It’s so hard to believe it is September! I’m itching to start working on Fall and Halloween themed layouts, but before I switch gears I have another summer themed layout to share with you.
I had these CTMH white paper flowers in my stash for YEARS. In fact I had moved them into my garage sale/purge pile when I had an idea come to mind. So I quickly grabbed both tubes of flowers and went to work. I started with Patterned Paper #15 from the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans. I used my Cricut Explore to create a heart template and then used white gesso to create a heart shape on the purple patterned paper. I wanted to use white gesso rather than clear gesso because I wanted to fade out the purple in the center of this heart so the watercolor that I was going to apply would be more visible.
After the gesso had dried I grabbed the Jane Davenport Brights Watercolors and mixed a couple colors from the palette to create a shade of violet. Using the packaging technique I added color in the center of the heart and also the areas that I intended to place my photos. Once the watercolor was dry I used white thread and machine stitched around the heart 6 or 7 times to give the heart a defined edge. I then used Scotch Tacky Glue Adhesive to adhere the flowers in the center of the heart shape. Once the flowers were adhered I added splatters to the flowers with the same violet watercolor paint.
I then moved onto my photo clusters. I have two photos from Mother’s Day that I printed twice using my Canon Selphy Printer. I stapled the same photos together using my CTMH Mini Stapler to create a layer and then also used multiple ephemera pieces from the Oh My Heart Ephemera Pack as layers behind the photos. I added the title using the Oh My Heart Alpha Thickers under the photo on the right and to help balance the design I used the tiny alpha stickers from the Oh My Heart Sticker Book to create a subtitle under the left photo.
For final touches I added a chipboard bird from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Thickers and a few flowers from the Oh My Heart Puffy Stickers. I typed the journaling using the We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter on a scrap piece of white cardstock. I cut the journaling into strips and it wasn’t until I was editing the photos for my blog post that I realized I adhered them out of order! HA!
I really love the texture of these white paper flowers and it was so satisfying to find a way to use them after all these years!
I put together a process video so you can see exactly how this layout came together!
Thank you so much for joining me today!