Paper Plane Layout

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The morning Fox said there were no layouts of him I started taking soooo many pictures! Even inside church :)
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PAPER PLANE by Paige Evans
DESCRIPTION: Give me a good stitching project and I'm a happy girl! I started binge watching Grey's Anatomy for the first time when I began this layout and I'm hooked! Can't believe after 13 years it's still on! When I announced we were moving to Seattle a few people mentioned being close to "Meredith and Derek" which I had no idea what they were talking about... but then I put 2 and 2 together and realized they were talking about Grey's Anatomy since it's based in Seattle. Anyway, now I'm hooked!
JOURNALING SAYS: We'll do almost anything to keep you happy and entertained during sacrament, even build paper planes! But of course you have to wait and fly them later!
HOW TO: Paper piece airplanes onto the B side of Paper 08 then stitch around them. Also stitch "flight trails" (I just freehanded them with a pencil). Layer a pair of photos over die cuts then create a Thickers title on the right side. Embellish down the right side with die cuts, wood veneer, chipboard stickers, and an epoxy paper clip. Journal with a pencil along the stitched flight trails.
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, Thickers, wood veneer, epoxy paper clip, chipboard stickers, die cuts: Take Me Away by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Pencil, adhesive: American Crafts; Floss: DMC
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I'm loving making all these pages for my cute Fox!

Staufen, Germany

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Over President's Day weekend we packed our bags and explored a new-to-us part of Germany - the Black Forest or Schwarzwald. It's pretty much what you think of when you think "Germany": small town fairytale too-cute-to-be-true colorful villages.

The weather was a little grey and overcast, but it stayed dry and the sun peaked out now and again. For February, we'll take it! 
Our two adventurers. 
They also make the best models for photos. 
Staufen is small and off the beaten path, but has a lot of charm. It is surrounded by vineyards and has the ruins of a castle high up on a hill above it.
Flower market! 
The Marktplatz is a cozy square with a fountain and the town hall. 
The town hall was restored in 2007 and during the restoration they installed an "environmentally friendly" heat pump. But, as engineers were drilling deep into the ground behind the town hall to do so, they punctured a layer of anhydrite, a mineral that soaks up ground water and turns into a bigger mineral called gypsum. This has caused the ground underneath town to rise as much as a centimeter a month. If you look closely at the facade of the white town hall above and below, you can see large cracks running up and down it. Basically all the buildings in town are showing the same growing cracks and all are at risk. So sad.
Colorful alleyways.
While exploring we found a super fun toy store! We enjoyed looking at all the interesting toys and games. 
An old linotype machine, a type of printing press, in a nearby store.
Leaving the square we walked down the main drag, Haupstraße. I LOVE wrought iron signage.

Strict building codes are enforced here. Only certain colors can be used and all the shutters on a building must be uniform. 
The fun part is that since this isn't a very touristy town, all the shops along here offer real services, not just souvenir trinkets. The downtown is full of shops like bakers and butchers and pharmacies, etc.
Looking back down the main street.

At the end of the Haupstraße is another square which shows off one of the major economic activities in this region: wine production. There is a gigantic old wine press here along with a still used bottling co-op where local vintners bottle and sell their wine. 
Staufen was also home to the real life Dr. Faust, as made famous in Göthe's (essentially the German Shakespeare) seminal work.
In the early 16th century a popular and successful doctor/scientist/fortune teller/alchemist named Johann George Faust was brought to town to produce gold. He lived and worked in this house at #47 and while experimenting with various chemical processes he was killed in an accidental explosion in 1540. The local townspeople assumed that the devil must have been involved and legends about him began to swirl. Eventually, these stories grabbed the attention of Göthe who wrote a story where Faust makes a pact with a demon named Mephistopheles who eventually kills him. Grim.
A quick peek at the main square:
Cobbled streets.
We ducked into the oldest surviving courtyard in town through this little archway. 
Be still my heart, so colorful and fun.
Fox joined me on this one! #ihavethisthingwithfloors
The charming little river that runs around town. 
We couldn't find a magnet, all of the shops were either closed already or closing at 2pm, so I took a picture of this town map and will make my own magnet!
Our family (minus Chris because we don't use the stroller anymore so we don't have our trusty improvised tripod!) in Staufen, Germany on Saturday February 18th 2017.

Next up: Freiburg, Germany!

No One Will Ever... Layout by Missy Whidden

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Did you know there is a stamp set in Oh My Heart?! It's made for planners and list makers, but why stop there?! Stamps are also perfect for scrapbooking and today Missy Whidden is sharing an amazing example of just that!
Hey, scrappy friends! Missy here and I’m excited to share another fun and colorful layout using the Oh My Heart collection. The focus this week is on the Acrylic Stamps and I used three of them on this layout. I created a few bullet-type list areas for my journaling and I used one of the tiny hearts to give accents to some of the letters in the big title. I love scrapping silly photos and this one of me and my sister acting goofy is one of my favorites. I love this fun quote I found on Pinterest and used my Cameo to cut it using mostly Paper 10 and some of the 6x6 Paper Pad papers. I wanted a bright and colorful title to act as the main design of the layout. I went with the black & white photo so it would really pop against all those gorgeous colors.
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Here you can see the detail of all those fun letters. I used one of the tiny heart stamps to add some detail to some of the letters using black ink. I also machine stitched through each row of words to add a little more texture and detail. You can also see the background work here. As I frequently do, I added some white gesso to my background first to create a tougher surface and to fade away some of the bright aqua color of the B-side from Paper 01. I used some aqua, turquoise, and pink shades of watercolor to create some pretty splotches of color. I did minimal embellishing using a few pieces from the Chipboard Stickers and Sticker Book.
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I can’t get enough of Paper 06! Those flowers just work on every page I think :) I fussy cut a few big ones to tuck in behind my photo as layers. I also added in some tangled thread. I used a few bits of 6x6 papers to layer behind my photo as well as some tissue paper from my stash.
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Here you can see the bullet list stamping. It’s perfect for journaling. I just stamped it several times on my layout and added bits and pieces of fun memories about me and my sister. I colored in the circles with a black pen. I love how this turned out! I think it makes it easy to read the journaling since it’s broken up into different areas and it’s not just one long paragraph. Definitely something fun to do to change things up!
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Check out the process video for this layout on my YouTube:

I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can use this fun Oh My Heart Acrylic Stamps. Think outside the box and get creative!
 SUPPLIES: OH MY HEART: Paper 01Paper 06Paper 106x6 Paper Pad, Acrylic StampsSticker BookChipboard Stickers
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Blog:  Instagram: @missywhidden  Pinterest: @missywhidden
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Love love love love all the bright colors and patterns on this layout by Missy! She's amazing :)

Teaching in Prague on March 25th

Monday, February 20, 2017

On Saturday March 25th I will be teaching in Prague! The lovely Anna from Papero Amo has organized another wonderful day of creating: in the morning we will make an exploding box mini album and in the afternoon we will make two layouts using some of my favorite techniques: stitching, fussy cutting, and layering - all with my Pink Paislee Oh My Heart collection! For more information and to register visit:
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Hope to see you there!!

Haircut Layout

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The old man who cut Fox's hair the other week was straight out of a movie! Had to be documented. And also that Fox can tolerate getting his hair cut. He used to go straight into exorcism mode when we brought out the clippers for at-home haircuts... So glad that phase is over!
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HAIRCUT by Paige Evans
DESCRIPTION: I've only used the circle sentiment paper from Fancy Free one other time that I can recall so I wanted to use it once more on a layout about Fox - pink and all!
JOURNALING SAYS: Getting your hair cut is not your favorite thing in the wold but lately you've been better about it!
HOW TO: Loosely paint a ring with white acrylic paint onto the B side of Paper 12. Splash coordinating watercolors over the ring and let it dry. Use different sized circles to punch out the sentiment circles from Paper 03 then place them around the ring. Add a photo to the ring and tuck under a journaling spot and polka dot die cut. Adhere buttons, puffy stickers, sequins, and chipboard stickers all around the ring. Use a sewing machine to stitch over the puffy and chipboard stickers.
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, buttons, puffy stickers, chipboard stickers, journaling card: Fancy Free by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Sequins: Studio Calico; Paint: FolkArt; Watercolors: Loew Cornell; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Circle punches: Fiskars
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It's been fun to go back and use Fancy Free!

Forever Layout by Steffi Ried

Friday, February 17, 2017

I am ALL about hearts. The more the merrier! It's the perfect shape for conveying a message of love and since layouts often feature people or places that I love, you can never go wrong with too many hearts! Which is why I L♡VE the layout Steffi Ried is sharing today!
Hello! It's Steffi Ried and welcome to a new project! In February everything revolves around LOVE and Valentine's Day so I have created a layout with quite a lot of hearts. I like the effect of "raining hearts". The photo is from our vacation last year to Lake Garda, Italy.
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For the background I used acrylic paints (pink, rose, blush & white). With an old gift card, I applied the color from dark to light. After that I blurred it with a cloth.
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I used the chipboard and heart stickers from the new collection "Oh My Heart" and the wood veneer hearts from the collection "Take Me Away". I punched hearts out of various patterned papers and white cardstock.
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A few hearts are sewn down the middle with a sewing machine. The remaining hearts are glued with glue dots and 3D dots.
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I created my very first YouTube video sharing how to create this layout!

I hope you liked my project! Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!
SUPPLIES: OH MY HEART6x6 Paper PadPaper 09Paper 10Paper 11Paper 14Paper 19Sticker BookEphemera Die CutsPuffy StickersCharmsTAKE ME AWAYPaper 08Wood Veneer Shapes
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Blog: / Instagram: @steffiried / Pinterest: @steffiried / Facebook: stefanie.ried.96
Hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day!
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