Thursday, March 21, 2019

Such a Good Day / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club :)  This is my first layout using the amazing 2019 March Hip Kits, and I have to say I think they are my all-time favorite so far!  (And that's saying a lot because they're always spectacular).  I incorporated some mixed media and one of the free cut files for this month.  The kits have a lot of pretty exclusive pieces, and everything is just WOW.

I had to use the beautiful watercolor design patterned paper from Heidi Swapp first.  It's in the Main Kit. That's what I used to create the cut file.  Those pinks, yellows and oranges are my fave!  I used white cardstock as the background so all the colors would really pop.  I used the TiffanyLou Blue Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray from the Color Kit on the background.  It's really pretty and shimmery, and it was a great contrast against the colors in the cut file.  I did use clear gesso first, and then added the color.


I added some adhesive foam behind the cut file to raise it up off the page and create dimension.


I went with black & white photos to make the bright colors pop, and also because I wanted to add pops of black throughout the page.   I used some exclusive Pocket Life cards behind the photos as well as a few Heidi Swapp die cuts and a few exclusive die cuts.


I created a small cluster down below the cut file with some exclusive pieces.  I fussy cut those flowers from a Pocket Life card, and the yellow orange one is a die cut.  I added some Crate Paper chipboard pieces...that camera is so cute!


Here are more gorgeous fussy cut flowers that I tucked in up above the photos along with a puffy sticker and some black thread.  Layering is so much fun!


I am obsessed with all the black & white exclusive die cuts...Kim Watson did such a great job designing them!  There is also an entire pack of exclusive epoxy hearts and an exclusive puffy sticker sheet!  Ahhhhhh!


Hello dimension!  I love the way the adhesive foam creates these awesome shadows.


I used my very old edge distresser to ruffle up the edges of these pieces here.


And more close-ups because I just kept taking them!





I hope this inspires you in some way...these kits are sooooooo good.  There's no way you can't create something bright and amazing with them!  I really loved making this, and I cannot wait to start my next project!

I have lots more details here in my process video:



Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Happy Girls / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  I'm back today to share my first layout for the Paige Evans Design Team using Paige’s beautiful new Horizon collection! It is so colorful and bright and my eyes have never been happier. I knew right away that I had to use Paper 03. That rainbow color burst is just too gorgeous.  I mean just look at those colors...I can't even!

I cut up all the pieces and made a smaller sunburst design in the lower right corner of some white cardstock. I ruffled up the edges of each piece using an edge distresser and layered them a little crooked. Once I decided on that as my main design element, I added some mixed media to my background. I covered the cardstock with clear gesso and then used some blue ink sprays to create a light blue color wash look. I didn’t use multiple colors on the background since the papers were so bold. I wanted them to stand out. After my background dried, I glued down all the pieces and then machine stitched through each one using matching thread.


I sorted through all of the Horizon embellishments and went with a tone-on-tone effect. I used pieces from the Floral Die CutsEpoxy StickersStickers, and Chipboard Stickers. I also used two of the adorable floral Shaped Paper Clips. I also used the same colors of thread and created little messy tangled nests of each color around the photo for more texture.


I took so many close ups to show all the texture and dimension.  Just bending up the edges of the sunbursts made such a big difference.



I created a small cluster in the upper left area of the background using more of the same embellishments. I love the variety of bright colors! Here’s a look at the background. I wanted it to be more of a soft color so it wouldn’t compete with the sunbursts. I sprayed the ink down, spritzed it with water, and just let the color run. I also added some splatters after it dried using the blue and bit of pink.


I went a little thread crazy...haha.  I couldn't resist creating a tone-on-tone look with each color under the photo.


This collection is perfect for tone-on-tone effects.  I love all of the matching embellishments!

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In the end I decided to add some white splatters, so I watered down white acrylic paint for that. I really love how these sunbursts just pop off the page. Distressing the edges makes such a big difference in the dimension, so I’m happy with how that turned out.


A few more close ups just because :)



This was soooo much fun to make!  I hope you get some inspiration from it.  If you're a rainbow lover, then you must get this collection :)

Here's my process video:



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


Monday, March 18, 2019

Road Trip / Pinkfresh Studio

It's Monday already again...how did that happen?!  I have another new layout to share for Pinkfresh Studio today.  I used the Out & About collection again, and I just loved putting this together.  My photos are of me and my husband road tripping from Vegas to Phoenix last year for Creativation.  I thought the Scenic Route paper was perfect for this.  I tore a big chunk of it and adhered it to some textured white cardstock.  I added some white gesso to prep the paper for the Liquid Watercolors.  I went with lots of blues and aquas to pull all those colors from the photos.  I also used the Adore Alpha Die Set to create some skinny letters for my background.


I went simple with the title and used the aqua Puffy Alphas from the collection.  I used the white space to the right of the photo to add the title, some embellishments and my journaling.  I love how it all fits together.  I also added a bit of yellow stitching for some texture, detail and color.


Here you can see the fun detail that those big letters create on the background.  I cut them on a darker color paper and then smudged them with some white gesso to lighten them up.  I wanted the photos to overlap them.  I layered some white tissue paper and some torn patterned papers behind my photos and then added a fun Travel Tag under the bottom one.


The awesome thing about these Adore Alpha Dies is that you get two sets of letters each time you cut them.  You get the actual letter, and then you get this skinny outline of the letter.  I wanted to use the skinny outlines to be a subtle part of the background.  I love how they look!


Here are the top letters.  I did more of the same things up around the top photo.  I decided to sort of frame the big city words with some messy yellow stitching.


I love mixing and matching different types of embellishments...puffy stickers, cardstock stickers, epoxy sticckers....basically all the stickers, haha!  Everything coordinates so well in this collection, and it's hard to not use everything on one layout!


Here's one last close up of the background.  I added more Liquid Watercolor splatters in matching colors.


One more close-up just because :)


Do you have lots of travel photos to scrap?  Most of my travel photos are of us on a plane and then photos from the destination.  We rarely take road trips, so this was a great chance to get lots of pictures of the drive.  This collection is perfect for any type of travel photos, though.  I hope you're inspired to grab it and play with it!

Be sure to check out my process video here for more details:



Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week :)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Fly Getaway / Pinkfresh Studio

Hey there, friends!  Happy Friday...yay!  Today I'm sharing a new layout for Pinkfresh Studio featuring the new Out and About collection.  This is a beautiful travel line, and I couldn't wait to scrap a vacation photo!  I began this layout with an exclusive Pinkfresh Studio cut file that will be released very soon, so keep an eye out for it.  I cut it on white cardstock and did some mixed media work behind it.  I used some gesso, light blue acrylic paint and the Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors to create a big colorful circle to fit behind the globe.


I did some machine stitching along the globe lines to add some fun detail.  All of the embellishments in this collection are awesome, and I used a mix of circle elements to compliment the globe's shape.  I used Ephemera Die Cuts, Puffy Stickers, Enamel Shapes and Cardstock Stickers to create fun clusters.


The bottom of the cut file has a beautiful set of florals and leaves.  I used the Liquid Watercolors to paint them to match the reds and yellows in the embellishments and papers.  Here I created another cluster to the left of my photo along with some tangled thread for a pop of color and texture.


My photo was the perfect size to tuck inside one of the Stitched Frames.  Those are the best because they are already layered and stitched!


I added a few stickers and an enamel circle sticker above the photo.


I decided to stick with the circle theme here.  I used a circle die cut, sticker and puffy sticker along with this "you are here" piece. I used some yellow and aqua thread for some extra texture.


I really wanted to hand stitch over the globe, but in the end I used my sewing machine with some light blue thread.  I think it gives the page a nice finished look.




I love this pop of red down here at the bottom.  Again, I used the Liquid Watercolors to paint the flower and leaves on the cut file.  I also really love this "wander" frame.  My photo tucked so nicely inside it, and I like that you can see a thin line of the rainbow stripes on the sides.


I hope this inspires you to pull out your travel photos!  This collection is perfect for them.  I enjoyed putting this together.  It was tough to pick what pieces to use first because everything works together so well.

Be sure to check out my process video for more details:



Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon :)  Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Relax Smile Enjoy / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I have a new layout for Hip Kit Club to share today.  I used the 2019 February Hip Kits again, and I did lots of fussy cutting.  First, I cut all those floral and leaf wreaths from one of the Pinkfresh Studio patterned papers.  Then I cut out the oval shaped wreath around the photo from an exclusive Project Life card.  Lastly, I fussy cut the hearts from more patterned papers.  I love making my own embellishments!  I love all of these gorgeous colors.


I began on thick smooth white cardstock, and I coated it with clear gesso first.  I used the small floral stencil from the Color Kit along with the Art Basics Modeling Paste from the January Color Kit.  It created some great bumpy texture.  Once that dried, I used the Opal Magic Paints from the Color Kit to create some yellow and blue color splotches on the background.  I mixed in some of the Shimmerz Frost Bite from the 2018 June Color Kit to match that pretty blue color.  I  knew I was going to have lots of pink in the embellishments, so I didn't add anything other than pink splatters on the background.


After creating the circle design with all the wreaths, I glued them together so I could move all of it as one piece.  I layered some pink patterned paper and a yellow & white Project Life card behind my photo.  I continued with the circle theme and used lots of the Pinkfresh Studio circle stickers.  I also tucked in some fussy cut flowers from one of the Carta Bella papers to give a pop of that dark pink color.


Here you can see all the layering and texture.  It's so fun to mix and match different things to make it really dimensional.  I mixed and matched the title here using two different Pinkfresh Studio Puffy Alpha stickers.  I just love that script font! 


Here's a good look at the background texture created with the paste and stencil.  I just gives that little something extra, I think :)


One of my favorite embellishments this month are these adorable Pinkfresh Studio fabric tags!  Again, they're great for adding dimension and texture.  And this blue one is so pretty!


More details...


I decided to create a little cluster in the top right corner, so I cut a chunk of the background out and used a border punch to add a scalloped shape.  Then I just pulled some embellishments in all the colors and layered them together.  The flowers and that little banner were fussy cut from papers.


A few more close-ups just because :)



I hope this inspires you to try some fussy cutting for your next project.  I know a lot of people don't care for it and say that it's too much work.  But I can tell you that I have never regretted a page where I used lots of fussy cutting.  It's a great way to use your patterned papers with fun images on them, and it just takes a bit of time.  But it's worth it ;)

Check out my video if you'd like to see more details!



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