A little while ago I got sent some SEI Zoo Pals to play with. I have to admit this range was totally not me, not my normal style anyway and I spent ages wondering what I was going to do with it. I've never been a fan of plaids and cutesy animals, but once I found some photos of Joshie when he was little at his first trip to the zoo it all just came together. Very easily too. Maybe I've been converted. I've decided it was actually a pretty cool paper pack - patterns and plains, and a lot of the designs are embossed with a glossy finish so they're really easy to just cut out and use as embellishments.
I decided to go with circles to add a fun, random kind of look and created a rosette (also round - see the theme?) and added paint and some stamps to tie it together cohesively.
The rosette was super easy to make too:
- Just grab a strip of 12" long paper - however wide you make that strip is the radius of the rosette.
- Fold it back and forth in a zig zag pattern - however wide you make these zig zags will be the depth of the rosette.
- Grab some double sided tape and stick the ends of the strip together so you have a circular loop, then on a flat surface kind of gather the centre and hold it flat (it all should fall together very easily).
- I punched two 1" circles out of a co-ordinating cardstock and used - and this is the best thing after numerous tried and tested adhesives - a hot glue gun. Yep that little genius from 80's craft is a lifesaver and is just about the ONLY glue to hold it all into place forever. I just put a blob onto one of the circles and glued the rosette down into place. Then I glued another one on the top, it adds strength and will stop it popping up, plus it adds interest and can hide a messy centre.
The alphabets I used were from Sassafrass Lass. I just put them down onto the same co-ordinating paper and cut them out, leaving a small border. It makes the letters easier to place as well as tying them into the layout again.
thanks for looking