Hands up if you have a hoard of scrap or left over pieces of patterned paper and no idea what to do with it? Yes, that's me (Melinda) putting my hand up too! Today I want to share a way to use up some of those papers, especially if they have lots of fun pictures and sentiments.
I must admit I love nothing more than sitting down with a pair of scissors and fussy cutting cute pictures from my papers. Don't get me wrong, I really love my electronic cutting machine as well but I find the whole process of hand cutting a very relaxing pass time. So although this layout was a little more labor intensive than usual, I loved the process and I'm really happy with the end result. It's still quite clean and simple yet I have managed to use up lots of left overs to create the centre circle.
Next came the technical part of the design... creating my circle. Well actually I was being a little bit jovial there because there is nothing technical about placing a dessert bowl onto a sheet of paper. The bowl just happened to be the perfect size for what I was after.
Whenever I'm creating a design like this I use a hand-held embossing tool to trace around my shape which leaves a slight imprint on the paper rather than an actual pencil line. You can use pencil if you like but make sure you press lightly so it is easily removed with an eraser.
Next step is to fill the circle with all the little bits and pieces. A good rule-of-thumb is to place the largest pieces down first making sure they are balanced evenly across your design. Then it's simply a matter of filling in the blanks until your circle takes shape.
After positioning my photos and journaling I added a few rows of stitching and embellishments to finish the layout. The sequins were added to keep with the circle theme and to continue the colours from the centre to the outer edge of the layout drawing the eye out to the photos.
I went a little crazy during my fussy-cutting and had quite a pile of pieces left over so I decided to create a card using a similar approach.
Patterned paper: Spicy Social Soup/1 Part App, 4 Parts Hashtags, Bite Size Bits, Taste of Texts; Birthday Bisque/Cup of Candles, Smidgen of Sweets
Coordinating Label Stickers: Spicy Social Soup, Birthday Bisque, Sightseeing Stew
Soup Labels: Spicy Social Soup
Wise Words: Gray Smile, Yellow Smile
Alphabeans: Diced Denim, Gumbo Green, Kut Kraft, Organic Orange, Roma Red, Tart Teal, Yarn Yellow
Die-cut Cardstock: Spicy Social Soup, Birthday Bisque
Placemats: 12 x 12 White Mini Journaling Frames
Other: White card stock, Embroidery Thread, Doodlebug Sequins and Sprinkles.