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Heart This Place Layout | Diane Williams

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As soon as my new Heart Confetti 6×6″ Stencil from Paige Evans arrived, I knew I had to make something with it, but I wanted to challenge myself to not use white for my background. And Whimsical is the perfect collection for using ALL THE COLORS!

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To create my mixed media background, I started with a 12×12 red cardstock base and added clear gesso to the entire sheet before allowing it to dry completely. Then I covered the entire sheet with hearts using white modeling paste and the stencil. You can repeat the stencil four times in a grid pattern to cover the whole 12×12 page, allowing each pass to dry in between. Once all the hearts were completely dry, I used liquid watercolors in pink, red, and peach to tint the hearts pink and add a subtle texture to the cardstock.

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I trimmed down my stenciled cardstock to 10×10″ and then layered it with two different patterned papers from the collection. Adding a smaller border of a lighter pattern (Paper 21) allows the vibrancy of the mixed media to really shine and not get lost amongst the rainbow colors of the second pattern (Paper 10). A border of machine stitching added extra texture.

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I added some craft foam to the back of my photo before adhering it to a piece of white cardstock to mat it. Adding the foam gives a bit of height and dimension and the white border helps the photo to stand out from the busy background. I decided to place my photo towards the bottom left of the page to allow the most amount of my background to be seen.

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After layering floral die cuts under my photo on three sides, I adhered it to the background. Then I trimmed out several banners from Paper 08 to use as embellishments around my three floral clusters, adding foam to a few of them before adhering. Then I added a few more craft-themed die cuts and stickers to complete the three clusters.

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Keeping with the colorful theme of the page, I placed my title underneath my photo, using randomly colored foam alphas. The words nestled nicely in between my floral clusters.

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To create my little journaling spot, I trimmed the same banner shape out of the ‘B’ side of Paper 10 after to typed out my journaling on my typewriter. Then I used a gel pen to add a little border in the same style as the trimmed out banners.

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Color really is one of my favorite things to play with and this layout was no exception. Have you ever challenged yourself to use a particular color? How about trying not to use a color? Sometimes the results are worth trying something a bit different!

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4 Responses to "Heart This Place Layout | Diane Williams"

  • Christine
    August 9, 2019 - 8:39 pm

    Very nice!

    • Diane Williams
      August 14, 2019 - 3:33 pm

      Thank you!

  • Mary Craig
    August 10, 2019 - 6:51 am

    It was love at first sight when I saw this on Instagram. It’s exactly the right mix of colors, shades and textures for my taste. Thank you for sharing techniques!

    • Diane Williams
      August 14, 2019 - 3:33 pm

      Thank you so much!