Beauty Live Life Layout by Missy Whidden

Friday, May 8, 2020

Hey friends! Missy Whidden here with a new mixed media layout featuring Paige’s beautiful Bloom Street collection. I often get asked how I come up with design ideas and the answer is certain things just pop into my mind when I go to make a page. I wanted to use a lot of patterns on this layout, so making small shapes of those patterns sparked an idea. I pulled out a small square punch and chose a few papers to use. I also used four rolls of the Washi Tape. I stuck it to white cardstock and punched it out. I chose the B-side of Paper 18 as my background and I coated a lot of it with white gesso after deciding on the arrangement of the squares.
I used a combination of Distress Oxides and Shimmerz to create a watercolor effect. I also splattered some watered down white acrylic paint. Once I glued down all the squares, I machine stitched through them with white thread to add detail and texture. I wanted mostly solid colored embellishments since there was so much pattern going on. I added purple butterflies that I fussy cut from Paper 08 and one large one from the Layered Butterfly Stickers.
I embellished around the photo with mostly pink flowers. Since there was so much blue in the pool image, the pink was a nice contrast. I fussy cut flowers from Paper 11 and Paper 12 and layered them on both sides of the picture. My title is a combo of a Puffy Word Sticker and a few fussy cut words from an Ephemera Die Cut. I like the pop of dark blue that brings to this area, which echoes the dark blue in some of the washi tape. I added a few more pink flowers with blue thread underneath. That scalloped border under the photo is from the Ephemera Die Cuts.
Since I was scrapping a pool photo, I wanted a sun somewhere. I fussy cut this one from Paper 17, popped it up with adhesive foam, and added yellow thread under it. Here is the larger butterfly I mentioned earlier.
Check out the process video:

I hope this inspires you in some way today! I challenged myself to use patterned paper as a background here since I use white cardstock a lot. How often do you create little challenges for yourself? It was a lot of fun to make and thank you for stopping by to take a look!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, washi tape, embellishments: BLOOM STREETgessowhite cardstockDistress Oxideswhite acrylic paint
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  1. So GORGEOUS! LOVING those stitched squares!!!!!

  2. Your layouts are so artistic and free! I love the pattern paper background with all the colour layed on top! Awesome Blossom Missy 🥰 It's gorgeous!!


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