Do you have a cache of nested dies in your craft room? I recently added three new shapes to my collection and could not wait to create some projects with them. One of the designs is a scrapbook page where I traced various circles to create this amazing background.
In the photo, there is a painting in the background which inspired me to design the circular backdrop. I used a pencil to trace the inside and outside of the nested dies, then used a die tool to create stitching guides around the shapes.
Before I added the stitching, I stamped some images inside three of the circles using a floral stamp set. I used the die to create masks with mint tape then randomly stamped the designs into the circles. I chose a monochromatic scheme for the background so that I didn’t contrast too much with the bright elements I selected for the page.
The ephemera on this layout is a mix match of elements that I have been collecting all year long. Layouts like this are a great way to use those leftover items.
When you are picking from a variety of collections, it’s best to choose three main colors you want to use. After looking at the photo, I selected blue-green, pink, and yellow for my color palette and selected elements that had similar shapes, patterns, and colors.
I don’t use bright colors very often, so I had to get creative with a few elements on my page. I did not have enough floral die cuts to place around the photo, so I cut out the pieces from pattern paper to make the frame.
The flower colors mirror the paint dots in the photo and highlight the focal point on the page. To add cohesiveness to the page, I tucked a few of the florals in the other clusters.
I also added black to my page with a bold title and some small sentiments. These contrasted well with the vivid colors on the layout and drew the eyes back to the person in the photo.
Throughout the page, I sprinkled a little bit of gold here and there with an arrow, sentiment, charm, and hearts. I didn’t want to add too much to the page, but that little bit of sparkle was something it needed.
In my video, I show you how to create the background for this layout and share some alternative ways to create this type of design.
Using nested circle dies to create a stitched background is just another way that you can use something you have in your collection. If you are not a fan of stitching, you could always recreate this look with a pen or cut the circles from pattern paper or cardstock.
I hope this project inspired you to try something new. If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed above, feel free to leave me a comment.
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