Half and half…

I can’t believe we are nearly half way through the year, and about to embark on June! Summer seems to be finally upon us, and the garden is blooming…
With these thoughts in mind, I decided to use the gorgeous Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate and challenged myself to create layouts that were decorative in one half and fairly simply in the other… hence the name of this months’ post – half and half!
This collection had slipped into my basket a couple of months ago and sold out very quickly, but the powers that be at Hey Little Magpie managed to secure some more stock, so if you did miss out first time around buying Bloom, why not take a peek to see what’s in the shop and treat yourself – you won’t be disappointed.
My first layout this month is ‘Butterfly Kisses’
butterfly kisses
I was lucky enough to be away on a retreat weekend with the Hey Little Magpie DT team recently and lovely Jackie alerted me to something I wasn’t aware that my Silhouette could do and that is to do a perforated cut. You can use this as a guide for ease of hand stitching, but not when you decide to cut the word ‘Butterfly Kisses’! OMG it was a labour of love!
butterfly kisses cameo 1
When the stitching was finally completed, I then cut the ‘Fresh’ 12 x 12″ paper and machine stitched it back together – the title was in the top half and the stitched squares formed the bottom half.
butterfly kisses cameo 2
I used watercolour paint to edge around the title and added a few paint splatters for good measure! Then I simply cut a series of butterflies from one of the 6 x 6″ papers and positioned these in a upwards trail.
My second layout this month uses the ‘Hello, hello’ 12 x 12″ paper.
hello hello
With the busy background to the lower half of the paper, I decided that this layout didn’t need a specific title!
It doesn’t quite abide to the half and half rule, so I’m hoping you’ll forgive me on this occasion?
hello hello cameo 1
I used a yellow watercolour to add detail to each of the ‘Hello’s’, not forgetting the odd splatter too! Mists such as Heidi Swapp’s colour shine spritz in Butter would work equally as well!
hello hello cameo 2
I’m loving the tassels that are around at the moment – the colourful set from the Happy Place collection by Dear Lizzie had also made their way into my basket!
My third and final layout this month uses the most random, yet adorable phrase i’ve seen in a long time!
‘Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn’
Layout’s such as this one are perfect for using a 6 x 6″ paper pad.
unicorn cameo 2
I find backing a cut file very therapeutic – the one half of my layout is solely the title and the other half uses a panel from the ‘My Dear’ 12 x 12″ paper.
unicorn cameo 1
It was the cute ‘dear’ that really made me want to use the random title – having seen it in the ephemera pack, I decided I could give it a little horn and turn it into a unicorn! Cute huh?
So that’s all from me this month… see you in June!
So you want to go shopping?
Bloom die-cut ephemera
Bloom 6 x 6″ paper pad
Tassels from Happy Place by Dear Lizzie
Bloom paper flowers
‘My dear’ 12 x 12″ paper from Bloom
‘Fresh’ 12 x 12″ paper from Bloom
‘Hello, hello’ 12 x 12″ paper from Bloom

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