I gutted the papers and cardstock to make the most of the kit (and because I can't bear "wasting" paper where it won't be seen). I used the pink cardstock in the kit as one of the layers and included my own kraft card for the base to add something more neutral. I distressed and inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and layered up some of the stickers and flowers from the kit. I used a few buttons and leaf shaped brads from my stash and some older letters by WRMK and Bella Boulevard.
So then, me being me, I wanted to see if I could flip the feminine idea a bit and show that the Portrait collection can be used for more masculine layouts too. The denim paper jumped out at me (you know my love of Denim!) and I have so many photos that I knew I would be able to find something suitable where L was wearing jeans. As it happened, I found some of him wearing an orange top which matched the off-cuts from the first layout.
I used my pie-crust punch and added some raffia and another sprinkling of buttons (I am an addict...) and an American Crafts rub-on (which was awful to work with) and again I based it on some kraft cardstock.
I love the way this turned out - starting with essentially feminine collection and ending up with a layout perfect for a little boy and his Daddy out walking in the countryside.
So that's 2 layouts from a kit that is less than £5 and the best bit is that I still have some of the gorgeous rose print paper to make a lovely card with. I'm thinking of a Thank You card for my Mother-In-Law for my perfect Christmas present - UGG earmuffs! Photo to follow ;-)
Bye for now