While looking through Pinterest a few weeks ago, one particular photo jumped out at me. It was circles – lots of circles. My first thought was that they were super-cute scrapbooking embellishments – and they are! But then I had another idea – to make a layout based on the circles.
The designer of these gorgeous embellishments is Kaitlin, the owner and designer of the popular Ormolu website and shop. These 2-Day Hooray Dots n’ Spots are professionally printed on white cardstock with a light fleck, using recycled cardstock and soy inks. They feature a mix of numbers and text and even blank circles that you can customize. These are the perfect little accent to most any scrapbooking project and would be wonderful embellishments for Project Life.
However, instead of using the idea of circles as an embellishment, I decided to try an entire layout using just circles. I am normally a very clean-lined, linear type of scrapbooker. But I decided to venture outside of my box on this one!
All supplies from Designer Digitals | Paper: Autumnal Artistry Paper Pack (orange paper) and Creased Cardstock Paper Pack (cream paper) by Katie Pertiet. Stitches: Clean Stitched Squares: White No. 01 and Clean Stitched Circles: White No. 01 by Katie Pertiet. Text Path: Text Bytes: Shaped Text Templates No. 30 by Pattie Knox. Circle Embellishments: Date Dots No. 02 Brushes and Stamps (April 2012 circle), Defined Discs: Spring (grow circle), Defined Discs: Holiday No. 01 Brushes and Stamps (celebrate circle), and Buttoned Up: Vintage (flair button) by Katie Pertiet; Pinked Circles (yellow circle), For the Love of Circle Numbers (nine circle), Love Something Brushes and Stamps (heart circle), and The Story of This Day Brushes and Stamps (this day circle) by Ali Edwards.
I wanted the focus of the layout to be on the circles, but still allow the photos of my son to shine. I started by layering the pieces of cardstock on top of each other and then added stitching to the edges of the cream paper to ground it. Then I layered the circular stitches on top of the cardstock as a base for all of the embellishments. After that, it was just a matter of cropping photos into circles and choosing my embellishments. I chose both text circles as well as numbered circles – just as I saw in the Ormolu inspiration circles. I added text in the middle of the layout surrounding a heart brush from Ali Edwards to finish it off.
My layout is entirely digital but this design would be even easier to make using traditional paper supplies and different sized circle punches. I had a lot of fun trying a different style of scrapbooking and getting out of my comfort zone. I hope that you are as inspired by Kaitlin’s design as I was! Let me know where you find inspiration and maybe I’ll use it in a future column. You can also follow my Pinterest boards here.
About Kaitlin and Ormolu | Kaitlin started Ormolu in 2007 while in college studying interior design. She soon realized that she was drawn more to fonts, design, and layout presentation. After receiving her degree, she focused on Ormolu full-time and, in 2009, she adopted an earth-friendly philosophy. She now uses only recycled papers, soy ink and utilizes wind power to create her products. If you would like more information about Kaitlin and her designs, you can find her at Ormolu. The photo of her products was reprinted with permission.
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