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.