Friday, January 27, 2017

The Good Life / Paige Evans Design Team

It's Friday...woo hoo!  I'm so excited for a restful weekend ahead.  Today I'm back sharing my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  My assignment this week was to mix collections, so I used some goodies from all three of her beautiful lines.  I started with the new Oh My Heart collection.  Paper 06 jumped right out at me.  It's full of bright colored flowers, and I just had to fussy cut them out.  I wanted my photo to look like a flower explosion was happening behind it :)  My background paper is from Fancy Free, and I love all the pinks and corals on it.  That paper is a wonderful compliment to all those flowers, and all the blue in my photo really stands out against it.  I embellished with chipboard stickers from the Take Me Away collection.

It did take me a while to fussy cut all those flowers and leaves, but it was well worth it.  I love all the different shapes, sizes and colors.  It was fun to move them around the page until I had them just like I liked them.  For my background, I added a little bit of white gesso with a paint brush.  I came in with some blue and aqua Shimmerz sprays to add a bit of "water splashes" behind the flowers.  I like making the watercolor look like it's peeking out from behind everything.  Here you can see some of the chipboard pieces from Take Me Away, including a few leave sprigs.

I used some of the beautiful puffy stickers from Oh My Heart for my title.  I had some extra white space in my photo, so this worked out perfectly.  Don't be afraid to add stickers or embellishments right on top of your photo if there's room.  I don't do this if it's going to cover up something important or detract from the photo.  Keep these ideas in mind when you're taking your photos :)  I also added some tangled thread for more interest, texture and color.

Some of the chipboard pieces I added have shiny gold foil on them...yes, please!  To echo that, I added some splatters of Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.

One other thing I love about fussy cutting flowers and leaves is that you can create dimension with them.  I glued down the centers but left the leaves free to be curled up at the end.  It just gives them a bit of depth, and they really pop off the paper.

Layering all the flowers is also a great way to achieve depth.  I love how you can see just bits and pieces of the watercolor peeking through.  I didn't want it to be overwhelming, but I did want it to echo the water in the photo.  You can really see the gold Color Shine here.

I have a process video for this layout...yay!  I hope you enjoy watching and get some fun ideas to try out.  Thanks for watching!

Thank you for visiting me today...have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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