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There are three responses to a piece of design — yes, no, and WOW! WOW is the one to aim for.


We have a very special treat for you today. Our talented designer Melinda has created a step by step tutorial, giving us a behind the scenes look at how she goes about creating one of her wonderful layouts.


‘Hello everyone, it’s Melinda here and I am very excited to share with you a very simple Step x Step on how I created this layout for The color room.

Step 1……

 I almost always use a little misting on my backgrounds.  So with this gorgeous rich colour palette I decided to go with some TA Walnut Gold, one of my favourite colours, and just randomly spray around the page.  At about the centre of the page I gave a few good spritz’s in the one area and lifted my page and let some of the mist run down.

Step 2….

 I fussy cut around some flowers on some Hambly transparency and just placed them on the page.

Step 3….

Next I got my chipboard clock along with my distress ink (Antique Linen) and gently dabbed some ink over the chipboard to give it more definition.

Step 4….

I placed my chipboard over the top of my Hambly and then started layering and building up my layout with my papers and flowers.


Step 5….

Often with layering on a layout, it is just a matter of getting the balance right.  I most always work in a triangle. So here you can see that on my triangle corners I will place my flowers so that it surrounds my photo.


Step 6….

More fussy cutting of some Crate Paper to add further interest to my layout. I just kept placing them on until I was happy with the balance.  Once I was happy I added my photo, embellishments and title’.




Products used:  Blossoms (altered), Mascarpone (altered), Christmas Star (altered), Enchanted – little princess (white)

We hope you enjoyed Melindas tutorial, and the wonderful layout she created.