Pinkfresh Studio | Boys Fort Collection Blog Hop

Hey friends, I'm back with another Pinkfresh Studio layout, and I'm using the brand new Boys Fort collection!

I was inspired by a couple of the ephemera die-cut pieces in the collection. There are three adorable pencils and so I decided to go with a stationary theme for this page.

I found this sketch on the silhouette design store, and thought it would make an adorable design element. However, because I knew I would want to have a patterned paper cover and this file was a sketch design, I had to do a bit of work in the Silhouette studio to make the cover fit between the spiral wires.

It was a bit fiddly, but I'm so glad I put in that time because I was able to keep the detail from the sketch file and also include patterned paper. And yes, I used a green paper! I know, who am I?! But I love how it made the notebook look kind of traditional.

Again, inspired by my stationary theme, I wanted to create play with some patterned papers and create some faux notebook style edges.

On the orange paper layer I wanted to make it look like a tabbed file folder. To do this I lifted an idea from the fabulous Zinia from Abstract Inspiration and I used my envelope punch board to punch notches into the paper and trimmed off the excess pieces.

With the next piece I wanted to create a notebook edge. You could easily do this with a notebook punch, but I don't own one. However it's so easy to achieve the same look with a single hole punch and some scissors...

All you have to do is punch holes evenly apart near the edge of the paper and then snip a notch between in the middle of each hole. I love how quick and simple this is to do and how it adds more texture to the page.

Another one of my favourite pieces? The fabric banners! They're so adorable and have really versatile sentiments on them. I combined two of them so they read as 'the best friend'.

Of course I couldn't resist doing some stitching. To go along with my stationary theme I drew and cut out some paper airplanes and stitched around them; I love how fun and playful they look.
Hop along to everyone's blog and leave a comment for your chance to win the entire Boy's Fort Collection - wahoo! Comments close on Friday Sept 8th 2017, 11:69pm CST. 

- Elsie x

A Little Bit of Magic Layout | AND a Freebie!

This month's kit from Citrus Twist is one of my absolute favourites, link to the kits here! It's packed full of the new Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel collection along with some of my favourite papers from the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection. This is the layout I've created.

I'm still loving my Silhouette and was playing around in the software and created this open star cut file. I had so much fun backing the cut file with the different papers from the August kits, especially because this is such a simple technique to make all of these bold and contrasting patterns work together.

The fairy was cut with this cut file from the Silhouette Store. As the cut file doesn't include any of the fairy's facial features, I drew them on with a black pen.

And now, onto the good stuff! Since I made this cut file, I thought I would offer it to you guys as a freebie - woot woot! This is the first time I've done anything like this, so if there's any problems with the files, please let me know and I'll try and fix 'em! :)

Just as a little disclaimer, please only use this file for personal use.

And finally, if you make anything with the cut file, I would love to see your creations! Make sure you tag me on Instagram (@heyelsie_), so I can admire you work!

- Elsie x

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Pinkfresh Studio Blog Hop | Escape the Ordinary Collection

I'm so excited to say that I'm now on the Pinkfresh Studio Scrapbook Design Team! I love Pinkfresh products (I even loved one of their papers so much that I put it in a frame!), so I'm honoured to be part of the DT alongside some crazy talented women. I hope you will all enjoy what I create each month with their products!

Today's project was made as part of a good old blog hop! If you hop along to each DT member (all linked below) and comment on everyone's post you could be in a chance to win the Escape the Ordinary collection or the new stamp/die releases, so it's worth a shot eh!?

I created this 12x12 layout using the Escape the Ordinary collection:

I love a good stamp set, and the co-ordinating set from this collection is epic. It has loads of stars and clouds in all shapes and sizes and I used that as my jumping off point.

I felt like playing with my watercolours and so I decided to create a starry night scene. I painted lots of blues, blacks and turquoise layers of colour onto some watercolour paper, in any which way. I think it's sometimes fun to just slap a load of colour onto some paper without much thought, there's something therapeutic about that isn't there?

Once the watercolours were dry, I heat embossed white stars using a variety of the different stars from the set. As soon as I put the stars over that painted mess it immediately looks like a night sky. I loved the way it all turned out.

And whilst I had the embossing powder and heat gun out, I used the cloud stamps in the set and embossed them with some gold embossing powder to match the gold foiling in the collection.

I wasn't brave enough to use a full 12x12 piece of the painted paper as my background, so I cut a circular window in the middle of my page to frame the piece.

I created a cut file by welding two designs together (girl & tree). I cut it out on some black cardstock from my stash as I wanted to give the illusion of nighttime as I imagined the girl and tree silhouetted because of the darkness. This also made sure that whatever embellishments and photo I used would really 'pop' off the page.

These floral die-cut pieces were perfect to add around the cut file for extra pops of colour and whimsy!

The collection has two sets of alphas in it. One of them is this small, but mighty, wooden alphabet dipped in gold foil. So beautiful, right?

I placed them wonkily on the page to make it look like they were hanging from the tree, and I used a white gel pen to draw the string connecting them to the tree branches.

My favourite part of the layout is the butterflies. I adore the butterfly die-cuts in the collection, because their wings are dipped in solid black with a gold foil constellation pattern, they're so beautiful and unique.

I placed them on the edge of the circle frame, making sure the constellation part of their wings was placed over the painted sky, and the white part was over on the white background, making it look like the butterflies were blending into both backgrounds.

Make sure you check out all of the other ladies' creations and comment for your chance to win!

- Elsie x

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