Creativity Unlocked feat. Build-A-Garden: Glowing Gardenias | Masculine Memory Keeping Layouts (With Video Tutorial!)

by nathalie

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Hello crafty friends!

It's Nathalie with a new idea for creating masculine memory keeping layouts featuring the new Build-A-Garden: Glowing Gardenias.

Welcome to Creativity Unlocked, where we highlight a new product from this month’s new collection! Discover each product's endless creative possibilities and get inspired to create the paper crafting ideas we share here. Keep on reading for exclusive tips from our designers, handy tips and tricks, and stunning project inspiration from talented crafters.

This new bundle is just beautiful and super versatile.  The delicate design of the stamp set is perfect for all sorts of crafting projects. However, it is the extra single flower designs that just push this set to amazing, as you can add dimension to your projects.  In addition, the coloring stencil has an extra glowing design that brings focus to the main image. These are some of the main reasons that I chose this set to create a masculine memory keeping layout; let's take a look at the final project.

Keep on reading for more tips and project ideas using this new stamp/die/stencil set!

12 04 2022 Creativity Unlocked Project Collage BAG Glowing Gardenias

Build-A-Garden: Glowing Gardenias

Do you want to transport yourself into an enchanted garden of gardenias? Bring the subtle beauty of gardenias to your project with this gorgeous stamp set. It features two gardenias on their own as well as in a simple arrangement for a variety of design options. They are accompanied by sentiments about friendship, kindness, and encouragement!

Need help with layering? We've got you!

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@altenew_masculine memory keeping layouts by Nathalie DeSousaThere are a few main concepts that are key when creating masculine memory keeping layouts (or any other layouts).  These simple concepts are sure to help you create an impactful layout.

@altenew_masculine memory keeping layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

  1. Color Palette

A color palette is probably key when creating masculine memory keeping layouts.  Cooler colors (green/blue/teal/earthy yellow and orange) are typically associated with men.  However, you can choose any color that will help tell the story. The key is to create contrast. I am playing with teal and turquoise for color but contrasting it with black and white plus a touch of gold.

@altenew_masculine memory keeping layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

2.  Add texture

Texture is always a good thing when creating any project.  However, creating masculine memory keeping layouts is not about achieving a maximum tactile effect; instead, consider subtle but contrasting textures.  I am adding some tactile interest with a bit of embossing (Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder) when creating the flowers and the stenciled background in the photo. The coordinating enamel dots are another subtle way to add texture in seconds.

@altenew_masculine memory keeping layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

3. Linear shapes

We tend to associate pinstripes and plaids with masculine designs. Though any design can be used when creating masculine memory keeping layouts,  a linear design (like in the Build-A-Garden: Glowing Gardenias Layering Coloring Stencil) helps to bring focus to the page. In my spread, I am using the stenciled lines as a way to create a guiding line to the tag and journaling on the page.

@altenew_masculine memory keeping layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

4.  Negative space

We always talk about negative space,  but when creating masculine memory keeping layouts this is very important. Leaving space between the elements in a layout gives them space to shine on their own and together as a cohesive group. I am choosing to hide my journaling behind the tag as a way to keep the page airy and light.

@altenew_masculine memory keeping layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

Using a brad helps to hinge the tag to the spread. Once you move the tag, the journaling is revealed. Those stenciled lines are just a great way to frame the journaling.  I am even using lots of negative space when choosing my stamped title (Paint-A-Flower: Poppy) and sentiment (Embellished Hexagon).

You can see how this masculine memory keeping layout comes together in the upcoming video. Watch it here or in HD on Altenew's YouTube channel:

I hope this inspires when creating masculine memory-keeping layouts.  Remember to share with us your finished projects.  We love to be inspired by you!

Designer's Tips!

Make these gardenias truly glow by stamping the bouquet and then inking around it with embossing ink through the coordinating stencil. Sprinkle on some metallic or neon embossing powder, then heat set for a stunning result!

Want your project to pop? Stamp (and color) the arrangement directly onto your card base/cardstock, then stamp the blooms separately on another piece of cardstock and cut with the coordinating die. Color in those images and then pop them up with a bit of Instant Dimension Foam Tape!

Add additional texture to your project with the embossed leaf dies. They can also be added to other flower stamps and dies in your stash for even more versatility

Perfect Pairings:

We've curated a few items that will go well with this product. Check them out!

Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die ▪ Altenew Blends 6×6 Paper Pack ▪ Gardenia Duo Stamp Set

1 Product, Multiple Ways!

Before you go, here are a few card ideas featuring this new stamp/die/stencil set!

Altenew BAG Glowing Gardenias mix and match frames Terri Koszler scaled

Make those gardenias pop by adding some stenciling and a unique card panel!

Altenew BAGGlowingGardeniaStampStencilDies OliveDyeInk ButtercreamDieInk TeriWilson Teri W

That clear heat-embossed background against the blue cardstock and the soft colors of the flowers make such a stunning statement!

Altenew Build A Garden Glowing Gardenias A Jenny Colacicco

Bold and beautiful! We can't get over Jenny's gorgeous take on this new stamp set!

Altenew Build A Garden Glowing Gardenias Sad scaled

Clean, simple, and stunning! What more could you ask for?

What do you think about the new Build-A-Garden: Glowing Gardenias.? Which project/s caught your eye? Comment below! Thank you for stopping by!

XO

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