This Is Us Layout by Missy Whidden

Thursday, March 18, 2021

   Hey friends! Missy Whidden here with a new layout featuring Paige’s Go the Scenic Route collection. I used her Penny Tile Circles cut file because I was in the mood for circles. As soon as I cut it on Paper 3 using my Silhouette Cameo and peeled it off my cutting mat, I instantly fell in love with the negative piece and decided to use that as an abstract background element instead! I love when something unexpected completely changes your entire design. Paper 3 has all the colorful stamps on it and I mainly used it for all the color. I coated a sheet of white cardstock with clear gesso and used some Shimmerz in matching colors to add pretty watercolor effects behind where the cut file would go. Once I laid the circle piece over all that color, it seemed a bit too colorful. I smudged white gesso over a lot of it to soften things up. That made things a little too light for me, so I layered another chunk of the circle die cut paper over it again. It was a process that I just kept working on until I got it just right… haha. I love how the background turned out… finally!

I decided to embellish with lots of colorful flowers. I used a few from the Floral Die Cuts and I cut a few from patterned papers. I created a flower cluster on the left side of the page and I popped some of them up with adhesive foam to create dimension. I hand cut the orange flower from Paper 7 to bring some orange over to this side of the page. I also added in a few Chipboard Sticker dots, a Cardstock Sticker, and dark blue thread.

I layered a few paper scraps from the 12x12 Paper Pad & 6x8 Paper Pad behind the photos and mixed and matched the short title. I used some of the Foam Thickers and combined them with blue Mini Foam Thickers. I layered in another fussy cut flower, a large Chipboard Sticker heart and yellow thread. I love how the cut file looks here. I wanted it to look artsy and random with lots of color and I love how the navy blue pops against it.

Since my photos have bright pink in them, I wanted to use lots of bright colors around them. I layered a few paper scraps behind them as well as white tissue paper. I tucked in a few more flowers here as well as more Chipboard Sticker dots and Puffy Phrase Sticker dots. I wanted to use lots of pink shades without going into pink overload and I think all the other colors mixed in helps balance it all out.

I hope this inspires you in some way today! It was a lot of fun to create and I loved taking the page in a different direction that I had originally planned. It’s always fun to be challenged in a new way! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEMini Foam Thickerswhite cardstockDistress Oxidesgesso; Cut file: Penny Tile Circles by Paige Evans
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