Hey Pink Paislee friends! It’s Elsie here today and I’m really excited to share this layout with you all. Flowers are definitely one of my favourite embellishments to use, so there’s no way that they’ll be missing off of my more masculine pages. Let me talk you through how I used them on this layout about me and my brother.
If you know me, you’ll know that I’m definitely a pastel colour kinda girl and I gravitate towards more traditionally feminine colours. But recently I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with navy, so I’ve been itching to use the Sweet Freedom collection. This layout was the perfect layout to do so because I scrapped a photo of me and my little brother and his favourite colour is red, so Sweet Freedom worked perfectly!
Here is the page I created:
Limit your colour scheme. Navy and red were my go-to colours on this layout, although there are lighter red and blue tones in the collection that would work well for more feminine layouts, I made sure to kept it to the darker shades so I wouldn’t be tempted by the softer colours!
There are several floral patterns in the Sweet Freedom collection, and I especially love the flowers on Paper 02. The deep navy background with pops of red and white flowers is divine. It’s a good compromise paper because it’s got more traditionally masculine colours but with a really beautiful and feminine floral design; I was immediately drawn to it.
Disguise it: The little aeroplane I paper-pieced is the main focal point of the layout so by using the floral paper as its base meant that, in a way, you initially don’t see the flower design but see the shape of the aeroplane and the main colour scheme of the layout.
Containing the floral paper into one design element means that it’s not too over-powering, but it also gives you permission to create small clusters of flowers in other areas of the layout to make the whole design feel cohesive.
Don’t go overboard: I have been known to say to myself: ‘this layout just needs one floral piece’ and within ten minutes the entire layout is covered in as many flowers as possible! By keeping the floral clusters to a couple of other areas and nestling them within two of the bigger design elements (the photo and clouds), they’re not overpowering or distracting, but add just enough “flower power” to satisfy my crazy love for flower embellishments!
The text on the eagle didn’t match with the theme of the layout, so I simply coloured over it with a black pen. If embellishments don’t work with your theme, don’t be afraid to adapt them to work for you.
I’m completely obsessed with the copper foiled stars on the vellum specialty paper. I fussy-cut a few of them out and dotted them around the ‘sky’, they add such a lovely touch of sparkle and work really nicely with the dimensional stars.
I say go for it, if you like using florals on your layouts, you can totally make them work on more masculine pages. The end result is something I really love and I hope you will do too!
To see how the whole layout came together, check out my process video below: