Hello everyone! It is the last day of the year! I (Anna-Karin) can hardly believe how fast this year went past. To make sure we don't forget any of the small or big events of the year, I decided to make a 2014 layout, using some of the new Sizzix dies from the Me & You collection by Jen Long for today's Sizzix Inspiration.
The three Thinlits sets that I used for this layout were perfect for the topic, including both words, numbers, labels and tags and a lot of small images: Calendar Months, Fancy Base w/Layering Shapes, and Arrows Card Front. I used the Hello Life Thinlits set by Lori Whitlock to die cut the file folder cards, using six cards, with two months on each one. On the cards, I am going to write the journaling, and if I need even more space, I'll add a few sheets into the pocket, too.
For the background, I used a gelli printed paper that I had in my stash. It was printed with the help of Sizzix embossing folders, check out this tutorial for an explanation. The Arrows Card Front was die cut from white paper and used as a photo mat. For all the Thinlits dies, use this sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad. If you struggle to get a clear cut with some of the detailed dies, such as the Arrows, place a piece of wax paper between the die and the paper. The black arrows come from the Arrows background, inked with Black Soot.
The title was stamped on the fancy label, and I also added two die cut stars and a Tim Holtz bird stamp.
All the die cuts were done from white paper and inked with Distress Ink. The months were all inked with Black Soot and I used different colours for the other shapes. Thereby, I could use colours that fit with each month of the year.
The Calendar Months set contains a lot of small shapes, perfect to embellish journaling cards, or greeting cards with. In total, the set contains 54 different dies.
I used labels and shapes from the Fancy Base w/Layering Shapes to further embellish the cards, and I think I used almost every single die in the two sets.
There is still a lot of space for journaling and I might also add a few small photos.
The cards were stamped with Tim Holtz word stamps. For October, I knew I was going to use a story about my son and his best friend, and stamped the card with a word stamp fitting that theme.
Use colours that fit with the different months. Instead of using the file folder shape, you can also die cut tags for each month, large labels or anything you could think of to use.
It is fun deciding which shapes go where and the cards come together quickly. I used Glossy Accents by Ranger to glue down all the small shapes.
I've been doing these types of layouts at the end of the year for a long time, and they are real fun to look back at. I hope this post inspired you to give it a try. You can also easily turn it into a mini-album instead of a layout.
Thank you for stopping by today!
Happy New Year!!!
Other Supplies Used:
- Surface: Neenah Smooth Solar White Cardstock
- Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz - Tiny Things, #Hashtags, Tall Text
- Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black; Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Black Soot, Victorian Velvet, Festive Berries, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Gathered Twigs, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord
- Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology - Word Bands, Long Fasteners, Game Spinners
- Tools: Gelli Arts - Gel Printing Plate 8 x 10