Hi Creative friends,
Gwen here today to share another layout, this one featuring the beautiful Hello Lovely collection and a joyful picture of Miss 10 inside a Butterfly house on a recent family holiday. I was drawn to this collection for its beautiful flower and butterfly icons, both the perfect fit for my photo.
I began this page at a crop with a friend and as I started working, I really wasn’t feeling like the page was working. I don’t often scrap away from home and I think I had left my mojo behind! So, instead of pushing paper around the page for hours, I thought, why not spend the time chatting and adding some hand stitching to the delicate background paper?
I began by cutting out the floral/star design on the B side of the Delightful paper. I then poked holes around the outer edge and then all intersecting lines and stitched away. Yep, it took a while, but I am so in love with how it turned out.
Next, it was time to mat my photo, I was able to squeeze a photo mat out of the remaining piece of this paper and for softness added a layer of vellum from my stash. I have kept the photo mat layers to a minimum as I didn’t want to cover up or distract from all that hand stitching I had just spent hours doing!
To create my floral embellishment clusters, I’ve taken the Glimmer paper and fussy cut out the florals from the B side, I’ve chosen the smaller ones in the design and teamed them with elements from the Die cut Ephemera pack and Accessory Stickers sheet.
I’ve also combined a few things from other collections, like the Free Spirit Woodies and Love Always Wood Veneer, Bits and Pieces and Enamel Dots – sparkles. I just love how everything works so well together, even if they are different collections. This is a great way to use up bits and pieces.
I’ve worked around my photo creating a larger cluster on the left and a smaller one on the right, layering as I went being sure to pop up some elements on foam tape for dimension.
I love the mix of textures too, from the flat stickers to the wood elements to the metal butterflies, they all add interest to the design.
I’ve added my title at the bottom of the page and to coordinate with the wood elements in the clusters, I have used more wood veneer. These are a mixture of collections with the word “Happy” coming from the Love Always collection and the “you” coming from the Wood Veneer Words from the Colour Me Happy collection.
I am really happy with how it turned out especially considering I didn’t think this one was working at the start! Proof, you can make things work if you go with the flow a little and stay flexible in your design process.