Friday, September 25, 2009

SO HAPPY IN LOVE, A Not So Christmas-sy Layout

Our oldest nephew is getting married next year!  I know its been said many times before, but it really does seem like yesterday when the call came that he was ON THE WAY and his momma and daddy were headed to the hospital.  Now he's all grown up and engaged to a lovely young woman.  They are very happy and we are very happy for them!  Take a look at the double layout I made from a few of their photos.

Their photos don't shout Christmas.  The wreath in the large photo is the only indication of the season.  The papers are from DCWV's Christmas Stack but only one is specifically Christmas themed.  It's used on the flowers and is printed with Christmas related words.  I thought that one litle bit of definite holiday themed paper balanced with the photographs and didn't detract from the layout's theme of love and happiness.

I punched the top and bottom of the red dotted paper with the Fiskars Threading Water border punch and threaded natural colored twine through the holes.  This was a little tricky because the twine was stiff and I had to be careful not to break through the holes.  A little slack will keep the paper from curling, too.  For the title, I printed the SO and IN from MS Word.  HAPPY is cut from the DCWV Christmas word paper and LOVE is spelled with Heidi Grace alpha stickers from the It's My Party line.

There are a number of sites on the Web that provide step by step instructions for the construction of torn paper flowers.  I find it easiest to pencil circles in on the back of my paper, wet the pencil lines and then tear the circles.  I also find it helpful to label the back of each set with a number; i.e., for the four layer flowers I had a set of four circles labeled 1, a set of four circles labeled 2, etc.  It makes assembly much faster when you don't have to search for the appropriate sized circle.

The pine like sprigs were a bit serendipitous.  Since my paper had a herringbone pattern, I cut strips and clipped little "needles" along the pattern.  I also drew a brown line down the center and inked the outside edges.

Be happy, my readers!  Make me happy and leave a comment, LOL!  I appreciate all your comments.  Thanks so much.


  1. Wow! The flowers are gorgeous. The stitching is too!

  2. Love everything about this layout! Thanks for sharing all the details.

  3. Oh this is such a pretty layout! I am going to try the flowers, thanks for sharing!

  4. love those flowers you made and the way you used the twine! nice blog Lesa!