Grateful for Aventures Layout by Brianna Lepper

Friday, November 27, 2020

   Hey friends! Brianna Lepper here here today sharing a new layout! I hope all of you crafty US friends had a happy Thanksgiving! Now we are in full on Christmas mode! In honor of being being thankful all month long and since Go the Scenic Route has fun travel elements, I thought it would be fun to create a page featuring one of our many adventures. I took this photo of Elijah running on a bridge while we were vacationing in Florida in 2009. We were on our way to Day 3 of Disney World and he was alllll about it! I am so grateful for all of our travels and adventures!

To start, I went through the patterned papers of the collection and decided on Paper 21. It’s one of my favorites and I needed to stop hoarding it. Hahaha! I ended up choosing the Butterfly Heart cut file to go with it since it would cut out a lot the pattern and would be highlighted really nicely! I ended up cutting the cut file on my Silhouette Cameo twice. Once on Paper 21 and again on a piece of textured white cardstock. I used that second cut file negative both as a guide and another layer under the butterflies. I added another piece of plain white cardstock as my base and popped each of my butterflies up on a foam dot. I fluffed up their wings to give them even more interest and dimension.

Here’s where I had to make a big decision: I could either leave the layout as is with the butterflies all adhered down with lots of white space. Or I could create a heart frame back in Silhouette Software and place it over the butterflies. While I do love lots of white space, I thought let’s go for more color and so I cut a heart frame using Paper 20. The bright and bold pink patterned paper is gorgeous right on top of those butterflies! I am so glad I decided to frame them!

Next, I layered up a few pieces of patterned paper from the 6x8 Paper Pad under my photo. I attached a Flag Paperclip to the layers and got to work on my title. I used the Foam Thickers along with both the Puffy Phrase Stickers and Puffy Word Stickers. So fun and colorful! Next, I embellished using a few of the Floral Die Cuts around my photo and title. I also added a few Chipboard Stickers to those clusters. To help bring everything together, I added faux stitching around the large heart frame with a white gel pen and also splattered white acrylic paint around the entire page.

And that wraps up my layout for this post! I am loving all of the layers and dimension! I hope that I’ve inspired you in some way today! Thank you for being here and I’ll see you in my next post! 

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, Thickers, flag paperclip, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Butterfly Heart by Paige Evans
Location: Louisiana, USA / Blog: I Love Paper Blog / Instagram: @briannalepper / Facebook: Brianna Nichole
YouTube: Brianna Lepper / Pinterest: Brianna Lepper

Sweet Memories Layout by Kelly Daye

Thursday, November 26, 2020

   Hello, hello! Kelly Daye here with more colorful Christmas inspiration for Paige’s Silhouette Design Team. I’ve mixed traditional a Gingerbread Men Background cut file with non-traditional colors via Paige’s gorgeous Go the Scenic Route collection and I’m so excited to share it with you.

I cut the Gingerbread Men Background cut file from white cardstock and backed the cut file with the B-side of Paper 21 by releasing the compound path in Silhouette Studio and dragging out everything except the outline of the Gingerbread men. I glued the gingerbread men to the cut file and added foam tape behind each one. I chose the colorful ticket Paper 17 for the background but wanted it to be a bit more subtle and allow the gingerbread men to stand out. Rather than use gesso to mute the color, I used a sheet of vellum. It provided the change I was looking for in a more even way without warping the paper. That made it easier to sew. I always love to add a bit of stitching and selected DMC embroidery thread in a color that matched each row.

After lightly adhering the corners together I made holes with a pin and hand stitched a two-tone zig-zag across each row. That added some nice texture and more interest to the background. But also, zig-zag seems really nostalgic to me and I wanted that feeling on my layout. I think it’s a nice balance to the non-traditional colors. I’ve also added a smattering of Prima’s Opal Magic Paint around. I love the way both peek through around the cut file.

Now for all the pretties and fun embellishments. I have an old Die by Impression Obsession (DIE224-0 is still available on Amazon) that cuts out really small bowties and moustaches so I enhanced a few of the gingerbread men with extra personality, ha! My title is a combination of the Foam ThickersPuffy Word Stickers, and ‘HAPPY’ from the Puffy Phrase Stickers. Since it’ll soon be summer in a good part of the world, I’ve surrounded my photos with gorgeous large flowers from the Floral Die Cuts. It doesn’t have to be all about snow does it?

The little yellow doilies are from my stash but you could easily cut some on your Cameo using one of Paige’s Doily cut files, there are many to choose from. I used a couple of papers from the 2x2 Paper Pads. One is the fussy cut heart that says ‘Smile’ and the other mats the smaller photo. I love the tiny prints on these papers! Finally, a bit of metallic gold thread was tucked in and hearts from the Enamel Dots popped here and there.

Can you see a more colourful Christmas ahead? Have lots of fun! 

 Patterned papers, die cuts, stickers, Thickers, enamel dots, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Gingerbread Men Background by Paige Evans

Location: Edmonton, Canada / Blog: Kelly Made It / Instagram: @kellymadeit / Facebook: Petals Daye / Pinterest: Kelly Made It

Kaleidoscope Layout by Paige Evans

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Hey there! I have a new layout to share with you today featuring my Go the Scenic Route collection and fringe letters!

I started by die cutting the word KALEIDOSCOPE from smooth white cardstock. Then I trimmed 3/4" strips from almost all of the Go the Scenic Route patterned papers. I snipped them with fringe scissors and then put the papers in rainbow order.
I then divided the rainbow papers into four groups: blues/greens, reds/oranges/yellows, purples/pinks, and whites with colors. I spent some time layering each die cut letter with the different groups of fringe papers.
I used the positive die cut to put the letters back into place on a scrap piece of paper and glued everything into place. I covered the middle "O" with two overlapping photos of the kids in the Museum of Art at BYU. The rainbow string art installation in the ceiling is so cool and colorful! Perfect photos for this layout.
I embellished minimally with lots of hearts from the Puffy Phrase Stickers placed tone-on-tone and then wrote journaling on a torn piece of a purple journaling spot found in the Ephemera Die Cuts and tucked under the photos. I added a small piece of a blue tag Cardstock Sticker tucked up under the photos.

I hope you are inspired in some shape, way, or form by this layout and pick up my Go the Scenic Route collection to try your hand at some rainbow fringe!
See you again soon!
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts: GO THE SCENIC ROUTE

Wanderlust Mini Album by Amber Mitchell

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Hello crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on Paige's blog today to share with you how I created this fun chipboard journal using the beautiful Bloom Street collection and a handful of Paige's cut files! Cut files are a great way to embellish projects - I used Paige's cut files to decorate the covers of the four journals I created.

Chipboard books have been a favorite project of mine to create for the past couple of years. I love how sturdy and long lasting they are! This book consists of four journals that can be removed, replaced, or refilled once the pages are full, so I needed to create a base that could withstand the test of time. That's why I decided to use chipboard for this project.

The base of this project consists of three pieces of chipboard; the two covers measure 4.5x7.5" and the spine measures 1.5x7.5". I wrapped these pieces using papers from the Bloom Street Digital Collection. With the base wrapped, I moved on to the pages. I created four journals that consist of three pages each. To make these, I took three sheets of paper that measure 7x8", folded them in half along the 8" side, and stacked them. To add the journals to the base of the book, I used white elastic string. This will allow the journals to be removed from the base of the book itself for easy documenting and for new pages to be added if needed. To embellish the spine, I threaded a mixture of acrylic beads, handmade paper beads, and various charms (like the Bloom Street Flower Charms) from my stash onto each elastic thread before tying them around the spine of the book.

For the first journal, I used the Layered Flower and Leaves cut file to create three flowers that I clustered together in the center of the cover. I further embellished these with digital floral and leaf die cuts from Bloom Street. To finish this cover, I used a Rolled Flower cut file to create three small flowers that tied everything together.

For the second journal I used the Geometric Heart cut file. I backed it using various patterned papers from Bloom Street. I love how bright and colorful this is and how all of the patterns pop! I added a few Floral Die Cuts as well as a butterfly from the Layered Butterfly Stickers to finish this cover.

For the third journal, I used one of my favorite cut files, which is the Half Flower cut file, as a statement piece. I backed it using a beautiful purple patterned paper from Bloom Street. Purple is one of my favorite colors so this journal cover makes me happy! I once again used Floral Die Cuts and a butterfly from the Layered Butterfly Stickers as embellishments.

For the fourth and final journal, I created another cluster of flowers using another Layered Flower and Leaves cut file. I love the shape of this flower! I once again cut three, but for this journal cover, I placed them diagonally across the length of it.

With all of my journals embellished, I slipped them into the album using the elastic string and moved onto the cover. Since the spine of this album is quite embellished and bright, I decided to keep the cover simple. I used the Wanderlust cut file and backed it using a light pink polka dot paper from Bloom Street. I love how this title is so simple yet stands out and catches the eye.

And with that, this journal book is complete! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I'll see you next time with another fun project!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, Thickers, die cuts, charms, embellishments: BLOOM STREET; Die cut machine: Cricut; Cut files: Layered Flower and LeavesWanderlustHalf Flower, and Geometric Heart by Paige Evans
Location: California, USA / Blog: Happy Crafty Studio / Instagram: @bambidearr / YouTube: bambidearr / Pinterest: bambidearr

Thanksgiving Layout by Paige Evans

Monday, November 23, 2020

 Hey there! Happy Monday! I have a new layout to share with you today featuring the Marigold collection by Maggie Holmes / Crate Paper and a couple of my cut files: Thanksgiving with Stitching Holes and Leaves with Stitching Holes.

To begin I die cut my Thanksgiving with Stitching Holes cut file from 12 Marigold patterned papers. I then went through my boxes of DMC embroidery threads and found colors to match:
I spent a few hours doing a chain stitch around each of the letters which was really easy with the holes for stitching already die cut for me. The spacing of all the holes is perfect which helps make everything neat and tidy - although you know I am an advocate for imperfections in scrapping :)
Then I chose a pink polka dot background paper, printed three 3" square photos from our Thanksgiving last year with both of my grandmas and grandma and parents in Utah. These are precious memories and photos because it was the last time I got to be with my beloved Grandma Doris. I arranged the title and photos at a slight angle on the background.
The layout then needed more embellishments and I decided to create my own. I die cut my Leaves with Stitching Holes cut file from textured white cardstock and coated the leaves with white gesso. Then I painted the leaves with various Prima watercolors - mostly Shimmering Lights (so pretty for autumn) and Vintage Pastels. Once they dried I splashed on white acrylic paint topped with a splashing of Liquid Gold for lots of sparkle.
I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process of the leaves so that I could then machine stitch through them using gold thread. I originally back stitched through the holes of one leaf with white embroidery thread, but I took out the thread and decided to go with gold machine stitching instead. I will definitely be using my Leaves with Stitching Holes cut file with actual hand stitching soon!
Once all of the leaves were stitched I tucked them under the title and glued them in place. I added a few pieces of ephemera from Marigold here and there such as a "Together" Chipboard Sticker and a couple of flower Chipboard Stickers, as well as a bird Cardstock Sticker. I tucked in a few gold leaf stickers to emphasize all the shimmer & shine. To finish I wrote journaling on the right.
I hope you are inspired in some way by this layout! It combines a lot of my favorite techniques: hand stitching, machine stitching, lots of patterned papers, mixed media, and a large title. All in one! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers: MARIGOLD by Maggie Holmes / Crate Paper; Cut files: Thanksgiving with Stitching Holes and Leaves with Stitching Holes by Paige Evans; Thread: DMC; Watercolors: Shimmering Lights and Vintage PastelsgessoLiquid Gold

6 Layouts for Auction

Sunday, November 22, 2020

I'm participating in a crafty community auction with Christmas for the Kartchner's for Dear Lizzy and her family this holiday season to hopefully make their spirits bright. Up for bids, I've made 6 12x12 layouts using my Go the Scenic Route collection! The spots and sizes for photos are included so all you have to do is pop on your pictures and write your journaling. Bidding starts right now and you'll find these pages listed and all the details on instagram at @christmasforthekartchners.

I began scrapping at 6:21am yesterday and finished creating the layouts at around 2pm - 6 layouts in less than 8 hours! It can be done! I scraplifted myself for almost every layout and didn't do any hand stitching - instead I opted for machine stitching which looks awesome too!

For this first layout - you can't go wrong with chevrons! On the pink ledger B-side of Paper 19 I splashed watered down white acrylic paint then splashed Pastel Dreams watercolors on top. While the background was drying I grabbed Paper 10 and cut up the squares of patterns into triangles, distressed the edges, and machine stitched them in place. A few butterfly Cardstock Stickers here and there, tone-on-tone Ephemera Die Cuts, and hearts & dots from the Puffy Phrase Stickers finish up this first page!

I love to make a floral heart page with all of my collections and hadn't with Go the Scenic Route yet - no time like the present! On a piece of textured white cardstock I traced a heart template that I keep in a box of teaching supplies and then pooled water all over it. I dropped in and splashed Pastel Dreams watercolors all around then let it air dry. Next I used almost an entire package of Floral Die Cuts along with the flowers in the Chipboard Stickers and placed them around the heart, matching the florals to the watercolors (pink flowers on pink paint, yellow flowers on yellow paint, etc). I machine stitched around the heart to keep all the flowers in place then bent up the leaves and petals for dimension. I added the spot for a photo, tucked three tags from the Ephemera Die Cuts under the right side, placed a "love" Puffy Phrase Sticker title above, and then embellished around the heart with matching colors of Enamel Dots and hearts from the Puffy Phrase Stickers. Second layout done!

For the third layout I did some mixed media on the yellow polka dot B-side of Paper 14 - first I smooshed on a layer of white gesso, then I spritzed watered down white acrylic paint with a toothbrush centered in the middle, and finally I splashed Pastel Dreams and Tropicals watercolors on top. I cut out the 12 letters from 12 different Go the Scenic Route patterned papers and machine stitched around the edges to give them texture. I then distressed the edges of the letters and adhered the title to the background with foam squares for dimension. I added an oval journaling spot from the Ephemera Die Cuts to the middle "O" with spots for the photos inside the other two "O"s. I embellished with a few Chipboard Stickers and Enamel Dots. Third layout, done and done!

For my 4th layout I die cut my Best Day Ever cut file from textured white cardstock and then backed the letters with a variety of patterned papers from Go the Scenic Route in a rainbow order. I used foam squares to attach the letters which gives the layout lots of depth and shadows. I added the photo spot to the empty space on the right side. To embellish, I added Puffy Word Stickers tone-on-tone inside the letters and machine stitched them in place with matching colored Coats & Clark threads. Three hearts (two from the Cardstock Stickers and one from the Chipboard Stickers) decorate between the letters as well as a few tickets from the Ephemera Die Cuts. Fourth layout is a wrap!

For this 5th layout I busted out two butterfly punches and went to town making butterflies from the rainbow B-side of Paper 21. I arranged the butterflies onto the light orange ledger B-side of Paper 22 then machine stitched them in place down the centers. I bent up the wings to add dimension and then placed the two spots for photos. I embellished with a few more butterflies from the Cardstock Stickers and Chipboard Stickers and placed a few colorful dots from the Puffy Phrase Stickers on top.

For the 6th and final layout, I grabbed the barcode strips that I'd been saving and loosely placed them in a star shape across the blue B-side of Paper 4. I used three barcode strips for each length and then machine stitched them in place. I added the two photo spots on the right side and used the Foam Thickers to make the "superstar" title. A little cluster of Ephemera Die Cuts piled on the left side balances the photos on the right.

I had soooo much fun making these layouts and I hope whoever wins will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them - scrapbooking is my favorite :)
Be sure to follow @christmasforthekartchners and bid on the amazing things fellow crafters are putting up for auction to support Dear Lizzy and her family!

Fall Layout by Elsie Robinson

    Hey everyone, it’s Elsie Robinson here here with a fall inspired layout using Paige's Go the Scenic Route collection. I love to use a large title cut file on my layouts and when I saw this Fall Leaves cut file I knew I had to use it on a layout.

I firstly started by cutting the title from white cardstock. I then went through the entire Go the Scenic Route collection and selected patterned papers that had autumnal colors like oranges, reds, pinks, and purples. I then backed each leaf with the different patterned papers. Rather than using another patterned paper or a plain piece of cardstock to back the rest of the letter I decided to use some silver glitter paper. I can never resist a bit of sparkle!

I nestled my photo behind the last ‘L’. I chose a black & white photo to add contrast between the cut file and embellishments. To embellish, I used various Floral Die CutsChipboard and Cardstock Stickers. I especially love how cute the little bird cardstock stickers look!

Thanks for stopping by, make sure you check out Paige's cut files!

 Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Fall Leaves by Paige Evans
Location: England / Blog: Hey Elsie Instagram: @heyelsie_ / Facebook: Elsie Robinson / YouTube: Elsieeee / Pinterest: heyelsie

Thankful Blessed Grateful Art Spread by Paula Fiihr

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Happy fall! Paula Fiihr here with an art journal spread to share today. Working in my 8.5x11 journal, I put together this fun page using Paige's Thankful Blessed Grateful cut file.

I cut it on white cardstock and glued it to the Paper 24 from Go the Scenic Route. The background is Distress Crayons and modeling paste over Paige’s Polka Dots Stencil. I swiped a few spots with acrylic paint as well. Then I cut several sizes of leaves using Paige's Large Leaf cut file on brown cardstock, Paper 24, and the yellow polka dot paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad. The different sizes and papers add fun layers throughout the page. A couple burlap leaves from my stash made it on there as well. For the letters, I traced the Blessed onto the same brown cardstock and then again on the yellow paper slightly smaller. To finish, I tucked this cute bird, a ticket, and a tag from the Ephemera Die Cuts behind the sentiment. A sprinkle of hearts from the Chipboard Stickers add dimension around the words. It’s hard for me to make any layout or project without a bit of black, so I added some black ink and stitching stamps around the edges.

And that’s my art journal project! Hope you are enjoying your week however you celebrate!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEDistress OxidesPolka Dots Stencilmodeling paste; Die cut machine: Cricut; Cut file: Thankful Blessed Grateful by Paige Evans

Location: Texas, USA / Instagram: @psplannergirl / Pinterest: pfiihr / Facebook: Paula Fiihr 

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