I wanted to create a layout that really focused on this gorgeous photo of my nephew, so eager and full of personality. Creating a sparkly forest for this little wild thing using papers and embellishments from the Truly Grateful collection was the perfect solution.
To begin, I created my shaker portion of the page. I cut a strip of Paper 17, roughly 1/3 of the page wide. Then I grabbed some plastic packaging and used my sewing machine to attach the two together, only stitching around three sides. I created a sequin mix from my stash of sequins, choosing to focus on the green and orange colours of the Truly Grateful collection. I added the sequins to the top of my shaker and then used my sewing machine to close the opening. Once the sequins were nicely distributed, I could attach the shaker to my background with double sided adhesive.
Then I grabbed Paper 07 and got to work fussy cutting out trees. Again, I focused my cutting on the green and orange trees but I also threw in some blue, peach, and yellow to enhance the colour scheme. These are easy shapes to fussy cut so it didn’t take long to end up with a nice little pile.
Once all my trees were cut, I went about arranging them in a forest around my photo, which I mounted on craft foam. Some of the trees were glued directly to the background but others were adhered with more craft foam. I was aiming to create the illusion of near and far to give dimension to the layout.
I added my title using the alphas from the collection, again choosing only the green/yellow/orange ones. I ran into a little trouble because I didn’t have an “i” left in those colours, but an upside down exclamation mark did the trick nicely!
Lastly, I added a few woodland creature around the forest and filled in any spaces with puffy sticker dots. I added a small line of journaling in a gold gel pen under the title and called my layout done.
Here is a short process video to show you how this layout came together…
I’m not a huge fan of fussy cutting but this was such an easy and simple way to take a paper and create my own magical forest, I just might try it more often!