Tuesday, August 2, 2022

SnapShot | Bramble Fox

Today I'm sharing a super fun layout I made for Bramble Fox using several bright, fun products from the shop. Please note that I scrap 8 x 8, so the products look a bit larger on my layouts.

Whenever I sit down to scrap and I'm stuck and just staring at a blank page, I'll often use a sketch as a starting point, and I recently created a sketch for Paper Issues 31 days of Sketches in July, so I decided I'd use my own sketch.

The SnapShot pack, which includes two titles and two camera embellishments, was perfect for this fun photo of my friend's son on his first Crazy Hair Day at school. I traced it on white paper and glued it together to make the title stand out from my busy background. The big open space in the O was perfect for adding a brad. I used distress ink and a blending brush with one of my favorite stencils, Fox Cut #29, to create some excitement in the background. Outlining the stenciled image gave it some extra impact.

I'm in love with the Speech Bubbles. There are 8 in the pack in a variety of shapes and sizes and sayings, so you'll have plenty for several layouts. I used the Sweet Rush collection by Vicki Boutin, which is a great complement for the colors of the Perspextives I used. The sketch is perfect for using the tear-off strips, and I also used die-cuts from the collection. I used a fine-tip pen to outline the die-cuts for added definition and a fun comic book feel.

Here's a shot of one of the cameras that came in the SnapShot pack. Again I backed it with white to stand out against the busy background, and the lens was the perfect spot for adding another brad. The black words and phrases are from Paper Snips 001, You guys, these Paper Snips are awesome and have so many versatile sayings--I think there I counted 68 phrases and tabs on this sheet, so I'll have plenty for many, many more layouts!

I adhered most of my elements with pop dots to give my layout some added dimension. I love the little speech bubble with the heart, from the Speech Bubbles pack---you know I always add at least one heart to the layouts I give away. The plus signs are from the Triangles pack, which come with a bunch of triangles and plus signs (or x's if you like).

Here's a little tip that I've learned over the years. I try to wait until the next day to decide my layout is done before I photograph it. I always spot something I can add. In the case of this layout, I added those orange and yellow enamel dots, outlining them with a fine-tipped pen to make them really stand out. And since the sun hadn't yet come out, I had one more look at my layout before I photographed it and decided the bunting needed some enamel dots too. It was the perfect finishing touch. 

I had lots of fun creating this layout. If you made it this far, I'd love for you to drop a quick note letting me know that you still read my blog so that I know I'm not just talking to myself!


Monday, August 1, 2022

Anchors Away | Bramble Fox

Well, July sure did disappear quickly! I was planning to post a layout each day to catch up on all the layouts I missed sharing on my blog since last year. I hope to do better going forward!

Here's a layout I made in July for Bramble Fox.  I'm loving all of the nautical pieces from the Sea Life collection Bramble Fox recently added to the shop, and the Anchors Away pack was perfect for these pictures of my friend's daughters on their first whale-watching cruise.

The Vintage Seas collection by Simple Stories is a perfect complement to these nautical pieces. After choosing the elements I wanted to use and figuring out their placement, I used stencils and various shades of blue distress ink to create an interesting background. In the picture below, I used Fox Cut #18 stencil to make the sunrays. You can also see I added some Perspextives--Flock of Seagulls and an older geotag, which I backed with navy cardstock. The phrase strips are cut from Paper Snips #002.

On the bottom of my layout, I created waves using various shades of blue Distress Ink and Fox Cut #35. Detailing with a fin-tip pen adds a little more dimension to the waves. The cute little sailboat Perspextive is from the Anchors Away pack, which also includes another title and a handful of natuical embellishments. The mesh piece behind the whale photograph was made with kraft paper and Fox Dies #4.

I was happy to use a super-old brad that's probably been in my stash for at least 15 years. After I finished creating my layout, I added a few enamel dots for a finishing touch and then splattered watered-down gesso for a sea-spray look.

I loved working with these Fox Cut stencils, Perspextives, and Paper Snips! You'll have to go check out the entire Sea Life collection. I hope I've given you some ideas for these products. Please make sure to tag us on Instagram and share your creations in our Bramble Fox Facebook group. We love seeing how you use the Bramble Fox Products!

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