Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lazy Days / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today with a new layout for the Hip Kit Club featuring the 2018 October Hip Kits. I focused on a grid design and the Heidi Swapp Stamps from the Project Life Kit.  I started off by stamping some of the flowers on a sheet of vellum.  I fussy cut them out and put them aside to use them as embellishments later.  I decided to create a grid design by using some patterned papers and a Project Life card.  I cut the papers to 3×4, which is the same size as my photo.  I used white cardstock as my background and applied clear gesso around the edges of the cards.  I used the label stamp to create some detail around the papers before adding some of the Shimmerz from the Color Kit.


I fussy cut some flowers from one of the Paige Evans Whimsical papers from the Main Kit and layered them in between the bottom paper and the Project Life card.  I added more flowers from the Whimsical Ephemera Die Cuts as well as some of the Rub-Ons and Sticker Book stickers.   I wanted to add more detail around the papers, so I machine stitched around the edges.


I fussy cut a few more bits from the Whimsical collection to add in, and I tucked in the stamped Heidi Swapp flowers along the edges here.  Here you can also see that I stamped the dotted square on the background for some extra detail.


I used some of the One Canoe Two Thickers for my title, and I love how that yellow pops against that pink papers.  Here on the background I used the Shimmerz Sunflower.  I did add some adhesive foam under the papers to create some dimension.


I wanted to add some color variation to the papers, so I smudged on some white gesso and then painted on some Shimmerz.  For this blue color, I mixed the Ride the Tide from the Color Kit with Oakie Bear Blue from the August Color Kit.  I just painted it on with a brush and then added black splatters at the very end.


I added another Whimsical Rub-On here at the top as well as another Heidi Swapp Stamp.


Here are a few more close-ups of all the fun details…



I used a white gel pen here to write my journaling on top of the Project Life card.


I hope this inspires you to create some fun embellishments and detail using the Heidi Swapp stamps.  I had lots of fun making this, and I love how it turned out.  Be sure to check out my process video here if you’d like to see how I put all this together:



Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

You Are Awesome / Paige Evans DT

Happy Tuesday, friends! I'm here with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team using the new Whimsical collection. I have been eyeing all the beautiful scallops on Paper 23 and I decided to fussy cut them all out. My photo is of my daughter playing with her abacus and I was inspired by the shape and colors of all the little beads. I moved all the scallops around for a while trying to decide my design. I finally settled on putting the scallops in rows in rainbow order. I used white cardstock as my background and used clear gessoDistress Oxides, and Shimmerz on the background to create a messy watercolor look. I also used some watered down white acrylic paint to add splatters and finished it off with some gold Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.



I arranged the scallops in rows and lightly glued them down. I added some texture and detail by machine stitching along each row. I was able to curl up the edges of the scallops to create fun dimension. I embellished with embellishments of matching colors. I fussy cut a few butterflies from Paper 06. I also used pieces from the Chipboard Stickers here as well as some of the Ephemera Die Cuts.


I used a paper from the 6x6 Paper Pad as a layer behind my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam. I added heart stickers from the Sticker Book. The cute rainbow heart is from one of the 2x2 Paper Pads. I went simple with the title and used a Sticker Book sticker. I added a bit more texture and color by tucking in pink tangled thread on the sides of the photos.


I used Rub-Ons in between some of the rows for small details. The Chipboard Stickers were perfect for adding tone-on-tone details. I highly recommend picking those up!


I love that there are so many opportunities for rainbow layouts with this collection.  And there are so many little bits and pieces that allow for lots of tone-on-tone embellishing.


Here are a few more detailed close-ups...



I hope this inspires you to do some fussy cutting with some of the Whimsical papers. Don’t be afraid to create your own designs with them! It’s so much fun to think outside the box!

Here's my process video:



 Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Using Older Supplies / Speechless

Hey, friends!  I'm back today with another layout using up some older supplies.  I like browsing my shelves of hoarded supplies (haha) and picking something fun to use.  This particular bag of goodies was full of some Pebbles papers and stickers from 2013.  I believe this collection is called From Me to You.  I was drawn to a paper full of speech bubbles.  That inspired me to create a layout that I've been wanting to do for a while but have been kind of scared to make. 

With both of my daughters being autistic and nonverbal, I've shied away from making pages about anything related to speech.  It's a tough subject for me to talk about or even scrap about.  I decided to just kind of let my feelings out and go for it.  It wound up being a page that symbolizes my hopes for the future of my girls.  One day they will talk, and we have some amazing conversations :)  I chose this photo to scrap because it's real life.  Trying to get a selfie with both girls is not easy, so I've learned to embrace these real life moments.

Okay, so onto the page.  I fussy cut the speech bubbles from patterned paper. I also used the Speech Bubble Background cut file by Paige Evans.  I cut them into individual shapes and layered them with the speech bubbles.  I used white cardstock as my base, and I used clear gesso and watercolors to create the messy color effect.



I added some adhesive foam under some of the speech bubbles and glued some of them flat.  I really love the dimension here and all of the watercolor peeking through. 


I love these fun colors and the simple sayings on the speech bubbles.  These are things I can't wait to hear my girls say!


I layered some patterned paper, chipboard, floral stickers and a small acetate frame under the photo.  All of these are from Pebbles.  I also added in some tangled thread for more color and texture.


I used some older white foam Thickers for my title.  I honestly took a while to decide on the title.  "Speechless" seemed appropriate for a few reasons.  The obvious one is that my girls are literally speechless.  I, too, am often speechless at how awesome and smart they are.  I'm speechless at this whole situation and often wonder how both of my children aren't able to speak.  I used some Prima mini inks to smudge some color on the bottom of the letters.  I love the ombre look it created.


I created a cluster over on the upper left side of the layout using more of the floral stickers, speech bubbles, cut file and thread.


Here are a couple more close-ups of the details...



I hope this inspires you to dive into something that's difficult to scrap and make a layout about it.  Or journal about it.  It feels really good to get some of those feelings out on paper.  Embrace those imperfections and accept that they are okay.  Our life "is what it is" and we do our best to make things the best they can be for our girls.  They are happy, and that's the most important thing.

I hope you enjoyed this page...it was very therapeutic to put it together.  I do have a video here if you'd like to check it out:



Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wicked Cute / Hip Kit Club

Happy Halloween!  I have a fun and festive layout to share today for Hip Kit Club.  Our theme this week is Halloween, and I used the 2018 October Hip Kits to create this.  Although the kits are not Halloween related whatsoever, there are quite a few orange, black and purple elements.  Plus we have several Halloween cut files available this month.  I was so pleased to see how easy this came together once I pulled out everything orange, black and purple :)

I used three cut files.  I cut the spider web and bat using patterned papers from the Main Kit.  I cut the ghost on white cardstock.  I decided to center my photo and keep all of the fussy cut pieces and die cuts close to it, sort of in clusters.  I used the Pop Art Pink and Sunflower Shimmerz from the Color Kit to create the orange watercolor and I pulled the Wisteria Lane from the September Color Kit.


I cut some of the hexagons from a Whimsical Paige Evans paper.  I also cut some of the word and phrase banners from another Whimsical paper.  I threw in a few Vicki Boutin black circle die cuts and some Jen Hadfield black phrase stickers.  I also used some of the Heidi Swapp stamps on the background.  I mixed and matched the title using some of the shiny gold Thickers and the small Whimsical alpha stickers.


How cute is this ghost?!  I added some black ink on a scrap piece of paper and glued it behind the eyes and mouth to make it stand out more.  I raised it up off the page with some adhesive foam and then added some black thread under it.  Here you can see more of the stamping detail as well as some of the Whimsical Rub-Ons.


I was really surprised at all the purple and orange in the kits...at first I was scared that I couldn't make it work for a Halloween page.  But it wound up coming together really easily!  I layered an orange and purple Project Life card behind the photo for even more color.


Here are a few more close-ups of all the fun details...



I love the little bat!  So cute.


I hope this inspires you to create a Halloween layout using the October Kits!  I really enjoyed making this.  Be sure to check out my process video here:



Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a haunted day :)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Using Older Supplies / Sisters & Friends

Happy Sunday, lovely friends :)  I finally had some time to create a layout just for fun.  I try and use up some of my older supplies whenever I can, and for this page I used some scraps from my very first kit from Hip Kit Club.  It was the February 2015 Kits, and of course I kept what I had left.  It had lots of We R Memory Keepers, My Mind's Eye, Heidi Swapp and Webster's Pages.

I was inspired to try this chevron technique when I saw one of Paige Evans' layouts.  I wanted to try it, and I love how this turned out.  I used a 1-inch square punch and created lots of little squares from bits of the patterned papers I had left.  I cut them in half to make little triangles and then positioned them to create these chevron shapes.  I love the quilted look it creates!

I used some soft pink textured cardstock as my background, and I coated a lot of it with white gesso first.  I used some Shimmerz sprays on the background to create lots of splotchy color.


I didn't want to cover up any more of the chevrons than I needed to, so I kept all of the embellishments close to the photo.  I used some My Mind's Eye and Crate Paper pieces from the kit as well as some pieces from some Me & My Big Ideas sticker sheets from my desk scrap bin.  I also recently bought a cute watercolor sticker book from Walmart, and I used a few of those stickers here.


I pulled out some of my American Crafts foam word Thickers that I've been hoarding.  I wanted to use this "friends" piece even though this photo is of me and my sister.  So I found these Pinkfresh Studio light blue alpha stickers from my desk stash bin and created "sisters."  I also found a black clear sticker from Simple Stories in my stash bin to use here.


I forgot to mention that I did some machine stitching over the chevrons before adding anything on top of it.  I added some foam under some of the pieces to create some depth and added some black tangled thread under the circles.


I used a few patterned papers under the photo as well as some stickers, die cuts and enamel dots.


Here are a few more close-ups of all the details.






I hope you enjoyed this...it was fun to create!  It's always fun to dig into my older supplies and make them look new again.  I have a process video here if you'd like to see it....



Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week :)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sunkissed at the Lake / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  I have a nontraditional Fall layout to share today for the Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2018 October Hip Kits.  I don’t have typical Fall photos since I live in Florida, so our Fall kind of resembles Summer…haha.  This photo was taken on Thanksgiving, so technically it is a Fall photo.  I used a leaf cut file from one of this month’s subscriber files, and I cut it on three patterned papers from the Main Kit.  I went with a tone-on-tone look by using all three Shimmerz from the Color Kit on the background.


I used clear gesso first on the white cardstock.  I sprayed a bit of the Vibez Pop Art Pink and then used a palette knife to scrape the color down into a big stroke shape.  I also used the Creameez Ride the Tide and Shimmerz Sunflower.  I positioned the leaves on the matching colors.  I also used a leaf punch from my stash and created a few more leaves using some Project Life cards and more patterned papers.


I machine stitched through the centers of each leaf for some added texture and shine.


I used one of the Thickers from the Main Kit as my title and completed it with some of the Whimsical Mini Thickers.  I love the soft pink color.


I embellished with some of the Whimsical Flower Die Cuts and Rub-Ons.  I also used some Project Life cards as layers behind my photo.


I used a Vicki Boutin Ephemera Die Cut here above the photo as well as another Whimsical Flower, a sticker strip from the Whimsical Sticker Book, and a Jen Hadfield word sticker.


Here are a few more close-ups of the die cut leaves and mixed media background.




I hope this inspires you to create a Fall themed layout with your October Kits.  This was fun to do even though my photo isn’t the typical Fall photo.  These kits can be stretched to work with any theme if you think outside the box :)

Here's my process video:



Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a lovely day!