Always a Dreamer Layout by Missy Whidden

Friday, January 29, 2021

Hey friends! Missy Whidden here with a new and bright layout featuring Paige’s Go the Scenic Route. I’ve been eyeing Paper 11 for a while, and I wanted to use it in a different way. I decided to fussy cut lots of the diamond shapes and use them as a main design element. As always with this collection I couldn’t narrow down which colors to use, so I just used them ALL…haha! I covered a sheet of thick white cardstock with clear gesso and then used a rainbow variety of Distress Oxides and Shimmerz sprays to add watercolor areas behind the diamonds. My photo helped determine where to place all the diamonds because it appears that she is looking up toward them sparkling in the sky. I popped up the diamonds to create dimension and then added embellishments around the photo.

I adore these beautiful, rich colors so much. I randomly scattered the diamonds mostly on the right half of the background. I overlapped a lot of them and tried not to make them too ordered. I made sure to scatter the colors around. I splattered the Shimmerz sprays in a few areas as well.

I created a cluster of goodies below the photo. I didn’t want a large title, so I fussy cut a few tickets from Paper 17. They make a perfect smaller title. I added in a few of the Enamel DotsPuffy Phrase Stickers, a Puffy Word Sticker, and a few Cardstock Stickers. I wanted to echo all the colors from the diamonds, so I made sure to use items with different colors and shapes. I tucked in orange and dark blue thread here, too.

Once the layout was almost finished, I decided there was just too much white space on the left side. I cut a crooked strip from the background and backed it with a sliver of Paper 17. I think that livened up that side of the page. I distressed the edge of the cardstock to give it some texture and I love how that detail added so much more to the layout. I felt like the diamonds needed a bit of sparkle, so I smudged Nuvo Glimmer Paste on most of them.

I had lots of fun making this page, and I hope it gives you some ideas to try on your next project! I’ve seen other designers use Paper 17 to create circles, so I wanted to try diamonds. It’s fun to try something different with a popular paper and see if you can use it in new way! Thanks so much for stopping by!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, enamel dots, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstockDistress Oxidesgesso
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  1. Amazing layout Missy Whidden absolutely fabulous x

  2. Hi ya Missy! You've designed something that to me, seems both retro and hip all at the same time. I LOVE that. I think we may have had drapes with this star-like shape in our kitchen when I was a kid. Gorgeous design lovely !! xK


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