Thursday, July 19, 2018

Summer Scrappin' Series / Chill By The Pool

Hello again, friends!  I'm so excited to be playing along with my wonderfully talented scrappy friend Audrey Yeager and her Summer Scrappin' Series!  She creates 21 days of summer layouts and process videos and has a different designer join her each day.  Today it's me, and I want to thank her for having me! 

I have to say I'm very excited about how my layout turned out!  I've taken so many pictures of my girls at our pool over the years, and that means they have a ton of swim suits.  I've had these pictures printed for a while, and I never really had a good idea about how to scrap them.  Then all out of nowhere, I looked at them the other day and immediately got that light bulb over my head.  I wanted to recreate her swim suit design as my background.  It worked...woo hoo!

Surprisingly, it was easy to make.  I coated the white cardstock with clear gesso first.  Then I used several different shades of blue and green Distress Oxide pads...I just scraped them across the page.  The soften up the stripes, I spritzed the paper with water and then picked the paper up and turned it sideways.  I didn't want the strips to blend completely because I wanted to emphasize the stripes in her suit.  I have a large hibiscus flower stencil, and I placed that over the ink and dabbed white acrylic paint over it.  I LOVE the results!

I wanted something more to layer in behind the photos, so I used the stencil again to trace a smaller hibiscus onto some vellum.  I used a white jelly roll pen, and you can see the tracing detail up close here.  I fussy cut them out and layered them in.  I curled up the edges for some extra dimension and then added in some light pink tangled thread.  I almost didn't add in any pink, but I'm glad I did.

If you haven't played with Distress Oxides yet, you need to!  They are amazing, and they react with water in such a cool way.  They really do all the work for you.  This background looks like it took forever, but it really only took a few minutes.  You can see it in my process video below!

I dug through my older summer stash and pulled out a Simple Stories sticker sheet.  I found this little floral sticker and it was the perfect colors.  The flowers aren't the same, but who cares?  It matched and looked great right there.  I journaled with a gold pen.

More stash here...I pulled out the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection from a few years ago and found several die cuts that matched perfectly.  I created a fun little cluster over on the left.  That "chill" sticker was also the perfect colors...I had to make it work!  It was on the Simple Stories sticker sheet.

These splatters are a combination of the Distress Oxides watered down and some Shimmerz Vibez.  And of course some gold Color Shine!

I mean come on....look at that blue!  I could never get sick of's definitely my favorite color.  I did wind up adding in a tiny bit of striped patterned paper behind my's from a Fancy Pants 6x6 Paper Pad.  I think it was from last year at least.

For the title, I mixed and matched.  I stamped "By The" using the Crate Paper Oasis stamps from several months ago.  I dug way back into my Thickers stash and found an unopened pack of Dear Lizzy pink foam alpahs....again, the perfect pink color.

I really love how this turned out...I hope you are inspired!  Please check out Audrey's YouTube channel.  She has a lot of videos that are just so incredible, and she comes up with the greatest design ideas.  Here's my video:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day, my friends :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Happy Little Life / Using Older Supplies

Hello again, friends!  I'm back with another stash layout today.  I actually started this page about two months ago and never finished it.  I finally did...go me!  I pulled out the Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer and American Crafts 5th and Frolic collections from several years ago.  I hoard all the pretty things, so I had quite a bit of the papers left over.  This layout took some twists and turns, but I like how it turned out.

I actually started with a cut file from Make Paper Art.  I cut it out on white cardstock and then used it as a stencil.  I scraped modeling paste over it to create a fun textured background.  A lot of it wound up getting covered up, but that's okay.  Changes happen, right?!  I used a lot of blue, pink and yellow Shimmerz sprays as well as some Distress Oxides over the paste to create a lot of messy color.  I also did a lot of fussy cutting from paper...lots and lots of flowers!

You can see some of the modeling paste shapes here, and I love how it looks with the ink sprays over it.  I did lots of machine stitching for added color and texture.  I basically just layered in all the flowers I cut out.  I took a chance combining so many different styles of flowers, but in the end I like how they look together.

I tucked in a few colors of tangled thread as well in several places.  Here you can see the zig zag stitching I did up the side.  I also added in some matching sequins from SpeigelMom Scraps.

I even fussy cut the title out of paper.  I wanted to use as much paper as I could, so these letters worked perfectly.

I wanted to keep my journaling light, so instead of using a black pen, I used a metallic silver pen.

I love how the blues turned out on the background.  I started with Shimmerz Chance of Rain and then added in a few blue Distress Oxides to create some variation.

Since the original cut file design was circular, I stitched along those shapes.

One more close-up of the all the beautiful flowers :)

I hope this inspires you pull out some of your older (((hoarded))) stash and use some of it!  It's like going shopping on your shelves and finding brand new stuff again...haha.  Look for fussy cutting opportunities, and you can get some really fun looks.

Here's my video showing how this was made if you're interested:

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

High on Sunshine / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  Happy Tuesday :)  Today I'm sharing a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  Our assignment for Monday was to focus on fringe.  The fringe I created sort of turned into pleats, but I love the finished look of it!  I used the 2018 June Hip Kits for this.  My 2018 July Kits turned up on my doorstep as I was finishing this one.  I used patterned paper to create my fringe pieces.  I covered them with gesso and then various Shimmerz sprays from previous Color Kits as well as the Shimmerz Frostbite from this month’s Color Kit.  I cut the paper into strips and then folded it accordian style.  I machine stitched through them, and they make the greatest embellishments!  They create awesome texture as well.

I incorporated lots of embellishments on the layout including some Pinkfresh Studio chipboard and lots of floral die cuts from Pretty Little Studio.  I added lots of adhesive foam behind my photos to raise them up since they overlapped the fringe pieces.

I used a Pinkfresh Studio paper as my background.  I coated a good portion of it with white gesso and then used some pink, yellow and blue Shimmerz sprays from past Color Kits to create the watercolor look.  I also added in some coordinating colors of tangled thread.

For a pop of orange, I used this cute Pinkfresh Studio epoxy circle sticker.

I’ve been wanting to use these gorgeous Pretty Little Studio floral die cuts since I opened the kits, and this was the perfect page for them!

I really love the look of this pleated fringe…or my version of it…haha!  Once they were stitched together, I could move them around easily until I found the right spot for them.

I cut this big lemon from patterned paper to mimic a sun since this is a Summer layout, I love how it looks peeking out from behind the photo.

I hope this inspires you to create your own “fringe.”  You can get a different look if you have fringe scissors, but I wanted to take a different spin on it.  Give it a try!  Check out my process video if you’d like to see how I made this:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you soon :)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Cutie / Paige Evans DT

Happy Friday!  Yeah!  I'm back today to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I’ve been wanting to create a layout using Paige’s Heart Group cut file for awhile now, and I finally did! I used some of my favorite techniques to put this page together including backing the cut file and using plastic packaging to smudge around some watercolors t. Once I cut the hearts out on a slanted angle, I pulled out Fancy Free Paper 03 to back it. I’ve been hoarding that paper because it’s so pretty, but the patterned circles fit perfectly behind the hearts. I left some open so the mixed media would show through.

I cut the hearts from white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo so all the bright colors would stand out. I machine stitched with gold thread around the hearts I didn’t back. I added some adhesive foam behind the entire cut file to give it some dimension. I embellished only around the photo using some Turn the Page Chipboard Stickers and Ephemera Die Cuts. I also added more pops of gold from the Turn the Page Washi Tape Book - I used the rose gold dots from the centers of the row of flowers.

I also tucked in a Turn the Page Journaling Spot here. There are several stickers from 30-page Paige Evans #StickerBook that coordinate. I went small with the title and used the Pick-Me-Up Mini Thickers. I added some watercolor and Color Shine to jazz them up.

I love how you can see all the pretty shimmery watercolor through all the hearts! I added in some tangled thread in several areas to add more texture and color.

I love how flowers look peeking out from behind a photo...they are one of my favorite images to use for layering.  Those little tabs are also fun!

I had to be very careful as I machine stitched around these hearts.  I was proud of myself for staying inside the lines...haha!  I have to make myself go slow and turn the paper every few stitches.  Here you can see some of the little gold dot washi tape stickers I added in.

I wish I had several sheets of this Fancy Free patterned paper.  The colors and patterns are perfect, and I don't think I could ever get tired of creating with them.

One last close-up of the title and journaling area.  I also hope I never run out of the Mini Thickers...they have quickly become my favorite go-to Thickers to use.

I hope this inspires you to create something fun and colorful with that one hoarded piece of paper you have...haha!  You'll never see it if you never use it.  Mine stayed tucked away on my shelf until now.  I'm so proud that I finally used it :D  Here's my process video if you'd like to see this layout being created:

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

Thursday, July 12, 2018

So Much Happiness / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I'm still using the beautiful 2018 June Hip Kits.  My focus for this page was fussy cutting, and I started with the Sweet Life paper from Pretty Little Studio (Main Kit).  It has all kinds of images to cut out, so I did that and then moved on to a few of the Bella Blvd papers and one of the Project Life cards.  I used some Tutu Pink cardstock as my background and added some mixed media goodness on it along with some of the Vicki Boutin Stamps from the Color Kit.  I stacked my photos on top of each other and went to work adding in all the fussy cut bits.

I scraped a lot of white gesso down first using a palette knife.  I pulled out the floral stencil from the April Color Kit and some of the Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide from the 2017 November Color Kit.  I also used some of the Pink-o de Mayo Shimmerz from this month's Color Kit.  The grey splatters are also Shimmerz, but that one is not included in the kit.  I pulled all kinds of embellishments from the Pinkfresh Studio Chipboard Stickers.

I used another 4x6 Project Life card as a layer here (white with tiny black dots) as well as some of the packaging from the Pretty Little Studio embellishments.  These cute birds were fussy cut from one of the Bella Blvd papers.  My title is a Pretty Little Studio die cut.

Most of the bits here were fussy cut from the Pinkfresh Studio Sweet Life paper.

I did a bit of stitching with grey thread on the background layers here.

Here I tucked in a Pinkfresh Studio epoxy sticker, a chipboard sticker and added my journaling.

I hope this inspires you fussy cut something from patterned paper and use it as a design element.  I know fussy cutting takes time, but it's so worth it, I think.  You basically get to create your own embellishments!  Be sure to check out my video here for more details:

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll be back tomorrow with another layout :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Summer For the Win / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey, friends!  I'm excited to share my newest layout for the Shimmerz Education Team.  I was in the mood to create a rainbow layout, so I pulled out the brightest and boldest colors from all of my Shimmerz sprays.  I created my background with a technique I like to call "reverse packaging."  It's easy, and you can't mess it up :)  I sprayed all my colors onto a 12x12 piece of plastic packaging.  Instead of smooshing the plastic onto my cardstock, I laid the cardstock on top of the plastic and smooshed it down to spread the paint.  This is fun because you don't know how it's going to look until you pull up the cardstock.  The key is where you spray your color, and you have to be careful of colors that will look muddy if they mix.

I love how it turned out!  I will list all of the spray colors I used at the bottom of this post.  I did coat my cardstock with clear gesso first.  When I pulled the cardstock up, the lines from where I scraped on the gesso were visible through the colors.  It looked really neat and added some pattern and texture.  I embellished on each color with coordinating bits and pieces from my "stash bin" on my desk.

Since my photo was black & white, I added some stamping to the background here.  I used the Bed of Roses and Fresh Start Stamp Sets with some black ink.  I love the detail they give here.

These stamps are great because they look wonderful on top of the gesso and the sprays.  Here I have an old Project Life card and an orange-dotted bag behind my photo.  I added some Simple Stories washi tape strips, some MAMBI stickers, a few Amy Tangerine epoxy stickers, and some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins.  Like I said, I just grabbed things that matched from my random bin of left overs on my desk.

I love this small purple section.  This is actually a pin from pack of flair that I got in the Michael's $1 section a few years ago.  I added a foam dot under it along with some matching thread.  That strip of washi tape is also from Michaels...I love the ombre effect on it, and it matched perfectly.  I couldn't pass up the chance to use it here!

I used some newer Pinkfresh Studio black puffy alphas for my title and mixed them with a black clear MAMBI sticker.  This cute cloud is from Amy Tangerine, and above the title are more random bits.  I love how these blues blended together here.

I love looking at my finished layout from an angle and seeing all of the dimension!  This is where bending up edges of things and adding foam adhesive come into play.  The black splatters on the background are Coloringz Night Moves...the perfect black ink!

I added this cute yellow sun die cut from Simple Stories as well as more thread.  I honestly could use a rainbow color scheme every day and probably not get sick of it ;)

Here's a look at one of the flowers I created using the Fresh Start Stamp Set.  Now I used the sprays for the first two layers of the flower, so the liquid doesn't stamp very crisp.  If you use actual ink pads, you'll get a totally different look.  I wanted mine to look splotchy and watercolor-esque, so I used the sprays.  The top layer is black ink.  I fussy cut it out and added to the orange section.  This leaf sprig was in my stash bin...I don't remember what I colored it with because it was from a long time ago.  It looks like gelatos.

I hope this inspires you to pull out your rainbow Shimmerz shades and get colorful and bright!  This was a lot of fun to make, and making the background was awesome.  Give the "reverse packaging" technique a try!  Here's my process video so you can see exactly how I did it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Lil' Yellow School Bus (bold yellow)
No Yoking (bright yellow)
Night Moves (black)

4 Leaf Clover (green)

Jeni B Bleu (turquoise blue)
Frostbite (blue)
Princess (purple)