Happy Birthday Layout by Maija Männistö

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hi everyone, Maija Männistö here with a never before seen topic on my layout made with Truly Grateful! Today, November 26th, is the 40th birthday of my husband so I thought this would be the perfect chance to make a layout with a photo of just him! Luckily Paige has plenty of cut files to fit the birthday theme, so I chose the Banner cut file and the Happy Birthday cut file.
For the background I took one of the papers from the 12x12 Paper Pad and added a little bit of mixed media onto it for extra texture. I used white gesso first to make the paint like texture and then used Paige’s Star stencil to create white stars to match the ones on the paper with white modeling paste. To finish off the background I splashed white acrylic paint. For the banners I wanted to add several different patterned papers so I used different papers again from the 12x12 Paper Pad. For some texture and a finishing touch I stitched around the banners with white embroidery floss. It really makes the banners pop, even literally as the thread makes the paper thicker.

For the title of the page I used the Happy Birthday cut file and backed it with a paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad. I used one color for each letter and I love how this turned out! For embellishments I took pieces here and there from the Truly Grateful collection. The Ephemera Die Cuts are my favorites of the embellishments and for this layout I chose some birds, a leaf wreath, and a phrase die cut. From the Cardstock Stickers I chose leaves and stars and from the Epoxy Stickers some hearts and another bird. I couldn’t resist adding a 40 on to the layout and luckily the Thickers had the numbers in perfect colors!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, embellishments, die cuts, stickers: TRULY GRATEFULwhite cardstockgessowhite acrylic paint; Star stencil: Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Cut files: Banner and Happy Birthday by Paige Evans
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  1. Love your layout, especially the background.

  2. Hi Maija! Loving your design! The Happy Birthday cut file is backed with the perfect pieces of that paper! Happy Birthday to your hubby too :D Cheers dear xK


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