Box of Crayons

I was so excited to get my hands on Shimelle’s latest collection for American Crafts – Box of Crayons. Bright colours, glitter, holographic finishes, fun icons, just gorgeous! And the embellishments – a wonderful array of beautiful products like glittery enamel shapes, teeny puffy stickers, decorative patches, shaker stickers, two sets of Thickers, photo corners, a whole folder of alphabet stickers…the list goes on. I restrained myself and ordered only, well, most of it. Let’s just say it would be far quicker to list what I didn’t get!
Shimelle – Box of Crayons 
So here’s what I made, starting with a page about Mickey Mouse – the red was what drew me to these photos, and the piece from the cut apart that says “let’s be friends” was the first thing I pulled out. It seemed a perfect match! I used the version from the project pad here – it has gold foil accents on it. The project pad has a selection of papers  printed as single sided sheets on slightly thinner paper than the usual double sided sheets, and many of them have extra finishes like holographic, varnish, glitter and foil. There’s also 2 12×12 sticker sheets (one icons, one letters), 2 sheets of POW glitter paper, and several sheets of coordinating cardstock.

I created my title by cutting the letter saying from the cut apart alphabet sheet and then punching them into circles. Tip: the ‘y’ piece colours didn’t fit well, so I used an upside down ‘h’.
I wanted to create a completely different look for my second page, so I pulled a mostly pink, green and yellow colour scheme from the products and I’m so happy with how it came out! On this page, and the one above, I’ve used sheets from the 6×8 journaling pad which I adore – writing sheets in a whole variety of styles that you can use as whole pieces, or cut down, or even just use as a beautiful notepad. I love it!

I did add one extra thing to this page which was the “Hooray” title – that’s from Dear Lizzy. If I had a die cutting machine I would’ve cut similar from the gold POW paper in the project pad so that it matched the other gold pieces, but I don’t, so I went for this instead. It’s a slightly brighter gold – can you clash gold with gold? I’m not sure, but it works okay to my eye.
I went for a white cardstock background for my third page, to lend another different look to the products, especially as this is another page for my Disney holiday album. I made a template for the pie chart feature and then pieced it together on spare card before placing it behind a cut out aperture in my white cardstock.

I am excited to make some more pages with this collection, especially as I haven’t used the fabulous toucan yet, and I love him a lot! I’ll be sure to share when I do.
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