Hi friends! It’s Emma on the blog today and I’m excited to be back sharing a page using the gorgeous Make a Wish collection. I absolutely adore the bright colours that are featured throughout the entire collection; there really is so much to love about the papers and embellishments and they will work for any kind of page. This happens to be special page to me because it’s about my sister-in-law who reallyyyy does not like her photo being taken; so you can bet that any time that I manage to get a photo of her actually smiling (at the camera!!) I have to make a page about it.
I created this page with the papers in mind. I tend to use white cardstock alot for my pages and generally I love it – but every now and then I like to go crazy and use alot of patterned paper. Trouble is, I couldn’t decide which to go with (seriously, sometimes it’s just so hard to decide which paper to pick when you love them all!) so I decided to use them all! I cut some of each of the papers into little 1×1 squares and then I used my Corner Chomper to round the corners on 3 sides of the squares. I stuck them on the page in a random pattern ensuring the rounded edges were all that was visible. I actually remembered to take a couple snaps as I was putting this together so you could see (a photo is worth a thousand words sometimes 😉 ):
And kept going until I had the whole page covered!
I just trimmed the excess paper from all sides of my paper using scissors. Originally I had planned on having the coloured papers fill the entire page but once I started laying my title/photo on the page I felt the title (I wanted to use one of the die-cut shapes) was getting a little lost with all the colours behind it, so I cut a few white squares and popped them on top of the existing at the top of my page (where I planned for the title to go).
To keep things simple, I centered everything on my page – title, photo and journaling (and a couple phrase stickers that fit with the theme!). Using alot of patterned paper on a page can make it look a little “busy” so I didn’t want to over-complicate things. And truth be told, keeping it all centered meant I didn’t cover the background too much – because I happen to think that background looks so pretty! 😉
I love creating little clusters around my photo’s but in this instance it was more out of necessity – behind that adorable camera flair is a blurred snap of Zack and Makayla (they were pushing each other so they would be first in line to “help” Cassie blow out the candles..). Rather than let the blurry images be a distraction it’s easier to just cover them up!
I popped a few of the die-cut tags behind the photo to give the photo a bit more dimension. And to balance that, on the other side I used one of the tab stickers (“love this”) on the top left of the photo.
I added stitching around my page to act as my border – I stuck with plain white cotton so it doesn’t distract you too much (given the background has alot going on already). Then I just added a few of the gorgeous enamel dots on the page (they are so pretty in person, my photo’s don’t do them justice) and it was done!
Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today – I hope it’s inspired you to try creating your own backgrounds using all the pretty papers!
Take care, Em xo