Thursday, July 21, 2011

Step it up!!

Today we are bringing you a new feature that we are calling Step it up!  We have had several requests for simple layouts so we decided to take it a step further and give you simple layouts and then also do a couple of extra steps to show you how you can take your layout to the next level!  

Spread your Wings
By Tara Orr

First up we have the amazing Tara and her gorgeous layout using Gabrielle, this is her 'simple' version

Next Tara has stepped the layout up by adding a few extra layers like the brown background layer and extra lace layer as well as some more of the script paper with torn edges which adds a bit more texture.  She has also added some small doilies and other smaller items like the butterflies.

For the final step Tara has added lots more details, including different sizes of flowers in various places, chipboard, bling, stickers and some more smaller butterflies.  She has also added some more subtle details like distressing the edges of some of the layers which adds a lot of depth to a layout, inking some edges and adding some faux stitching along the edge of the Noteworthy pages.  As Tara had to say... "The more the merrier!"

Bo Bunny Supplies used:
Patterned Paper: Elegance, Romance, Cameo, Unwritten and Fairest/Gabrielle
Noteworthy: Gabrielle
Layered Chipboard Stickers: Gabrielle
Combo Stickers: Gabrielle

By Carin McDonough

Next up is me, using the summery Barefoot & Bliss and this is my simple version.

My second version has been spiced up a little by distressing the edges of the outer papers, inking some edges, adding a couple of extra layers under the main photo, adding some ribbon which always adds texture and painting my title.  It may not show up that clearly in the photo but I painted the title blue to match the papers, added a layer of crackle paint and then added a layer of white paint to achieve the cracked wood effect, a perfect effect for beachy type layouts!

For my final version I took another sheet of the background paper and cut the flowers out and then layered them on top of the background sheet with foam dots to give some dimension as well as adding a few extra flowers.  I did the same thing with the dot strip under the two smaller photos and added a photo corner and some buttons under the main photo.  Lastly I highlighted the sun by adding a ring of stitching and a ring of bling!

Bo Bunny Supply List:
Patterned Paper: Beach Bag, Bubbles, Dot and Cut Out/Barefoot & Bliss
Cardstock: Double Dot in Slate Dot
Noteworthy: Barefoot & Bliss
Jewels: Barefoot & Bliss
Alphabet: Chunky Chips Chipboard Alpha in Chiffon
Buttons: Ad Lib; Bo Bunny
6" Paper Pad: Barefoot & Bliss
Ribbon: 3/8" Double Dot Ribbon in Buttercup

Natural Beauty
By Frances Sylvia

Finally today we have Frances who has also used Gabrielle (definitely a favourite amongst the design team!) and has done this layout with its beautiful clean lines in two steps.  Here is the simple version.

 And this is Frances' stepped up version where she has added chipboard photo corners to accentuate her main photo as well as other chipboard pieces and various chipboard and paper butterflies.  Don't you just love her large layered butterfly!  Did you notice how the butterflies form a visual triangle to draw your eyes around the page?

Bo Bunny Supply List:
Patterned Paper: Stripe, Unwritten, Cutouts, Fairest/Gabrielle
Stickers: Gabrielle True Friend Cardstock Stickers and Gabrielle Dimensional Stickers
Chipboard: Gabrielle 12 X 12 and Layered Chipboard 
Whether you like the clean and simple look or like to bling it up or something somewhere in between I hope there is something to suit everyone's tastes in our post today!  
If you enjoyed today's Step it Up feature let us know if your would like to see more of them and don't forget to share your pages with us on our Facebook page!


  1. I LOVE this post. I do simple pages only because I don't know how to take them to the next level. Thanks so much for showing me ways to STEP IT UP!!! I'd LOVE to see more of this.

  2. Beautiful LO's! Thanks for the tips to take it to the next level.

  3. fantastic post, love the step by step guide!

  4. If you ever need samples of plain and simple pages, then you can ask me! LOL The final layouts on this post are amazing with all the details! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is a fantastic post! What a great concept! Please post more!

  6. Great post! I love the concept & see the pages at the different steps. I hope you have more posts like this in the future :)

  7. How wonderful! Love this! And Tara's sample is just gorrrrgeousness! :D

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  9. Love it! The simple pages are lovely but the step up really makes them awesome.

  10. How could you miss?
    Take two marvellous things, Tara and Gabriella paper and the result has to be FANTASTIC!

  11. Love these layouts! What a great way to show how to step-it-up! Fabulous! More please!!!! LOL!

  12. This is fantastic! Sometimes I look at the beautiful layouts from the design team & get overwhelmed & think "I could never do that!". Seeing it go from simple to amazing helps me see past that & think "Maybe I CAN do that!". Thank you thank you thank you!!

  13. I like this! It gave me so great ideas for adding more details to my pages. Thank you!!

  14. I do like this post very much and I hope you repeat it! I think it would be nice to show the pages side by side to make it easier to see the progression of 'stepping it up'

  15. LOVE the step up feature! it really shows how to start such a detailed page!

  16. Great idea, lovely to see how the DT have created their pages!

  17. Loveeeeeeeeeeeee all the steps!! These are amazing! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  18. I love this post because this is how I proceed usually !

  19. Thank you for taking us through the steps. Sometimes I just can't see all the embellishments used, there are so many! This was a real help.

  20. thank you so much for this fabulous post. I just love that all the designers showed us how to step it up. fabulous.

  21. Beautiful projects by the DT. Thanks so much for sharing the creativity from these ladies.

  22. I would definitely love to see this blog theme again! I really enjoyed seeing the pages go from simply lovely to wham gorgeous! It was great being taken through the DT member's process.

  23. What a great idea! Thanks fir sharing!