Hey everyone, it’s Elsie back on the blog today! I’m so happy to be kicking off ‘Oh My Heart’ week here at Pink Paislee. Paige’s new collection is so inspiring; I’m having way too much fun creating with it. Let me talk you through how I used and was inspired by the collection for this 12×12 layout.
I’m the kind of person who you can give a piece of paper and a pen to, and within five minutes the page is covered in doodles! A lot of the time I end up with a complete mess, but I do find that if I’m stuck for inspiration I can spend a couple of minutes doodling and end up with new ideas for projects. It’s super handy!
The owl on this layout was drawn from one of those doodling sessions and I ended up loving it so much that I decided to paper-piece it and use it on a layout. The finished piece pretty much ended up as an exact replica of my drawing, as you can see from the original in the photo above.
Some of my favourite motifs from this collection are the woodland animals, like the foxes and birds, so I think the owl was really inspired by that theme. The owl is very cartoon-y looking, but I think that makes it all the more charming especially with that tiny little bow on its head!
The mix and match chipboard letter Thickers in the collection look adorable if you place them slightly haphazardly, it really adds to the cartoon-y and whimsical vibe of the layout. I tried to make this layout as fun as possible, as I’m documenting a photo of my Granddad with my brother and I, he was a really fun person and obsessed with gardening so I think this layout works really well in helping me tell that story.
I really enjoy fussy-cutting, especially when papers are super easy to cut out like the florals are on Paper 06. I nestled them behind the branch, owl, and photo because it brings all of those individual elements together.
The small florals from the puffy sticker sheet were a great addition in the flower clusters because they add some different textures.
I used a couple of my beloved butterfly punches on some of my scraps and clustered them over some areas which looked a little empty. I also used the small dot stamp from the stamp set with some pastel inks to add some more subtle texture and interest to my white background.
I never stray too far from my embroidery thread. It really helps me define the edges of my paper-pieced owl and add extra details like the eyelashes. If sewing isn’t your cup of tea but you want to recreate this idea, you can easily achieve a similar look with pens and pencils. I used a black fineline pen to outline my owl’s beak!
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you are inspired to use your own drawings in your scrapbooking. And make sure you check out the oh-so-gorgeous Oh My Heart collection and pop back on the blog each day this week for some more inspiration. Trust me, this collection is one not to be missed!