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Margie Higuchi

Together Watercolor Layout

Hello friends! I am sharing my Together Watercolor Layout that documents my travel before the Pandemic. My husband took me on a last-minute trip to California for an early Valentine’s present. Grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair…let’s go!

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Together Watercolor Layout Background

For the background, I cut four approx. 2 x 12-inch strips and then I distressed the edges by tearing and using a distressing tool. I was going for a textured background with the watercolor patterned papers.

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Since the strips will be supporting layers, I am using the E-Z Runner® Grand Dispenser and adding the E-Z Runner® Ultra Strong Refill. This tape adhesive is so light considering its size and the 150 ft. of adhesive it houses. LOVE!

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Here’s a quick How to Use and Refill E-Z Runner® Grand Dispensers video below.

Layers of Love

I picked out a couple of images from my phone and printed them on through my Instax printer. Yes, hubby is wearing a mask – we were at the airport. It’s part of our travel kit. I wore mine on the plane. We’ve been doing this for years…before the Pandemic.

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Now the fun part! Making layers of patterned papers I had on my work surface. The packaging was so cute that I had to use it. Just cut off the top.

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I also found and cut a 6 x 4.5-inch lavender cardstock, 5.25 x 4.5-inch white dotted patterned paper, and a frame patterned paper that was fussed cut out. Distress the cardstock by inking the edges with pink ink and a small blending brush. Designer’s Note: I also edged with pink ink on all four sides of the white cardstock base. Later, I added a shipping tag to anchor the layer behind it.

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Once I got my desired look in the layers, I applied the E-Z Runner® Grand Permanent Strips in between the layers to secure and set it aside to work on the die cuts.

Die Cut Power

Creative friends who know me well know how much I LOVE DIE-CUTTING!! I’ve been die-cutting since 2000. So using the Adhesive Sheets is a no-brainer!

Apply an Adhesive Sheet 4×6-inch on the back of each lavender cardstock. Then die-cut two leafy vines from the Flower Bundle Die Set. Now they are die-cut stickers! Take off the backing and place them on the left side of the scrapbook layout. It’s that easy!

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

See the How to Use Adhesive Sheets for Die Cutting video below.

Delicate and Dimensional Elements

Using another shipping tag that I used for the layer, I die-cut Timeless Grace Doily Die to get five petals that form a half-circle shape. On each petal die cut, valley-fold on the inner perforated line with the slit, and mountain-fold the outer perforated line. Take two die cuts and interlock the ends to start.

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Once done, I tucked a couple of Adhesive Dots Micro between each petal for extra hold but they interlock tightly so this part is up to you.

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

For the flowers, I die-cut twice the largest flower from the Rolled Flowers Die Set. This is a clever set. Everything is included from the stamen to the blossom to the leaves. All you have to do is roll it. Secure the end with a couple of Adhesive Dots Micro and sits on an Adhesive Dot Large. When I’m ready to adhere, I simply take off the liner and place it on the page.

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Assemble the Together Watercolor Layout

Using the half-circle doily as a guide, I adhered the layered papers with the E-Z Runner® Grand Ultra Strong. Then lift and adhere the frame with 3D Foam Strips (leave the bottom open) on top of the layers. I found a feather die cut on my table and thought it was cute so I added that in the lower right corner with an Adhesive Dot Large. LOL!

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Then add the doily on the left of the frame with Adhesive Dots Micro. Adhere the flowers in the center opening of the doily.

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Randomly stamp with pink ink on the white cardstock base. Add water to the lavender ink and splatter the base with a watercolor brush. Add sequins with Adhesive Dots Micro.

Together Watercolor Layout by Margie Higuchi for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Lastly, tuck in the two images with a combination of the E-Z Runner® Grand Ultra Strong, and 3D Foam Strips. Add the little journal box in the lower right corner of the frame. That’s it!

Thank you for sticking with me this far! LOL! I’m thrilled about how it came out. Hope that the Together Watercolor Layout tutorial inspired you or remind you of a design idea.

Margie Higuchi

Creative Time: 40 minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Needed:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
E-Z Runner® Grand Refillable Dispenser
E-Z Runner® Grand Ultra Strong Refill
Adhesive Dots Micro
Adhesive Dots Large
3D Foam Strips
Adhesive Sheets 4 x 6-inch

Other
Patterned Papers: Kawaii Paper Goods (Watercolor and Forest Friends Collections, and Feather Die Cut Ephemera Pack); Craft Dies; Spellbinders Paper Art (Timeless Grace Doily Die, Rolled Flowers Etched Dies Set by Marisa Job (retired), Flower Bundle Etched Dies Set (retired), Tool ‘n One with Quill Tip, and Deep Sea Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine); Inks: Ranger Ink (Distress Oxide Ink in Spun Sugar + Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac); Distress Tool: Creative Memories; Background Stamp: Impression Obsession; Sequins: MultiCraft (Baby Cup Sequins); White and Lavender Cardstock; Shipping Tags; Water Mister; WaterColor Brush

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