Sequins, Stencils, Stitching and Sweets...

Monday, July 1, 2013

Can I just say... this layout was so much fun to put together and you are never going to believe where my inspiration came from! However, I'll get to the inspiration a little later. Firstly I would like to mention that I created this layout using some of the gorgeous new Greatest View flair badges and with all the hash tagging going on around cyber-space... these little buttons are very appropriate and 'on trend'. The colours just happen to be yummy too! Speaking of colour, I decided I wasn't going to be afraid of using pastels and especially pink on a boys layout as Teddy is still small enough to make it work.

DESIGNED FOR | Greatest View
PROJECT | It's So Wonderful Layout




WHERE DID THE DESIGN IDEA COME FROM? | Fruit Tingles
I may need to set the scene here... Fruit Tingles were my all time favourite sweet as a child and I had a specific ritual in the process of eating them. I would open the entire roll and start with my least favourite colour which was always green and finishing with my favourite... the multi-colour! Now I haven't had these sweets for well over a decade so when I spotted them recently it was one of those moments where 'I just had to have them'. I sat down at my craft desk and started thinking about my layout and playing around with the product I was going to use... getting no-where fast I decided to had a treat. Well I'm not nearly as adept at opening Fruit Tingles as I was when I was about seven so ended up with sweets all over my desk... and right in front of me was my colour scheme and design all rolled into one!


HOW DID I INCORPORATE THE IDEA | The flair badges were just perfect to reflect the way the sweets had fallen onto my desk but I didn't think I could use more than three badges as it would have looked too heavy. So I raided my sequin stash and found the perfect combination of colours to complete the look I was after. I also added a few vellum snowflakes to represent the dandelion that Teddy was holding in the photo as this was the main theme to the layout. Underneath I used one of my new Heidi Swapp stencil's (6x6 Honeycomb) and a soft pink Pan Pastel.



I will never tire from hand-stitching as it is incredibly relaxing and it really does add a lovely finishing touch to the layout.
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21 comments:

  1. Sooo beautiful!! I just love it!

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  2. Would you be willing to share how you stenciled the pink hexagons without having any overspray?

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    1. Hi Carol, there's no overspray because I used Pan Pastels instead of mists. I'm not very clever when it comes to mists and I tend to get very messy so I stick with Pan Pastels as they are removable if I make a mistake.
      Hope this helps.

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  3. This is such a soft and pretty layout! Love the mix of textures and sparkle!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Looks good enough to eat. LOVE the sequins!

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  5. Delicious, delightful, delectable!

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  6. Oh wow!!! This is a stunner!!!!!!!!!! You are genius! Love it!!!! I'm almost speechless with excitement! :D

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  7. This is absolutely stunning! And knowing where your inspiration came from makes it even better!

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  8. I love these sweet colors ! Also love your hand-stitching, I also think this is very relaxing and the result is so great...
    Your layout really enhance your photo !

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  9. This is gorgeous. I love the soft colours and the placement of the sequins. Your hand stitching always looks so neat too.

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  10. Your LO is so sweet and so many great things to see on it! I love the scattering of sequins and the fun badges. The vellum makes great dandelion blossoms and the sweet photo works perfectly in the B&W. You are always so creative and inspiring.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely work! :)

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  11. Clever girl....who'd have thought Fruit Tingles would lead to this? It's totally gorgeous & those colours work sooo well...even for a little boy:):):)

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  12. Gosh this is so pretty. I don't like working nwith to much wet mediums and have never gotten the art of working with mists...maybe I need Pan Pastels?

    Needless to say, you have blown me away again with wherd you found your inspiration ;-)

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  13. This is a layout of perfection! The photo is absolutely adorable & I think the stitching adds such a nice touch!

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  14. Love this layout! It is featured on Heidi Swapp's Facebook Page! - Jennifer Evans; Heidi Swapp Media Team Leader

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  15. I really like everything about it. Thank you for taking the time to post!

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  16. OMGoodness...this is just stunning! Love the soft pastels (yep, I can certainly see the fruit tingles in there....they were my fav lolly as a kid too). The sequins & Greatest View buttons are so perfectly placed to balance the layout brilliantly. And there's that perfect stiching again...oh I wish I could stitch like that!! (how do you get it so perfect?...and is it normal cotton thread?)

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  17. Fabulous layout!!! Those candies look very alluring.

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  18. So soft and pretty! Love the hand-stitching detail! :)

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