Create your own DIY flowers with patterned paper. By @ahorton, Reflection Collection - @Altenew

Hi there!  It’s Ashley, and I’m here today to share an idea with you for DIY Flowers, using the Reflection Scrapbook Collection.  The rosettes from the die cut sheet didn’t last long, after I received the Reflection Collection!  They were so pretty, and I just had to use them right away.  As I was looking through the collection recently, I thought it would be fun to use the negatives from the rosettes on the die cut sheet and trace them onto patterned paper from the collection.

Here’s what I did:

  • Place the die cut sheet over your choice of patterned paper and trace the flower shape.
  • Repeat the process with the leaves and then cut out all of your pieces.
  • Use adhesive to adhere the leaves to the flower shape.
  • Machine stitch on your flowers to add texture and interest.

Create your own DIY flowers with patterned paper. By @ahorton, Reflection Collection - @Altenew

You could create several different floral looks, just by changing out the patterned paper you use.  I added interest to the flowers, by adhering them to the background paper and also using pop dots to create dimension and layers.  The messy machine stitching also adds definition to the flowers and leaves.

Create your own DIY flowers with patterned paper. By @ahorton, Reflection Collection - @Altenew

Once my flowers were completed, I clustered them around my photo.  I brought in other elements from the Reflection Collection around my photo as well.  Mixing chipboard pieces, stickers and wood veneers brings great texture to a project.  The Black alphas worked perfectly for my title and brought a nice contrast to the softer colors from the patterned papers I used.  I continued the Black contrasting, with a finishing touch of splattered spray mist.

If you would like to see how everything came together for this layout, you can check out my newest process video.

Create your own DIY flowers with patterned paper. By @ahorton, Reflection Collection - @Altenew

I hope you’ve been inspired to look at your supplies in a different way.  It’s fun to take a “throw away” piece and find a new way to use it.  You could also use the die cut sheet as a stencil for adding watercolor to your project.  I might have to try that next time!