Hey Pink Paislee fans, it’s Elsie here and I’m SO happy to be back on the Pink Paislee DT for another year. It’s such a pleasure to share my crafty projects with you all each month, so I hope I can bring some fun inspiration to you over the next year!
For today’s project I have created a layout that is “quintessentially Elsie”. There’s a little of all my favourite things on this page, so let me talk you through it all…
First off: paper-piecing. This is one of my all-time favourite techniques as I can create any image that I would like to from patterned paper. There are several ways to do this, with and without a die-cutting machine, but for this layout I used this cut file and cut all the relevant pieces on my Cameo.
I love to mix and match collections, as I think it’s a great way to make the most out of your crafty supplies, so I combined papers from Oh My Heart and Turn The Page to create the bike. Luckily the pinks, yellows and turquoise colours from both collections work well together, and they also happen to be my favourite colour combination!
Another one of my favourite techniques is hand-stitching. Whilst hand-stitching does take a little time to do, it’s such an easy and inexpensive way to add texture and definition to your layouts; I think it’s well worth doing!
I stitched around the bike and balloons to help define them and make them stand out from the rest of the page. And I also stitched some details on the flowers…
Florals are a must have item in my stash, whether they’re fussy-cut from patterned papers or from embellishment packs, they seem to wind up on my layouts more often than not! However, I’ve run out of the large floral die-cut pieces from Turn The Page (nooooo!) so I printed my own from the Turn The Page elements packs, which can be found in the AC Digitals store.
Because these are digital elements I can size them however small or large I would like. I knew I wanted the flowers to create a border around the edges of my page, so I printed them quite large. This also meant that it was a lot easier to stitch some more intricate details onto the flowers to create a really cute effect!
And finally, one of my favourite parts of creating a layout is adding the finishing touches. These aren’t details you would necessarily see at first glance, but I feel they really bring my pages together. For example, on this page I fussy-cut a cat from an Oh My Heart paper and made it look like it was sitting in a basket on the bike, and I fussy-cut the Turn The Page butterflies and scattered them amongst the flowers, to help create fun and whimsical details.
Have a great weekend everyone!