Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Slice of Summer

I don't know about you, but I am a summer person. Hot days, cool pools, good books, cold drinks, sun-kissed smiles and relaxing homework-free evenings are what it's about. And today's projects, with their riotous use of color and pattern, symbolize what summer feels like to me.

Before I get to my projects, I want to share the set of whimsical canvases that inspired me. Can you believe these were created by 4th graders? That is some amazing artwork, each one so unique! 


Here is my layout, wherein a crazy and colorful sun becomes the perfect backdrop for a photo of my youngest, slurping a smoothie before swimming in his last big meet of the season. 

 
I always say when something works once, why not try it again...maybe in miniature!?



Scraps of the same papers were arranged for a cheerful card. So easy, no thinking required! All of these American Crafts papers (scraps from several different collections!) were already spread out on my desk, and now I have less leftover. Love that! 

13 comments:

Mary Pat Siehl said...

that art work is awesome! kids are so talented!!

your layout and card are awesome

Dictionary said...

Wow I am so impressed by the 4th grader's talent and more impressed by your take on it..simply stunning!

angie gutshall said...

That art work was awesome! I really love your layout and card! Great idea for a design!

lil gik said...

Awesome artwork in all your pictures! So sad summer is coming to a close.

Heather Sweet said...

I like hoe you used art (and kids' art!) to inspire you in the craft room! Lovely layout and card!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Love the artwork and your interpretation of it, Madeline! These projects are filled with sunshine!

artfulscrapbooking said...

Love that you were inspired by that awesome 4th grade art and I think both your projects are awesome, too!!! :) Evie

Laura Turcotte said...

wow--those 4th graders are awesome--gorgeous canvas! And your interpretations are fantastic!!! I'm inspired--I'm pinning them all!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Those are really cool canvases.
And I love how they inspired you!
Great layout and card.
Oh and I love how you photographed your card! I have such a hard time getting good pics of cards. Great idea :)

Emily Adams said...

I love your sunbursts and the beautiful colors you chose to make them with.

Tammy said...

Ah, what a fun page! I love the colorful rays coming from your sun. It's a stunning focal point. Love everything about this. :)

Gina Lideros said...

Your artwork is so fun, I love sunbursts!

Jingle said...

Awesome layout and awesome card! Love them both!