Thursday, April 23, 2015

Patriotic Picnic Layout by Melinda Spinks

Hands up those of you who've purchased an entire themed collection just for one layout? We all get a little carried away when it comes to buying pretty papers and embellishments because they are just so darn irresistible, yes? Well today I'm going to share a layout I created using the Patriotic Picnic collection and as you can see... it doesn't have a thing to do with July 4.

My littlest man is just learning about critters and often comes inside with a snail or two so when he proudly 'catched a ant' I wanted to capture the moment for him. And, how delighted was I to see the adorable 'family picnic' patterned paper with ants all over the flip side.

TIP: Most themed collections come with a neutral or alternate pattern on the reverse side which gives you an opportunity to create outside of the theme.

Patriotic Picnic colours are very much attuned to the red, white and blue however there were hints of yellow, orange and green mixed in so I decided to add a small splash of yellow as an alternative pop of colour.

And as for the wee little ants... I just had to use them on my layout seeing as they were the main focus to the entire story and because they were just too darn adorable!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hoped I've given you ideas in how to work with ALL your papers, regardless of the theme. It sure does make your products stretch further and you can have lots of fun along the way.
Thanks for stopping by today! Melinda


  1. OMG what an adorable LO. Your pictures are so cute!! OMG talk about getting the perfect oh so perfect photo....and the paper geeze how fab....You so did one super outstanding creative Layout ever!! I love it. WOW!! YOU so ROCK!!

  2. SO, SO in love with this layout and all the cool things you have done!! First of all - adding the little ants to your journaling - super cute and clever idea!! Love the stitched underline by your title! Your pictures are FANTASTIC and just WOW this layout is so awesome!! Way to go - Melinda!! I am going completely "Buggy" over this layout!!!

  3. Normally this is a pattern I would have seen as too busy but this is perfect. I am going to rethink some of my busier patterns from now on. Very inspiring.

  4. A wonderful layout! Just noticed your addition of the yellow and I'm loving how it rounds out your color scheme! :)

  5. Beautiful LO, wonderful pics!! Love your work Melinda!!


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