Monday, June 26, 2017

Island Vibes / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  I created a bright and layout focusing on Summer, which is my favorite!  I used the beautiful Hello Sunshine collection.  This photo is of me and my husband last year in Aruba, so I wanted to create a sunny and tropical vibe.  I started with my title, actually.  I knew I wanted to the word "island" as part of the title, so I created it in my Silhouette software using the Bromello font.  I welded it and cut it on white cardstock.  I used some watercolors to paint it blue to match the collection.

I tore and cut part of the sun ray paper to use as a background layer. I love creating some sort of sun on my Summer pages, but I didn't want this one to take up the whole page.  I added some yellow/gold and blue watercolors to my background paper after covering a lot of it with white gesso.  I embellished with lots of goodies...die cuts, dimensional flowers, woodies, cardstock stickers and puffy stickers.


I love how this turned out.  The dimension on this is so great...the watercolor made the paper curl up  on the edges.  Here you can see the background and lots of embellishments.  I was excited to use that colorful circle "Summer" die cut piece under the title.  I added some foam under it.  I added in a pretty floral die cut to the left of the photo as well as a bright blue flower and some puffy stickers.


Here's a better look at that cluster.  I love how it turned out.


I used another dimensional flower here as well as a die cut flower and a fussy cut flower.  I added some thread as a final touch.


Here are a few die cuts I added in.  The blue piece is a frame, and I like the touch of blue it gives.  I threw in another puffy sticker because they're just so cute :)


I added one more flower here as well as a few fussy cut ones.  The CVS woodies are so cute!  I love the touch of neutral wood around the edges.  I also did some machine stitching with metallic gold thread on all the sun's rays.


I hand cut "VIBES" from a few of the patterned papers here to finish off my title.  I smudged a little gesso over some of the letters so I could rub in a little blue gelato.  I did a few lines of journaling and added the date.


I really love how this came out!  I hope it has inspired you in some way.  I do have a process video if you'd like to see how I created this.


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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

She's a Dreamer / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey friends!  Happy Weekend...woo hoo!  I have a new layout to share for the Shimmerz Education Team.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to create for my project, so I picked up a Jane Davenport patterned paper pad and was instantly inspired by all the gorgeous colors and abstract designs.  I decided to create a messy and artsy background using lots of Shimmerz goodies and some circles punched from paper.

I started with a white cardstock background.  After punching all the circles and seeing what colors I had to work with, I selected several Shimmerz products to create my background.  I used Coloringz Pink Stilettos and No Yoking with some plastic packaging and smushed the color down.  Then I directly sprayed some Vibez Jeni B Bleu onto the page.  I love how it sort of turned into a color blocking design.  To add in more shades of pink, I used a palette knife and some Paste-eez Raspberry Sherbet on top of the base pink.  I also sprayed some Vibez Cold As Ice and Coloringz Heidi Ho Blue for some blue variation.


I really love how bright and colorful this turned out!  I randomly adhered the circles after the background dried and then pulled some Bella Blvd puffy stickers and some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.  I also added some coordinating threads under my photo.  I even attached some circles on to of the photo since I had some open space.


I love the tone-on-tone colors here with the background and the circles.  I added lots of matching splatters after the circles were down.  For my title, I combined some older American Crafts white alphas with a fussy cut word from a Dear Lizzy paper (the Lovely Day collection).  I added some journaling under the title using an Illustrated Faith pen.


I did try and add in this deep reddish-pink color mixing some AcriTonez together (Pinkadelic, Roses Are Red & 3 Sheets to the Wind) and smudging it through a circle stencil.  It didn't turn out like I hoped, but I added some water and dabbed it with a paper towel and it turned out okay.  I love that deep color, and it matched the circles & stickers perfectly!


I did do a bit of machine stitching here.  I used a few strips of the Jane Davenport washi tape down here at the bottom and added a Bella Blvd sticker.


I also embellished with some older Simple Stories stickers.  I think this blue may be my favorite color!


I hope this inspires you to be inspired by your papers or embellishments.  Try creating a layout "from scratch" and build your own background.  Shimmerz are perfect for that, and there are so many colors to choose from!

Here's my process video if you'd like to see how I created this.



Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Supplies Used:
Coloringz--Pink Stilettos, No Yoking, Heidi Ho Blue, Night Moves
Vibez--Jeni B Bleu, Cold as Ice
Paste-eez--Raspberry Sherbet
AcriTonez--Pinkadelic, Roses Are Red, 3 Sheets to the Wind


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Laugh Out Loud / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back to share another layout I created for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2017 May Hip Kits.  This layout actually started out as something completely different.  I was inspired by a beautiful circle layout by Paige Evans, so I pulled out several of my circle punches.  I punched circles from several of the patterned papers and a Project Life card.  I also used the Prima Watercolor Confections from the Color Kit on some white cardstock to create a messy background and then I punched circles out of that.  That background was the beginning of my layout, but I wound up not liking it.  When that happens, I punch shapes out of it and turn it into something I do like :)

I used some of the Begonia cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my base. I knew I wanted to create a diagonal design, so I covered a lot of that area with white gesso.  I came back over that with the watercolors and created a messy background that would show through all the circles.  I used three photos in a strip and used some of the Butter cardstock behind it as well as some tangled thread, a Shimelle sticker and an exclusive Hip Kit puffy scallop border sticker at the bottom.


I glued down all the circles so all the colors were evenly distributed around the page.  I machine stitched through the bigger circles with black thread.  I love that added detail and texture.  I added a few stickers from the Shimelle sticker book as well.


I added some adhesive foam under my photos to give them some lift and added a Crate Paper chipboard heart on top.  That "Love" sticker is from Shimelle as well.


I was kind of nervous about using such a bold color for a background and then adding all the mixed media on top of it....but I like how it turned out.  My photos are wild and crazy, so I needed a background to match :)  I did add some black splatters as well to bring out the black in the photos.


Here's a shot of the top of the layout...more colorful circles, stickers and thread.


I decided to use on of the exclusive die cuts for my title...it described my photos perfectly!  I added some foam under it and some thread, and I added a bit of journaling underneath.


I hope this inspires you in some way...especially when you've lost your creative mojo and nothing you're making suits you.  Just keep making it work.  My first background wasn't making me happy, so instead of trashing it, I punched circles from it.  Sometimes a disaster can bring about something that pleases you!

Here's my process video if you'd like to watch the struggle...haha!



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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hello You / Paige Evans Design Team

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm back to share my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  Our theme this week is Monochromatic, and I decided to really challenge myself and go with purple.  I have no idea why I chose that color, but it just seemed like the right thing to do at the time :)  I used mostly papers and Ephemera Die Cuts from the Take Me Away collection. 

To start, I went through each paper and die cut from the collection.  I fussy cut out any shape that was purple from Papers 11, 13, 16 and 24.  I cut a few windows, some frames, some lists and some hexagons.  I knew the background would be random, and I just wound up layering each piece in a vertical design in the center of the background, which is Paper 15.  I covered a lot of the center area with white gesso and then used three different purple Shimmerz Paints over that.  I used the packaging technique and a brush to get all that messy color down.


I decided since there were so many small details on the page I would keep my title small.  I liked how this tag looked here as a layer, and the sentiment was perfect.  I added in some purple thread and did some machine stitching in a few places.  I pulled a few sequins from my stash and from SpiegelMom Scraps in purple shades.  One of my favorite things about putting this page together was coloring the silver glitter Thickers from the Fancy Free collection.  I just scribbled a purple gelato over it and rubbed it in with my fingers.  Instant color!


I love how all these layers turned out.  The hexagons are very subtle, and I love the contrast with the darker sequins and thread.  To raise my photos up a little bit, I added some foam adhesive under them.


I went light on the journaling and just typed a few lines on my computer.  I didn't really have a good spot to hand write any journaling, so the typed strips were perfect and didn't take away from any of the design.


I love the contrast of the dark photos with the light purple shades.  All those light colors really allow the photos to stand out.


Here's one last close-up of all the details.  I am really loving those altered Thickers!  You could do that with any color and really get some fun shapes!  I did add in one of the Take Me Away Metal Clips here as well.


I hope this inspires you to create a page using only one color...it's a challenge but really fun!  I love how this turned out.  Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:


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


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Dreaming of Joy / Hip Kit Club

Hello again!  I'm back today to share another layout I created for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2017 May Hip Kits.  My theme for this day was to "Create a Scene."  The layout sort of took on a life of its own because I just kept thinking of flowers :)  I used all the colors of cardstock in the Cardstock Kit to create the flowers, which are from a Hip Kit exclusive cut file.

Before peeling them off the cutting mat, I smudged some white gesso over parts of them.  I used the Prima Watercolor Confections from the Color Kit to give them some shades of pinks, oranges and yellows.  I used this beautiful mint and white patterned paper from Crate Paper Maggie Holmes as my background, and I added some white gesso to that. I used the Prima Watercolors again on the background, and I added lots of an aqua turquoise mix.  Since I had no flowers that color, I wanted to add it to the background.  I love the contrast and all the bright colors!  I went light on the embellishing so the flowers and photos could shine.


I could stare at these colors all day long :)  I added in more pops of black here with some ink splatters, that cute Crate Paper chipboard bird and a few Crate Paper buttons.  I added black buttons in the centers of the largest flowers along with some blue thread.  I added some of the Echo Park Enamel Dots to the centers of the smaller ones.


I went simple with my title, which I've been doing a lot lately.  I wanted to use items from the kit instead of coming up with my own title, so I pulled "JOY" from the black foam Thickers sheet.  I love how all these flowers look layered together like this.  And the black really stands out here.


I didn't add any foam under my photo this time.  I felt like the flowers already had so much dimension going on that it really didn't need any more.  I did add some tissue paper under there, though, for a subtle border.


I used this awesome "dreaming of" puffy sticker here...that's from the Hip Kit exclusive stickers this month.


I kind of get obsessed with close-up shots and probably take too many, but I just couldn't help myself with all these gorgeous flowers :)


I did add a bit of journaling to the left side, and I wrote it around the flowers down there.


I really love how this turned out, and I hope it gives you some fun ideas to try with colored cardstock.  You really can make it your own and jazz it up!

Here's my process video showing you how I did everything:


Thank you so much for stopping in!  Have a great weekend!



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hey Hey Hey / Scrapbook & Cards Today Guest Designer

Hey there, friends!  I’m super excited to be a guest for Scrapbook & Cards Today this week!  I jumped at the chance when Nicole invited me to design a layout for Mixed Media Week.

You know I love adding mixed media products to my scrapbook pages, so I really went to town on this page.  I decided to combine mixed media and cut files. I was inspired by some of the stickers on the Dear Lizzy Accent & Phrase Stickers sheet from the Lovely Day collection. I really liked the “Hey Hey Hey” phrase, so typed out “Hey” really large in my Silhouette software using the Bromello font and welded it together. I used a few papers from the Lovely Day 6x6 Paper pad to back the open letters and added some adhesive foam behind it to make it pop off the page. I love taking white cardstock and giving it some color, so I pulled out some of my Shimmerz Inklingz and Creameez Paints in coordinating colors. I used one of my favorite techniques to spread the paint around, which is using plastic packaging. It’s really easy and fun, and you always get an artsy look. You just add some paint to the packaging, flip the packaging over onto your background paper and smush it around.


Here you can see the dimension from the large cut file. Foam is really great for adding that depth and creating shadows. I wanted to add some of that beautiful aqua color to my page, so I used some watercolors and my small water brush to color in some flowers from the Color Me Pretty paper from Dear Lizzy. I fussy cut them out and used them as layers and embellishments in three spots around the page. I knew I wanted to use the “Hey Hey Hey” stickers since that was my first inspiration, so I stuck them around the page as well. I wanted to add a bit of shine to the page, so I used some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.


Another fun thing I love to do on my pages is add tangled thread. It’s a great go-to embellishment when you need a pop of color somewhere. Plus it gives awesome texture! I love how all these colors look together here, and the thread just adds another fun layer of color. To add even more detail without color, I used some of the Dear Lizzy Washi Tape from the Lovely Day collection. I very carefully cut out some of the flowers from the tape and stuck them around the layout.


I love using black & white photos for awesome contrast on my pages. If the photos have clashing colors or don’t really go with the papers you’re using, black and white is a great option. Some photos need to be scrapped in color, but these photos had some light tan, dark red and a green color. I love how the colors of the papers and stickers look against the dramatic colors in the photos. And I didn’t want to cover up any of the cut file, so I layered the photos under it.


I’ve learned to always look closely at my patterned papers for images that can be fussy cut and used for embellishments. These flowers were perfect for coloring and cutting, so I did just that. I love that you can customize them to whatever color you want. And I love how they curled up at the ends once they dried.


I hope I never run out of this awesome Dear Lizzy floral washi tape.  I love how it looks like you just sketched out a flower!


Here's one last close-up of all the fun dimension and messiness :)


I hope this inspires you to give mixed media a try on your scrapbook pages. You can do a little or a lot, and that’s the beauty of it. It’s fun to get a little messy and play around. Thank you so much for stopping by today!  And a huge THANK YOU to Nicole and everyone else over at SCT for having me!



Supplies Used: Paper, Stickers, Washi Tape—American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Day; Cardstock—American Crafts; Watercolors—Shimmerz Paints; Gelatos—Faber Castell; Sequins—SpiegelMom Scraps; Thread—Coates

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hello Michael / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey there, and Happy Tuesday :)  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  We are all choosing a fellow DT member to scraplift all week long, and I chose this beautiful layout by Gwen Wruck to lift.  I love the big star, all the fun embellishments and the cat photo.  I was inspired to recreate this layout, and I also used a photo of our cat :)

Here's Gwen's page:


Here's my page.  Like her, I used the new You Rock collection.  This color scheme was fun to use since I usually scrap with more girly colors.  The only thing not from You rock is the dark blue alpha stickers.  Those are from the Life is Beautiful collection.

I love this grey circular background paper.  I started my design by cutting a few stars on my Cameo.  I used two different patterned papers and then decided to use the center cut outs as well.  I flipped them over so it looks like I used four papers.  I layered them crooked, adhered them down and then covered a lot of the area with white gesso.  I wanted to bring out more of that bright blue color, so I added some blue Shimmerz as well as some grey over everything.  I embellished with a little bit of everything from the collection.


I ran the background through my sewing machine using some light grey thread.  I just stitched around the large blue star.  Here I created a little cluster using a die cut, a fussy cut star, a flair button, a chipboard star and a fussy cut washi tape star.  So many different pieces combined!  I love doing that :)  I added a pop of yellow here with the thread under the flair.


Here's another cluster.  I used a bigger fussy cut star with the smaller red one and then added the "Rad" die cut with some foam and thread under it.  I mixed and matched my title with a "hello" wood veneer and those dark blue alphas.  I really love how all of these elements look against the messy background.


Here's another look at the title area.  I added in a sticker from the Accessory Sheet and another die cut.  That chevron piece under the photo is also a die cut.


I know I sound like a broken record all the time, but I just love creating dimension.  Adding foam under a photo is such a great and easy way to do that.


I used a few of the 3x4 cut apart pieces as layers behind the photo as well as some tissue paper.  I added a Rubber Charm on top of the photo and used another flair button on the side.


I almost didn't add these red stars.  I didn't think I wanted to add another color to the mix, but I'm so glad I did.  I love the bright pops of color, and I used three to create a visual triangle.


Here's one more close-up just because I love looking at dimension and color :)


I hope this inspires you to scraplift someone you love and make it your own!  And challenge yourself to use a different color scheme than you're used to.  I loved making this, and I can't wait to use this collection again.

I do have a process video if you'd like to see it...


Thanks a million for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day :)