Shenanigans Layout by Zsoka Marko

Friday, December 6, 2019

Hello crafty friends, Zsoka Marko stopping by today to share a new layout I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team using the awesome Truly Grateful collection. Can you guys believe it's December already?! I can't even. I don't have any Christmas layouts for you this year uh-oh. Things have been hectic around here, I'm sure most of you can relate! For the first time in almost 5 years I don't get to scrapbook every day. Oftentimes not even every week. If you know me, that is...just...not...acceptable! I'm sharing this super simple big title page today that came together fairly quickly. Which is great this time of year when no one has time!
I enlarged the Shenanigans cut file in the Studio software and placed it at a diagonal. Once I was satisfied with the size and placement, I die cut it from white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo.

I then backed the letters with various blue and green patterned papers from the beautiful Truly Grateful collection. I adhered the cut file to my chosen background paper - placing the photo behind the letter G.

I didn't embellish much this time, but I felt like this page didn't need more. Maybe I'm just changing and using less stuff on my layouts? Gosh I hope not, I have sooo.much.stuff :D. Anyhow, I went with Wooden Buttons, wood veneers from the Mixed EmbellishmentsCardstock Stickers from Truly Grateful, and Stickers from Horizon. I even added a few fussy cut sentiments I had left from Whimsical Paper 08. I love that paper, it has sentiments in all colors of the rainbow so if I need an embellishment in a certain color, I almost always find something on that paper that works with my project!

Last but not least, I stamped the date and wrote my journaling. Done! I hope I could inspire you to get scrapping in one way or another! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a fabulous day!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, die cuts, stickers, wooden buttons, wood veneer, embellishments: TRULY GRATEFULHORIZONStickersWHIMSICALPaper 08white cardstock; Cut file: Shenanigans by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo
Blog: // Instagram: @zsoka_marko // Facebook: Zsoka Marko // YouTube: Zsoka Marko

Magic is in the Air Layout by Brianna Lepper

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hi friends! Brianna Lepper here with a fun wintery layout using Paige's Truly Grateful collection and Christmas Tree Border cut file. This collection is so versatile and is perfect to document all of those precious holiday memories! This year has definitely flown by and I'm so excited to begin all of the holiday traditions in our house.
First, I cut Paige's Christmas Tree Border cut file from white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo 3. Once it was finished I started backing each tree and all of the stars with these papers: Paper 05Paper 10Paper 14Paper 15Paper 18, and the 12x12 Specialty Paper. To back the tree stumps, I simply painted gold watercolor from my stash onto a piece of leftover cardstock and backed each one. To finish off these cute trees, I pulled Paper 03 from Paige's Pick-Me-Up collection and fussy cut the bows out to top each tree.

I wanted to create a somewhat snowy and soft mixed media background so I grabbed another piece of white cardstock and prepped it with white gesso. I grabbed Paige's Polka Dot Stencil and applied white modeling paste through it. After adding blue, mint, pink, and gold Shimmerz spray from my stash, it was complete! I just love all of the texture!

To create my title, I pulled a few different pieces from the Epoxy StickersThickers, and also pulled the Mini Thickers from Pick-Me-Up.

I also added small fussy cut florals from Paper 02 and Paper 15 onto a few trees. I wanted even more color on this page so I trimmed my white cardstock down on two sides, added gold stitching around the whole page, and stuck it down on another sheet of Paper 02. I absolutely LOVE this paper! Lastly, I sprinkled sequins from the Mixed Embellishments around my page to add even more sparkle and shine.

This layout was so much fun to create and I just love all of the texture and dimension. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you're enjoying the start of this beautiful holiday season!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, Thickers, embellishments, sequins: TRULY GRATEFULPICK-ME-UPMini Thickerswhite cardstockgessomodeling pasteStencil: Polka Dots by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Cut file: Christmas Tree Border by Paige Evans
Location: Louisiana, USA / Blog: I Love Paper Blog / Instagram: @briannalepper / Facebook: Brianna Nichole
YouTube: Brianna Lepper / Pinterest: Brianna Lepper

Love Adore Layout by Missy Whidden

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Hey, friends! Missy Whidden here with a bright and colorful layout featuring Paige’s Truly Grateful collection. I also used her Flower Corner cut file and her Sunburst Rays stencil. I know it’s coming up on Christmas, but I don’t think there’s ever a bad time of year for a rainbow color scheme!

I began this page by cutting the Flower Corner cut file on white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo 3. I backed it with several papers from Truly Grateful. I used Horizon Paper 14 as my background. The purple color was perfect. I smudged a lot of white gesso down using a palette knife and then used a rainbow variety of gelatos. I just scribbled down color, added a dot of water, and then used my fingers to smudge and blend the colors around. Backing the cut file was pretty simple. It’s a technique that I love doing, especially with flower cut files. I raised it up off the page with adhesive foam. I made sure to use different colors on the background that were different from the flower above it. I added splatters later on using different Shimmerz sprays.

I wanted to add a little something extra at the top behind the photo, so I used the Sunburst Rays stencil. I used a foam ink blending tool with a yellow Distress Oxide to create the rays and then fussy cut a small sun from Paper 14. I went light on the embellishing and kept it tight around the photo. I used a few birds from the Epoxy Stickers. I also tucked in matching colors of tangled thread which creates wonderful texture.

I added the title above the photo and I mixed and matched an Epoxy Sticker with a Puffy Phrase Sticker. I liked how the title looked here as opposed to down where the flowers were. I felt like the title would’ve gotten lost on top of the flowers. Here at the top they stand out.

I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next layout. I’m always in the mood to scrap summer colors even in December! Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: TRULY GRATEFULgessoinksgelatosDistress Oxidewhite cardstock; Stencil: Sunburst Rays by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Cut file: Flower Corner by Paige Evans
Blog: // Instagram: @missywhidden // Pinterest: @missywhidden
Facebook: missy.whidden // YouTube: Missy Whidden

Be Merry Layout by Anita Bownds

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hi crafty friends, Anita Bownds here with you today sharing a bright and colorful Christmas layout using the beautiful Truly Grateful collection. I love this time of the year leading up to Christmas - all the decorations and shops playing Christmas songs.
For my layout today I wanted to use the Geometric Deer and Star Confetti cut files together. I started by using my Silhouette Cameo 3 and cutting out the deer from white cardstock then the confetti from a 12x12 white cardstock for my background. Then I trimmed my 12x12 white cardstock down along with a patterned paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad then applied it to Paper 20 to add a border around the edge.
Next I machine stitched around the edge to give it a stitched boarder then using double sided foam tape I adhered the deer in the center of my background. I matted my photo on papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad and tucked it just underneath the edge of the deer.
I fussy cut flowers from one of the papers from the 12x12 Paper Pad and Paper 10 for the leaves. Using embroidery thread I added colored stitching to add extra texture to the flowers then I adhered them in a cluster on the deers head and to the bottom of my photo.
I used the Thickers to add my title in between the deer antlers then I added Stickers and Puffy Stickers around to decorate the layout.
I hope I’ve given you some fun crafty inspiration today, happy crafting!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, die cuts, stickers, Thickers, embellishments: TRULY GRATEFUL; Cut files: Geometric Deer and Star Confetti by Paige Evans; white cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3
Location: Australia / Blog: Neat-N-Crafty / Instagram: @anitabownds / Facebook: Anita Bownds
YouTube: Anita B / Pinterest: Anita Bownds

Milan, Italy Mini Album

Monday, December 2, 2019

Happy holidays! I'm back with a new mini album to share with you using the festive Together for Christmas holiday collection from Pink Paislee!
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Check out this video flip through to see what this album looks like from cover-to-cover:
To start, I designed an Ornaments Mini Album cut file. The cut file includes 7 intricate ornaments and 7 solid pieces for backing. I die cut the 7 intricate ornaments from textured white cardstock by American Crafts (my cardstock of choice for die cutting - it cuts like butter!) using a Silhouette Cameo 3 and the 7 solid pieces from 7 of the coordinating solid colors in the Together for Christmas Project Pad. In Silhouette Studio I then flipped the 7 solid ornaments horizontally and cut them out once more from patterned papers. Next I sandwiched each ornament together: I used spray adhesive to attach the white cardstock ornaments to the fronts and the patterned paper ornaments to the backs of the solid colored paper ornaments. I machine stitched around the outer edge of each ornament with a Brother sewing machine to keep all the layers together permanently and add some nice texture. With the base of the mini album finished, it's time for decorating!
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I decided to make this mini album about our trip to Milan, Italy over the holidays back in 2016. I printed my photos at home and trimmed them out leaving a white border which creates contrast. I have a tutorial sharing how I print small photos here. Before I started embellishing I had my Silhouette Cameo 3 cut out a bunch of flowers and ornaments from the patterned papers using the PixScan feature. I have a tutorial for using the PixScan mat here. It saves so much time instead of spending hours fussy cutting, the machine cuts out all the images in minutes! Here are the fronts of all the finished ornaments:
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For the title page I added a dimensional wreath sticker to the center. I tucked one of the florals my Cameo cut out under the top along with a snowflake sticker. I layered a gold "December" sticker across the front at an angle and glued five gold sequins across the top. I cut out letters ransom-style from extra die cuts and stickers in the collection to spell " in Milan" and typed "italy" on my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter. I glued the these pieces inside the wreath and added a star sequin to finish.
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On the back of each ornament is where I added journaling. I copied and pasted our blog post recap about Milan into a new word document, deleted parts I didn't need to include, changed the font to Remington Noiseless at size 8, printed it out, trimmed it into strips to fit the shape of the intended space, and used liquid glue to adhere the strips in place. A simple pinecone sticker adorns the bottom point.
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On the 2nd ornament I layered embellishments on the left side: a floral die cut, pinecone die cut, layered acorn sticker, a trio of gold star stickers, puffy candy sticker, and gold puffy branch (all from the Together for Christmas collection). As always when I make mini albums documenting vacations, I have way more photos than can really fit so I have to find creative solutions to add more. In this instance I attached a trio of photos together with washi tape from my stash and zigzag stitching and then added velcro dots to the back so it can be taken out and put back neatly.
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I embellished the photo strip minimally with a few sentiment stickers, journaling strip captions, and I stapled a transparency snowflake to the top for easier accessibility. Here you can see the velcro dots where the folded up photos stick to.
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On the back of this ornament I added more journaling strips and a branch sticker.
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On the 3rd ornament I did some chunky layering with various embellishments from the Together for Christmas collection and tucked a photo into the left side. Jane has always loved birds so I sneak them in wherever I can when it's a photo featuring her.
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On the back of this ornament I added five 1" photos as well as journaling strips. Milan is known for its fashion so I had to document about our experience window shopping! This was another instance where I needed to find a solution to tell more stories with photos. By printing them small I was able to add five pictures and tell the story on the back of an ornament.
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The 4th ornament features more clusters of embellishments and a large photo of Fox & Jane. It's one of my very favorite photos of them. This is when they were starting to become the best of friends and it was so heartwarming. Definitely deserved its own page! Notice I snuck another bird in too :)
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By the time I'd finished the fronts of the ornaments I still had a lot of favorite photos I wasn't able to include. I wasn't planning on adding photos to the backs but then I thought, why not? So I added this photo from atop the Duomo amid all the hundreds of spires along with the printed journaling strips about it. For embellishment I cut a poinsettia sticker in half and placed the halves above and below the journaling and curved a puffy gold "peace" sticker along the bottom.
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This 5th ornament page includes another option for adding more than one photo: I layered three photos together and machine stitched along the top to create flip-ups. On the background I created a cluster of die cuts and stickers and added a row of gold sequins along the bottom. To help make flipping up the photos a bit easier I stapled a transparent snowflake on the top two photos.
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Here is a look at the other photos stitched together:
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The back of the 5th ornament tells the story of the whole reason we went to Milan: to see The Last Supper.
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My original mini album cut file didn't include this 6th star shaped page, but I needed another place for photos so I designed a star ornament in the same style as the other pages, repeated the process of backing and stitching around the edges, and voila - I had another page for photos! A lot more photos! Because I made a pocket to hold them all. I trimmed down one of the label die cuts, stitched around the left, bottom, and right edges, and tucked photos inside. Actually, I kind of made a mini album inside this mini album! Check it out:
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I backed each 2" square photo with patterned paper, added printed/trimmed captions, and a sticker or two for embellishment. I stacked all the photos together and then punched a small hole with a Crop-A-Dile through the top left corner and slid them onto a tiny copper binder ring to hold them all together.
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Here are the 8 photos included the mini-mini album:
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And the backs with the patterned papers, stickers, and captions:
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The 7th and last page includes more of the same - layers of embellishments and clusters along with two final photos. By using the same collection and style of embellishing, the album is cohesive and fun to flip through.
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On the back I added a flower, gold "memories" sticker tucked above a gold puffy "together" sticker. And that's it!
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By using a cut file as the base of the mini album and sticking with one collection this album came together quickly and easily. I would guess it took about 8 hours spread over the course of 4 days to complete. And now we have a memorable time in our lives documented forever! Thanks so much for stopping by, let me know if you have any questions and see you again soon!
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SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, sequins, embellishments: Together for Christmas by Pink Paislee; Ornaments Mini Album cut file: Paige Evans; Typecast Typewriter; Font: Remington Noiseless; Hole punch: Crop-A-Dile

November 2019 Highlights

Sunday, December 1, 2019

November FLEW right by! And now it's December! How?! Just like this entire year, this month was a blur and here are a few highlights:

My new rule is it's okay to start decorating for Christmas once it starts snowing and you may recall from my October 2019 Highlights, that that happened mid-October. Don't worry, I didn't put up the Christmas tree before even Halloween lol, but not long after we busted 'em out! Bring on all the colors of Christmas.
I just liked this light coming through the windows this one morning while eating breakfast with Chris.
I moved this three-tiered basket full of mini albums to a different spot in my scrap room.
A box with some of my next collection with Pink Paislee arrived!! Sneaks will start late December I believe so keep your eyes peeled! The full reveal will be in January at Creativation. Can't wait!
November was a prolific crafty month for me! From top left to bottom right: Honfleur, France Mini Album // Sketch & Stitch Sugar Skull Layout // Beautifall Layout // Cut File Card Trio // Mini Envelopes Layout // Wonder Layout. I also made another mini album which will be up here tomorrow.
My favorite burger place, Crave, came out with the most divine pumpkin shake with a whole slice of pumpkin pie in it. So so so so yummy. Back on the wagon tomorrow, ha!
Friends + Legos = winning combo!
I found these cute wooden sleds at the dollar spot in Target and first thought they'd make excellent & festive storage for December Daily supplies, then I thought I'd turn one into a MemoryDex for my December Daily, but I have no idea where I'd store it, so they will be used to hold supplies :) My MemoryDex this year will be a handmade mini album focused on my 25 Days of Christmas Cut Files (see the last photo in this blog post for more info).
Paula posted this image on her instagram. It's an advent calendar also from Target filled with Christmas supplies. I immediately grabbed one. How cute AND functional!!
Fox making Christmas colorings at church.
This is the free cut file I included in my 6th Newsletter. Have you signed up? Click here to join.
For Activity Days we made these easy, colorful leaf wreaths.
Here is Jane's completed wreath with things she's grateful for written on the leaves. Adorbs.
I posted this across social media: "Throwing it back this Thursday to a very special time in my life. When I was 16 years old my parents wanted me to get a job so my mom and I drove around Redmond, Washington and picked up applications to Safeway, Party City, and Hallmark. Then we went into a little scrapbook store called Yesterdays Scrapbooking & Stuff. Truth be told I kind of rolled my eyes because I thought scrapbooking was something only old ladies did (I know I'm sorry!!!). They didn't even have any applications, they just wrote down my name and phone number. Imagine my surprise when they called me in for an interview! During the interview we just clicked and I was hired. The very first time I put photos and stickers together on pretty patterned papers I was hooked. That was over 18 years ago now! So much of my life has revolved around scrapbooking, I wonder what it would be like if I had not gotten that job? One day literally changed the course of my life! And I'm so thankful! I still keep the business card up in my Happy Scrappy Place to remind me of how lucky I was to work at this store. Check out 16-year-old Paige holding a little booklet of Making Memories rub-on letters - who remembers those?!"
JOEY! He's so cute.
I flew down to Texas and taught three classes at Little Craft Place including coptic bookbinding where at the end we took this picture of all the finished books lined up. Recap coming soon!
When Chris brings Triscuits & cheese up to bed Joey and Rachel immediately follow and expect some tidbits. They can smell it from a mile away!
We saw Frozen 2 with some of the Evans family. I absolutely LOVED it! More so than the first one which hardly ever happens! Love that I can listen to the catchy soundtrack on Amazon Music.
Malalam! This room is calling your name!
I brought Rachel the cat, Phoebe the bunny, and Monica the guinea pig (just missing Joey the dog and Star the fish which can't leave his tank haha) into this room to let loose and run around. They're all so cute.
This view of Highlands Ranch never gets old and always looks beautifully different.
It snowed.
A whole bunch.
Free cut files in my Facebook Group - Happy Scrappy Place!

We all watched Klaus together on Netlix - even the dog and cat joined in on the fun! I LOVED it! Yay for good movies! Speaking of movies, I also took myself to Charlie's Angels which was entertaining enough and Doctor Sleep which was so bad it makes me never want to see a movie ever again... That didn't last long though because I saw Frozen the next weekend ;)
We went to Utah for Thanksgiving which was a blast.
Have you signed up for my 25 Days of Christmas Cut files for $25? Every day you are emailed a new and exclusive design - your very own crafty advent! Let me know if you are interested with your PayPal email in a comment below or email me ( and I can send an invoice.
November 2019 - check!
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