I have had this paper for a while. Despite its lingering presence in my scrap stash I LOVE these papers!!!! They are so thick and heavy they put me in paper Nirvana… if only all companies could make paper so thick. I would wager to guess that this paper is at least #125. It is nice paper.
I chose this paper for this picture because I was looking for a line that had a “true” red to match the handle bars on Calen’s bike in this picture. I was immediately drawn to this frame paper, and was thrilled to find that my picture fit perfectly within the frame. I really wanted to fussy cut the frame so that I could layer more paper underneath the frame and give the layout more detail…. but it was late at night and I didn’t have it in me to attempt the fussy cut. I feared that I would mess it up and be more upset that the adorable frame was unusable than I was over how flat the frame looked to my eye. In order to appease my eye I trimmed the background yellow paper and mounted the whole layout on a piece of black cardstock. I was then able to echo the black cardstock and mount the whole frame piece… not what I had in mind, but it worked and in the end I was pretty happy with the way it looked.
After being disappointed in myself for not wanting to fussy cut the frame, I decided it was time to turn in and start fresh in the morning. A night’s sleep was just what I needed; I woke up in the morning with visions of “view masters” dancing in my head. I think that between a process video I watched yesterday where the gal added the cutest view master to her layout, and the view master in Say Cheese I had these little things in mind long before I actually became conscious of it. I downloaded a view master cut file from the Silhouette store (gotta love the $0.50 sale right now). I cut it into two layers and cut them in half and layered the pieces under both sides of the frame.
I cut my title and journaling tags from the sheet of cut out shapes that came with this line. I added some twine to the tags and hand wrote some simple journaling. I had some 1/4 in strips of the black cardstock just lying around. I trimmed them to look like ribbon and added them to the page. I had no particular reason why I did this, just that it was fun and the pieces were there. I inked all my edges with black ink and assembled all my pieces. This paper was so bright and graphic I decided not to add any embellishments and let the paper and the photo speak for themselves.