Seize the Day with Carpe Diem
Hey there, friends! Missy back with you today. I couldn’t wait to dig into the Carpe Diem collection and create some fun and bright layouts with it! For my first layout, I focused on the theme of the collection, which is Seize the Day. My youngest daughter comes to mind when I hear this phrase, so I used these two adorable pictures of her doing just that. I used my Silhouette Cameo software to create a large title on some white cardstock. I backed all the open letters with various patterned papers and had so much fun embellishing around them and the photos. I love every piece of this collection!
Creating this big title gave me a lot of opportunity to use lots of patterns and colors without being overwhelming. I used the 6x6 Paper Pad to fill in the letters and then went over parts of the page with white gesso. I like to apply that first before adding watercolor to give the background a textured barrier. This helps the watercolor blend better. Here, I combined a few of the Chipboard Stickers, Expressions Cardstock Stickers, Clear Stickers, Illustrated Life Stickers and a Brad.
Here you can see some of the watercolor and ink splatters. I fussy cut that gorgeous floral cluster from the Brand New Day paper. I just couldn’t resist using it as layering piece under my photos. I also layered in more chipboard and stickers here and stitched through them with my sewing machine.
Here’s a close-up of that gorgeous floral piece. Isn’t it just gorgeous? I love how it looks against the pretty watercolor background. Sometimes fussy cutting something from patterned paper gives you a fabulous embellishment.
For my second layout, I was inspired to use one of the 6x12 page elements. I love the quote on this piece and I simply cut it in half and adhered it to the black polka dotted Total Chaos paper. I was also itching to use some of the adorable Chipboard Frames! I pulled three of the small ones and printed out three small photos of my daughter. I printed them in black and white to really allow them and the bright colors to pop. I smudged some white gesso with my finger along the center edge of the black paper. Once it was dry, I used some watercolor paint to create a fun colored smoky look. I stitched down the center and then began arranging the frames on the right side. Once they were in place I went through all of the fun embellishments and did a bit of fussy cutting again.
Although the quote could certainly serve as my title, I decided to add another title on the right. I combined a die cut from the Snap Pack with alpha stickers from the Expressions Cardstock Stickers. I stitched through the Illustrated Life Sticker and added cute little hearts from the Word Label Stickers. These bright colors look amazing on a dark background!
Here you can see some of the texture created by the gesso and paint. These frames are so fun! I added pop dots under them to give them dimension. I fussy cut the striped cloud and yellow circle from a card in the Snap Pack. I added this so there would be some yellow in that area. I try and get all the main colors equally around the page.
By adding pop dots under the frames, I was able to add some tangled thread very easily underneath them. I love the messy look this gives. I also added those cute balloons from the Word Label Stickers. They were the perfect colors!
Here’s another fussy cut cloud paired with a cute sun die cut from the Bits & Pieces. I couldn’t have clouds without a sun!
I hope these layouts inspire you in some way! Be sure to check out this amazing Carpe Diem collection. It has something for everyone!