• Allison

My Sunshine




This photo will go down as one of my all-time favorites of Jackson. We had just arrived in Florida on our first family vacation and he was beyond excited to have daily access to a pool. He just looks so stinkin' cute in his little sun hat that I couldn't resist the urge to snap a photo before we walked down to the pool. It wasn't too long ago that I asked him if he remembered that vacation since he was so young. It was full of so many firsts for him. First vacation, first time going to Disney, SeaWorld, the beach, and so much more. I was so sad when he said he didn't remember any of it. Then I remembered that I am a scrapbooker so everything, every photo and every story is well documented!





A design I like to use often is creating a sunburst on my layouts. A lot of times I will create them out of several different patterned papers and then means I usually have to start by making a template and then tracing and cutting out each individual piece. It can definitely turn into a long process from start to finish. It's always worth it to me because the design is always something I love in the end. However, sometimes it's nice to have an easier approach. The sunburst design on this layout showcases a much easier option to get a similar look without so much work.





I started off with one piece of 12 x 6" paper. I loved the yellow color fade across the paper and thought it would look great as a whole with the sunburst look instead of using several different patterns.





Most of the time I use the sunburst to bring attention to an element on my page that I want to highlight. In this case it's the photo and that yellow circle with the heart. With that in mind, I figured out where I wanted to place those two items and made that my middle point. By middle point (I'm really not sure what else to call it!) I mean the point at which each individual point of the strips will meet at.





After I figured that out I simply cut out small sections while keeping the 12 x 6" paper in tact and leaving what looks like individual strips. After I was done I still had a whole 12 x 6" sheet, but the sections I cut out created the sunburst look without have to cut out each individual piece. When cutting those strips you can either eyeball it or if you are a perfectionist like me, you might want to use a ruler to draw your lines before you cut anything.


As a final touch I added some hand-stitched lines and some enamel dots, two of my go-to embellishments for this type of design.




Products used - Patterned papers, die cuts, embellishments, chipboard letters: Pink Paislee

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