Designing 8.5×11″ layouts with Suzanna Lee

Who loves 8.5×11″ layouts?  I DO I DO!  First up we have THE COOLEST layout from Designer Suzanna Lee!  I know I am going to try this for sure. She has a GREAT Tip for you today for our Tuesday Tip of the week.
Using embossed Core for a background is one of my favorite things to do with Core. It adds so much texture and visual interest to a layout. As I don’t have a larger die cut machine to run my folders through, I cut the paper then  run each half of the paper through my Big Shot. You can barely tell that it’s a sheet of paper cut into two pieces! The tone on tone chevrons create an interesting subtle background.
Love this texture! This looks like the cardstock came this way, doesn’t it?
Supply List:
Core Essentials Brights
Core Essentials Darks
Core Super Assortment So Mod! Vintage Collection
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Dies: Die-Namics, DoCrafts, Die-Versions
Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Ink: VersaFine
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
And another layout with a much different color palette.  EEK! I love how Suzanna created the flab/banner at the top with the Jenni Bowlin Mini Calendar piece!  Is there any other company out there that has products like this that allow you the creativity to create such cool, one of a kind embellishments???
When pondering what to use for my layouts, I typically grab my colors from the colors in the picture. This picture of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France was taken in panoramic mode with my iPhone. It has a hints of red from the underside of the escalators that I wanted to make stand out a little bit so I chose the similar hues in both pre-embossed and “plain” cardstock. There is nothing plain about Core however!! The Kraft Core that I used to cut the title tied together the browns and reds perfectly!
Supply List:
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic
Core Tag
Core Essentials Neutrals
Core Essentials Darks
Core Impressions Mini’s; Jenni Bowlin Studio
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Darice
Dies: Die-namics
Stamps: October Afternoon, Technique Tuesday
Ink: QuickQuotes, VersaFine
Twine: The Twinery
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Project Life Card: American Crafts


8 Responses to “Designing 8.5×11″ layouts with Suzanna Lee”
  1. Kate says:

    These layouts are awesome, Suzanna! Loving your use of embossing folders and colors on both layouts.

  2. Ava Gavloski says:

    wow, our designer suzanna had her mojo “ON” well done, great showcasing of the core!!!! Designers, you gott’a get some of that core!!!!

  3. Awesome layouts Suzanna – What embossing folder is the chevrons – mine doesn’t have the little dots to it and I LOVE that!

  4. mary pat says:

    totally love these layouts!!

  5. Vivian Keh says:

    love these lo’s, the pops of color and great tips!

  6. TracyM #6773 says:

    WOW – FABULOUS layouts Suzanna – LOVE the colours and textures in both!!!

    Your chevron layout is so inspiring with all the different chevrons, especially the totally cool embossed dotty ones :)

  7. I love 8.5 x 11 layouts too! They fit much better into my bookcase at that size. Nice to know there are others out there working the same size layout. I’m loving what you’ve done with your layouts here. I especially like the journaling following the chevron shape.

  8. ceinmarque says:

    Please don’t discuss about it your entire pleasure to one not as endowed in comparison to one self.

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