Sunday, November 21, 2021

This is Our Happy Place / Paige Evans DT

Happy Sunday, friends!  I'm back to share another new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I'm still digging into the Bungalow Lane collection, and for this page I decided to incorporate one of Paige's cut files--it's called Floral Butterfly.  I cut it pretty big on Paper 16.  I just love that gradient pink.  I started with that and went from there.

I chose textured white cardstock for the base, and I coated it with clear gesso first to prime it for all the watercolor.  Once it dried, I came in with a few gold Shimmerz Paints--Inklingz Miner Miner 49er and Shimmerz (original) Christmas Cheer.  I used a brush and some water to move the color around so it would show behind and around the butterfly.  I also added some blue splatters using Inklingz Oakie Bear Blue.  The very last thing I did was add some messy blue around the edges of the page.  Once the background was dry I started embellishing.

I used several flowers from the Floral Die Cuts and tucked them under and around the two stacked photos.  I pulled a few of the small buttons from the Chipboard Stickers and the Puffy Stickers to add to the centers.  I love how you can see the watercolor here, and the fun texture from the cardstock is awesome. 

I used the small butterfly stamp from the Acrylic Stamps to create a few little die cuts.  That's a great way to use stamps if you don't want to stamp directly onto the background.  I pulled out a scrap piece of white cardstock, stamped the butterflies using a gold ink pad and then just cut them out.  I popped them up with some adhesive foam.  Easy!
Same thing over here...more flowers and stamped butterflies.  I did add some white tissue paper behind my photos and popped them up as well.  I used this Foam Phrase Thicker for my title.  This was the perfect spot for it, and I love the neutral color because it pulls out the gold on the background.
I also mixed two blue threads together here to add some texture and color.
To add a weathered look to the cut file I smudged some white gesso over it.  I wanted to accentuate the gradient by fading out the light color even more.
I used three of the metallic gold butterflies from the 8-page Sticker Book.  I toned down the shine by smudging a bit of white gesso and just stuck them flat to the page.  I love creating different heights with different pieces.  It really helps to pop everything off the page and just bring it to life even more.
More close-ups here of all the details :)

I did decide later to layer a bit of Paper 4 under the photos for a light blue pop.  I had already glued the photos down, so I just trimmed a sliver of the paper and wedged it under the photo's edge.  I also fussy cut a few tiny flowers from a sticker from the 8-page Sticker Book, stuck them to some cardstock and used them as die cuts.

I love how this layout came together, and I hope it sparks an idea or two for you.  It's fun to get messy and incorporate cut files and stamps...all the goodies!  LOVE!

Be sure to check out my process video here:

Thanks for stopping in, and I'll see you soon!

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