Big Smile Layout

by Aimee Dow

Hi there! Aimee here to share some quick and easy inky fun with you. I love today's layout and not just because it's of my sweet, precious baby girl. I love it because I get great satisfaction matching my background papers to my photo.


Now I realise I'm hardly reinventing the wheel over here. In fact Flora did a fantastic monochrome layout using the exact same stamp set and I loved Patricia's video on how to make your own pattern paper. So I'm not going to waste your time going over what they have already covered.  I will however tell you, if you are a scrapbooker you NEED this stamp set. It's so incredibly versatile.


I used it to create a pattern background paper for to match my photo. I really wanted to honor the quilt Eva sleeps on. It was handmade especially for Eva by her Great Aunt in Kentucky and sent all the way to Australia. It means an awful lot to me, but when I went to my stash to find a nice pastel paper with purple in it – one could not be found.


Even when it came to mountain of Ephemera. No Purple. Lucky Altenew has my back. It was a really quick and easy process to get out my ink sample sheet and pick the colours that matched the quilt: Lavender Fields, Cotton Candy, Frayed Leaf, Buttercream and Sea Glass.


Then it was simply a matter of using the circle stamp from the Simple Shapes set to create polkadots on my white cardstock.


I was careful to have a gradual fade out of spots because I didn't want them to appear behind my journaling. Another big bonus about stamping your own papers – total control over the design. The rest my friends is just the left overs I had from the Maggie Holmes Confetti collection. It really couldn't be any easier. So why don't you give it go. Pull out your inks and match then to your photos. Create a one of a kind pattern paper, perfectly tailored to your needs.

Aimee Xx



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Janet July 9, 2016 - 9:40 am

So pretty! Beautiful photo of your precious little baby girl!

Aimee Dow July 9, 2016 - 10:54 pm

Thanks Janet, I am indeed a very lucky lady xx

BunnyD July 9, 2016 - 9:42 am

Oh what a gorgeous background it makes! I love polka dots in any size. Your daughter is beautiful! You’re all set for scrapping inspiration.

Aimee Dow July 9, 2016 - 10:57 pm

Thanks Bunny – and can I just say there are not enough people in this world called Bunny. It’s such an awesome name. Also I’m totally with you on the dots, spots and polkadots! Cheverons are cool but dots are forever 😛

Evelyn Yusuf July 9, 2016 - 9:20 pm

I never use purple doesnt mean i hate the color. this one is a perfect way to use purple ink. thanks for sharing…such a cuty and great layout

Aimee Dow July 9, 2016 - 10:59 pm

It’s such a challenge isn’t it Evelyn? Off the top of my head I can only think of collection in the past two years that had purple in it. Thank you so much for your kind words. If you couldn’t already tell, you’re a huge inspiration to me Xx

Taunya Butler July 15, 2016 - 9:59 pm

Amy – What a fun and clever combination of accents and details, Love all the sweetness in this page!! Excellently done!!

Aimee Dow July 21, 2016 - 3:12 am

Thanks so much Taunya Xx


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