There is something very freeing about breaking your own rules, especially when it comes to creative endeavours. Since receiving my stunning Reflections Scrapbook Kit, I have been an a bit of a experimental adventure. All the beautiful watercolored papers have really inspired me to give it a go for myself. This page is the final result.

Naturally, all pattern paper strips and all the embellishments (with the exception of altenew’s silver glitter tape and a small piece tulle) are from the  Reflection Scrapbooking Kit. I used Altenew’s Solar White Cardstock as my base. It is a firm favourite now. I always keep a stack of it on my desk.

What may surprise you is how I went about creating the base for my layout. All my watercolor elements we created using a mix of Altenew Crisp Inks. I can’t take credit for this brilliant idea however, it was my fellow teammate Flora who enlightened my to such a cool method. You can read all about the it here on Flora’s blog. To paraphrase the idea, all I did was stamp my ink pads on to acrylic block in order to transfer the ink on to it. I added a tiny amount of water, then stamped and painted from the blocks until my heart was content.

The stamps used in this layout are from the Happy Dreams Stamp Set and I can tell already that this set is going to get a lot of use. It’s so playful and child friendly. I can see myself using the sentiments over and over again. The inks selected, are in my opinion, some of the best matches from the Reflections kit. I used Lagoon, Puffy heart, Arctic, Ocean Waves and Jet Black Crisp Inks. The lilac ink you see on the feather stamp was actually the cause of pink ink bleeding in to the blue in on my block. Awesome effect isn’t it?

Well that about wraps it up for me for another month. I hope you enjoyed my whimsical approach to layout making. I know, I certainly enjoyed trying new things with my Altenew stamps. I’ll be back again next month with something completely different.

Aimee Xx.