Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today capping off ‘Free For All’ week on the Pink Paislee blog. Haven’t all this week’s projects been amazing!?! Today I have created a layout for you all and I just couldn’t go past using the Turn the Page collection and teaming it with a cut file which is designed by Paige Evans in the Silhouette online store found here.
Here is a process of how this layout came together:
The subject of my layout is my two kiddies. As you can see by the photo, it’s not a picture perfect shot. My daughter is looking all innocent and beautiful posing for the camera while trying to wrestle her little brother to look at the camera. Some might say slightly strangling him lol, in a loving way of course! On this page I wanted to document that getting a picture of these two is not always sunshine and roses, that most of the time the situation is like the photo here and the ‘good’ shots may be the one of 50 photos I took at that time.
The title is made up of the hello in the cut file and the ‘real life’ is the stickers from the new Paige Evans sticker book. I used my curved American Crafts Thickers alignment guide to help me get the perfect curved title under the cut file. I was happy with how easy that was to achieve with the help of the guide.
To frame my photo I decided to use the ‘hello’ cut file by cutting it on Paper 22. I love that through that patterned paper I was able to bring in so many colours. I actually cut the design onto white cardstock first and then offset the design to cut on the pattern so it gave the white cut file a border. It is a fun way to help your cut files really stand out. My photo is nestled within the circle so it acts like a frame around it. I decided to back the photo on the same patterned paper that I cut the cut file on, but chose the more softer colours.
To embellish the layout, I created clusters on either side of the photo. To do this I used one of the die cut ephemera floral pieces. I was excited to find the new Paige Evans sticker book which is jam packed with 30 pages of stickers contained a sticker of the same floral ephemera piece so I used that on the other side.
I added a cute heart and tag to some of the negative space on the bottom right corner of the photo. The ‘love this’ tag was from the Journaling Spots pack and a bit of a tongue in cheek comment for the photo.
I had a lot of story to tell on this page and decided to keep it as a somewhat central design and run the journaling down the centre of the page underneath the photo. I did what I always do and typed the journaling on my typewriter and cut it out in strip form. Typing my journaling on a separate paper and cutting it into strips gives me the flexibility to change the position of the journaling if I am not happy with where I intended to place it.
I couldn’t go past Paper 17 to border the whole layout, the red pattern really makes the layout pop. I also added some machine stitching for detail. A layout doesn’t quite feel complete without adding stitching to it.
I hope you have enjoyed my post for this week, it was a fun theme to create to as it meant we could use and create whatever we wanted to share with you all. It was fun to share a behind the scenes look at my kiddies and the reality behind some of those ‘picture perfect’ photos that I may normally document.