Thursday, October 20, 2022

So Happy / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends!  I'm here with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s beautiful Garden Shoppe collection. I wanted to use some of the patterned papers so I chose Paper 5Paper 19, and Paper 21. I tore big chunks and layered them together to get my background started. I machine stitched over them on a sheet of thick white cardstock and then smudged a lot of white gesso to create a soft, hazy, and weathered effect. I splattered white acrylic paint and applied gesso to the cardstock around the edges of the papers. I used green and yellow Shimmerz to create a watercolor effect in a few areas and also used pink, blue, and gold to add splatters. I went wild with daisies on this page and fussy cut several from Paper 7 and the 6x8 Paper Pad.
The daisies bring out the yellow in the chevron paper and I scattered them around the page and around the photo. I popped a lot of them up with adhesive foam to create depth. I used a Foam Phrase Sticker for the title and then used Cardstock Stickers as well as a few sentiment pieces that I cut from the 6x8 Paper Pad. Those are perfect for small details. I used yellow thread here to give a bit of texture and you can also see the machine stitching. I used a small journaling sticker from the 8-Page Sticker Book for my journaling.
I've been calling these daisies, but they might be sunflowers?  LOL I need to brush up on my flower names :D  I just love these torn edges and all the mixed media.  It's so much fun to get messy and create lots of texture.
I used a few papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad to layer behind the photo as well as some white tissue paper. This Foam Phrase Sticker has beautiful copper foiling and I used white gesso to make it a little more matte. I did the same with the small heart. Gesso works great for toning down colors or shiny bits!
I love how this yellow paint is pretty subtle (for me LOL).  I like showing that you CAN do mixed media in a small, controlled fashion.  It doesn't have to cover the whole page and cover every inch of the background.  I think it's good to leave some plain white space.  It gives the eye a place to rest against all the color everywhere else.
More layers here with papers, stickers, stitching and threads.

It was really simple to curl up the edges of the papers and make it look textured. Here you can see how I layered the flowers on and under the photo. This is easy to do if you leave some unglued areas around the edges of the paper layers. The flowers and leaves easily slide in and it instantly creates that fun shadow effect and makes things just pop off the page. In the upper right area I used an Ephemera Die Cut and more daisy flowers to make a small cluster.

I hope this inspires you in some way today.  I discuss this process in my video and talk about what I do when I struggle to come up with a design idea.  They don't always come easy, and sometimes you just have to dig in and start moving things around until an idea pops into your head!

Here's my process video.  Thanks for watching, and have a great day!


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