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PinkFresh Studio – Two Layouts with Indigo Hills 2

Hello friends! I’m very excited to share two layouts with you today using the gorgeous Indigo Hills 2 collection.

I love the deep tones and gorgeous floral elements of this collection; they are just too pretty, and I wanted to include as many as I could in my designs. When it comes to incorporate a variety of colors and patterns, cut files are my go-to tools.

For the first layout, I used the Flower Heart cut file by Paige Evans. I cut it from white cardstock and backed it with the following patterned paper: EminenceGorge, and Ridge. I left some of the flowers as is, so to have the rich color of the Meadow paper come through. Once I had the cut file ready, I adhered it in the center of the page with foam adhesive for dimension.

I then cut my photo to fit one of the frames in the Chipboard stickers set – I love how the colors in the photo match the ones in the collection perfectly! I layered a few die cuts and a sentiment from the Ephemera pack in the lower left corner of the frame; to add more interest in the same spot and draw the eye to it, I fussy cut some foliage from the Meadow paper and tucked it behind the cluster.

I created a similar cluster in the opposite corner, with fussy cut flowers from the same paper. As a finishing touch, I added enamel dots in coordinating colors.

For my second layout, I went with huge flowers. Once again, lots of layers and dimension.

I resized the cut file (ID #26942) a few times in order to create a more natural look. I grouped the flowers in a big cluster towards the left side of the page, alternating colors and sizes. To fill in the empty spaces and brighten the background a bit, I added some gorgeous flowers from the Ephemera pack.

For the photo, I used the same scalloped frame as in the first layout, and built several layers behind it before adhering it down with foam adhesive. You can see the fussy cut leaves from the Meadow patterned paper and a few die cuts in the lower right corner of the photo.

That’s all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope I have given you some ideas for your next scrapbook layout.

Until next time!

Blog · Scrapbooking · Stamping

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).