Thursday, May 27, 2021

Hello Lovely You / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s Wonders collection. This layout and color scheme was inspired by the cute little rainbow from the Chipboard Stickers. It was the first item I pulled to use and I based the rest of the page around it. 

I used the Peony Pop-Up Die to cut five large flowers using various patterned papers from Wonders using my manual die cutting machine. I chose papers that matched the colors in the rainbow sticker. I wanted lots of background texture, so I used Paige’s Polka Dots Stencil with modeling paste over a sheet of thick, smooth white cardstock. I did coat it with clear gesso first. Once the background was dry and I had the flowers arranged, I used a mix of Distress Oxides and Shimmerz sprays to create lots of color over the paste. I wanted to create a tone-on-tone effect with the colors.

Once the color was dry, I began arranging the embellishments around the photo and flowers. I used the Chipboard Sticker rainbow, one from the Lollies that I took apart, and one that I fussy cut from Paper 24. I layered them and popped them up with adhesive foam. I used a few of the Paper Flowers in matching areas and a few hearts from the Cardstock Stickers. For the title I used the Hello Lovely stamp from the Acrylic Stamps and mixed it with one of the Epoxy Phrase Stickers. I even used a few of the tiny flower stickers from the 8-Page Sticker Book. I used the crepe paper from one of the Lollies and layered it at the bottom of the photo.

This blue is my favorite! I just love the awesome texture from the Polka Dots Stencil and that beautiful deep blue color. This blue flower was cut from Paper 6. I used a few blue pieces here including a bird from the 8-Page Sticker Book that I attached to white cardstock and cut out. I also used a bit of the Washi Tape here as well as matching thread. I added gold splatters after everything was finished to give it a bit of shine.
Lots of yellow over pretty :)  I used a Paper Flower and a sticker from the 8-page Sticker Book.  It's so fun to go through the collection and pick things of a certain color.
Ahhhhh texture :)  Some of the circles were squished when I moved the stencil around, but I actually love that it's not perfect.  And look how cute this ladybug is!  I popped her up with some adhesive foam.  I made sure to add lots of glue to everything to make sure it stayed down on top of all this bumpy texture.  I use the Scotch Tacky great!
I fussy cut this "sunshine" piece from a Die Cut and added it above the orange flower.  I love that it arcs, so it was perfect.
I used the Seedless Preserves & Wild Honey Distress Oxides with this stamp to create a fun matching ombre effect, and it turned out so nice!  I just love all of these fun elements here...hearts, flowers, rainbows...all my faves!
Here are more close-ups because I couldn't stop taking them :)

I did add three layers of adhesive foam under the middle rainbow since there was so much dimension. 

I really had a great time making this page, and I hope it inspires you in some way.  I have to say it was so fun to start with that little chipboard rainbow and base the whole page around that.  In the past I tend to just jump right in with intentions of using a particular piece, but then by the time the layout is almost finished I can't make it work.  So I started with it and that guaranteed that it would be used.

Be sure to check out the process for this's a journey!

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

Monday, May 17, 2021

Home Sweet Home / Paige Evans DT

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm excited to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team that features a new cut file.  This is the Butterfly Wreath cut file that is part of Paige's 20 Days of Spring Cut Files.  You can purchase them HERE.  I used Paige's Wonders collection.

I started by cutting the butterflies once on Wonders Paper 15 and again on plain textured white cardstock.  I wanted to create some depth and layers, so I glued them together and arranged the wreath on some smooth white cardstock.  I wanted a dark blue color behind it, so after using clear gesso on the background, I used a few blue Distress Oxides.  I just scraped the pads directly onto the paper in the shape of the wreath and then sprayed water onto it to activate the inks.  I did a few layers of this to get it darker.  I wanted the blue butterflies to stand out. 

Here you can see the layers on the cut file...I love how the edges curl up!  I popped up the entire thing with adhesive foam to create even more dimension and shadowing.  I decided later to add a few more colors of ink next to the blue.  I fussy cut lots of different colored butterflies from Paper 08 to scatter around the page as well.

I added pink and orange here under where the photo strip is.  I used a mix of Distress Oxides and Shimmerz sprays.  I layered some white tissue paper and a few patterned papers under the photo strip as well as some adhesive foam to give it some lift.  I went small with the title and used a little sentiment that I fussy cut from Paper 12 that has all the tags.  I also added a navy blue "Today" from the Puffy Phrase Stickers.
I wanted a pop of the dark blue here on the right so I tucked in a tag from the Ephemera Die Cuts.
I glued all the fussy cut butterflies all around the layout to spread all the colors around and break up all the blue.  I also tucked in some green thread here down at the bottom.

I added a few stickers above the photos from the Cardstock Stickers and the 8-page Sticker Book.

I finished off the big butterflies with large sequins that I glued to the centers.  I love how that looks!
A few more close-ups just because :)

I really love how this turned out!  I hope it inspires you to check out the 20 Days of Spring Cut Files...they are all amazing (as usual).  

Here's my process video if you'd like to see the journey this layout took:


Thanks so much for stopping in, and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, May 16, 2021

You Are My Everything / Pinkfresh Studio

Hello again, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Pinkfresh Studio today.  I used the brand new Happy Blooms collection, which will be available in the Pinkfresh Store on Friday, May 21st.  It's full of beautiful Spring colors and patterns..lots of pretty florals!  I wanted to feature this flower paper, so I tore a big chunk of it to use as part of the background.  I attached it to a sheet of white textured cardstock and went from there.

I coated the cardstock with clear gesso to begin.  After I decided where to place my photo, I used a few of the Ink Cubes to add some color behind it.  I used Sweet Mustard, Coral Reef and Peach Fuzz.  I just scraped the ink pad right onto the paper and used a wet brush to move the color around.  It acts like watercolor, so it was easy to "paint" the area with it.  This technique only works if you use gesso first; otherwise, it just dries as soon as it hits the paper.

I love using textured cardstock for this because you can see the texture through the color!  I used a few papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad as layers behind the photo, and I popped it up with some adhesive foam.  I fussy cut several more flowers from the other side of the flower paper and tucked those in around the photo.  I also tucked in some thread here to bring a pop of that bluish purple color.

I popped up a few of the flowers here.  I love that shadowing effect!  I also used this cute butterfly from the Die Cuts.  I bent up the wings and then machine stitched a cute little trail using white thread.  To add a bit more color to the background, I splattered a bit of the Sky Blue Liquid Watercolor as well as some metallic gold craft paint.
I smudged a little bit of white gesso here around the photo to fade out some of the flower.  Sometimes this makes the photo stand out a bit more against a busy background, but it really didn't do much this time.  I fussy cut a bigger yellow flower from a different patterned paper to use there and added some pink thread.
I love tearing paper. The edges curl up and create such great texture!
I wanted a small title, so I used this "You Are My Everything" that I cut from another patterned paper.  I used a sticker and a puffy sticker under it and then added my journaling with a gold pen.

Over on the right side, everything was just too plain and white.  I tore a strip of this pretty blue paper to add on the edge and then made a little cluster.  I used a floral die cut, a puffy sticker and some yellow thread.
Here are more close-ups...

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next layout.  Be sure to check the Pinkfresh Store later this week to order Happy Blooms if you want to get your hands on it!  I love how this page turned out, and hopefully it gives you some inspiration.

Here's my process video:

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll be back tomorrow :)

Monday, May 10, 2021

The Perfect Day / Paige Evans DT

Happy Monday!  I'm back today with a new almost monochromatic layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I used Paige’s Wonders collection along with her The Perfect Day cut file. I used all pink with a touch of orange for the color scheme. I love large title cut files because not only does it automatically give you the title, but it also serves as the main design element. Since it takes up so much space on the page, it helps determine where to place photos and embellishments. I love how that can help make a page come together quickly. 

I used a soft pink textured cardstock for the background and I cut the title using textured white cardstock on my Silhouette Cameo. I coated a lot of the paper with white gesso to prep the paper for ink sprays as well as giving the pink a bit of a hazy and cloudy effect. I traced each letter from the title on several Wonders patterned papers and a few from the 6x8 Paper Pad and cut them out. I chose my ink sprays in various pinks and oranges to match.

To create the background, I sprayed a few pink and orange Shimmerz onto the cardstock and used a brush and a bit of water to move the colors around. I wanted a large color wash area with various shades of the colors. I also splattered in gold paint to give it some shine. Once that dried, I glued down the cut file and then replaced the letters with adhesive foam underneath to pop them up off the page.
I tucked a larger photo on top of the big title and two smaller photos under it. I overlapped the letters on top of the large photo and then fussy cut a few mandala shapes from the 6x8 Paper Pad to tuck in around them. I also used a few stickers from the 8-Page Sticker Book along with matching colors of tangled thread.
I love all the shadowing from the popped up letters! 
I originally tried writing my journaling with a gold pen, but it was hard to read against the background.  I used a black Sharpie and it looked better, and it echoed the black in the photos.

I couldn’t resist adding a few of the beautiful gold foiled butterflies from the 6x8 Paper Pad. Look how they shine in the light! I cut out a pink and orange one for the top of the page.
I also layered a few pink flowers from the 8-Page Sticker Book on top of a few of the photos.  I stuck them to white cardstock first and then cut them out so they would be more like die cuts instead of stickers.
I love these pretty gold foiled mandala shapes.  I cut them from the 6x8 Paper Pad as well.  They matched my color scheme perfectly.
More close-ups!

I love how this all came together!  It was fun only using two colors, and it helped narrow down my choices in choosing papers and embellishments.  I hope it inspires you in some way today.

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

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!