Grateful Heart Layout

Monday, September 2, 2019

Hey everyone! I have a new layout to share with you today featuring mini origami hearts created from 2" patterned paper squares using my Truly Grateful collection.
Watch and learn how to create these mini origami hearts:
It takes about a minute to make one mini heart and once I started I just couldn't stop! I needed one in all.the.colors. So I started by making a couple dozen mini origami hearts from 2" square pieces of double-sided patterned paper. 
Then I needed to pick a background paper. I was trying to choose between a raspberry pink paper and a salmon pink paper and then I thought to myself, why choose when I can have both?! I cut the salmon pink paper in half diagonally and adhered it onto the raspberry pink paper. Problem solved :)
I used my fingers to blend white gesso onto the background to soften the bright colors, tone it down, and help the paper hearts really pop off from the background. For a bit of mixed media and interest I splattered watered down white acrylic paint over the gesso and let it dry - or rather, sped up the drying process with a hair dryer I keep next to my table.
I knew I wanted to have my photo on the bottom left corner so I placed the origami hearts spreading up and out from there. Then I drew swirly lines from the hearts to the photo with a pencil. I machine stitched through the pencil swirls and then erased the pencil lines with a gum eraser. I attached the hearts in place with glue dots and then added Puffy Stickers between for embellishments. To finish I added a few sentiment Stickers and wrote journaling at the bottom.
I hope this layout inspires you to create mini origami hearts - they're so fun and quick to make! Also be sure to check out my new Truly Gratefull collection with Pink Paislee, perfect for fall photos and memories!


  1. This is sooooooooo gorgeous!!!! I love love love that photo, the stitching and those hearts!!!

  2. Another fun and creative technique ! A beautiful layout and gorgeous photo of you and Jane. I like that you used both sheets of paper too !

  3. So cute and So fun! I went ahead and tried out making one of the mini origami hearts while watching your video and loved it. So I will definitely be using this idea. Thank you! :)


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