Elle's Studio: October Product Focus: Jewel Polka Dot Paper

 Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio inspiration!

 Today I am shining the product spotlight on the 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...

"Heart Full" 

How sweet is this?! 
SO cute for Fall! 

Other Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock - Avalanche, Sewing needle & thread. 

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 papers 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 is 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 journal card 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 & 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 papers! 

I hope it inspired you! 

Thanks so much for visiting, 

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo

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