First, a little housekeeping: if you've arrived here from Michelle's Handmade World blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place. Just keep hopping along until you end up back where you started! This month's stamp set has 10 floral images, perfect for everything from sympathy to celebrations. You can get yours for only $5 with any $50 purchase this month.
I decided to make a two-page layout for this month's project, and I must say that I am in love with the results:
I used colors perfect for a country Fall, and I'm really looking forward to getting some pictures taken for this layout. I designed this from scratch, so I thought I'd share my process with you. I started by choosing colors, which can be a challenge when you don't have specific pictures in mind. Since the first thing I thought of with these stamps was a country evening, I decided to use Sapphire for the night sky and Ruby for a red barn. I added Fern for the darkening evening's grass, and Safflower for a harvest moon.
One of my favorite things is a big circle crossing both pages of a layout, and strips across the pages to ground everything. I embossed the Ruby strips with the Woodgrain embossing folder, and I stamped the flower silhouette stamps on the Fern strips. I added a few well-placed stems on the Sapphire base pages, and I random stamped the Safflower circle with individual images from the set. I added a Peacock banner strip and a thin banner strip of the lightest Brown & Tan Glitter Paper.
Next I cut out several photo mats, and played around with the arrangement until I found what I liked. I ended up covering more of the circle than I planned, but I liked this layout the best.
I cut several flowers and leaves using the coordinating Artiste Cricut cartridge, and also decided to cut some of the leaves from more of the Glitter Paper.
I added some natural looking dimension to the flowers and stamped leaves by rolling an embossing stylus around the center, then each petal.
I embossed a couple of the leaves from the back side so they curled the other way. I added some 3-D Foam Tape under those, to keep their shape in the protectors.
For the flower centers, I used Durables Artisan Studs for the large flowers, and the Bling Gems Gold Assortment for the smaller flowers.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to make your own layout now? If you need to shop, a clickable photo list is below. Links open in a new tab so you can continue the hop from here without getting lost. When you're done here, let's head over to Jacquelin Green's Paper Goodness blog to check out her project this month. I can't wait to see it!
Products used in this project:
|Enchantment CS Combo (or individual colors)|
|Stamp Pads in coordinating colors|
|Woodgrain Embossing Folder|
|Artiste Cricut cartridge|
|Brown & Tan Glitter Paper|
|Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit|
|Bling Gems Gold Assortment|
|Durables Artisan Studs|
|3-D Foam Tape|