Saturday, January 9, 2021

Take Me Back / Paige Evans DT

Hello again and Happy Weekend!  I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s Go the Scenic Route collection. I love Paper 7 with the beautiful orange map, so I wanted to use a big chunk of it on my layout. I tore it and then added another small torn strip of Paper 13. Since there are hints of pink on the map, I decided to make that my third color. I attached these papers to a sheet of textured white cardstock. I wanted to add pink watercolors on that part, so I coated the white cardstock with clear gesso. I placed my photo on the center of the torn edges and used a few pink Shimmerz sprays and a bright orange spray under and around the photo. I embellished around the photo with lots of beautiful florals.


I created the title using Paige’s Paige Font cut file. I cut it on the same papers as well as white cardstock. I used the pink spray to color the white one and then added vellum behind the open spaces to make the words more visible. I also popped them up with some adhesive foam to create dimension.

When I first laid the title down, I noticed that I couldn't really read it since you could see the patterned paper behind the open parts.  The vellum really helped with that. I fussy cut a few smaller flowers from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I also added in three of the Charms and tangled thread in a few places
 I tucked in lots of flowers from the Floral Die Cuts as well.
I used one of the large floral Chipboard Stickers on the left side of the photo along with more Floral Die Cuts and fussy cut pieces. I love how the pink watercolors turned out here.
I embellished on the other side of the photo with more floral pieces and more thread. I used pink pieces from the Ephemera Die Cuts behind the photo as layers as well as some of the already used patterned papers. I wanted to keep the map paper clean and simple, but I did add blue Shimmerz splatters and white acrylic paint splatters.

Here are a few more close-ups :)

I love how this one came out!  It was a lot of fun to begin with a patterned paper and use it to create the design and color scheme.  It's hard to leave paper "unmessy" for me...haha.  You know I love to add some watercolor or gesso to just about anything!  Hopefully this still inspires you in some way today :)

Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:


Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, January 8, 2021

Very Warm and Cozy / Hip Kit Club

Happy Friday...woo hoo!  I wanted to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club today.  I used the 2020 December Hip Kits and one of the exclusive cut files.  I started with the cut file, which I cut on my Cameo using textured white cardstock.  I printed a strip of photos and added a space between the second and third so I could layer the title over it.  I used thick smooth white cardstock for the background, and I coated it with clear gesso before adding the Shimmerz.


I did add some clear gesso to the title here before adding color.  I mixed the Christmas Cheer and Naughty or Nice Shimmerz from the Color Kit and painted just the bottom parts of each word.  I knew that I wanted to add blue to the background, so this color on the title makes it stand out.  I did pop it up with some adhesive foam to give it some dimension against the background.  I also added on to the title with some of the smaller blue alpha stickers.

I fussy cut some flowers and leaves from one of the exclusive patterned papers and tucked them behind the edges of the photos in a few places.  I also used some papers to layer behind the photos.  I layered in one of the chipboard frames and tucked in some dark blue thread here under the title.
I love this shadowing effect!
I used one of the large envelopes as a layer here.  I used more thread and fussy cut flowers and leaves and then added some chipboard and puffy heart stickers.  I also used a few of the clear stickers from the kits.  They look like fireworks, but I just stuck them under the layers so they peek out.
I added some golden yellow thread down at the bottom.  I cut this "2020 Highlights" from a Pocket Life Card.  These photos are from Summer when my wild child was obviously not sleeping...haha :D  They're not even clear pictures because it was dark, but they make me smile...and they're still a memory.  Photos don't always have to be magazine worthy to make it onto a scrapbook page :)
I love all these layers!  I used a few of the puffy phrase stickers, too.
I used the Oakie Bear Blue Shimmerz on the background, and I mixed in a bit of a green Lindy's Gang Spray that we received in an older kit.  I wanted hints of aqua, so I like how those two colors mix.  You can see how I did the background work in my video down below.
Here are a few more close-ups :)

I hope this inspires you in some sure to check out all the cut files for this month HERE.  Make sure you have a registered Hip Kit Club account to access them for free.  I love how this page turned out, and I had fun making it :)

Here's my process video:


Thanks for stopping by, and I'll be back tomorrow :)  Have a great FRIDAY!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Lucky Mama / Pinkfresh Studio January Challenge

Happy Monday!  The January Challenge is up over on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog...yay!  For this month's challenge, we are choosing any of the 2020 Challenges.  I chose the September Challenge which focused on Rainbows.  I can't resist a rainbow :)

I used mostly the Let's Stay Home collection but mixed in a few bits from My Favorite Story as well.  I cut arcs from patterned papers to create the rainbow and I glued them to smooth white cardstock.  I machine stitched through each arc with matching thread.  I did coat the white areas with clear gesso and then used the Liquid Watercolors to make a "sky."  I used mostly the Sky Blue color.

I smudged a little bit of white gesso over the rainbow to give it a faded hazy effect in a few areas.  I hand cut some clouds from white cardstock.  I distressed the edges and then used the Licorice Watercolor to add a bit of grey shadowing.  I popped them up with some adhesive foam and tucked some blue thread underneath.  I also added some white acrylic paint splatters and some of the Essentials Jewels & Crystals.

I layered a few patterned paper pieces behind the photo and then tucked in a large flower die cut.  I also added a few puffy stickers, a chipboard circle sticker and some pink thread.
I used the Heather Lowercase Stamp Set for my title, and I stamped it using the Sapphire Mini Ink Cube.  It was the perfect blue match!  I mixed in a few of the Let's Stay Home Mini Alphas to complete the title and wrote my journaling on a yellow label sticker.
Gosh I love rainbows!  I did distress the edges of each arc to create some texture.  I tucked in one of the large envelopes here...I love the string!
Here are a few more close-ups of all the details--

Aren't those Jewels and Crystals so pretty?!  I love how shimmery they are.  All of these are Jewels except the green...those are Crystals.  You can see the difference.  The Jewels are more iridescent and have a flat top.  The Crystals are more clear with a pointed top.  Both have flat bottoms, so they're easy to glue down.

I hope this inspires you to play along with us this month!  There are so many 2020 Challenges to choose from, and you could win a $50 gift card!  Yay!

Go HERE to check out all the details.

Here's my process video if you want to see how I made this:


Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, January 1, 2021

Celebrate Good Times / Hip Kit Club

Happy New Year!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2020 December Hip Kits.  They are full of exclusives again this month, and right away I wanted to tear into this beautiful watercolor ombre patterned paper.  I tore it and used half of it for the background.  I glued it to a sheet of thick white cardstock and added some mixed media to that.

I didn't want to add much to the patterned paper because it's gorgeous as is.  I only splattered some white acrylic paint on that side.  On the white side, I used clear gesso first.  I used the Shimmerz Oakie Bear Blue from the Color Kit and mixed it with a Lindy's Gang Spray from an older kit.  I wanted to keep the blue watercolor mostly close to the photo area.

I used several exclusive embellishments on the layout.  I mixed the two alphas for the title.  I love both sets!  The small ones are perfect for little titles and details, and I mixed those with the large metallic silver alphas.  I love the fun font!  I toned down the shine a bit by smudging some white gesso over them.

There is a whole sheet of these cute puffy star stickers, and they matched this paper perfectly.  I also used a few of the chipboard sticker pieces...lots of frames and other shapes.
There are also a lot of acetate die cuts.  I layered in a few of those as well.  I decided to add in some items that were dark navy since that color was in my photo.
I love how white splatters look...the perfect light touch :)  I also love this soft blue acetate scalloped border die cut.  To make my photo stand out a bit more, I layered some white tissue paper and a bit of the teal cardstock under it.  The chipboard pieces raise it up a bit, but I also added some adhesive foam under it.
More stars and chipboard pieces...and some matching thread.  That striped paper is from a Pocket Life card.

To mix this blue color, I added both colors to the page and used a wet brush to help spread it around.  I also splattered the color around using a brush. 
This was my most pleasant surprise of this page...I dug out the silver Nuvo Glimmer Paste from last year's Christmas Kits.  I watered it down like I would paint and tried to splatter it around.  It worked!  I love those glittery silvery spots! 
I also used the exclusive stamp set here.  I used some silver and blue ink pads to stamp a few hearts on white cardstock.  I cut them out and only wound up using one here.  I popped it up and added a few chipboard heart stickers around it.

I really love how this one turned out.  These colors are so pretty together, and I love the addition of the silver elements.  I forgot to mention that I did do some machine stitching in a few places using metallic silver thread.

Here's my process video:

Thanks for watching, and I hope you have a great 2021!