Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Wonderful XOXO / Paige Evans DT

Hey there, friends!  I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s Bungalow Lane collection. My photos inspired my color scheme so I went with lots of pinks and yellows. I started with tearing a big chunk of Paper 8 and adhered it to some thick white cardstock. I wanted to create a gradient effect on the yellow paper so I smudged a lot of white gesso on the right side. I also used part of the Floral Butterfly Cut File to add to the background. I had previously cut the butterfly on Paper 16. I just trimmed around the edges of what was left on the paper and used it as a fun background element. I embellished with lots of the Floral Die CutsEpoxy Stickers, and stickers from the 8-Page Sticker Book. I pulled out all the bits and pieces I could find that were pink or yellow. I also used a flower from the Acrylic Stamps to create a few more flowers using gold ink.
I mixed and matched flowers and hearts here as well as “Amazing” from the Foam Phrase Stickers. I popped up some of these bits with adhesive foam to create dimension and shadowing. I tucked in gold metallic thread for added texture and shine.
I created a little cluster under the photos with more of the Floral Die Cuts and stamped flowers. I mixed and matched the title with an Ephemera Die Cut and Thickers. I stitched through the "XOXO" with metallic gold thread and then journaled underneath with a gold pen. I continued with the stitching around the butterfly.
For the background, I used gold and pink Shimmerz with a brush to spread around the color and then splattered the color around. I also added white acrylic paint splatters. I love this shine! I topped off this part of the page with more tiny butterflies from the 8-Page Sticker Book and tiny flowers I fussy cut from Paper 5.
I used a few of the fall leaves on the right side.  There are so many types of them in this collection--die cuts, stickers, even in the patterned papers.
I love all of this fun shimmer, texture & dimension!  I've shared this tip before, but if you have metallic gold stickers that are too shiny and bright for your taste, just smudge some white gesso over it using your finger.  You can see these two gold leaves on the right side here.  They are still shiny but just a bit toned down.  I added adhesive foam under some of these flowers, and the lift it gives them just does so much. 
Here you can see how the gesso looks on the yellow paper.  I love that smoky hazy look it can create.  And these tiny flowers & butterflies were perfect for the top part of the page.  I fussy cut the flowers from patterned paper, so always look at your papers for anything you can cut out--especially if you're looking for smaller bits to add in.
Gold thread...yesssss!  So many layers and levels here.  It took me years to finally perfect my layering game...haha :D  I didn't always do it, and when I did it didn't look right.  It's one of my favorite things to do now.
Here are a few more close-ups of all the details :)

I hope this inspires you in some way today! I had a lot of fun making it and it was fun to let my photos help me choose my color palette. 

Be sure to check out my process video to see how I made this page from start to finish:


 Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great Wednesday :)