Thursday 1 September 2016


Hello lovelies and welcome to the very first of the HND BIRTHDAY MARATHON videos!! I am so excited to be bringing you a new video EVERYDAY for the entire month of September. It is going to be difficult, there will probably be tears, but there should hopefully be a heap of layouts and inspiration as well as fun, challenges and free downloads by the end of it!

Today, I thought I would bring you the first of four challenges this month! It is a sketch challenge with a sketch I have designed myself, inspired by quite a few floral wreath layouts I have been oogling on Pinterest. 

I just fell in love with the idea of a wreath layout. I love them so much I thought why not make it a challenge for not only myself, but for all of you beautiful people too. The Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Love Always collection is THE perfect collection for this kind of layout. All those beautiful florals in the ephemera and vellum shapes.. Do I need to say more?

They layout ended up being something completely adorable and different to what I normally do but also completely my style as well. I love the round circular design and I think I will definitely be trying this style of layout again very soon.

I started the layout by hand stitching a running stitch around the entire circle. I created the circle on the page by simply grabbing a kitchen plate and tracing around it with a white gel pen so that it wouldn't really show through. I decided to do a running stitch as opposed to the ever popular back stitch used on most layouts, to give the circle a lightness and air.

I am not the biggest fan of butterflies but I do love how in the CVS ephemera the butterflies are just simple black and white outlines. They are just the perfect touch to the very busy over floral layout. I even added a touch of dimension by only applying adhesive to the middle of the butterfly and then folding up the wings to look like the butterflies were just resting on the page, getting ready to take flight again at a moments notice. 

I just love how all the different floral elements, die cuts and ephemera bring such a life and dimension to this layout. It is so soft and light and lovely, just the perfect thing to celebrate my little niece Beth's first birthday. See how I created the video with the process video below. 

Don't forget to jump over to the HND Creatives group to keep up with everything for the marathon and more!! I would love to see you all over there. 

Love you guys, 
See you tomorrow with another video, 

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