Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hip Kit Club / Together

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club.  I used the new 2019 August Hip Kits.  They are SO bright and colorful!  This page focuses on the Paige Evans Truly Grateful collection.  I also used a patterned paper from the Vicki Boutin Wildflowers & Honey collection.  I was first inspired by the hexagons on that paper, so I pulled out my hexagon punch to create lots of shapes.  I punched a lot of hexagons from the Truly Grateful Paper 14 and a few from the Vicki Boutin Queen Bee papers. I used a darker blue Truly Grateful paper as my background.


I knew I wanted to create a big background design with all the hexagons, but I wanted to add some mixed media behind them.  I began by adding some gesso to the blue paper.  I pulled out some the yellow and pink Lindy's Stamp Gang powders from the Color Kit.  I sprinkled some of the powder onto the background and spritzed it with water to activate it.  I mainly wanted a wash of color peeking through all the hexagons, so while it's still subtle, you can still see it's there.


I used this Truly Grateful Epoxy Sticker for my title.  It was perfect for these two rare photos of my girls in the same photos...haha.  They were throwing swim rings into the pool :)  I layered some Pocket Life cards behind the photos as well as some tangled threads.  I added a few Truly Grateful die cut flowers beneath the photos.


I wanted something light under the title sticker, so these lighter flowers did the trick.  I did add some adhesive foam under the photos to raise them up off the page a big.  I also used some of the Truly Grateful sequins from the Embellishment Pack.


I wanted to add lots of texture and detail, so I machine stitched around the edges of each hexagon.  Yes, I changed the thread colors to match...haha.  I ruffled up the edges of each hexagon to create some really awesome dimension.  I went through all the coordinating stickers and found some hearts, stars and word stickers.  I placed them tone-on-tone onto most of the hexagons.  I also added in a few of the Vicki Boutin layered butterfly stickers.


More Truly Grateful heart stickers here :)


I did add foam under each sticker...I love the effect that creates!


One of the last things I did was water down some white acrylic paint to splatter around the page.  White always shows up so nicely on a dark background like this.


One more just because :)


Okay, that's it for today!  I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next page.  This was a lot of fun to create!

Check out my process video here for all the details:



Thank you so much, and I'll see you again soon!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Exuma Mini Album / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  I'm back today with a fun mini album for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I made this very bright and summery for our recent trip to Exuma, Bahamas.  It features Paige’s new Truly Grateful. I used Paige’s Mini Album Tabbed Edges cut file as an album base and I used all five of Paige’s Stencils to add lots of texture. I just love how it turned out!


I went color crazy since I used lots of photos from a recent trip to Exuma, Bahamas. I wanted it to be thick and chunky with lots of texture and color, and this collection was perfect. This cut file was just what I needed and the tabbed edges make it so unique and interesting.


The main embellishment I used to decorate the album is flowers. I used quite a bit of those from the Floral Die Cuts. The first thing I did after cutting the album base on textured white cardstock was coat it with white gesso. I used modeling paste over different Stencils on each page and let it dry. I pulled out all the bright Shimmerz sprays and colored each page a different color. I fussy cut lots of flowers, butterflies, and leaves from the 6x8 Paper Pad to use also.


I added in a few more pages that I just traced and cut using more papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I adore this plaid paper. I decided to leave it as is because it’s just so beautiful on its own.


I wrote journaling on the back side of that paper and added a few Flowers. The next page has more Stencil work, photos, and Flowers.


I used the 12x12 Paper Pad to fussy cut “magical” for this page. I also decided to create a little shaker page. It was simple to do. I used packaging from stickers, cut it down, sewed the edges together, and then added sequins from the Mixed Embellishments. I love the detail and fun pop of texture this adds!


It flips just like a page since I punched holes in it. I like that you can see through it to the next page. I added pink Shimmerz to this page and machine stitched using blue thread. I used a big sun Epoxy Sticker here and added in yellow tangled thread.


This is my favorite page I think! I used white embroidery thread to stitch this heart found in the Ephemera Die Cuts - the holes are already there just waiting to be stitched! Once I stitched it, I used Shimmerz sprays to lightly color the thread. Then I used all the same colors of matching thread and created a big circle to go behind the heart to create a messy rainbow of texture. I focused on “sunshine” (from the Ephemera Die Cuts) on the second page using the Sunburst Rays Stencil, lots of yellows & oranges, and a butterfly from the Stickers. I also used yellow thread to stitch along all the rays.


More of the same for this spread: flowers, fussy cutting, stitching, and stickers.


The final pages center around all the animals we saw in the islands.  I used more fussy cut pieces, a sticker, and colorful Foam Mini Thickers from the Whimsical collection.


I sprayed the back with pink Shimmerz.


Here are a few detailed images. To add detail to the open heart, I wrapped embroidery thread around the outside edge. I also added yellow thread behind the sun.


I can’t get enough of this texture! I absolutely love Paige’s Stencils and the effects they create.


Have you ever made a sequin pocket like this? The stitching turned out a little messy, but I like it that way.


To get the rainbow colors on this originally white thread, I just lightly rubbed the nozzles of the ink sprays over it. I used my finger to smudge it in a little bit more. All the thread on the back side of it helped to pop it off the page a bit.


I love the detail that stitching adds!


Once I added the silver rings, I tied on matching ribbons from my stash. I also tied on a few of the Horizon Charms with embroidery thread. So cute!



I hope this inspires you to use the Truly Grateful collection for a bright and colorful mini album! I loved making this line work with summer photos. Be sure to check out my process video for all the details!


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


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fabulous Summer Vibes / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2019 July Hip Kits to create this fun tropical page.  I used one of this month's exclusive cut files, which is actually a background cut file.  I cut it on white cardstock and then cut it apart to create separate flowers and leaves to scatter around the page.

I used a lot of white gesso here...all of the flowers and leaves were coated as well as the light purple cardstock background.  I used the Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays from the Color Kit to paint all of the flowers and leaves.  I also pulled some matching colors of gelatos to add some shading to them.  I used the stencil from the Color Kit along with the same sprays on the background.


I just love these bright tropical colors!  I scattered all the flowers and leaves in a vertical design, overlapping one another.


I went small and simple with the title.  I combined a Pinkfresh Studio die cut with an exclusive die cut, which I popped up with some adhesive foam.  I also used a few of the small Pinkfresh Studio sentiment stickers in a few places.


I used this cute dimensional sticker from One Canoe Two here.  I also fussy cut this piece from a Pocket Life card to layer in.  This whole layout was actually inspired by this multi-colored circle Pocket Life card.  I've been wanting to use it, and it matched my daughter's swim suit, so I made it a big element here.


I layered a part of of an exclusive cut file here and layered a Pinkfresh Studio puffy sticker as well as some exclusive die cuts.  I love that little camera!  All those metallic dots are from the Shimmerz Miner Miner 49er Inklingz from a previous Color Kit.


To create this green color, I mixed the blue and yellow sprays from the Color Kit.  It turned out perfectly for these palm fronds!


I love this dimension...made possible with adhesive foam :)


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And a few more close-ups of all the beautiful colors & details :)


I hope this inspires you in some way.  It was certainly fun to make!  I never get tired of scrapping pool photos :)

Here's my process video:



Thanks so much for stopping by!  See you soon!


Monday, August 12, 2019

Back to School / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Monday!  Today is the first day of school, so I thought it was fitting to create a Back to School layout for Pinkfresh Studio.  I used the new Office Hours collection, which is perfect for school related pages.  I went with a grid design, which reminds me of school.  I divided the background paper into four big quadrants and went with primary colors, which again, reminds me of school.  I used lots of fun Office Hours embellishments around the page, creating a tone-on-tone effect.


I began by coating a lot of the background paper with clear gesso to prep it for some watercolor.  Once I created the four squares, I used some white gesso to fade out some of the pattern in the center of the page.  I used Distress Oxides first to get a base color down, and then I came in with the Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors to add some more color.  I love mixing and matching mixed media to get different looks.  I went through all the Office Hours embellishments...chipboard, die cuts, enamel shapes, puffy stickers, fabric die cuts...and chose pieces in yellow, blue, green and red.


I placed all the red pieces in the red section, all the yellow pieces in the yellow section, and so on.  I popped my photo up using some adhesive foam.  I love this big binder clip piece!  Perfect for the edge of the photo.  This photo is from 2016...and it's a challenge to get both of my girls to stand still together, let alone pose on the first day of school. They are ready to get in the car and GO...haha.


I love these adorable pencils!  I was so happy to see so many pieces that were perfect for a school layout.  I popped up some of these pieces with adhesive foam and added matching colors of tangled thread.


I created a smaller secondary title in the blue area using the matching small puffy alpha stickers.  You can also see here that I machine stitched using grey thread to make the grid lines a bit more crisp and to add more texture.


I love how the main title turned out!  I used the Adore Alpha Stamp Set from Pinkfresh with the Distress Oxides.  I love how the tone-on-tone effect looks here.  I did overlap the photo onto the red letters, but it's still easy to see what the title says.


I chose to place the photo in the lower right section since the girls are looking toward the left.  I like to have faces looking in towards the middle of the photo if I can design it that way.


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



I really love how this turned out!  I hope it inspires you to create a fun back to school page using this collection...it really is great, and the colors are perfect for school!  I hope you'll check out my process video here to see how I made this from start to finish.



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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hello Summer / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I'm back to share another new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2019 July Hip Kits to create a fun summer page.  I used lots of the adorable exclusive die cuts as well as some papers from Pinkfresh Studio.  I began by combining a Pinkfresh patterned paper with some of the yellow cardstock.  I coated a lot of it with white gesso and then used a mix of the Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays from the Color Kit to add splashes of watercolor.


I wanted to layer in lots of the cute die cuts around the photos, so I picked those out and played around with placement before gluing any of them down. I also thought this Hello Summer banner was perfect under the photos.  I popped it up using some adhesive foam.  I also used some of the Carta Bella brads in a few places.  I added "Exuma" using the metallic gold Thickers, but I toned down the shine first using some white gesso.


I added dimension to some of these die cuts as well.  I tucked some of them under the torn patterned paper.  I also fussy cut some of the black & white florals from a Pinkfresh Studio paper to use as embellishments.  I mixed and matched some orange & pink thread here for some added texture.


I added some of the Lindy's spray here...I dipped my palette knife into some of the blue spray and scraped it across the paper and then added splatters.


I decided to add some purple to the mix, so I blended some of the blue & pink sprays from the Color Kit.  I love how it turned out!  I also added some blue and purple stitching to the background for added texture.  I fussy cut "vacay" from a Pocket Life card here and added more exclusive die cuts.


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



I did trim off the white borders around a lot of the die cuts.  Not perfect, but that's okay :)



I hope this inspires you to create something beachy or tropical using your July Kits!  I loved making this one...these are my favorite kinds of pages to make!  Here's my process video if you're interested...



Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day :)