Monday, September 17, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolor Video Hop / Life With You

Happy Monday, scrappy friends!  I'm so excited to be part of the Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolor Video Hop today!  This is happening over on YouTube, and there is a long list of wonderful ladies participating.  You can find all the information over on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog and start there. 

Here is the layout I created.  I mixed and matched a few collections here.  I began by using the watercolors to paint some of the flowers you see here.  They are part of a patterned paper from the Simple & Sweet collection.  I painted them and then cut them out.  My background paper is from the Live More collection, and I coated a lot of it with white gesso first.  I used some pink, red and aqua watercolors with some plastic packaging to create some color behind my photo.  I also used the black to add some splatters.

I cut all the circles from another Simple & Sweet patterned paper and arranged them in sort of a vertical design with the flowers.

I love using gesso first because it allows the paint to blend and move around before drying.  I pulled some embellishments from the Simple & Sweet and Be You collections.  I was going for a fun rainbow color scheme all around the page.

I really love how the flowers turned out.  These watercolors are very vibrant, so you really don't need  a lot...just a small drop goes a long way.  I love how the pink and red make a darker pink color.  I decided to write my journaling in this yellow circle since it had lines on it.  I also added a few phrase stickers and machine stitched through them with black thread.

This cute dimensional sticker is from the Let Your Heart Decide collection.  It was perfect for this side of the photo, and I love how it easily overlapped the photo.

I added some yellow puffy alpha stickers on top of my photo and a phrase sticker as part of my title.

More of the same on the top portion of the layout...more circles, flowers and layering.  I tucked in a big LIFE die cut above the photo for the first word in my title, so it will read Life With You is Beautiful.

Here are a few more close-ups of all the layers and pretty watercolors!

I hope this inspires you to give the Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors a try...they are awesome and very pretty.  If you follow along and watch all of the participants' videos AND leave a comment, you will be eligible to win a $25 Gift Card to Pinkfresh Studio!  That's a fantastic prize!

Here's my video:

And here is the list of designers:

Pinkfresh Studio
Amanda Baldwin
Audrey Yeager
Carissa Wiley
Elsie Robinson
Erum Tasneem
Heather Hoffman
Kathleen Graumuller
Laura Bassen
Lea Lawson
Missy Whidden
Paige Evans
Yana Smakula

Happy Hopping, and good luck!!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT week!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Gym Shenanigans Mini Album / Paige Evans DT

Hey,'s Friday!! Yeah!!  I have a fun mini album to share today for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I combined my two favorite things into my project for today:  scrapbooking and exercising! I made a fun little mini album using Paige’s Folded Hexagons Mini Album cut file to showcase a few photos of me and my sister exercising (goofing off) at the gym. It’s something fun we love to do together and we always have to document it.

For the cover I used a piece of paper from the Pick-Me-Up collection and made the title using the Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Thickers and Mini Thickers. I smudged some white gesso along the bottom of the letters to make them stand out against the background. I added some gold stitching and a row of yellow star stickers from the 30-page Paige Evans #StickerBook.

I first cut the base of the album on white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and then chose several papers from the Pick-Me-Up 12x12 Paper Pad to cut the smaller inside hexagon pieces. I covered a lot of the album with white gesso and added a bit of spray ink to mostly the middle of the album. I machine stitched around most of the hexagons for added texture. I sorted through all the bits and pieces from Pick-Me-Up that had to do with exercise, motivation, and accomplishments and began to work with them. I have three visible photos and three hidden photos.

Here you can see the three hidden photos. I added lots of Pick-Me-Up goodies on the backs on the photos: Ephemera Die CutsRub-Ons, fussy cut women from Paper 09, and lots of stickers from the 30-page #StickerBook. I used some of the Pick-Me-Up Washi Tape Book strips to attach the photos so they’d flip open like a book.

I used lots of the fussy cut women all around the album and the center piece is from the 12x12 Paper Pad. I love that those papers have gold foil on them! I used a few pieces from the cut apart paper because the sentiments were perfect for this.

I have a lot of close-ups of each hexagon here. I treated each one as a mini layout and embellished them all differently.

This folds up very nicely. There are slices on the center hexagon to add a ribbon for a closure and I used some Turn the Page Ribbon.

Since I did add things to make the album a little chunky, some of the hexagon edges didn’t line up perfectly. I just added some watercolor to the edges and I love how the uneven pages look so colorful! That’s what makes it look even more homemade I think. It closes together perfectly with this ribbon.

This was so much fun to make! And it was easy since I had the cut file base to start with. Paige really makes it easy to create a mini album so if you’re hesitant to try one, grab this cut file!

Here's my process video...go check it out!

 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dreamy / Shimmerz Education Team

Hello again, friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for the Shimmerz Education Team.  I was inspired by the colors in the older Pink Paislee Moonstruck collection.  I pulled out one of the newest navy blue sprays (Coloringz Ahoy Matey) and started with it.  I made my background first before I even chose a photo.  I covered my white cardstock with clear gesso, let it dry and then used the packaging technique to start spreading color.  I mixed Vibez Blue Jeans with the Ahoy Matey and then came in with some pinks and corals.  I used Creameez 1 Hot Mama and Great Fruit mostly.

I saw the "dreamy" die cut and knew I needed to scrap this sweet photo of my daughter sleeping.  I found a beautiful cut file to use which is the Dreamcatcher Half by Paige Evans.  I lightly painted it with Inklingz Miner Miner 49er.

Here you can see that beautiful gold shimmer from the Inklingz.  So pretty!  I love how it looks against the navy and pinks here.  I added lots of rub-ons from this collection around the page.

I used some of the Moonstruck 6x6 papers as layers behind my photo, and I used this die cut for my title.  I love when you can go simple with it and don't have to spend a lot of time coming up with one.

For extra pops of the dark pink I added in some messy tangled thread in a few places.  Here are more rub-ons and a few phrase stickers.  I added my journaling down here on the lower right side.

I fussy cut a few flower clusters from a 6x6 paper and tucked those in on the sides.  I really love how the Shimmerz are peeking out from behind everything!

I added a few butterflies from the collection over on the upper right side.  I stitched some trail lines with white thread to add a bit more interest and texture.  The darker butterfly is a rub-on.

Layering is such a great way to add dimension, texture and color.  I didn't glue down the entire cut file.  I left a lot of it loose so it would stand up off the page.

One more thing I added were a few stamps.  These pretty leaves are from the Bed of Roses Stamp Set, and I used a gold ink pad to stamp them.

I hope this inspires you in some way :)  I loved making it, and I love how the color scheme looks.  You can check out my process video here if you'd like to see how this all came together.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Supplies Used: 
Coloringz--Ahoy Matey
Vibez--Blue Jeans
Shimmerz--Moulin Rouge
Inklingz--Miner Miner 49er
Stamps--Bed of Roses

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Love You Sunshine / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Today I have a fun new layout to share for Hip Kit Club using the 2018 August Hip Kits.  I used the adorable banner cut file designed by Kim Watson for this design.  I actually backed those with papers from the Main Kit for a layout a few weeks ago and wound up not using them.  Here they are now!  I wanted to focus on the light blue, corals, yellows, pinks and black on this page.  I started by adding a big strip of the blue Maggie Holmes paper and a small strip of the black Amy Tangerine paper to white cardstock.  I smudged a lot of white gesso over it and then pulled out some black acrylic paint from my stash.  I used a big dry brush to paint a big messy square.  I added lots of Shimmerz from the Color Kit as well as a few from previous Color Kits to add some pink, coral, and yellow.

One of my daughter’s nicknames is Sunshine, so this Maggie Holmes sticker was perfect.  I love how it lays just right on the banner’s slant.  I added some adhesive foam under the banner to create some dimension.  I love the shadow effect here.  I did add some machine stitching to the banners as well.

I added more Maggie Holmes stickers and puffy stickers here as well as some of the cute Amy Tangerine Inflatable Ephemera Hearts over on the right of the photo.

Since my photo was poor quality and pretty grainy, I converted it to black and white.  That makes all the difference!  Sometimes it’s more about the memory and the photo rather than the quality.  I say make it work!  I layered a piece of the Maggie Holmes paper under the photo and added a few of the black Clear Stickers.

Here’s the cluster of Amy Tangerine Hearts mixed with a few Maggie Holmes hearts.  I added a pop of light blue by tucking some thread under the photo.

More hearts over here on the left along with some black splatters.

I tucked in some coral thread here on the top as well as a Maggie Holmes chipboard sticker, cardstock sticker and black clear sticker.  ALL the stickers!

Here are a few final close-ups of all the cuteness!

I really loved how this page turned out.  This banner cut file is so cute, and it’s easy to back with patterned paper.  I hope you use it on your next layout!  I have a process video here if you’d like to see how this page came together.  Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

This Makes My Heart Happy / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday!  I'm back to share my newest layout for the Hip Kit Club.  I'm so happy to be returning for another term...thank you, Kimberly!  I'm still using the 2018 August Hip Kits, and I decided to go with butterflies for this page.  Just about everything on this layout is from the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane collection.  I actually started this design by choosing this photo to go with the big 4x6 Project Life card behind it.  I sliced the bottoms of the letters so I could tuck the photo under them.  I rarely get photos of my girls together, let alone sitting on the same couch and smiling!  It was a truly amazing 45 seconds...haha!

I fussy cut lots of pretty butterflies from one of the Maggie Holmes papers in the Main Kit and let them dictate my color scheme.  I was excited to use some of the purple color!  I layered the butterflies together and machine stitched down the centers using gold thread.  I did trace a few onto the light blue Maggie Holmes paper since there were no butterflies in that color.  Here on the right, I layered in a few pieces of patterned paper and more PL cards and then created a little floral cluster using Willow Lane stickers and puffy stickers.

I stitched over this black line using black thread just to add some texture.  I added more puffy stickers here and another set of layered butterflies.

I mixed and matched my title with some of the Willow Lane alphas and the black clear stickers.  I did add this adorable Amy Tangerine inflatable heart with some Willow Lane stickers and tangled thread.

The fun part about layering butterflies is you can easily bend up the wings to create dimension!  Just glue or stitch down the middle and the wings will pop off the page.

I added more layered butterflies up the left side of the photo and created some hidden journaling.  I made this tag from a PL card, drew some lines and added my sentiments.  I punched a hole in the top, added some cord and tucked it behind my photo.  This is a great way to have journaling without it taking up space on the actual page.

I used the Color Kit on the background.  I mixed the Shimmerz Inklingz Oakie Bear Blue and Coloringz Well Blue Me Down to create the blue area, and the lighter color is a mix of the Inklingz Miner Miner 49er and the yellow Pinkfresh Watercolors, which is from the July Color Kit.

I was so excited to use the Willow Lane white Rub-ons!  They worked perfectly on this dark spot on my photo.  I tried one on the background, but the blue wasn't quite dark enough for it to show really well.

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your next layout.  I enjoyed making it!  Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:

Thanks so much for stopping by!