Super Explorer Layout

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hi scrappy friends! I kicking off another week of Wild Child fun on the Pink Paislee blog! I mixed and matched the entire collection to create this layout about my wild children.
First I die cut my Stars Star Cut File from textured white cardstock. I thought about backing each individual star with a different patterned paper, but I knew that would take hours so I sifted through the papers and hoped one would be colorful and fun and still create an awesome effect. Success! The rainbow and clouds striped paper from the boy papers worked perfectly! I simply popped up the star with some dimensional adhesive and then trimmed around it. Now to find a background...
For the background paper I used the corresponding rainbow stripes paper from the girl patterns. I LOVE all the bright colors! I thought about doing a mixed media background but decided there was enough color going on and to keep it simple. Sometimes simple is okay (I need to repeat this to myself more often, ha!)
Next came my photo - I chose a silly picture of Fox & Jane - perfect for this Wild Child collection! They're just being their funny selves and the colors went perfectly with the papers I had chosen. On the upper left side of the photo, since there wasn't anything too important going on there, I decided to create a cascading title using die cuts, stickers, and Thickers. After that I added some star and heart puffy stickers, chipboard stickers, and paper stickers all around, mostly sticking with the color-on-color technique. I finished off the layout with some coordinating hand stitching around the star to define that shape and journaled inside one of the clouds. I hope you are inspired to use the adorable, fun, and playful Wild Child collection on your next layout!

Good Morning Layout

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I'm sharing my newest Big Picture Classes layouts over the next few weeks! Up first is this layout featuring pennant banners.
On this layout I tried to simplify things a bit and kept it pretty minimal – the banners are the star of the show! I placed them in a radiating design leading out from the photo and then added the title across the top. A few coordinating embellishments placed on the pennants here and there and this layout was finished! Oh and I also added journaling and paint splatters.
 The start-to-finish process video can be found over in the class if you're interested to see exactly how this page came together!
Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, washi tape, pennant paper clip, Thickers, chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, wood veneer: Turn the Page by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Pennant cut files: Paige Evans for Big Picture Classes; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Paint: FolkArt

Mom's Day Cut File Layout by Missy Whidden

Friday, October 13, 2017

When Missy Whidden's latest design team project email showed up in my inbox and I opened it up... I literally gasped out loud! It's just that beautiful! We're still highlighting my cut files for Silhouette on the blog and the layout she made is all kinds of awesome. Check it out:

Hello again, friends! Missy here and I’m sharing a new layout featuring the Scalloped Circles cut file enlarged to fit my entire page. I did a little mixing and matching with Paige’s collections on this. I used a patterned paper from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad to cut the design. I love the watercolor look of it, and I placed it on some white cardstock so it would stand out. I used some Shimmerz sprays, some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine, and a few gelatos to create the watercolor effect on the background. I spent lots of time fussy cutting flowers for this page! I pulled out the Turn the Page 12x12 Paper Pad and cut all the gold foiled flowers from one paper. I also cut the hot pink tiny flowers from a sheet in the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad. It’s fun to combine bits and pieces from different collections to make things interesting!
I love how versatile this cut file is. Usually I back all the open spots with patterned papers, but I decided to leave all the spots open. I wanted the background to show through. I added some shiny gold here with some machine stitching. The background gold really shines and it’s a perfect complement to the gorgeous flowers. The fussy cutting was well worth it!

I wanted to cluster some of the flowers on top of the photo so I did that in a few places. I added one of the Turn the Page Pennant Paper Clips to the corner edge here and layered a flower on top of it. I pulled out the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers and found a yellow one that matched perfectly. I added in some of the Turn the Page Ribbon through the hole to finish it off.

I did even more mixing and matching for my title. I used some of the Take Me Away Thickers for half of it and the Turn the Page Thickers for the other half. I curved the title to fit the cut file. I also added a smaller subtitle over on the left side. I used the “today” sticker from the Turn the Page Sticker Book, stuck it to some vellum, and fussy cut it out.

This was so much fun to create! I highly recommend checking out Paige’s Silhouette cut files. They are really awesome and give you so many possibilities to create with! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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October 2016 Mini Album

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I never shared my 2016 "October Occasionally" mini album! I didn't coin that term, but it's perfect for what it is - not like December Daily where we document something every day, but rather only occasionally in October. And I don't even work on it every day, I wait until after Halloween and then print my photos together and knock the whole project out in a couple sittings :)
First, here is a flip thru:
All of my October mini albums are done in 4x4 instagram mini albums by We R or Becky Higgins or Studio Calico - anyone that makes a remotely Halloween-ish color or pattern, I'll use it!
I've used pretty much the same Halloween products for all five of my October minis as you can see if you watch the flip thrus on my YouTube "mini albums playlist"! And here's a secret - I only started making these back in 2014, but I had all my photos from previous years so last fall I whipped out 2012 and 2013 October mini albums too! Since Fox was born in 2010 and we totally walked him around in our arms on Halloween night, I would love to go back and even do 2010 and 2011. I love Halloween, that's all there is to it!
So here are some stills of my mini album! Let me know if you have any questions about anything that you see!
If you have a QR reader you can hover over these codes and it'll open up YouTube videos that I took of the kids!

Bookbinding in My Home Recap

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Last Saturday I taught a coptic bookbinding workshop in my kitchen! It was such a fun and special day. I love being surrounded by people with similar interests and hobbies :)

Friday afternoon I got everything set up and ready to go.
Chris helped me move some things around to make a little bookbinding station.
Friends came from near and far, all over Washington state. Even Toni From serendipitously was in town and was able to make it to the event with her delightful mother! I was also a wee bit (okay, absolutely and totally!) ecstatic that Shanna Noel (founder of Illustrated Faith) and her daughter came from just the next town over to learn how to bookbind! Should we join forces and teach a workshop together?!
 A beautiful mess.
 I promised everyone that they would go home with a finished book - and they did!
Because I demonstrate how to make the books, I end up with one too which is awesome for giving away as a gift!
Emily gave me the most amazing gift. Ya'll know how much I luuuuuuurv Halloween. Check out this charm she made for my October Occasionally 2017 mini album:
 Squeee! I LOVE IT!
Here are all nine finished books. Ta da!!  
I hope to have another coptic bookbinding class in my home soon! In the meantime, if you're interested in learning how to make a coptic book, I do have an online class and kits available!
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