Using Smaller Pieces

Happy Friday crafty friends! It’s Gail here today sharing a fun idea for using some of the adorable smaller pieces in some American Crafts collections! Let’s take a look!


I did a little planning ahead and die cut my title from white cardstock. I was sure to make one word a little larger as I had the idea to layer lots of little pieces behind it.

After I chose the photo, I went ahead and chose a few patterned papers that coordinated with the photo. Using mainly the Little By Little collection from Shimelle, I ended up choosing to stick to the colors red, yellow, aqua and blue which I lined up in a rainbow-inspired order!


I cut patterned paper in my chosen colors to add behind the letters, then I spent some time rummaging through all my little embellishments to fill in the space behind each letter of the word ‘JOYS’.

I used a combination of small stickers, puffy stickers, enamel dots and wooden buttons to fill in each space, sticking to the color of the patterned paper behind. I started with the larger items and then filled in as many spaces as I could using the teeny tiny enamel dots!


I love the look of black and white teamed with rainbow colors so I used a black and white striped paper behind the first word in my title. I then adhered the white cardstock over the top using adhesive foam to raise it up.


I kept the rest of the layout simple – a few layers behind my photo, some typed journaling and a few flicks of mist to finish it off.


I will definitely be doing this technique again! I have no shortage of small embellishments and I think the key is to combine them from different collections according to color!

Here’s to using up all our smaller pieces!


Supplies: Shimelle Little By Little – Higgledy Piggledy (378342), Seeing Magic (378343), Pint-Sized Fun (378344), Accent & Phrase Stickers (378359), Sticker Book (378358), Puffy Stickers (378364), Ephemera (378362), Wooden Buttons (378366), Enamel Dots (378368); Amy Tangerine On A Whim – Sprinkle (378734), Accent & Phrase Stickers (378749); Dear Lizzy Lovely Day – Literally Love (376938), Puffy Stickers (376954), Embellishment Pack (376958); 1 Canoe 2 Hazelwood – Darling Thickers (376892)