Thursday, September 15, 2022

Beach Sunshine / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends!  I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s beautiful Splendid collection. I have been eyeing the gorgeous floral wreath on Paper 19 so I finally decided to create a design with it. I fussy cut it and cut it in half. I wanted to arrange it in a different way, so I ran it off the page on both sides. I had the perfect photo to match those bright flowers which I nestled in on the right side. I used thick white cardstock for the base and I coated it with clear gesso. I used blue Distress Oxides and blue Shimmerz spray to create a soft blue watercolor area behind the wreath. I also used Paige’s Leaf Wreath Cut File which I cut from white cardstock to use for leafy details behind the wreath.
Once I had the wreath parts placed where I wanted them, I added the watercolor. I added adhesive foam behind the wreath to pop it off the page. I cut apart the Leaf Wreath Cut File and tucked in a few bits around the page. I love the subtle detail of the white against the white background. I touched up some of the flowers with the colorful adhesive dots in the Sequins & Enamel Shapes pack. It’s easy to create dimension with flowers & leaves because you can just bend up the edges.
I coudn't resist adding in some gold splatters :)  I also used my metallic gold pen for the journaling.
I love how versatile Paige's cut files are - they can be the main design element on the layout or they can be a soft background element. And like I did here, you don’t have to use it as it comes. After I peeled it from the mat, I snipped it into bits and fit them where I wanted them to go around the wreath. It was the perfect thing to layer with and it added just the detail I was looking for. 
I added a large Floral Die Cut here on the right side of the photo and tucked in a bit of blue thread. I created a little flower cluster as well with a few bits from the 8-Page Sticker Book. For the pink and yellow layers behind the photo, I used Washi Tape. So many uses for those! I made the title with the mini foam Thickers, a piece from the 8-Page Sticker Book, and added Epoxy Stickers and Cardstock Stickers. To finish the page off, I splattered gold glitter spray.
Here some extra close-up shots. I always take a ton!
Using Distress Oxides are so easy for a background like this.  Because of the gesso, I could easily scrape the ink pad right onto the paper, add some water and then move the color around.  You can't mess it up :)
I smudged a little bit of white gesso over this "sunshine" sticker to tone down the shiny gold.  It's still shiny, but it just takes out some of the brassiness.

I hope this has given you some ideas to try on your next layout! This layout was really easy to make thanks to Paper 19. Fussy cutting isn’t hard if you’re willing to take the time do it. I think it’s always worth it, especially when it’s a gorgeous floral wreath like this!  

Here's my proces video with all the details:

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

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