Friday, September 18, 2020

Good Times Ahead / Hip Kit Club

Happy Friday, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2020 August Hip Kits to create a fun travel page.  I was inspired by the Simple Stories Going Places Sticker's full of awesome travel-related phrases, icons and more!

I started this design with the Good Times Ahead chipboard piece from Simple Stories.  I arranged my photos with it and went from there.  I used thick, smooth white cardstock for the background, and I coated it with clear gesso first.  I used a mix of the yellow & orange ink pads from The Stamp Market that we got in a previous Color Kit.  I wanted a contrasting color since there was so much blue in my color photo. 

To get the color on the background, I just smooshed the ink pads right onto the paper.  I spritzed it with water and the let the colors run and blend together to create a large watercolor area.  Once that dried, I began deciding what stickers I wanted to use.  I stuck them all to white cardstock and then cut them out so I could move them around like die cuts.  I wanted a big cluster of words and images coming down under the photos.  I added some colored thread in a few places as well.
I popped up some of the pieces with adhesive foam to create some dimension.  I used the Simple Stories washi tape to create some circles.  It's so easy...I just stuck a few strips of the tape onto some white cardstock and punched the circles out.  I smudged some white gess over them to fade out some of the circles...I love that weathered look :)
I love all of these fun colors used together.  It made it easier to choose smaller embellishments because I could use any of these colors and it would match :)
I fussy cut this little airplane from the Simple Stories brads...It was perfect since we were on a plane in the photos!
I really like how this background turned out.  I used an orange tag here under the photo for another pop of that color.

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

I hope this inspires you in some way...I had a lot of fun making it!  This kit is perfect for travel photos.  Be sure to check out my process video here for all the action :)


Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Gesso Tutorial + a new layout / Scrap Academy

Hey, friends!  I'm excited to share a gesso tutorial I created for Scrap Academy as a guest teacher.  If you haven't checked out this awesome FB group, you should.  They explore every avenue of scrapbooking, starting at the basics.  There are lots of teachers, videos, projects...any and everything to help the beginning scrapbooker get started.  This phase is all about mixed media.  I created a real-time video explaining gesso and everything you need to know about it for your scrapbook pages.

Here's the video:

I share some sample layouts of mine from the past using different kinds of gesso, different background papers and different products.  At the end of the video, I create this background using clear gesso and distress oxides.

This looks complicated, but I promise it's very easy!  I used thick smooth white cardstock and covered it with clear gesso.  After it dried, I took a rainbow variety of distress oxides and literally smooshed the ink pad right onto the paper, creating a little messy stamped square.  Once they were stamped, I used a wet brush to lightly smudge the edges, causing them to run and blend together.  I'm telling you, anyone can do this!

Here you can see it closely.  I didn't wet all of the squares completely...just a bit around the edges.  You can still see some of the ink pad smudge marks, which create awesome texture and detail.

You could do this with any color scheme you wanted.  My only warning is to be careful with complimentary colors that don't blend together well, like red & green or orange & blue.  I was careful to make sure those colors didn't blend together that much to create a muddy brown.

I used a mix of goodies from my stash to embellish around my black & white photo.  I used some Dear Lizzy die cuts, some Heidi Swapp & Maggie Holmes stickers...and of course my favorite...colored thread :)

See how this easily softens as the water blends it?  The gesso is what allows that to happen.  It allows the colors to run & blend on top of the page before just soaking through and drying.

Here I created a little cluster of flowers and phrases.  My title "lovely" is a Cocoa Vanilla die cut, and I used some Kerri Bradford stamps as well.

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

I hope this inspires you to give gesso and mixed media a try.  It's so much fun to create your own background!  And go check out Scrap Academy.  There is so much to learn there from some very talented scrappy teachers!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Together / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Weekend, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Pinkfresh Studio today featuring the new Days of Splendor collection.  It's a Fall collection and has lots of pretty muted colors, beautiful florals and leaves and a ton of fun embellishments.  I tend to struggle with Fall layouts because I don't really have any Fall photos.  Florida doesn't really participate in this season (haha), so I don't have the typical Fall layouts.  I make it work with what I have, and I do have lots of outdoor photos during the Fall months, so that counts, right?

I used some color blocks that I fussy cut from one of the patterned papers to help design my page.  I also incorporated a new cut file...the Modern Simple Wreath.  I used thick smooth white cardstock for the background, and I coated it with clear gesso.  I used the Liquid Watercolors and the Ink Cubes to create the background.

I used a mix of Sky Blue and Aquamarine watercolors on the background first.  I mixed in a bit of green, using the Olive Ink Cube.  Once I arranged the color blocks, I distressed the edges and chose a few embellishments, including lots of die cuts and enamel dots.

I used a few of the die cuts to serve as my title, which overlapped nicely on top of the photo.  I added in a puffy sticker here along with some green thread.  I also used some of the Essentials Jewels here...I love the sparkle and dimension they add!

Sometimes I like to use cut files as a large design element.  Sometimes I like to use them as subtle layers.  I cut two of these wreaths in a smaller size and tucked them behind the photo and again over on the left.

I might be addicted to using these Jewels on everything...they are so cool!  And each container has three sizes of each color.

The florals in this collection are just always :)  I created a little cluster over on the lower right side of the page.

More detailed shots coming...

I did a little tone-on-tone embellishing here with some bits and pieces.

I hope this inspires you in some way today.  I always hope that at least one technique or one piece of my layouts helps you with your next page.  I love sharing ideas and what works for me :)

Here's my process video if you're interested :)

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Good Vibes / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  Here's my latest layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2020 August Hip Kits :)  I used an exclusive cut file as a big design element.  I cut it large on texture white cardstock so I could color it to match.  I started by fussy cutting lots of pretty flowers from an exclusive patterned paper to scatter around the photo and title.  I decided to go with yellow on the background to contrast against all of the other colors.  I thought about pink, but between the flowers and the pink in the photo, I went with yellow.

I used thick smooth white cardstock for the background, and I coated it with clear gesso first.  Once that dried, I used a combo of yellow & orange ink pads from The Stamp Market (from May Color Kit).  I just pressed the ink pads to the paper, spritzed it with water and let it run and blend together to form this pretty golden yellow color.  I decided to add blue to the title, which I actually cut twice.  I love layering one on top of the other to create a shadow effect.  I did coat them with gesso first.  I used a combo of the Hydrangea Petals ink pad from the Color Kit as well as the Midnight Blue Nuvo Drops from the Main Kit.  I smudged the ink pad on the paper and watered it down a bit.  Then I just scraped on the Nuvo Drops, and I love how it turned out!

I glued the second cut file under it, which I left white.  I added adhesive foam behind it to pop it up off the page to create some dimension.  Once I had everything set, I arranged all the flowers around the page.

This photo makes me daughter is obsessed with smudging my glasses.  Her face looks crazed...haha!  I did add some enamel dots and Simple Stories brads around the page in a few places.

Layering flowers and leaves is one of my favorite things.  It's so easy to create dimension with them because you can easily fold up the edges.

Here you can see the awesome dimension and shadowing from the popped up title.  Just that little extra layer of the second cut file makes such a big difference!  I also added a little camera die cut here at the bottom which I also popped up.

Here are even more close-ups :)

I did go through and add more stickers from the Simple Stories Sticker Book in a few places.

I hope this inspires you in some way...I really loved making it!  There are so many cool cut files for this month, so go check out those out HERE.

Here's my process video...

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Sunshine Bright Side / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends!  I'm here with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  This is my first layout using Paige’s new Go the Scenic Route collection! I feel the need to gush over it because it is SO gorgeous! The colors, the papers, the stickers… ahhhh! I decided to scrap a pool photo and make a bright summery page.

I pulled out the 12x12 Paper Pad and used four papers. In single sheets, they are Paper 2Paper 13, and both sides of Paper 15. I loved the pink painted look of Paper 13, so I tore a big chunk of it to use as part of the background. I used thick smooth white cardstock as the base and I coated it with clear gesso. I wanted to create a dark navy blue watercolor area to really make my photo and all that pink pop off the page. I used a mix of Distress Oxides, Shimmerz, and acrylic paint on the white cardstock, and I splattered white acrylic paint on the pink paper behind the photo.

I went wild with fussy cutting lots of bright and beautiful flowers from Paper 2. I also used a few flowers from the Floral Die Cuts. All of these colors really stand out against the navy blue. I tucked them in all along the torn edge as well as behind the photo. I also cut a few smaller flowers from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I fussy cut a few birds from Paper 15, and I used the blue backside of that paper to add a dark blue layer behind the photo. I also tucked in some colored thread in a few spots.

I used the Cardstock Stickers and Chipboard Stickers here for the title. I created a little floral cluster here using most of the colors from the larger flowers. I love how you can get such wonderful dimension from flowers and leaves by bending up the edges! I added adhesive foam behind the “bright side” Cardstock Sticker to make it even with the “sunshine” Chipboard Sticker.

These colors are just so rich and lush...I can't get over them!  I love how they all look layered together like this.

There are so many patterned papers in this collection that deserve to shine!  I love adding mixed media to just about anything, but this is one of those papers that really don't need anything else.  It's perfect if you love the mixed media look without actually doing it :)

I didn’t want to do too much mixed media on this pink paper because it is gorgeous as is, so I just added a bit of white, turquoise, and gold splatters. I tucked in more fussy cut flowers and a bird. My photo has a lot of open space, so I overlapped a few small things on the edges. I wanted the blue to really stand out, so I didn’t want to crowd it by adding even more embellishments.

I love adding white splatters to patterned papers like this.  Like I said, I didn't feel like I needed to add too much more.

Here are more close-ups of all the gorgeousness :)


I hope this inspires you in some way today! This Go the Scenic Route collection is spectacular and I can’t wait to make many more layouts with it! These colors are my all-time favorite!

Here's my process video if you're interested :) 

Thanks for stopping by!