Hello there! It’s Mendi here today with a Spring layout all about blooming flowers! For almost a decade we faithfully visited a local Tulip Festival, but sadly we haven’t made it for the past few years (something I think we need to remedy soon). I wanted to create a special layout capturing the fun we had the last year we attended and I decided creating a beautiful floral grouping with the ephemera flowers was the perfect way to do this!
I was looking for a way to fit more photos on my page so I chose to string a set of mini Polaroids along the bottom of my page. These were originally 2 full-sized 4×6 photos which I ruthlessly cropped down into (3) 2×2 inch squares. I love how downsizing them put the focus back on my family’s cute little faces and left me more room to include fun embellishments. I adore the fun triangle paper clips that came with the Photo Garland kit. I often include banners on my pages so it’s nice to have a fresh way to mix things up!
To bring my flowers to life and give them a more 3-D look, I chose to layer several of the flower die-cuts in the smaller sizes using foam tape. I also added soft chalk ink to my edges to make them pop and stand out when stacked together.
For my bumblebee trail I was really struggling to draw the perfect one directly on my background paper. After several attempts and erasing, I decided to experiment on printer paper. I loved the freedom this gave me to play without pressure. When I had one I was finally happy with I simply cut it out like a pattern piece, laid it in place and used my paper piercer to poke holes along my homemade pencil line template.
Here’s what my page looked like after all my holes were poked.
From there I took 3 strands of embroidery floss and stitched through my holes. Initially I wasn’t sure if I wanted to skip every other line or not so I started with a running stitch. However, in the end I didn’t feel like it stood out enough on my page so after reaching the end, I turned around my stitch and went back the other direction for a solid look.
Here’s one last look at my final page. I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some Spring photos and create some floral bouquets of your own. 🙂
HOMEGROWN FOLIAGE DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK
HOMEGROWN HOME SWEET HOME DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK
HOMEGROWN NATURE WALK DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK
HOMEGROWN FAMILY RULES DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK
HOMEGROWN QUILT DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK
HOMEGROWN FRONT YARD DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK
HOMEGROWN ICON & PHRASE CARDSTOCK STICKERS
HOMEGROWN VANILLA FOAM THICKERS ALPHA STICKERS
HOMEGROWN BEES PUFFY STICKERS
HOMEGROWN EPHEMERA FLOWERS PRINTED PIECES
HOMEGROWN PHOTO GARLAND KIT