I’ve pulled out a classic, from March 2016. It’s Paige’s very first collection, Fancy Free. Lucky me, my sweet friend Nadine of Nadine Karen Designs, gifted me her collection. It’s bright and Bold!
I fell in love with the coloured transparencies in the ephemera package. It’s no longer in scrapbook stores, but you can buy the entire collection at AC Digitals and see Paige flip-thru the collection on her YouTube video. All the ephemera and pattern papers on my layout today are Fancy Free.
I knew I wanted to feature the gorgeous transparent polaroid frames and thought it would look best on white. But also wanted some subtle colour on the background and Paige’s Faux Flowered Background cut file was perfect ! After cutting it out of white AC Cardstock on my Cameo 3, I used my sewing machine to add a few vertical rows of white stitching, leaving the ends of the threads loose. I love the way all the colours of Paper 10 peak through but doesn’t overwhelm the transparent polaroid frames. To add a little more colour and texture, I splattered with some coordinating paints and a small brush.
After taping the frames directly to the background, I popped up my photos in the openings with foam tape. I really love how you can see the cut file through the frames. The edge of my photos were distressed with a sanding block to reveal a bit of white then gilded with Silver Stickles. Guess what? I love sparkly things, ha!
What’s a garden without pretty flowers? Mine are all made with Paige’s Layered Flower & Leaf Cut Files. I used four; #319449, #319450, #319451 and #319453. All cut out with AC Pastel Cardstock and AC Tropical Cardstock. I wanted the flowers to be several tones of the same colour then topped each off with black centres to match the floral ephemeral in the collection. I left some open spaces here and there between the floral clusters so it wouldn’t look too busy. Some teeny-tiny fussy cut flowers from Paper 11 connected the spaces nicely.
A sprinkle of butterflies were made with three of the 2×2 squares from Paper 6. They’re made with one of the butterflies from Paige’s Butterflies Background cut file. Once the cut file was on my mat in Silhouette Design Studio, I released the compound path and copied one of the butterflies onto a 2nd mat. Then made 2 extra, each one being a bit smaller so all three could nest together.
Finally, a ‘fence’ of silver metallic thread was chain stitched around the entire garden.
Good luck with your own gardens this summer!
See you again soon.