Monday, March 5, 2012

Cute is Cool Layout

Another layout to share today. I'm definitely in a scrapbooking groove these days, and since that doesn't happen that often, I've been letting myself go with the flow because goodness knows sometimes it's hard to sit down and get myself to finish some layouts!

This is kind of a different layout for me. I tend to scrap events, and this is more a moment. Still, I can never choose just one photo, so my simple solution is Flip Flaps. I just love these and in this instance it allows me to keep my page uncluttered.....just two photos, but actually incorporate five of them.

There's a lot going on in this layout, I did some experimenting, so let me walk you through it all.

The background paper was created using the negative image from some flower cuts for this card. I had actually die cut the whole sheet, but didn't want to have the pattern on the full sheet of cardstock, so I used some scrap paper to mask the extra cuts. To make sure that the sheet stayed in place when I was misting it, I just applied Bonding Memories adhesive and let it dry slightly. This makes it kind of tacky and not permanent, so I could put it down and then pull it up. For the mist, I used chocolate reinker and a spray pen.

The little flower embellishments were additional die cuts cut at 1 1/4" and 1". In order to get a more defined stitch image (and cut down on the amount of threads I had to cut, I used my piercing tool to mark the center of the flower. Then I started sewing from that point out to the edge, lifted the presser foot and turned it around, and went back over those stitches.

Since the stitching adds bulk to the embellishments, I ran them through my Xyron. This helps to flatten them a little and ensures even coverage of adhesive.

I also ran the letters through the Xyron. Cute and is were cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge and the cool is the font/shadow combination from Teresa Collins' Sophisticated cartridge.

The first photo of this post shows the base layout. Below are photos of the layout with the Flip Flaps open and closed. Sorry for the glare - it's always hard to get good photos when the page protectors are on.

For the journaling, I misted another piece of 4x6 cardstock and added a decorative element to that and the bottom photo on the 'closed' layout using some additional negative scraps from the flower embellishments and a fancy stitch on the sewing machine to dress them up.

A helpful hint for Flip Flaps: instead of just sliding the pictures/journaling in, add a little adhesive between them so that they are flush and you don't see an inside edge peeking out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock: Colonial White, Hollyhock, Chocolate
Ink: Chocolate
Other: Cricut Art Philosophy and Teresa Collins Sophisticated cartridges, Sewing Machine, Xyron 5" Creative Station, Bonding Memories Adhesive, Love My Tapes Adhesive, 4x6 Flip Flaps, Pigma micron pen


  1. so adorable...I love how you did the flowers...

  2. Oh what a wonderfully creative layout. I think it's fantastic that you yield to your mojo and let your creativity take you in the direction you feel is right...and BOY, is this layout right. Love your special stitching touches to your flowers. It's such a great addition to them.

  3. Beautiful layout and sweet pics, Miriam! Love how you used the negative cut to create your background and the stitching on the blooms is wonderful!