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Loving Pink


Of all the colours in the rainbow , I reckon pink has to be one of the most symbolic in terms of girls but as I’ve got two boys , I’m not averse to using it on male layouts too as these show.

It had to be hearts for Valentine’s month. This first layout was a ‘labour of love’ ( pun intended) as a friend of mine commented when she saw me painstakingly piecing together each tiny 1/2″ square at our monthly crop! There are just over 100 squares cut from 3 separate sheets of pink patterned paper –  all re-aasembled to look like a  a pixelated heart.




Some have been raised on foam squares and some have been removed and replaced with white squares to give the impression of a scattering of pixels in the top right corner.










I drew up a sketch template to identify the perfect placing for each of the squares and then got busy with my square punch, tweezers and glue pen and an extra large dose of patience. If you’re going to have a go my tip would be to start in the middle and work out , that way you get the heart placed in the centre. I drew just 2 pencil sketch lines on the card stock for guidance – both central axes. If you’d like me to forward the plan to you and have the patience of a saint just leave a comment below !


Who wasn’t love a good ephemera pack ? Pink Paislee’s C’est La Vie collection has the prefect mix – frames, acetates and paper pieces all in luscious colours. I used a cut apart from their printed acetate sheet and went to town with stamps in co-ordinating colours .




Love , love love their brick and gold chipboard alpha.




And I love the acetate cut-apart sheet as you can stamp underneath and it shows through.




Last – a bit of home decor. Found this frame in the supermarket ( with the orange plastic carriers bags in case I’m not allowed to mention ! ) and thought it would be perfect for different celebrations. I’ve also already used it to hang fortune cookies and Chinese New Year lucky envelopes from and I can see it coming in handy at Easter and Christmas. I’ve hung nine little cards from each of the pegs and called it ‘ Nine Reasons Why I Love you ‘ … of course there are many more but space only allowed for nine !




The acetate numbers from the ephemera pack were perfect and also all of the little cut-aparts from the 6″x 6″ pad. I printed the phrases onto white card stock on my laser printer and fed them through my Minc which is my all time best investment machine EVER  ( certainly beats the bread machine which has been lurking at the back of a kitchen cupboard for the last decade ! ) .






Hope you like and that your Valentine’s Day is filled with chocolate and love.



Pink Paislee – C’est La Vie – Washi Stickers

Pink Paislee – C’est La Vie – Ephemera Die Cuts

Pink Paislee – C’est La Vie – Word Jumble Stickers

Pink Paislee – C’est La Vie – 6×6″ Paper Pad

Pink Paislee – C’est La Vie – Printed Acetate

Pink Paislee – C’est La Vie – Chipboard Alphabet – Brick & Gold

Pink Paislee – C’est La Vie – Puffy Stickers

American Crafts – Shimelle Starshine – Artemis Paper


P.S – For those who have asked – here’s my design plan on squared paper with layout and number of squares required – hth !







  1. Natalia

    Oh my word Claire, the work that has gone into these projects – especially the labour of love of cutting and positioning all those squares in the first page! Totally worth it, the finished look is simply amazing. I also love that stunning frame – so many gorgeous little details! 😀

    • Mary

      Yesss, I found it this afternoon on my domraot!Full of Stacy’s, I love it! :)And you know, I planned to stitch on a paper doily, but never thought of using it as a te9mplate for stitching!Great idea!xxx, C

  2. Rachel Millington

    WOW Claire! That heart LO was so worth it, it is stunning! I love everything you’ve done , just beautiful work xXx

  3. Sharon Peters

    Claire – I love the heart LO – absolutely beautiful. Could you forward me the plan please. I would love to try it!

    • Claire

      By all means Sharon – can you let me have your email address and I’ll attach as a PDF. Claire X

      P.S – I’ve just added a photo to my blog post of my plan – good luck !

  4. SandraB

    Stunning and amazing to all three of your projects this month. The completed heart layout made me gasp. Thank you so much for the plan as I do like to fiddle so this really appeals to me to try. The frame in ‘ Nine Reasons Why I Love you ‘ is gorgeous and I know just the person I could share this idea with! 😉

    • Ivan

      What a fine job you did on this LO. I’m an instant fan now! I love your style and detial in all that you do! Keep doing it, and enjoy every moment!

  5. Niki

    Wow wow wow Claire, the work certainly paid off, the heart layout is gorgeous. Lovely pink layouts and I love the frame, gorgeous xx

  6. julie

    i can only agree with all that’s been said above. you must have some patience to do that heart, & the frame is beautiful