Hey friends, it’s Elsie here! For today’s post I wanted to make a layout revisiting one of my favourite images to create and include on my projects: hot air balloons!
My ‘hot air balloon pages’ have become some of my all-time favourite layouts. I think they really suit my style of scrapping as there’s something so cute and magical about them, and so I was jumping with joy when Paige uploaded this cut file into her Silhouette store! I had a blast making this page, so let me talk you through everything…
I first off started by backing the hot air balloon cut file with lots of patterned papers. This did take a little time, but I enjoyed the process and it was a good chance to use a lot of the small pieces of scraps in my stash, that I couldn’t bear to throw away!
Incorporating different textures onto my pages is one of my favourite techniques, so I absolutely love using the Turn The Page ribbon pack on my layouts. I layered strips of the pink ric-rac ribbon over one another to create the band across the middle of the hot air balloon.
Initially I had backed that section with patterned paper, but it wasn’t working for me as it somehow made the balloon look too flat. So by layering the ribbon I was able to create loads more texture and I think it makes the balloon look really dimensional!
I also experimented with a bit of mixed media on my background. I wasn’t loving the idea of using plain white cardstock and I didn’t have any patterned papers which worked, so I decided to grab my watercolours and paint an ombre blue sky! Which thankfully wasn’t too difficult to do for a mixed media novice like myself.
I have been hoarding the chipboard Take Me Away houses for the longest time, but they’ve finally found a home on this page! Even though this was the only embellishment I used from a collection other than Turn The Page, the colours are very similar so they don’t look out of place.
If in doubt, fussy-cut! I wasn’t sure how to make this page come together so I spent some time fussy-cutting the gold foiled flowers and butterflies from papers in the 12×12 paper pad. This is a great way to create your own embellishments, and I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pretty flower cluster or two!