Flower Ampersand Layout


Thursday, February 15, 2018

I have a new just-for-fun layout and process video to share with you today! I designed this Flower Ampersand cut file on Monday and couldn't wait to use it with my Pick-Me-Up collection :)
First, you can see exactly how this a little more complicated than usual layout came together:

Basically, I die cut the Flower Ampersand using my Silhouette Cameo 3 from the B-side of Paper 01 thinking I was going to back it with colorful patterned papers. But the yellow was already too busy. Smudge it with white paint to dull it down? Nah. Cut it again from white cardstock and back it? Nah, I've done too many white background layouts recently. Instead, I decided to use the already cut background as a template to put all the little flower pieces back in place and wanted to cut them from all the pretty pink, purple, yellow, blue and green papers in Pick-Me-Up. Was it time consuming to cut and place each and every single little piece? Yes. Even more so by using dimensional adhesive! Was it worth it? Absolutely! I love a good art project :)
I used the grid in Studio with the grid on the sticky mat to trim 2" square patterned papers and put the flower groups into the 2" squares in Studio. This would be a great layout to use Paper 10 since it's made up of 2" squares. And I did use Paper 10, but only the solid colors. Once everything was cut out I glued things in place - the bigger pieces with foam squares and the teeny tiny pieces with liquid glue. Then I removed the paper I was using as a template to reveal the colorful, pieced together background.
Even though there was a lot going on already, the layout didn't feel finished. After I added the title (made with Chipboard Thickers & Mini Thickers then framed with a trimmed Sticker) and a pair of photos of Jane with little bunny Phoebe, I machined stitched over the title, splashed white acrylic paint around in three places to make a visual triangle, and then hand stitched around the border using variegated blue thread. I stitched over-under-over-under to leave white space between the stitches similar to the white space between all the flower and petal pieces. Only a couple other products were used: a bow Puffy Sticker overlapping the photos and gold scalloped Washi Tape underneath the photos. I wrote my journaling with a dark blue pen above the pictures and the layout was finished!
I hope you are inspired to check out the Flower Ampersand cut file as well as my Pick-Me-Up collection :)

SUPPLIES: PICK-ME-UPPaper 01Paper 02Paper 03Paper 04Paper 06Paper 07Paper 10Paper 12Paper 13Paper 14Paper 15Paper 16Paper 17Paper 18Paper 20Paper 21Paper 23Paper 24Mini ThickersChipboard ThickersPuffy StickersStickers; Cut file: Flower Ampersand by Paige Evans; Silhouette Cameo 3
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