Inspiration: Going Dutch
• Mosaic Moments 12 x 12 Grid: Prussian Blue
• Mosaic Moments Paper Tiles: Cobalt, Wildberry Pie, Bluebird, White
• Mosaic Moments Pinwheel Die Set
• Spellbinders Circle Dies
• Punches: EK Success teardrop and small heart punch, 1/16” and 1/8” hand punches
The challenge this week is to use a Dutch Style as our inspiration as we continue our journey around the world this year. Collecting bits and pieces of inspiration on my Pinterest board helped me to narrow down a few key elements that I wanted to use.
My first ideas went to Delft Blue pottery, windmills, tulips, and the shades of blue in the delft patterns. Now, how to bring that to a page? The Prussian Blue 12”x 12” Mosaic Moments Grid Paper was a good base color to begin with and then build with complimentary blues to the mix. The Paper Tiles in Cobalt, Wildberry Pie, and Bluebird were just right. The Pinwheel Die Set and the Corner Tiles Die will help create my design patterns. I’ve relied on white Paper Tiles for photo mats and background tiles.
Normally the pattern I choose is based on the photos I want to use. This time I searched patterns with the elements I wanted to use. I knew I wanted to include the 2×2 pinwheel block, the 1” square and the separate pinwheel die so I’d need some squares. I chose Pattern #113 a puzzle pattern. It allowed me to have three cornerstone tiles across the top and to have two spots of four 1” squares to create a secondary pinwheel/windmill element. The numerous 1” tiles along the outside edges were perfect spots to use both the 1” pinwheel and the pinwheel without the border frame. There are four spots for photos.
The photos for this layout were taken at Kingwood Gardens in Mansfield, Ohio back in May of 1961 by my Dad. This will be another page in my Album “All About Me.” With the rich flower beds of tulips I thought it would fit a nice spring layout with a Dutch Style theme. Cropping photos to fit the spots and still keep some of the fashion and cars in view was my goal.
I created a circular embellishment as a tag that has a tulip theme using several punches to create the elements. Let’s break it down into the various parts and then assemble it.
Punch your pieces. Using the teardrop punch to create three tulips you will need to punch 7 to 9 teardrops.
Layer the petals. If you want to have a narrow tulip, use two teardrops and glue wide bases together and points slightly apart. For a three petal tulip, spread the tips slightly wider and add a third teardrop to the center back.
Cut the hearts. For the heart base you will need two hearts and cut one in half to use as ‘leaves’ for either side of the first heart.
Assemble it all. Arrange the pieces on a double layer of white circle cardstock base (edges inked.) Finish the design with punched dots 1/16” and 1/8” above each of the tulip points and at their bases and below the heart.
Add Journaling. In the white space along the bottom edges in a matching color the place and date have been added.
Maybe this monochromatic layout using the Delft-like blues will inspire one of your spring layouts!