I think I love every single paper in the new 5th & Monaco collection, they are all so gorgeous. I wanted to challenge myself to use just one to create a page in my Traveler’s Notebook album because you don’t always have to use ALL THE THINGS to create beautiful pages.
I chose Paper 08 from the collection because it had both a lot of black & white graphic elements on one side and bright, bold colour on the other. I trimmed out both sides for my spread and then set aside the remaining pieces for fussy cutting.
I’m not a huge fan of fussy cutting, I just don’t have the patience. But I put on some of my favourite guilty-pleasure television and then sat down to fussy cut the floral elements that I had left on my paper off cuts. Because of the style of lines that these florals have, I didn’t need to be super precise with my cutting, which is exactly how I like it!
I turned my photo into black & white so that it would stand out on the bright background and then I adhered it to the background, adding three of the fun, gold photo corners from the embellishment pack. Then I started adding some of the fussy cut florals to the bottom and top of my spread. After I added one layer, I used craft foam to adhere a second layer. This added texture and definition and a few places to slip embellishments underneath later.
Next I added a title using a couple of words from the puffy word stickers. I chose to use only the black words so they would have enough contrast to stand out off the page. Then I tucked the three wood veneer butterflies from the embellishment pack underneath some of my florals to create a visual triangle. Doing this helps draw your eye around the page. I decided to add them upside down because I didn’t want to add any colour from their painted sides. Then I added a few little black gems and called the page done.
Here is a quick process video showing you how this page came together…
I love how bold and graphic this page is and just how simple it was to get the most out of that single sheet of paper!