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)


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Hip Kit Club using the 2018 June Hip Kits.  I was inspired by the rainbow colors on the Fresh Air Pinkfresh Studio paper, so I used that as my starting point.  I cut out a rectangular phrase in each color and even added in some strips from other papers & some Project Life cards.  I went with a vertical design, and that made it easy to decide where to place my photo.  I used all three Shimmerz from the Color Kit as well as a few from my stash to add some color strokes behind each piece.  I added lots of bits and pieces around the page, keeping all the colors in their correct place.

I used clear gesso on my white cardstock background first.  After I had all the strips attached to each other, I used some grey ink to stamp a few of the Vicki Boutin flowers.  I used a brush to paint the Shimmerz on, and I love how the colors look peeking out from behind the strips.

I used coordinating colors of thread to stitch through each strip.  I used so many of the Pinkfresh Studio embellishments:  puffy stickers, die cuts, fussy cut pieces, chipboard, and die cuts.

I added a bit of foam under my photo and tried to keep the colors lined up even on the right side.  I tucked in a few flower die cuts, a Pinkfresh enamel dot and a leaf die cut from Pretty Little Studio.

Matching up these colors was a lot of fun. It was like putting a puzzle together!

I love this big peach chipboard flower…such a beautiful color!  I used a few of the Pretty Little Studio word stickers right above the photo.

Here are a few more close-ups of all the fun colors and details.

I hope this inspires you to create a pretty rainbow on your next layout.  You really can't go wrong with all those beautiful colors :)  Be sure to check out my process video to see how I made this page!

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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Vegas Mini Album / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends!  Today I'm sharing a new mini album I created for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I chose to use Paige's Mini Album Card with Pocket Envelope and Tag cut file.  It made the assembly of this so easy!  It's made from one piece of paper, and it's so much fun to embellish.  I used mostly the Oh My Heart collection.  Of course I filled the album with lots of pictures from one of our Las Vegas vacations :)

The fun thing about this album is it’s basically made using one sheet of cardstock or paper. It folds up like an accordion and you can close it with some simple ribbon. I even used some chipboard on the inside, and it closes really easily. I used some Turn the Page Ribbon to tie it all together.  I used Oh My Heart Chipboard StickersThickers, and Puffy Stickers on the cover. I also splattered Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.

I’m usually intimidated at the thought of making a mini album, but this cut files makes it very simple. Once you have all the pieces cut, it’s just matter of adding in your photos and embellishments. I wanted to add a bit of mixed media flair to it, so I cut the base of the album using white cardstock and my Silhouette Cameo. I coated it with gesso first and then used some Distress Oxides to smudge on some color. I used lots of papers from the Oh My Heart collection to fill in the squares as well as coordinating embellishments.

My favorite part about this album is the fun fold out piece on the upper right side. I added even more photos as well as an Oh My Heart Chipboard Sticker. I even added some photos on the other sides of the fold out pieces.

Another cool thing about this album is this fun little envelope! I tucked four small photos inside and attached it closed with a heart sticker. Isn’t that the cutest thing ever?!

The gold clear phrase stickers from the 30-page #StickerBook were perfect for this. I love how they look over the patterned paper and the shine really reminds me of Vegas. I added lots of machine stitching to the album base as well.

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

This was so much fun to create! Paige has really made it super easy to put an album together with her cut files!

If you've never made a mini album or are kind of intimidated to make one, this cut file is for you!  It's like a just fill in all the areas with whatever you want.  Check out my process video here to see how I put it all together.

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

Friday, June 29, 2018

Using Older Supplies / Whatever

Hey, friends!  It's Friday again...yessss!  I have a new layout to share today just for fun :)  When I have a break in design team assignments, I try and squeeze in some layouts using up older supplies.  I went to my shelves and just randomly picked a bag of goodies.  I discovered that I had never even opened this cute Hashtag Whatever collection from Simple Stories.  It's a small line with only six double-sided patterned papers and a 6x12 sticker sheet.  I had the perfect photo to go with these sentiments...haha!

Paige had just thrown herself a huge temper tantrum.  The kind where she buries her head under blankets and couch cushions and screams her head off.  When she emerged (haha) her hair looked like this.  This could pass for a drunken mugshot if you ask me, but it's the funniest thing ever!  Needless to say, she wasn't in the mood for a photoshoot, but I took some anyway.  Because that's what scrappy moms do, right?!

The first thing I did was slice up some striped patterned paper and create a little rainbow at the top.  I tore a big chunk of this black and white wonky grid paper and attached it.  I covered a lot of the paper with clear and white gesso.  I wanted to mimic the stripes, so I took some matching Distress Oxide pads and scraped them horizontally across in stripes.  I spritzed the area with a bit of water and let the colors sort of mesh together.  I love how it turned out!

Once it was dry, I went a little crazy with my sewing machine.  I used black thread and went back and forth all over the place.  I love the crazy feel it matches my crazy photo...haha!  I knew I wanted to use a bunch of the sentiments on the cut-apart paper, so I fussy cut out several sayings.  I used the "Whatever" stickers as my title.

I fussy cut a few of these watercolor circles from another paper and created a little cluster with a few more stickers.  I did reach for my Crate Paper Good Vibes stamps to add a little something extra, like this "literally."

The sticker sheet had a few florals on it, so I tucked those in over on the right as well as a random black floral die cut I had lying around in my stash bin.  I also added some black tangled thread.  I did add a few pieces of patterned paper behind my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.

Here's the left side of the photo...more stickers, a few leafy die cuts, more thread and stitching...the works!

I love the effect of tearing paper.  It allows you to be crooked and messy and not have to worry about being perfectly straight.  And since my photo is far from perfect, this was the "perfect" solution!

Plus you get some awesome dimension from not laying everything flat against the background.

One more shot of all that fun stitching here...again, this creates awesome texture and dimension.  Plus it's fun to just go back and forth on the sewing maching!

I hope you enjoyed this page...I loved making it!  I love scrapping those photos that aren't so great.  The memory is still great, and that's what counts!  My tip is if you have a photo that isn't great quality because of the lighting or colors or maybe a busy background, convert it to black and white.  It makes a huge difference!

Here's my process video if you'd like to see this layout in action:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  See you soon :)