Bo Bunny – Sweetie Pie

What a yummy, girly range this is. Very sweet. Loved the papers when I saw them and was not disappointed when they finally arrived into my hot and sweaty little hands this week. I really like Bo Bunny – their ranges during 2008 were just delicious and 2009 is shaping up pretty good too (providing the cost of the papers isn’t what is rumoured – at $2.60 per double page for the CHA releases).

Luckily this range is still very reasonably priced and you can get yours from Sharnie at Click”n”Scrap here.

Thought I would do something different for a change – not my usual “cram in as much as you can” pages. A lot of cutting out still though – can’t miss that out. The “Sweetie Pie” paper range is perfect for this type of technique.

I’ve used strips of one of the papers (Snuggle), a section and a strip of a second (Smooch) and cut out patterned shapes of another (Swoon). I’ve got enough paper left for at least another layout, if not more – yet there is not a huge amount of ‘white space’ in this layout (though what is there is still giving me heart palpatations).

To make the page more interesting the embellishments have been layered – by using pop-dots and double-sided tape I have given some dimension to the layout. I also Kindyglitzed sections of the pattern to add further interest and stitched a border pattern for added detail. A little bling here and there is good for adding detail and dimension too.

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Stitching is a technique that adds interest and dimension to your layout without adding a huge cost. Another is stamping – the money invested in your stamps is well worth it, as you can use them on many layouts, not just one. The stamp set I used for this layout is simply divine – a new company to me – College Press and not surprisingly this set is already sold out. They have some great paper ranges too – so look out in coming weeks for some work with them.

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The trick to using lots of cut out shapes is to cluster them or have them sprawl across a page. I’ve kept a lot of my shapes in their original positions – already clustered together – and have only added single ones here and there to ‘fill out’ an empty section of the layout. I’ve also made sure that the colours on the layout are spread around – so a bit of green on this side and also on the other – black across the top and then also the bottom. It helps to keep the layout coherent. A little Kaiser bling here and there and all’s done.

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In total – even with the transparency title – for the products used (and not the cost of the stamps etc which can be re-used) the layout cost less than $10 – which is something of a miracle for me.

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Don’t forget the Card Competition in the gallery – coming into its last week. Some great cards are featured in the gallery. And this weeks store special is on Kaiser Clear Stamps – a steal at $10 each.

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