Sometimes we create a page that we love, but something about it doesn’t feel quite right. Most of the time when I am feeling that way about a layout, I find that it is usually because all of the elements I have used up to that point are flat.
That’s my cue to look for a dimensional embellishment that I can add, even in just a few places, to step things up and make the design POP.
American Crafts is always coming up with fun and clever accents for our pages, and today I’m featuring my latest favorite embellishment on this layout.
I LOVE the Inflated Ephemera Hearts
in the new Shine On collection by Amy Tangerine
. When I first saw these hearts, all I wanted to do was purchase 5 more packages and hoard them. Haha! They are ADORABLE!!! I resisted, and instead used most of them on this page of my daughter on the first day of school.
I used a punch to create 1.5″ circles of various patterned papers and then arranged them randomly around the page, Next, I added the inflated hearts to several of the circles. The variety of patterns were cute on their own, but the fun dimension and shine the hearts added took it to the next level!
Hello!I’m back with another papercrafting project for your home! This time, we are looking forward to Halloween … my favorite!
Today I am working with the brand new Bewitched collection by Echo Park Paper
. This collection features the prettiest, sweetest witch you have ever seen and I couldn’t wait to feature her in my design!
You have probably seen the wood block decor that looks like the blocks are mounted on a candlestick with a knob adorning the top … well, I came across a cut file by MyScrapChick.com
that mimics that look except every piece is made out of paper instead of wood! I couldn’t wait to give it a try!
The smaller block features the witch’s best friend, a black cat! I own a black cat myself, and so I love to add black cats in my Halloween decor as much as possible! This sweet little guy is peeking out of from a friendly Jack-O-Lantern sitting next to the jar of candy. I used flower stickers and a shiny, black satin ribbon on both blocks, tying them together visually. The sides of both blocks are also both decorated with panels of Witch Hats paper
Do you have a favorite Halloween icon you like to add to your decor? For me, it is witches, black cats, and jack-o-lanterns … and I was so happy to be able to include all three on this project!
See you again soon!
Fall paper collections always put me in the mood for homebaked treats and connecting with neighbors. Today I am up on the Echo Park Paper blog with an apple barrel basket, created with the new Celebrate Autumn collection
, that would be perfect for taking to a dear friend. Inside I have tucked a couple of dishtowels, a set of ceramic measuring spoons, a paper acorn box filled with treats, and a jar of honey.
I painted the brown cardstock flower centers with THIS gold glitter water brush pen by Art-C
to make them shimmer and sparkle. (I couldn’t quite capture these on camera … I sooo wish you could see them in person! They are AWESOME!)
A peek inside the basket beckons the recipient to investigate!
Inside they will find the cutest acorn-shaped box filled with chocolates! (If you’d like to make your own acorn shaped box you can find the file HERE
. It is from the Acorn Autumn SVG Set by SVGCuts.com
A coordinating card is the perfect place to write a greeting! Be sure to tell your loved one how thankful you are for them in your life!
Can you think of someone in your life who deserves to know how grateful you are for all that they do for you? They would love this basket of goodies!
Apple Barrel Basket Cut File: Fall Harvest by SVGCuts.com
Acorn Box Cut File: Acorn Autumn by SVGCuts.com
Sunflower Cut File: Sunflowers & Bumble Bees by MyScrapChick.com
My daughters have developed a new summer tradition of spending an afternoon together painting wood boxes that they call “Treasure Boxes.” Throughout the coming year, they place mementos into their boxes as they go on vacations, or gather things that are important to them in their daily lives.
The 6×8 Pads have become a favorite of mine for fussy cutting large elements for my scrapbook pages. Here I placed a large floral in the upper left corner of the page. I used a Black Glaze Pen to add a bit of shimmer to the flower centers, and even accented a few of them with black gems from my stash.
For the title, I used my Silhouette Cameo
to cut out a phrase. The original phrase said “Friends are a Treasure.” I cut off the word “friends” and then used pink letter stickers to replace it with the word “sisters.”
The flowers on this layout follow a diagonal line through the page from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. I used a chipboard element with flowers
on the top left corner of the horizontal photo, along with a sprinkling of heart die cuts
, to help connect the diagonal through the photos. The flowers in the bottom right corner of the page were fussy-cut from one of the cards on the 4×6 Horizontal Elements paper
Two strips of patterned paper along the left side of the page, anchor the design and tie all of the colors together.
Next time your family members are hanging out together chatting around the table grab a few shots with your camera and create a page about their relationship. You will be so glad that you did!
Title Cut File: ‘Friends are a Treasure” Phrase by Lori Whitlock (Design #9385 in the Silhouette Design Store)