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Indigo Hills 2 by Niki Rowland

Hi Magpies, Niki here today sharing 12 (yes 12!!) layouts made using the Indigo Hills 2 collection by Pinkfresh Studio. I bought the paper pack which contains two each of all the papers so that was 16 papers in all, the ephemera and the wood veneer stickers.  I also had the Mini Puffy Alphabet Stickers and the gold Puffy Alphabet stickers too.

I decided to challenge myself to see how many layouts I could make using these limited supplies – usually I can’t resist and have to buy the entire collection including all the embellishments, but I just have so much stash right now that I’m making an effort not to keep adding too much to my collection before I’ve used what I’ve got. So I mostly tried to stick to the three items: the papers, the ephemera and the wood veneer.  I’ve added general items from my stash too: white card, sequins, paints, the odd acrylic shape, and alphabet stickers/title stickers. I’ve also used my sewing machine and typewriter too.

So challenge accepted and absolutely smashed – I managed 12 layouts and I don’t have a single scrap of paper left!

For my first layout (above) Hello Fairies, I used two patterned papers – one to fussy cut that gorgeous wreath from, and one for my background. I’ve used ephemera, wood shapes and added Thickers by Vicki Boutin.

For this layout ‘Dream’ I’ve fussy cut lots of flowers from one of the patterned papers and made my own envelope embellishment. I put all this onto the gorgeous patterned paper background with the flowers and embellishments cascading down. I’ve added two acrylic balloons and an acrylic banner too.  I stamped the date with a date stamp and added journaling with my typewriter.

For ‘1 Month Already’ I hand cut a large number 1 from one of the patterned papers. I’ve also fussy cut some flowers, and added journaling with my typewriter. I also used the mini puffy alphabet stickers on this layout.

For ‘Beautiful Oridinary Life’ I attempted to re-create the rainbow in the emphemera pack – I hand drew it, I didn’t want to use a cut file as the ephemera rainbow has a hand-drawn feel about it, but it was surprisingly difficult to draw a rainbow! I persevered and eventually got there and I painted it using shimmery paint and then doodled the lines over the top with pen.

 

Now, for ‘Today is Beautiful’ I really struggled. I wanted to scrap that sunset photo on the sunset paper from the Indigo Hills 2 collection but I just couldn’t make it work. I attempted about six different versions of this layout before I eventually settled on a lot of fussy cut flowers! All those flowers are from one of the sheets of patterned paper. Those papers were brilliant for fussy cutting and therefore gave me a whole load more embellishments to work with.

For ‘The Simple Things’ I fussy cut all the hexagons from one of the papers and popped them onto a white background in a slightly different formation / position. I added lots of the hexagon wood shapes and any hexagon shaped ephemera too. I added the large fussy cut flowers and slotted in extra embellishments on a tone-on-tone basis. I used my typewriter for my journaling and used a title from the Vicki Boutin phrase Thickers.

My inspiration for ‘hooray’ came from one of the patterned papers that had those purple stripes on the one corner. I cut that piece out and added two more layers in different papers and then added fussy cut flowers and leaves as well as the purple hexagon wood stickers.

For ‘Darling’ I cut a maple leaf template on my Silhouette and then stamped using a Willow Lane stamp set in ink colours to match the paper I used as a page border. I then stitched around the outside of the leaf and kept the rest of my embellishments simple, as the leaf is the focal point of this layout.

‘Moments’ was a result of lots of punched hearts. At this point I’d begun to run low on embellishments but still had loads of paper so I put my paper techniques to good use and got out my punches! I punched loads, layered them up and arranged them on the page – voila!

Still with lots of papers left but not many embellishments, I followed a sketch for ‘Smile’ and made my own background with triangles and also cut a large heart – all out of papers. I added a few sprays of flowers and the mint coloured hexagon wood stickers and finished off with sequins and paint splatters.

The predominant colours in the Indigo Hills Collection are purple and blue – so this paper is a bit different becuase it doesn’t feature either of those colours! It has black, peach and yellow. I followed a sketch for this one too which had an area for paint drips, so I added silver, peach and yellow/gold paint onto some white card and let it drip. This formed a great place for my photos and I made sure to keep the patterned paper showing at the top. I then punched lots of stars from the patterned papers and outlined them in pen then stuck them all over the layout. I added ‘The Lads’ using black foam Amy Tangerine Thickers and handwrote in my journaling.

 

At this point I wasn’t sure if I could make any more layouts! But I had one final sheet of paper that I had already gutted the middle of so it was ideal for a page border. I then pulled together all the scraps of paper I had left and punched loads of different sized circles and a few hearts. I layered them up on the layout with a few fussy cut leaves and the remaining fussy cut flowers. I added a title using Willow Lane Thickers and finished off the cascade with sequins and splatters.

I literally don’t have a thing left!! There is no paper left at all, none of the wood stickers and no ephemera, I’ve used every last piece!

This was a great experiment and reminded me that I can do a lot with paper and I can make my own embellishments too. If you find yourself on a budget one month, or are trying to tackle your stash mountain like me, then give this a try – you’ll be surprised at what you can create with limited supplies.

Happy scrapping xx

Products used:

Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills 2 Collection: 12×12 papers, Ephemera Die-Cuts, Foiled Wood Veneer Stickers, Mini Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Gold Puffy Alphabet Stickers

Vicki Boutin Field Notes: Black One of a Kind Puffy Phrase Thickers

Willow Lane: Clear Stamps, Cheerful Multi Alphabet Thickers

Amy Tan Shine On: Twilight Black Foam Thickers

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