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Love that smile | Wild at Heart | Emma Wood

Hi scrappy friends!  Emma on the blog today to share my page for our “Hearts & Flowers” theme on the blog this week.  I have to confess; the page I’m about to share was not my first attempt for today’s blog post.  I thought I’d be clever and challenge myself to make a page focusing on flowers as opposed to hearts.  Hearts are one of my favourite shapes (along with stars) and I use them often so I figured it’d be fun to focus on the flowers instead.  So off I went on my merry little way, started a page, didn’t like it so took it apart and tried again…thought I’d finished attempt #2…but…I still don’t like it.  HA!

So back to the drawing board, a.k.a. create a layout using HEARTS!  Hearts I can do. 🙂

I used Wild at Heart for my page; I figured if I couldn’t create a page featuring flowers then I sure as hell could use papers that had flowers on them…but then I turned the papers over and used the patterns instead, lol…seriously I drive myself nuts sometimes…

To start I went with white cardstock and used a pencil to draw a heart shape on my page.  Then I pulled out my trusty little heart punch and went nuts.   I stuck with 3 patterned papers to minimise the heart section looking too busy (bonus being I like the mint/pink/white/black combo – I used Patchwork, Double Dot and Memento) and filled my heart shape with the mini hearts in a random pattern.  I gave the hearts a little bend in the centres so they’re not sitting completely flat on my page and used a glue pen to stick them down in the middles.  Once they were all dry I machine stitched over the top to outline the heart shape (and make sure they won’t pop off!).

For my title I went with the big “Hello” chipboard (I LOVE that script!) and teamed it with a few little word stickers underneath.  To give the chipboard piece a bit of dimension I actually popped a few foam dots behind it (I know this chipboard has an adhesive back but what can I say, I like things sitting off the page, hehe).  I didn’t feel this one needed a story to go with the photo (I literally used this photo on my page because I love his smile and it’s in my title!) so I just used a date stamp underneath and called it done.

To reduce a bit of the white space I had (and there was alot of it!) I added a border at the top and bottom using the grey woodgrain pattern paper (b-side of Artisan) then added a bit more machine stitching on both pieces to tie them in with what I’d done around my heart shape.

To add a little sparkle to my page I added a few of the pink enamel dots and grouped them with the pink heart shapes (mostly tucked behind so it’s just a little sparkle here and there!).

From where I started with a flower page (and the frustration of “failing”) to where I’ve finished using hearts, I have to say I’m super happy with the end result.  I love challenging myself to do things outside my norm but sometimes they just don’t work out and instead of kicking myself about it, I moved onto doing something I do like and that’s OK!  Maybe next time I’ll master those flowers 😉

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today, I hope this inspires you to create your own page using heart shapes, it really is a such a easy one to work into any layout!  Take care, Em xo

By | 2017-09-20T17:00:59+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments

About the Author:

Emma lives in country Victoria and shares her home with her parents and her son, Zack (who, she says "you'll see in almost all of my layouts"). During the day she works full-time as a Project Manager for a signage company and most nights you'll find her sitting in her craft room, listening to 80's music (no laughing!) and creating something...or maybe on the computer surfing Pinterest. Emma has been scrapbooking for almost 6 years, and says " I can't imagine not spending my time in this craft, it truly makes me happy". Outside of crafting Emma has a huge love of (not necessarily in order) coffee, reading, Pinterest, long drives, Sunday markets, singing loudly (completely out of tune), taking photos and most importantly, her family. Oh, did we mention she loves coffee? And donuts. Preferably together.

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