Saturday, April 17, 2010

GCD Studios Technique:: Flowers, flowers and more flowers!

It's FINALLY my turn to post over at the GCD Studios blog!!!! I think I was the last design team member to post so I've been waiting very patiently to share my very first GCD Studios project with you. I've really enjoyed working with GCD Studios' products!

I enjoy documenting my twin daughters' growth by creating layouts for each month of their first year. I thought the Lydia collection matched perfectly for their 7 month photos. I love the flocked yellow patterned paper in the collection - the texture creates such an elegant look. 

To create my title block, I used one of the plaques from the ChipArt chipboard collection and a tiny flower to create a border along the bottom. I then dry brushed brown paint across the plaque. I machine-stitched along the edge of my chipboard piece. Yes, you can even stitch on chipboard (I would suggest using a separate needle just for this purpose). I cut a strip of the green and cream plaid patterned paper and pleated it before I placed it above my flower border. I cut out a purple flower and green leaves from the patterned paper and adhered it with foam adhesive. Finally, I adhered my title and a rhinestone to the flower. 

I kept the rest of my design fairly simple but wanted to create some interest and texture above the larger photo of my daughters. I made a row of patterned paper flowers and will share this easy tutorial with you.

To begin, freehand cut a circle from patterned paper. 

Then cut a spiral in the circle (the key here is imperfection…don't worry about keeping lines straight). 

(Before beginning the next step, you can distress the edges of your spiral with ink or paint). Start at the center of your spiral and begin swirling your circle into a rolled flower, adhering with glue dots along the way. Add a button, rhinestone, or die-cut to the center of your flower. 

It's easy to create these flowers and they add a lot with minimal supplies and time. Try varying the sizes of these circles as well for added interest. 

(Additional supplies used: American Crafts thickers, Basic Grey alphabet stickers, Melissa Frances rhinestones, Fiskar's punch).

Happy Spring!


  1. LOVE this and your flowers are AWESOME! I need to check out GCD stuff! :)

  2. aww so cute!! I love making flowers like that!! Have a happy weekend. :)

  3. great page!!!! i am totally making those flowers tonight!!!

  4. This is beautiful Jill!!! I love the touches of lavender and yellow together! And that stitched chipboard looks awesome too!

  5. Gorgeous work but that's you ever do always!!!

  6. i love those flowers, too :) your babies are adorable!!! i wish i lived closer and could lend a hand and hold them and play with them... they are just wonderful! your page is lovely! totally what i love...

  7. Jill, that is such a sweet layout. I love the chipart plaque you made and the adorable flower border!

  8. Your girls are just beautiful - Love the layout - so soft and pretty! Great instruction on how to make the flower too - can;t wait to give it a go!


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