Recently, the Shimelle Contributing Designers participated in an Inspiration weekend. Each designer scoured through 100's of scrapbooking layouts posted on the Scrapbook Like a Super Hero page, any post in the shimelle.com
archives and anything on the #shimelle or #acstarshine hashtags anywhere out there.
It was a hard decision but I was really drawn to quite a few of Laureen Wagener's
layouts. She's a woman after my own heart - mixing and matching paper patterns in fun and unique ways. I was particularly drawn to this layout of hers because of the quilt-like look and the geometric intricacies of the page. I also love that she created it all on a diagonal. As much as I would have loved to copy this layout exactly as it is because it's perfection, I had to make it unique to me.
I started by designing a similar look in my Silhouette software. I kept with the diagonal feel but to make it my own, I chose to make smaller boxes to give it a zoomed out look and instead of piecing together triangles to form the squares, I kept the squares as whole pieces.
I chose to use 5 different colors with at least 5 - 7 different patterns within the color scheme. To cut these, I grouped the boxes together and cut multiples of each pattern in each color scheme. You can DOWNLOAD MY CUT FILE HERE
. Repeat for each color scheme until you have lots of little piles of patterns for each color.
Next I used the internal offset feature, set to .79 to create smaller boxes. You can see two remaining external diamonds that still needed to be removed before I cut these. I kept them in the photo to demonstrate the internal offset. You can also DOWNLOAD THE CUT FILE
I created with the internal offset images. Afterall, there's no need for us both to do all the work.
Once I removed the outside larger boxes, I used my sketch pen to draw a template on my cardstock. This made it easy peasy to know exactly where to place each square. I certainly didn't want my lines to get off and not match up halfway through the project. I went to town, adhering the squares on the cardstock with just a slight dab of liquid adhesive. I didn't want to add too much since I was going to sew over it.
Next, I really liked how Laureen stitched 3 rows over each full square so I chose to do the same. It was quite the task for all these little boxes but I LOVE the end result! I added layers behind my single photo, a sparkly title at an angle and a little cluster of embellishments in the corner to call this layout done. Actually, I still need to add the journaling, which I plan to do in the open diagonal space right below my photo.
I hope I inspired you today, the same way Laureen
inspired me. If you download and use the cut files I created, please share them in the comments below, on the Scrapbook like a Superhero Facebook page
AND on Instagram
and tag me (@heatherleopard). I'd love to see what you create!