Monday, January 20, 2020

Song / Pinkfresh Studio NEW Release!

Happy Monday, everyone!  I have a new layout to share for Pinkfresh Studio featuring one of the NEW collections.  I used the Super Cool collection to document these sweet photos of my girls in the car.  I used lots of the embellishments in this collection to enhance the the theme of speech bubbles.  This layout is very special because it documents my oldest daughter finally saying something.  Both my girls are autistic & nonverbal, so language is a huge obstacle in our house.  She now will say "song" every time we're in the car, so I gladly play her favorite songs.  And I will continue to do it as long as she tells me to :)

I wanted to focus on those cute speech bubbles, so I decided to create a big one to hold all the stickers & die cuts.  I cut a big one from white cardstock and covered it with clear gesso.  I used the Liquid Watercolors to color the edges of the speech bubble.  I used a few blues & greens to do that.  I wanted to leave the middle white so all of the bits & pieces would pop.  I used a big chunk of the green ombre striped paper and adhered that to some white cardstock.  I used white gesso on the top and bottom areas and then used the Liquid Watercolors again to add some green and blue. 

I knew that SONG must be my title, and I used the Adore Alpha Stamps & Dies to create it.  I used the Coral Reef Mini Ink Cube, which was the perfect color to match this collection.  I went through all the embellishments...stickers, puffy stickers, die cuts and acetate speech bubbles and arranged them all over the speech bubble.  I added adhesive foam behind most of them to create shadowing & dimension.

I machine stitched around the edge of the speech bubble using a dark blue thread for an extra pop of color & texture.  I also popped the whole thing up with more adhesive foam and tucked some thread under the edge here.

I used a black Sharpie to write my journaling, which explains how amazing it was to hear Reese finally give a command.  We listen to the same songs every day...on the way to school and on the way home.  They drive me nuts, but I don't care.  As long as she talks to me, I will do what she wants :)

It was fun to mix and match all these bits & pieces and work them together like a puzzle.  Shout out to Jen Schow, who is the queen of nestling embellishments like this.  She inspires me to do more of this!

Aren't these images the cutest?  I love this collection because it's very versatile.  There are so many cute sayings and trendy images, like thumbs up and text messages.  Lots of fun things for any theme!

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

I truly love how this turned out.  Sometimes layouts mean more to me than others, and this one is very special.  This collection completely inspired me to scrap this event, and I had lots of fun putting it together.  I hope this gives you some ideas to try for your next page.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Pinkfresh Studio Store for the new collections!

I have a process video for this layout HERE, so go check it out!

Thanks, and have a wonderful week :)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Fun Date / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, friends!  I have yet another new layout to share for Hip Kit Club today :)  I used the 2019 December Hip Kits, and I decided to go with stars again.  I know I just created a starry page, but I couldn't resist making another one.

I used one of the cut files for this month to cut some of the larger stars from a Heidi Swapp paper. Then I used some of my star punches to create some smaller ones from a Prettly Little Studio paper.  I was thinking of a light blue, soft orange and soft pink color scheme.  Once I arranged them together, I decided to add some brighter pink.  I did that by painting some scrap white cardstock with the Andrea's Azalea Lindy's Powder from the Color Kit.  I punched more stars from that.  To add even more stars, I used the star stencil with some modeling paste.

I went with this cute photo of me and my husband from a few years ago. I liked the colors and they matched all the stars.

I chose some of the dark teal cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my background.  I smudged a lot of white gesso down using a palette knife and my fingers.  I created sort of a wave design.  I added the stars using the stencil and then just left it all to dry.  I didn't add anything extra to the background.  I loved how the white looked behind all the stars.  I popped some of the up using some adhesive foam to create some dimension.

I love how this turned out!  I think these colors look so pretty against the darker background.

To add a bit of gold sparkle, I splattered some of the Lindy's Martina's Marigold Powder.  It's a very shimmery yellow golden color.

I tucked in some pink tangled thread around the photo for some more texture and color.

I didn't add to many more embellishments.  A little die cut above the photo, a floral die cut at the bottom of the photo, and a cute camera die cut.

I went simple with the title and mixed and matched.  I used one of the matte gold Thickers with some of the larger pink Thickers.  Fun Date seemed appropriate :)

I hope this inspires you in some way today.  Although most of the December Kits are full of winter related products, here is an example of how to create a non-winter page.  It's fun to challenge yourself to get creative and use the products in a different way :)

The process video for this is up on the Hip Kit YouTube Channel.  My channel is still down...ugh.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Winter in Vegas / Hip Kit Club

Happy Saturday, friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I made this using the 2019 December Hip Kits.  Using winter themed products has never been easy for me considering I live in Florida...haha.  We took a recent trip last month to Las Vegas, and I was able to get lots of fun wintry photos!  I was excited to scrap this picture of me and a giant snowman because the kits have a ton of snowmen in them.  I decided to create a little winter scene using them and some trees.

I decided to make this page extra "snowy" and use white cardstock as my base.  I wanted to add some mixed media but keep most of it white.  I also wanted to pull in some pinkish tones...I'm not a huge fan of the classic red and green.  So I made it work :)

I coated the background with clear gesso first and then used a mix of Lindy's Magical Powders.  I used the Andrea's Azalea from the Color Kit as well as a few other colors from past kits.  I created some "snow" by splattering some watered down white acrylic paint.  I also splattered some of the Gold Glitter Spray from the December Documented Kit we got last month.  To create this fun scene, I layered some chipboard snowmen and trees with some fussy cut snowmen and die cuts.

I wanted the pink background to show above and below the scene.  I mixed and matched the title, combining a metallic gold Thicker with some of the Pretty Little Studio black alphas.  I used a black Sharpie to write my journaling and added another fussy cut snowman beside it.  I popped him up using some adhesive foam.

I also added in some of those blingy enamel gems...they're so shimmery and pretty!

To give my scene some grounding, I tore a few strips of this dark green Crate Paper sheet.  I lightened it up a bit and made it look a little more snowy by smudging some white gesso over it in a few places.  I also splattered the white paint on it.  It gave my snowmen & trees a place to sit.

I did want pops of red on the layout, so I added in a few die cut flowers.  I also tangled up some pink and red thread together and tucked it in a few places.

This cute tree is actually one of the paper clips, but I took it apart and just used the tree.  I love all the dimension these layers create.  Chipboard is awesome for layering like gives some great depth.

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

I hope this inspires you to create a cute little scene on a layout.  Trees and animals (or snowmen...haha) make it pretty easy.  It's just a matter of layering.

I do have a process video for this HERE on the Hip Kit YouTube Channel.  My channel is STILL being worked on....ugh.  Google now says they're in the process of transferring my content into a new channel.  I have no idea how long this will take...they told me this three weeks ago.  I'm not losing hope!  I'm two months into this debacle, and I'm anxious to get it resolved.

I hope you guys have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

This Sweet Lovely Smile / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends! I'm here with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team, and I am so excited that Paige’s 9th and newest collection called Bloom Street has been revealed! I adore all the gorgeous colors and patterns. It’s full of pretty flowers, butterflies, birds, and all things Spring. For my very first layout using this collection, I started with one of my favorite papers: Paper 24, which is filled with gorgeous rainbow arrows. I fussy cut a lot of them then arranged them in a circle pattern.

I did coordinating watercolor work on the white cardstock background smudged with clear gesso to accent the beautiful colors in the arrows. I smudged each color of Distress Oxides lightly onto the background in the circle design and then spritzed it with water. The colors spread and blended together. I also used a brush in a few places to help the blending. Once that dried, I arranged the arrows and stitched through the circle. I decided to add some dimension so I created a second layer of arrows and stitched through them again. I folded up the ends to really create nice depth and texture.

I don’t have any of the Ephemera Die Cuts yet, so I fussy cut lots of flowers and leaves to embellish with. I cut flowers from Paper 02, Paper 11, and Paper 12. I layered them on both sides of the photo. I added adhesive foam behind some of them to create even more dimension. I also tucked in tangled thread in a few places.

I love the Puffy Word Stickers, so I used a few of those around the circle. I kept it tone-on-tone to match the stickers with the background. I added a white title right on top of the photo.

I fussy cut this cute sun from a patterned paper and added some pink thread and adhesive foam under it.  The more I look at these arrows, the more I love the double layer!  I almost just did one flat layer, but adding the second one makes a big differnce!

Since I don't have any of the floral die cuts from this collection yet, I did a lot of fussy cutting.  I happen to love doing it, so it was fun cutting out all these pretty flowers & leaves.

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

Isn’t this collection simply gorgeous? I cannot wait to get my hands on the full line! I hope this inspires you check out Bloom Street. Prepare to order it all because you will fall in love with it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, January 6, 2020

January Challenge / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope 2020 is off to a great start for you.  I'm sharing the January Challenge over at Pinkfresh Studio.  You can find it HERE.  You can pick any Challenge from 2019 to create a project from.  I chose the May 2019 Challenge, which was a gorgeous rainbow color scheme and the rules "Anything Goes."  I pulled out a variety of 2019 collections...Out & About, Joyful Day & Everyday Musings.

I started by tearing a big strip of this Out & About striped patterned paper.  I wanted it to be a big statement piece, so I glued it to some thick white cardstock.  I added some clear gesso to the cardstock to prepare it for some watercolor.  I used several of the Liquid Watercolors to create the watercolor effect.  I mixed and matched a few colors to get the perfect shades to match the striped paper.

I used a variety of embellishments.  I wanted this to be a fun and whimsical layout, so I used flowers that I fussy cut from paper, puffy stickers, die cuts, and stamps.  I kind of just stacked the embellishments in a crooked line under the photo and along the line of the patterned paper.

I wanted something light here at the bottom, so I used some of the white Puffy Alpha Stickers from Just a Little Lovely.  I added another Joyful Day flower here, which I popped up using adhesive foam.

I layered a few stickers above the photo and then doodled around the edges using a black pen.

To add some fun to the left side of the page, I created some fun little half-circle banners.  These are super easy to make.  I used a circle punch and then cut each circle in half.  Then I lightly glued them down and then machine stitched through them.  Instant cute banner!

I created a cluster of goodies here...more images I fussy cut from paper, a few puffy stickers and this cute title die cut.  I also used a scripty puffy alpha sticker on top of the photo from Just a Little Lovely.  I love mixing and matching collections like this!

Here you can see the dimension.  I love having things stand up off the page, and that's easy to create with adhesive foam.

Here's a look at the pretty watercolors.

A few more close-ups of all the beautiful colors :)

I hope you will play along with us this month!  As always, your layout could win you a $50 Gift Card to the Pinkfresh Studio Store!  And trust me...there are some new AMAZING collections coming soon, so you'll want to shop your heart out.  So come play with this challenge!

I hope this inspires you in some way... I love how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Stay Cozy / Hip Kit Club

Happy New Year, friends!  2020...unbelievable!  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2019 December Hip Kits, and I went a little star crazy :)  I couldn't resist fussy cutting out all these beautiful stars from Crate Paper.  I also added some starry texture to the background using the star stencil from the Color Kit.  I felt like creating a big star cluster, so that's what I did.

I used a light grey Heidi Swapp paper as my background, and I coated a lot of it with white and clear gesso.  I scraped modeling paste over the stencil and let it dry.  It created some amazing rough and bumpy texture!  Next, I used a few blue shades of Lindy's Magical Powders & Starburst Sprays.  I used the Jana's Jade from the Color Kit and a few others from past kits.  I also splattered some of the Gold Glitter Spray from last month's kit.

I layered and overlapped the stars.  I added some adhesive foam behind some of them to create some depth.  I also added in more stars...some of the Crate Paper Chipboard pieces and some puffy ones from the Thickers sheets.  There are also a few stickers from the exclusive sticker sheet.

I wanted to keep the bottom part of the layout a little cleaner, so I only added a few things.  I added a small title and a few die cuts & stickers.  You can see how they're popped off the page...I used adhesive foam.  The space between the bow and the stars was perfect for my journaling.

I added in some darker teal thread in a few places for more color and texture.

I created a little star cluster to the right of the photo along with more thread.

I couldn't resist tucking in this cute little fox sticker.  This "together" sticker is from Pretty Little Studio.

One more close-up here...

Have you started creating with your December Kits yet?  They really are beautiful.  I love how this layout came together, and I hope it inspires you in some way!

There is a process video for this up on the Hip Kit YouTube Channel.  My personal channel is STILL DOWN.  The latest update is that Google is in the process of transferring my content into a new channel.  So as soon as I know more, I'll let you know :)

Thanks for stopping by!