Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hip Hip Hooray! / My Mind's Eye

Hey there!  I'm back today to share my newest project for My Mind's Eye.  Have you had a chance to play with any of the new lines yet?  This is the Hooray! line, and it's so fun and festive.  It's geared towards birthdays, but I think it has possibilities for other types of layouts as well.  When I saw all the balloons in the Mixed Bag of die cuts & on the Chipboard sheet, I knew I had to scrap these cute pictures of Paige with her balloon.  The colors matched perfectly.  I was inspired to use lots of balloons from the collection, and I even made a few of my own using patterned paper and some of the striped Decorative Tape.

I used some of the beautiful teal Canvas Cardstock as my base and used some Shimmerz to create some darker tones behind the photos and the balloons.  I popped up some of the balloons with pop dots to create dimension.  I used a small circle dot punch and a confetti punch to create lots of small and tiny circles, and I also used some of the new Puffy Stickers and the pink mirrored Acrylic Shapes.  When I think of celebrations and balloons, I think of confetti, and this layout just seemed perfect for it!


For my handmade balloons, I added some shiny gold thread for the strings.  I love how all this fun confetti turned out...all these fun colors really showed up so nicely against the teal background.


More balloons and confetti!  The Decorative Tape was so easy to use to make the balloons.  I just used a piece of white packaging from some stickers and stuck a few strips of tape down and then cut the balloon shape out of it.


 I combined some stickers, chipboard and tape here to make this little title area cluster.  Since I had so much going on above the photos, I didn't want to create a huge title.  It's obvious what this page is about, so I didn't feel like I needed a striking title.  These fun little phrases and words say it all.  I machine stitched through the chipboard with gold thread and added more tangled thread in blue and yellow.


I went simple under the photos and just added this fun Hooray banner sticker.  It brought together all the colors from up top and added some fun interest to this part of the page.


I hope this gives you some fun ideas for your next birthday or fun celebration layout!  Balloons and confetti are an easy design element, and they're easy to place down because they can just go anywhere.  Balloons and confetti are wild and carefree, so it's fun to place them on a layout in random places!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Stretch Your Sketch #3 with Ashley Horton / Ridiculously Cute

Happy Monday, friends!  It's Week 3 of the Stretch Your Sketch series on YouTube with me and Ashley Horton, and today we are resizing the sketch.  You can find my video down below and Ashley's video HERE.



Here's my layout for this week.  I decided to resize the entire sketch and move it to the lower left corner.  I pulled out some older goodies for this...Echo Park Capture Life.  I used the heart circle from the cut file set and cut them with different papers in different sizes.  I wound up cutting the outer circle off to make them even smaller.  I used the circles I cut off as layers behind the photo as well and as a fun circle cluster in the upper right corner.  I used several Shimmerz paints and sprays to create the watercolor look behind the layers.


Here you can see lots of the details.  I used the hearts from the centers of the cut files as embellishments, and I machine stitched through them using a straight and zig zag stitch.  I added lots of tangled thread as well as some pink sequins.  I used a quote sticker from a Tim Holtz sticker book right above the journaling.


I love all of these teals, pinks and oranges together...such a pretty and soft color combination.  I originally used gold glitter Thickers at the bottom for the word "cute," but I changed them in the end with these orange October Afternoon alphas.  They just coordinated better, I think.


Circles are so fun to layer!  And if you see the sketch, there are lots of places for small embellishments, like hearts, stars & arrows.  I stuck with hearts for this one.  And you don't HAVE to place everything exactly where it is in the sketch.  It's just for inspiration, and you can move things where you think they fit best.


This cluster wasn't included in the sketch, but since I resized it smaller, I felt like the upper right area needed something.  I stuck with the circle theme and added this fun sticker from the Echo Park sticker sheet.  I added foam under it and lots of tangled thread.  I used more open circles here and I punched some smaller hearts from patterned papers.


Here's my process video...I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas!


Thanks so much for joining me today...have a great week!  And don't forget to tag me and Ashley on social media if you play along with the sketch or cut files.  We'd LOVE to see what you create! You can download the sketch and the FREE cut file HERE.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Simples Stories / 40 is Kind of a Big Deal

Hey there, and Happy Weekend! I'm just popping in today to share one of newest layouts for Simple Stories.  I used the Let’s Party collection for this one, and it was perfect for documenting this photo from my 40th birthday back in February. The colors are so vibrant, and the embellishments made it so easy to create this fun design. I wanted to accentuate the 40 since that’s a milestone birthday. I cut it really large on the HB2U patterned paper and then used a lot of the 6x6 Paper Pad papers to back it. I cut them into strips and adhered them diagonally. I used some white gesso to smudge over a lot of that area so I could add some watercolors. I used the packaging technique to get most of that color on. Once it was all dry, I machine stitched around the numbers for added detail and texture. I fussy cut “Big Deal” from the Hip Hip Hooray paper, and it made the best title. I have to say my favorite thing about this collection is all the fun banners! I used several on this page.

Here’s a close up of the fussy cut letters. I love stitching through titles…mainly to make sure they don’t move, but also for added interest. I used a few papers behind my photo as well as one of the larger chipboard frames. Sometimes it’s fun to use the frames as a layer instead of an actual frame. I love the dimension this created.


Here’s another smaller frame I used as a layering piece. I chose this one because of the bright yellow. I added some tangled thread, a few clear stickers and that amazing HAPPY sticker banner. I love the curve of it, and it makes it so festive! Banners make everything so fun. You can also see where I smudged the gesso. It gives everything a bit of a faded look without completely blending it away.


I used lots of die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack here. I love these little flags, and I added pop dots under them to create some depth. I did the same with the Birthday die cut. Those faux glitter stars were the perfect embellishment for this part of the layout.


More banners! These are from the Bits & Pieces and Snap Pack. I added cute Enamel Dots to the ends so it looks like they’re attached to something. You can see the machine stitching up close here as well. I added another glitter star die cut and a Brad on top of the photo. This was so fun to put together!

Here's my process video for this page.  I hope you enjoy it and get some fun ideas for your next birthday layout!


Thanks for stopping in and for all your support!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Heart Eyes / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today to share my latest layout for Hip Kit Club.  It's my first page using the 2016 August Hip Kits, and they are nothing short of beautiful.  I was drawn to this really pretty & soft color scheme in this floral Dear Lizzy patterned paper.  I usually tend to go bold and bright, but these colors just called out to me.  I used a big chunk of the floral paper and then added a fussy cut scalloped border from one of the new Crate Paper Cute Girl papers. 

One of my favorite things this month is the Prima Oil Pastels in the Color Kit.  They are amazing and so much fun!  I used them to create the teal watercolor effect on the background.  I drew with them on some plastic and added a few drops of water.  I smushed the plastic together and then smushed it down on the paper.  Smush, smush, smush...haha :D  To try something different, I also created my own cut file from the black doodled flower on one of the 4x6 Project Life cards.  I took a photo of it with my phone, uploaded it into my Silhouette Studio, traced it and cut it.  Super easy, and now I have a new floral cut file!  I used the pastels to color one yellow and one that pretty soft pink color.


Here's a closer look at those die cut flowers.  The pastels did a great job of coloring here...all you need is a small bit of color and small bit of water.  And you can also smudge with your finger if you don't want to use water.  I used some of the MME enamel dots in the centers of the flowers and added some of the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life die cuts.  All those black clear stickers are from the new Dear Lizzy line, and they are very versatile and easy to use anywhere.


Here's the original flower from the PL card that I made into the cut file.  I used the pastels to color it and then went over it with the white pastel to give it a softer look.  If you want to lighten up something black or any dark color, use the white pastel over it and smudge it.  I did fussy cut that layered piece behind my photo from another PL card.


Here's one more close-up of the journaling area.  The Amy Tan sticker book is FULL of fun clear stickers!  They look so great on white cardstock because the color really pops!


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


Thank you so much for stopping by today...it really does mean so much to me!  I hope you have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Vegas Views / A Flair For Buttons

Hey, friends!!  I'm back today to share a new layout for A Flair For Buttons.  I used flair from three different sets:  Hello Life, Black Marquee Lights & Summer Gold.  I decided to scrap some photos of a few Las Vegas views from one of our trips out there a few years ago.  I'm always amazed at all the hotels and all the beautiful mountains.  We have zero mountains in Florida, so they are a treat to see.  I pulled out a very old Lily Bee patterned paper to use as my background.  I covered a large portion of it with white acrylic paint and then came in with some Shimmerz and watercolor paints.  I wanted to pull out the blues from the photos.  I also had to add lots of gold.  Because Vegas is flashy and glittery, and I can't make a page about Vegas without that! :D


I've been hoarding my gold flair buttons!  This airplane was perfect for this page since we flew out there.  Planes are the perfect embellishment for a travel layout.  Here you can see some of the watercolor work.  I used some cheesecloth behind my photos as well as some pop dots.  The dimension is incredible!  I just love it.  I also added in some shiny gold thread.


This marquee LOVE flair just screams Vegas to me...the flashy lights and big letters!  I used a few cut apart labels from Evalicious here and added some gold MAMBI alpha and star stickers.  I used shiny gold thread to machine stitch and to create a nest for the flair.  I used some Dear Lizzy washi tape and a few Tim Holtz word stickers.  And I broke out my hoarded gold glittery Thickers, too!


Since I had a bit of green going on in the layout, this flair was a perfect choice.  I cut "vegas" on my Cameo in a yellow Lily Bee paper and then coated it with Heidi Swapp gold texture paste.  I just love this font...it's called Shoreline.  It's the perfect scripty font, I think!  And I love this gold color up against the pretty blues.


Here's a good shot of the background work...lots of Kuretake watercolors & Shimmerz with some Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine.  I seriously cannot get enough of gold glitter...


Here's one more close up of the top area.  More washi tape, stickers and stitching.  I love how the white paint faded away some of the background circles.


Here are the flair sets I pulled from:




Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a great day!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Stretch Your Sketch #2 with Ashley Horton / Summer

Happy Monday!  Today I'm sharing the second layout and process video in the Stretch Your Sketch series I'm doing with my scrapping friend Ashley Horton on YouTube.  Last week, we used the sketch "as is."  This week, we are flipping it.



 Here's the sketch on it's side.  You can get a completely different look just by doing this, and you would never guess it was the same sketch!  I actually flipped it to the other side so the title is on the left.


Here's my layout.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!  For the circles, I drew some wonky spirals, sized them in different widths and welded them together in Silhouette Studio.  I cut the design on white cardstock and then used paint and Shimmerz to color it yellow, orange and pink.  I used some blue acrylic paint on the background and then brought in lots more yellow, orange and pink to balance out all that blue.  I used papers and embellishments from Bella Blvd, Simple Stories, Hip Kit Club and A Flair For Buttons.


My photos have a TON of blue in them, so most of my embellishments were a different color.  These fun stickers are from Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness, and that pretty light pink layer is from a Hip Kit Club exclusive paper.  It's actually a cloud that I used as a fun layering piece.


There's another cloud...that's a yellow Bella Blvd patterned paper.  I cut "Summer" from that same Hip Kit paper and placed it vertically to mimic the title in the sketch.  All those blue sequins are from my stash.  The balloons and orange sunburst are from Simple Stories.  Even though the sketch has a lot of stars, you can use whatever shape or embellishment you want.  It's just giving you an idea of what you can place in that spot.


I am having so much fun lately with these emoji flair buttons!  This one is perfect for a Summer page, and he really pops with the pink thread.  I am so happy with how the cut file turned out.  It had its tricky moments when I peeled it off the cutting mat, but it straightened out once I started gluing it down.


Here's one last look at the upper area.  I added a chipboard sun, more tangled thread and a cute flamingo flair button.


Okay, here's the process video for you.  Be sure to check out Ashley's video HERE, and we'd love for you to play along with us!  You can download this sketch and some FREE cut files HERE.


Thank you sooooo much for stopping by!  Have a GREAT week!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Using Older Supplies / Weird is a Side Effect of Awesome

Happy Sunday, friends!  Today I'm back with another layout in my Using Older Supplies series.  This is the third layout in my YouTube series where I try to use up some older supplies from my shelves.  This layout took a lot of twists and turns.  I started with the Fancy Pants Hopscotch collection from 2012. I have used it before, but it has been sitting there for quite a while.  I love the bright and fun colors, and this photo definitely has a bright and fun vibe...haha :D

I cut my title on my Cameo.  The cursive words are a font called Shoreline, and I used the Open Letter Alpha from The Cut Shoppe to make the rest.  I used papers from the collection to back the open spots...this is something I've done so many times, but it always works.  After trying out many different things and stressing out about what to do next, I finally decided to use the cursive words as masks.  I placed them on white cardstock where I wanted them and used various Shimmerz sprays over them.  When I removed the words, the white negative space was left.  I love how that looks!


Backing a cut file like this is a great way to use up your old papers or your scraps because you only need little bits and pieces.  And you can really narrow in on specific parts of each paper.  I enjoy this process, although it does take some time to do.  I added pop dots under the words to create dimension, and it just gives the page a whole different look.  I added some grey tangled thread under a few of the words for added color and texture.


I love the shadow the pop dots create!  It just makes everything sort of pop off the page.  I added a few flair buttons on the layout as well as a few stamps.


This flair button is so perfect for this crazy photo...haha!  My daughter is the queen of goofy faces as you can see :D  I added some blue thread under it for some contrast and a pop of color.  I also added a little bit of tissue paper under the photo.


So these hearts almost didn't happen.  They started out as a background.  I had some white cardstock with the left over scraps of some punched die cuts from the collection.  I adhered it to the cardstock and added gesso and lots of pretty watercolors.  That was originally going to be my background, but I just wasn't feeling it after I made it.  So I grabbed a heart punch and made all these pretty hearts out of that background.  Sometimes you just have to make something out of something you don't like :)  I machine stitched through all the hearts and added another fun flair.  You can see how I made the hearts in my process video down below.


I really love how this turned out.  This is REALLY easy to do if you have any spray mists or inks.  I used a pencil to create a little bit of shadowing and then added my journaling at an angle under it.  I also added a small strip of orange striped washi tape under the photo.


Here's one more close-up of the top area.  Aren't those blues and greens so pretty together?   I love this technique.  Just make sure you know exactly where you want it to be on the layout because once you spray it, it's there and you can't move it.


Here's my process video showing how all of this chaos came together!  I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas from it!


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!