Sunday, October 10, 2010


I couldn't wait to get my DT package from Handmade by Suzanne this month when I found out I was going to receive the Mix and Mend collection from Sassafras. It was my absolute favourite from this last CHA, and I loved every single paper in the collection. However, sometimes I just fall in love with one particular paper so much that I cannot bear to cut into it. And so, to feature it in it's entirity I find the best solution is to use it as a background paper.

I just adored the Delicate Olio paper from the Sassafras Mix and Mend collection - despite The Man taking one look at it and declaring it was just like his granny's linen closet. I did suggest that was the point :-)

Of course, with such a busy background it really needed a black and white photo so as not to compete with all the pretty vintage colours. And taking my cue from the papers themselves I dutifully splashed around some Glimmermist (although I have to admit some of it was accidental...... oh well... happy accident!) As Julie Balzer would say "there are no mistakes, just creative opportunities"

And, oh my goodness the In a Stitch Blossoms were just so fabulous that I totally splurged and used the whole packet on this one layout!! I also added some hand stitching using my Jillibean Soup bakers twine for the flower stems. The leaves were cut out of the border strip you get down the bottom of the Sassafras papers. Talk about versatile :-)

PS. For my inspiration I scraplifted this delightful digital layout by Leslie that I found on the Frick on a Stick blog

PPS. I've posted a series of my rants (aka - Hints and Tips) on Handmade by Suzanne talking about how to use the Mix and Mend Collection. I know a lot of people are a little daunted by how 'digital' they appear and are afraid they wouldn't know how to use them. Check here for some of my ideas - it's in 4 parts so don't forget to check them all out.


  1. That is beautiful paper! I love the flowers and the corners you put on the photo, too! Really gorgeous!

  2. This is absolutely beautiful! I find it hard to use yellow but this is perfect;0) The dp and the flowers are beautiful!

    Cecelia B


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