Friday, April 20, 2018

My Faves Mini Album / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  Happy Friday...yeah!  I have something different to share for a change...haha!  I cretaed a mini album for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I have been wanting to try something out of my comfort zone lately and mini albums fall into that category. I used Paige’s 1 Piece of Paper Mini Album cut file for my project today!


I cut the mini album base from a single piece of white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and then added gesso and lots of ink sprays to each panel. I used several stencils and modeling paste on some of the panels to add some fun texture. I used a sunburst stencil on the cover along with some pink ink spray. I titled this “My Faves” to document several photos of me and my girls. I used a piece of foiled patterned paper from the Pick-Me-Up 6x6 Paper Pad to create a small spine for the album and I tucked in a bit of Pick-Me-Up Washi Tape before machine stitching it down. To close the album, I glued two buttons on top of a tiny piece of foam and wound some dark blue floss around them. I tied one of the Oh My Heart Heart Charms on the end for added cuteness.


Some of my stitching overlapped some of the Pick-Me-Up Rub-Ons here, but I don’t mind, I think it makes it look even more homemade. I also used some Pick-Me-Up Stickers here as well as the 2x2 Paper Pads and Ephemera Die Cuts. The way the cut file folds allows for several little pockets for tucking in tags, which I topped with some Turn the Page Ribbon.


Here I wrote a bit of journaling and added some fussy cut butterflies from the Pick-Me-Up Washi Tape as well as another Rub-On.


I also cut several of Paige’s cut files to add some of the pages. This one is the Heart Group cut file which I topped with more Pick-Me-Up Stickers.


This is the Circles Doily cut file and I added a cute pink bow from the Pick-Me-Up Ephemera Die Cuts.


This is the Heart Word Happy cut file and I used some Pick-Me-Up Puffy Stickers and Rub-Ons here.


I tucked in a flower here from the Flower Cluster cut file. More Pick-Me-Up Puffy Stickers and Rub-Ons on the right side.


I did some fussy cutting here from the Pick-Me-Up 6x6 Paper Pad and added more Rub-OnsWashi TapeStickers, and a piece of an Ephemera Die Cut. I also used the “happy” positive piece from the Heart Word Happy cut file.


I love how this page turned out. I used a flower stencil to create some texture and then added the Heart Love cut file over it. I topped it with some tiny Pick-Me-Up Puffy Stickers.


This was an easy way to create a clasp to keep the album closed. I’m terrible at tying bows so all I have to do here is wind the floss around the button on the back.


Here you can see the spine and how it’s stitched onto the front and back. I love that pop of dark blue.


Even though I struggle with mini albums, this was a lot of fun to put together. It’s fun to change things up and try something different. And my favorite thing about this is that it’s made from only one sheet of paper!

You can watch how I put this whole thing together here in my process video:



Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hey Kitty / Bramble Fox Guest Designer

Hello again, friends!  I'm back today with my second layout as the April Guest Designer for Bramble Fox.  The sweet gals over there were kind enough to send me several packages of their awesome acrylic shapes and phrases to play with.  I incorporated three pieces on this page.  I pulled out some older Dear Lizzy Neopolitan papers and stickers to create this, and I used Paige Evans' Back This Font cut file.

I used a floral patterned paper from the collection for my background.  To fade out a lot of the pattern, I covered a lot of the paper with white gesso.  This gave me some white space to play with and it makes everything stand out and not get lost in the background.  I used some Shimmerz Creameez on the background...Piggy Pink, Just Peachie & Good Ol' Summer Time.  I also used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Butter.  I added some Shimmeringz in Concrete at the end to pull out some of the grey tones.


I enlarged the letters to make a big title and backed all the letters with bits of patterned paper.  I love the colors in this collection...so soft and pretty!  I also added some adhesive foam under them to raise them off the page.  I used the light pink open border piece here at the bottom.  I think it looks really cute under the title.  I added a few stickers on top of it and wrote my journaling under it.


This piece was perfect in the spot between the title words.  These acrylic pieces are very versatile because you can color them if you want.  You could color them with a Sharpie or add some gesso and then paint them.


This spot was perfect for this cute little cloud.  I added some patterned papers behind my photo and then tucked in a few flower stickers and fussy cut leaves.


This is why I like to add foam behind things...it creates a fun shadow effect and just makes the whole layout seem a bit more 3D.


I fussy cut this flower cluster to add in over here.  I like the pop of color in this area.


I also fussy cut this flower cluster and used a few more flower stickers under it.  I also added some grey thread around the photo.


Here's one more close-up just because :)


I hope this inspires you in some way!  Be sure to check out Bramble Fox for some really adorable scrapbooking and crafting goodies!  One more thing...here's my process video if you'd like to watch how this page came together.



Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'll see you soon!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sense of Humor Required / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2018 April Hip Kits. This week we are using the April Moodboard as inspiration.  DT member Jill Sprott designed it, and it's amazing!  I was inspired by the bright colors, the wonky scallops and the messy stitching.


I love how my page turned out!  It took several twists and turns along the way.  I used lots of the patterned papers from the Main Kit and a few Cardstock sheets to create some layered scalloped borders.  I just hand cut them and made them different lengths and widths.  I wound up trimming them down to create a smaller frame for my photo.  Since my photo is documenting a crazy fun restaurant experience, I wanted the page to be a bit wild and crazy :D


I used clear gesso on my white cardstock background first and then used several Distress Oxides to create some messy color.  The Abandoned Coral and Squeezed Lemonade come in this month's Color Kit.  I also used a few colors from past Color Kits.  I went over all that color with some white gesso to tone it down a bit since I had so much color going on with the papers.  I machine stitched through the frame to add some texture and then tucked some colored thread under it.  Next came all the embellishing.


Down below the frame, I decided to go even more rainbow and added a lot of colorful machine stitching.  I added the title on top of it.  I decided to paint the white exclusive alphas from the Main Kit with some black acrylic paint.  I used some of the Shimelle glitter enamel dots to finish that area off.


Here you can see how cool the Distress Oxides look.  I fussy cut this camera from one of the Paige Evans Pick-Me-Up papers and added a few of the die cuts from the same collection.  I also used a few Pinkfresh Studio puffy stickers.


I jazzed up the left side of the page by tearing a strip of the cardstock off and attaching a piece of the black and white Dear Lizzy paper behind it.  I smudged some white gesso over it to tone down some of the black spots.  I used some of the leftover frames from the beginning and tucked them in.  I hadn't even planned on doing this, but it just happened, and I love how it looks!


I used a few of the Shimelle alphas here and a Pinkfresh Studio Chipboard Sticker.


Here's one last close-up of the layers.  I used a few Project Life cards behind my photos to add a few pops of color.


I hope this inspires you to use our moodboard for your next project.  It's so fun and you can interpret it in so many ways!  I hope you'll check out my process video here to see how I put all this together.



Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Lovely / Shimmerz Education Team

Hello, friends!  I'm back today to share a layout for the Shimmerz Education Team created with lots of different Shimmerz products...woo hoo!  I love starting out with plain white cardstock and making a page from scratch.  I began by pulling out some Shimmerz sprays that I don't use very often or haven't used in a while.  I wanted to make them work together.

I coated my textured white cardstock with clear gesso first while it was stuck to my Cameo cutting mat.  I knew I wanted to cut shapes out of it, and this would help it stay smooth.  I basically just sprayed, splattered and used plastic packaging to cover the entire paper with color.  I used Coloringz Moody Mauve, Mama Sings the Blues & Well Blue Me Down, and Vibez Pink Moscato & Mustard Seed to begin with.  I love how the color scheme turned out.  Next I added in some Shimmerz Peacock's Plume & Christmas Cheer as well as Creameez 1 Hot Mama.  After everything dried, I cut out the Simple Flower Background cut file by Paige Evans.  I wound up using both the positive and negative cuts because everything turned out so pretty!


Here you can see the beautiful shimmer and shine from all the sprays and paints.  I just kind of dropped a pile of the flowers onto the paper and glued them down as they landed.  I love how all the overlapping creates such awesome texture and depth.  I also added in a few sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.


No matter how many times I used Shimmerz, I am in awe every time of how pretty the sparkle and shine is!


I used bits and pieces from last year's Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.  The colors matched my Shimmerz choices perfectly.  I layered in some golden yellow thread here as well as some beautiful metallic thread sent to me by a great scrappy friend :)  I also did some background machine stitching using white thread.


I love how the stitching creates such subtle yet interesting detail.  I used a sparkly puffy sticker from the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection for my title.


I fussy cut the heart from patterned paper and overlapped it onto the photo with a few of the flowers peeking out from around it.  I topped it off with more sequins.  I added my journaling down at the bottom using a metallic silver pen.  One of the last things I did was splatter some Concrete Shimmeringz over everything.


Here's another shot of the pretty sparkles.  Seriously just so pretty :)


I added a bit of Paste-eez Puttin' on the Glitz to a few of the flowers just using my fingers to smudge it on.  It dries clear but very glittery.  I added a chipboard camera and a sun sticker over to the left of the page.  I love how it looks layered behind some of the flowers.


One last close-up of all the sparkle!  Here you can see where I added the Paste-eez.  So awesome!


I hope this inspires you to pull out some white cardstock and use some Shimmerz to create your own color scheme and design.  You can create so many embellishments using a die cut machine or punches.  This was lots of fun to make...I hope you enjoyed it!

Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:




Thanks for stopping in!


Supplies Used:
Creameez--1 Hot Mama
Shimmeringz--Concrete



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sweet Summer / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Hip Kit Club.  I got the 2018 April Hip Kits this weekend…woo hoo!  I had to start creating with them right away.  I was in the mood to fussy cut something, and as soon as I saw the beautiful Dear Lizzy Flower Child paper in the Main Kit I knew I had to use those tiny flowers.  I took some time to cut all of them out.  I wanted to create a burst of flowers on my page, and I love how it turned out.  I tore the Dear Lizzy Sweetness paper in half and used it on the background as well.  I used a lot of white gesso first and then added some modeling paste through the stencil from the Color Kit.  I added color over that using the Squeezed Lemonade and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxides from the Color Kit as well as a few other colors from previous Color Kits.


I also fussy cut some flowers from the Dear Lizzy Let’s Boogie paper to scatter around the design.  I added a Pebbles dimensional flower sticker here beside the photo.


The alphas this month are just gorgeous!  They are both exclusive to the kits this month.  The white alphas are in the Main Kit, and the ombre alphas are in the Embellishment Kit.  I embellished here with one of the exclusive floral puffy stickers, a metallic gold puffy leaf, and another puffy sticker from Pinkfresh Studio.


These exclusive florals are simply beautiful this month…I just love them, and they’re perfect for Spring or Summer pages!


I love the texture you can create using the stencil.  I used it to add some interest to my background here under all the flowers.


Although this did take a lot of time to do, I love how all the flowers look all clustered together like this.  This is just one way you can use a patterned paper in a unique way.  You don’t always have to just use it “as is.”  Look at the shapes and don’t be afraid to cut something out.


Here’s one more close-up just because the colors are so pretty :)


I hope this inspires you to fussy cut some shapes from your patterned papers.  I hope you love the 2018 April Kits as much as I do.  They are so much fun to play with!  I have a process video here if you’d like to check it out:



Thanks for stopping in, and I'll see you soon with another project!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Happy Always / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends! I have a new layout to share for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring one of Paige’s FREE cut files - I used Freebie #3 which is a beautiful cluster flowers. I used mostly the Pick-Me-Up collection, but there are papers from Turn the PageOh My Heart, and Take Me Away as well. That’s the fun thing about backing cut files like this… you can mix and match lots of papers. I cut the flower cluster three times using my Silhouette Cameo to create three clusters for my design. I a photo for each cluster and embellished with some Pick-Me-Up StickersChipboard Stickers, and Ephemera Die Cuts.


It does take some time to back intricate cut files like this, but it’s always a beautiful result. I added some colored thread behind the clusters to add a bit more color and texture. I fussy cut a few frames from Pick-Me-Up Paper 19 to add as a layer behind each photo.


I used half of Pick-Me-Up Paper 23 in the center of the layout. I smudged some white gesso over parts of it to “dirty” it up a bit and so I could add some inks. I used various ink sprays on the background to match the colors in the flowers. I also added some white and gold splatters with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine. I machine stitched down the edges of the center paper with white thread for a bit more interest and texture.


I used a few of the Pick-Me-Up Stickers for my title. I love when you don’t have to think too hard to come up with a title - the stickers do all the work! I also machine stitched through them with gold thread. I used a flower cluster from the Pick-Me-Up Ephemera Die Cuts as well.


Here are a few more detailed close-ups of all the pretty things :)




This was a lot of fun to put together. Using a cut file like this really helps your design come together quicker because they take up a lot of space - you only have a little area left for your photos to go. The rest is just embellishing to your liking! I hope this inspires you in some way!  Be sure to check out my process video below:



Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!