Saturday, August 19, 2017

Noooo! / Precious Remembrance Shop

Happy Saturday, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Precious Remembrance Shop.  I created a back-to-school layout using stamps from these three sets:  School Days, Journey and Sketchy Alphabet


I decided to create a back-to-school layout since my sweet girls went back last week.  These photos are from a few years ago, and I finally scrapped them!  They weren’t too thrilled with me taking their photo…can you tell?  Haha!  I was inspired by that adorable school bus stamp from the School Days Stamp Set.  I made an embellishment from it and then worked my page around it.  I also used stamps from the Journey Stamp Set and Sketchy Alphabet Stamp Set.  I love creating backgrounds on white cardstock, so I did that  and then used the stamps as embellishments and part of my title.  For the background, I scraped some blue and white acrylic paint with a palette knife.  I wanted a bit of texture, so I scraped some modeling paste over a circle stencil.  Once that dried, I used some blue ink sprays over it.  I chose blue because that color contrasted nicely with the photos since they didn’t have a lot of blue in them.

I stamped the school bus on some white textured cardstock.  You can get different looks with textured vs. smooth cardstock.  I like both, and I wanted the bus to look a little bumpy and messy.  I used some watercolors to add color and then cut it out.  I added some foam under it as well as some tangled thread to create dimension.  Here you can see the cool texture from the paste.  I cut the big title on my Cameo using white cardstock.  I used the Watermelon font and stretched it across the page.  It says exactly what my kids were saying…haha!

I love how this area turned out.  I drew a few lines with a pencil and then used the Sketchy Alphabet Stamp Set to finish the title.  The strips to the left are from a Journey Stamp Set stamp.  I just cut into strips and glued them down to make them look typed.  You don’t always have to use stamps as they are.  Think outside the box and create your own look with them!  Don’t be afraid to stamp them on some scrap paper and cut them out.  I used a white piece of packaging from some stickers for that, and it turned out very smooth.  You can see the difference between how that looks and how the bus looks.  Two different kinds of paper gives you a different look.  I added a bit of washi tape down in this area and machine stitched over it.

I love the texture turned out here.  I only glued down parts of this big title so it would sit on top of the crumpled tissue paper.  I love tearing things to make the edges uneven, and I really like how this looks.  Just messy and fun!

I added in a fun flair button from A Flair For Buttons here to complete this cluster area.

I decided to be a bit sarcastic up at the top with the “smile” stamp from the Journey Set.  I’ve learned to just take the photo regardless if my kids are smiling, and I’m glad I did on this day!  Smiles or not, it’s a memory I don’t want to forget.  I stamped it a few times to create a dark to light effect.

I used a few Me & My Big Ideas 3×4 cards as layers here as well as Simple Stories patterned paper.  I added one more stamp right on top of the photos here.  It’s from the School Days Stamp Set, and I stamped it on white packaging.  I cut it out and used some pink ink spray and a gelato to color it.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try with your stamps!  Remember to really study them and think of interesting ways you can use them.  I have a process video here if you’d like to see how I put this layout together.

Thanks so much for stopping by....and have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Together is the Best Place / A Flair For Buttons

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Today I'm sharing a fun layout I created for A Flair For Buttons using some random bits and pieces along with flair from the Date Night and Tell Your Story 1 Flair Sets.  I pulled out some bits and pieces from the Crate Paper Hello Love collection to get started.  I wanted to create a fun "date night" layout using this photo of my husband and me.  I based my color scheme off those little geometric hearts that I fussy cut from patterned paper.  I used white cardstock as my background and scraped some yellow acrylic paint over it using a palette knife.  I mixed in some pink Shimmerz sprays as well.  I added a bit of teal into the mix using a bit of patterned paper behind my photo as well as a few embellishments around the page.

I used three flair buttons.  This one is from the Date Night set.  I used it down below the photo as part of a little cluster.  I used a Crate Paper chipboard heart, a fussy cut heart and the flair button next to the title, which is a MAMBI sticker.  I added some pink thread under the flair button to make it stand out against the white background.

I used another Date Night flair above the photo.  I tucked it in so the words showed just above the photo.  I had a big white heart cut for another project a long time ago just sitting on my desk, so I added some yellow paint around the edges and machine stitched around the edges.  I tucked it in behind the photo, and it made a perfect layering piece.  I also used a few black clear stickers from Simple Stories.

Here you can see that fun heart and the embellishments I added on it.  I did do a bit of machine stitching with black thread in a few places.

I love how this background turned out.  It's hard to see, but I did use a bit of modeling paste through a geometric heart stencil for some extra texture.  I found this grid acetate piece in my stash...I don't even know where it came from!  I just love how it looked, so I used it as a layer.

The third flair I used was this one from the Tell Your Story 1 set.  It matched perfectly.  I tucked it in under the tag I layered under the photo.  I also tucked in an acetate piece from Pinkfresh Studio.  Again, it was a piece I had lying on my desk in my "pile of stuff" that matched :)  It says "awesome," and I mainly used it for the pop of color and cool look.

Here's a closer look at the background work.  I did use a few gelatos in a few spots after I used the Shimmerz and acrylic paint.  To add a bit of aqua in this area I tucked some tangled thread under the photo.

Here's one more close-up of the left side.  More fun paint and beautiful color!  That little pink chipboard heart above the photo is from Heidi Swapp.

Here are the flair sets I used:

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Be sure to check out the A Flair For Buttons Etsy Store for allllll the flair!  Have a great day :)

Monday, August 14, 2017

You Are Straight Up Cute / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, friends :)  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Today I wanted to share another layout for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2017 July Hip Kits.  My theme for this day was "Pick a Color."  I kind of chose three...haha.  I started out with blue, but green worked its way in.  I added touches of gold as well.  I started with the blue/green gradient Amy Tangerine paper and tore it in half.  I added it to some white cardstock to complete the background.  I used some of the Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paints from the June Color Kit on the background.  I smudged a few shades of blue with a palette knife and mixed in some Shimmerz as well.  I used a lot of the Amy Tan clear stickers from the On a Whim Sticker Book, one of the exclusive Hip Kit cut files and some of the flowers from a Dear Lizzy paper.

I wanted to create a lot of different layers, so I tucked a lot of things under the photo.  I used some of the Prima Watercolor Confections from the May Color Kit to color the fussy cut flowers.  I stuck the Amy Tan clear stickers on some white paper and cut those out before sticking them down.  I added some blue tangled thread, an exclusive wood veneer arrow, another Amy Tan heart die cut and a puffy sticker.

Here's the left side of the photo.  I decided to keep the cut file white so it would contrast against the blue. I also machine stitched through the centers of the big leaves  with blue thread.  Here you can see how pretty the gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine splatters look.

I created a big cluster down at the bottom of the page using a lot of the same elements.  Another watercolored fussy cut flower, more clear stickers and die cuts and some machine stitching.

I tried to use as many blue and green pieces from the kits.  These fun pieces here are exclusive Hip Kit elements...I love those puffy stickers!

I fussy cut the black and white pieces here from an Amy Tan paper to start my title.  I added in the exclusive Hip Kit blue puffy alphas to complete it along with some machine stitching.

Here's the top of the page.  By adding the clear stickers to white paper first and then cutting them out, it allows you move them around like an embellishment.  It also gives some dimension and keeps the colors true.  If I had stuck this palm tree on top of this background paper, the colors would look different.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to try with your July Kits!  I do have a process video if you'd like to check it out.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Backyard Summer Paradise / Bella Blvd

Happy Sunday, friends!  I'm back today to share another new layout for Bella Blvd.  I've been in Summer scrapping mode for a while now, and I used a lot of the Illustrated Faith Basics collection to create this fun and bright page.  I have some fun tips to share with you about how I put this together and how you can create it in a simple way.  I used white cardstock for my background, and the cloud cut file is from Hip Kit Club.  I used a few of my favorite techniques here, and I love how this turned out.


After I cut the clouds out, I sorted through the IF Basics 12x12 Paper Pad and chose the papers I wanted.  I based my selections on my photos.  I chose pinks, yellows and blues.

I traced the shapes of each cloud onto the patterned papers and then cut them out.  I glued them behind the open clouds a little off center.  I love how they aren't perfect and you can still see some of the paper outside the clouds.

After each cloud was filled in, I arranged the photos where I wanted them.  It's fun to tuck photos under parts of cut files like this. I also arranged my photos so it looks like she's looking across the page.

To add even more texture and detail, I machine stitched along the bottom of each cloud with white thread.


 I left some of the threads long to add a bit more of a whimsy look.

Now that the bulk of the design is finished, I used some of the Illustrated Faith Acrylic Paints on the background.  I mixed in white with the blue, pink and yellow to lighten them up a bit.

I used a dry brush to paint directly onto the paper.

I also added a bit of paint to some plastic packaging.  I sprayed a bit of water on it and then smudged it down onto the background.  Now the background is ready for the clouds.

Here are some close-ups of the layout.  I added some adhesive foam under the clouds to raise it up off the page.  This creates really nice dimension and shadowing.  Before gluing it down, I did add a bit of tangled thread under it in a few places.  I embellished here with a few flamingos from the IF Basics Cardstock Stickers and Paper Pieces.

I love how this turned out.  I used some of the Tiny Text alphas for my spaced out title.  I made sure that I added background colors that would contrast against the cloud next to it.  This pink cloud really stands out against the yellow.

Here's a close-up of the photo tucked in under the cloud.  As long as you're not covering up anything important on the photo, this is a great technique.  I did add a few of the Ciao Chipboard hearts in a few places.

Here's the bottom of the page.  I broke the title up into three areas.  The pops of blue pull the colors out of the photos.  I wrote a bit of journaling down below that.

I just love the effect of adding machine stitching and adhesive foam under some of the pieces.  Sometimes I love to add color to the Ciao Chipboard, but I liked how it looked plain white on this page.

I also fussy cut a few shapes from the IF Basics Clear Cuts pack including this floral cluster and the flamingo here.

I hope this inspires you to create a fun Summer layout using these fun techniques.  This came together pretty quickly, so it's perfect if you are limited on time.  Give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week ahead!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Moments I Love / Paige Evans Design Team

Hey, friends! Happy Friday!  I’m super excited to share my first layout using the beautiful Turn the Page collection for the Paige Evans Design Team! I decided to use a fun cut file to create some fun angles. I found this cut file in the Just Nick store and I stretched and turned it to fit half of my page. I created a diagonal design on white cardstock and then used several papers from Turn the Page to back the open spots. I chose papers with a solid color effect as well as some with patterns. I chose two color photos of my daughter that matched the collection perfectly and embellished around them. I used both clear and white gesso on the background before adding some watercolors and gelatos in matching colors. And I used a variety of the new goodies all around the photos!

Before adding any embellishments, I machine stitched around each background square using white thread. Once I had my photos where I wanted them, I fussy cut a few butterflies from Paper 04 and combined them with some Chipboard Stickers and clear stickers from the Sticker Book. The colors are just so pretty, and I love the different textures of mixing and matching paper with chipboard.  I love the texture from the cut file, too.

Above the photo, I used a fussy cut speech bubble from Paper 21. There are some really beautiful phrases on them and this one worked perfectly. I added more stickers here from the Sticker Book, a few Puffy Stickers, and another Chipboard Sticker.

Under the photos I placed a beautiful floral die cut from the Ephemera Die Cuts as well as some tangled thread. Aren’t those tiny Puffy Sticker flowers so cute?

For my title, I combined a die cut from the Ephemera Die Cuts and some of the floral alpha stickers from the Sticker Book. I traced around the letters with a metallic gold pen to make them stand out a little more. I added another sticker and a cute butterfly before writing a few lines of journaling.

I added a bit of foam under the photos to raise them up.  This creates some depth once you add embellishments under it.  Seriously every little piece in this collection is so pretty!

Here's one more close-up of the backed cut file and stitching just because it turned out so gorgeous!

I hope this inspires you to get your hands on this new collection!  It's beautiful, for real! Check out my process video if you'd like to see how I made this layout :)

Thanks so much for visiting me!  Have a wonderful weekend!