Saturday, October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends! Happy Halloween! I'm here with a fun Halloween layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s Happy Halloween cut file and her Go the Scenic Route collection. This adorable cut file is part of Paige’s 13 Days of Halloween Cut Files. I cut it on textured white cardstock and then used patterned papers to back the letters. I went with bright colors to match my photos and those papers are Paper 2Paper 6Paper 24, and a few from the 12x12 Paper Pad

I used Paige’s Star Confetti Stencil on the background, which is also textured white cardstock. I coated it with clear gesso first and then used some black, gray, and dark blue Shimmerz to create a dark and spooky effect. I went over the stencil with modeling paste to create some fun textured stars.



I really love how this background came out!  It looks like a dark night, which is such a great contrast to all the brighter colors.  I tucked in some orange and yellow thread here at the bottom and layered some Cardstock Stickers and Puffy Stickers.  I punched out some stars using the same papers to scatter around the page as well.

I made sure to leave lots of white space to give the eye a resting place.  It also helps that there is a lot of white space in the photos, too.  Here I layered in few die cuts, and I cut a few small hearts from the 6x8 Paper Pad.
Backing a cut file is quite simple. I love it because you can choose exactly which smaller part of the paper you want to use. After completing all the letters, I added adhesive foam behind it to raise it up off the page. I cut the pumpkin from Paper 24 and popped it up. I added the SMILE detail from the Puffy Phrase Thickers. I didn’t want to add too much more to the actual cut file since I love how it looked as is against the background.
It's so awesome how something as simple as adhesive foam can make such a huge difference. I love the shadowing here.
I used a few punches to add stars around the bottom of the page, which I punched from the same papers used before. I cut these cute hearts from the 6x8 Paper Pad and layered Ephemera Die Cuts behind my photos. I popped the photos up and tucked in a few colors of tangled thread beneath them for added color & texture.

I mixed & matched embellishments here at the bottom to complete the page. I used a Cardstock Sticker, a Puffy Word Sticker, and a Puffy Phrase Thickers. I wanted to bring all the colors down to this area and the punched stars helped with that.
A few more close-ups of all the fun details :)

I hope this inspires you in some way today!  I love how this page came together.  I love using nontraditional colors on holiday pages like this.  I still think it looks like a Halloween layout, and I love it.

Be sure to check out my process video here:


Thanks for stopping by, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN! :D

Friday, October 30, 2020

Heart Eyes / Shimmerz Paints

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm here with a new mixed media layout featuring lots of beautiful Shimmerz Paints.  I began this page with a Heidi Swapp rainbow striped patterned paper.  I cut the strips, distressed the edges and glued them together.  I also created my own embellishments by using the Ready to Bloom Card Cover Die from The Stamp Market.  I used several Shimmerz to match the rainbow paper.

Shimmerz Used:


To create the flowers, I first coated a sheet of textured white cardstock with clear gesso.  I painted the whole sheet with the colors I listed above.  For these here, I mixed Deep Blue Sea and Run! Forest.  Once it dried, I cut portions of the paper and used the metal die with my manual die cutting machine.  I love the lights and darks!

I layered my photos on top of the strips and layered in the flowers in matching places creating a tone-on-tone effect.  I tucked in some tangled thread in a few places as well.  I went light on other embellishments because I felt like not too many more were needed.  I added a few Heidi Swapp work stickers as well as a few Shimmerz Dotz.

I used some white foam Amy Tangerine Thickers for the title.  I wanted them to be pink to match the pink section, so I painted them with the Pink-o de Mayo with a touch of So Sappy.  I love how textured they look!  I wrote my journaling in and around the title.

I love these colors so much!  Everything I used on this page has a different shimmer.  Do be aware that when water is added to the Spritz or Vibez, you will lose a bit of the shimmer once it dries because it's being diluted.  The original Shimmerz stay very shimmery when dry.  It just depends on how much water you add.
I did wind up adding a few Maggie Holmes clear stickers in a few places.  I love those because they look like little stamps.  I also added more thread here.

Here you can see the shimmer in the light.
Same concept here...just lighter colors.  These are the pinks, yellows and oranges mixed together.

I hope this inspires you in some way today!  Making my own embellishments was a lot of fun...doing this allows you to customize it to whatever color you want.  You can create a "messy" background and then punch shapes out of it if you don't own any metal dies.  So many ideas out there!

Be sure to check out my process video here:


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


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Everyday Magic / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Thursday!  I wanted to share my newest layout for Pinkfresh Studio today.  I used the beautiful Days of Splendor collection.  I started this page with a cut file.  This is the Greenery Top & Bottom Border cut file.  I duplicated it a few times and created a fun floral frame with it.  It instantly helped me decide where my photo was going to go, so it came together pretty quickly.

I used textured white cardstock for the base, and I used no gesso on it!  I know...who am I?  :D 

I didn't use gesso because I decided to only use a small amount of the Liquid Watercolors, and I only used a purple color.  I didn't do any blending or mixing.  I started by mixing some of the Lavendar, Candy Apple and a touch of Espresso.  I used a brush to splatter a lot of the color around the frame area.  I used the brush and same color to lightly paint behind the open leaves of the frame.  I added a little bit of water to help spread the color to the inside edges of the frame.  That's it!  Very easy, and no gesso needed!

I embellished all around the frame.  I used a  mix of flower and leaf die cuts, stickers, enamel dots and even some of the Essential Jewels...I love those!
I love that you can see the texture from the cardstock here through the watercolor.  Now, if I had wanted to blend multiple colors, I probably would've used gesso. 
I used a die cut for my was perfect for this photo.  It was the right size and color.  I popped it up with adhesive foam and added some purple thread under it.
I created a few floral clusters on each side as well.  I added adhesive foam here, which creates such wonderful dimension and shadowing.
A few more close-ups!

I hope this inspires you was fun to let this cut file pretty much create this page for me.  Always look at different ways to use the cut many fun possibilities!

Here's my process video:

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you again tomorrow!

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!