Hello there friends,
I hope you guys are doing well! Can you believe it's the last day of September already?! It's insane how months just fly by :(.
I'm stopping by today to share a new layout with you that I've made for the Paige Evans Design Team. When I saw the new Go the Scenic Route collection, the paper that caught my eye first was the rainbow square paper! I right away thought I'd need to cut some shapes from it once I get my hands on it. So here we are! I went with one of my favorite shapes (after circles), hexagons. I have an old Fiskars hexa punch, it really doesn't cut great but for my purposes today, it was totally fine. If I had wanted to have nice clean edges, I would have used dies.
The size of this punch is perfect for this paper! I punched out all my hexagons, then spent some time on distressing the edges. I don't distress often; I prefer nice, clean edges in most cases, but I needed some dimension and texture here. I don't own a distressing tool, I used to use my nails back when I started scrapbooking haha! These days I use my Tim Holtz scissors (literally the best scissors out there) to do this, because one side is serrated so it does a great job with minimal effort.
I then played around with placement - but more often than not, I end up arranging my hexagons like this, kind of scattered around the page. I wanted to make sure they are grouped by colors too. I didn't have enough dark blue and since it's my favorite color, I just needed to add more - hence the blue spot paper (which by the way comes with a navy foiled look in the 6x8 pad, unfortunately I didn't have it back when I made this layout - that navy foil is absolutely gorgeous!)
Once I was satisfied with the look, I started to glue things down onto my background paper. I chose a white ledger paper so the colors pop more. I had to turn it upside down because there was a blue text in the top left corner which I wanted to cover up - originally, I didn't have hexagons in that corner. In hindsight, I really didn't need to do this but hey, it's easy to be wise after the event ha!
I alternated between liquid and foam adhesive, to create a bit of variation and dimension. I layered some tissue paper behind my photo, then glued it down. I tucked in some labels here and there and added a chipboard geo tag on top of my picture.
I kept my embellishing at a minimum - I mainly used chipboards and a few die cut pieces from the ephemera pack. I love adding lots of embellishments, but lately I'm having trouble doing so on my boys layouts - it's a whole new experience scrapping a tween! I used to make such sweet, colorful and fun layouts for my little boy but now that he is so big, I struggle, there's no doubt about it! Awww time, will you please stop?!
Finally, I added my date and wrote up my journaling. Done!
I hope you like this colorful layout, and I could inspire you in some small way!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back with another post soon (possibly with an extra surprise, but that depends on a bunch of things still hehe! Watch this space!).
Have a lovely day! Stay safe!
Go the Scenic Route collection: Paper 19, Paper 21, Paper 12, Chipboard Stickers, Ephemera Die Cuts
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