Sunday, January 15, 2017

Best Weekend in Vegas / Hip Kit Club

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I hope you're all having a nice and relaxing weekend :)  Today I'm back sharing another layout for the Hip Kit Club featuring the 2016 December Hip Kits.  This is the first layout for the month that I used white cardstock as a background.  I was challenging myself to NOT use it all month....and obviously I caved...haha.  That's okay because in the grand scheme of scrapbooking, there are no rules, right?! 

I decided to start with using the fun arrows cut file that Tarrah designed.  I cut several of them using some of the papers from Take Me Away, Maggie Holmes, Echo Park (Main Kit & Paper Kit) and some of the lilac cardstock.  I arranged them on the background, adhered them lightly and then went over a lot of the page with gesso.  Next, I came in with a few Shimmerz Paints, including the Concrete Shimmeringz from the Color Kit.  I added in some pinks and aquas to pull from the papers' colors.  I created a fun layer behind my photo using some of the American Crafts glitter washi tape we received.  All I did was stick some to a piece of scrap cardstock and layered it behind my photo.  I embellished with some die cuts, tags, sequins, punched cardstock, Thickers and acrylic stickers.

Here you can see lots of texture going on, which I love.  I mixed and matched my title using Amy Tan Thickers, silver Thickers and black and white chipboard Thickers.  I love all the different fonts!  I created a fun cluster here at the bottom using die cuts from Take Me Away and a few fussy cut leaves from one of the exclusive papers in the kit.  I added a few sequins and some tiny confetti circles I punched out of the lilac cardstock.  Those gorgeous mirrored gold pieces are from My Mind's Eye.

Here's a better look at the gold acrylic stickers.  I just love how all these fonts look together!  Here you can also see that I machine stitched through some of the rows of arrows in a dark grey thread.  My journaling fit nicely under my title, so I added a few lines there.

To add color, dimension and texture around my photo, I tucked in a few Take Me Away tags and some fussy cut stems.  I added some tangled thread as well as more sequins, confetti circles and acrylic circles.

I love the way these arrows create such a fun background design element.  This was a fun color scheme to put together.

Here's a look at the top of the page.  I tucked in another little die cut piece here at the top.  I really love how the fussy cut leaves curl up on their own...makes them look a little more realistic :)

One more close-up of the mixed media work here...I love how this shimmery grey looks.  It pulls all the grey tones from the photos and the layered tag.  I never would've thought to put grey, lilac and gold together, but it happened, and it's so pretty!

Here's my process video of how I created this page if you'd like to check it out...I hope you enjoy!

I truly appreciate you all stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Love Sweet Life / Paige Evans Design Team

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm back today to share another layout for the Paige Evans Design Team, and I used a lot of the Fancy Free collection to create it.  I've been eyeing patterned paper 09 for a while.  It has a lot of multi-colored messy half circles on it.  I've been on a fussy cutting kick lately, so I decided to cut most of them out and create little banners.  I used paper 10 for my background, and I just love the soft light blue watercolor wash look. 

I added some white gesso to the background and then used some Shimmerz Paints to create a messy watercolor look on the background.  I just wanted there to be some messy areas of color peeking through all the banner pieces.  Once that dried, I arranged the half circles, lightly glued them down and then machine stitched through each row.  I embellished with a few tags, some fussy cut flowers, some chipboard, mirror stickers, layered stickers and a few buttons.

I can't get enough of these gorgeous florals!  I fussy cut these flowers from the 6x6 Paper Pad and added a little bit of foam under them to add some dimension.  I also added a bit of tangled thread for a little pop of color and texture.  I also added in a few buttons from Take Me Away.  The last thing I did was ruffle up the edges of the banners to make them look like they were rising up of the page.

I used this beautiful "love" acetate piece from the Fancy Free Ephemera pack and also added in a few of the small shiny silver heart die cuts.  I added more of the fussy cut flowers here layered in between the photo and the tags.  I love how the watercolor looks!

So I just decided to add a few words for my title, and I mixed and matched a die cut, the mirrored words and a chipboard piece.  I love how the mirrored word shines!  Don't forget to pull off the protective film on them :)  I added my third cluster of fussy cut flowers and a button here as well.

I layered a Fancy Free tag and a Take Me Away frame under the photo for some fun pops of yellow.  And more flowers and a button over here to make the page feel balanced out.

Here's one more close can really see the dimension from the banners, the layered sticker, the chipboard, and the pieces that have foam under them.  It's so fun to raise things off the page!

I hope you guys enjoyed this...I do have a process video of this layout.  Enjoy!  And please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by and for watching!

Have a wonderful day, friends!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team 2017

Hey there, friends!  I am extremely excited to share the news that I was invited to be a part of the 2017 Cocoa Vanilla Design Team!  I have loved every single collection that Zoe has come out with, and everything is just so beautiful and inspiring.  I feel so fortunate to be a part of this amazing international team!  I admire all of these talented ladies and can't wait to get started with them.

You can see the full announcement here and find links to all these awesome ladies.

In other scrappy news, I have wrapped up my time on the My Mind's Eye Design Team.  I have been a design team member for 3.5 years.  I will never forget when I randomly received an email from Stephanie Howell asking if I'd be interested in joining the team.  I was in shock and could not believe they chose me!  I have decided to step down from the team for several reasons.  The main reason is the focus of the company seems to be shifting towards party planning, home decor and office supplies.  That is wonderful, but it's just not my thing.  I am a scrapbooker, and that will always be my first love.  I don't want to stay on a team doing something I don't enjoy just for the sake of being on the team.  I'm sure they will still create scrapbook collections, but I just feel like it's time for me to move on and take on other challenges.  I want to stay inspired and enjoy what I do, so this is my decision.  I hope that makes sense!

Thank you all so much for stopping by....I hope you have a fabulous day!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Crazy Eyes / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm back today to share another layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2016 December Hip Kits.  I have been eyeing that beautiful plus sign paper from Maggie Holmes, and I decided to fussy cut a bunch of them out to use as a background design element.  I created a fun heart shape, and I love how it turned out!  I went over the exclusive background paper with some white gesso and then added some Shimmerz.  I combined some Thickers for my title and embellished with some die cuts from Pink Paislee Take Me Away by Paige Evans.  I also used some of those cute little Crate Paper tassels to create a banner.

This photo makes me laugh :D  Paige was chasing me around the kitchen with her arms stretched out like a zombie and I had to snap some pics and take a video.  She's such a funny kid!

After I created the heart and glued down all the plus signs, I machine stitched around the perimeter with silver metallic thread.  I also went through some of the plus signs.  I added the cute Pink Paislee banner and some of the yellow sequins.  I also sprinkled some of the dark silver glitter dots around the page from the Thicker sheet.

Here's another look at the background.  I love how the colors turned out!  I layered a few patterned papers and some of the lilac cardstock behind my photo as well as some tissue paper.

To jazz up the white "crazy" I used a silver metallic pen and lightly created a shadow.  I used my finger to smudge it.  It worked really well on the foam.

I added a few more Pink Paislee pieces here...a fun bright pink tag and one of the epoxy paper clips.  Those are so fun to add to a page!

Finally, here's a closer look at the tassel banner.  I just threaded some pink thread through the holes and arranged it under the photo.  I glued it all down and that's it.  Super easy and cute banner!  My journaling fit nicely right under it.

I really enjoyed making this...I hope you get some inspiration from it!  Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out.

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Lovely Summer Day / Bella Blvd + Process Video

Happy Thursday, friends!  January is in full hard to believe :O  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for Bella Blvd.  This week we are "throwing it back" and using up older scraps.  Out with the old so we can bring the new (goodies)!  I pulled out some papers from the Illustrated Faith Whatever is Lovely collection that I had previously cut into for other projects.  The "Lovely" paper is covered in these beautiful butterflies, so I decided to fussy cut them out.  I also fussy cut "lovely" for my title from the Praiseworthy paper.

I used white cardstock for my base and covered a lot of the area with clear gesso.  I used some of the Illustrated Faith Shanna's Favorites Watercolors to create those pretty splotches and splatters behind the butterflies.  My idea was to have the butterflies look as if they were flying out from behind the photo.  My daughter looks like she's watching them. 

I've learned to always look closely at patterned papers.  You never know when there might be something you can cut out and use as an embellishment or a design piece.  This "lovely" piece makes a great title, and because it's so big, it also makes a big statement.  Here you can see lots of texture created from the butterfly wings.  I used some black thread to stitch through all of their bodies.  To finish my title, I combined some Homespun alphas with some Tiny Text alphas.  I also did a bit of machine stitching.

I love how the butterflies turned out!  Fussy cutting does take time and patience.  I enjoy it, honestly.  I don't like to rush my projects...creating them is the fun part!  So I don't mind doing things that take time like this.  I love how it turned out, and the colors are so pretty.

I added a few papers behind my photo as well as some phrase stickers.  This black dotted paper is from Color Chaos, and the stickers are from Fresh Market.  Bella has so many cute little odds and ends sticker sheets!

I don't scrap with red a lot, but I love how it looks mixed in with these other colors.  I found this perfectly matching scalloped border sticker from Illustrated Faith She Blooms Treasures & Text sticker sheet.  I love the pop of red it gives down in this area.  I added a few more stickers from some of the Little Bits sheets & Trinkets stickers as well as some tangled thread.

Here's one more look at the butterflies and turned out so pretty!

Here's my process video for this...I show how I created this from start to finish.  I hope you enjoy!

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Do You Know How Amazing You Are? / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club featuring the beautiful 2016 December Hip Kits.  My theme for last week was "Clever With Titles," so I decided to go big with and mix and match some alphas. 

I began with some of the Concrete cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I created the word "amazing" in my Silhouette software using the Bromello font.  I enlarged it to run off the sides of the page and then tilted it diagonally.  I backed it with a sheet of the Paige Evans Take Me Away paper, and I love how all the colors look peeking through!  I smudged a lot of white gesso over the cardstock and then used some Shimmerz Paints to create a faint watercolor look.  I machine stitched around the entire word (very slowly and carefully) and embellished with some of the exclusive die cuts and acrylic stars.  The patterned papers are available in the Main Kit and Paper Kit.

Here you can see the fun detail of the stitching.  I love how it makes the word stand out a little bit more and gives it a fun edge.  I combined some of the Amy Tangerine Thickers with the Take Me Away Thickers to finish my title.  I added some Pink Paislee sequins and some Carta Bella Enamel Dots for added detail here and there.

Here's another look at the title and background.  I used some of the Shimmerz Well Blue Me Down Coloringz from the November Color Kit and mixed it with some of the Sweet Mint Color Shine from this month's Color Kit.  I also mixed in some pinks and purples from my stash.

Creating dimension is a great technique to really give your pages an extra bit of interest.  I added some adhesive foam behind all the photos, and you can see how it creates a fun shadow.  I layered in some tangled thread under them and then lined up my title under them.  I used my ruler to make sure everything was lined up perfectly.

Up top here I used some of the super cute exclusive stars that Kim Watson designed.  They matched so well, and there are a lot of them in the package.  This "Love This" tab is also in there.  All of those pieces are in the Project Life Kit.  My photos are a series of cute shots of my daughter in the pool...I love her facial expressions!

These Thickers are so pretty and colorful!  I added some glue under each one to make sure they were stuck down.  Sometimes chipboard doesn't want to stick very well when there is gesso and paint on the paper.

One final close-up of the title and stitching.  You could do this with hand-stitching as well.  If you do this with a machine, just go slowly and take your time!  All those curves take patience :)

Here's my process video if you'd like to see it.  I hope you enjoy it and get some fun ideas to try!

Thank you so much for visiting me today, and have a fabulous day, friends!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Paige Evans Design Team / She's No Ordinary Girl

Happy New Year, friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  I'm very much looking forward to a fun-filled scrappy year!  Today I'm VERY excited to share my very first project of the year and my very first layout for the Paige Evans Design Team!  To say I was over the moon excited when she emailed me is putting it mildly.  I couldn't believe it...this is such a huge honor to design for someone as talented as Paige.  I hope I can do her collections justice!  My photos on this page are of my own little Paige, but the looks on her face are pretty much the looks I had when I was asked to become part of this team! :D

My layout combines the Pink Paislee Fancy Free and Take Me Away collections, both designed by Paige.  I wanted lots of color and fun patterns, so I created a large title.  I used the new Out of Line Alpha cut file from The Cut Shoppe to create the letters.  I cut small squares from a few of the papers, mainly 07 from Take Me Away and 06 from Fancy Free.  Those are the papers with the different colored patchwork squares on them.  I cut each letter from a different paper and arranged the title on paper 15 from Take Me Away (the light purple gradient).  I smudged a lot of white gesso on the background and then used some Shimmerz Paints and gelatos to create the pretty watercolor effect.

I love how the letters turned out!  I added some vellum to each one to make them stand out a little more against the background.  I lightly adhered them all down and then machine stitched over them with different colored thread.  I embellished with a variety of items.  Here I used some of the Fancy Free Puffy Stickers and Ephemera as well as some of the Take Me Away Chipboard Thicker hearts.

I also embellished with some of the buttons from both collections.  I didn't glue the letters down completely flat, so they curl up a bit to create some depth.  I also added a bit of tangled thread behind the photos.

Here's another look at the dimension and texture.  I like to add foam adhesive under my photos a lot to raise them up, and it really makes them pop off the page.  I added a fun tag from Take Me Away here and more thread.

Here's another look at the pretty colors.  I added my journaling underneath everything and talked about my silly girl and her silly faces!

Mixing and matching the collections was a lot of fun.  I used buttons from both lines; Take Me Away also has these adorable bows.  I tried to spread all the colors around the page, so there is a little bit of each color everywhere.

Here's one more close up of all that yummy color and texture!  I also added few stamps using the Fancy Free Roller Date Stamp.

I do have a process video for this, and here it is!  You can see how I created this from start to finish.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and be sure to check the Paige Evans blog every few days for more layouts and projects from the rest of the team!  You won't want to miss it!