Autumn Gratitude Documented with Amanda-jayne Baldwin

Hi, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Amanda here and I am so excited to be shining the product spotlight on our gorgeous new Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack! It’s no secret that I love a good patterned paper, but polka dots in all the colors?! Oh yes, please! Inspired by my autumn days family photograph, and all the fall feels, I created a very warm and cozy patchwork style layout with the Jewel Polka Dot papers.

Supplies | October 2020 Kit, Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Autumn Wood Veneers, Acrylic Leaves, Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

How sweet is this?! SO cute for fall! Let’s take a closer look at this fun design: 

October always evokes those warm & cozy feels, thankful thoughts and lots of family time. Literally, my ‘heart is full of gratitude’ and this little sentiment, a die cut from the October 2020 Kit, inspired my patchwork design to incorporate a heart pattern.

To prepare this layout, I trimmed a mix of the Jewel Polka Dot patterns into 3″ x 3″ squares, and then sliced them into half diagonally to create my triangle ‘patches’. 

Top tip: Like all good quilters will tell you, this design requires precision! Measure twice, cut once! Be sure to line up all your squares & triangles before gluing into place.

I used warmer colors to mimic the fallen leaves in my photograph, and arranged them into a geometric heart design on my white cardstock base. I really liked the notion of my heart being full, exploding if you will, with gratitude and hence my decision to keep the heart slightly oversized, stretched out to the very edges of my page.

I glued all the triangles into position, and then chose to hand sew a chunky, straight stitch around the heart. This stitching not only creates definition and interest to the heart, but also enhances that quilted look. Love it!

I backed my 6″ x 4″ photograph with the green Jewel Polka Dot paper as this color features in my photograph and it also contrasts beautifully with the colors in the heart. I also layered  the 6″ x 4″ woodgrain journaling tag from the October Kit behind my photo, and tucked in that sweet family time sentiment too! I positioned my photo cluster onto the center of my heart, and embellished with a mix of Autumn Wood Veneers and Acrylic Leaves

I loved how that green polka dot paper ‘popped’ on the heart, so I decided to cut out a few triangles in the green paper to surround the heart design and enhance the look of the ‘quilted square’. This really trimmed my page and brought the whole look together. For finishing touches, I foam mounted that ‘Heart Full of Gratitude’ die cut and layered it onto my photo. 

Autumn creating made oh so lovely with the Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack! I hope it inspired you! 

Happy fall creating!

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