Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout with you all. Happy INSD everyone. I hope that you have enjoyed the challenges over on the CVS Facebook community page. It was a lovely weekend and I couldn’t resist joining in on one of the challenges also.

Here is the layout that I created: 

This layout was my contribution to Laura’s sketch challenge. As soon as I saw this sketch shared I knew I wanted to create a layout based on it. It is just so gorgeous.

I loved the vertical repeating design of the hearts and have been inspired by so many entries in the Facebook community for this challenge; I’ve seen hearts and rainbows and decided to have a look through my cutting dies stash and see what I could create. I found a gorgeous set of intricate butterfly layering dies and immediately knew that I wanted to create a layout featuring my Charlotte and the Sunkissed collection.

The photos were printed on my Canon Selphy in an ‘untraditional’ size. I actually made them fit side by side vertically making each photo approx 2″x6″ in length. I always edit my photos separately on an app on my phone prior to printing. Due to the editing and printing software my photos were missing my usual beloved white border, so I have used white card stock to replicate this. I love that sketches are able to provide you with so much inspiration but also allow you that creative license to make changes to suit your style.

I used the foam glitter stickers to make the title for this page and my fave journaling on my typewriter. As a teacher I know the challenges of girls growing up, however it is a whole different basket when you are raising your own little human. This can prove difficult at times but I am so proud of this little human and I wanted to document that on this layout.

In terms of layout design I have used metal die cut butterflies. I love the intricacy of the layers and the delicateness.

To help balance the layout I have used floral ephemera in the bottom left of the photo. I also added a touch of gold to work with the title.

You may or may not see … but I have to bring your attention to the fact that I did infact ‘mixed media’ on this layout. I used distress stains and a mask to create a subtle text print on my white background. I love the effect it gave the layout. I then got ‘super messy’ for me and added some teal and gold splatters to the layout.

As mentioned above the butterflies were cut with a metal die and layered on top of one another. I used my sewing machine to secure the layers and left the threads free to work as a design element.

I hope that you have been inspired by my layout today. Be sure to check out the challenges in our Facebook community to join in. You have until this Sunday.

Take care


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