Getting started... the first step was to prepare my photo collage which I created using the free on-line editing package PicMonkey. I then printed the collage onto photo paper and then trimmed off the excess paper.
I placed the upturned photo collage onto the reverse side of the patterned paper and traced the size of the inner square and cut it out approximately 3mm inside the pencil line as you need to allow for a margin of space between the paper and the photo collage.
Again using the reverse side of the patterned paper I hand drew a heart shape (needed a few goes to get it right) and using a sharp craft knife I cut the heart away from the paper. Don't throw your heart away, you'll need it later.
I flipped over the patterned paper and using a sharp craft knife I cut it into horizontal strips removing approximately 3mm in between each strip to create the white space. Make sure you don't get them out of order.
Next step is to adhere the photo collage to the centre of the background cardstock using double sided tape and then adhere the heart strips in the centre of the collage using foam pop dots to give it a raised appearance.
To create the vellum heart I folded over a piece of vellum and traced the shape using the heart cut-out as a template. I used a paper piercer to add the stitching holes leaving an 8mm border.
Stitching and trimming time. Don't forget to leave a reasonable size opening to pour in the confetti.
I made most of the confetti using a hand-held heart punch and patterned paper in similar colours with a hand full of sequins thrown in to builk the heart up a little..
Once you've gently packed your confetti into the heart you can sew the remaining stitchings to close off the opening.
Adhere the heart to the layout using double sided tape. I left the ends of the thread attached to the heart for a whimsical finish.
To finish the layout you simply need to add your remaining choice of embellishments, alphas and perhaps a few splatters of ink.