Hi guys.... I'm back with another 12x12.... lol I've been far too busy making process videos and neglecting my blog. Things have been hectic on the farm with Spring calving ramping up and being all too time consuming I have struggled to find a few minutes to even create for myself. It's slowly winding down now with all of our keeper calves trained on the automatic feeders and the last 20 or so calves (yet to be born) trickling in... 1 or so a day. All of that means for a much more relaxed atmosphere on the farm, add to that it's now officially spring (go figure, we were actually calving in winter!!!! It feels like it starts earlier every year!) so more often than not the sun is shining, and I am slowly catching up on sleep!
But enough about me let's talk about my layout....
So with all that said and considering the softness and light of the photo I wanted the title to reflect the moment and more importantly the feeling. Hence "let your light shine", I really needed to portray the strength that both Eva and Adrianne had during this time. (Can you tell by now that this photo means an incredible deal to me... I'm welling up a little just writing this.)
My choice of collection was very much intentional as well, Paige Evan's Turn the page collection is all about new beginnings, the journey of life and is oh so positive, which is what I needed to feel while creating this page.
My starting point was a new cut file created by Paige Evans which is available from the Silhouette Store and I quickly realised that each of the flowers fit perfectly into one of her "signature" patterned papers (you know the ones with squares of every single pattern from the collection). Building on that thought, rainbow (well as rainbow as I could get) seemed to be a natural choice of deciding what would back each flower.
So taking sometime (a rather looooong time) I backed all of the flowers.
Intent on using white paper as my base I decided the cutfile was not "popping" from the page enough and chose Nuvo embellishment mousse in Mother of Pearl as a suitable item to bridge the gap between the cut file and the white paper. Just a little of this gorgeous soft gold was needed so I used my Kaisercraft 12x12 Floral lace stencil to add it at the top, bottom, left and right sections of the page where the cut file will sit.
Once it was dry (this stuff dries pretty quick) I adhered my cut file to the page with some glue and fun foam, just to prop it up slightly and create some shadows.
My title was created using the blue and gold foiled alphas from the collection as well as a gold glitter script word that I found in my stash (ever had one of those moments when you hunt and hunt for something you know you have then when you finally give up it suddenly appears.... this word was my moment lol). Shine! Perfect title don't you think?! Scattering just a few other puffy stickers around the page and it is done.
The beautiful thing about cut files are that you can really make them the star of the show, and more often than not little to no other embellishing is needed.
So with that being said.... I just want to take a moment to appreciate all of the children out there affected by Congenital Heart Disease. I wish them all well for their lifelong battles, hope for successful on going surgeries and I want to above all praise my amazing sister for the strength and determination she displays every single day being mum to a heartkid, and her tireless efforts to throw herself so selflessly into raising money for Heartkids Hawkes Bay when she saw there was a desperate need for support for these families and the children affected by CHD, because she of course was now one of them. Please do take a minute to pop over to her blog and have a read it's not all doom and gloom, there is some funny stuff.
And as always I will leave the link to my process video on youtube below.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting x