Paper Flower Heart

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.

12x12 scrapbook layout using paper flowers from CTMH and the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans.

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.

12x12 scrapbook layout using paper flowers from CTMH and the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans.

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.

12x12 scrapbook layout using paper flowers from CTMH and the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans.

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.

12x12 scrapbook layout using paper flowers from CTMH and the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans.

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!

12x12 scrapbook layout using paper flowers from CTMH and the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans.

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!

12x12 scrapbook layout using paper flowers from CTMH and the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans.

I put together a process video so you can see exactly how this layout came together!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

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Summer Lovin’ | The Cut Shoppe

Hey friends! I have a layout to share with you that I created waaaaayyyyy back in April when The Cut Shoppe sponsored the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration Challenge. That month was the Challenge #229 Lemonade Day and a few of TCS Design Team members made layouts that were shared on the CSI Blog. This is the first time I had played along with the CSI Challenge, and I definitely found it to be challenging! Let me give you a little insight to this challenge in case you are not familiar. The challenge consists of a color scheme, a sketch, embellishment prompts and title/journaling prompts. I had great intentions of sharing this layout during my design team term, but time got away from me. I recently came across this layout on my computer and realized I never shared it!! Better late than never, right?!

12x12 Design Team Scrapbook Layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Happy Little Clouds Cut File & Let's Do Summer Cut File. Products Used: Heidi Swapp-Serendipity. Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun flair, Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Collection.

I used two cut files for my layout today; The Happy Little Clouds Cut File & Let’s Do Summer Cut File. I started in Cricut Design Space by slicing out the words “Summer Lovin” from the Let’s Do Summer Cut File and I also sliced out the solid cloud image on the top left of the Happy Little Clouds Cut File. I duplicated the cloud image and used the contour feature to hide the heart on one of the clouds to create a solid cloud. I then inserted a heart from the shapes tab in Design Space and welded it to the heart in the Summer Lovin’ phrase.

My finished layout was actually my third attempt! HA! My first attempt resulted in a mixed media disaster and my second attempt was a failed hand stitching fiasco. <<You can see both disasters failed attempts in my process video at the bottom of this post.

12x12 Design Team Scrapbook Layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Happy Little Clouds Cut File & Let's Do Summer Cut File. Products Used: Heidi Swapp-Serendipity. Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun flair, Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Collection.

I started with multiple papers from the Heidi Swapp Serendipity Collection. Anyone remember this collection? It’s been hiding in my stash for years and I obviously loved it because I have A LOT of it! I used a blue patterned paper for my background and then layered two of the beautiful sunny yellow patterned papers for my photo mat. I tore the bottom edge of both of the yellow patterned papers. I also cut a yellow striped frame, from the Heidi Swapp Color Pop Collection, in half and used the frame as part of the photo mat. For additional detail, I tucked in an acetate gray scallop border under the yellow patterned papers.

12x12 Design Team Scrapbook Layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Happy Little Clouds Cut File & Let's Do Summer Cut File. Products Used: Heidi Swapp-Serendipity. Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun flair, Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Collection.

I moved onto the title, Summer Lovin’, from the Let’s Do Summer Cut File. I cut the, Summer Lovin’, title twice and adhered the two sentiments together by slightly offsetting the words to create more depth & interest. Now it was time to embellish, but before I go on I need you to pause for a moment to soak in the cuteness of this kid! My heart is so full of love and breaking into a million pieces all at the same time when I look at this photo of Aidan! He was only 3 years old in this photo (He’s now 9 years old!). I need time to slow down!! To all the mama’s out there, I know you feel me!

12x12 Design Team Scrapbook Layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Happy Little Clouds Cut File & Let's Do Summer Cut File. Products Used: Heidi Swapp-Serendipity. Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun flair, Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Collection.

I added two clouds from The Happy Little Clouds Cut File to the top of the photo mat and also a cloud flair button from the Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun Collection designed by Marie-Pierre Capistran. For the area around the photo I added multiple stickers from the Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Collection.  I also added a cluster to the right of the title, which is also in the sketch. I wanted to include all of the colors in the layout for this cluster. I used the scrap of the Heidi Swapp acetate border, two labels from the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Collection, a floral sticker from the Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Collection, and a sun flair button from the Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun Collection. For final details I added machine stitching to the yellow patterned papers and both of the labels in the lower right corner and tossed in two clustering of enamel dots. I debated on adding splatters, but given this was my third attempt at creating this layout I thought I better not risk it! HA!

12x12 Design Team Scrapbook Layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Happy Little Clouds Cut File & Let's Do Summer Cut File. Products Used: Heidi Swapp-Serendipity. Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun flair, Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Collection.

So let’s recap…

The Color Scheme: I was able to incorporate all of the colors. I did add in a little bit of pink & green but I think it falls within the 10% allowance.
For the “Evidence”: I included a sun (the flair button) & clouds (the cut file images & flair button), solid cardstock (for my title), stripes (in the layered frame & the background patterned paper), something loopy (my title), and flowers.
•For the “Testimony”: I documented a summer photo. I don’t have any journaling for this layout, but there really isn’t a story to go along with the photo. It just a fun, summer day in the pool.
•The Sketch….the sketch…It most definitely wasn’t a direct interpretation but it did inspire me! I used the sketch for photo placement and title placement. I scaled down the torn papers on the sketch and just used the torn papers as part of my layering for the photo mat. I also used the sketch as inspiration to create the extra cluster of embellishments to the right of the title.

12x12 Design Team Scrapbook Layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Happy Little Clouds Cut File & Let's Do Summer Cut File. Products Used: Heidi Swapp-Serendipity. Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun flair, Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Collection.

Now you can take a look at my process video.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and even though this particular challenge is over you can still head to the CSI Challenge to play along with the current challenge!