I'm sharing a step by step for one of my layouts today - I always love seeing how other scrappers go about putting their pages together, hopefully you guys do too! This is my layout, using a mix of the Memorandum and Head over Heels lines.
My youngest daughter had a playdate recently and she and one of the other girls spent an hour on the phone planning what they would do, down to the minute! They stuck to the schedule too - it was super cute and I couldn't resist turning it into a layout.
First up, cut out the two roses from the bottom of the Swoon patterned paper, leaving the title strip below. Layer this on top of some muslin and black card stock and machine stitch it all together messily.
Next cut down a piece of white card stock to 11 1/2" square, ink heavily around the edges and mat it onto a piece of black cardstock. Do the same for two pieces of patterned paper, one 8 1/2 x 9" and the other 6 1/2 x 4 1/2" and doodle a messy line around the edge of each with a black journalling pen. Cut some strips of Kraft cardstock and use the same border punch - and please ignore the orange semi-circles, they ended up in the bin somewhere around step 4 lol...
Once you're happy everything is in the right spot, mark the placement of each element with soft pencil marks then separate the papers and splatter them randomly with black ink.
Put the papers back together using the pencil marks as a guide and stick them down. Use foam tape between each piece making sure to leave enough room around the edges to slot things under later.
Now to build the first cluster. Cut out one of the smaller roses from Swoon, choose a couple of stickers and mat them onto black and use a die cut machine or punch to make leaves out of patterned paper and Kraft. Also grab a scrap of muslin, a safety pin, some string and another smaller strip of scalloped black cardstock. Build the cluster by placing the larger items at the bottom and working your way up. Add some foam tape between each layer and trim any unseen parts of the stickers to use in your other clusters. Thread the string through the safety pin, drape it over the cluster and add a few drops of clear drying glue to keep it in place.
Once you're happy with the first cluster it is just a case of using smaller pieces of the same elements to create the second and third.
Try and mix things up a bit by using the elements in different ways, such as using the string to tie the rose and leaves together rather than threading it through the safety pin but try not to add any new pieces.
All that's left now is to add the title, journalling and fill out the background with some small touches. Use a black pen to lightly trace over some of the gridlines on the Payday paper, punch some small butterflies and glue some tiny scraps of muslin randomly over the page.
And we're all done!
If you have a go at a layout based on this step by step, please do load it to our Facebook page, I'd love to have a look!
Lily Bee Supplies
Memorandum - Payday
Head over Heels - Swoon
Head 0ver Heels - Dreamy
Head over Heels - Crush
Head over Heels - Courting
Mixed Cardstock Stickers
Head over Heels
Cardstock, punches, muslin, string, safety pin, ink, lettering