Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Happy Life / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  I'm back again today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring the Whimsical collection. Are you ever inspired by cut files? As soon as I saw Paige’s XOXO cut file, I knew right away how I would use it as a design on a layout. I cut it pretty big from Paper 17. I love that beautiful pink ombre. This cut file creates the perfect little spots to tuck in a few photos. I used two horizontal black & white photos since I wanted to add in lots of bright colors with some florals. I didn’t use any blue flowers, so I made that my main color on my mixed media background. It creates a great contrast.

I fussy cut the large orange flower clusters from Paper 03. The smaller purple ones are from Paper 14. Aren’t these the most beautiful tropical colors? I just love them together. On the background, I began with some clear gesso over the white cardstock. I then used a brayer to smudge down some light blue acrylic paint as a base layer of color. I used a few aqua spray inks over it to create some different shades. I also added yellow, gold, blue, and green splatters. I used one small Puffy Sticker here under the photo.

I used several of the Chipboard Stickers. I added in orange and yellow flowers and some leaves as well as the title. I love how this “The Happy Life” piece curves at the top of the big O. It was made for that area!

Fussy cutting flowers is one of my favorite things to do on my layouts.  I always look at patterned papers to see if I can create a fun design from certain images on it.  These flowers were easy to cut, and they look great layered with other flowers.

There were a few Rub-Ons that coordinated with my tropical vibe. I used this “Good Vibes” piece up at the top. The flowers were a wonderful match. These Rub-Ons go on so smoothly, even over gesso.

I realized after I photographed my page that I forgot to stamp the date.  I will add that in before I store it.

Here's one more close-up of all the pretty colors :)  I love how this Grateful Rub-On went on so smoothly over the die cut and background.

I hope this inspires you to begin a layout with a large cut file like this! It’s fun to use the cut file to help dictate where to place your photos and embellishments. It’s kind of like putting a puzzle together… plugging in just the right pieces in the right places!

Be sure to check out my process video for all the details!

Thanks again for stopping by!!

Twas the Night Before Christmas / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm here with a new layout for the Hip Kit Club featuring the 2018 December Hip Kits.  I’m not tired of scrapping Christmas photos!  I incorporated one of the free December cut files as part of my background design.  My photo is from Christmas Eve, so I cut a big 24 from the numbers set.  I used white cardstock for the background, and I used a lot of goodies from the Color Kit to add texture and color.

I still have a lot of the cute holiday die cuts left in the Main Kit, so I used a lot of those around my photos.  This cute Santa was perfect, and I love how he looks peeking around the side of the photo.  I used some packaging and a piece of patterned paper behind my photo, and to raise it all up I added some adhesive foam under it.

Here you can see all the layers and dimension.  I added an exclusive wood veneer button by the Santa as well as a black clear sticker and some light blue thread.

Aren’t these animals so adorable?  I arranged them to the left of the photo and added some adhesive foam under a few of them.

I wanted to jazz up the 24, so before I glued them down I ran them through my sewing machine.  I used some gold thread to add some fun stitching around the edges.

I think the stitching adds some really great texture, interest and shine.

For the background, I first added clear gesso to prep the cardstock.  I used the snowflake stencil from the Color Kit along with the Spun Sugar Dazzlerz.  On top of that, I used a few blue tones of Shimmerz sprays and paints from various Color Kits.  I used The Holly & The Ivy from the December Color Kit as well as Well Blue Me Down and Deep Blue Sea from older kits.  I spritzed some water over them and turned my paper different directions to let the colors run and blend.

The texture paste created some awesome detail on the background…so cool!

I mixed and matched my title alphas here.  I changed the color of “Christmas” by covering it with white gesso first.  After that dried, I painted Shimmerz Sunflower over it to give it a gold shimmer.  That color was from a previous Color Kit as well.  The red alphas are exclusive this month, and I love how small they are.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next mixed media layout.  It’s fun to create your own background like this!  Be sure to check out my process video for all the details.

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

This is Perfect / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey there, friends!  I'm here today with my first layout of the new year for the Shimmerz Educatin Team using lots of beautiful Shimmerz.  I was in the mood to create some layered butterflies, so I did just that.  I used a sheet of white cardstock and coated it with white gesso.  I pulled several original Shimmerz Paints and began adding them to the cardstock.  I used the packaging technique, water sprays and a brush to basically color the entire sheet.  I also added in some Vibez, Coloringz, and Spritz to add even more color variations.  Once it was all dry, I cut out the butterflies using my Silhouette Cameo.  These images are the Butterfly Background cut file from Paige Evans.

Once I peeled them off the mat, I stacked them, glued them together and then stitched down the middle.  I love how colorful and dimensional they turned out!

Creating a layout "from scratch" using only cardstock is a lot of fun.  The butterflies took up so much space on the page that I didn't need much else to finish it.  I pulled a few alphas from my stash to use for my title as well as a few heart stickers.

I am in love with these butterflies!  I used so many colors, and they blended so well together.  This green color is Vibez Elfin Magic which has a gold powder shimmer finish.  The yellow color is Vibez Mustard Seed, and the blues are a mix of Shimmerz Peacock's Plume & Coloringz Well Blue Me Down.  The wings are easy to bend up once they're stitched together.  I added a sequin to the middle of each stack.  Those are from SpiegelMom Scraps.

I took a lot of close-ups of the details.  Even though these butterflies look complicated, they were honestly very easy to make.

I used a soft pink cardstock for the background.  I added some white gesso first and then came over that with a blend of Dazzlerz Tutti Frutti (a soft pink texture paste) and Shimmerz Pip Pip Cherry-O.  I used a palette knife to smudge the two together to create a pink color.  I added a few of the spare butterflies on the cardstock and then stitched some trails behind them.

I left the messy strings from the thread on the butterflies...I love the whimsy effect it creates.

The Dazzlerz are so shimmery!  I used Coloringz Night Moves after everything was glued down to add some black pops.


More close-ups!

I hope this inspires you in some way.  I really enjoyed creating it...make sure you watch my process video to see how I made it from start to finish!

Supplies Used: 
Dazzlerz--Tutti Frutti

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Merry / Hip Kit Club

Happy Friday, my friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I'm still using up the 2018 December Hip Kits, and they continue to inspire me.  I wanted to use this adorable frame paper from the Main Kit, so I fussy cut a lot of them out.  I played around with the arrangement and settled on a vertical design.  I chose two photos of different size and added them behind some frames.  I treated each square like a tiny layout and used lots of embellishments on them.

Mot of the embellishments are exclusive this month.  Here you can see that I raised up all the frames using some foam adhesive under them.  I used some of the exclusive chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, die cuts and sequins.

I used white cardstock as the background.  I coated it with clear gesso first and then pulled out the Color Kit.  I used the Red Necking and The Holly & The Ivy to add lots of red and green.  I also used a few colors from previous kits, including Miner Miner 49er.  Those cute black clear stickers are in the Project Life Kit.

Here you can see more embellishments...more puffy stickers, die cuts and even a wood veneer button.  To tone down the brassy gold on the puffy stickers, I smudged on some white gesso.  It works so well, and it creates more of a matte gold look.

I added some machine stitching detail to a few of the squares.  I backed them all with either patterned paper or Project Life cards.  I love how they turned out, and the dimension really makes them pop of the page.

I wanted some extra texture peeking through the frames, so I added in some tangled thread in matching colors.

I used one of the die cut labels for my journaling and stuck it on the left hand side.

Okay, here are even more detail shots because we all know I take too many...haha.

I hope this inspires you to cut up this frame paper and make a cool layout with it!  This was fun to make, and the frames actually helped the layout come together really easily.  Be sure to check out my process video here.

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy New Year / Paige Evans DT

Happy New Year, friends! I'm back today to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team using the Whimsical collection. I used Paige’s Fireworks cut file to showcase these cute photos of my daughter from a few years ago. I always think of fireworks on New Year’s Eve, so this was perfect. I used Paper 02 as my background and I cut the fireworks on it first. Before peeling it off the mat, I coated most of it with white gesso to prep it for some mixed media. I used a few ink sprays on it before backing the open spots. I wanted lots of color pops, so I backed most of it with Paper 15 and all the stars with various patterned papers.

I wanted some shiny gold on the layout so I used Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine on some of the stars left on the cutting mat. I also punched a few smaller ones and scattered them around the page. I embellished around my photos with stickers from the Whimsical Sticker BookStickers6x6 Paper Pad, and Floral Die Cuts. I also used a few paper scraps as layers behind the photos as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam. I also added a few star Rub-Ons right onto the photos.

I went simple with the title. I used the “Happy” Rub-On and applied it to white cardstock and then fussy cut it. This allowed me to move it around and add it on top of my photos. I completed the title with the Foam Mini Thickers. I love those rainbow colors! I used some shimmery ink sprays to color the green star behind the rub-on. I also fussy cut the sentiment piece below the title from a patterned paper and stitched through it.

I really love how this background turned out. I decided to stitch lines through all of the cut file dotted lines with rainbow thread colors. I love the texture and color this gives! I added tiny pieces of dimensional adhesive behind the little gold stars to give them some dimension as well.

I started out this page not wanting to use flowers, but that changed...haha!  I love tucking them in as layers, and here they add great pops of color.

I added in some tangled thread in various colors in a few places.  I love getting to use purple!

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

I hope this inspires you to create something fun and bright this week! Be sure to check out Paige’s cut files for inspiration. I always get ideas for my pages just by browsing through them and finding ways to use them. Thanks so much for stopping by and here’s to another fun-filled year of scrapping!