Thursday, July 18, 2019

Pineapple Hair Don't Care / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  Here's my latest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2019 June Hip Kits, and I'm still addicting to use ALL the colors!  I just adore these bold pinks, blues and yellows.  I wanted to incorporate more black elements into this page.  I used one of the exclusive cut files for July...this cute pineapple.  When I saw it, it reminded me of these photos of me and my daughter.  Our high messy buns reminded me of a pineapple...haha.  I made it work!

I decided to use lots of colorful paper strips, so I cut a lot of bar code strips and other papers to create some horizontal strips.  I also wanted to use some of the long Vicki Boutin horizontal stickers and chipboard pieces, and this design made it easy to add them in.

Although it's hard to tell, I used a sheet of the light pink cardstock as my background (from the Cardstock Kit).  It's so soft that it's difficult to photograph.  It always looks a little washed out, but I assure you, it's pink :)


I coated a lot of the background with white gesso first to prep the paper for some mixed media.  I used all three colors of the Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Powders from the Color Kit to create some yellow, pink and blue areas.  I also mixed in a few Shimmerz from previous Color Kits.  Once that dried, I started arranging the paper strips.


After I glued them down, I machine stitched through most of them with black thread.  I chose some of the Vicki Boutin pieces to add to the strips in various places.  I also used some of the stickers from the Heidi Swapp Sticker Book.  All these colors just work so well together.


This "That Smile" piece is a Vicki Boutin Chipboard Sticker, and it was perfect for this photo...haha.  I also used my fingernails to ruffle up the edges of the paper strips to give them some messy dimension.


I added some adhesive foam under this long sticker to create some depth.


I love how this pineapple turned out.  I went through all the patterned papers and backed all those spots.  I used some of the hot pink alpha stickers from the Heidi Swapp Sticker Book for my title.  I also used some of the Heidi Swapp Stamps.


I created a little cluster at the bottom here with more Heidi Swapp stickers.  I wrote my journaling to the left here.


One more for detail's sake :)


I hope this has given you some fun ideas to try on your next layout.  I had lots of fun making it!  Sometimes my photos give me fun ideas, and sometimes the cut files do....sometimes the embellishments and papers do.  I have a video here as well:



Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again very soon!


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bon Voyage / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring one of Paige’s brand new stencils…yay! I used the Sunburst Rays stencil along with Paige’s Bon Voyage cut file and a mix of the Horizon and Pick-Me-Up collections. I scrapped another photo of our recent Bahamas trip, so I wanted it to be bright and summery. I began with the stencil and knew I wanted it to be at the top of the page with my photo under it. I cut the cut file on my Silhouette Cameo about 6x6 on white cardstock. I knew I had to use Horizon Paper 08 because those wavy lines remind me of waves. Perfect!


I used white cardstock as my base, and I coated it with clear gesso first. I wanted to create a blue color wash representing the sky and water, so I used a few blue ink sprays to do that. Once that dried, I mixed yellow pigment powder with modeling paste and scraped it over the Sunburst Rays stencil using a palette knife. The texture turned out amazing! I did go over it with a bit of white gesso since it was extra bright.


I fussy cut lots of the waves from Horizon Paper 08 in different widths and lengths and arranged them on the lower half of the layout. I popped a few of them up with adhesive foam to create dimension, and I also machine stitched through some of them with navy blue thread for added detail. I had to add a fun smaller secondary title, so I used the Pick-Me-Up Foam Mini Thickers and I love how that dark navy pops right off the page. To add a few smaller details, I fussy cut a few dragonflies from the Horizon 6x8 Paper Pad and used some Pick-Me-Up Stickers.


At first I wanted to back the cut file with different patterned papers, but I felt that would’ve been too much pattern mixed with all the waves at the bottom. I decided to use gelatos and lightly color the inner letters and place them back inside the cut file using adhesive foam. I just rubbed the gelatos along the edge of each letter and used my finger to smudge the color. I think these lighter colors make the title stand out against all the other colors. I embellished on a few of the letters using some Pick-Me-Up Stickers, Horizon Stickers, and a fussy cut globe from the Horizon 6x8 Paper Pad. The “together” sticker is from the Horizon Project Pad available at JoAnn Stores.


Do you like to mix and match items from different collections?  I love how these flowers looked even though they are completely different types.





I fussy cut this globe from a Horizon patterned paper...I had to use it for the words on it!  One of the last things I did on this page was fussy cut a few small dragonflies from the Horizon 6x8 Paper Pad to scatter around.


I realized at the end of the layout that I didn't really have a lot of space for journaling, so I typed out a few strips and placed them towards the top.  I added more adhesive foam behind this heart to give it some depth.


One more!


I hope this inspires you to create a fun summer layout! If you love mixed media you will definitely want to get your hands on Paige’s new stencils. They are just wonderful and I really love how the Sunburst Rays just makes this layout come to life! I do have a process video here if you’d like to see this layout in action.




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


Monday, July 15, 2019

This is Lovely / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Monday, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Pinkfresh Studio using the new Just a Little Lovely collection.  This line features so many pretty watercolor designs...it's hard to choose a favorite paper!  I decided to fussy cut this beautiful floral wreath from a patterned paper.  I chose another paper to use as my background...lots of blue and green watercolor effects. 

There is a white space on the background paper, so I chose that area to add a bit of mixed media.  I added some gesso to that area first and then used the Liquid Watercolors to add some shades of pink, yellow and purple.  I mainly wanted the watercolor to show around the edges of the photo and the left side of the wreath.


These watercolor florals are so pretty!  I love the black and white sketchy flowers mixed in there, too.  I went light on the embellishing since the wreath was the star of the page.  I added a few stickers and die cuts here on the right.  I also popped the wreath off the page using some adhesive foam.


Here you can see the pretty purple watercolor.  I used a brush to also add some splatters.  I tucked a floral die cut and some thread under the photo here.  To add the gold splatters, I simply watered down some metallic gold acrylic paint and used a brush.


Here I mixed and matched some of the puffy stickers to create a title.  I love these giant puffy words!  So elegant and scripty...and I love how this one stretched across the inside of the wreath.


Here you can see the dimension created by raising the wreath up off the page.


Do you like to add watercolor to your pages?  I love using it for accents and details like this.  It just jazzes up the background and adds extra pops of color.


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



I hope this gives you some inspiration for your next layout.  It was a lot of fun to put together!  I do have a process video here if you'd like to watch this layout come together.



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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Don't Be Crabby / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club :)  I used the 2019 June Hip Kits along with one of the cutest exclusive cut files for this month.  As soon as I saw this crab, I had to use it...haha!  I had the perfect photos to go with it and the matching title.

I started by cutting the crab and part of the title on white cardstock.  I wanted to paint the crab, so I coated it with gesso first.  I pulled out an older Color Kit and used the Alpine Ice Rose Shaker from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  It has a red tint to it, so I used that and a brush to apply the color along with a red gelato from my stash.  I used a big chunk of the beautiful Vicki Boutin cloud paper as my background.  I also tore a few other papers...one from Heidi Swapp and one from Simple Stories.  I attached all of those to a sheet of white cardstock.


How cute is this crab?!  I added some black behind his eyes...I just smudged some black paint on a small scrap piece of cardstock and glued them on.  I used some Vicki Boutin packaging as a layer behind my photos as well as a few fussy cut flowers from a Simple Stories paper.  I fussy cut this circle from a Pocket Life card.


I love how torn edges create such awesome texture and dimension without even really trying.  I coated a lot of this area here with white gesso so I could add some color to it.  Down on the white area I used the Azure Sea Lindy's Magicals from the Color Kit mixed with Tilt a Wheel Teal.  I added more fussy cut flowers to create a little cluster.  I cut SUMMER (part of this cut file) on the ombre Simple Stories paper and stitched through it.


I wanted a little bit of mixed media behind the photo, so I mixed some Hottie Patottie Hot Pink Lindy's Magical with some white acrylic paint and smudged it on using a palette knife.  I also mixed in a bit of the Alpine Ice for more of a light red tint.


I layered in some darker blue tangled thread here for a pop of color and texture.  I also added in a cute sticker from the Heidi Swapp Sticker book.


I left the top part of the title solid white so it would stand out against the blue paper. I also machine stitched through that.  All the little gold stars are from the Heidi Swapp Sticker Book.


I love dimensional cut files!  This crab was meant to pop right off the page :)


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


I used Shimmerz Miner Miner 49er to add a few gold splatters...that was from an older Color Kit.



I had so much fun making this!  I hope it gives you some ideas to try on your next page.  Check out all the summer cut files...there are a ton this month!

Here's my process video:



Thanks for stopping in, and have a great day!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Another Day at the Office / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for Pinkfresh Studio.  The new July Challenge is up over on the blog HERE.  You can participate if you'd like to :)  There is a fun color palette as well as the challenge to use die cuts and/or cut files.  Check it out:


These colors are a perfect match to the new Office Hours collection.  This line is great for documenting anything and everything revolving around a job, work, dreams, goals, schedules...lots of possibilities.  My main "job" is a fitness instructor, so my "office" is the gym :)  This photo is my Monday morning Spin class.  I made this collection work, and there were a ton of things to use that went with my theme.

I used all the colors in this moodboard and also some of the die cuts from the collection.  I love using mixed media, so I also used the Liquid Watercolors.  I began with fun patterned paper with lots of words on it.  I wanted to use it as my background, and I needed some white space.  I covered a lot of it with white acrylic paint and gesso first.  I just wanted the words to show around the outer edges.  In the middle, I added some blue, green and yellow watercolor along with some soft red splatters to match the colors.  I fussy cut some of the lined label pieces out from another paper and layered those behind my photo.


I created a cluster down below the photo using die cuts, stickers and puffy stickers all from Office Hours.  I mixed and matched my title using different fonts and colors.  I love this title!  I layered in stickers and die cuts here, again mixing and matching colors.  I added some adhesive foam under the white one and tucked some yellow thread under it.


This collection also contains a pack of fabric die cuts...this banner piece here is one of them.


I love how these watercolors look when they dry!



I just had to use this die cut because it's so true!  I glued it to the photo and then added another fabric die cut here.  Team Work is definitely a great sentiment for this page :)


I added a puffy sticker here....Get it Done!  Again, the perfect sentiment for a work out!



A few more close-ups just because :)



I hope this inspires you in some way.  I love this collection because it helps me scrap something other than my children...haha!  I sometimes forget about my own life.  And being a fitness instructor is a huge part of my life, so I definitely need to document it more.

Join in the challenge this month HERE.

I have a process video here with all the details if you're interested:



Thanks for stopping in, and have a great day!