how exciting is this – yes, i’m on the silhouette UK design team along with some other amazing talent so pop on over and take a look! at the moment we are all just introducing ourselves on their blog.
now anyone who has a silhouette machine will know that there is a free shape of the week which is great, the team will be showing you various ways in which we use that free shape. there is also a free shape of the week challenge which anyone can take part in, have a go it’s great!
this week the free shape is this:
it’s gorgeous, for me you can’t go far wrong with flowers!
sooooooo i made a layout using this shape and i have to let you know i took the looooonnnnnngggggggg road instead of the easy, but that’s me all over.
i downloaded the shape and then made it much larger so it almost filled the page as i wanted it to be the main feature. once the image had been cut i lifted the outside of the design (all that white space around the edge and placed it on to a piece of pale aqua/mint coloured 12 x 12 card stock. the cut leaves i took from the cutting mat and placed them within my 12 x 12 page.
now for the very silly part HA! i wanted to raise up the petals out of some patterned paper from the new maggie holmes bloom collection. the sensible thing would have been to run the shape through my silhouette again with patterned paper but oh no – not me! I ended up flipping over my patterned sheet and sticking each petal shape on to it and then cutting around them. don’t get me wrong this wasn’t hard to do, just fiddly! the benefit of doing this was that my petals ended up thicker and stronger for popping up. if i had just used my cameo the paper would have been quite thin for pop dots. now looking back i could have cut the shape multiple times and stuck all the petal cuts together to create a thicker shape, but it would have taken longer and would have been more wasteful. anyhow, all that said i raised up the petals and loved how it looked!
ok so once i had placed all my shapes i knew that i had to pop my journaling around the edge of the large pattern. i typed it up on a word document at sized it to 12 leaving a gap between each line of type. printed it and cut each word out individually, i posted a picture on instagram…..
each word was placed around the design so that it just fit – this was pure chance that i managed to run it all the way around HA!
now those eagle eyed among you will see that the flower had a centre part that is quite intricate – well i just ignored that part of the design and instead i used a circle punch to cut the photograph and then layered it up on some yellow paper and hand cut around it for a more uneven shape and repeated this three times. for texture i scruffed up the edges, popped it all on some foam tape and placed it on the layout.
to the right hand side i created a large cluster of ephemera from the collection, fussy cut some of the pretty butterflies and added a little tag with some gold twine. on the top of the petals of the flower i added gorgeous sequins from pretty pink posh which i got from the like for ever shop, just to add a touch of shine!
finally i mounted the layout on another piece of patterned paper from the collection just to add a frame and a little more pink!
here is the final layout…
i loved making this and was so happy with the way it turned out yay!
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