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!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Relax / Hip Kit Club + News

Happy 2018, friends!  I hope you all are having a great start to the new year.  Before I talk about my first layout of the year, I wanted to share a few things.

After many, many months (a few years, even) of being on multiple design teams, I have decided to scale back.  This past year was jam packed with assignments, deadlines and just overall "hurry up and get this done so I can start the next one."  I was starting to get sick of it all, to put it mildly.  I felt overwhelmed and chained to my desk.  Something I love so dearly was turning into a chore.  While I felt it was an honor to serve on so many teams, it just consumed me and my time.  So to fix that, I have stepped down from over half my teams.  I stepped down from Bella Blvd back in October.  I wrapped up my time with Precious Remembrance Shop and Thermoweb.  I loved all of these teams, but I just couldn't keep up with the deadlines.  This will be my last month with Cocoa Vanilla Studio, which was a very hard decision to make.  I also stepped down from A Flair For Buttons, which was a team I was on for almost three years.

I will be remaining with the Paige Evans DT, Hip Kit Club and Shimmerz.  I also have the next few months booked with Guest Design spots.  I feel so much better about having more "me" time in my life.  I need more time with my girls and to just be free to do things outside of my craft room.  I want to love scrapbooking again, and I think backing away from so many deadlines will help with that.  I will still be creating and making process videos, and I will now have some time to scrap just for fun (hopefully) and use up some of my never ending mountain of stash!

Okay, so on to my project for today!  This is my latest layout for Hip Kit Club, and I used the 2017 December Hip Kits.  Our theme for Monday was to be inspired by Irit's papers, which was no problem at all because they're stunning!  I fussy cut her beautiful watercolor flowers out and started with those.  I wanted to layer them all around the photo.  I even fussy cut some of the Vicki Boutin packaging and used that above the photo.  I used some of the Turquoise Mist cardstock as my background.  I coated a lot of it with white gesso and then used several shades of blue and aqua Shimmerz over it.  I used the Vibez Snow Way Man from the Color Kit and a few more from my stash to get some different shades.


I decided to create a cluster just below the photo with a mix of fussy cut flowers and some Vicki Boutin die cuts.  I wrote my journaling on this die cut and added a few stamped sentiments from the Crate Paper Good Vibes stamp set.


These kits are really great for mixing and matching.  I added a Crate Paper die cut to the right of the photo and machine stitched around the edges.  I used a Vicki Boutin flower here and a fun Thicker for my title.


Here are some more Vicki Boutin goodies.  I added this leaf stem and I fussy cut this cute bird from one of the paper clips.


Those are Project Life cards under the photo...they're perfect for layering!


I added lots of adhesive foam under all of these pieces.  The dimension looks great, and I love the shadowing effect.


Here's one more look at the packaging I used.  Always take a closer look at the packaging because it can definitely be used as an embellishment!


Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful (and WARM) day!  Brrrrr!  Here's my process video if you want to check it out:



See you soon!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Very Merry Christmas / Hip Kit Club

It's the weekend...woo hoo!  Only a few more days left of 2017.  Crazy!  I wanted to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club with you today.  I used the 2017 December Hip Kits, and even though they aren't holiday themed at all, I made this fun Christmas page!

There are lots of holiday colors throughout the products, and I mixed them together to create a Christmas color scheme.  I began with one of Irit's gorgeous watercolor papers as my background.  I used the Impact font and cut CHRISTMAS out really big using my Cameo.  I backed the open letters with various papers from the kit.  Once that was done, I added some white gesso over a lot of the background.  I wanted to add more color to the background, so I used some pink Shimmerz that came in our Color Kit this month.  I mixed in a few more pinks from my stash and added a bit of Gold Color Shine (from a Color Kit a few years ago!).



Look how shiny it all is!  So pretty.  I love these Thickers...so glittery and gold!  I used some of the small light blue Pinkfresh Studio alpha stickers up top here and that little bird is my favorite!  It's actually the top part of a Vicki Boutin clip, but I just cut the bird out.  I also machine stitched through the title with gold thread.


I had a lot of open "dead" space in my photos...just windows and curtains.  So I overlapped a few die cuts and stickers right on top of them.  I tucked in some light blue thread and a few enamel dots.

I love using a big title like this.  It helps get the design going, and once you have it, it's permanent.  That means you have only so many spots to put your photos and embellishments.  I like that aspect of this technique because it makes the page come together faster.


That flower cluster is another Vicki Boutin clip that I tucked under the photos.  I added some leaves from her die cut pack and some from Crate Paper Good Vibes.  I used one of my scalloped border punches and punched a Project Life card to create this little blue border.  I also used a few of the Pinkfresh Studio stitched vellum stars.  They're perfect for a Christmas page!


I also watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered it around to create the look of "snow."  It's pretty subtle, but I like it :)


And one more close up of the bottom cluster area.  I love mixing and matching chipboard with flat stickers!  Such great dimension!


This was really fun to make, and I love the challenge of creating a holiday page with non-holiday products.  You just have to think outside the box!  Here's my process video if you'd like to see how I made this from start to finish:



Thanks so much for stopping by, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lake Tahoe / SpiegelMom Scraps Guest Designer

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today to share my last project as the SpiegelMom Scraps December Guest Designer.  I've had a wonderful time creating with all of Jody's beautiful sequins mixes, and I want to thank her for having me :)

For my final layout, I used sequins from the Peachy Keeny, On Pointe, Lisa’s Starry Night and Painted Gardens packs.  I began with a large star snowflake cut file by Paige Evans.  It's called Starkflake.  I did a bit of mixed media work on the background using oil pastels, gelatos and some Shimmerz sprays.  I filled in all the snowflake designs with sequins!  It was a lot of fun, and the end result is fantastic.  I totally forgot about my honeymoon photos...haha!  We went to Lake Tahoe back in 2000, and we went snow skiing.  I wanted to mimic all the white and the colors in my jacket.  I used the lines of the cut file to glue down the sequins, and the sparkle factor is just awesome!


I love this color mix...it's so pretty!  Once the sequins were dry, I was brave (and crazy) and machine stitched over some of the lines.  It worked!  I also stitched around the edges using metallic silver thread.


I used the Scotch Tacky Glue to adhere the sequins and it works really great.


I dug into my stash for embellishing.  I used some older silver glitter Thickers for my title as well as some Crate Paper Oasis alpha stamps. I used some tissue paper and a few 3x4 cards from an older Hip Kit behind my photo.


I pulled some die cuts from Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa that matched my photo perfectly.  I used a few Pinkfresh Studio blue puffy stars as well.  I used a few Tim Holtz phrase stickers as well.


I started by lightly tracing the star onto the background with a pencil.  I smudged down some clear gesso first and then used a few Prima Oil Pastels to add some color.  I just scribbled them on and used my finger to smudge the color around.  I also brought in some Shimmerz sprays with some plastic packaging as well as some brush splatters.




This has been such a fun month!  Thanks to Jody for having me this month.  I highly recommend stocking up on all your sequins with SpiegelMom Scraps.  They are amazing!

Here's my video if you'd like to check out how I made this page:



Thanks for stopping in, and have a nice day!