Crab Layout by Lisa Fonseca

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Hi crafty friends! Lisa Fonseca here today sharing a new layout using Paige's Crab Cut File as well as her Hibiscus Cut File and Splendid collection!

I backed the cut files with different patterned papers from Splendid, using mainly reds/oranges/pinks and blues/purples. To back the cut file I didn't adhere the pieces to the Crab directly, but adhered them to the background and put the Crab on top, just putting some glue in a few places to make him less flat and create dimension. I did the same thing for the Hibiscus and to add even more texture and dimension, I adhered some of the flowers with foam squares and also added Floral Die Cuts. I put tangled thread behind three flowers and embellished with a Flower CharmButtonsHeart Paper Clip, and the title made with the gold mini foam Thickers as well as the Thickers from Truly Grateful. After adding more details and embellishments, I went in and did mixed media with watercolors.

I hope you like the little crab, I think he's super cute!

 SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, Thickers, die cuts, heart paper clip, flower charm, buttons, embellishments: SPLENDIDwhite cardstockwatercolors; Cut files: Crab and Hibiscus by Paige Evans

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Very Splendid Layout by Kelly Daye

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

 Hi everyone! Kelly Daye here, just back from Paige's Splendid Weekend event in Denver! It was full of lots of color, lot’s of fun, and lots of wonderful friends! I took this cute photo of Paige in her magical craft room and there’s a selfie I snuck in too! We all got to take more photos at the event under a gorgeous balloon arch and trade MemoryDex cards in cute boxes made by sweet Paige and Andrea. I’m still pinching myself!

I wanted to make a layout full of sparkle and lots of pretty color, just like our fabulous weekend together. I’ve designed with Paige’s Geometric Background Cut File and of course, the gorgeous Splendid collection. You can watch my Cameo Tutorial on YouTube to see how I worked with Paige’s cut file for this design. I used the 6x8 Paper Pad and Paper 19 to make all the pieces on the right side, grouping different shades of each color together. Instead of paper-backing the cut file, all the patterned paper was popped up with foam tape. On the left side, I stitched with 6 strands of DMC floss, again grouping many shades of each color together. In the center I added four photos on a diamond shaped frame that I chain stitched with gold thread and a rainbow of sequins. It's popped up with two layers of foam tape for extra texture and dimension. To really connect the title to the main element, I added it on the upper left, slightly overlapping my photo frame. I used the pretty gold foiled Epoxy Stickers. For balance, I added another sticker to the lower right, again, overlapping my framed photos. Then working from the lower left, on an angle to the upper right, I layered colorful Chipboard Stickers, leaves from the Floral Die Cuts, and the tiny flowers from Layered Bouquet Stickers. Finally, a few dots of paint made with the tip of a small paint brush.

Please feel free to connect with me if you have any questions! Happy scrapping! Cheers, dears!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: SPLENDIDsequinswhite cardstock; Cut file: Geometric Background by Paige Evans

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Anchor Layout by Jennifer Rambert

Monday, August 8, 2022

 Hello everyone! Jennifer Rambert here today with a new layout featuring Paige's Splendid collection and Anchor Cut File. I wanted a cut file related to the sea to accompany my photo and this one was just perfect!

I started by cutting the Anchor Cut File from watercolor paper and then I could color the anchor with blue inks. I glued the anchor on another watercolor paper and popped the inner parts of the cut file for a fun dimensional effect. I integrated jute rope to bring texture and because I love adding natural elements on my layouts. I added blue and yellow splashes all over my page and then decorated the whole thing with a lot of matching Floral Die Cuts. I added the photo on the flowers and I also placed Chipboard Stickers and Cardstock Stickers here and there. I added the title along the rope using the mini foam Thickers. I finished by splashing black ink for added contrast.

I hope I inspired you today! I loved making this marine layout and the rope really brings a little more natural element to my page. Thank you for your visit and have a great creative day!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, Thickers, die cuts, embellishments: SPLENDID by Paige Evans; inkswhite cardstockgessowhite acrylic paint; Cut file: Anchor by Paige Evans

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All Star Kid Layout by Paige Evans

Sunday, August 7, 2022

 Here is the other one of my two layouts that were in the Summer 2022 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine which you can download and browse for free HERE!

My assignment was to create a summery page with my Splendid collection featuring some of my favorite techniques. Always love to do that! So I designed this Concentric Stars Cut File which you can grab for free on the SCT website HERE and I cut every star from a different Splendid patterned paper in a rainbow of colors. Before adhering all the layers together I machine stitched around each star with a basic running stitch and white thread. I LOVE the texture and interest this step adds.
On the background of a blue textured cardstock base I splattered white acrylic paint and blue mist droplets. Next came the large focal element (the concentric stars) and then the photos: I tucked one under the left side of the stars and added the second picture above on top of the stars. Both photos are 3x4". I made the title with the colorful mini foam Thickers in the center of the stars and pointed to it with an arrow from the Epoxy Stickers.
To embellish, I added pieces from the Cardstock StickersEpoxy Stickers, and 8-Page Sticker Book to mainly in two clusters close to the photos and then added the other cluster on the right side to balance everything happening on the left side. I used a very old star confetti punch to make mini stars from textured white cardstock then sprinkled them across the background along with colorful Enamel Dots and white enamel dots from my stash. To journal I cut a sticker in half and wrote with a blue pen to add into the two clusters.
I hope this layout inspires you to check out the Summer 2022 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, download my free Concentric Stars Cut File, and use Splendid to scrap your memories! Let me know if you have any questions, thanks for being here!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, Thickers, stickers, die cuts, enamel dots, embellishments: SPLENDIDwhite acrylic paintwhite enamel dotswhite cardstock; Cut file: Concentric Stars by Paige Evans

Summer Movie Nights Layout by Jackie Ashton

Saturday, August 6, 2022

 Hi friends! Jackie Ashton here with my newest DT project using Paige's Splendid collection and Summer Movie Nights Cut File.

I cut the file from white cardstock and backed each word with bright and summery papers from the 12x12 Paper Pad. I added some color to my white cardstock background using Saltwater Taffy Distress Oxide Ink before adhering the cut file with foam squares. My photographs were printed at 3x2” and backed with more papers from the 12x12 Paper Pad. I embellished my page with bits and pieces from the Ephemera Die CutsChipboard StickersCardstock StickersEpoxy StickersEnamel Shapes, and the 8-Page Sticker Book.

I love how this layout came together to document a summer movie night watching The Greatest Showman at the local open air cinema!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, enamel shapes, embellishments: SPLENDIDwhite cardstockDistress Oxides; Cut file: Summer Movie Nights by Paige Evans

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Hanging Basket Layout by Audrey Mutschall

Friday, August 5, 2022

 Hi everyone! Audrey Mutschall here with a new layout featuring Paige's Splendid collection and her Hanging Basket Cut File! I had some cute photos of my daughter sampling our homegrown strawberries, so I turned Paige’s design into a strawberry basket by adding fussy cut flowers and strawberries from Splendid.

I started by cutting the Hanging Basket Cut File from white cardstock and backing the basket portion with yellow Paper 21 and green Paper 7. I left all of the flowers and leaves on the cut file unbacked, because I knew I was going to add my own greenery, flowers, and strawberries on top. I used foam tape to adhere the cut file to a woodgrain paper and then got to work fussy cutting flowers from Paper 18 and strawberries from Paper 9 to layer on top. I cut green leaves from Paper 19 using two different leaf designs from Paige’s Layered Flower and Leaf Cut Files (Design ID 288406 and 311423). With the basket complete I added a torn piece of white cardstock to the right side of the page and hand stitched a brick pattern onto this paper using white and gray embroidery floss. I added a strip of three photos between the basket and the brick pattern and an oval sign/title using one of the cut-apart sections from Paper 24. Lastly, I embellished around my photos with a Heart Paper Clip, a sticker from the 8-Page Sticker Book, and an Epoxy Sticker.

I hope this inspires you to create something using Paige’s Hanging Basket Cut File - it’s so versatile and can be made into any type of plant that you desire!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, heart paper clip, embellishments: SPLENDID; DMC embroidery floss; white cardstock; Cut files: Hanging Basket and Layered Flower and Leaves (Design ID 288406 and 311423) by Paige Evans

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Half Flower Layout by Ashley Neu

Thursday, August 4, 2022

 Hi friends! Ashley Neu here for the Paige Evans Cut File Design Team! Today, I am sharing a layout I created with Paige’s Splendid collection and her Half Flower Cut File. I am documenting a photo of our middle daughter and her dad at a wedding!

After cutting the Half Flower Cut File out from white cardstock, I grabbed the Washi Tape and created a design on each of the negative pieces from the cut file. In each new layer and row of the flower, I omitted the top washi tape I had previously used to give a fun look to the flower. I adhered the flower onto Paper 12 using foam adhesive and added the washi tape pieces flat to the background. Next, I grabbed Paper 10Paper 19, and Paper 24 and tore a piece of each of them to add to the bottom of the layout - this is meant to look like layered grass just in front of the flower. Adding my photo came next and I did that by tucking it into the grass layers. I grabbed the Floral Die Cuts and tucked them inside of those grass layers, some next to my photo, and as well as a cluster at the top of the Half Flower Cut File. The last thing I did was add my title just under my photo which came from the Epoxy Stickers as well as a phrase sticker from the 8-Page Sticker Book.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the process of putting this layout together. Creating the washi tape flower was super easy and a fun technique to try with other cut files! I hope you give it a try! Have a wonderful day and see you next time!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, washi tape, embellishments: SPLENDIDNuvo Dropswhite cardstock; Cut file: Half Flower by Paige Evans

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Flower Wreath Layout by Andrea Lake

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

 Hi friends! Andrea Lake here and I am so excited to share my newest layout featuring Splendid and Paige's cut filesI used the Flower Wreath Cut File as part of my layout background.

This is a picture of my daughter taken at a wedding we attended last month. I decided to add a flip journaling spot to write all the details about that day and embellished with a lot of Floral & Leaf Die Cuts along with Sequins, a Heart Paper Clip, a heart Epoxy Sticker, and Ephemera Die Cut.

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: SPLENDIDwhite cardstock; Cut file: Flower Wreath by Paige Evans

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Cinch Mini Album by Amber Mitchell

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

  Hello crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on Paige's blog today to share with you a fun mini album that I created using the bright and colorful Splendid collection and Mini Cinch machine!

To create the covers of this mini album, I used two sheets of medium weight chipboard that measured 4.5 x 6.5 inches. I wrapped these using sheets of patterned paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad that measured 5.5 x 7.5 inches.

Next, I adhered a thin sheet of clear acetate in-between the covers. The amount of space between the covers is optional; mine measured about 1.5 inches. Before lining the inside of the covers, I first created the pages and bound them to the base.

To create the pages, I used my Cricut machine to cut out half-circle shapes that measured 6.25 inches in height. To create the spine, I used a sheet of paper the measured 6.25 inches in height and 6 inches in width; I folded this paper in half, then scored at 3/4 of an inch in from the folded line on both sides. I folded and creased along these score lines, creating a divot that goes inward.

Next, I used the Mini Cinch Tool from We R Memory Keepers to bind the pages to the spine. I then adhered the entire spine mechanism in-between the covers of the album, using the acetate as a guide. Finally, I lined the inside of the covers using sheets of paper that measured 4.25 x 6.25 inches.

For extra storage space, I added pockets to the inside of both the front and back cover. On the front cover, I opted to add a triangle shaped pocket, while on the back cover I added a more traditional square pocket.

To create photo mats for this album, I used cut-aparts from Paper 6. I cut these into pairs of two, folded them in half, and then adhered them to the half-circle pages of my album.

To embellish the cover of this mini album, I used Paige's Butterfly Half Cut File. I backed this using a solid pink paper and then layered a mix of flowers on top of it. To create the paper flowers, I used Paige's Layered Flower and Leaf Cut File as well as her Rolled Flowers.

To embellish the rest of the album, I used a mix of embellishments from the Splendid collection. To add dimension, I used Thickers and Chipboard Stickers. To create titles I used Epoxy Stickers. For extra texture I used a sentiment from the Cross Stitch Kit and stickers from the Layered Bouquet Stickers. As always, I used a lot of flowers from the Floral Die Cuts and fussy cut butterflies from Paper 3.

To finish off the album, I added a fun journal in the back pocket and a mix of charms to the spine, including one of the Flower Charms.

Thanks so much for stopping by my post today! I'll see you next time with another fun project! 

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, Thickers, die cuts, stickers, paper clips, charms, embellishments; SPLENDID by Paige Evans; Cut Files: Butterfly HalfLayered Flowers and Leaves, and Rolled Flowers by Paige Evans

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Summer 2021 Layout by Paige Evans

Monday, August 1, 2022

Here is one of my two layouts that were in the Summer 2022 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine which you can download and browse for free HERE!

My assignment was to use a cut file and create a summery page with my Splendid collection. Challenge accepted!
I designed this Summer Grid Cut File which you can grab for free on the SCT website HERE and I cut it from textured white cardstock. The B-side of Splendid Paper 6 has blocks of colorful paper which were perfect for backing the blocks of the cut file. I backed the letters first, then the blocks, then added photos in the 3 empty squares.
Next I attached the backed cut file onto the bright yellow B-side of Paper 5. I tucked clusters of Floral and Leaf Die Cuts under the four corners and added colorful mini foam Thickers to make the year on the bottom right section. To embellish I grabbed tiny hearts, flowers, and sentiments from the Cardstock Stickers and the 8-Page Sticker Book to add little bits of fun here and there. I wrote journaling with a white pen inside the "R" to wrap it all up!
I hope this layout inspires you to check out the Summer 2022 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, download my free Summer Grid Cut File, and use Splendid to scrap your summer memories! Let me know if you have any questions, thanks for stopping by!
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, Thickers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: SPLENDIDwhite cardstock; Cut file: Summer Grid by Paige Evans

July 2022 Highlights

 A year ago exactly for my July 2021 Highlights I had to write about this very same sad thing. Life sucks sometimes, that's all there is to it. Our sweet Jill passed away in a freak accident and we are forever heartbroken.

Literally half of all the pictures I take are of my kitties. Or were.

One minute we were snuggling and taking an afternoon nap together, the next, she was gone. She got trapped and her circulation was cut off and there was nothing the ER vet could do.

We're absolutely gutted, devastated, and numb. This wasn't how it was supposed to be. Amy and Jill were supposed to grow old together.
Now instead Amy is a sole kitty and we are loving up on her so much in hopes to console her.
She definitely misses her sister and was there with her until the very end.
It's really hard to write this, it's hard to try and be happy, when my heart just hurts so freaking much. Alas, there were some wonderful parts of July too.
We flew to Wallace for the 4th of July and I have a whole blog post about it HERE.
And I scrapped the entire trip in a mini album already HERE!
I finished The Wedding and started True Believer by Nicholas Sparks.
Berry and Cherry successfully hatched their 2nd clutch of the season. They now have 10 babies!
This was taken on "fly away day"! Two little babies of the five all ready to go!
We have a bird feeder outside and had a big pot underneath it. Two little mice got stuck overnight so I released them and moved the pot. Amy likes to watch them every night.
We met the local Evans families for dinner at The Spaghetti Factory, always yummy! Jane's specialty drink was outta control!
McDonald's for lunch.
It's Tom & Margi's 50th anniversary coming up here soon and I'm in charge of the decorations.
I drove with her to check out the venue and get inspiration. It's a beautiful location!
I've got some ideas brewing.
Fox learned how to mow the lawn.
Me throughout the month. 1) I tried dry needling therapy for my jaws but it didn't stop my headaches unfortunately. Hopefully the neurologist can help when I visit them in October. 2) Crazy hair don't care. 3) French braids for the first time in like 20 years. 4) Ready to see my scrappy friends!
Jane turned 10!! Double digits!! How?! Time flies!! And what's crazier is I've had this blog since even before she was born so you can literally watch her grow before your eyes throughout the posts and pages shared here.
We took her and three of her best girlfriends to Main Event to party!
That night we went to Texas Roadhouse with Jay & Haylie and their kids and Jane fell asleep in the car ride there. You're never too old for car naps!
My sister had her baby! Meet Zula Mae Litchfield.
It's a girl!!! They kept it a surprise and were so sure it was a boy! So sure that even when she was born my sister declared, "It's a boy!" But then the doctor said, nope! It's a girl! We're all so happy and I'm ecstatic to have another niece!
This just makes me laugh, the good ol' days of TGIF.
We only saw one movie in the theater in July: Thor Love and Thunder which was aight. I'm not the biggest Marvel fan, but I'm usually always entertained so there's that!

On the scrappy front!

The only project I made and shared here in July was my 4th of July scrapbook. I swear I've been making things non-stop, I just always have a specific date that I can post/share way in the future :)

The rest of my free creative time was spent making kits and putting finishing touches on some upcoming virtual classes with Splendid!
I designed 5 free cut files: two for my newsletters, one for Scrapbook & Cards Today, and two for my Happy Scrappy Place FB group.
From July 8th-31st my 24 Days of Summer Cut Files went out!
They are now available as a bundle in my shop HERE or also in Etsy.
I received another box of samples of Garden Shoppe! Just waiting on the papers now :)
It's been a long time since I changed up anything in my Kallax unit.
So when sent me their new Stackable Trays I immediately made a space for them to hold all the papers from my past collections!
Behind the scenes looks at putting my 4th of July scrapbook together. I've saved all the stories I shared with my process in an Instagram Highlight.
Chris was the very first person to look through the finished album. He's my biggest supporter!
I got a chance to play with the Garden Shoppe Acrylic Stamps for the upcoming Cards for Kindness campaign with It's been a long time since I used colored pencils and I truly love them!
My next big project will be creating the layouts and mini albums for PaigePals3 kits and virtual classes! MAKING is my favorite part of the job so I'm going to try to relish these next few weeks. That is if I can get my mojo back. It's flown out the window since Jill passed.
Sneak of a prototype for a globe mini album! Stay tuned!
Over July 23rd and 24th it was finally time for A Splendid Weekend! (All the info for our upcoming in-person event in November called Garden Shoppe Weekend can be found HERE!). We've been planning this event since our last one in November 2021 and have been counting down the days! And what's better than one day of classes? TWO days of classes! And TWO bonus teachers!
 As guests were flying in from out of town I put an open invite out there for anyone who wanted to stop by and see my happy scrappy place. I think 10 ladies stopped in for a chat!
You can read an entire recap of the event HERE.
Sure gonna miss having Jill with me.
Amy is now the full time watch-cat.
Here's hoping for no more repeats of the last two Julys. Bring on August!
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