Here are the two examples I tried. The blue and yellow one called Canvas I did not use for this layout, but just wanted to show you how clever it is!
So I settled on the brown and white background called Minimal for this layout as I wanted to use the yellow items from the cut-out sheet called Bounce.
Starting with the right-hand page, I cut one of the Minimal background sheets in half horizontally so that it would fit in my embossing folder and through my machine. I embossed the paper through the machine all along the one 12×6” strip and halfway along the other. Then I hand rubbed a faded emboss of the flowers using my giant ball tool for flowers. This allowed the embossing to fade out instead of ending with a hard edge.
Having done this I then inked the embossing with Distress Oxide called fossilized amber and Walnut stain. I then glued the page together again on the back using the cut off strip.
I cut two strips of hearts and a block of yellow Retro paper for the middle of my page and the cut-off strip from the bottom of the hearts page for the side. Using the blade of my scissors, I distressed the edges of my photos and glued everything down.
I built a cluster of embellishments from the cut-out sheet and added bling and some Celebr8 flowers and ribbon from my stash. I also added glossy accents to the word sunshine.
For the title, I used a Celebr8 chipboard which I inked with my distress markers and covered in clear embossing ink and powder then heated.
Moving to the left-hand page, I used the Hearts paper as a mat for the 5×7” photo and the rest of the cut off strip under the trimmed down A4 photo.
I raised the Dream Big cut-out on foam core and added glossy accents to the word big and the crown. I also added bling to the crown’s dots.