Welcome to today's blog post! It's Christine Penaflor here to share an affirmation board that I created along with some thoughts about my creative process while I created this project.
I don't know about you, but I often wonder what a designer thinks about during the time they are creating something. Well, I'm going to share a few tips that came to me as I was working on this project, and I hope you're able to learn something new that you'll want to try as well!
I originally wanted to create a 12 x 12 layout using the striped floral paper from the Floral Market paper collection. Then I decided that I wanted to use one of the art prints from the "She is Strong" Print Set. For this project, I chose the "You Are Enough" print to be the focal point of the layout.
I wanted to add a little bit of texture to the print so I stitched a border around each of the words as well as along the edge of the print. I also added a few bits of doilies in the corners and added a border made with some scalloped lace and a length of stitched and pleated seam binding ribbon.
Whenever I look at a piece of patterned paper, I examine it to see if I can use the images on the paper to enhance the look of the layout. I try to allow the paper to do most of the work for me, and in this case, the florals are arranged in a way that would make a great frame for the art print.
However, I wanted to figure out a way to use the flowers without cutting up the entire piece of paper. I really didn't want to cover parts of the beautiful flowers! You can see what I mean when I put the art print on top of the patterned paper here:
I figured that I could cut parts of the flowers away from the patterned paper and then tuck the art print under those pieces and have them overlap along the edge of the art print.
Here's a look at the parts that I cut with an craft knife on top of the glass mat (I lifted the portions that were cut so you could see them better):
I also cut out the flowers that would otherwise be hidden underneath the art print. They will be used as elements on the project later.
Before I tucked the art print under the patterned paper, I mounted it onto gold metallic cardstock. However, I wanted to save the center section of the cardstock for another project so I cut it out and what was left was a 1 inch border with an open center. I do this often when I want to save a large piece of paper that can be used later:
Here's what the back of the art print looks like after mounting it to the gold border:
Next, I tucked the art print under the flowers that were cut away and mounted it onto the patterned paper.
Here's a peek at the back side of the patterned paper after the art print is mounted to it:
After this, I mounted this to a 12x12 piece of black cardstock and then decided to put it on one of the dry erase magnet boards. I used adhesive backed magnet sheets that I cut into strips, adhered the magnet strips to the back of the 12x12 layout, and then attached it to the magnet board.
I added a few more embellishments from some elements and phrases that I punched and cut out from the Reflections paper collection which resulted in this display:
I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of my creative process for this project! I really enjoyed creating this and now have a new home decor piece for my crafting space that keeps Teresa's wonderful empowering designs in front of me almost daily.
Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Floral Market Paper Collection
Reflections Paper Collection
She Is Strong Prints Set of 5:
Scallop Dry Erase Magnet Board