Hey there, friends! Happy Mother's Day :) Today I wanted to share my newest layout for Bella Blvd. I wrapped up our Pandas & Popsicles Week with a fun and festive layout about being a Mom. This collection is lots of fun, and I decided to go all floral with it. I chose the Picnic patterned paper as my background. I knew I wanted to add lots of colorful flowers to it, so I used some white acrylic paint to fade out some of the design. This is something pretty easy to do if you want to use a busy patterned paper. The paint (or you could use gesso) gives you some white space to work with while still letting the pattern show through around your design. I used a palette knife to smear the paint.
I used a flower cut file from Just Nick and cut several kinds of flowers
using papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad. After my paint was dry, I
scattered them around the page to see how it would look. I like to test
things out before I ever glue anything down. You can see how the white
paint makes the flowers pop off the page and not get lost in the
Here is my finished layout. I added pink, coral, blue and yellow spray
inks to my background on top of the white paint. You can see how lots
of the blue and white gingham is still showing, yet all the flowers are
jumping off the page. This would look totally different without the
white paint; the flowers would blend in more with the background
design. I didn't feel like the page needed a lot of embellishing since
the flowers were such a bold statement.
I overlapped the flowers over the watercolor, and I love how that turned
out. I used a few of the Puffy Stickers beside my photos. I love this
vase of flowers! I added a bit of pink tangled thread here for extra
color and texture.
I gave my photos some dimension by adding foam adhesive under them. I
also added part of a scalloped border sticker from the Fundamentals
sheet under the pictures. Here's another Puffy Sticker, too.
I combined some of the alphas from the Fundamentals sheet with some of
the Blueberry Wonky Puffy Alphas for my title. I also added a few heart
stickers. That's a Punch Mix Puffy Heart and a small pink sticker from
the Illustrated Faith You Are Loved Fundamentals sheet. I love the
dimension of these flowers!
I added in a fun Designer Clip here, but I just tucked it in as a
layering piece. A few of the smaller flowers are from the Paper Pieces
pack. That little banner sticker above the photo here is another You
Are Loved sticker.
Here's one more close-up of all those die cut flowers. The dimension is
so cool with the edges curled up! And I love how the watercolor peeks
through all the open spaces.
I hope this inspires you to use a fun patterned paper as your background
and maybe get a little messy with some paint! Thanks for stopping by,
and have a wonderful weekend!