Good Times Layout by Missy Whidden


Friday, February 16, 2018

There are a few royal blue B-side papers in Pick-Me-Up and I love how the colors pop against it like on this new layout by Design Team member Missy Whidden!!
Hey, friends! Missy here, and I have a new layout to share today featuring Paige’s new Pick-Me-Up collection. I often use white or light backgrounds for my projects so I challenged myself to use a dark blue patterned paper as my background for this page. I used Pick-Me-Up Paper 15 and also Paige’s Faux Flower Background cut file. I cut the design first and then left the paper on my Silhouette cutting mat to add some mixed media to it. I first smudged some white gesso over the cut file area with my fingers. I knew I was going to add a lot of color to the page, so I used several coordinating colors of ink sprays over the gesso to create a watercolor effect. Once it all dried, I carefully peeled it off the mat and punched out the shapes. Next, I used nine different patterned papers from the collection to back all of the open spaces.  I love how all the colors pop against the dark blue and all of the ink sprays just add to the color explosion.
For added texture and dimension, I machine stitched through every line of flowers with different colored threads. This collection is excellent for backing cut files because there are so many colors and patterns to choose from. In fact, it was hard to narrow down which papers to use! I used several pieces from the Pick-Me-Up Ephemera Die Cuts to embellish.

To add layers under my photo, I used some pieces from the Journaling Spots and Ephemera Die Cuts. Those floral clusters are my favorite! To the left of the photo I created a small title using the Mini Thickers which are perfect for these dark backgrounds - the white just pops off the page. Then I created a little cluster of goodies underneath it: I fussy cut some small word and phrase bits from the 6x6 Paper Pad. I also added a sticker from the Stickers and a few Puffy Stickers.

I created another fun cluster on the left side of the page. I used more of the Ephemera Die CutsStickers, pieces cut from the 6x6 Paper Pad, as well as a circle element cut from one of the 2x2 Paper Pads.

I hope this inspires you to step outside of your comfort zone and use a dark background! It was a challenge at first, but once I got going with the embellishing, it quickly came together. And it really makes those bright colors stand out! Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES: PICK-ME-UPPaper 02Paper 04Paper 07Paper 08Paper 10Paper 11Paper 13Paper 14Paper 15Paper 23Ephemera Die CutsJournaling Spots6x6 Paper Pad2x2 Paper PadsStickersPuffy StickersRub-OnsMini ThickersFaux Flower Background cut fileSilhouette Cameo
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All of the details and colors combine to create another stunning page from the marvelous Missy!
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