Perfectly Patterned: Flowers
It is never out of style for a gentleman to bring a lady some flowers. Similarly, it is never out of style to use flowers on your scrapbook layouts and cards. These days, flowers aren't just for girls and spring either. The styles of flowers change and new ones are always showing up. This article discusses some of the traditional and new types of flowers and how they can be used year-round and for both genders.
Scrappers love patterned papers and papers with a flower pattern are no exception. There are so many to choose from and they can be used so many ways. In this layout, I used a bold flower patterned paper for the background to complement the photos and theme of the layout.
I used patterned papers with smaller flowers in this layout to complement the flowers in the photos. I also hand-cut some of the flowers from the patterned paper to use as embellishments and as centers for the paper flowers. Even the butterflies are punched from the same floral patterned papers.
There are so many types of floral embellishments available for purchase, including paper flowers, felt flowers, silk flowers, lace flowers, velvet flowers, flower brads, flower ribbon slides, chipboard flowers, and crocheted flowers. These flowers are available in all different colors and in both solids and patterns. My personal favorite is the paper flowers and my latest favorites are the printed ones from Prima. Not only is there a huge selection of flower embellishments, they are easy to use. Just adhere them to your project using a glue dot or brad. Often a brad, button, or smaller flower can be layered in the center.
Felt flowers in a bright color can be a perfect embellishment for a boy layout. You can put a sticker or cardstock bulls-eye in the center for a more masculine look.
Make Your Own Flowers
Even through there are so many types of flower embellishments available, it can be fun to make your own. I like to crochet them. I also like to stamp flowers with black ink, color them in with watercolor, cut them out, and mount them with a pop-dot as in this card. It is also possible to cut your own flowers from felt or fold them from patterned paper.
A Flower for Every Season
Although flowers seem perfect for spring, they can be used for every season. Use flowers in winter colors such as blue and white on snow layouts. Use bright colored flowers in the summer, in autumn colors for Thanksgiving, and red and green for Christmas. You can even use black and orange flowers for Halloween.
Whatever type of flower you use and whatever the subject, flowers are always in style and can be the perfect embellishment for your project.