Sunday, October 25, 2020

Totally 80s / Paige Evans DT

Happy Sunday, friends!  I'm back today with a fun Halloween layout for the Paige Evans Design Team using Paige’s Go the Scenic Route collection and one of the cut files from her 13 Days of Halloween Cut Files. I was so excited to use the Bats cut file to document this cute photo of my girls in their 80s costumes. These colors were perfect for a non-traditional Halloween color scheme. 

I cut the bats on textured white cardstock. I used Paper 21 to fill in the bat shapes by tracing them on different parts of the paper. I fussy cut them and then placed them back in their places on top of the cut file. I glued the actual cut file down flat onto the background and popped up the bats with adhesive foam to give them some dimension. I used beautiful Paper 13 for the background which really make the colors pop.

To jazz up the background, I smudged white gesso over the area behind the cut file from top to bottom. I used a few different blue Shimmerz sprays to create a pretty dark navy blue area. I love how all the bright rainbow colors pop against it. I added white acrylic paint splatters as well. Before I attached the bats, I distressed the edges a bit to create a fun texture. I embellished mostly around the photo using Cardstock Stickers and small hearts that I fussy cut from the 6x8 Paper Pad.

These bright colors are so perfect for an 80s themed page.  I was so excited to see that the Thickers included numbers!  I've been obsessed with using navy blue on my Paige pages lately...I just love how the colors pop against it.  Here you can see some of the texture on the bats.  I just had to ruffle up the edges and bend up the wings a little bit :)
More cute and colorful bats!  I used the colorful Foam Thickers for part of my title and paired it with some of the dark blue Mini Thickers from the Pick-Me-Up collection… a perfect match! This cute leopard print heart is a Cardstock Sticker and the orange ticket is from the Ephemera Die Cuts. I also added in a bit of colored thread in a few places. I used a few of the inside bat pieces as embellishments as well. I used matching gelatos to add a bit of color then placed a few of them around the page.

It took me a while to accept that holiday pages don't have to use traditional holiday colors.  Years ago, I would've only used orange and black on a Halloween page.  I'm so glad I tossed that idea out the window...haha!
I used a few of the Cardstock Stickers here along with some pink thread.
I think the curve of this cut file makes it really easy to place a photo. It practically creates the layout for you and I love that about cut files. This cut file has a lot of possibilities and it was a lot of fun making a Halloween layout using bright sunny colors. It’s fun to think outside the box and get creative! These bats would look cute in any colors, and you could do the opposite of what I did and pop the cut file up higher than the bats. Or back the cut file or use it as a stencil… the ideas just keep coming!
A few more close-ups of all the pretty things :)

I did pull in these dark blue Mini Thickers from the Pick-Me-Up collection because they matched so perfectly.

I hope this inspires you in some way! Halloween is such a fun holiday to scrap and I can’t wait to see how you use Paige’s 13 Days of Halloween Cut Files

Here's my process video if you'd like to see how this came together:

Thanks so much, and I'll see you soon!


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Love Her So Much / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, friends!  Here's my latest layout for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2020 September Hip Kits.  I went with a muted rainbow color scheme, and I love how it turned out.  I cut the strips from a Crate Paper Marigold patterned paper and embellished tone-on-tone with pieces from the same collection as well as the Pinkfresh Studio Days of Splendor collection.


I used textured white cardstock for the base, and I coated the bottom area here with clear gesso.  I used the Whale Watch Blue Lindy's Magical Powder from the Color Kit to extend the blue areas down a bit.  I wanted it to show below the photo area.  I used one of the gold puffy Thickers as the title and combined with some of the small black alpha stickers from the Maggie Holmes Sticker Book.
I didn't want to add to much to the strips, but I did want to soften the colors up around the photo area.  I smudged down some white gesso for that and then splattered some white acrylic paint.  I sorted through all of the stickers, die cuts and chipboard pieces in the kits and chose those that matched all the strips.  I mostly used small pieces to fit them on the strips in the matching areas.
I love it when multiple collections match so perfectly together like this.  It was fun to add little things here and there and match them up to the colored strips.  Here you can see that after I glued down the strips, I machine stitched through them all.  I did distress all the edges and bent them up a bit to create some fun dimension.
I had a heat embossing mishap (haha...check out the video for this!) but I managed to get some gold onto a few of the wood veneer frames.  I wound up cutting one in half and using it as a layer here.  These pretty blue flowers are from the Jen Hadfield sticker sheet, and I stuck them to white cardstock and then cut them out so I could move them around.  I also added some more gold accents using more of the gold Thickers and then some gold splatters.
I added some matching thread in a few places for added color & texture.
More details and pretty colors :)

I added my journaling down at the bottom using a black fine tip Sharpie.  I have been obsessed with the gold puffy Thickers...these words are perfection.
Here are a few more shots of all the details :)

I really love how this turned out, and I hope it inspires you in some way today.  Tone-on-tone designs like this are fun because it helps limit what you can use in certain areas.  It helps narrow down your choices when there are sooooo many things!

Here's my process video if you'd like to see more details:



Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

My Sweet Girl / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I'm back today with another new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2020 September Hip Kits, which are full of the Pinkfresh Studio Days of Splendor and Crate Paper Marigold collections.  I started with a sheet of the charcoal grey cardstock and some gesso.  What started out as a blue layout turned into a purple one, which I love!  I used clear gesso first and then white gesso.  I love how it turned out looking like concrete.
After the gesso dried, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Abstract Cube Stamp with some embossing ink and powder.  I wanted to add some detailed texture to the background.  I went over it with the Whale Watch Blue & Ramblin' Rose Pink Lindy's Magical Powders which made purple.  I knew this would happen, but I honestly was going to try and keep the two colors separate.  Didn't happen...haha.  I love how this deep purple looks against the grey!  I also splattered in some white acrylic paint and some gold spray from an older kit.
I sorted through all the embellishments in the kits and pulled out all the purple items.  I started layering and placing things around the photo.  I cut this scalloped circle from a Pocket Life card and layered in lots of the Pinkfresh Studio pieces.
Here you can see the texture from the stamp...I love it!  I wanted to leave a chunk of the background open here, so I created a separate cluster for the bottom area using more purple die cuts.  I went simple with the title using the gold Thickers.

I tucked in more die cuts & stickers over on the left along with some purple threads.

I always like to add cord to the ends of just gives them a finished look, I think.
More layers here at the top.  I layered in a chunk of patterned paper and a Pocket Life card behind the photo.
Here are the rest of the close-up shots :)

I really love how this turned out!  I didn't realize there was so much purple in the kits, so it was fun to go monochromatic with this.  How often do you use colored cardstock for a background?  I don't do it enough...I am loving this grey!

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


 Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

You & Me Always / Hip Kit Club

Happy Weekend!  I have a new layout to share for Hip Kit Club using the 2020 September Hip Kits :)  My assignment for this week was to use a cut file using either patterned paper or colored cardstock.  I cut some beautiful florals using a Heidi Swapp paper from the Paper Kit and used it as a background design element.  

I used thick, smooth white cardstock for the background, and I glued down the cut file first.  I covered most of it with white gesso to soften some of the pattern, and then I used clear gesso below the cut file.  I used the Whale Watch Blue Lindy's Magical Powder to create that dark blue color.  I added a bit more detail with the Pinkfresh Studio Stamp.  I embellished with lots of the gorgeous Crate Paper flowers.


These flowers are a mix of the Chipboard Stickers and Sticker Book Stickers.  Since the stickers are transparent, I like to stick them to white cardstock first and then cut them out so their colors stay true.  I created a little cluster here and popped up the stickers using adhesive foam.  I tucked in some yellow thread here for added texture.   My title is combination of the soft gold Thickers and Pinkfresh Studio Alphas.

I fussy cut this large flower from a Pocket Life card, and the chipboard circles are from Pinkfresh Studio.  Also, more Crate Paper sticker flowers. 
I don't usually cut designs using patterned papers, but I love how this turned out.  It's a great way to get lots of colors...use a colorful patterned paper like this.  It made this background really fun!  I dug into my older Lindy's Sprays stash from older kits and sprayed a bit of pink here.
More of the same embellishments on this side of the photo.
Above the photo, I mixed the Clam Bake Beige & Ramblin' Rose Pink Lindy's Magical Powders together to create this orange/yellow color.  Behind my photo I layered a few Pocket Life Cards.
Here you can see the stamp detail on the background.  I used a gold ink pad from my stash.  I also wish I had several packages of these gold Thickers...they are perfection!
I just had to layer this one on top of my photo :)
I machine stitched through ALWAYS here for some added detail, and I used a metallic gold pen to write my journaling.
Here are a few more detailed close-ups.

I had a lot of fun playing with all of these pretty flowers!  Have you used any of them from your kits yet?  Crate Paper flowers are always gorgeous and these are no exception :)  Be sure to check out my process video for all the details of this page :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!