The color palette for the Graphic 45 Couture Collection was a perfect match for photos I just took of my daughter and her tiny pet turtle. The aqua color was an obvious choice to match the photo background- but I knew I wanted to bring the green of the turtle in as well. I decided to create a “quilt” effect, and add in the green using Core’dinations cardstock. All the patterns of the Graphic 45, and the textures of the embossed cardstock mimic the look of a quilt, and machine stitching the squares together really brought the look together.
Tiny Turtles Layout Supplies:
- Graphic 45 Couture 6×6 Patterns and Solids
- Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock in Crab Grass, Roasted Pepper, and Mantis
- Core’dinations Chalk Core Cardstock
- Core’dinations Core Tags in Smooth Ivory
- Baker’s Twine
- Washi Tape
- Dymo Label Maker (manual style)
- Electronic Cutting Machine
- Sewing Machine
Step 1: Select papers you would like for your layout, using a mixture of patterned papers and coordinating cardstock. and cut them into 4″x3″ pieces. Emboss and sand the cardstock pieces. Arrange the pieces out on a 12×12 sheet of cardstock, centering around a 4×6 photo. Machine stitch the perimeter of each piece.
Step 2: Using an Electronic Cutting Machine create title using Core’dinations Chalk Core. Adhere to layout.
Step 3: Using an Electronic Cutting Machine cut turtle shapes from Mantis and Crab Grass cardstock. Assemble turtles on Smooth Ivory Tags. Add Baker’s twine. Add additional embellishments to tags as desired. Adhere tags to layout.
Here is a close-up of the turtles:
Step 4: Add 3″ x 4″ photo to layout using washi tape.
Step 5 :Cut Chalk Core cardstock into strips to fit a manual Dymo Label Maker (pictured). Create journaling strips. Sand strips. Adhere to layout.