These are the Days – The Colour of Summer

The colour of Summer ? It has to be turquoise – although being my favourite colour, I tend to use use it all year round.  You’d be forgiven for thinking that the colour of summer here in England is grey – but that’s even more reason to brighten up the dull summer days when the only water you’ll encounter is rain and not the sea !
There’s something about turquoise that just sums up swimming pools, seaside and summer skies which is probably why Webster’s Pages have used it for the month of June in their These are the Days range . This is a really clever range of papers that cover every month of the year with a different monthly colour theme . Each month has a cut apart sheet with every possible size you could need – 4×6 , 4×4, 3×4 and 2×2 . Perfect for Project Lifers and scrapbookers alike. The reverse side is an ombre sheet of the main colour . Talk about versatile !
As I’m planning on doing a layout every month using this range , I wanted to keep the layout simple so that I can replicate it each month .  Here’s the sketch I plan to use. With just one sheet each month from the range, I’ll be able to put together an album for the whole year in no time at all.
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I used Heidi Swapp’s Minc to foil the title using the mint coloured foil – perfect for summer layouts. I’m always amazed at the fine detail you can achieve from ever the skinniest of fonts.
The only additions needed to just one sheet were a few embellishments :-
Crate Paper’s Handmade Paper from the Craft Market collection
Bella Boulevard – Enamel Doodads 
Crate Paper – Journey – Puffy Stickers
Crate Paper – Poolside – Gold Foiled Cut-Ups Acetate
Continuing on the turquoise theme I then put together this simple layout using more of Webster’s Pages product – from their #Happy Collection. I love the pastel shades in this range – again , perfect for summer and lots of lovely turquoise.
A simple doodled rectangular frame is water- coloured in turquoise then it’s a breeze just to layer up some elements using the cut-apart vellum sheets and stickers to make a couple of layered clusters against a backdrop of inked swooshes using Avery Elle’s Aquamarine and Seaglass ink pads. I love the chalky look of these pigment ink pads. The colour sits on top of the paper rather than sinking in and it looks deliciously creamy like a blob of coloured ice cream smeared across the page .
Webster’s Pages – #Happy – Keep it Real Vellum
Webster’s Pages – #Happy – These Moments Paper
Webster’s Pages – #Happy – Words 4×6″ Sticker Sheet
Crate Paper – Maggie Homes Confetti – Tiny Phrase Stickers
And finally … yes …. yet more turquoise. I smooshed some turquoise ink and silver alcohol ink mixed with surgical spirit onto plain white stamping cardtsock which has a smooth finish. It creates a lovely translucent swirly effect which looks quite watery like the theme of the photo.
Have you tried the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy embossing folders from American Crafts yet  ? I love love love these . Although primarily designed for card makers they make lovely strips to use as titles on scrapbook layouts too . I embossed the ‘ You make my heart Smile’ folder onto vellum and then washed it over with turquoise watercolour to give it a watery look.
662600_bI also used the leftover scraps of paper from the Webster’s Pages papers , a sheet of Crate Papers  Maggie Holmes Confetti collection called RSVP and a few die cut hearts sewn together in a line topped with possibly the most adorable puffy stickers ever from Studio Calico’s Baxter collection.
I’m a new convert to puffy stickers but I must say these look lovely on layouts as they’re matte and in a wide selection of colours which seem to go with everything. Must go order some more !
I’m looking forward already to using another sheet of Webster’s Pages These are the Days paper next month – the colour for July is a beautiful ultramarine blue.

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