Capturing School Days

Well hello from Australia! It’s Gail here and I’m so excited to share my first project on the American Crafts blog today! I’ve been playing with the latest collections and my layout today is using Shimelle’s new collection with a bit of a twist!

AC 1st Day Layout 1

The new collection from Shimelle, Go Now Go, is inspired by adventures and travel! It was perfect for documenting my son’s first day of kindergarten as I’m sure it’s going to be quite and adventure for him!

AC 1st Day Layout 2

This layout is actually a HUGE step out of my comfort zone! While I usually like the look of clean, white backgrounds, I challenged myself to use one of the amazing patterned papers for my background. What do you think?

I began machine stitching a couple of large circles on my background as my base for adding my elements. This is one of my favourite techniques for breaking up a layout where everything can seem quite “boxy” with lots of straight lines and corners such as my photos, title and even the background paper design.

I can then go about adding my photos and rest of my design elements around the circle!

AC 1st Day Layout 3

The alphabet Thickers are amazing and nothing like any other style I’ve seen before! Since I was having a longer title, I chose to do a mix and match style and used the Thickers for one of my words, clustered with a few embellishments to draw your eye.

I did add a couple of layers of patterned paper behind my photos to make them stand out from the background slightly.

AC 1st Day Layout 4

You can see how I’ve gone about finishing off my layout with a “sprinkle” of embellishments around my stitched circle. The Puffy Stickers, tiny Enamel Dots and Wood Buttons were perfect for this technique and the colors and sentiments worked so well with my theme.

AC 1st Day Layout 5

I hope you will agree that it is such a versatile collection!


Supplies: Shimelle Go Now Go Patterned Paper – (375243) Run, (375247) Café, (375255) Move, (375258) Race, (375259) Pond, (375260) Date, (375261) Drive, (375264) Picnic. (375270) Departure Thickers, (375277) Acrylic Stamp, (375276) Chipboard Stickers, (375279) Enamel Dots, (376177) Puffy Stickers, (375278) Wood Buttons)