Today, we have our new monthly project sheet up over on the Bella Blvd blog. For our June project sheet, I worked with the Sunshine & Happiness collection.
You can view and download Bella's Sunshine & Happiness project sheet RIGHT HERE.
I had a ton of fun creating this layout. I've shared a few projects recently, that had accordian pinwheel flowers on them. But the ones on this layout were actually the first ones I had ever made. Which makes sense, because I do these layouts a month ahead of when we release the project sheets.
The patterned papers in the Sunshine & Happiness collection are so bright and colorful. I wanted them to really stand out on the layout, so I used my favorite grid paper, from the Family Dynamix collection, as the base of my page. Once I had a good idea of where my photos, title, and flowers would be, I sprayed a bit of orange mist to the top left corner of my page and the bottom right corner, just to add a little splash of color.
It's kind of hard to see, but I added some pink paint around the edges of my photos. I haven't done that in ages. Because I left a white border around my photos, after printing them, I wanted to help them stand out a bit against the white grid background paper. I just used my finger to swipe the paint around the edges, and I didn't try to make it neat and perfect.
I also took a few torn pieces of designer tape, folded them over the sides of the "on a summer afternoon" sticker and also my journaling strips, and then stapled them to secure the pieces.
Then there was the flowers. Like I mentioned, this was my first time making these, so I tried a few different widths on my paper strips, because I wasn't sure how big the flowers would be. I ended up using a fun mix of different size flowers.
After I made all of the flowers, I arranged them in the bottome left corner of the page, overlapping them as needed. I used lots of glue dots and pop dots to adhere them. Then I dug out a mix of stickers and chipboard pieces to add to the centers of each flower. If you happen to notice that I left the date off of that chipboard piece, just pretend that it's really there. I forgot to write the date on there, before taking these photos ;)
One thing I love to do when using the stickers from these collections, is to adhere them to scraps of cardstock and cut around them with scissors. I love to add stickers to my projects using pop dots, and this is an easy way to hide the stickines of the "sticker", and turn it into a die cut of sorts.
If you missed my little tutorial from a few weeks ago, you can find out how I created the accordian pinwheel flowers in THIS POST.