“For the Love of Books” Guest Designer Belinda Jane

Happy Monday Creatives!  Gwen on the blog today to introduce you to the very creative Belinda Jane!  She is guest designing for us this month and I know you will just love the projects she has made.

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be sharing the first of my two guest designer projects for the month of September.

I was immediately drawn to this ‘Book Stack‘ cut file in the Cut to You shop and knew that I wanted to use it to document my ongoing love affair with books. I chose to use a single photo of the stack of books that I currently have sitting on my bedside table.I used a simple grey patterned paper for my cut file and backed it with a selection of papers from a 6×8 paper pad in my stash. I used a text-based paper for the ‘pages’ of each book just to reinforce the book theme.For my background, I trimmed down some plain white cardstock and matted it onto a pink chevron patterned paper. I added some stitching to the frame using my sewing machine, which is one of my favourite ways of adding texture to a layout.I used the same pink chevron paper to mat my photo along with some white tissue paper. I also added a pretty little white trim to the bottom my photo layers. To bring the layout together, I layered a couple of paper doilies behind my cut file and photo. I just love trying to include as many different textures as I can into a layout.To finish it all off, I used a combination of gold foil Thickers and some die-cut letters for my title. My journaling was typed onto vellum and then cut down into strips before adhering to the layout. I used some die-cut bows cut from papers matching the backing on my cut file and used these, along with some embellishments from my stash, to finish off my layout.I love how soft and pretty this layout turned out. And of course, all those beautiful textures.

Belinda Jane

Love Belinda’s work?  You can catch her on Instagram here, and she also has a process video on YouTube which you can watch here.

Until next time,