Thursday, December 8, 2016

Merry Christmas / My Mind's Eye

Happy Thursday, friends!  Today I wanted to share my newest layout for My Mind's Eye.  I'm so excited about how this one turned out!  I used the new Sugar Plum collection, and it's just so pretty.  My background paper has a glittery wintry scene on it, so I took advantage of that and built my design on it.  I've been wanting to try out my fringe scissors, so I decided to make a big tree using them.  I hand drew a tree on some scrap paper and then sorted through the patterned papers and 6x6 Paper Pad and chose papers to cut into strips.  I cut them with the fringe scissors and adhered them to my scrap paper tree.  I also stitched through each row with silver thread.  Once I had the tree done, I could move it around and decided where to put it.

I used some white gesso on the background and then used Shimmerz sprays to add color.  I used a few pinks & reds, some aqua and some silver.  I used a few chipboard trees and also fussy cut some from another patterned paper.  I printed my photos in black & white because they were kind of dark and had strange colors in them.  The girls and I were wearing bright pink shirts, my husband had on navy blue, and our porch is terracotta.  So that would have really clashed with all of these light colors.


I highly recommend fringe scissors...look how cool this turned out!  This created so much texture and dimension on the tree here.  I simply layered my photos vertically and then embellished around it with some chipboard flowers, enamel dots and sparkly gem brads.


These chipboard trees are adorable, and they're on the Chipboard Elements sheet.  I fussy cut some from paper as well.  Look at all the pretty glitter...just gorgeous.  This collection pretty much designs your pages for you :)


Here are more chipboard and fussy cut trees....and sparkly snow glitter.  It's part of the background paper, and it looks so much prettier in person!


I fussy cut the flower out to tuck under my photos here, and I added a strip of plaid Decorative Tape for my title to sit on.  I pulled some grey alpha and number stickers from my stash and just created a simple title.  I did add tangled thread along the way, too.


Here you can see how thick the tree is since I added all that patterned paper on top of the scrap tree that I drew on cardstock.  Nothing is moving since I machine stitched through it.  Here you can also see the background texture created with the gesso and Shimmerz.


One final close-up of the top of the tree....I did some zig zag stitching at the top and added a cute chipboard star.  I love those big rhinestone brads!


I hope this inspires you in some way to create something fun with fringe scissors!  They are addictive...I already want to use them again and again!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Monday, December 5, 2016

She's Doing it Again / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday!  I'm back today to share another layout I created for Hip Kit Club using the 2016 November Hip Kits.  I'm loving everything about these beautiful kits this month!  Everything is just so pretty and works so well together.  I started this layout by using one of the exclusive member sketches over in the forum.  It sort of took on a life of its own as I went, but that's where my design idea began.  I used white cardstock as my base and the front and back of one of Kim Watson's exclusive papers from the December Documented Kit.  I cut two blocks and adhered it to the cardstock.  I smudged white gesso over a lot of it and then used some of the Shimmerz from the Color Kit.  My assignment for this was to use the Color Kit, and I used all three pieces.

My photo is of my little wild child who was (and still is) obsessed with getting into the tree water...haha.  Every time we'd turn our heads, she would sneak back in there and try to get into it.  So the title of this page became our motto :)



None of the techniques I used on this page are brand new...I used the packaging technique as well as splattering with the Shimmerz.  I used the Echo Park lined stencil with the Foiled Again Dazzlerz to create some lined texture.  I used the Coloringz Well Blue Me Down, which is this gorgeous blue-based aqua color.  I also brought in a few pink tones as well.  I used most of the snowflake die cuts from the kits as well as a piece of the exclusive washi tape.  The washi stars are also exclusive.


Aren't these alphas awesome?  I love how they look here.  I just stacked them up to create a big title and added a few exclusive phrase pieces & die cuts.  I right justified everything to line up with the edge of the light wood grain paper.  I also did some machine stitching along the edges.


I love these snowflakes!  I live in Florida, so we never get snow...but it was fun to create this wintry page anyway :)  I added in several of the exclusives ones as well as the Crate Paper ones.  I used some of the light blue tissue paper that our kits come wrapped in behind my photo as well as a few of the DD 3x4 cards.


Lots going on here...several more snowflakes, lots of phrase stickers & die cuts, some Pinkfresh Washi Tape, an exclusive flair button with tangled thread, exclusive sequins and more lovely stitching.


Here you can see the lines from the stencil and the texture paste.  I love this silver color.  It's very subtle yet gives great texture, shine and sparkle.  I also added in one of the Crate Paper clips over on the left side.  I just slid it in and glued it down under the photo.


Here's one more close up of the bottom area.  There are so many of these awesome phrase pieces this month!  These all fit this photo and memory perfectly :)


Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out...I hope you enjoy!


Thanks so much for stopping in....have a great day and week!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

'Tis the Season YouTube Scrapping Videos / Twinkle Little Star

Hey, friends!  Happy Sunday :)  I'm so excited to be a part of the 'Tis the Season 12 Days of Holiday Scrapping Videos on YouTube hosted by my good friend Audrey Yeager.  She's creating 12 holiday layouts & process videos for the 12 Days of Christmas, and each day a fellow scrapper is joining her.  Today it's me...woo hoo!  Our challenge is to somehow incorporate our number into our layouts.  I'm Day 4, so I used that number in a few ways.  My video is down below, or you can see it HERE.


Here is my layout.  I started with these cute photos of my daughter.  I knew I wanted to try and recreate the tree on her shirt, so I pulled out some ribbon from my stash.  I wound up not using any actual Christmas or holiday related items on this page!  My first thought was to use four ribbons to make my tree.  Well, I obviously used more than four...haha.  I just trimmed each piece smaller than the previous piece and glued them to a piece of scrap packaging.  I stitched through each one using different colored threads on my sewing machine.  Then I cut each piece out so I could move them around.  I used some Shimmerz on my background behind the photos and then layered in a big star die cut.


I love how the tree turned out!  I did use four flair buttons (from A Flair For Buttons), and here are two of them.  Again, they're not holiday related, but I love how they sort of transformed into having the Christmas feel simply because of the colors, the photos and the tree.  I embellished the tree with some phrase stickers from a Tim Holtz sticker book from Michael's.  I chose ones that fit the Christmas theme, like "miracles happen when you believe."


I used some MAMBI Project Life cards from Hobby Lobby for my layers, and they aren't Christmas related at all.  But the colors worked!  I decided to go with the star theme and found this big double star cut file in the Silhouette store.  I kept it white and used it as a big layer in the background.  I decided to use four paper stars to go with my four theme, so I hand drew three smaller stars on white cardstock and colored them yellow with my Shimmerz.  I used one of them for the top of the tree.


I used some small white puffy alpha stickers from Evalicious for my title.  I used a gelato to smudge a little bit of color onto them.  As always, I added some tangled thread in various places.  And this phrase sticker was perfect..."leave a little sparkle wherever you go."  She is a twinkling star after all...haha!


I did the same thing for the word "little," and then used some older white glittery Thickers for the word "star."  I used some Shimmerz and gelatos to color it.  I wrote my journaling under my title and added another flair to the left.


Here you can see that flair better.  I really love how this came together.  And I was proud of myself for creating a Christmas page without any Christmas goodies!


Here's my video.  From there, you can see the links to all the participating YouTubers in the description, so stay tuned through December 12th for even more inspiration!


Thanks so much to Audrey for having me join her!  And thanks to you for stopping by, reading and watching!

 Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Creating with Sketches Vol. 4 / This Was Funny + Giveaway!

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm so excited to share that I have a layout in the new Creative Scrappers Creating With Sketches Volume 4!  I'm sure you know the awesome Kristine Davidson and her fabulous sketches...I was honored to be asked to create a layout for her newest collection!  You can purchase one digitally or a print copy HERE.

I'm having a giveaway over on my YouTube channel!  So all you have to do is go leave a comment and in a few days I'll pick a random winner to receive a FREE printed copy of Volume 4!  




You can find the sketch I used in the book, but I can share my layout with you!  I stuck pretty close to the sketch.  As you can see, it uses two 4x4ish photos and some background circles.  I went with black & white photos since I wanted to use lots of color.  I used some beautiful Webster's Pages papers as well as some Simple Stories.  I used lots of Shimmerz Paints on the background and embellished with some puffy sequins and wood veneer hearts from Pinkfresh Studio.  I also pulled in some flair buttons from A Flair For Buttons.



The first thing I did for this was give my cardstock a coat of gesso.  Then I used the packaging technique with lots of Shimmerz to create a watercolor effect.  I used one of Kristine's cut files HERE on my Cameo using different patterned papers, I arranged them in off-centered layers.  I love how you can see the Shimmerz peeking through the circles and around the outer edges.  I fussy cut some flowers from a Simple Stories paper and punched some leaves from some Hobby Lobby papers using two old Martha Stewart leaf punches.  You can also see where I stitched through the circles.


I went back in and cut a few more regular thin circles on my Cameo which I painted with silver Shimmerz.  I wanted to tone down a bit of the brightness, and these circles did just that.  Plus I like how the silver pulls some of the grey tones from the photos.  I scattered the puffy sequins and wood veneer hearts around the page like confetti, which is also on the sketch.


Here you can see one of the beautiful flair buttons I used.  I added some thread under it and then came in with a few of the Tim Holtz phrase stickers.


Here's the other side of the page...another flair, more sequins and wood veneer and a cute Evalicious heart camera paper clip.


 This was so much fun to put together!  Sketches make it fun and give you a great starting point.  Some of my most favorite layouts have been from using sketches!  Be sure to grab a copy of this sketchbook....there are so many designers featured and a ton of sketches and ideas!

Here's the process video for this layout...I hope you enjoy!


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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thankful / Simple Stories

Hello again!  I'm back today to share my second November layout for Simple Stories.  Like my previous layout, I used the Gather Together Simple Set.  Although it's centered around Thanksgiving Dinner, I went a different route and made a layout about my grandmother and daughter.  I first began with white cardstock and a very old lined stencil.  I smudged some Shimmerz Texturez & Dazzlerz in a deep red brick color and a dark leafy green.  Once that dried, I used the packaging technique with some Shimmerz sprays in red, brown and green.  I also used some gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

I used patterned papers behind my photos and one of the stickers as my title.  I fussy cut the heart cluster at the bottom.  After I planned all that, I had the idea to add a cut file.  I'm so glad I did because it changed the look of the entire page for the better!  It's gorgeous....it's from the Just Nick store.  I cut it once on white cardstock and again on green patterned paper.  I trimmed the circle part off the green cut and added it to the leaves of the white cut.  I love how it looks!  I machine stitched with brown thread around the circle.




Here you can see the background texture from the paste and the lovely die cut.  I love working with circles like this because it automatically gives you somewhere to ground your photos.  And it brings your eye right to the middle.  I did add some brown tangled thread under the sides of the photos as well.


This sticker was perfect for a title.  I also added another sticker and stitched through it with gold thread.  The plaid patterned paper is really busy, so I just tore a small piece off to use as a messy layer.


I love how the leaves on the cut file curled up as I pulled them off the cutting mat.  And since I added the green paper on top of the white, it made it a little thicker and more dimensional.


I also added tangled thread under the heart cluster and stitched through it.  I love the pop of color it gives down here at the bottom.


I did film this process, so here's the video if you'd like to see how I created this from start to finish.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired!



Thanks a million for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Using Older Supplies / Sweet Reese

Happy Tuesday!  I'm back today to share another layout in my Using Older Supplies series I'm doing on my YouTube channel.  I've been trying to work through some of my older stash of supplies the past few months, and this is the tenth layout & video in the series.  I plan to keep on doing these in between all of my design team work. 

For this layout, I used lots of older My Mind's Eye products.  I used pieces from Sweetest Thing, Lime Twist, Collectable, Caroline & Follow Your Heart.  I went through and picked out some stickers & die cuts that jumped out at me first.  Then I sorted through all the papers and chose this light grey and white dotted paper as my background.  In my video you'll see how much MME stuff I have...and it's all in a big pile together!  Craziness, I tell ya.

I started working on how I wanted to layer some of those big doilie-type floral stickers.  I combined cardstock stickers with some chipboard flowers and used a few patterned papers as layers behind my photo.  I used white gesso on the background and Shimmerz Paints in matching colors.


I was in the mood to do a lot of layering, so I created my own pink and yellow color scheme with all the pieces I could find and began layering.  I decided to add in that deeper shad of purple as well from the Lime Twist collection.  I added in some machine stitching as well as lots of tangled thread.


To create this bottom cluster, I combined fussy cut patterned paper with stickers, chipboard, brads, thread and sequins.  I love how this came together!  That purple paper is from one of those 12x12 shaped papers, and the flowers are from a 6x6 Paper Pad.  You never know how different collections will look together until you pull them all out and really look at them next to each other.


More layering here.  I love the mix of chipboard with cardstock stickers.  I found so many stickers and pieces that coordinated.  I machine stitched right onto my photo as well as through some of the stickers.


I did add a few Simple Stories Carpe Diem planner stickers in a few places, like the round yellow one at the top here.  They just add an extra pop of color here and there.  I'm in love with these sequins...the color is just so pretty and matches so well.


I decided to go light for my journaling so I used a silver gel pen.  I like how subtle it is.  I usually use a black pen, so this was a nice change and kept things soft.


Here's one more close-up of the layering.  I added in that cute chipboard butterfly from Follow Your Heart, and that purple circle is the outline of a sticker that I had already used.  I fussy cut around it on the sticker sheet and added it in because it was a fun shape and just the right color.


Here's my process video of this layout coming together from start to finish.  I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas!



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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wonderful Winter / Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  I'm back again today to share another layout for Hip Kit Club.  This is my second page using the beautiful 2016 November Hip Kits.  As you probably have already seen, they are chock full of holiday and Winter themed products.  I decided to embrace it and scrap these adorable pictures of Paige in her bear jacket from a few years ago.  It was Reese's until she outgrew it, and then Paige wore it.  I'll probably never give it away because it's so adorable with the little ears and everything!

I printed my photos in a horizontal photo strip and layered them with a few of the December Documented 3x4 cards and a few pieces of patterned paper.  I went big with my background design.  I cut one of Tiffany's snowflake cut files on my Cameo and then traced it onto my background paper.  The background paper is a Kim Watson exclusive from the DD Kit.  I used a big flat brush to paint white gesso all around the edges of the snowflake until it was cloudy and faded.  Then I used the Shimmerz Coloringz Well Blue Me Down from the Color Kit to paint inside the snowflake.  That was the point when I realized the edges needed to be hand-stitched!  I love the crisp edges and texture it gives.  It did take me over an hour, but it was worth it.  I love how it looks!  If I had known I was going to hand stitch from the beginning, I would have just used my Cameo sketch pens to draw the snowflake instead of me cutting it and tracing it.


Here you can see the amazing texture from the stitching.  I used the Dazzlerz Foiled Again on top of the white die cut snowflakes to give them a little color & shine and then tucked them into my layers.  I used one of the exclusive flair buttons as well.


For my title, I fussy cut "wonderful" from one of the DD cards and stitched through it with silver thread.  I added some of the silver glitter Thickers and an exclusive die cut with tangled teal thread under it.  I love the mix of alphas and colors!  I stayed with the vertical stacking and added an exclusive phrase sticker and then my journaling.


Here's another look at all the texture, layering and dimension.   I added in lots of tangled thread as well as some of the sequins from the kit.  To color in the snowflake with the Coloringz, I used a brush and my finger to smudge the liquid around.


Here's the top of the photo strip...lots of layers, stickers...even a strip of the exclusive washi tape.  I love how the hand stitching and machine stitching looks together.


Here's one more look at the title area.  These colors are so pretty together!


Here's my process video for this page...I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas from it!


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