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Altenew – Sketch Challenge #13

Hello, Altenew fans!

I am excited to be hosting Altenew’s Sketch Challenge #13, the first of the new year!

The sketch I made is based on one of my favorite layouts, which features the Frosted Garden Stamp Set; you can find it here.

Rainbow layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the Frosted Garden Stamp Set. #scrapbooking #altenew #rainbow #layoutI followed the sketch pretty closely. Other than the variation in color, the design is pretty much the same as my previous layout.

The Build-A-Flower: Cattleya Stamp Set was perfect to create my background and wreath elements. The colors are brighter and more intense here, and the rainbow effect is given by the combination of different shades found in the beautiful layers. Here are the Altenew Crisp Dye Inks I used:

  • coral: Peach Perfect, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat
  • pink: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Cosmic Berry
  • purple: Wisteria, Hydrangea, Andromeda
  • teal: Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Teal Cave
  • green: Firefly, Grass Field, Shadow Creek, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades.

As in the original layout, I created a circular opening in the middle by tracing a round shape onto my paper as a guide for the stamping. With the help of a stamping block, I stamped the outline of the cattleya all around the circle, making sure to vary the direction of the images for a more natural look. Once that was ready, I adhered the flowers down with foam dots.

I layered patterned paper from the Pastel Dreams Paper Pack behind the photo and used the green cattleyas to create an extra layer and bring in more color. The beautiful butterflies from the Butterfly Acetate Die Cuts pack give a romantic touch to the page, while the “sweet” wood veneer sentiment worked perfectly as my title – I colored it with Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink.

Enamel dots in coordinating colors finished the page.

Hope you have fun playing along! Visit the Altenew blog for details on how to participate 🙂


Blog · Scrapbooking

Crate Paper – Creative Layouts: Circle Backdrop

Hello, CP friends! Enza here, and today I’m bringing you a new layout created with the gorgeous Willow Lane collection. I love creating layouts that incorporate different patterned paper and colors, so I try to look for ways that allow me to do that while still keeping the page clean and balanced. I find that geometric shapes are perfect for this, as they can be repeated multiple times without being too overwhelming for the design. I went with circles, but stars, triangles, hearts, and many other shapes would have worked as well.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

I used a paper punch from my stash to obtain 1.5 inch circles from a variety of patterned papers. In order to perfectly arrange them on the background, I traced and cut out an 8 inch circle from plain cardstock, and used its outline as a template. I started with the gorgeous green polka dotted Friendship paper, and completed a full circle before adding the other cut outs. Trying to alternate soft and stronger colors is the key to achieve a harmonious look. Once the background was complete, I decided to add hand-stitched details all around the outline of the big circle. This simple step brings such a nice, unique feel to the page, and separates the main image from the paper behind it.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

For the photo, I die cut it to fit the middle, and added the Decorative Trim from the Flourish collection around the outer edge before adhering it down.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

The Foam Glitter Thickers worked perfectly as my title. As you can see, I kept the circular idea going here. Butterflies from the Ephemera Pack, as well as fussy cut ones, surround the photo; I also added Puffy Sticker hearts and the cute little bird from the Chipboard set.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

I finished the layout with a few sentiments, and foliage from the Gold Puffy Thickers that come in the Flourish collection.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you are feeling inspired to create a unique background for your next layout with simple geometric shapes.

Supplies: Willow Lane – Puffy Stickers (344482), Chipboard Stickers (344484), Foam Glitter Stickers (344487), Willow (344462), Bright Days (344461), Cottage (344452), Friendship (344446), Ephemera Pack (344486), Flutter (344450); Flourish – Decorative Trim (344405), Gold Puffy Thickers (344388).


Blog · Cut files · Scrapbooking

Pink Paislee – “Love Everything About This” Layout

Hello friends! I’m excited to share my new layout with you today. I used the gorgeous Whimsical collection to document a sweet moment between me and my daughter. I can’t get enough of these lovely papers; and it’s no secret I adore the bright and colorful flowers that complement them so well.

Layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee using #ppwhimsical. #scrapbooking #pinkpaislee #cutfile

I started my design with the Flower 12 Petals cut file designed by Paige. After cutting it once from white cardstock, I decided to cut only the outline from Paper 23 to obtain a solid shape to back it with. I also cut it a third time from a lighter blue patterned paper (Paper 04), as I wanted to add a contrasting color and bring in an extra element of interest to the page. I adhered only the center portion of the cut file to the patterned paper so I could lift the petals a bit and curve them inwards. I used the cut outs from Paper 04 to fill the tips of the petals – again, I partially glued them down and lifted the top part.

Layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee using #ppwhimsical. #scrapbooking #pinkpaislee #cutfile

Once the cut file was ready, I built several layers behind my photo and used foam tape to glue it down, but not before creating a bed of flowers to set it in. The mix of die cuts, ephemera pieces, and fussy cut elements is just lovely and brightens the background drawing attention to the photo.

Layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee using #ppwhimsical. #scrapbooking #pinkpaislee #cutfile

For the title, I combined the “love” sentiment from the Ephemera Pack with a fussy cut banner from Paper 08 and Mini Foam Alphabet Thickers.

Layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee using #ppwhimsical. #scrapbooking #pinkpaislee #cutfile

I always say that flowers call for butterflies so here I added chipboard ones as well as die cuts from the Ephemera Pack.

Layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee using #ppwhimsical. #scrapbooking #pinkpaislee #cutfile

A few enamel dots and white paint splatters finished the layout.

Layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee using #ppwhimsical. #scrapbooking #pinkpaislee #cutfile

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I love how this page turned ou, and hope you’ll feel inspired to create your next layout with the gorgeous Whimsical collection!