Monday, 14 November 2011

Happy Days

We'd already been planning our wedding for a long time when Echo Park's Happy Days collection came out. To be honest, I was so consumed with making wedding decorations that I hadn't really thought ahead to what the post-wedding scrapbooking would be like. Echo Park saved me the trouble, in the end. More than that - it was a match made in heaven.

Of course, recently I've been getting stuck in to that post-wedding scrapping, recording our happy day.

This layout you've already seen:

Materials used: American Crafts Thickers (Rainboots in Aqua Glitter Foam); Bazzill White cardstock; Echo Park: Dots and Stripes in Concrete, Happy Days chipboard accents, Happy Days element stickers, Happy Days journalling cards, Happy Days paper (Checker Board, Little Flowers reverse side); My Mind's Eye paper (Lost and Found Union Square Perfect "Happy"); Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp set.
{Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #271}

I stitched and stamped before sticking down the paper strips. Then I added a printed swallow, a Cricut-cut nautical star and an RSVP - all from the wedding invitations - as extra memories. Finishing off with Happy Days chipboard shapes and Thickers was a doddle.

Why so easy? Well, Echo Park has pretty much decided my theme for me - I still want to be quite free and 'different', but I do want to have some main colours and motifs running through the pages. And Happy Days is perfect - you've seen the photos of the wedding. It should help me reach that subtle theming I'm after.

I made another Happy Days layout last week - taking into account this layout too, do you think I've achieved continuity?

Materials used: Bazzill Dragonfly cardstock; Echo Park: Dots and Stripes in Concrete, Happy Days alpha stickers, Happy Days element stickers, Happy Days journalling cards, Happy Days paper (Checker Board reverse side); Gauche Alchemy Punchinella;Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp set; Toga alphas; vellum.
{Creative Scrappers sketch #181}

For the border, I cut up the remains of this chequered vellum I've had for years and machine-stictched it on, then drew a couple of extra outer lines with a black pen. To make the chevrons, I cut a strip of the reverse side of Happy Days Checker Board paper, and then cut this strip into squares. Keeping the squares in a line, turning every other square 90 degrees gave the rough pattern; then it was just a question of lining the stripes up and trimming the edges. I did the same with the Dots and Stripes paper.


Since we went for cupcakes as the wedding cake, the Happy Days element stickers had to be used: cupcakes, layer cakes and sundaes - yummy! I cut around the cake on the journalling card a little so it could stick out over the photo. Then the title - punchinella, more chevrons, and lovely pure alphas.

And finally, my piece de resistance this month...

....take one deep photo frame from a well-known supermarket chain, take it apart, and make it your own!

Materials used: Echo Park: Happy Days alpha stickers, Happy Days chipboard accents, Happy Days element stickers, Happy Days paper (Ads, Retro both sides); Gauche Alchemy Punchinella and various Mixed Media Color Kits elements.

The frame comes with a super-thick inner mount that is quite wide, providing a great working surface. I drew around the mount directly onto the patterned paper and then simply cut out the shape I wanted to partially cover the mount. I did a teensy bit of fussy cutting to get the Retro flowers; glued some GA elements onto some thin wire and stuck them down behind the big chipboard title; and then just layered the rest up.

because the frame is so deep you can really go to town on the layering

on the subject of matches made in heaven... look at this Echo Park Happy Days chipboard accent with a vintage mini film negative from a Gauche Alchemy Mixed Media Color Kit


  1. I love the frame! it's gorgeous - I've been looking for some more deep frames, thanks for sharing :)

  2. Absolutely love what you've done with the frame....what a wonderful way of keeping the memory.

  3. Of course, it's perfect! I was admiring the sticker sheet from that line just the other day, now I'm loving seeing what you are doing with it.

  4. Hi Cheryl!!! I love the frame GORGEOUS!!! and the pages are very lovely!! Beautiful memories!!
    Hugs!! :)

  5. The layouts are wonderful, so bright and happy, they capture the day so well, and I like how you have added your own "bits" to make them more individual. The frame is just amazing, I don't know how you do it!

  6. Wow Cheryl!! Love love all the layouts!! Your photos are awesome, you both look like movie stars :))) I was however very attracted to the green frame, and the layout you made. That was fabulous, great work Cheryl!! I so enjoy reading your post. Hope you have a wonderful week so far, take care and have fun always, ya! :D

  7. Wow,Cheryl,I love your style in personal life and in scrapping!!!Beautiful work over here!!!and what a beautiful wedding pics,you and your husband make a great couple!!!
    Have a nice day sweet girl!!

  8. Ooh I LOVE the Sweet Cakes page! The photo of you is so lovely!! And the frame is fantastic too - love all the layering and how you carried the wedding theme/colors to all your projects. hugs!

  9. The frame project is FANTASTIC!!!! LOVE that the dice fits in there!!!! Beautiful photo, beautiful design- FAVE! PINNED! ;)