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Monday, 2 July 2012

Garden Girl

This layout shows my daughter Emily dressed for a dance show.
 Over on scrapology this month we are scraplifting Gabrielle Polloco and challenging you to use YARN on your layout. Here is Gabrielle's original layout using Bo Bunny's Country Garden papers ...
 .. and our sketch

I also used Bo Bunny papers and selected seeds, stripe and cut outs.

Here is what I did:

Cut green garden stripe paper, to leave a 1” border frame, distress and ink the outer edges.

I used Seeds paper cut down to 11.5” x 11.5” by taking some off more than two sides to keep the parts of design I wanted. I didn't worry about cutting off stitches as I planned to add them back in later. Distress and ink the edges. Stick blue paper to green border centrally, giving a border of 0.25” all round.

Decorate with some brown machine stitches.

Distress and ink the edges of photo and mount onto green paper leaving a very thin border. Machine stitch in white round the photo edges, starting and beginning at the bottom as this will be hidden. Distress and ink the edges of green paper.

Cut stripe paper vertically as wide as you can and approx. 6” long. Distress, ink and stitch around three sides. Select two panels from ‘Cut Out sheet and treat as stripe. Stick stripe piece lightly on layout about 3” down from top and 1.75” in from the left.

Draw a 6.8” circle very lightly in pencil, and zig-zag stitch around the lines (start and stop where the stitches won’t show). If pencil lines show, carefully rub away. Stick other panels into place.

POTTED PLANT - Cut flower pot in Kraft Bazzill using QuicKutz die. Shade with chalk inks. Add top to pot with 3D foam pads. Cut ‘stick’ from brown Bazzill using Cricut and 'Doodlecharms' cartridge at 3” and add to pot.

Use pink coloured section of spare patterend papers and punch out lots of petals with Martha Stewart ‘Hydranga’ punch. Ink in pink and layer up on stick to make potted hydrangea. Decorate the centres with stickles, perfect pearls or flat backed pearls. Stick plan to left of layout.

BRANCH - Cut 2” branch and leaves from brown and green Bazzill using ‘Straight from the Nest’ Cricut Cartridge. Add to top left of page and add blossoms cut and prepared in the same way as the Hydrangea.

BANNER - Cut ‘Believe in Yourself’ banner from ‘cut out ‘ sheet, ink the edges and add over banner on layout wit 3D foam pads.

FLOWER BED / FENCE - Cut flower bed from brown Bazzill using template provided. Stick along base of photo. Cut two fence panels at 1.5” using white Bazzill and Paper Dolls Dress Up Cartridge for Cricut. Ink, overlap and stick together to make one longer fence. Stick with 3D foam pads towards bas of flower bed.

Make 9  mini seed packs using QK die and Kraft Bazzill. Draw some tiny seed pack images. Cut out and stick images to packets. Cut some spare Brown Bazzill into thin strips to make sticks to add to seed packets. Arrange in flower bed, slightly behind fence so the peep over the top.
Add garden twine to fence twisting and looping along the way.

I drew the little seed packet images and coloured them with my Promarkers. Because Linda and I make up kits which we sell via Cradinal Colours I made these images available in black and white as well as colour for the kits. I am aslo happy to send your the images to anyone who wants them - just drop me an email.

Cut butterflies from patterned paper and arrange on layout.

Add some blossoms and flat backed pearls for centres.

Use Cricut and ‘George and Basic Shapes’ cartridge cut a title 1” high with shadow using brown and green Bazzill. Add title to top right of layout.

Write journalling on one of the panels beside the photo.

And it's finished!

Thanks for looking. Please pop over to scrapology for more details of the challenge and prize.


  1. Love your take on the layout Lynn

  2. I just adore this page its great the way you have created the fence and even the little fork and trowel is so clever.

  3. Thats an adorable photo of Emily Lynn and is perfect on this page isn't it. I love your attention to detail...so many lovely little bits to look at xx


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