Everyday Cuddle Fest Layout by Missy Whidden

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I love how Missy Whidden thinks outside the box when I give her assignments - this time I asked her to feature the new Washi Tape Book in my Turn the Page collection and instead of just plopping them down on the page, she went and got all creative and made darn cute custom washi circles! Check it out:
Hey, friends! Missy here, and this week we are focusing on the beautiful Turn the Page Washi Tape Book. This collection is just stunning and the Washi Tape is so colorful and versatile. I decided to create a circle design. I adhered several strips of the washi to a scrap piece of white packaging. I used a few different sized circle punches to create the circles. I used paper Paper 18 as my background - the gradient pink is so pretty! I used some white gesso to create even more of a white-to-pink gradient and then used some Shimmerz sprays to add watercolor splashes. I layered all the circles under and around my two photos which are of me and my sweet girls doing one of our favorite things… couch cuddles!
The punched washi circles turned out so well and the colors are just fantastic. I added a bit of machine stitching through some of the circles with metallic gold thread. Then I cut out a fun speech bubble from Paper 21. I also added in a yellow scalloped circle from the Journaling Spots and that fun “magical” arrow from the Ephemera Die Cuts. I think all the bright colors really stand out against the black & white photos.

I created a little title cluster to the bottom left. I combined the “Everyday” Ephemera Die Cut with some of the small alpha stickers from the Sticker Book. I tucked it all in and around the circles and then finished off the area with a few butterflies from the Chipboard Stickers.

One of my favorite strips from the Washi Tape Book is this gorgeous row of gold flowers! I cut it into pieces and used it in a few spots around the page. I used a piece from the Ephemera Die Cuts under the bottom photo and a Journaling Spot under the top photo. I added dimension with some adhesive foam. The small “happy” tag is from the Sticker Book.

I honestly can’t get enough of this collection! It’s truly beautiful and so much fun to play with. I hope this inspires you in some way! I have a process video here if you’d like to check it out:

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I am definitely inspired by Missy to bust out the washi tape book and get creative with it! Ok, enough blogging, off to scrapbook!! :) :) :) 

Oh My Heart Layout

Monday, August 21, 2017

Here is another layout from my Paige's Pages 13 class at Big Picture Classes!

I've never seen a full 12x12 piece of wood veneer before until the Hazelwood collection by 1canoe2 with American Crafts released last year! So clever and unique!
 I simply watercolored in the florals that are burned into the wood and created a single photo/title cluster to let the background really shine. Be sure to stop by Paige's Pages 13 to see this layout come together in a process video!
Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts, Thickers, paperclip, chipboard: Take Me Away by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Wood veneer paper: 1canoe2; Watercolors: Loew Cornell

Moments in Munich Mini Album by Steffi Ried

Friday, August 18, 2017

Well this is a super cute mini album by design team member Stefanie Ried for several reasons: she used my new Turn the Page collection, every spread is a work of art, AND it includes photos of us together!! It was such a fun day at my last Scrappies workshop near Munich this past May!
Hello and welcome to a new mini of mine! When I saw the new collection Turn the Page for the first time, I could hardly wait to make a mini :) I had a hundred things in my mind about how the first mini would be. I used pictures of our weekend in Munich in the album. I was at one of the last workshops that Paige had in Germany in May. It was a great, creative day and it was a great pleasure to see each other again. I hope that it will be repeated. I really hope so :)
I love to put transparent elements into my albums so I used a page protector for the cover and incorporated many embellishments from the new collection. For this I used the sewing machine. There is also a video about the creation of the cover and a walk through at the end. The finished pages are 6x6". I cut the papers to 6x7" and folded it after 1" then each page was glued to the next side. This binding is very quick and easy.
For the pages I used a lot of materials from Turn the Page. I wanted to use as much as possible so that the mini is very colorful. The planes on Paper 22 have inspired me from Paige's great layout. I like this very much.
The sayings from the Paper 21 are my favorite! Are not they great!? I created a small pocket for some more pictures and journaling.
And how great are the colorful Ribbons? I fastened the ribbons with a tiny attacher and glued them with glue dots on the side.
Here I show you some pictures of the workshop with Paige. We created beautiful layouts and had lots of fun. The flowers fit perfectly to the colorful photos. And my sewing machine came back to work.
Aaaah... and a photo with Paige also had to be in the album. I have sewn quite a few small ornament pieces in the square and added the photo on top. The cute Sequins are very versatile.
The coffee and tea cups from Paper 07 are absolutely amazing!! I cut out a few cups and stuck them in a collage around the Puffy Sticker. I will certainly use the cups more often.
Finally, a photo of the Hofbräuhaus along with a sweet Pennant Paper Clip
The album is finished!

I hope you like this mini and many thanks for stopping by!

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I mean really. Totally speechless! I love everything about this album from cover to cover and every single page between!

Happy As Can Be Layout

Thursday, August 17, 2017

New layout to share!
It all started with this beautiful floral heart cut file from Inna Moreva's etsy shop! Back in Germany as we were leaving to go on a road trip I prepared several cut files and projects to stitch. I didn't finish them all so I brought them with me back to the states. On our road trip to the Evans family reunion down in Oregon, I brought this one along! I debated long and hard about how to stitch it. I feel like I usually stitch in all white and then fill in the spaces with watercolors. Or I stitch all the individual shapes and elements in their natural colors (pink for flowers, green for leaves, etc.) I wanted to try something slightly different. And so, every 10 stitches, I changed colors of thread! It made the entire project take at least twice as long because I was stopping so often to switch colors, but I love it twice as much!
I started by stitching the outside edge of the heart - it took 16 different colors to go all the way around and then I only used those colors to stitch the entire project. I didn't really have a color scheme in mind, I just used all my favorites! When it came time to turn the stitched heart into a layout, I was happy that Turn the Page matched so well! The "HAPPY AS CAN BE" sentiment actually came from the 2x2 Paper Pad and I loosely cut around it - I like how the curvy edges match the flourishes and what not of the stitching. 
On my insta stories I polled the audience and asked if the layout should be made on a yellow or pink background. Yellow won! Before adhering the stitched heart in place I used my sewing machine to straight stitch and make a fancy scallop around the edge. A lot of the stitching got covered up by various floral embellishments tucked under the heart, but you can still see the details on the other sides! I love how this turned out and it was fun to make it a collaborative project :)
Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts, wood veneer, chipboard, Thickers: Turn the Page by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Floral heart cut file: Inna Moreva; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Embroidery floss: DMC; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark

Dinner Date to Nuremberg

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Even though we've lived back in the states for over a month, I still have a few things I want to blog from before - like our dinner date to Nuremberg! We went on pretty much this exact same date two years ago and loved it so much it was worth repeating. We parked the car and then walked to the cutest street of them all: Weissgerbergasse!
For dinner we ate a very traditional German meal of mini Nürnberger brats, mustard in a cute jar for our soft pretzels, yummy potato salad, sprite and coke (with no ice, oh Europe, lol) and topped it all off with a delicious apple strudel.
Then just like last time we walked up to the Nuremberg castle to take in the views. Oh my heart just aches because I miss it so!
Next we headed into the altstadt to walk around the main squares.

Do you see what I see?! A PINK house!
More details from our stroll around town.
Not a day goes by that I don't think about our time in Germany! Sorry to be a broken record.
We need to find a new babysitter stat so we can keep going on fun dates and rekindle our love :)

Moments Together Layout by Flóra Farkas

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The designers got their Turn the Page goodies recently so this week I asked them to make projects using exclusively that collection! Flóra Farkas is sharing a simply stunning layout today - the more I stare at it, the more details I find! Like the little French knots! LOVE!
Hi ladies! I love wreath designs and wreath cut files so I decided to make a new page with it.
I cut out a simple wreath from white cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. I placed it on Paper 10 which has a beautiful soft coral color. I chose the floral Paper 15 to complete my wreath, but before this I added few tiny coral, yellow, and blue French knots to the leaves to make “berries”. I left a few blank just to keep my layout airy. 
After the knots were done, I fussy cut many leaves and flowers from Paper 15 and adhered them with foam tape. I also used flowers, birdhouse, and acorns from Chipboard Stickers and few bits from the Puffy Stickers.
My title was created from an Ephemera Die Cut and clear stickers from Sticker Book. I love the Sticker Book so much because it has many different fun elements like copper foil. To finish I placed a Journaling Spot in the bottom corner to write some journaling and stamp the date.
I hope you like my new page! I am in love with the colors of the layout. I already see this collection will be perfect for our fall memories. Thanks for stopping by today! 
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Why are wreath layouts so beautiful!? I don't have the answer, but I don't think I've ever seen a wreath layout I didn't love. So give it a try!!

Family Adventures Layout

Monday, August 14, 2017

I'll be sharing my latest Big Picture Classes layouts over the next few weeks, starting with this one with a title that was made with washi tape as a mask!

There are a few different techniques on this layout and I mostly wanted to focus on the title. There's also watercoloring with the packaging technique, fussy cutting, the print & cut feature with a Silhouette Cameo, and hand stitching a floral template that I designed exclusively for Paige's Pages 13!
 The start-to-finish process video can be found over in the class if you're interested to see exactly how this came together!
Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, washi tape: Oh My Heart by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; Floral stitching template: Paige Evans; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Embroidery floss: DMC

Evans Family Reunion 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We missed the last three annual Evans Family Reunions (because, Germany) so we were excited they pushed this year's back a few weeks so we could attend! We rotate by family who is in charge of the planning and this year Bethany and Kamron were up to bat.
We left early Saturday morning and headed south, passing through the beautiful Washington State capitol: Olympia.

Hello Oregon!
We made a pit stop at Collage to ogle at the washi wall and then met up with Tom and Margi at Arby's. My first roast beef sandwich in four years and it was just as good as before :) Then we drove a few more miles to the Enchanted Forest in Salem. Fox and Jane got to meet their cousins Evelynd and Ethan practically for the first time! (They've all met before, but they were all too young to remember).
We went to the Enchanted Forest for the reunion in 2012 when Fox was 2.5 and Jane was only 2 weeks old.
Chris took one for the team and road with all the kids on the Frog Hopper.
Bumper boats. 
Back in Bavaria?! I wish :)
And then Jane was D.O.N.E. She just laid down and gave up on life.
As we were pulling up into our hotel we passed a mini mall and I silently hoped there would be a local scrapbook store like there used to be in every strip mall! I was so surprised to see "Scrapbook Fever" on the sign! My wish came true! 
Alas, it's been out of business since 2012 or so when the economy took a turn for the worse and pretty much all LSSs closed, including my precious Yesterdays. Anyway! After I posted this sign on insta-stories I found out SO MANY OTHER scrappers live in the Portland/Salem area! How fun! All ya'll should get together and invite me and we'll scrap all the livelong day!
Before church we drove to an art gallery where Bethany's husband has some art on display.
I LOVE the texture created on this painting by the layers and layers of brush strokes.
Here are Kamron's paintings.
Except, it's not traditional paint. He does a technique I've never heard of before and it's fascinating! He sprays countless layers of spray paint and then uses, I want to say a toothpick but I don't think that's right..., to swish the paint around and draw images into the layers of paint before they dry. Cool right?!
Jennifer Evans lives in Salem! We couldn't pass up the chance to hang out so she and her twin picked me up at the hotel and we headed to Craft Warehouse to do some shoppin'!
I got a few things and then had fun perusing all the aisles of craft and scrap supplies with friends!

The next morning we all met at Bethany's condo and then headed even further south. 
We stopped for lunch at a drive in diner off the side of the freeway that I probably never would have looked twice at but Tom says it's good, and he was right!
American food at its finest.
Livin' the life.
Then we went to the Wildlife Safari. Jane is OBSESSED with flamingos so she was pretty dern happy.
See what I mean? :)
We drove around in our car and saw lots of animals like these cute bears. We also saw giraffes, tigers, cheetahs, llamas, and lots more beasties.
In the gift shop I snapped a photo of these cute shelves! Adorable!
On the way down to Ashland I started the stitching project I brought along. I spent about 8 hours on it so far and am only 2/3 finished! I'll share the layout here when I'm done!
We met up with the Andy/Cami clan at the rental home and the party officially started!
The views from the home were immaculate.
All of the PNW was going through a three week heat wave. Luckily you can't feel heat through photos and the house had blessed AC! So rare here.
Oh the natural beauty of the earth.
Spectacular sunsets every night.
We took family photos on Tuesday morning (remind me to photoshop Kamron into the pic at the top!) and then went to a local lake to cool off. I'll end with a typical grandkids shot, always a good time, lol!
Another Evans Family Reunion in the books! I'm already looking forward to next year!
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