Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sweet / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I wanted to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club today using the 2018 January Hip Kits.  This is my first page using the new kits, and my assignment for this was to focus on the Vicki Boutin Watercolor Stickers in the Main Kit.  These kits are so pretty and colorful, and so I chose to watercolor the flowers and leaves from the Sticker Sheets.  It's super easy to do, and you can customize any color scheme you want.

I used the Distress Oxides from the Color Kit and my water brush to paint the flowers.  I also pulled in the Distress Oxides from the November Color Kit.  So I had pink, orange, green and blue to work with.  I also added a few drops of some Shimmerz sprays from other Color Kits and my stash to add some shading to the flowers.


I wanted the centers of the flowers to be darker to make them look more realistic and to create some depth.  I also used some of Vicki's stickers to the right of the flowers and watercolored a little over them.  I wanted them to stay mostly white so they'd pop against the background.


These stickers are great for layering just like this.  There are a ton of different shapes...not just flowers.  The possibilities are endless.  I used a few torn strips of exclusive patterned papers behind my photo.  I love the black and white stripes, and it inspired me to scrap this photo of me and my daughter.  I love how her striped shirt matches the paper :)


For my background, I used a sheet of the Ocean Breeze Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  It's smooth and thick and handles mixed media very well.  I smudged a lot of white gesso down over the background, including the torn patterned papers.  Once it dried, I used more of the Distress Oxides.  I stamped them onto some plastic packaging and smooshed it down onto the paper.  I also used a brush to create splatters.  The black ink spray is from my stash.


I used a Project Life card behind my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.  Here you can see some machine stitching I did along the edge of the paper.


I used a few of the American Crafts Memory Planner stickers from the Project Life Kit on this layout...they're so cool.  They're colored but clear, and you can definitely use them on layouts and not just planners or calendars.  I added a few of the Pinkfresh Studio Puffy Hearts from the Main Kit and a label sticker.  I went simple with the title and used a big Thicker, which is in the Embellishment Kit.


Here's one more close-up of all the texture and dimension.


I hope this inspires you in some way!  It was fun to get messy and paint those stickers.  I can't wait to use them again soon!  Be sure to check out my process video here to see how I created this.



Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Crazy, But Also Adorable / Shimmerz Education Team + NEW COLORS!

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today to share my first Shimmerz Education Team layout for 2018.  I used many of the NEW Shimmerz colors.  I began this page with the left over butterflies I had on my Cameo cutting mat after using the Moths Background by Paige Evans.  I used the outline on a different layout, and I couldn't just throw these guys away.  So I decided to paint them, and I'm so glad I did!

I used several new gold shades as well as a pink and a red.  The common theme here is GOLD.  They all have gold powders mixed in, so they not only dry a pretty color, but they have gold shimmer.  I used the new Vibez Pink Moscato and Rose Gold Red as well as Shimmerz Christmas Cheer, Moulin Rouge and Moonrock.  I also used Blingz Gold N Roses.  I did add in some Inklingz Miner Miner 49er at the end.  I think these colors made a fantastic color scheme.


Look at this...can you see the gold glimmer and shimmer?  This was VERY easy to do.  All I did was literally spray them or paint them.  The colors did all the work!  I glued down all the butterflies and machine stitched through some of them with gold thread.  Here at the top behind the butterflies, I used some of the Blingz Gold N Roses with some plastic packaging to get some subtle color down.


I think I could look at this all day!  This yellow color is the Shimmerz Christmas Cheer.  The deep pink is the Vibez Pink Moscato.


I created a photo strip of some silly photos of my daughter and arranged the butterflies above it.  I sorted through my stash and pulled out a Freckled Fawn wood veneer and some Crate Paper vellum die cuts that matched well.  I stamped the rest of my title below the photo using the Crate Paper Oasis stamps and a gold ink pad.


I went pretty simple on embellishing since the butterflies were already doing a lot for the design.  I did add some vellum and a piece of pink patterned paper under the photo as well as some adhesive foam for dimension.


My favorite thing about using butterflies like this is you can bend up the wings and create some awesome dimension.


One more close-up just because they're gorgeous :)


This was SO much fun to make!  You have to try out the new colors.  There are even more that I didn't use on this page...some greens and blues, so go check them out in the store!  Be sure to check out my process video here to see how I created this and get a closer look at the paint colors.


Thank you for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies Used: 
Vibez--Pink Moscato, Rose Gold Red
Shimmerz--Christmas Cheer, Moulin Rouge, Moonrock
Blingz--Gold N Roses
Inklingz--Miner Miner 49er



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pick Me Up Layout / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends! I’m beyond excited to be sharing my first layout for the Paige Evans Design Team using her NEW collection, Pick-Me-Up! It’s full of beautiful, rich colors, amazing patterns, and lots of fun embellishments. I dove right in and started sorting through all the pretty papers. I used one of Paige’s new cut files for this, the Heart Wreath cut file available in the Silhouette Store and die cut it from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I used a lot of the new patterned papers to back each of the hearts. I decided to go big with my photo and enlarged this sweet image of my grandma and my daughter. I used Pick-Me-Up Paper 16 as my background and added some mixed media to it. I smudged some white gesso in a big circle with my fingers to fade out some of the patterned paper behind the cut file. Next, I used a variety of pink ink sprays along with some teal and gold to add a bit more color.


Once the background was dry, I machine stitched a bunch of messy circles using white thread. I wanted to add more texture behind the cut file and this was a subtle way to do it without making everything look busier. I popped up the entire cut file and photo using some foam adhesive. I also added in several teeny tiny hearts from the Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Stickers. They are so cute!


I wanted to go minimal on the embellishments and title since the hearts and photo are the main design elements. I layered in a Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Sticker and added a phrase that I cut from Paper 01.  I also added in a small pink “Always” sticker from the Sticker Sheet.


I layered a few goodies here for a small title.  This is a combination of the Stickers, Chipboard Stickers and a phrase from a patterned paper that I cut out.


Over on the left, I added in two more Chipboard Stickers. I love the gold foiling! I tucked in some yellow and aqua thread under the cut file for added color and texture. I really love how the adhesive foam creates such awesome dimension.


One more close-up of that awesome dimension!  Adding the adhesive foam makes all the difference :)

I hope this inspires you to pick up this beautiful collection and make something awesome with it! You won’t be disappointed… it’s very beautiful! I had a blast making it and I know you’ll love it as well.  I have a process video here as well.



Thanks for stopping by!




Monday, January 15, 2018

Drama Llama / Hip Kit Club

Hello, friends!  Happy Monday :)  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club using the 2017 December Hip Kits, and I must admit that I was SO excited to use these adorable llamas from Crate Paper!  I was bound and determined to find a way to use them, and I remembered my daughter had a cute llama shirt that she had never worn.  I might have done a little photoshoot with her to get these pictures just so I could use the llamas…haha!  That’s a true scrapbooker right there   I used both the December Color Kit and the Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide from the November Color Kit on my background as well as a few colors from my stash.  I hand drew and fussy cut my large title words from patterned papers from the Main Kit and embellished with some Vicki Boutin flowers, Crate Paper Stickers and pom pom frames, and of course, the Crate Paper llamas.  The big chipboard one is in the Embellishment Kit.


I layered the smaller one behind the bigger one to create a little depth.  I love how my daughter’s arm looks like she’s reaching out to pet the llama.


I mixed and matched the papers up to create this fun title and then I stitched through it with white thread.  I added a few Pinkfresh Studio puffy star stickers and a few Create Paper die cuts.  I also added in a few Crate Paper stamps, which are in the Project Life Kit.


I cut this cute pom pom frame in half so I could put part at the top of the photos.  They give such a fun and festive vibe.  Those light blue puffy alphas are from Pinkfresh Studio, and they’re in the Embellishment Kit.


The Vicki Boutin die cuts are so fun to layer together and mix and match with the Crate Paper stickers and leaves.


Here’s one more close-up of all that awesome color and texture.


This was SO much fun to make!  I’m so happy to have used those llamas!  They would work really well with any photos of children being dramatic as well…haha!  I love the quote “Save the drama for your llama.”  Get creative with it!  Be sure to check out my process video to watch how I put this all together.


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

Friday, January 12, 2018

You Make Me So Happy / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Happy Friday, friends!  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  I decided to go with a blue monochromatic color scheme for this project.  I sorted through all the Cocoa Vanilla collections I own and pulled out all the blue papers.  I was surprised to see how many shades of blue there were!  I used this beautiful Paige Evans Moths Background cut file and cut it on white cardstock.  I backed each one with a blue paper, and I just love mix of lights and darks.  I used the beautiful wood grain paper from Bohemian Dream as my background.  I coated a lot of it white gesso first and then used a few different shades of blue inks sprays over that.  I wanted more blue to peek out from around the cut file and in between all the butterflies.


I added some foam adhesive under all the butterflies to raise them up off the page.  I love the dimension this creates, and it really just makes the layout come to life.  I tucked my photo in to the left of the cut file and overlapped them.


I went small with the title and used this fun banner sticker from the Hello Lovely Accessory Stickers.  I didn’t want to add a large title because there really wasn’t anywhere to put it.  I didn’t want to cover up the butterflies or make them look busier.


I added this sticker from Wild At Heart here, and I love the pop of dark blue it gives.


I used a few things under my photo for layering.  I pulled a dark blue chipboard frame from Wild At Heart and also a fun die cut frame from Life is Beautiful.  I also added a few Life is Beautiful heart stickers and a gorgeous blue leaf stem from Bohemian Dream.  I love how the water in this photo looks like the background paper.  They both have lines, and I thought it matched very well.


Here’s a few final close-ups of the layering and dimension.  I really love how it turned out!



I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next layout.  When you don't know how to begin, just choose one color and gather everything in that color.  This helps to limit what you can use and sort of forces you to make it work without having allllll that other stuff to choose from.  It's a fun challenge to try, and the results are going to be awesome!

Be sure to check out my video here if you'd like to see more of the creative process.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fabulous FRIDAY!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

It's All Good / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2017 December Hip Kits, and I began with some goodies from the Color Kit.  I used the beautiful floral stencil and scraped some of the Shimmerz Paste-eez over it.  It's a smooth texture paste that dries clear and has some glittery sparkle to it once it's dry.  I went over that with some of the Creameez Berry Hot and Vibez Snow Way Man and added in a few more colors from my stash.  I wanted a textured watercolor background.

I must have changed my mind a dozen times once I finished the background, but I finally decided to turn the page and create a horizontal design.  Once I started adding things on top of the background, it just seemed too much.  I softened it up by adding a torn piece of vellum over it.  I went with a pink, red and light blue color scheme with a bit of peachy orange thrown in.  I picked out a lot of embellishments in those colors and started layering in and around the photo.


Here you can see the texture from the paste and stencil.  I love it!  I brought in some black elements to match the photo.  I used some Vicki Boutin stickers and die cuts here at the bottom, and the title is from the Crate Paper Good Vibes Stickers.  Those are both in the Project Life Kit.  I smudged a bit of white gesso over it to tone down the black a bit.  I also added in a bit of blue machine stitching.


Here on this side I tucked in a few Pinkfresh Studio die cuts, more Vicki Boutin flowers, some Pinkfresh Studio puffy stars and a Crate Paper chipboard sprig.  Most of this is from the Embellishment Kit.  I love all the dimension here.  Layering is such a great technique!


I had cut a bunch of stars from one of Irit's papers for my first layout with these kits, and I saved the paper.  I cut around some of the stars here and tucked those in for a pop of that light blue.  Never throw away your scraps because they can come in handy for things like this!  All the papers are from the Main Kit.  I used a Crate Paper die cut behind my photo, which I ran through my edge distresser.  I also did a straight stitch across the vellum.  That's a piece of Crate Paper patterned paper behind it.  I love the pop of colors it gives behind the vellum.


 Here's the top of the photo area...I tucked in a little Vicki Boutin sticker and machine stitched around the edge of the photo.  I added some black ink splatters at the end to finish it off.


I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try with your kits!  Don't be afraid to pull out a few things from your stash to add to it...like vellum or thread.  Here's my process video:



Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Friday, January 5, 2018

In the Snow / Paige Evans DT

Hello, friends, and Happy FRIDAY! Today I’m sharing a new winter layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  It features a variety of products from all four of Paige’s collections: Turn the PageOh My HeartTake Me Away, and Fancy Free. I also used two of her Silhouette cut files: Snowflake Border and the Paige Font cut files. I love sorting through all of the collections and finding bits and pieces that coordinate for a certain theme. I’m scrapping an older photo of me and my husband from our honeymoon in Lake Tahoe which is pretty much the only time I’ve ever seen snow! Once is enough… haha! I ungrouped the Snowflake Border cut file and cut lots of snowflakes on patterned papers from each of the collections. I wanted to create the look of snowflakes falling all around the photo. I used some pink, gold, and light aqua ink sprays on the background using some plastic packaging and some splattering.


I wanted to mix and match silver and gold on this page and I think they look great together. I used some of the gold foiled stickers from the Turn the Page Sticker Book to add in some pops of gold. I used Turn the Page Paper 07 for some gray snowflakes as well as some silver thread to add pops of silver. I adhered the foiled stickers to some vellum to make them a little less transparent and I also added in some white tangled thread behind it to make it stand out a bit more against the busy background. I watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered it around with a brush to mimic the feeling of snow.


This fun “Heck Yes” piece is from the Take Me Away Chipboard Stickers. It was just the right sentiment and color for this layout so I overlapped it over the photo. I wanted another touch of white, so I fussy cut a bit of a white scalloped border from Oh My Heart Paper 17 and added it under the photo. To add some layers under my photo, I fussy cut two 3x4 pieces from Take Me Away Paper 24. I finished off the layers with some tissue paper and adhesive foam.


I love the Paige Font! I cut it on white cardstock and it reminds me of snow piling up on the bottom. I added some vellum behind the open areas and popped the letters up and wedged them in between some of the snowflakes. I finished off the title by adding in some of the dark blue alpha stickers from the Turn the Page Sticker Book. I’ve been using Paige’s 30-page #StickerBook a lot lately and this fun speech bubble sticker and little pink heart are from that.


Cutting pieces like this on multiple patterned papers is a great way to get lots of different colors and patterns on your page without being too overwhelming.  And snowflakes are perfect because they're all shaped differently and look great layered on top of each other like this.  I did a bit of machine stitching through a few of the bigger ones.


I added another gold foiled sticker here that I stuck to vellum.  I love how the mint thread looks here.


Scrapping an older winter photo was a lot of fun! I especially love the challenge of creating a page like this with products that aren’t necessarily winter-themed. I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired!  Check out my process video for lots more details:



Thanks for stopping by!