Love These Two Layout by Missy Whidden

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

 Hey friends! Missy Whidden here with another throwback layout using Paige’s Bloom Street collection. It’s been awhile since I’ve made a layout with these papers and it was fun to put together a bright summer page. I wanted to use Paper 22 in some way and I had originally cut Paige’s Sunburst Cut File on this paper to use by itself. As soon as I played around with the whole thing, I loved how the cut file looked placed back inside the rest of the paper.  To make it stand out, I smudged a lot of white gesso around the background edges of the paper to fade it out so the sun would pop off the page while still blending in. I also wanted to show how you can use a busy patterned paper as a background and still make the photo pop off the page. I glued the whole thing to white cardstock and added a bit of coordinating Shimmerz Paints around the photo.

Here is a process video for this layout:

My photo matched this paper so perfectly and so I added aqua color around it to sort of create an extension of the water. I added yellow up top to mimic the sun. I embellished with a few suns, one is a Cardstock Sticker and one is from the Ephemera Die Cuts. I used a few Floral Die Cuts as well as several that I fussy cut from Paper 12.  I added in a few more sentiments from the Cardstock Stickers and tucked in blue thread for texture.

I wanted to dress up the top area of the design so I hand cut a few little clouds from scrap white cardstock. I smudged a tiny bit of grey gelato around the edges, smudged it in with a dab of water, and then distressed the edges. I popped a few of them up with adhesive foam and layered them in and around the sun rays. I added splatters in all the colors on the background, including yellow, aqua, pink, and gold. I made sure to leave some plain white area here inside the big circle to give the eye a place to rest since the rest of the page has busy patterns going on.

I needed a small title, so I mixed and matched with the Puffy Word Stickers and some of the Mini Foam Thickers from Paige’s Pick-Me-Up collection. I added adhesive foam behind the sun to pop it off the page. Here you can see the dimension. Lastly, I added a few sequins from my stash on the flowers and around the page for extra interest and texture.

I hope this has inspired you in some way today.  I truly love how it all came together even though my original idea was far from this.  That’s part of the fun of this hobby is watching each layout evolve from start to finish.  I love embracing the changing ideas as they go along!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: BLOOM STREETMini Foam Thickersgessosequinswhite acrylic paint; Cut file: Sunburst by Paige Evans
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