Monday, May 10, 2021

Happy Monday!  I'm back today with a new almost monochromatic layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I used Paige’s Wonders collection along with her The Perfect Day cut file. I used all pink with a touch of orange for the color scheme. I love large title cut files because not only does it automatically give you the title, but it also serves as the main design element. Since it takes up so much space on the page, it helps determine where to place photos and embellishments. I love how that can help make a page come together quickly. 

I used a soft pink textured cardstock for the background and I cut the title using textured white cardstock on my Silhouette Cameo. I coated a lot of the paper with white gesso to prep the paper for ink sprays as well as giving the pink a bit of a hazy and cloudy effect. I traced each letter from the title on several Wonders patterned papers and a few from the 6x8 Paper Pad and cut them out. I chose my ink sprays in various pinks and oranges to match.

To create the background, I sprayed a few pink and orange Shimmerz onto the cardstock and used a brush and a bit of water to move the colors around. I wanted a large color wash area with various shades of the colors. I also splattered in gold paint to give it some shine. Once that dried, I glued down the cut file and then replaced the letters with adhesive foam underneath to pop them up off the page.
I tucked a larger photo on top of the big title and two smaller photos under it. I overlapped the letters on top of the large photo and then fussy cut a few mandala shapes from the 6x8 Paper Pad to tuck in around them. I also used a few stickers from the 8-Page Sticker Book along with matching colors of tangled thread.
I love all the shadowing from the popped up letters! 
I originally tried writing my journaling with a gold pen, but it was hard to read against the background.  I used a black Sharpie and it looked better, and it echoed the black in the photos.

I couldn’t resist adding a few of the beautiful gold foiled butterflies from the 6x8 Paper Pad. Look how they shine in the light! I cut out a pink and orange one for the top of the page.
I also layered a few pink flowers from the 8-Page Sticker Book on top of a few of the photos.  I stuck them to white cardstock first and then cut them out so they would be more like die cuts instead of stickers.
I love these pretty gold foiled mandala shapes.  I cut them from the 6x8 Paper Pad as well.  They matched my color scheme perfectly.
More close-ups!

I love how this all came together!  It was fun only using two colors, and it helped narrow down my choices in choosing papers and embellishments.  I hope it inspires you in some way today.

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

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Smiles All Around / 20 Days of Spring Cut Files / Paige Evans

Happy Tuesday!  I'm back today to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring her new Butterfly cut file, which is part of her 20 Days of Spring Cut File Bundle.  You can purchase all 20 new cut files HERE!

I cut the butterfly pretty large using Paper 13 from Paige's Wonders collection.  It was perfect with all those color swatches on it.  I backed it with white cardstock so all the little inside shape would still stand out against the background. I made a watercolor background using textured white cardstock.  I coated it with clear gesso first so the colors could run and blend together.  I used some blue, purple, pink and yellow Shimmerz Sprays to create all the background color.


I love all the little tiny details inside the butterfly.  I chose this paper so I could have all the colors on the page.  Since I cut the butterfly pretty large, it takes up most of the space on the page.  This helped me determine where my photos would go and how I would embellish.  I popped up the butterfly using adhesive foam to create some dimension.

I fussy cut some butterflies from the 6x8 Paper Pad in different sizes as well as Paper 08.  I glued down just the centers so the wings could bend up.  Some of the butterflies in the 6x8 Paper Pad have beautiful gold foiling on them!
I tucked in some yellow thread here for a pop of color & texture against the blue.
I love these photos!  I placed them here on the bottom right since she's looking up to the left.  It creates the illusion that she's looking up at the butterflies. I layered some tissue paper and a few of the patterned papers behind the pictures.
I love that you can see the cardstock's texture through the color. 
I finished the layout with some gold splatters from some Jen Hadfield Gold Glitter Spray.
A few more close-ups of all the pretty things :)

I sure hope this gives you some ideas to try, especially with this cut file!  Again, you can go HERE to purchase all 20 of the new cut files including this one.  I will have another layout coming up featuring another cut file.  I love how this one turned out!

Here's my process video:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Hey Reese / iNSD 2021 Stamping Challenge / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Sunday!  I'm sharing the layout I created for my STAMPING challenge over on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog yesterday.  You still have plenty of time to join in if you want!  Have your project uploaded by next Thursday, May 13th to be eligible to win a $30 Gift Card to the Pinkfresh Store!

I used three different stamp sets on this layout.  I used textured white cardstock for the background.  I love that you can see the texture through the stamping, so that's why I chose that over smooth cardstock.  I coated it with clear gesso to start.  I used the Pop Out Nested Chevron Stamps along with a few Ink Cubes to create the arrow shapes.  I stamped using Storm and then Tidal Pond over it.  The I used a wet brush and a bit of water to make the colors run.  NOTE: This only works if you use gesso first!  I love that "my page was left out in the rain" effect.  I created a horizontal design and that gave me the perfect space to place my vertical strip of photos.

Ahhhhhh....see the cardstock's texture?  I LOVE THAT!  The water just makes such a cool effect with the inks.  I did a couple of layers of the stamp, and a few times I stamped on wet paper.  It has an even different some of this is lighter and some is darker.  It's all a fun experiment each time!  I also splattered some white acrylic paint down once everything was dry, and at the end of the process I splattered some gold as well.

Even when you add the water, you can still see the shape of the stencil.  Like I said, I did do multiple stamping, but you can get whatever effect you want by controlling how much water you add or how many stampings you do.
I also used the Heather Lowercase Alpha Stamp Set for my title.  I used the Candy Violet Ink Cube.  Again, I love the paper's cool.
I embellished around the page with a lot of florals that I fussy cut from a Some Days collection patterned paper.  I also used a few of the Anemone Magic Washi Tape flowers...the purple ones.
I used a bit of the Joyful Bouquet Washi Tape here as an underneath layer as well.
The third stamp I used was a small floral from the Reset Stamp Set.  I used the Candy Violet color again and just created some messy stamping around the flowers and photos...just for some detail.
It's very subtle, but I love how it looks.  I popped up some of the flowers with adhesive foam to create some fun dimension.
I love the contrast of these colors!  I had the perfect shade of blue thread to match the background :)
A few final close-ups of all the details:

I hope this inspires you to pull out some stamps and make something awesome with them!  You could totally recreate this page (or something similar) but without the water.  If getting messy isn't your thing, then you could stamp and leave it neat and clean.   So many possibilities for everyone's style!

The blog is full of challenges, so go check it out and see which ones suit you.  Lots of prizes to go around, too!

Here's my process video:


Thanks for stopping in and have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Love This So Much / iNSD Mixed Media / Paige Evans DT

Hello and Happy International Scrapbooking Day...woo hoo!  There are so many fun events going on all over the internet today, and it's awesome to see that!  I have a Paige Evans DT layout to share that I created for a MIXED MEDIA challenge over on her Happy Scrappy Place FB group.  There are challenges and free cut files going up all day long, so go check it out!

I used Paige's Wonders collection to create this.  I used the scalloped border stamp from the Wonders Stamps to start this messy background.  I used smooth white cardstock for the base, and I coated it with clear gesso first to prep it.  I used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide to stamp the border in a messy vertical design.  I used water and a brush to make the color run and blend.  I mixed in a little Shimmerz Deep Blue Sea to give a bit of color variation.  I love that you can still see the scalloped pattern but there is also a lot of that watercolor effect.


For the bottom of the page, I sprayed Shimmerz Princess and spread it around with a brush.  I based my background colors on some of the colors from these banners.  I fussy cut those from Paper 06 and scattered them below the photo.  I machine stitched through the top of each line so I could bend up the scalloped parts.  I wanted them to look like they were coming off the page and blowing in the wind :)

I embellished here with several hearts from the Chipboard Stickers and some alphas from the Sticker Book.  I fussy cut the bigger heart from a cut apart sheet and layered it over the photo.  I also tucked in some matching blue thread.
I layered a few patterned papers behind the photo, and I popped it up with some adhesive foam.  I did splatter some white acrylic paint...I just love how that looks on darker colors.
More Chipboard Stickers over on this side as well as some pink thread.
I tore a little piece here from one of the 2x2 Paper Pads.  I love that deep purple color!

I created a little cluster at the top of the page using another small piece of the banners and a few stickers from the Sticker Book.  I tried to use pieces in different colors to stand out against the blue background.
Lots more close-ups here...I took a lot!

I did add some of the Puffy Phrase Stickers along the arcs of the banners, and I fussy cut this piece from a patterned paper.

I hope you'll come join us today...there is a challenge fit for anyone and anyone's style.  Paige is giving away lots of free cut files as well, so come check it out HERE!

I have a process video for this, so give it a watch if you want to see how I made this page:

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!