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Don’t Forget to Sparkle Layout | Diane Williams

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There’s nothing like sitting down for some fun, crafty time to create a layout that just makes you smile. Even better if that layout has your smiling face on it! I love documenting my selfies as a chance to get my own stories into my albums, but also as a chance to sit down and give myself some positivity and advice.

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For my background, I REALLY wanted to use something rainbow, but I didn’t want the background pattern to overwhelm my layout. So Paper 15 from the Horizon collection was perfect because it gave me a bright and light background with just a hint of rainbow that I could base the placement of my sequins on.

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Before I started working on my paper sequins, I wanted to add a bit more shimmer and sparkle to my layout, so I grabbed some metallic watercolors and added splatters, keeping the tones in the same place as what was already on the background paper. Once those watercolors dried, they really added a special shimmer to the page.

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To create my paper sequins, I first worked out which paper was going to go in which area. I found it helpful to print out my photo first so I knew the general area that would be taken up by that, and then I cut out various sized squares and laid them on the background to make sure I liked the color placement. I changed my mind a few times! But I managed to use up quite a few of my Horizon scraps as well as some of the smaller patterns from Paper 14. Once you have everything laid out, it can really help to take a quick photo on your phone to refer back to later.

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After I had my papers placed, I used my cutting machine to create the circles for my sequins, but you could very easily do the same thing with punches. Once I had all my circles cut, I hand stitched each one with embroidery thread so they looked like sequins. The thread gave them some nice texture and dimension but not too much bulk. Then all I had to do was glue them down with hot glue in the same places that I had originally decided. Here is where that reference photo can really come in handy!

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After adhering my photo with a bit of foam to add some dimension, I added my title with two different alphas – a smaller foam alpha from the Pick-Me-Up collection, as well as these fun chipboard alphas from Horizon, which I arranged in rainbow order.

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Here’s a quick process video to show you exactly how this page came together.

So don’t forget to put your own face on a page every once in a while. And if you do, you might as well make it as colorful and positive as you can!

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One Response to "Don’t Forget to Sparkle Layout | Diane Williams"

  • Christine Kiehl
    May 8, 2019 - 11:47 am

    Very cool layout! Very creative sequins!