Sunday, January 23, 2022

Happiness & Sunshine / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  Today I have another new layout to share for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I used the beautiful Bungalow Lane collection, and I wanted to create a fun background using Paige’s Rainbows Background Cut File. I cut it from Paper 4 using my Silhouette Cameo. This paper is so fun and has so many colors so I based my color scheme around it. I used thick white cardstock for the base and I coated it with clear gesso first. I wanted to add lots of yellow to the background so I used a few golden yellow Shimmerz sprays to start. I also added in a bit of a coral color, some blue, and a touch of gold. I glued down the cut file once the mixed media was dry and began sorting through all of the embellishments.

I printed my photos in black & white and I backed them with white tissue paper, adhesive foam, and a blue tag that I cut from Paper 22. I love how the photos pop off the page because of the background colors. I wanted to add in smaller flowers around the layout, so I fussy cut a few from Paper 14.


I embellished around the photos using some of the large Floral Die CutsEphemera Die CutsEpoxy Stickers, and Chipboard Stickers. I chose items that matched the paper which helped me narrow down what I was going to use. I decided that the bottom area of the layout needed more light blue, so I created a fun little banner using the other side of Paper 4. I punched 1” circles, cut them in half, and then glued them to some twine. This is really easy to do and it’s so fun to create a customized banner. I also tucked light blue thread in under the photos.
I created a cascade effect using more flowers here beneath the photos. I mixed and matched some of those small fussy cut flowers with part of a Layered Sticker and a Floral Die Cut. I popped these all up with adhesive foam to create dimension.
Every time I look at this colorful patterned paper I just think of summer.  I'm usually not much of a red fan, and I struggle to use it a lot on my pages.  But I think it's really impactful in small doses.  It was fun to challenge myself and use a different color scheme.  I smudged some white gesso on this big red flower to soften it up a bit.
And like I've said a million times, flowers are the best for creating dimension.  The petals are just begging to curl up off the page.  I used my edge distresser  on this circle die cut to give the edge some interest and texture.
I went light on embellishing on the sides of the photos.  I felt like the background was busy enough, and since I had things above and below the photos, the sides needed some open space to breathe.
I'm so glad I addd this fun little banner.  I think it finished everything off just perfectly.  I also wound up splattering some blue Shimmerz to add a pop of that color on the background.
I wrote my journaling down below using my gold metallic pen, and that finished it off.
I hope this inspires you in some way today.  It was fun to get out of my usual comfort zone as far as color schemes go and try something different.  I made this challenging (for me) patterned paper work, and I love how it turned out.

Here's my process video if you'd like to watch how this page came together:



Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great week!

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