Love Letters Layout by Belinda Basson

This paper has come just at the right time! My hubby and I are celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary on 26 April. We were at a function at the end of March where a professional photographer captured these shots of us. Of course, I have bright pink hair at the moment, so it clashed with the beautiful red, so I printed the photos in black and white!
Love Letters Layout - What You Need

One of the things I love doing is making my own embellishments to go on my page, so quite often when I first get a new set of paper, I look at it to see how I can go about creating interesting accents for my projects.

Love Letters Layout - Pretty

To create these, I get out all my paper punches. I first created the embellishments for the page and then made some others which I will use later on cards or tags for gifts.

Love Letters Layout - Tools

To create two of the rosettes, I cut a strip of Stripey Stripes leaving the info strip on the bottom of the strip 8,5cm or 33,2/8” and then lightly scored the white lines with my craft knife which are slightly wiggly but are nice and evenly spaced. I then concertinaed the paper along the score lines. The strip was too thick for one rosette, so I cut it into two strips with one being 1,5” or 4cm wide the other being 4,5cm or 1,6/8” wide including the info strip.

Love Letters Layout - Stripey Stripes

I created two circles by glueing the ends together of the concertinaed strips using opposite sides of the Stripey Stripes paper and then glued them down onto some circles cut from scrap paper, using a hot glue gun.

Love Letters Layout - How to Rosette

I then added the front circles punched out of the Happy Hearts paper.

To make the third rosette using the Happy Hearts paper, I cut a strip of 2” or 5cm and scored it on my Martha Stewart Scoring board every ¼ inch. I also glued it to a circle cut from scrap paper and added a circle to the front punched from the hello CARDS piece of paper.

Love Letters Layout - Rosette
Love Letters Layout - Red Pop Rosette

I punched a whole lot of shapes out of the matt for the 4×6” Jumbo photo which was from the hello CARDS Red Pop page. This is a great way to save paper and get “more bang for your buck”!

The envelopes and roses were created in Corel Draw and cut on my Silhouette Portrait. I have attached the Silhouette file for you to do the same. When I glued the envelopes, I made sure that the middle two were folded “inside out” so they would be different from the others.

Love Letters Layout - Silhouette

To make the roses you snip the spiral from the page and grab the outside of the spiral with tweezers and roll it towards the centre. Then let it go, and put a blob of hot glue in the centre and push the spiral down into the glue. To make the leaves, I punched them from the centre of the matt of the large photo.

Love Letters Layout - Red Pop

The tape cassette (which is so meaningful to me as the first time I met my hubby at a New Year’s Eve party of 1988 going into 89, he was listening to a tape recorded for him by his best friend) and the “we are better together square” comes from the free art sheet from the Red Pop Colour Pack Version 2 and the rest of the word strips in black come from the free black and white designs on the back of the cardmaking pack’s packaging.

Love Letters Layout - Belinda Basson

The word strips saying “you’re one of those special people who makes life worth living” comes off the bottom of the Dreamy Dots page which I chopped up into smaller strips.

Of course, I inked every edge in Black Soot Distress ink to make it pop off the page.

The page was designed from the centre out on the 250gsm White Cardstock from Lady Pattern Paper. I wanted a crisp clean layout for this page, so left the base paper absolutely white. You could add some doodles if you want to and could even journal directly onto the paper too!

Inspiration Design Team
I’ll never forget the first time I saw one of Belinda’s projects. It was mixed media, it was steampunk, it was layered, inked & exceptionally unique. For me, it was love at first sight. I have since followed Belinda’s work and have been amazed at the sheer talent, from paper crafts to modern art to mixed media installations of gigantic proportions! Belinda is an artist, a teacher and above all, she’s down to earth with a heart of pure gold… Read more here »
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