I started the layout before his team won the championship, but i9 is all about participation and team, so the boys were all stars in my eyes...Paxton especially. So I knew stars would be the main part of my theme. Enter CTMH's Fanfare collection (now retired -- I have *got* to use up my older paper, y'all!). I liked the striped paper for my background, but to soften it, I cut two squares of white cardstock to about 10x10 and used my Cameo to cut a few stars out from the right edge of one of the pieces (this machine is so versatile, and I love to make these negative masks!). I then put the two white pieces to the seam in the middle. I spread a not-quite 10x12 piece of the light blue patterned paper with the stars and then sewed twice around the rectangle using red thread. I then sprinkled a few drops of Cranberry and Pacifica reinker to further soften the white and light blue background.
Using my Cricut Imagine and the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, I cut out one large and one smaller star from the red paper. I faux stitched the two red stars with my white pen to bring them out from the background more. After positioning the main photos, I also stamped the Dr. Seuss phrase from a CTMH set that was part of a special campaign.
I had a few photos that were smaller in size and I couldn't figure out where to place them, so I created a little banner with some smaller red stars. I loved the effect!
After adding additional stars in various sizes across the pages, some gems, and the title, the layout was complete.
I hope you enjoyed the layout with these effects, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with yummy food, and of course, chocolate.