Rebecca Birch – Pure – Simple Flower Mesh

Hello everyone! Rebecca here, sharing my last layout as guest designer. For this layout I chose to work with the Simple Flower Mesh downloadable cut file (pre-cut available here). 

When I wrote down my ideas for this file, I had over twenty ideas! I have never had so many ideas for a cut file before, and I can see myself using this file over and over! 

Eventually I decided on a really clean and simple layout with minimal fuss (totally the opposite of my usual style!!) so I went for white on white. I wanted a ‘pure’ look because I wanted to scrap this photo of my newborn Son. I kept telling myself I wanted a pure look and that then became the obvious word choice for my title because it also reflected the pureness and innocence of my baby in the photo. 

The file cut beautifully on my scan n cut machine with no issues & I saved all of the floral shapes from the inside of the mesh design ( more from those later!)

I wanted to introduce one other colour into the layout, so I went with a very soft pale green. I used a small amount of Heidi Swapp’s mint metallic texture paste through a polka dot stencil in some areas of the background behind the photo to introduce some of the colour.

I matted the photo on several alternating layers of white and mint green, but I tried to use varying types of paper from my stash or different edges to get more texture. I used crumpled white tissue paper, torn green paper etc. 

I adhered the cut file to the page using adhesive, but mainly only underneath where the photo would be. I wanted the rest of the file relatively loose from the page to have some slight shadows to add extra interest to the white-on-white. I only added tiny spots of glue under the file where it was lifting too much or created too much shadow.  I then added my photo mat.

To add some extra texture, I sewed two lines of pale green thread around the photo. I added my title & one small sentiment sticker. The page was simple, but took me a really long time to finish as I had to fight off my usual ‘more is more’ mentality ha-ha! And that was the page finished…eventually lol!

But I also promised to tell you more about the flower shapes that came from inside the cut file?! I painted those, & when dry, I stacked, glued, curled & shaped them into flowers & used them on a different layout- I still have loads left!

This was just one of my list of ideas for this file, it’s so versatile, I absolutely loved using it & have really enjoyed Guest Designing for Pretty My Page, thank you so much for having me! If you want to continue to follow my scrappy adventures, my instagam handle is @scrap_paper_uk

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