Thursday, January 18, 2018

Crazy, But Also Adorable / Shimmerz Education Team + NEW COLORS!

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today to share my first Shimmerz Education Team layout for 2018.  I used many of the NEW Shimmerz colors.  I began this page with the left over butterflies I had on my Cameo cutting mat after using the Moths Background by Paige Evans.  I used the outline on a different layout, and I couldn't just throw these guys away.  So I decided to paint them, and I'm so glad I did!

I used several new gold shades as well as a pink and a red.  The common theme here is GOLD.  They all have gold powders mixed in, so they not only dry a pretty color, but they have gold shimmer.  I used the new Vibez Pink Moscato and Rose Gold Red as well as Shimmerz Christmas Cheer, Moulin Rouge and Moonrock.  I also used Blingz Gold N Roses.  I did add in some Inklingz Miner Miner 49er at the end.  I think these colors made a fantastic color scheme.

Look at this...can you see the gold glimmer and shimmer?  This was VERY easy to do.  All I did was literally spray them or paint them.  The colors did all the work!  I glued down all the butterflies and machine stitched through some of them with gold thread.  Here at the top behind the butterflies, I used some of the Blingz Gold N Roses with some plastic packaging to get some subtle color down.

I think I could look at this all day!  This yellow color is the Shimmerz Christmas Cheer.  The deep pink is the Vibez Pink Moscato.

I created a photo strip of some silly photos of my daughter and arranged the butterflies above it.  I sorted through my stash and pulled out a Freckled Fawn wood veneer and some Crate Paper vellum die cuts that matched well.  I stamped the rest of my title below the photo using the Crate Paper Oasis stamps and a gold ink pad.

I went pretty simple on embellishing since the butterflies were already doing a lot for the design.  I did add some vellum and a piece of pink patterned paper under the photo as well as some adhesive foam for dimension.

My favorite thing about using butterflies like this is you can bend up the wings and create some awesome dimension.

One more close-up just because they're gorgeous :)

This was SO much fun to make!  You have to try out the new colors.  There are even more that I didn't use on this page...some greens and blues, so go check them out in the store!  Be sure to check out my process video here to see how I created this and get a closer look at the paint colors.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies Used: 
Vibez--Pink Moscato, Rose Gold Red
Shimmerz--Christmas Cheer, Moulin Rouge, Moonrock
Blingz--Gold N Roses
Inklingz--Miner Miner 49er

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pick Me Up Layout / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends! I’m beyond excited to be sharing my first layout for the Paige Evans Design Team using her NEW collection, Pick-Me-Up! It’s full of beautiful, rich colors, amazing patterns, and lots of fun embellishments. I dove right in and started sorting through all the pretty papers. I used one of Paige’s new cut files for this, the Heart Wreath cut file available in the Silhouette Store and die cut it from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I used a lot of the new patterned papers to back each of the hearts. I decided to go big with my photo and enlarged this sweet image of my grandma and my daughter. I used Pick-Me-Up Paper 16 as my background and added some mixed media to it. I smudged some white gesso in a big circle with my fingers to fade out some of the patterned paper behind the cut file. Next, I used a variety of pink ink sprays along with some teal and gold to add a bit more color.

Once the background was dry, I machine stitched a bunch of messy circles using white thread. I wanted to add more texture behind the cut file and this was a subtle way to do it without making everything look busier. I popped up the entire cut file and photo using some foam adhesive. I also added in several teeny tiny hearts from the Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Stickers. They are so cute!

I wanted to go minimal on the embellishments and title since the hearts and photo are the main design elements. I layered in a Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Sticker and added a phrase that I cut from Paper 01.  I also added in a small pink “Always” sticker from the Sticker Sheet.

I layered a few goodies here for a small title.  This is a combination of the Stickers, Chipboard Stickers and a phrase from a patterned paper that I cut out.

Over on the left, I added in two more Chipboard Stickers. I love the gold foiling! I tucked in some yellow and aqua thread under the cut file for added color and texture. I really love how the adhesive foam creates such awesome dimension.

One more close-up of that awesome dimension!  Adding the adhesive foam makes all the difference :)

I hope this inspires you to pick up this beautiful collection and make something awesome with it! You won’t be disappointed… it’s very beautiful! I had a blast making it and I know you’ll love it as well.  I have a process video here as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Drama Llama / Hip Kit Club

Hello, friends!  Happy Monday :)  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club using the 2017 December Hip Kits, and I must admit that I was SO excited to use these adorable llamas from Crate Paper!  I was bound and determined to find a way to use them, and I remembered my daughter had a cute llama shirt that she had never worn.  I might have done a little photoshoot with her to get these pictures just so I could use the llamas…haha!  That’s a true scrapbooker right there   I used both the December Color Kit and the Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide from the November Color Kit on my background as well as a few colors from my stash.  I hand drew and fussy cut my large title words from patterned papers from the Main Kit and embellished with some Vicki Boutin flowers, Crate Paper Stickers and pom pom frames, and of course, the Crate Paper llamas.  The big chipboard one is in the Embellishment Kit.

I layered the smaller one behind the bigger one to create a little depth.  I love how my daughter’s arm looks like she’s reaching out to pet the llama.

I mixed and matched the papers up to create this fun title and then I stitched through it with white thread.  I added a few Pinkfresh Studio puffy star stickers and a few Create Paper die cuts.  I also added in a few Crate Paper stamps, which are in the Project Life Kit.

I cut this cute pom pom frame in half so I could put part at the top of the photos.  They give such a fun and festive vibe.  Those light blue puffy alphas are from Pinkfresh Studio, and they’re in the Embellishment Kit.

The Vicki Boutin die cuts are so fun to layer together and mix and match with the Crate Paper stickers and leaves.

Here’s one more close-up of all that awesome color and texture.

This was SO much fun to make!  I’m so happy to have used those llamas!  They would work really well with any photos of children being dramatic as well…haha!  I love the quote “Save the drama for your llama.”  Get creative with it!  Be sure to check out my process video to watch how I put this all together.

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

You Make Me So Happy / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Happy Friday, friends!  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  I decided to go with a blue monochromatic color scheme for this project.  I sorted through all the Cocoa Vanilla collections I own and pulled out all the blue papers.  I was surprised to see how many shades of blue there were!  I used this beautiful Paige Evans Moths Background cut file and cut it on white cardstock.  I backed each one with a blue paper, and I just love mix of lights and darks.  I used the beautiful wood grain paper from Bohemian Dream as my background.  I coated a lot of it white gesso first and then used a few different shades of blue inks sprays over that.  I wanted more blue to peek out from around the cut file and in between all the butterflies.

I added some foam adhesive under all the butterflies to raise them up off the page.  I love the dimension this creates, and it really just makes the layout come to life.  I tucked my photo in to the left of the cut file and overlapped them.

I went small with the title and used this fun banner sticker from the Hello Lovely Accessory Stickers.  I didn’t want to add a large title because there really wasn’t anywhere to put it.  I didn’t want to cover up the butterflies or make them look busier.

I added this sticker from Wild At Heart here, and I love the pop of dark blue it gives.

I used a few things under my photo for layering.  I pulled a dark blue chipboard frame from Wild At Heart and also a fun die cut frame from Life is Beautiful.  I also added a few Life is Beautiful heart stickers and a gorgeous blue leaf stem from Bohemian Dream.  I love how the water in this photo looks like the background paper.  They both have lines, and I thought it matched very well.

Here’s a few final close-ups of the layering and dimension.  I really love how it turned out!

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next layout.  When you don't know how to begin, just choose one color and gather everything in that color.  This helps to limit what you can use and sort of forces you to make it work without having allllll that other stuff to choose from.  It's a fun challenge to try, and the results are going to be awesome!

Be sure to check out my video here if you'd like to see more of the creative process.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fabulous FRIDAY!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

It's All Good / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2017 December Hip Kits, and I began with some goodies from the Color Kit.  I used the beautiful floral stencil and scraped some of the Shimmerz Paste-eez over it.  It's a smooth texture paste that dries clear and has some glittery sparkle to it once it's dry.  I went over that with some of the Creameez Berry Hot and Vibez Snow Way Man and added in a few more colors from my stash.  I wanted a textured watercolor background.

I must have changed my mind a dozen times once I finished the background, but I finally decided to turn the page and create a horizontal design.  Once I started adding things on top of the background, it just seemed too much.  I softened it up by adding a torn piece of vellum over it.  I went with a pink, red and light blue color scheme with a bit of peachy orange thrown in.  I picked out a lot of embellishments in those colors and started layering in and around the photo.

Here you can see the texture from the paste and stencil.  I love it!  I brought in some black elements to match the photo.  I used some Vicki Boutin stickers and die cuts here at the bottom, and the title is from the Crate Paper Good Vibes Stickers.  Those are both in the Project Life Kit.  I smudged a bit of white gesso over it to tone down the black a bit.  I also added in a bit of blue machine stitching.

Here on this side I tucked in a few Pinkfresh Studio die cuts, more Vicki Boutin flowers, some Pinkfresh Studio puffy stars and a Crate Paper chipboard sprig.  Most of this is from the Embellishment Kit.  I love all the dimension here.  Layering is such a great technique!

I had cut a bunch of stars from one of Irit's papers for my first layout with these kits, and I saved the paper.  I cut around some of the stars here and tucked those in for a pop of that light blue.  Never throw away your scraps because they can come in handy for things like this!  All the papers are from the Main Kit.  I used a Crate Paper die cut behind my photo, which I ran through my edge distresser.  I also did a straight stitch across the vellum.  That's a piece of Crate Paper patterned paper behind it.  I love the pop of colors it gives behind the vellum.

 Here's the top of the photo area...I tucked in a little Vicki Boutin sticker and machine stitched around the edge of the photo.  I added some black ink splatters at the end to finish it off.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try with your kits!  Don't be afraid to pull out a few things from your stash to add to vellum or thread.  Here's my process video:

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, January 5, 2018

In the Snow / Paige Evans DT

Hello, friends, and Happy FRIDAY! Today I’m sharing a new winter layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  It features a variety of products from all four of Paige’s collections: Turn the PageOh My HeartTake Me Away, and Fancy Free. I also used two of her Silhouette cut files: Snowflake Border and the Paige Font cut files. I love sorting through all of the collections and finding bits and pieces that coordinate for a certain theme. I’m scrapping an older photo of me and my husband from our honeymoon in Lake Tahoe which is pretty much the only time I’ve ever seen snow! Once is enough… haha! I ungrouped the Snowflake Border cut file and cut lots of snowflakes on patterned papers from each of the collections. I wanted to create the look of snowflakes falling all around the photo. I used some pink, gold, and light aqua ink sprays on the background using some plastic packaging and some splattering.

I wanted to mix and match silver and gold on this page and I think they look great together. I used some of the gold foiled stickers from the Turn the Page Sticker Book to add in some pops of gold. I used Turn the Page Paper 07 for some gray snowflakes as well as some silver thread to add pops of silver. I adhered the foiled stickers to some vellum to make them a little less transparent and I also added in some white tangled thread behind it to make it stand out a bit more against the busy background. I watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered it around with a brush to mimic the feeling of snow.

This fun “Heck Yes” piece is from the Take Me Away Chipboard Stickers. It was just the right sentiment and color for this layout so I overlapped it over the photo. I wanted another touch of white, so I fussy cut a bit of a white scalloped border from Oh My Heart Paper 17 and added it under the photo. To add some layers under my photo, I fussy cut two 3x4 pieces from Take Me Away Paper 24. I finished off the layers with some tissue paper and adhesive foam.

I love the Paige Font! I cut it on white cardstock and it reminds me of snow piling up on the bottom. I added some vellum behind the open areas and popped the letters up and wedged them in between some of the snowflakes. I finished off the title by adding in some of the dark blue alpha stickers from the Turn the Page Sticker Book. I’ve been using Paige’s 30-page #StickerBook a lot lately and this fun speech bubble sticker and little pink heart are from that.

Cutting pieces like this on multiple patterned papers is a great way to get lots of different colors and patterns on your page without being too overwhelming.  And snowflakes are perfect because they're all shaped differently and look great layered on top of each other like this.  I did a bit of machine stitching through a few of the bigger ones.

I added another gold foiled sticker here that I stuck to vellum.  I love how the mint thread looks here.

Scrapping an older winter photo was a lot of fun! I especially love the challenge of creating a page like this with products that aren’t necessarily winter-themed. I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired!  Check out my process video for lots more details:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Relax / Hip Kit Club + News

Happy 2018, friends!  I hope you all are having a great start to the new year.  Before I talk about my first layout of the year, I wanted to share a few things.

After many, many months (a few years, even) of being on multiple design teams, I have decided to scale back.  This past year was jam packed with assignments, deadlines and just overall "hurry up and get this done so I can start the next one."  I was starting to get sick of it all, to put it mildly.  I felt overwhelmed and chained to my desk.  Something I love so dearly was turning into a chore.  While I felt it was an honor to serve on so many teams, it just consumed me and my time.  So to fix that, I have stepped down from over half my teams.  I stepped down from Bella Blvd back in October.  I wrapped up my time with Precious Remembrance Shop and Thermoweb.  I loved all of these teams, but I just couldn't keep up with the deadlines.  This will be my last month with Cocoa Vanilla Studio, which was a very hard decision to make.  I also stepped down from A Flair For Buttons, which was a team I was on for almost three years.

I will be remaining with the Paige Evans DT, Hip Kit Club and Shimmerz.  I also have the next few months booked with Guest Design spots.  I feel so much better about having more "me" time in my life.  I need more time with my girls and to just be free to do things outside of my craft room.  I want to love scrapbooking again, and I think backing away from so many deadlines will help with that.  I will still be creating and making process videos, and I will now have some time to scrap just for fun (hopefully) and use up some of my never ending mountain of stash!

Okay, so on to my project for today!  This is my latest layout for Hip Kit Club, and I used the 2017 December Hip Kits.  Our theme for Monday was to be inspired by Irit's papers, which was no problem at all because they're stunning!  I fussy cut her beautiful watercolor flowers out and started with those.  I wanted to layer them all around the photo.  I even fussy cut some of the Vicki Boutin packaging and used that above the photo.  I used some of the Turquoise Mist cardstock as my background.  I coated a lot of it with white gesso and then used several shades of blue and aqua Shimmerz over it.  I used the Vibez Snow Way Man from the Color Kit and a few more from my stash to get some different shades.

I decided to create a cluster just below the photo with a mix of fussy cut flowers and some Vicki Boutin die cuts.  I wrote my journaling on this die cut and added a few stamped sentiments from the Crate Paper Good Vibes stamp set.

These kits are really great for mixing and matching.  I added a Crate Paper die cut to the right of the photo and machine stitched around the edges.  I used a Vicki Boutin flower here and a fun Thicker for my title.

Here are some more Vicki Boutin goodies.  I added this leaf stem and I fussy cut this cute bird from one of the paper clips.

Those are Project Life cards under the photo...they're perfect for layering!

I added lots of adhesive foam under all of these pieces.  The dimension looks great, and I love the shadowing effect.

Here's one more look at the packaging I used.  Always take a closer look at the packaging because it can definitely be used as an embellishment!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful (and WARM) day!  Brrrrr!  Here's my process video if you want to check it out:

See you soon!