Fridays in March with DCWV [give-away]

You’ve probably seen a paper pad from Die Cuts with a View (aka DCWV) in your local craft or scrapbook store. They’re thick. They’ve got multiple sheets of each design (or cardstock). They come in mat size + 12×12 and more. It’s a big stack of paper love, and they have a wide selection and new designs come out frequently.

It’s good stuff, and what makes it even more fun is every Friday in March (Hooray for National Craft month!) you will find a new project from me + a give-away right here on my blog featuring DCWV paper. Oh yes, they’ve sent me some paper to experiment with, and they’re going to send some love to one of my lucky blog readers each week too. [and if you're counting, yep. 5 Fridays in March. WAHOO!]

So let’s dig in with my first layout with the Coral Couture stacks.

Aqua is always a favorite color of mine, and of course oranges (and coral) hues are super hot this spring so this is a very trendy pad indeed. What I like is that most of the patterns are small scale, the colors are really nice tones that look good with my photos, and it’s a versatile pad as well. For this first week, I wanted to do a sunburst layout. I’ve had “make my own paper sunburst patterned paper” on my to-do list for a long time, and this seemed like the time to try it. So here we go.

1. Draw a sunburst on your background. Do this with a ruler + pen. Mark some “center” for your sunburst (it does NOT have to be centered, just that’s the point you go out from). I suggest marking that spot on a place you intend to cover.

2. Go ahead and draw those lines! wide, thin, lots, just a few – totally your call.

3. Cut down along the lines, stopping an inch or two from the center point. At this point, you can cut a second line (thin ‘strip’) to help mark between papers, or if you did every other section your background paper, then you wouldn’t have to.

4. Start cutting patterned papers and cardstocks! You can cut to size using the pieces you just cut out and removed, or if you’re doing every other one instead, just cut it about the right size.

5. Once it’s all glued together, stitch a zig-zag stitch along the seams. Then trim edges (I needed to) and you’re ready to go! I ended up trimming mine down to 11 1/4″ square and then I mounted this onto another sheet of paper and stitched around the edges.

I used my ruler + a craft knife to cut my lines. I was able to have better control than with scissors as I don’t cut straight on my own well. Here’s the finished layout:

It was quite a bit of work, but not hard once I got things going. Just time consuming… and really fun.

I kept my embellishing simple with just a few pebbles embellishments (new Hip Hip Hooray line – matches great!) and some distress stickles.

I also used a few stamps (dots are just bubble wrap I inked + stamped) to add some funk to my sunburst.

I used papers from the coordinating mat stack to go under my photo – love that. I also really like the subtle texture of their solid papers and that there are glittered and foil papers as well as regular patterned paper in the stack. Another thing I love is how easily the colors and patterns blend with any brand of embellishments.

As you can see, these colors worked beautifully with my Hawaii photo. What else can I do with them? You’ll have to stay tuned to see!

Prize Time:

Would you like to win two stacks from DCWV’s latest collections? Leave a comment here to be entered for your chance to win. I will announce winner at the start of the next week’s DCWV Friday post. DCWV requests that entries be limited to within the USA.  

Thank you DCWV for sponsoring these weekly give-aways! It’s going to be a super fun March ahead…


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Comments

  1. I just decorated my daughter’s nursery in grey and white with aqua + coral! I love that color combination, too. One of these days, I’m definitely going to give that sunburst design a try. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. This is so pretty! I love what you’ve done! DCWV makes such pretty papers! Thanks for the chance!

  3. Stefani says:

    Awesome. I love this design … thank you so much for sharing!

  4. fabulous result with the technique! It certainly does look time consuming though. These papers and technique would work great for some of the photos I have from a recent trip to San Diego.

  5. that turned out great! I am impressed with your patience :)

  6. Marianne says:

    Its so inspiring to see what you can do with just a stack of paper! I’d love to win a stack too!

  7. Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc) says:

    Oh, such a wonderful prize! So nice of DCWV. The sunburst is a fun trend, like the LO, may have to give this a try.

  8. Love DCWV and the Coral packs. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Love your Sunburst paper. I’ll have to give this a try. I am loving your Big Picture class too.

  10. gorgeous May! But dang, what a lot of work.

  11. I am a bit of a sucker for DCWV paper. I love what you have done with the Coral stack. I also am loving your BP class. :)

  12. Totally had to pin this to do in the future! I am in love! :)

  13. Karen Kellenberger says:

    What a beautiful page and a wonderful technique! The DCWV paper is really pretty. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Laura C says:

    That painted clothespin is the perfect touch to those pretty papers!

  15. Dawn Winslow says:

    Hi May,
    So did you make the pinwheel? It is so cute!!

    Also, my sewing machine is broken, so is this a design you could do without a sewing machine?
    Thank you for the chance to win!!

    Have a super day ~~ dawn

    • at the bottom I’ve got a supply list – the pinwheel is by Pebbles. And SURE! just skip the stitching. :)

  16. Love this tutorial! Cannot wait to try this on a layout. This stack is gorgeous! Would love to win some of these papers!

  17. Gina Torres says:

    Totally love this layout! The colors are gorgeous! What a great idea to ink and stamp with bubble wrap! Absolutely brilliant! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. love DCWV papers! this is such a unique layout, will have to give it a try. would love to win some new paper! :-)

  19. Nicole L. says:

    Dude, orange is my favorite color. Of COURSE I’m entering this! :)

  20. Love what you did with the papers! Thanks for the chance to win some.

  21. LOVE it!

  22. Love the color combo. thanks for the neat idea to try, I just love to use the different pattern papers and love the idea of some nice stitching on the page too! Thanks for the give away! ~gin~

  23. May, I’m amazed at the explosion of sunburst designs! I can’t imagine how long it took to put that together, but it’s good to know it was fun anyway! The finished look is fantastic, so, I guess I should give it a try! TFS!

    • thank you! it wasn’t THAT bad… an hour? 90min? But for me that’s a lot of focused time + energy. In the end WORTH IT and I will do it again for sure! great way to play with paper!

  24. May, I don’t want to be entered to win, not that I don’t love the paper, I’m just in paper overlaod right now! What I really wanted to tell you is that I love this page! I think this is one of my favorites of the things you’ve posted lately. It’s a gorgeous page and it just really screams “May Flaum made this page!” to me. Totally feeling your style in this one.

  25. Oh May, your LO is beautiful. Those oranges and corals and teals are MY colors too! Love DCWV!

  26. Wow, that is one rockin’ cool layout! I love it. I’ve never tried a sunburst before, and this makes me want to. :)

  27. I absolutely love the sunburst idea, and I’m eager to try it. I have an aversion to orange and pink, which I am determined to overcome. These papers would make it very easy to overcome that aversion…lol! I would love to win a pad and give a try of your design!

  28. Miriam Prantner says:

    Great layout! Thanks for the detailed how to photos!

  29. Looks great May! Makes me want to go ut and paint a clothespin to match some of what I have! Cropping tonight and will definitely post on The Curious Scrapbookers Field Guide Message Board.

  30. Carol Mc says:

    Beautiful papers. Love your layout. Thanks for the chance to win.

  31. Love the stitched sunburst.

  32. I love your layout! It seems like a lot of work, but well worth the effort.

  33. Jeannie Barnes says:

    I love the sunburst. I’ve been sewing on a lot of my layouts later and love the texture. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Lisa m Zepponi says:

    Beautiful colors of patterned papers! Awesome starburst. Love the LO!! Great job! I am not sure how I would accomplish with out a sewing machine…. Thanks for the demo and thanks DCWV for donating a great prize!

  35. Great layout! I love DCWV paper. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  36. DCWV paper packs make it really easy to color coordinate a layout and its added prints to my layouts which I didn’t use to use at all!

  37. I love the sunburst pattern and the stitching. Thanks for showing how to do this. I haven’t worked my way up to stitching yet. Really enjoying the BPC class.

  38. What a fun layout! I love it! Thanks for the chance to win some DCWV goodies!

  39. Julie Bonomo says:

    I love DCWV! heavyweight, great colors and design. Thank you for the inspiration!

  40. Leap Year Baby says:

    I love DCWV they have the best designs. The new colors are yummy. I would be thrilled to win something from their new line. Thank you for the opportunity!

    I really enjoy your designs you always have something different and fun.

  41. Pamela Palm says:

    What a great idea to do a sunburst in all different colors like that!
    I’d love some of theDCWV pads. These colors look really great.

  42. Oh I love it!! I think I may try this technique… I’m so glad you posted step-by-step directions AND photos so that I can give it a go. :) And it IS perfect for paper/pen week!!

  43. Love DCWV papers and always love what you are able to do with any product your try :O) The Sunburst idea is great..

  44. Very neat technique! I have always been a fan of DCWV – thanks for the chance to win!

  45. I love DCWV and have many of their stacks!!!!! I have not seen this new one. I love the colors and your layout rocks!!!! I am definitely scraplifting this one!!!! Am loving Field Guide by the way! Thanks for the chance to win this new stack!!!!

  46. Jena Baker says:

    Oh what a fabulous idea that DCWV and you have come up with. I just love DCWV’s lines and often find myself salivating over them at my local craft stores. Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Marla H. says:

    Wow May your layouts always amaze me. DCWV is one of my oldest favorite paper companies. I dont have these line yet but have greatly been admiring. What a great thing to win. Thanks for a chance!!!

  48. I just looked at this very DCWV set last week! I ended up picking a different DCWV set that had similar colors, but brighter, because of the particular project it was for. Love their sets. Love your projects!

  49. Beth Rang says:

    Starbursts are so much fun! Thanks for sharing this.

  50. Love the corals and aqua colors together and your choice of patterned paper. The sunburst is really great and love the way you showed how to do it. Do you think one could skip the sewing machine stitching ………. and would it look just as great? Thanks for the give-away.

  51. Hmm…love the make your own template idea. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win some of that gorgeous paper!

  52. Love DCWV! I think that is most of my paper.
    Love the project inspiration too! Thanks May!

  53. Jenny McGee says:

    Beautiful sunburst layout. I love DCWV paper stacks. I have owned quite a few of them. This coral one looks beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win.

  54. Absolutely beautiful! What a great post! Love all your directions and the finished product is FABulous! I hope you have a great weekend May! ♥♥

  55. I haven’t seen that particular paper yet…the colors are so yummy! And the beautiful sunburst is nothing to sneeze at either!

  56. What an amazing layout!!!

  57. Jo Aubrey says:

    Love the sunburst design! Must try! Thanks for the directions and a chance to win!

  58. Roseann says:

    Love your paper piecing layout. So fun. And love the paper! Thanks for a chance to win.

  59. Kathy Durr says:

    Love the papers

  60. Love the layout!!! Cross my fingers and hope to win!!! Thanks for the chance!!

  61. How fun! Great layout idea. Thanks for sharing how you did it! Thanks for the giveaways this month also.

  62. Melinda Wilson says:

    Thanks so much for showing how you completed this design. I love it and plan to give this a try soon.

  63. May, I love your sunburst! I have this on my must do list, too. Yours is fabulous. Your LO is gorgeous.

  64. Theresa MP says:

    Being a fiber artist for thirty-five years, it amazes me how quilt patterns are now so influencing the paper arts. How you used the pattern is remarkable. Great to see. Thanks so much for sharing.

  65. Pam Rudder says:

    How freaking awesome is that!!!! I’m amazed by the creativity that you have inside your head!!!!! Love it, Love it, Love….Thanks for sharing

  66. Shannon says:

    That is my favorite color combination lately- it is just so happy and cheerful! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  67. Laurie Kearnes says:

    Absolutely stunning! Love these papers and your sunburst idea! I want to try it.

  68. Kirsten J says:

    ahhhh! you make it look so easy – thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win :)

  69. Angela Siburt says:

    I had seen something similar to this in a magazine and was wondering how I would do it. Thanks for the free tutorial. Please enter me in a chance to win the beautiful paper pack.

  70. Kathy R says:

    Love your sunburst. Thanks for the directions. I’ve seen so many sunburst layouts and have wanted to make one. Thanks for a chance to win some DCWV paper.

  71. You have to love this sunny, scrappy, goodness. Hooray for DCWV and national craft month! I cannot wait to hit the sales at the stores this weekend to celebrate!!!

  72. What GREAT paper!!!

  73. littleoldswedishnana says:

    May,
    I LOVE your blog and am now taking your Field Guide class. Everything you do inspires me and I learn so much just reading your blog! I love these colors-they have been my favorite colors for awhile now-thanks for the chance to win them! What great collections DCWV has!

  74. carol in seattle :) says:

    It will be a fun March for sure! I love today’s page and can’t wait to see what else you create!

  75. Thanks for sharing your lovely layout and the tutorial – it seems so fun! I must give it a try. Thank you also for a chance of winning the gorgeous DCWV goodies!

  76. May every time I am amazed to what you do with paper. Such great ideas. An eye candy for me every time.

  77. Love what you have done! The sewing and papers work so well together, can’t wait to sew up a little sun shine myself. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. Ladies, save those scraps, you could make a cute card this way as well.

  78. Dorothy F says:

    Love your layout and DCWV.

  79. What a great layout! I’ve always loved DCWV stacks and these look like great fun colors! I’m taking your BPC Field class and this would be great to experiment with!
    Thanks, May!

  80. What a great layout. I would love to win.

  81. May,
    First of all, I wanted to say the new changes to you blog are AWESOME! Loving ALL the content. Second, love the layout. I have been wanting to try a layout like that for a long time, so you your directions might just finally inspire me! Thanks!

  82. Awesome layout!! Luv DCWV, thanks for the chance to win.

  83. This is an awesome LO! I so need to try my sewing machine…it’s just such a PITA to get out. LOL Mayeb I will give this a go with handstitching though…

  84. Terri Torrez says:

    Love the bright colors! I’m definitely adding bubble wrap stamping to the list of techniques I want to try.

    Did you distress the letter stickers or did they come that way?

  85. Thank you May! Thank you DCWV! I always wanted someone to show me this. Just terrific!

  86. That looks fantastic May!!!

  87. Letty Sandoval says:

    Wow!! beautiful!! you are so creative!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  88. Barb in VA says:

    Wonderful layout. That stack has fab colors! Thanks for the chance to win!

  89. Dawn F. says:

    What a gorgeous layout! I have loved their stacks for a long time now. Thanks for the chance!

  90. Love your layout! So fun! Thanks for the cance to win!

  91. Thanks for the how-to on sunburst layout it looks so cool. I really like the palette of the coral couture very pretty. Also thanks for the chance to win some scrap goodies. I’m looking forward to see what you have in store for us on Fridays this month.

  92. I love the new DCWV pads and I like the way you used multiple patterned papers on your layout. Would love to win one of the new paper pads!

  93. Wow! What a great idea. And it has been awhile since I made a trek to Joann’s. I think I need some paper packs!

  94. Shawnery says:

    I love what you did to this page. Thank you very much for the idea, and for the opportunity to win the fun paper.

  95. WOW! what a lovely layout. Love the sewing. Love the pinwheel. So whimsical.

  96. Wonderful technique. I start to think that probably it’s not so difficult to try=)

  97. Funny but DCWV is one of the first stacks I ever bought-Nana’s kids and I still love it. This is a gorgeous color combo that I just saw in person this weekend.

  98. Love your layout! I’m excited to see the new DCWV stuff…I’m addicted to their stacks! So this month should be super fun. =)

  99. I would love to win! I have some of the DCWV stacks that are my favorites. I also adore the layout and can’t wait to scraplift from you!

  100. karenajo says:

    Great layout and it is so nice to have so many coordinating papers to put together in a layout or a card.
    Thanks for sharing !

  101. reneecrops says:

    Holy Stinking Cute Batman! Love this layout and the DCWV papers! Thanks~

  102. Nicole M says:

    I love it!

  103. May – I love this page, the design, the colors….all of it. I’d love a chance to win some of DCWV ‘s paper. Thanks for the chance.

  104. I haven’t gotten brave enough to stitch on paper yet. I am working my way up to it and your layout truly inspires. Thank you for sharing.