Larkindesign CT | May Release + 12×12 Layout

Welcome back everyone! I have realized that my supposed one week break off my blog has turned into 21 whole days of not posting anything. So I’m back today, and I will also be back everyday this week through the end of the weekend to share and catch up on all the stuff I want to bring here for you all.

Today I am here to share the May release at Larkindesign, titled “Ordinary Moments“, and a 12×12 mixed media layout I created using the papers and cut file for this month. Here is a quick look at the collection, which you can purchase here. Plus, I must mention that the cut files are available for FREE all month long!!

This months collection has such fun, yet unusual colors, like the maroon reds, corals, light minty blues and awesome pops of blacks and whites. There’s so much variety to this collection that it can be used for both male or female layouts. I love having that flexibility and I loved having different colors other than pink to add to my projects.

And did you see that floral cut file? No words! Seriously.

So, for the layout I am shearing today I am using the patterned papers and two cuts of the Poppy cut file. Here’s a quick look at it before I go into the details:

You guys, I love this layout so much!! It’s definitely got my personal version of mixed media, which I am not an expert at, but the background is still light enough to make the cut file pop off the page.

To add that texture below my photo I started off by splattering some mists in a few matching colors: mint, yellow, pink, and silver. I then went in with one awesome stencil with gorgeous vines and leaves and used some white modeling paste and some of my Vicki Boutin Silver texture paste. These elements helped my cut file have some dimension under it, since I didn’t back it with patterned paper.

After finishing off my base, I went in and added ripped strips of some of my favorite patterned papers around the entire edges of my page to create an awesome textured “frame” and added stitching all around the edges.

I love how my cut files sit on top of those edges as it makes them almost pop off! Haha

Once my base was done, I got right to the fun part of picking my photograph and embellishing. I picked a photo of myself that I had recently taken while working on a birthday book project.

And like I mentioned before, I used two cuts of the cut file to cover such a broad area. The cutfile was half the size and before I stuck them, I just layered them so that one end showing would be the opposite of the other, at each corner. I didn’t back my photo, either, so I just kind of tucked under the cut file. So. Many. Layers.

I was trying to figure out how I could add some embellishing without bringing in other products and I decided that I would go my favorite route and fussy cut the floral elements that were in the patterned papers I was using. There were two cute versions of poppy flowers, so I cut the maroon ones and the blue ones. And in order to add some matching contrast, I cut up some vines and leaves off a Crate Paper Good Vibes patterned paper.

I just created three clusters around my photo with the delicate-looking fussy cut elements. Here are some close ups of those:

The very final touches were some punched and layered butterflies using the patterned papers. I mean, you can’t have florals without butterflies, riiiight? LOL. And my title was also from Vicki Boutin’s Thickers.

I love this title: Happy Is Good. Those are words to live by and it’s so much fun and therapeutic to scrap something like this for myself.

So, that’s how this layout same together! It took me about 3 days to finish it. At one point I called it done, but little did I know I was only halfway done with it, haha.

I urge you all to take time to create a beautiful therapeutic version of scrap by picking a photo of yourself and making an encouraging layout!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, that’s all from me! If you are loving this collection stop by the Larkindesign website to purchase it. I will see you all very very soon!

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