Using natural wood in design is everywhere right now.  Just search "wood palettes" on Pinterest and you will see thousands of projects to do with wood palettes.  I love it in weddings and houses, but I especially love it in scrapbook layouts.  I think it adds a natural and Anthro-ish look.  Even though it is popular, it is really hard to find any free wood papers.  I've been known to buy kits simply because they have a wood paper that I have to have.  Here are some layouts to get you inspired.  If you need some wood paper, look at my Easter kit, or in my California Dreamin' kit, which also includes a wood alpha.  Find those here. (Click on the image to find the sources below)
Just love this. Hmm, future kit inspiration?

natural wood.

Mine. Kit: What Matter's Most by the Lilypad, Font: Heather Hess On the Deck

doodled wood and alphas.

This is mine. Kit: WMSquared The Great Outdoors Font: Wood Stick from dafont
Also mine. Kit: Chelle's Creations Fireworks, Little Red Dotty Alpha, and wood paper from California Dreamin' by Elle Designs
I'm soooooo close to the end of another book.  Our days in Memphis are over, so the book containing layouts from those years is almost done. Almost.  I just had a couple of random photos to put together and I felt so uninspired.  Then I remembered seeing lots of layouts like the one below.  It uses tons of photos, but still has some style to it.  Great for as "catch up" layouts.
the inspiration--found through Brittish Designs
I turned a couple of my "catch up" layouts into templates for you to download below.  My layouts aren't perfect, they aren't my favorite layouts, I may not even really like some of them, but bing batta boom, done. Sometimes done is better than nothing. (I also included the page I did with the California Dreamin' kit as a quickpage)
Normally I would spread the photos out evenly across the pages, but the photos on the other page went with a blog post I wrote.
Download links:
template pack 2

Don't forget to download the coordinating California Dreamin' kit!
I finally finished another free kit for y'all!  I'm averaging one kit a season, which I think is pretty good for a beginner designer with a toddler.  It's all summer, beach, and surfing, but you can use it for anything.  And for once, I designed something that y'all can use for your boys too.  My husband is a surfer and misses the ocean terribly.  The California Dreamin' kit is dedicated to him.  (He was very picky about my surfboards. I finally stopped asking him if they looked okay.)

Download links (you must click all of them to get the entire kit)
--Elle Designs is now Citrus and Mint so find the links at

A simple layout I did with it.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
I just spent the last two months traveling all over the United States, allllll over.  It was kind of crazy and now I have lots of traveling pictures to scrap.  I'm sure that y'all have pictures like that to scrap too. There have been some really fun layouts lately with a traveling theme.  Check them out and be inspired to get your pictures scrapped! As always, click on the photo to see the source. Also don't forget about Chelle's Creations daily download!
I like the large title and how she scanned ticket stubs to include.
This uses lots of pictures and fun elements. The sunburst paper background helps the flow of the layout.
Love the map, ticket stub, and sewn skyline. I also like how she cut out a new york shape out of a map.
I love the suitcases! And the blended background photo. Maybe I'll try to draw y'all some suitcases for a freebie.
The best for last. I am copying this layout for sure! I love how she used blending modes on the map and pictures.
Here's a travel layout that I did a while back.  I liked it because I was able to put lots of pictures and journaling on a page.  You could easily copy the idea and use a car and road, or a plane and the outlines of states or countries, instead of the subway and subway signs.
Like the new design?  I love color (obviously), but I thought that the other headers were too much.  I've tried to simplify them a bit, but they still need something.  If you have ideas, let me know.  I'm working on a beach/summer kit which will be out soon.

For now, here's freebies I've found this week. (Click on the images to go to the site to download)
Chelle's Creations is doing a daily download on her blog.  It will go through the entire month of July. Download a part every day and by the end you will have an entire kit.  I think it looks really cute. She's on day 5 now, but you may be able to still download the previous days.

The July Blog Train Blog colors.
I'm baaaaack! Well, kind of. We are still getting settled, but the crazy moving/vacation month is over. It's sad, but at the same time we are ready for some normal life again. I have nothing free to give you yet, but I hope to soon.  I got Illustrator online classes for my birthday so once I'm done with those I'll be a master graphic designer---haha, I wish.  Today's inspiration happens to come from the same scrapbooker.  I pinned each of these layouts at different times and when I put together this article, I noticed that Amber R created both.  It must be her signature style. :) Notice how in both of the layouts below, she cuts out some pictures to extend beyond the box.  She also splits pictures between two or more boxes.  Different and fun!  As always, click on the pictures to find the original source.
By Amber R
By Amber R
I loved the last one so much that I scrap-lifted it and created my own layout below. My daughter will one day hate me for posting pictures of her swimming without a swimsuit, but I will remind her then that she refused to wear one.  For a tutorial on cutting out pictures, click here.  Send me any layouts that you do with this cut out style!
Foam Stamp Alpha-Sahlin Studio, word art and sun-Allison Pennington, background paint and splatters and sequins-Sahlin Studio's Life's a Beach, papers-Persnickity Prints

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