Friday, October 15, 2021

Beautiful Homegrown / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends!  I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring the beautiful Bungalow Lane collection. I wanted to use the Washi Tape so I combined those with Paige’s Butterfly Border cut file to get my design started. I cut the butterflies on textured white cardstock and then covered the inside pieces with the tapes in rainbow colors. I placed them back inside the cut file and popped them up off the page using adhesive foam. I tucked my photo strip along the top of the butterflies and added mixed media down below.


I used thick smooth white cardstock for the base and I coated it with clear gesso first. I pulled out Shimmerz Paints that coordinate perfectly with Bungalow Lane and painted each color under the matching butterfly. I also used the Acrylic Stamps to add subtle details to each color section.  I love how the mixed media turned out here. I wanted the colors to stay separated but also blend into the next one. I wanted to embellish a little bit down in those areas, so I used a few cute buttons from the Chipboard Stickers and the 8-Page Sticker Book. I added more detail to these butterflies by machine stitching metallic gold trails. I love the detail of stitching so much!

Here you can see how I used the Washi Tapes to cover the butterflies.  I just added the tape and then trimmed around the edges and placed the butterflies back inside the cut file.  I added some adhesive foam under them to pop them off the page and then added a few sequins to the centers.
Here you can see the subtle stamping detail.  It's very small...just adds a bit of interest and texture.  I had originally cut the butterflies a few times, so I had some extras.  I painted one of each color and added them to the bottom areas of each color.
I added a few simple layers behind the photo using Paper 22 and some white tissue paper.  I got in the mood to machine stitch, so I did some messy lines using gold metallic thread.
I added some cord to this pinkish tag to finish it off.  Love that texture!
I love the look of watered down stamping.  I smudged these hearts with some water and they turned out hazy and soft.  Very easy to do when you use gesso on the background :)
At the bottom of the layout I decided to pull out an old Martha Stewart scalloped border punch and add some color & interest.  I added a bit of Paper 12 and then tore small strips of each Washi Tape.  I added a "thankful" die cut and more machine stitching.
The Washi Tapes are so much fun to use! I used some the Foam Phrase Stickers for my larger title and I centered it under the butterflies. I added matching thread under a few of the butterflies and then added the “Homegrown” from the Ephemera Die Cuts to complete the title.

I had a lot of fun making this, and I hope it inspires you today.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Here's my process video:

Thank you!


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

One Fine Day / Paige Evans DT

Hello Hello!  I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s beautiful Bungalow Lane collection. I started with my photo for this page and it has some dark and light blues in it. I chose three patterned papers to layer behind it in a vertical direction. At first I had planned on doing a blue-only layout, but then thought that yellow and orange would be a nice contrast against all the blue. I tore the papers and glued them together. I used smooth white cardstock for the base and I coated the visible parts with clear gesso. I wasn’t sure how much mixed media I was going to add, so I wanted it to be prepped. I used a few orange, yellow, and blue Shimmerz sprays to add the watercolor effect around the photo.

As soon as I saw this large orange flower, I knew I had to make it work.  I smudged a bit of white gesso on it to give it a weathered look.  I love bending up the edges on flowers and creates such awesome dimension.

I layered a lot of bits and pieces around the photo including some of the large Floral Die Cuts, a few Chipboard Stickers, some Foam Phrase Stickers, and some sentiments from the 8-Page Sticker Book. I love this large light blue leaf piece and how it helps frame the bottom of the photo. Here behind these embellishments I added some dark blue Shimmerz spray to really make the colors pop. I also smudged a bit of white gesso on the blue leaves to give it a weathered look. I tucked in orange thread and wrote my journaling using a black fine-tip Sharpie.
I decided to use orange as the accent color. I used a sliver of orange patterned paper here under the photo as well as an Ephemera Die Cut and white tissue paper. I also tucked in part of a Chipboard Sticker frame piece. I added a bit more orange here using Shimmerz. I used a few of the small gold foiled hearts from the Cardstock Stickers here as well.
I love how these large leaf stems frame the photo so nicely.  I decided to use the "One Fine Day" Puffy Phrase Sticker for the title.  It fits because we were at dinner for my husband's birthday :)
This smaller leaf sprig is a Cardstock Sticker, and it's shiny metallic gold.  I tone down the shine a little bit by smudging some white gesso over it.  It's still shiny, but more of a matte finish.  Gesso can do so much!
This is a great idea for chipboard frames if they are something you don't normally use.  I don't use frames a lot in the traditional way.  I used this one as a layer, and I love how it turned out.
More close-ups of all the layering and details :)
I did do a bit of mixed media on the patterned papers.  I smudged white gesso down first and then used orange and blue Shimmerz above and below the photo.
Here on the left side I used a large orange Floral Die Cut and topped the center with a Chipboard Sticker.  I layered in more flowers and leaf stems to help frame the photo. I added a yellow button Embossed Puffy Stickers to the center of the blue flower. I did pop the photo and the large orange flower up off the page with adhesive foam to create depth and shadowing. I finished off this area with dark blue thread and a few more heart stickers.

This was a lot of fun to put together.  I loved tearing the papers to get the layout going and help determine my color scheme.  I hope this inspires you in some way today.  Be sure to check out my process video of how I made it :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, September 10, 2021

You Make Me Smile / Paige Evans DT

Happy Friday, friends!  I have a new layout to share for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige's Bungalow Lane collection.  I love the denim blue color of Paper 17 so I used it as a background. I wanted to layer several other bold patterned papers to contrast against the blue, so I tore big chunks of Paper 6Paper 11Paper 21, and Paper 24. I distressed the edges, layered them together, and used that as my main background design feature. Before adding mixed media to the blue background, I smudged lots of white gesso down. This gave me a bit of white space to work on and it prepped the paper for paints and sprays. I used a few matching colors of Shimmerz to add blue, green, and pink color peeking behind all of the papers and embellishments.

I layered a few of these papers behind my photo as well as some white tissue paper and adhesive foam. Once I decided on the placement, I tucked in some of the large Floral Die Cuts. I also used a few of the stickers from the 8-Page Sticker Book. I added dark blue thread here for added color and texture. Here you can see the fun background colors. I also splattered white acrylic paint and a few sprinklings of gold spray. I love that pretty shimmer!

Below the photo I went with a few titles. I used a Foam Phrase Sticker, a large sticker from the 8-Page Sticker Book, and some of the alpha Thickers. I layered in yellow thread and more flowers from the Floral Die Cuts and Epoxy Stickers. I wrote my journaling with a white pen so it would stand out against the blue background.
I layered in another large blue Floral Die Cut here on the right side as well as more blue thread. I love all of the bits and pieces in this collection that refer to “home” so I used a small “Right at Home” sticker from the 8-Page Sticker Book below the photo. I was pleased with how the mixed media turned out here - I wasn’t too sure about the blue ink spray on top of the blue background, but I think the tone-on-tone effect worked out nicely! The gesso helps tremendously with that. I also used my fingers to smudge a bit of the gesso around the photo on top of the red and pink paper - this helps to fade out some of the color & pattern to make the photo stand out a bit more.
I did a bit of machine stitching here on this sticker just to add a bit of texture and interest.  I love how the yellow thread pops against the dark blue background!  Here you can also see the difference that adhesive foam makes--it pops things up off the page to create some depth and shadowing.  I love it!
I love this faded look here.  Gesso is a miracle worker...haha!
I also love torn and distressed edges.  I rarely make things perfectly straight.  I have much better luck with making things crooked on purpose...haha :D
Here are a few more close-ups of all the details :)

I hope this has inspired you in some way today.  I enjoyed making this and putting it all together.  Be sure to check out my process video here:

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

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Lucky / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends!  I have a new layout to share for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring her new Bungalow Lane collection.  This is my first layout using this new line, and I just love the colors!

I couldn’t resist creating a fun rainbow design. I started by choosing six patterned papers from the 12x12 Paper Pad. I cut arcs in each color to create the rainbow which stretches horizontally across the entire page. I decided to embellish with small pieces in a tone-on-tone manner to keep the rainbow theme flowing. I also added some matching colors of Shimmerz to create a watercolor effect on the background.

I used thick white cardstock for the base and I coated it with clear gesso first before adding any paint. I used a brush to paint the color on above the red arc and below the blue arc at the bottom. I wanted it to look like the layout was left out in the rain and the rainbow started leaking color. Once that was done, I glued down the rainbow arcs and then machine stitched through each one using matching thread. I also distressed the edges to create some texture. I splattered white acrylic paint to create a weathered effect. 


Once I arranged the photos, I started going through the embellishments. I tucked in a few of the Epoxy Puffy StickersCardstock StickersLayered Stickers, pieces from the 8-Page Sticker BookFoam Phrase Stickers, and Ephemera Die Cuts all around the photos in the color coordinated areas.

Here you can see more of the watercolor effect. For the title I used this large “Lucky” Foam Phrase Sticker. I love that it was perfect for my rainbow theme and it worked great on this white area. It has gold foiling, which is so pretty. I added more embellishments here at the bottom. I fussy cut a butterfly from one of the 2x2 Paper Pads and popped up several pieces with adhesive foam. I wrote the journaling with a black fine-tip Sharpie and tucked in a few colors of matching thread in a few places.
It's so much fun going through all of the embellishments to pick and choose what to put where.  When you do a tone-on-tone design, it helps you narrow down your choices--meaning you only have so many blue things to add to the blue area. 
As a final touch, I hand cut a few little clouds using scrap Bazzill textured white cardstock. I distressed the edges and smudged a bit of a gray gelato to give them depth. I love adding clouds to a rainbow layout! I finished the page off with gold paint splatters.
A new addition to this collection is these Epoxy Stickers.  They are are really neat.
Sometimes I like to tone down the shine on pieces that have metallic gold foiling, so I use my finger to smudge some white gesso over it.  It's still shiny, but just a little more matte.
Here are more close-ups of all the pretty things :)
As far as the mixed media goes on this, I was very intentional about where I added the paint.  I wanted it just peeking out at the top and at the bottom, so I controlled how much I added with a brush.  Also, adding the gesso first was crucial to helping the colors blend and spread out so nicely.


 I hope you got some fun ideas to try from this layout!  I love rainbow pages, and they always make me happy.  I'm looking forward to making more layouts using this beautiful collection :)

Here's my process video:


Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!