Hello friends! I'm so excited to participate in my very first Echo Park Paper Blog Hop! I've been busy crafting away with the latest releases from Echo Park and am excited to have a chance to share what I've been up to. This project was created with the For the Record 2 - Tailored Collection:
I didn't want to waste my paper, so I trimmed 1/2 inch strips from the orange paper for my border.
I layered stickers and chipboard for the decorative elements on my page. The big tag and button are from my stash.
Of course I had to do a layout with one of the photos my sister took of us with Cooper before he passed away. My sweet boy. He certainly led a good life.
One quick note on that: kids are resilient. There were tears and sleepless nights for only a short while. My sweet angels bounced back quickly and are able to tell stories and look at pictures without being upset. It is something I really worried about beforehand and am grateful that everyone has handled it all with grace and strength. Again, thank you for your kind words and stories. Losing a pet is so hard!
Anyway, back to crafting!
Take a peek at this collection:
Here's a closer look at the sticker sheets in the Collection Pack:
I love that there's several alphabet choices, border stickers, and lots of labels. It makes it easier to create layers and add details.
The following is my favorite print from the Collection:
I was immediately drawn to the B side of this paper. The whole sheet is Vanilla and covered in circular journaling spots. I cut a few of them out with a circle punch for my layout and am saving the rest of the sheet for another project. I love it a lot!
Another thing I wanted to point out is the vanilla cardstock I used for my base. You know I am a natural, vanilla/kraft sort of girl. I have my go to vendors for kraft and vanilla. For years.
but CHECK this out!
Can you see the linen texture to this vanilla cardstock???!!!!
It's cardstock from Carta Bella! And I am in heaven.
Right now they have Kraft, Natural White Linen, and Ultra White felt. I'm telling you, this is delicious. I adore the linen texture. And the kraft? It. Is. KRAFT. It is exactly the same weight, color, and texture of the kraft cardstock we all know and love.
Don't be afraid to check out Carta Bella cardstock if you see it for sale online or at your LSS. I'm serious. I wouldn't profess my love if it wasn't something I'd actually use. I really am sold on that linen texture.
The For the Record 2 - Tailored Collection also has some additional products that I used on my layout. Following is the chipboard accents:
There's also brads and layered chipboard elements as part of this collection. You can check it out on the Echo site here.
Blog hops are more fun when there is fun stuff to give away, so of course I want you to have a chance to play with the For the Record 2 - Tailored Collection! Leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner Monday morning, August 27th.
A blog hop wouldn't be complete without additional stops to visit as well, so check out these other blogs for a chance to win a collection pack, and of course, hop over to the Echo blog as well:
Echo Park Paper: http://www.echoparkpaper.
Wendy Sue Anderson: http://www.wendysueanderson.
Susan Stringfellow: http://creativelysavvy.
Lowri McNabb: http://www.papervinenz.com/
Linda Auclair: http://elendae.wordpress.com/
Tamara Tripodi: http://happylifecraftywife.
Have a great Monday! Davinie