Sunday, January 23, 2022

Happiness & Sunshine / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  Today I have another new layout to share for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I used the beautiful Bungalow Lane collection, and I wanted to create a fun background using Paige’s Rainbows Background Cut File. I cut it from Paper 4 using my Silhouette Cameo. This paper is so fun and has so many colors so I based my color scheme around it. I used thick white cardstock for the base and I coated it with clear gesso first. I wanted to add lots of yellow to the background so I used a few golden yellow Shimmerz sprays to start. I also added in a bit of a coral color, some blue, and a touch of gold. I glued down the cut file once the mixed media was dry and began sorting through all of the embellishments.

I printed my photos in black & white and I backed them with white tissue paper, adhesive foam, and a blue tag that I cut from Paper 22. I love how the photos pop off the page because of the background colors. I wanted to add in smaller flowers around the layout, so I fussy cut a few from Paper 14.

I embellished around the photos using some of the large Floral Die CutsEphemera Die CutsEpoxy Stickers, and Chipboard Stickers. I chose items that matched the paper which helped me narrow down what I was going to use. I decided that the bottom area of the layout needed more light blue, so I created a fun little banner using the other side of Paper 4. I punched 1” circles, cut them in half, and then glued them to some twine. This is really easy to do and it’s so fun to create a customized banner. I also tucked light blue thread in under the photos.
I created a cascade effect using more flowers here beneath the photos. I mixed and matched some of those small fussy cut flowers with part of a Layered Sticker and a Floral Die Cut. I popped these all up with adhesive foam to create dimension.
Every time I look at this colorful patterned paper I just think of summer.  I'm usually not much of a red fan, and I struggle to use it a lot on my pages.  But I think it's really impactful in small doses.  It was fun to challenge myself and use a different color scheme.  I smudged some white gesso on this big red flower to soften it up a bit.
And like I've said a million times, flowers are the best for creating dimension.  The petals are just begging to curl up off the page.  I used my edge distresser  on this circle die cut to give the edge some interest and texture.
I went light on embellishing on the sides of the photos.  I felt like the background was busy enough, and since I had things above and below the photos, the sides needed some open space to breathe.
I'm so glad I addd this fun little banner.  I think it finished everything off just perfectly.  I also wound up splattering some blue Shimmerz to add a pop of that color on the background.
I wrote my journaling down below using my gold metallic pen, and that finished it off.
I hope this inspires you in some way today.  It was fun to get out of my usual comfort zone as far as color schemes go and try something different.  I made this challenging (for me) patterned paper work, and I love how it turned out.

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

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

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Sweet Day / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends :)  I'm here today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  It features Paige’s Bungalow Lane collection. I created yet another rainbow inspired page using only one patterned paper. I punched hearts from various squares on Paper 20. I arranged the squares in uneven rows to create the bulk of the background design. I used a light gray cardstock for the base. To add some messy effects behind the squares, I used my acrylic brush to spread around some white gesso. I decided not to add lots of color since the squares added plenty of that. Instead I used a bit of Jen Hadfield Gold Glitter Spray and treated it as watercolor. I used a brush to add some of that behind my photo and a few other areas on the page. I also splattered white acrylic paint. I think the white makes such a bold yet subtle statement on the gray cardstock.

After I glued down the squares, I machine stitched through each row using gold metallic thread. I also bent up the edges of the paper to create more texture and dimension. I used the punched hearts as embellishments and I popped them off the page using adhesive foam. I added bits and pieces that matched each color section. I used pieces from the 8-Page Sticker BookFoam Phrase Stickers, and Thickers. It’s a lot of fun to embellish tone-on-tone because it helps to narrow down which pieces to use in certain sections of the page.

I decided to go light on the thread and only added it in two places.  I tucked in some metallic gold thread here under the right side of the photo.  I added some yellow/orange over on the left side.  I also had a fight with my gold pen and had to use my black Sharpie instead for my journaling...haha.
I love embellishing tone-on-tone.  It makes the process like a treasure need pink things for the pink area, orange for the orange area, etc.  So you can only use a limited number of items per color square.  It just helps narrow things down, and the color on color effect is always a win!
I popped up these hearts with adhesive foam, and I love how that looks.  Since the squares are stitched down flat, it's nice to have some things creating a shadow.  I do love the curled up edges of the squares. That's another easy way to get some depth.  This is also a good shot of the shiny gold!
I did more of the same on the top part of the layout. I used various stickers that matched each section. On the orange section I used part of a Layered Sticker and I tucked in matching thread coming out from under the photo. I decided to print my photo in black & white to make it stand out against all the colors. I layered white tissue paper under it as well as adhesive foam.
More close-ups of all the details :)

I wanted to keep the title short and sweet, so I combined a sticker from the 8-Page Sticker Book with some of the green Thickers. I added just a small bit of journaling to right of the title and added the date. I wanted to add something small to the right side of the photo, so I created a small cluster of various heart stickers that were gold or yellow in color to match the gold on the background.

I hope this has given you some scrappy inspiration today.  I always find that rainbows and tone-on-tone makes for a great layout :)  It includes all the colors and it just makes me happy!

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



Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day :)