Greetings on this Wednesday in mid-October! Today’s blog post is all about gnomes, getting you ready for the Acorn Lane gnomefest happening in Gnome-vember at Cocoa Daisy! Three of our Memory Keeping team members have gathered fun ideas for adding gnomes to your everyday life. Please keep reading to find how Audrey, Brande, and Korrieann included gnomes in their memory keeping creations.
As soon as I snapped this photo of Dennis (my wheaten terrier) on our recent trip to the woods, I knew that I had to use the adorable little gnomes and woodland friends from the ACORN LANE collection for this photo. As usual, I started with a sketch. By doing a sketch I have a good idea of how I am going to use my kit elements and not worry about wasting them. I started my physical layout by creating the background using a stencil from my stash and Distress Oxide Ink from my stash. I then splattered some Prima Marketing shimmer paint (again from my stash) in the top and bottom corners of the paper. After the mixed media was dry, I cut the white page down to 11×11. I then took the planner papers from the planner kit and also the memory keeping classified kit and created my own 12×12 page. I simply cut down one of the two papers to size and glued them together. The pattern of falling leaves works well for this layout as its busy making it difficult to see the break in the paper. Finally, I sewed a messy border around the edge of my mixed media page to break the layout up a bit and add a layer of texture.
Once I had my mixed media background done and fixed onto my now 12×12 page, I popped the picture of Dennis on an angle using pop dots from my stash. I then added embellishments. I really wanted to focus on the gnomes and friends at the bottom of the layout so I only added a few embellishments around the picture. I absolutely love the rub ons that were included in the kit, so I used a lot of these around the layout. As a tip, cut out the rub on you want to use so it’s isolated as the only one, and then go slow and rub them a few times to make sure they are adhered.
Once my embellishments were safely adhered, I finished this layout with a few sequins from the FLANNEL and FROST collection and some Nuvo glitter drop hearts with the Nuvo Glitter that was included in the Serengeti collection. I have a video of how to do the hearts here: https://youtu.be/WiEyWgdC1Wo
While I don’t quite have my hands on the Acorn Lane Collection, the cute little gnomes in all the sneak peeks have me gnome-inspired. So I grabbed this Fall Gnomes cutfile from Peartree Cutfiles and made my own Flannel & Frost gnomes!
I used the papers of the Planner Kit to back just one of the gnomes in autumn colours (his beard is some of the packaging!) and then used the chipboard and die cuts to add a few fun embellishments.
A quick splatter or two of the Tim Holtz, Distress Ink in Fossilized Amber for a touch of mixed media and twine from the Kit for a little texture.
I have fond memories of this day, we had gone for a walk at a local country park where we were met by granny and grandad. Not only did granny climb the tree but she even let me capture the moment with my camera.
I have documented the moment on a 6 by 8 layout and knew that I wanted to add the little gnome rub ons along with his mushrooms.
I cut 1-inch strips of the patterned paper from the memory keeping kit and layered them off to the right-hand side of the page, not gluing anything down yet though.
The photograph I layered using the brown leaf paper and placed everything where I wanted it to be.
I couldn’t resist adding the little blue bird rub on, using the photo matte as a guide to where I wanted him to sit.
Once I was happy with the placement I glued everything in place, popping a couple of the leave die cuts in the bottom corner of the photograph.
I thought the quote From little seeds grows mighty trees was appropriate as this was one of the biggest trees in the park.
To finish off my layout I have sketched a couple of squiggly lines around my page and added my title So Very Thankful.
There you have it, three different ways to add gnomes to your designs, we would love to see what you do with the upcoming collection of gnomes, please share on social media. In Instagram, use the #cocoadaisygnomes and on Facebook share to our Cocoa Daisy Fan Page.