Hi scrappy friends! Emma on the blog today to share my page for our “Hearts & Flowers” theme on the blog this week. I have to confess; the page I’m about to share was not my first attempt for today’s blog post. I thought I’d be clever and challenge myself to make a page focusing on flowers as opposed to hearts. Hearts are one of my favourite shapes (along with stars) and I use them often so I figured it’d be fun to focus on the flowers instead. So off I went on my merry little way, started a page, didn’t like it so took it apart and tried again…thought I’d finished attempt #2…but…I still don’t like it. HA!
So back to the drawing board, a.k.a. create a layout using HEARTS! Hearts I can do. 🙂
I used Wild at Heart for my page; I figured if I couldn’t create a page featuring flowers then I sure as hell could use papers that had flowers on them…but then I turned the papers over and used the patterns instead, lol…seriously I drive myself nuts sometimes…
To start I went with white cardstock and used a pencil to draw a heart shape on my page. Then I pulled out my trusty little heart punch and went nuts. I stuck with 3 patterned papers to minimise the heart section looking too busy (bonus being I like the mint/pink/white/black combo – I used Patchwork, Double Dot and Memento) and filled my heart shape with the mini hearts in a random pattern. I gave the hearts a little bend in the centres so they’re not sitting completely flat on my page and used a glue pen to stick them down in the middles. Once they were all dry I machine stitched over the top to outline the heart shape (and make sure they won’t pop off!).
For my title I went with the big “Hello” chipboard (I LOVE that script!) and teamed it with a few little word stickers underneath. To give the chipboard piece a bit of dimension I actually popped a few foam dots behind it (I know this chipboard has an adhesive back but what can I say, I like things sitting off the page, hehe). I didn’t feel this one needed a story to go with the photo (I literally used this photo on my page because I love his smile and it’s in my title!) so I just used a date stamp underneath and called it done.
To reduce a bit of the white space I had (and there was alot of it!) I added a border at the top and bottom using the grey woodgrain pattern paper (b-side of Artisan) then added a bit more machine stitching on both pieces to tie them in with what I’d done around my heart shape.
To add a little sparkle to my page I added a few of the pink enamel dots and grouped them with the pink heart shapes (mostly tucked behind so it’s just a little sparkle here and there!).
From where I started with a flower page (and the frustration of “failing”) to where I’ve finished using hearts, I have to say I’m super happy with the end result. I love challenging myself to do things outside my norm but sometimes they just don’t work out and instead of kicking myself about it, I moved onto doing something I do like and that’s OK! Maybe next time I’ll master those flowers 😉
Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today, I hope this inspires you to create your own page using heart shapes, it really is a such a easy one to work into any layout! Take care, Em xo