Hey friends, it’s Lisa back on the blog and today I’m sharing a super cute New Year’s layout I made using Paige Evans’ Truly Grateful collection.
My starting idea was to use this Sparkles Background cut file by Paige, It’s a newer cut file and I love star backgrounds. I have a favorite paper from the collection, #2, that has this checkered pattern. I love how the cut file looks backed with that paper. All the stars and dots have different colors, but I really didn’t have to do much! I cut off the borders a bit to have the paper peek out from all the sides and create a frame. Then I zig-zag-stitched all the way around.
The second idea I had for this layout was to create a lucky pig. I don’t know how it is in the States, but here in Luxembourg and the countries around, the lucky pig is used to wish luck and happiness and all the best for the new year. So I created him using different patterned papers and then paper-piecing him together. I adhered the whole head to a white sheet of paper, pierced holes all the way around, and stitched the different parts of his head using matching threads.
When I placed him on my background, I thought it would look really cool if he had a very big bow. I created it using super bright colors. I love this mix of pink, purple, and green. When I had the bow placed under the face, I thought that he also needed something on his head. So I created this little hat, adding a flower.
After that, I added some details to my piggy using a white pen.
For my photo, I obviously used one from New Year’s Eve… (okay, honestly, it wasn’t New Year’s Eve… we took it a few days before, when I had a Pre-New-Year’s-dinner at my house). I backed it with some patterned papers and added it next to the piggy.
For my title, I used something very generic: Happy New Year! I used some of the Thickers from the collection and since I like using different fonts on a layout, I wrote the word “year” on a white piece of paper, cut it out, and backed it with a green patterned paper to make it stand out. I really love the look of that.
To finish the layout, I added a lot of fussy-cut flowers, creating three big clusters to balance the whole layout and have a visual triangle. I also added some embellishments like puffy stickers and epoxy hearts.
I hope you like the layout and are inspired to create your own little paper-pieced animal. Thank you so much for stopping by!