How To Love Your Patterned Paper Scraps
Inspired by hearts and heart cuts outs, think making those hand cut Valentines back in elementary, a layout was in the works. Here’s what I did: I simply went through my collections of Heidi Swapp Pattern Paper. This included Storyline patterns, and Art Walk patterns and Old School patterns of paper. I didn’t think too much about this. Instead I quickly searched the pink hues and set them aside.
Using a heart template that I keep in my stash, I went to cutting pattern paper hearts. All this entailed was tracing a heart template on the pattern paper with a pencil. Then I went to cutting out shapes. The simplicity of just cutting out shapes of hearts was it’s own kind of creative therapy. I loved it. I didn’t have a die cut this shape. And honestly, I just didn’t want to go searching for that perfect heart in my digital die cuts library. The call to keep this hands on was a loud one. I hope you’ll find the same.
After the hearts were all cut the layout planning was next. The photo is from my daughter’s engagement photo session. Talk about the theme of love! Having printed the photo at home it was cropped to about 7-inches wide and almost 5-inches tall. The idea was to have ‘white space’ on the photo in order for the hand cut hearts to cascade down the side and over the photo.
Once the arrangement was decided upon, I stenciled a background of textured cardstock with pink dots, then laid out the design next. After the hearts were adhered, Old School Cardstock Stickers were used to add in a label plus the word sticker that says You + Me. The die cut sprigs of paper were already in my stash waiting to be used and were tucked in behind the round label.
It’s a perfect time to hand cut some hearts old school style. Grab your scraps. Trace pink patterns of hearts. And be inspired to create a Valentine layout for your memories.
author: Jamie Pate