hidden journaling! The layout was actually inspired by the Echo Park This and That sketch challenge, so I thought I would turn things around a bit. Once I played with that idea, it made a lot of sense to me to add an interactive element. With a little bit of consultation from my creative consultant (my hubby), this idea was born:
What I love the most is that I will be able to write my little gal a little message for her eyes only (no pun intended) – all about the little glimpses we get here and there of the amazing person she is destined to be!
So that’s it for this stop on the hop! I hope you enjoyed the layout, and maybe even picked up a couple of ideas! Make sure to leave a comment below for your chance to win some cute Echo Park Mini Kits, and then head off to see what Haf2scrap/ Lucy has in store for you! Thanks for stopping by!