Linda Harrison is back today with a beautiful heart element—perfect for adorning your next Valentine’s Day layout.

Here is Linda’s tutorial:

More times than not, I don’t get the opportunity to sit down and complete an entire layout start to finish in one sitting, and when I do, sometimes my page lacks some of the more time-consuming and detailed touches that I would’ve liked to have added, if only given more time. Well today, I am going to show you how to pre-make a fun heart element for your next Valentine layout so that it is ready-to-go the next time you sit down to scrap or pack for a crop. The great thing about this project is that the making of the heart element can be done with your kids, while watching TV, or in those little bits of time you have throughout the day.

1. I began with one half of a Bazzill scalloped heart shape and a slightly smaller cardstock heart. I created the smaller heart by tracing the scalloped outline onto a sheet of cardstock and then cutting out slightly smaller than the trace lines. This will allow the smaller heart to be put on top of the scalloped heart and create a scalloped mat when finished.

2. Next I selected some items that I could use to cut a variety of circle sizes. I used circle punches, circle dies, and my hole punch to produce a variety of sizes.

3. I selected some sheets of Valentine-themed patterned paper and used them to choose 5 shades of cardstock that would coordinate. Those five sheets of cardstock are what I used for my circles.

4. Once all of the circles were punched, I laid them in piles according to size. Each sized pile had some cut circles from each of the five sheets of cardstock. Since I used some Bo Bunny dotted cardstock, I was able to use the fronts and the backs of those circles, which gave me even more variety.

5. I began by gluing one of the largest circles on the “sweetspot” of the heart and started to work my way out using a variety of circle colours and sizes.

6. Halfway through, my heart looked like this.

7. Once I was finished, my heart was filled with circles.

8. Finally, I trimmed off the parts of the circles that hung over the edge of the heart and matted the entire heart onto the scalloped shape.

This completed my heart element and now I have a fun and funky item ready for my next Valentine layout!

by Linda Harrison, Sarasota, FL

supplies: scalloped heart and cardstock, Bazzill; double dot cardstock, Bo Bunny; circle die-cuts, QuicKutz; circle punches, Marvy Uchida; other, hole punch, scissors, glue

Article by: Linda Harrison