Hey everyone,

Raquel Bowman here today with a layout share using the gorgeous Hello Lovely collection. I thought this collection went beautifully with the series of photos that I took for my daughters first birthday cake smash. In this picture she is holding and eating a chunk of the super sweet icing. I wanted to document how she has a sweet tooth just like her Mummy!

I followed a circular type design on this page. To create this page I used my maths compass to draw a circle onto the Glimmer patterned paper. I then adhered the majority of the circle to the upper left side of my page. I flipped my page over and cut off the excess in a clean straight line with a craft knife as I knew I wanted to use the remaining piece. I then adhered the remaining piece to the bottom right corner of the page, folding up the bottom to create a pocket which would hold my journaling. All of the circular pieces were secured to the page with a sewing machine and white thread.

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I had been eyeing off the ‘sweet’ word in the ephemera pack since receiving this collection. I adore the font and knew it would work perfectly within a title. My title combines three different types of embellishment; ‘hello’ from the wood veneer, ‘sweet’ from the ephemera pack and ‘tooth’ spelled from the mini alphas on the alphabet sticker sheet. I layered some more of the die cuts from the ephemera pack underneath the ‘hello’ veneer to ground it to my layout.

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I tend to add 3 clusters to my page, or work in threes in general. For example 3 small embellishments; 2 enamel dots and one veneer as pictured below, or three small groups of embellishments in a triangle pattern. An easy way to adhere the ephemera tabs to your layout is to simply staple them to the page.


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I created a journaling tag using the Flower Patch patterned paper and a tag die from my stash. To make sure my journaling tag did not fall out of the left side of the pocket I added a cluster of embellishments. The cluster contained a mixture of veneer, die cut ephemera, flair, a cut out from the Lucky Dip patterned paper and enamel dots. I used staples also to secure some of these to the page, I love that they look cute but they also keep things in place.

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I typed my journaling on a small portable typewriter I own. I love it as it is aqua in colour but also because it makes adding journaling to my page just so easy! I can feel whatever type of paper, vellum, card stock through it and journal on it instantly. Obviously it does not contain the joys of spell check like a computer but I just totally adore the look of a typewritten font and I must say I love the sound of the clicking keys too!

I added some black ink spots to my page using my Heidi Swapp Black Colourshine. It helped to bring in the pops of black within the embellishments, title and patterned paper.

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As you can see from the image below I added a doily and vellum from my stash. I love the softness and layers that it adds to my pages and I cannot seem to create a page without a combination of them. I added the photo mat onto the page with foam tape to add a little pop.

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I hope this page has inspired you today. I have seen some sneaks of the design teams work using the two latest collections and boy there are some gorgeous pages coming up to be shared on the blog so make sure you check back in!

Raquel x

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