Saturday, December 5, 2020

Adventure Awaits / Paige Evans DT

Happy Weekend, friends :)  I'm sharing my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team today, and I am so excited about how it turned out!  I used Paige’s Go the Scenic Route collection. I have been wanting to fussy cut these gorgeous butterflies for awhile now, so I did just that for this page.  I cut them all from Paper 20 and the 6x8 Paper Pad. I wanted them to be the focus of the design. I also wanted to use a lot of yellow on this layout, so I tore a big piece of Paper 14 to use on the background. I attached it to white cardstock and went from there. I used clear gesso on the white area and white gesso on the yellow area. I wanted to fade out some of the white dots and create a white space for mixed media behind the photo. I used a combination of blue, pink, and coral Shimmerz sprays and gelatos to add the color to the background.

Once the gesso dried, I sprayed the colors onto the papers, added a bit of water with a brush, and let the colors run and blend. I wanted the butterflies to look like they were flying out from behind the photo and up along the arc of the yellow paper. I glued them all down just in the centers so I could bend the wings up and create a ton of dimension. I wanted a soft blue color here to mimic a sky since the yellow reminded me of the sun.

These puffy stickers are so fun to use.  They're so soft and they stick really well.  I added the "play a little" sticker here because it's mostly white, and I like that is blends into the white background here.
I wanted to add bright colors to contrast against the photo and all the yellow, so I went with coral and pink. I also used a pink gelato here to really intensify the color. I tucked in hot pink thread and added a few Ephemera Die Cuts and Puffy Phrase Stickers. I felt that I didn’t need to much embellishing since the butterflies were all this page really needed. I wanted to keep this side of the photo pretty clear so it wouldn’t compete with the other side.
To enhance the feeling of the pool here on this side of the photo, I added a more intense blue and aqua gelato over the blue spray. I went simple here and just tucked in some yellow thread. My title is pretty simple. I used a Puffy Phrase Sticker with some additional stickers from the same set. I wanted to leave the bottom of the layout white and open to create balance with all the color going on.
I wanted to keep the yellow paper mostly yellow, but just with a few different shades and variations thrown in.  I wound up making this area more orange/coral around the photo, but I did add some yellow sprays and even a bit of a Distress Oxide at first.  It's all about layering the colors :) 
I love these torn edges of the yellow paper.  Something about the unevenness and distressed effect is my favorite.
One of my favorite things about using butterflies on my pages is the dimension they create.  I always glue down just the centers so the wings can be bent up.
I added a bit of yellow thread here for a pop of color and some added texture.  And just because I love it :)

I hope this inspires you today!  It was nice to take a break from creating Christmas pages...haha :D  I love how this came together, and I had a great time making it.  Be sure to check out my process video to see all the details:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again tomorrow :)

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