Thursday, August 16, 2018

Layout using NEW Shimmerz Colors

Hello, friends!  I have a new layout to share for the Shimmerz Education Team.  My page today features four of the NEW Shimmerz colors!  I used Shimmerz Wisteria Lane, When Skies Are Grey, Pip, Pip Cherry-O and So Sappy to create a fun grid design.  I just loved how all four colors looked together, so I made them my color scheme.

I began with cutting a stencil on some cardstock.  I used the Heart Squares Texture Background cut file by Paige Evans and smudged modeling paste over it to create a really fun textured background.  I did coat my background with clear gesso first.  This looks complicated, but it's really not.  I colored each quadrant with a color.  To fade out the edges, I added white gesso and white acrylic paint.  I love how it still shows the hearts but keeps the colors concentrated towards the center around the photo.

I really love how this turned out!  I sorted through my bin of random things and found bits and pieces in each color.  I even painted some pieces to match.  I used this big Vicki Boutin butterfly die cut here and painted a wood veneer piece as well as this loopy die cut.  I found a cute aqua acrylic circle to add in, too.  I wanted to do my best to keep all the blue things in the blue section.

Look how shimmery this So-Sappy is!  It's a beautiful coppery color.  I painted this big wood veneer heart with it as well as a few random die cuts.  I found a cute brad and a sticker to use in this section as well as some matching sequins from SpeigelMom Scraps.

This is my favorite of all the new colors...Pip, Pip Cherry-O.  Just look at this pink!  I had some pink die cuts, stickers and floral Bella Blvd die cuts to use in this section as well as some sequins and thread.

This dusty purple is so pretty.  It's Wisteria Lane.  Again, I used a few die cuts and then painted a few pieces.

One of my favorite things about Shimmerz original paints is that it goes really nicely on wood veneer.  I did add a light coat of white gesso first.  I went very simple with my title and used some old white glittery Thickers.

More close-ups of the gorgeous shimmer and shine!


I hope this inspires you try these new colors.  They are even more beautiful in person.  This was fun to make, and I hope it gives you some fun ideas to try!

Supplies Used:
Coloringz--Well Blue Me Down

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Always An Adventure / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club. This page was inspired by the August Mood Board.  I was excited to dig into my 2018 August Hip Kits because they are gorgeous!  I was honestly inspired by all of these images, but I brought the idea of adventure from the quote and of course all of the gorgeous colors.

I cut the “adventure” from the exclusive alpha cut file designed by Jana soon to be available on the HKC website.  It is awesome, and I cut the letters from the Crate Paper Spread Love patterned paper from the Main Kit.  It has so many beautiful colors.  I paired that with some of the Willow Lane Chipboard Stickers and Mini Alpha Stickers and the bulk of my design was done.

I printed my photos in a small strip of three and placed them under the large title.  My little Paige loves to make crazy faces and cross her eyes…haha!  I used some of the Amy Tangerine Shine On Puffy Hearts as well as the smaller ones from Willow Lane here.

I couldn’t wait to use the Willow Lane floral stamps!  I created a subtle bit of leaves here under this large flower die cut.  I used some of the exclusive Project Life cards under my photos and fussy cut this circle piece from another one.

The great thing about this alpha cut file is that there are both upper and lower case letters!  I stitched through these here with some gold metallic thread.

I used all three Shimmerz from the Color Kit on my background as well as two more from previous Color Kits.  We get a beautiful dark blue (Inklingz Oakie Bear Blue), a shimmery gold (Inklingz Miner Miner 49er) and an aqua spray (Coloringz Well Blue Me Down).  I used the packaging technique mostly with a little help from my brush and also added splatters.

I knew right away I wanted to use this large “Always” piece from the Willow Lane Chipboard Sheet.  I also used a few of the Willow Lane black Clear Stickers.

Here’s one more close-up of all the beautiful colors and details!

Have you received your August Kits yet?  I hope you are inspired to create something fun and beautiful with them…I had a lot of fun making this page!  I have a process video here, so check that out when you have a minute :)

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

She's Something Magical / Paige Evans DT

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I was so very excited when I saw Paige’s Unicorn Floatie cut file and couldn’t wait to use it because we just got our hands on a real unicorn floatie! You know you are a true scrapbooker when you can visualize your layout in your head as soon as you see something and it excites you more than anything…haha. I cut the unicorn on white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and the cool thing about this one is all the little pieces that go in the mane, tail and horn are included so you can easily cut them separately which is what I did. I pulled some light pink, light purple, and yellow papers to match my unicorn from the Oh My Heart and Take Me Away collections to cut all the tiny bits. I also sorted through all the collections to find matching pieces and I love how it turned out.

I cut the unicorn pretty big so it took up a lot of room on my layout.  This actually made it very easy to decide where to put my photo.  Since those two things took up so much room, I knew I wouldn't need very many embellishments to finish it off.  Here you can see the background detail I created using a stencil and modeling paste.  I was going for waves, and I love how they turned out.

Ahhhh these colors!  I love the soft pastels mixed with touches of gold and bright aqua.  Here you can see the effect of using adhesive foam.  The dimension and shadowing makes the unicorn pop right off the page.

 I used a white cardstock background and jazzed it up with some modeling paste through a stencil and some aqua & pink ink sprays. I created a cluster here with some Take Me Away Chipboard Stickers, Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Stickers and Ephemera Die Cuts and an Oh My Heart Chipboard Sticker as well as a few heart stickers from the 30-page Paige Evans #StickerBook. I love the gold foil on some of these pieces so I had to add some gold Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine. I used the Pick-Me-Up Mini Thickers to create my tone-on-tone title.

Isn’t this unicorn the cutest? I added a bit of shading to make it a bit more dimensional and realistic. I watered down metallic gold paint and used a brush and my fingers to add the shadows. I added adhesive foam on the back to pop it off the page.

I was thrilled to find that I still had some purple and yellow Take Me Away Ephemera Die Cuts in my stash, so I used them as layers. I also used some Take Me Away Chipboard Sticker pieces, some Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Stickers and Ephemera Die Cuts, and lots of hearts from the 30-page #StickerBook.

This was so much fun to create! I love when the perfect photo collides with the perfect cut file…magic! I hope you are inspired to try this fun cut file on one of your layouts.

Here's my process video:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Be Still My Heart / Using Older Supplies

Happy Saturday, lovely friends!  I'm back today with a new layout using up some older supplies from my stash.  I pulled out my bag of Elle's Studio goodies...mostly from 2013.  I sorted through everything and decided to use papers and embellishments that were pink, purple and orange/yellow.  I wound up using pieces from the Serendipity, Penelope and Cameron collections.

I began with the white grid patterned paper.  It had some arrows along the bottom, and I didn't want to have those on my page.  I tore them off and coated a lot of the page with white gesso to blend out some of the pattern.  I used a small grid stencil and smudged some modeling paste over it to create some background texture.  I used lots of Shimmerz sprays to create the orange, pink and purple watercolor areas.  I used Vibez Glorious Day and Sweetheart, Spritz Ruby, Inklingz Pugnacious Purple and later I added Coloringz Well Blue Me Down.

I love how the background texture turned out!  So rough and bumpy to the touch and really great dimension.  I fussy cut some scalloped pieces from some branding strips and added those under the photo along with a few die cuts.  I added a few die cut frames behind my photo as long as some tissue paper.  I did wind up adding a few Amy Tangerine epoxy stickers from a few years ago because they matched so well.

I added more Elle's Studio die cuts here.  I stamped "face" onto this piece here using some very old wooden alpha stamps from my stash.  I got them from Michael's in the $1 spot years ago.  I mixed and matched my title using some older aqua chipboard Thickers and some newer Pinkfresh Studio puffy alphas that I had lying on my desk.

I might be obsessed with texture like's so much fun to make.  Thank goodness someone invented stencils, right?! :D
I love tearing paper.  I left the edge unglued so it would pop up off the page.  I backed it with a sheet of light purple cardstock and smudged a bit of white gesso along the top and bottom to soften it up a bit.

I almost didn't add any blue on this page, but I tried a piece of blue paper and really liked how it looked.  I added what I had in a few places and finished it off with some aqua tangled thread.  Those adorable little flower sequins are from SpiegelMom Scraps, and they matched so well, so I scattered some around the page.

I fussy cut more flowers to add at the bottom of the page.  I just tucked them under the torn edge here and added some thread and sequins.

I also made a cluster up at the top using more flowers, thread and sequins along with a "My Girl" die cut.  I also machine stitched along the edge of the grid paper with blue thread.  I did add a bit of silver metallic thread as well (a wonderful gift from my scrappy friend Lisa Fonseca...thanks, girl!)

One more close-up just because :)

I had such a blast making this...I love digging into my old stash!  I hope this has inspired you and given you some fun ideas to try.

Here's my process video:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

You Amaze Me / Altenew Guest Designer

Hello again, friends!  I am thrilled to be the Guest Designer at Altenew this month!  I created two layouts using some beautiful Altenew products, and here is the first one.  A huge thank you to the Altenew Team for inviting me!

For my first layout, I couldn’t wait to use the Classy Stripes Stencil. I used some white cardstock and scraped some modeling paste over the stencil to create some bumpy texture. While that dried, I created some stamped flowers using the Painted Rose Stamp Set and Northern Lights 6 Mini Cube Set. This was my first time using stamps like this, and it was magic watching the flowers come to life! I used the coordinating Painted Rose Die Set to cut them out. Then I fussy cut lots of flowers from the Our Family Scrapbook Collection papers. Once I knew the color scheme, I used some distress oxides from my stash to create some pretty watercolor over the modeling paste background.

I created a big layered cluster of flowers on the side of my photo. I chose a pool photo with lots of blue in the background to contrast against all the pretty pinks. There are so many gorgeous leaves and stems, so I couldn’t resist cutting them out, too.

Here you can see all the fun texture from the stencil and modeling paste. I did add some machine stitching through some of the lines using white thread for added texture. The Our Family Scrapbook Collection has enamel dots, so I scattered some of the pink ones around the page.

I really love the bold blues in this collection. Since I had lots of blue going on in my photo and below it, I added some pink ink at the top here.

I went small and simple with my title. I stamped it using some of the sentiments on the Painted Rose Stamp Set. Then, I added my journaling right below it and then another small fussy cut flower under that.

I really love the deep, rich colors in this collection.  I really like the deep blues mixed in these leaves.  They compliment my pool photo perfectly!

Here are few last close-ups of the awesome texture on the background.  It's amazing what a simple stencil and some modeling paste can do, right? <3 p="">

I do have a process video here showing how I created this layout from start to finish featuring all of the Altenew products I used.  I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

To the Sunshine & Back / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Hip Kit Club, and I used the 2018 July Hip Kits to create it.  I began with a lot of white...white cardstock for my background and a white cardstock cut file.  I used one of the exclusive cut files for July, and it's a cluster of umbrellas.  I used the Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors from the Color Kit on the background as well as a pink Shimmerz (Vibez Sweetheart) from a previous Color Kit.  I wanted splotches of bright colors to show behind and around the umbrellas.  I did wind up adding some color over parts of the umbrellas, and I love how it all turned out.

I've been dying to use this adorable acrylic rainbow...just look at it!  Isn't it the cutest?!  It's in the Embellishment Kit.  I tucked in a few exclusive die cuts here as well as a Pretty Little Studio blue flower sticker.  To add a pop of green, I tucked in some tangled thread from my stash.

I added more color & texture by machine stitching through all of the umbrellas with coordinating thread.  I added to my summer scene here by adding an exclusive cloud die cut and a chipboard sun sticker from Simple Stories.

More exclusive bits here...more floral acrylics and and epoxy sticker.  I used an exclusive Project Life card behind my photo.

The tiny suns here are from the exclusive washi tape.  I just cut them and stuck them around the page.

Using a cut file like this is a great way to get some subtle texture and pattern to your background.  You could also use patterned paper to back all the open spaces.

I mixed and matched pieces to create my title.  I cut "moon & back" off of this die cut and made my title more "summery."  I used one of the exclusive acrylic words and finished with some of the orange puffy alpha stickers.

I really love the effect of using different fonts, sizes and colors of letters and words for titles!

I hope this inspires you in some sure was fun to put together!  I can't get enough of making summer layouts.  They are definitely my favorite!  Be sure to check out Hip Kit Club....the August Kits are shipping now...woo hoo!

On to the process video:

Thanks so much for visiting me!  See you again soon!