We are so excited to introduce our New Guest Designer Stacey Michaud. She is going spend the next couple weeks showing us some great ideas with our Swoon collection. Stacey has a unique style that seems simple at first, but upon a closer look is full of fun details. But, we want Stacey to tell you all about it...
LYB: What are your favorite types of projects—pages, mini albums, cards, altered projects, etc?
SM: Hands downs, I am a layout girl. Cards don’t come naturally to me so I end up pushing paper around for a hour. Layouts just kind of flow!
LYB: Any unique tips or techniques you use?
SM: I try to use the paper as my muse. Before I start, I look for patterns that I can hand cut or repeat on the project. I try to use supplies in a clever way, keeping an open mind when I am exploring them.
LYB: What is your favorite color (or colors) to use in your pages?
SM: I match the colors of my photos so I am pretty open. I don’t really love to use brights as they are hard on my eyes. In my opinion, every page should have a pop of red or orange.
Hi all! I am so thrilled to be guest designing for Little Yellow Bicycle! LYB products are among the first I scrapped with when I started this hobby. They have been perennial favorites! One of my favorite products is the Clear Cut Shapes. I ripped the box open and knew these would have a starring role on a layout. Turns out, I made two layouts, each featuring the different shapes in the collections.
First, I was drawn to the rectangular Clear Cut Shapes. I love the ornate frames and thought they would make a great mat for my photo. I started layering and liked that it looked like a deconstructed grid. I included my photo as one of the rectangles.
I added balance by placing ½ of a frame along the top. The dark Bridesmaid sticker grounded the frame and added a bit of black. To give the layout a feminine touch, I layered several of the paper flowers and dimensional flowers to the right of the photo.
Finally, I created a banner to add a bit more curve to offset all the rectangles. I used the cardstock stickers and a pretty silver dimensional flower.
After playing with rectangles, I decided to give circles an equal chance! Again, my first instinct was to grab the Clear Cut Shapes. I also fell in love with the pretty curved chipboard frame on the layout below. I actually placed it above one of my photos, which is a bit of a turn for me. From there, the idea was born to have graduated circles in different sizes. The use of confetti is a huge trend right now and this is my interpretation.
The circles and little bits of bling give the layout a dreamy feel that matches the photo. I am scrapping these pictures for a friend so I want to make an impact without using too many words or journaling.
I love how the little sticker has the word swoon on it, sums up the feel of that moment. I love the rich gray in the Swoon collection. It is so elegant.
To create this page, I used the Swoon Modern Elegance paper, die-cut border from the page kit, Clear Cut Shapes, Chipboard Shapes, Cardstock Stickers and Dimensional Stickers. For the final touches, I used the Pearl and Jewel Stickers and stick pins.
There are so many wonderful bits in this collection, I felt like I could scrap forever.
Thank you so much Stacey for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Please visit Stacey's blog It's Just Paper to see more of her inspiring work.
Have a wonderful and creative weekend!