Monday, January 23, 2017

Let Me Love You a Little More / A Flair For Buttons

Happy Monday, lovely friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend :)  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for A Flair For Buttons.  I began this project by choosing some of my stash to work with.  I've had the Fancy Pants Happy Place collection for a while and just haven't had the chance to use it.  So I pulled it out and sorted through my flair stash.  I chose four that matched these colors, but I only wound up using two.  I used one from the Love You set and one from the Face Flair set, which is those adorable emjoi faces.

I began with this really cool black and white text patterned paper.  I love that it's busy, but it's also neutral in color and pattern.  I decided to use it as my background, so to take out some of the busy factor I used a lot of white gesso to fade some of the center of the pattern.  I knew I wanted to create a big die cut title as part of my main design, so in order for that to stand out, I needed to take away some of the busy background text.  Once the gesso was dry, I ran the sheet through my Cameo, cutting the quote I found on Pinterest.  I used some coordinating Shimmerz Paints and the packaging technique to add lots of watercolor before I pulled the paper off my sticky mat.  Then I used mostly papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad a few of the 3x4 cards to back all the open letters.

I love how this quote turned out.  This font is called Sunrise International.  One thing I love about using big die cut quotes like this is that they take up a lot of space.  And they're in a fixed spot, so you have to work around it.  You have limited spots to place your photos and embellishments, so in a way I think it makes the layout come together quicker.  I machine stitched through each line and added a cute flower cluster die cut and a few yellow sequins from SpeigelMom Scraps.

Isn't this emjoi flair the cutest?  I layered it right onto my photo.  The way my arm curves in the photo created the perfect spot for it.  I raised my photos up a bit with adhesive foam and added a few of the 3x4 cards to add color.  I added a little next of light pink thread under the flair, and I added a fussy cut geometric heart to the right as well as a few die cut flowers and sequins.

This flair matched perfectly, too.  I love the little typewriter!  On this side, I layered in a few patterned die cut tabs, more flower die cuts and more sequins.  I love how this cluster turned out.

Here's one more close-up of the title area.  I love the mix of the navy blue.  I don't tend to use that color a lot since I usually go for bright colors, but I love the contrast here with all the other colors.  I love how the texture of the paper mixed with gesso and paint looks here.

Here are the flair sets from the store:

I did film this process, so here's the video if you'd like to check it all out.  I hope you get some fun ideas to try!

Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great week!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Little Moments / Hip Kit Club

Happy Saturday, friends!  I feel like it has been forever since I posted.  It's been a slow scrappy week for me, sharing wise...mostly because I have several projects that I created for Creativation 2017 that I can't share here yet.  Hopefully next week I can show you what I made for Bella Blvd!

Until then, I'm sharing my newest layout for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2016 December Hip Kits.  This is my final page using these kits before moving on to the January Kits!  I started with this beautiful butterfly cut file that Jessica designed.  If it's not already loaded into the Hip Kit website downloads folder, it will be soon, so keep looking for it!  I cut it on the beautiful watercolor striped Take Me Away patterned paper.  On the white cardstock background, I added some clear gesso first and then used several Shimmerz Paints and some plastic packaging to create the messy watercolor splotches.  After I adhered the butterflies, I hand stitched around the edges with matching embroidery thread.  I love how it turned out!

I love how hand stitching gives such great detail and texture, plus it really made the butterflies pop off the page.  For embellishing, I didn't want to add too much since the butterflies were already pretty busy.  I used some of the exclusive die cut words designed by Kim Watson, a few of the exclusive acrylic stars, some enamel dots, some of the Amy Tangerine white foam flower stickers, and a few fussy cut leaves from one of the exclusive patterned papers.

I love these photos...Reese was just enjoying the afternoon air out on our patio and I just kept snapping away at her like we were at a photoshoot :)  Here, I used a few bits of patterned paper to layer behind the photos as well as some tissue paper.  I created the title using more of the white foam Thickers and some of the Take Me Away Thickers.  I also used some matching thread for added detail, color and texture.

I did the same thing over on this side.  I'm so happy there are purple elements in the kits!  It was fun adding that hard-to-scrap color into the mix this month.  I did add some adhesive foam under my photos to give them some depth.

I love these sketchy leaves!  I fussy cut them from one of the exclusive patterned papers.  I love the pop of black and white they give.  You could do this and even color the leaves in.  That would be pretty, too!

Here's one last close up of the top area.  I'm really happy with how this turned out!

I do have a process video for this page if you'd like to see how it came together.  I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas!

Thank you so much for watching and stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!!

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!