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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).

 

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Altenew – Paper Pack Highlight: Verdant Walk

Hello, Altenew fans! Enza here to share a new layout featuring the brand new Verdant Walk 6×6 Paper Pack.

What I love about this combination of papers is the contrast between light and darker shades – pinks and blues soften the more vibrant greens and yellow, making this set versatile and fun!

For my layout today, I wanted to include most of the patterned papers and showcase how well they work together. What better way to do it than with a layered die set, such as the Peony Dream 3D?

Let’s see how it came together!

I started by spraying the background with my go-to Altenew Shimmer Ink Spray: Frosty Pink, which added just the right amount of color and interest. While that was drying, I die cut the peonies from a variety of patterned paper – mixing pinks and greens, with touches of yellow. I used foam dots to adhere some of the layers together to create dimension.

I decided to arrange the flowers in a semi-circle kind of shape towards the left side of the page. To make them look a bit more realistic, I slightly curved the petals inward.

I then worked on building layers behind the photo with tags and flowers that I fussy cut from other patterned papers in the Verdant Walk Paper Pack.

To balance the page, I also added a strip of paper that included all the patterns in the set on the opposite side of the flower cluster.

For the title, I used the Bold Alphabet Die Set, which helped me incorporate more of the colors and bring all the elements together.

Black splatters finished the layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ll feel inspired to create your next project with the beautiful Verdant Walk Paper Pack.

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Crate Paper – Creating Your Own Design With Paper Strips

Hello, crafty friends! I’m back today to share a new layout for Crate Paper. If you have been following me for a while, you might have noticed how much I love wreaths and center-focused layouts, especially in a circle or heart shape. I also usually use cut files, which give the design that extra layer of interest and make the job easier πŸ˜‰ This time I have decided to create my own shape with strips of paper.

Paper strips layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #scrapbooking #layout #cratepaper

I started by trimming a 12×12 patterned paper to 8×8 inches and cut it into ΒΌ inch strips. I chose the Royal patterned paper, as I loved the way the two colors faded into each other. My idea was to give the circle two different shades and try to match the embellishments for a tone-on-tone look. Once all the strips were cut, I found the center of my background paper and started adhering them in a circular shape, making sure to follow the color combination I had chosen. I then cut some smaller strips from the Perennial patterned paper and filled in the gaps.

Paper strips layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #scrapbooking #layout #cratepaper

Next, I built lots of layers behind my picture with die cuts, vellum embellishments and a tag. The frame that comes in the ephemera pack mimics the colors in the Royal patterned paper, so I thought it would be perfect as a top layer. I used foam adhesive to pop everything up and give it dimension. I also fussy-cut lots of flowers in coordinating colors; I arranged the teal ones on the left and the pink ones on the right.

Paper strips layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #scrapbooking #layout #cratepaper

At this point, I only needed to add a few more embellishments. I went with butterflies and hearts, while to brighten the layout a bit and create contrast I placed yellow elements here and there around the photo. As a finishing touch, I curved the strips of paper slightly inward for movement and interest.

Paper strips layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #scrapbooking #layout #cratepaper

Paper strips layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #scrapbooking #layout #cratepaper

Thank you for stopping by today.

Have a great day!