Sun Sand Sea Layout by Missy Whidden

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Who is ready for summer vacation?! We have just a couple more weeks of school and then we are hittin' the local "beach" and never looking back! Okay, that's an exaggeration, but we are excited to swim at the lake now that the weather is finally warming up! Missy Whidden shares my enthusiasm for summer and vacations and has a colorful layout to share with you today!
Hey there, friends! Missy here again and this week we are featuring layouts about vacations. I chose a beautiful photo from a trip to Aruba last year and the blue water was just stunning. I knew the bright colors from the Oh My Heart and Fancy Free collections would showcase it beautifully. I was recently inspired by one of Paige’s layouts where she hand cut letters from patterned paper. I started out by cutting letters from Paper 10. I wanted lots of pinks, yellows, and oranges. I decided to add in some papers from the Fancy Free 6x6 Paper Pad as well, and they added in a few different shades of bright colors. I decided to create my own background using white cardstock. I covered most of it with clear gesso and then sprayed some yellow inks over a sunburst stencil. I love adding sun rays whenever I create a beach layout. I also like to add blue watercolor to echo the blue colors in the photos, so I used some blue acrylic paint and some ink sprays.
Here you can see the mix of blues in the background and how they really make the letters stand out. Before I glued anything down, I ran the background through my sewing machine and stitched along the edge of each of the sunbursts. I love how it makes the edges crisp and gives some nice texture. I also stitched through the title. I didn’t want to over-embellish here since the background and title were taking center stage. I went with flowers since my photo is about Aruba and it’s very tropical. This chipboard piece is from the Fancy Free Chipboard Stickers. I fussy cut a few flowers from Oh My Heart Paper 06 and layered them in here as well. I also added a few small hearts from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers.
All of the “SEA” letters are from the Fancy Free 6x6 Paper Pad. I really love how machine stitching adds such awesome detail to a layout without it being overwhelming. I used a yellow golden color thread that blended in. Here you can see more pieces from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers.
I decided early on that I wanted to fussy cut this big yellow flower from Oh My Heart Paper 06 and use it as a big embellishment. I made it work over on the left side of the layout under my photo. One of the leaves ran off the page, so I cut it and used it on the other side. I hate wasting those bits and pieces that you can use elsewhere! And plus it makes it look like its own embellishment when I really just cut it and used one. I layered in some flowers from the Oh My Heart Ephemera Die Cuts. I also fussy cut those small pink flowers and added them right on top of the photo. Last but not least, I added in some tangled thread.
I hope this inspires you to try some fussy and hand cutting on your next project! It’s fun to cut crooked and wonky letters and make them your own. And these collections are bursting with images that can be fussy cut… especially the flowers!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 SUPPLIES: OH MY HEARTPaper 06Paper 10Chipboard StickersEphemera Die CutsFANCY FREE: Paper 01, Paper 12, 6x6 Paper Pad, Chipboard Stickers
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Let the countdown to summer vacation begin, if it hasn't begun already! I know some schools are already out! Thanks to Missy for sharing her talents!

Rapeseed Fields

Monday, May 29, 2017

If you have ever driven through Germany in the spring, you've probably noticed rolling fields of BRIGHT yellow flowers. These are fields of rapeseed blooming, an important crop for Germany. Drive back through a few weeks later and they've vanished. Why? Because they have set seed and turned brown, ready for harvest.
On a recent drive home we pulled off onto a dirt road and got snap happy.
More about rapeseed because I find this stuff interesting: "Rapeseed is a very common crop in Germany with 1,300,000 hectares planted in 2011. It has been cultivated and used by humans for thousands of years in India and since the Middle Ages in Europe, mostly for lamp oil, soap, and engine lubricant. It was eaten during famine times and during both World War I and World War II, Germany made margarine out of it. Up to 1974, rapeseed oil was used very little in the food industry, the rest was used in machine and chemical industries. Then, through selective breeding programs in German universities, the bitter-tasting, toxic substance, erucic acid, was reduced to a level that was safe for human consumption in winter rapeseed. Today rapeseed is used to make biodiesel, margarine, animal feed, and bioplastics.
A type of edible rapeseed oil is called canola, which was bred in Canada in the 1970s. Canola stands for Canadian oil, but is now used generically to mean edible rapeseed oil. Rapeseed is related to mustard, turnips, and other cabbage plants. It is pollinated by honeybees and the honey is mixed with other types or sold as bakery-grade."
It was a beautiful sunny day! Must be treasured, documented, preserved, and cherished!
I have loved seeing these rapeseed fields bloom every spring the past 4 years. I will sorely miss them!
Ich liebe Deutschland!!

Teaching at Scrappies Recap

Saturday, May 27, 2017

I have absolutely loved teaching at Scrappies through the years! I'm so thankful to Sandra for organizing the events and for letting me come and teach so many times. Saturday May 13th was the final event, wahhhh!
I'm obviously a HUUUUGE fan of Steffi Ried - so much so that I asked her to be one of only three on my design team! When she said she was coming to my class I was sooooooo excited to meet her in real life! I pretty much stalked her all day :) Totally fangirling.
These pics are from Steffi's blog - on the left I'm teaching and on the right is Steffi's lovely version of one of the layouts.
After walking by Steffi's space a few times, I noticed she wasn't using any orange! Turns out she hates orange! Ha! I was like, you know what I'm gonna do now... I'm gonna give you an assignment to use ONLY orange! HA!
Steffi's beautiful layout:
Selfie with Steffi:
Only after I read Steffi's blog post recap about the same day did I realize WE'VE ALREADY MET! I feel like such a doofus! I even have a picture of us together on my blog post recap of teaching at Scrapbook Werkstatt a few years ago!
So. I feel lame. I have a terrible terrible memory. Anyway, I'm grateful to Steffi for coming, for being on my team, for still being so nice to me even when I acted like it was the first time ever meeting her, and such. She really is the sweetest and she even gave me a handmade mini album that I will forever cherish:
Back to the class recap! We made the same four layouts that I taught in Birmingham back in March.
Kerstin on the left and Mone on the right (below). Both amazing planner girls and I love this captured moment. Kerstin also came to my bookbinding class at Stephanie's a few weeks ago! And Mone flew from Berlin just to come to this class! I love these gals.
More Steffi stalking. I need that watercolor set!
My desk. I brought my Keukenhof mini album in case I had a few minutes to spare, which I did, just about 15 minutes in total, and that's when I figured out I could add white paint instead of vellum to tone down the backgrounds.
For lunch we walked back to Scrappies and shopped and ate.
I neeeeed these blue and pink albums.
Best pretzels ever!
Pick a pizza any pizza! All were delicious!
A cute layout sample - I love the cross stitched hearts.
Long live local scrapbook stores!
Aerial view of my space.
Tears welled up in my eyes as I was saying goodbye. Goodbyes suck. And there's going to be so many more of them over the coming weeks :(
I passed the lovely Nabburg on the way home, so majestically set up on the hill.
It was Saturday 4 of 5 in a row of teaching and it was awesome!
Oh, and, tomorrow is my birthday, just sayin' :) Which means today is my little sister's birthday! Happy birthday Allie!!

Thumbs Up Fringe Layout

Friday, May 26, 2017

I was trying to think of a new pair of layouts to teach for a class with Nikki Nimena last weekend since there were going to be repeat attendees so I scraplifted a layout I recently made for Scrapbook & Cards Today featuring fringe!
THUMBS UP by Paige Evans
JOURNALING SAYS: Hey cutest girl in the world! My sunshine on a cloudy day! You make me smile and laugh. Thanks for letting me take so many pictures of you all the time!
HOW TO: Cut a large heart from scratch paper or cardstock (it gets covered up so it doesn't matter what color). Trim 1 1/2" wide patterned paper strips (I made 9 strips) then fringe the edges with scissors. Place adhesive around the outer edge of the heart and then starting at the bottom, layer the fringed papers across the heart. Turn the heart over and trim the excess fringe. Adhere the fringed heart onto a patterned paper background. Create two clusters: on the right add a photo, die cuts, stickers, etc., and on the left side add journaling and a bunch of embellishments. Finish with heart trio stamping.
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers (chipboard, paper, puffy, transparency), stamps: Oh My Heart by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Ink: StazOn; Fringe scissors, adhesive, pen: American Crafts
Would a process video for this be helpful? Or is it pretty self explanatory? :)

Blue Lagoon Mini Album

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My obsession with making mini albums continues! I purchased a whole bunch of 4x4 mini albums when they were on sale a couple YEARS ago... and they've been sittin' pretty on my shelf ever since! Just waiting to be used and loved.
After finishing up the Keukenhof Pocket Mini Album a couple days ago, I needed a new project and photos to scrap. I decided to make a mini album based around our pics from the Blue Lagoon in Iceland!
Then I wondered which collection to use. The photos aren't very colorful, in fact, they are mostly mint, black, and white. So I decided to try something I've never done before and make an entire monochromatic mini album, not using a specific collection, instead I went through box by box of my scrap stash and pulled out all the mint-colored things from papers and ribbon to washi tape and buttons to sequins and ink colors, and much more!
After trimming the photos down I placed them into pockets in pretty much chronological order and the album already felt like it was lookin' good! Just putting photos into pockets is "scrapbooking"! Then I worked on the cover. I love this really old set of Thickers with different shades of mint. The plan was to use my sewing machine to stitch them on but after scratching up the cover and the needle broke and literally flew into my eye... I tossed that idea and instead did some hand stitching. On the spine I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast and typed "Blue Lagoon Iceland" onto ledger paper, trimmed it down, and inserted it into the bookplate. Once the album was completely finished I wrapped ribbon, baker's twine, and yarn around the spine and tied on two mint tassels.

On the inside cover I adhered a chipboard wave from the brand new Summer Lights collection by Pink Paislee between the stitched lines.
What's a project without stitching?! Ha! I trimmed a piece of transparency to the same size as the page protectors, punched holes in the sides, then hand stitched the country of Iceland in aqua thread. I placed a small heart sticker where the Blue Lagoon is. Next came a sequin & glitter pocket: I poured a few blue sequins and glitter into the bottom, stitched 1/3 of the way across, added more sequins & glitter, stitched 2/3 of the way across, added even more sequins & glitter, then sewed the top shut. Being the glitter phobe that I am, I'm proud of this little pocket page haha.
I also really love backing die cuts with patterned paper! Since I spent a long time searching through all of my 6x6 patterned paper pads pulling mint papers, I figured I'd better use them! I die cut the self made "Blue Lagoon" outline three times from white textured cardstock, used spray adhesive to attach them all together, backed the open letters with patterned paper, then die cut a solid "Blue Lagoon" from white cardstock to back the entire piece so it has a clean back side.
Then we get to the photos! On all of the 4x4 photo pockets I wrapped washi tape around the right edge - I love the color this adds, though I don't know if "color" is the right word since I only used tints, tones, and shades of a single color ;) I copied text from the blog post recap, printed it out, and trimmed it into strips before adhering it directly onto the "white space" of the photo.
The next photo page is a picture of the rain-soaked window and a phrase we kept repeating throughout our time in Iceland haha. In the 4 pocket page I added two photos and the other two are filled with buttons - to help them stay in the pocket I machine stitched along the top edges.
The buttons are visible on the front and back and I added two more photos to the other pockets. On the right spread, another 4 pocket page, I trimmed four pieces of cardstock, sprayed them with adhesive, then layered bits of textured ribbon across them. A fun filler page!
The backsides of the ribbon-covered cardstock are seen on the left side and then I topped them with stickers. On the right page, another 4 pocket page, I typed and printed journaling onto vellum - the vellum reminds me of the fog/steam at the surface of the water. And I added another pair of small photos.
On the left side I backed the photos with pieces of baker's twine and yarn then stitched down the sides so they'll stay in place forever. On the right spread I used a 4" square photo (which means more washi tape on the right edge!), then added a wave die cut and a jumble of messy string with a mini clothespin.
The left side is a big picture of me in the water along with "most favorite" puffy stickers from my Fancy Free collection. Look carefully and you'll see I dotted the "i" with a sequin. The right 4 pocket page is 4 small photos, done and done, clean and simple.
I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 4" square, stamped the flower from the Oh My Heart acrylic stamp set all over it using 5 different colors of aqua/blue ink, then trimmed it into 2" squares to fit the pockets. Also clean and simple! The right pocket holds a 4" square photo and then on top of the sleeve I added a puffy frame sticker with typed and printed journaling on vellum trimmed into strips.
On the left side I made another filler page by stitching mint embellishments down the center and mirrored that down the right edge of the right photo page. Directly on the photo I stamped journaling lines and hand wrote journaling all about that smoothie.
I added glitter chipboard dots to the top of the large photo mimicing rain. On the right 4 pocket page I saved our receipt and trimmed two 2" squares from it for two of the pockets then added photos to the other pockets. I stitched "love" to the center.
The left side is a couple more photos, a bit more journaling, and a puffy butterfly sticker with "antennae" made from pins from my stash. On the right photo I made "rain" with modeling paste and a stencil across the top edge and slid on a flag paper clip to the bottom right side.
The last page is a family photo and a few sentiment stickers on the bottom left, the date stamped below, and another flower stamped on the top right corner with a sequin in the middle of the flower.
All-in-all this album only took a single afternoon to complete! This format of mini album with pockets lends itself to quick scrapping - you just need to embellish which you can keep to a minimum or take it to the next level, whatever suits your style!
Also, gathering the supplies beforehand and limiting myself to only using a single color helped streamline the process and made it come together quickly!
As I type this my photo order of Cinque Terre pics is about to arrive so I'm gonna go prep the pages for that mini! 
Can't stop, won't stop making minis!
Paige Taylor Evans © // Quinn Creatives DESIGN