Review: Summer Simmons

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Summer Simmons sponsored the digital team at Treasures to Scrap this month, along with Kelley McDonald, so lots of digital this month. Which for me was a bad thing because all my computer issues this month. However I did get my required layouts done and enjoyed playing with her kits. So as usual here is a little review of her kits and some layouts.

Ok firstly Summer has an awesome name for her site! Sugar giggles, how fun is that? You can find a link to her gallery, design team, store and her blog there. We got a gift card this month for Summer's store and I got 3 kits and a couple of goodie packs, namely the fabulous frames and journaling brushes. The first kit I knew I definately wanted was "citrus grove", its my favorite color combo lately blue/orange and anything! Plus I was drawn to the papers. Definitely my favorite kit of hers.

Not surprisingly this is my favorite kit of hers. The accents are great with stitching flowers, tabs and beads. A very versatile kit too. Here are a couple of layouts using this kit.

Citrus grove kit by Summer Simmons; Vellum panel by me

Citrus Grove kit by Summer Simmons; Vellum circle by me

One of the other kits I was drawn to was the ladybug picnic kit. I'm not sure why? Maybe the fun colors and patterns? It just had a playful feel to it. I'm thinking these colors would be good on cards, so I'm gonna try some hybrid later this week, stay tuned for those!

Now I don't have kids but I made this work for other occasions! So next time you see a themed kit, think outside the box! I was kinda stumped initially but then as I was going through photo's spied this one of my sister-in-laws dog Flo, and remembered the "dream big" embellishment. Plus the background colors in the photo went well with the colors in the papers. I used the ribbon in the kit as journaling strips!

Summer Simmons Ladybug picnic kit; blue paper, paper clip - my own designs

Another trick to remember is if the photo clashes with the papers convert it to black and white. This is a photo of my Mum and her sister. Classic self portait shot with the arm outstretched, I cropped it a little and converted to black and white. (btw: I'm bringing vellum back in a big way apparently! 4 of these layouts today have a vellum look on them!)

Summer Simmons Ladybug picnic kit; vellum & blue papers - my own design

Last but not least is the Bohemian Summer kit, each month I try to pick things that don't jump out at me, that I wouldn't normally pick. It's a great way of challenging yourself or making you think outside the box.

First layout is a scraplift of Lynn, I'm her sponsor in this months contest at Treasures to Scrap. The contest this month is for undiscovered treasures, a new(ish) member gets sponsored by long time member and they complete challenges, this weeks was a scraplift your partner, you can see Lynn's original layout here.

Bohemian summer kit by Summer Simmons; Grunge Overlay - my own design

Strangely even though I the colors in this photo matched the colors in the kit great, I just struggled to make it work with some of the papers. I definitely decided that busy papers are meant for simple layouts, hence the switch back to clean layouts this week.

Bohemian summer kit by Summer Simmons; Vellum, frame and ribbon - my own designs

So a real mix here of styles and colors. I guess that really shows the diversity of Summer's kits. For more layouts with Summers kits check out the Treasures to Scrap sponsor gallery.


grambie July 22, 2007 at 1:49 PM  

Beautiful kits to scrap and your layouts are fantastic. After reading the article, I found out that you have helped me with one of my major problems. In regard to the trapeze artist in their brightly colored glittered outfits that matched the color scheme of the kit. B&W change of the photo really lifted the photo and gave the entire page scrap a graphic look. Love the miniature blocks. Have a restful and loving day. Leavin LUV! XOXOXO

regina July 22, 2007 at 4:04 PM  

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Chris July 22, 2007 at 7:06 PM  

Ooh, love those kits, Makes me wish that I knew how to digiscrap!

Paula July 22, 2007 at 9:54 PM  

Gorgeous layouts.
Im not usually a lover of orange but that Citrus Grove is scrummy!

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