Hi all, Jen G here. When all of the newest products from CHA started to arrive in the Sarahscards shop a new range from MME caught my eye straight away. It was “The Sweetest Thing- Honey” range. It seems to have a lot of pink in it at first glance and with 3 boys pink is not my first choice of colour to scrap with. However, as I looked through it I realised there was a lot of yellow and dark grey in there - a colour combo that I love. There is also a pack of coordinating washi tape – everyone’s favourite product right now! So today I have 3 layouts to show you that I created with this range.
The honeycomb pattern that recurs on these papers inspired me to start with a hexagon. Using Microsoft Publisher I printed out a hexagon then used it as a template on the “Damask” patterned paper. I then started to create another hexagon around this using the washi tape. To Helen’s amusement, I didn’t whip out a protractor and compass to work out the angles – too technical for me I’m afraid! The washi tape is so easy to reposition that I laid strips of it down that were too long then used a ruler and pencil to find where two strips should meet. I positioned the ruler across the hexagon from corner to opposite corner to do this – see the picture below.
The next step was to use a craft knife to cut away any overlapping washi tape. This gave relatively neat joins and I found they got neater the more I practised!I added a touch of the pink from the back of the “One of a Kind”paper for this layout of my youngest eating ice cream. I always check his treats to see if they are “poisonous” – it’s the only way I get a lick!
For the next layout I have to share with you I used the washi tapes to create a 6x4 area of interest. I simply covered a piece of scrap card with stripes of the 3 tapes in the pack, folding the ends over the edges of the card.
I layered this up on foam pads with more patterned paper under it and a photo of my niece on top of it. I used the washi tape again to cover some DIY Thickers for the title. Coincidentally I did this in exactly the same way that Nat did when covering her veneer shapes. Great minds, eh Nat?
For the final layout I have to show you today I covered a circle of card with the “Honey Love” washi tapes along with a few other tapes from my collection. Initially the card circle was kraft, but I didn’t really like the effect. I was loathe to waste that much washi tape by starting again but I really wanted to change the card to white. I tried peeling the washi tape off the kraft card and amazingly the vast majority of it came off with ease. I repositioned it all onto white card and was much happier. I then hand cut several of the circles from “Doily” paper and layered them behind the main circle to echo the bubbles in the picture.I used strips of washi tape once more to journal along.
So, a collection that I instantly dismissed as too girly turned out not to be that girly after all. I love it when that happens. Have you dismissed a range as too feminine/masculine only to be surprised by the results? Let us know.