Prague Christmas Market Layout for Kerri Bradford

Monday, December 11, 2017

I've got a new layout to share today using a pretty wreath cut file from the Kerri Bradford Studio Christmas Calendar!
First I enlarged and die cut the wreath using my Silhouette Cameo 3 from the Christmas Calendar from plain 12x12 white cardstock as well as these patterned papers from Turn the PagePaper 11 B-side (a traditional Christmas green), Paper 17 B-side (a traditional Christmas red), Paper 15 B-side (it's a yellow which kind of acts as gold which is a pretty traditional Christmas color!), and Paper 16 B-side (a nice minty blue, not super traditional, but I love mixing in pinks and blues!).
Once I had all of the wreaths die cut I snipped them into pieces - I used the red paper for the berries, the green paper for the branches, the yellow paper for the smallest leaves, and the mint blue for the larger leaves. Before adhering them in place I used my sewing machine to stitch around the white cardstock wreath several times for added texture. Then I used liquid glue to add the paper pieces on top and let it dry.

For the background I used Paper 23 B-side which is an ombre yellow (or gold!) with a pretty flower design that reminds me of falling snowflakes. I adhered the wreath on the left side, trimmed off the excess, and tucked my photo into the left. Next I embellished with bits and pieces from Turn the Page that I thought could work with a Christmas-themed page - a red cardinal bird Ephemera Die CutChipboard Sticker flowers, acorns, and birds in the same color scheme, button Stickers, gold "splashes" from the Sticker Book all around the wreath for a fun accent, topped off with matching buttons.
I wrote my journaling on a gold Journaling Spot and tucked it into the wreath. For the title I used just the yellow letters from the Thickers to say "Prague" around the bottom of the wreath then typed, printed, and trimmed "christmas market" to finish the title. The page was feeling a little sparse so on the right side I trimmed a wedge of Paper 06 B-side and stitched it to the right edge. I made a scalloped border from white cardstock using a punch and tucked it under the paper wedge. Then I layered two groups of embellishments at the top and bottom.

That about finishes the layout! I hope you are inspired to try Kerri Bradford's festive Christmas Calendar cut files whether in a traditional sense or for a scrapbooking layout or card! And I hope you see how fun it is to use Turn the Page for even Christmas layouts! You just have to pull the right colors :)

Patterned paperChipboard StickersThickersJournaling SpotEphemera Die CutsStickersTurn the Page by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Wreath cut file: Kerri Bradford Studio; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Sewing machine: Brother; Buttons: Stampin' Up; Thread: Coats & Clark; Paint: FolkArt; Scalloped border punch: Fiskars; Typewriter: Typecast by WeR Memory Keepers

Signature Style Layout by Flóra Farkas

Sunday, December 10, 2017

I love the beautiful and simply sweet style of design team member Flóra Farkas and am head over heels for this new layout she created to share with you today!

Hi ladies! Today I am sharing a new layout with my signature style! I can’t describe my style precisely because every time I try to make something different, so I thought to use all of my favorites on this project! One of the cutest papers from Turn the Page is Paper 07 which actually inspired today’s layout.
I adore all the colorful cute tea and coffee cups, so I decided to fussy cut them. I left a thin margin around the cut outs to give them finished look. I used a cut file for my page, as this is something I do often. This time I chose Paige’s Overlapping Hearts Background and cut it out from Paper 10 using the soft salmon color side. I love this warm color so much! I placed the cut out on white cardstock and added a fussy cut cup in the middle of each heart.

I duplicated three of the cups by adding small ones from the Sticker Book. I wanted to symbolize with them mother and daughter. I highlighted these three hearts first with hand stitching and then adhering the cups with foam tape.

I glued my photos with foam tape as well. I embellished around with few wonderful Chipboard Sticker flowers and an Ephemera Die Cut bird. Here I also add tiny Puffy Sticker flower and cup. They are so adorable, I love to use them on every page I make with Turn the Page! In the end I scattered gold clear elements from the Sticker Book which gave the perfect finishing touch to my layout. Thanks for stopping by today!
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Facebook: pinkandpapergift YouTube: Flora Monika Farkas

See, what did I tell you?! Simply sweet style!

Christmas Day 2016 "'Tis the Season" Layout & Process Video

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The holiday season is in full swing and I am so happy to be back with another layout and process video, this time for the 'Tis the Season YouTube series hosted by Audrey Yeager!
Here is the process video if you want to check out how this layout came to be:

I started by die cutting my Christmas Tree Floral cut file from white textured cardstock then I spent awhile backing it with papers mostly from my Turn the Page 6x6 Paper Pad. As long as I used some traditional red and green, I felt I could add in some pinks, blues, and yellows too! It works! :)
While I was adding mixed media to a patterned paper background that I didn't end up using, my Cameo was die cutting my Flourish Christmas Tree cut file from white textured cardstock. I layered the paper backed tree on top and changed my mind about the background and used they pretty gray patterned B-side of Paper 12 instead. I dropped Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine and white acrylic paint across the background to add some whimsy.
Once the trees were in place it was just a matter of adding the rest of the "stuff!" Photo, title, journaling, embellishments, oh my! All supplies are from Turn the Page - I found anything that remotely went with Christmas and tried to add it in... and I love it!
I used dimensional adhesive a bunch to really make this page pop. I hope you are inspired to try out these cut files and make a Christmas page with Turn the Page! It's a fun challenge! 

Supplies: Patterned paperEphemera Die CutsChipboard StickersSticker Book2x2 Paper PadThickersTurn the Page by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cut files: Flourish Christmas Tree and Christmas Tree Floral by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; Stapler: Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz; White pen: Sharpie; Roller date stamp: Project Life; Ink: StazOn; Gold spray mist: Heidi Swapp Color Shine; White acrylic paint: FolkArt

Here is the layout that Audrey made for her design team post today and coordinating YouTube video for her series! She says, "I LOVE LOVE this Christmas Village cut file so much! Perfect match for my photos! I backed the houses with kraft cardstock to look like gingerbread and added some Nuvo drops to make the white snow and embellish the houses a bit. I picked papers with shades of green from Paige's collections to back the Christmas trees."

Blog: / Instagram: @audreykit1 / YouTube: Audrey Yeager
Pinterest: @audreykit / Facebook: Audrey L. Yeager

I just took a quick screenshot of all of Audrey's super cute layouts for her series so far - how fun to have so many Christmas layouts documented every year!
Be sure to watch the rest of the videos in this 'Tis the Season YouTube series hosted by Audrey Yeager!

First Mini Album Cut File!

Friday, December 8, 2017

My first mini album cut file is available in my etsy shop!
It's a square with slits and folds that you adhere together to make a mini album! I asked designer Lorilei Murphy to create an example and I LOVE what she created!
Here's what Lorilei has to say about her project, "What a fun mini album cut file! I decided to use double-sided paper from Turn the Page for the base of the album. It gave me the choice to mix and match the pages because you can have the folds flip either way before adhering them. The score lines make for easy assembly! I printed out a photo for each side of the pages and then fiddled around with the fold up triangle for a bit - the options seemed endless! I decide to go with a configuration of embellishing the pop up to be viewed straight on with the photos. You could also decorate the pop up under each photo at an angle! I used ALL the bits and pieces from Turn the PageEphemera Die CutsStickersJournaling SpotsThickers, and Chipboard Stickers, to bring the mini to life! One tip I have is that if you want to have the mini sitting out in a carousel look, use odd number of pages for the album!
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Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial so you can see how to assemble the mini album base:
1) Size the cut file to as large as you want to fit within your mat. Here I made each square a little less than 6" and I cut five squares total, each from a different double-sided patterned paper. 
 2) Fold the paper on the scored lines.
3) On the diagonal scored line, fold it back.
 4) Here's what your square should look like at this point:
 5) On the square opposite the diagonal fold, add adhesive.
 6) Attach the adhesive-side square to the back of the next square over to complete one section of the mini album.
 7) Repeat the folding and adhering process for as many pages as you want - I made five.
 8) Adhere all the blocks end-to-end except the last two sides so your album can fold up.
If pictures didn't quite make perfect sense, here is a video tutorial:
I hope you check out this mini album cut file and I can't wait to see how you use it to make a fun and unique mini album for documenting precious memories!

Christmas Layout by Bea Valint

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The more I look at this layout by designer Bea Valint, the more details I notice!! It's like Easter trying to find the eggs - there are so many fun little surprises! From hand stitching to the interactive flaps, to ALL the cut files she used, to the fact that she used my non-Christmas-themed Pink Paislee collections to create a 100% Christmasy layout... I'm in LOVE!
Here's what Bea has to say about her work of art, "Paige has so many amazing Christmas themed cut files in the Silhouette Store, it's so hard to choose only one to feature on my layout. I decided to incorporate many of them about the things we love about Christmas! I created a grid layout using nine half folded white cardstock pieces. I embellished the tops of the papers with die cuts and added my photos and journaling inside."
For the title Bea used: Paige Font
For the background she used: Snowflake Border
She embellished the papers using the following cut files: 
Blog: / Instagram: @beavalint / Pinterest: @valint7 / Facebook: myshinystudio / YouTube: Bea Valint
Okay, I am feeling SO inspired by this layout!! Amazing work Bea!

Signature Style Layout by Missy Whidden

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sometimes it's nice to just let the designers have free rein and go to town making whatever floats her boat! That's exactly what Missy Whidden has done and I bet you could have guessed this was her layout without me even saying so :) I love how her style is so distinct!

Hello again, friends! Missy here, and this week we are featuring layouts using our signature styles. I think my signature style is definitely mixed media. But I also use cut files and I sew and fussy cut a lot on my pages. So I combined all of those together for this layout! I did a bit of mixing and matching with papers and embellishments from the Turn the PageOh My Heart, and Take Me Away collections. I also used the Life Doesn’t Have to be Perfect cut file designed by Paige, which is available in the Silhouette Store. I enlarged parts of the cut file and made it fit my entire page. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it from white cardstock and used a mix of Turn the Page Paper 12 and the 6x6 Paper Pad to back the open spots. I love the mix of patterns and colors. I pulled a paper from the Take Me Away 12x12 Paper Pad to use as my background. I love the big yellow block at the top and the white striped bottom part allowed for lots of fun watercoloring.
I chose this cut file because it’s a perfect statement for me and my family. And these photos say it all… haha! We never get a perfect photo, so I have come to embrace the imperfect. I jazzed up this background paper by smudging a lot of white gesso down first. Next I used some pink, yellow, gold and aqua spray inks with plastic packaging. I smooshed and splattered until a great deal of the paper was covered. I wanted it to show through the letters and around the photos. Once it dried and I arranged the letters, I ran each word through my sewing machine. I fussy cut a few birds from the Turn the Page 6x6 Paper Pad and added a few chipboard heart stickers from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers and the Take Me Away Chipboard Stickers.

I knew I wanted to have lots of color on the layout, so I printed my photos in black & white. I backed them with some tissue paper and adhesive foam for dimension and tucked in some aqua thread on both sides. I used a few chipboard flower stickers from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers as well. I wanted a pop of hot pink under the pictures so I fussy cut the scalloped border piece from Oh My Heart Paper 17.

As a final touch, I added in a few phrase stickers from Paige’s 30-page #StickerBook. They’re so fun because they go with any theme you’re working with. I did add a bit of journaling down at the bottom as well as few more splatters of ink.

I hope this inspires you to create something using your signature style! And don’t forget to check out Paige’s amazing cut files over in the Silhouette Store. There are a ton to choose from, and they’re the best!

Blog:  Instagram: @missywhidden  Pinterest: @missywhidden
Facebook: missy.whidden  YouTube: Missy Whidden
Do you have a signature style? What would you call or, or what do you do? I love color, patterned papers, repetition, cut files, hand and machine stitching, punching... lots of things :)

Xmas Jams "12 Days of Christmas" Layout & Process Video

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I have a new layout and process video to share with you today! I'm happy to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas YouTube series with Tina Gale and Heather's Crafty Life! My theme was "On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: needle & thread." Oh how I LOVE stitching! Challenge accepted :)
You can watch the process video here:
I started by having my Silhouette Cameo 3 draw my Nordic Background cut file with a pencil using the pen tool on a white cardstock background. Then I poked a hole in every corner in preparation for cross-stitching. Also note, I edited the cut file just a tad to take away a section from the middle right - that's where I wanted to place my photo/title/journaling so I didn't want to spend time stitching there if it was just going to be covered.
Next I took a screenshot of the cut file in Silhouette Studio, printed it out, and did a very rough coloring over it with colored pencils to see which colors of thread I wanted to use to stitch. I tried to use colors that matched my Turn the Page collection with Pink Paislee. Then I began cross-stitching!
I knew it would take a loooong time to stitch this design. I've been hand stitching on my layouts for the past several years so I know about how long it takes. I was in it to win it! I binge-watched a new show on Hulu called The Good Doctor (so good!) and took lots of breaks to get my steps in. Over two days it took me about 11 hours to stitch this background. Worth it! I LOVE it! The textures, the colors... it all makes me happy :)
Then I got to work finishing it up. I didn't want to cover hardly any of the background since I spent a long time creating it so I kept everything clustered in the open space including the cute photo of Fox and Jane in their Christmas jammies, which became the title, or at least a shortened version: XMAS JAMS, made from the little alpha stickers in my Turn the Page Sticker Book. I layered Ephemera Die Cuts and Journaling Spots on the right edge, trimmed the excess, and placed the title on top. I fussy cut "happy as can be" from the phrases 2x2 Paper Pad and added it to the cluster along with a Chipboard Sticker heart.
Jane walked in while I was scrapping and made an awesome suggestion - she saw the pink and blue paper doll people Sticker and said, "You should add these gingerbread men right here!" Hey, they DO look like gingerbread men in this context! Perfect! I backed them with paper first and fussy cut them out because I didn't know exactly where I wanted to place them - they ended up on the left side of the photo over a Chipboard Sticker arrow. Thank you genius Jane!
I had a piece of punched doily border from a leftover project which I cut into bits and tucked under the photo edges. I wrote my journaling on an Ephemera Die Cut tag and tucked it behind the photo (after typing/printing/trimming journaling strips and not liking the way that looked). There was more white space on the right and bottom edges than the left and top edges of the stitched background so I trimmed it up to make it even all around and then stitched it onto Paper 20 to make a colorful frame.
Here are a couple more detail shots because I couldn't narrow them down anymore!

I hope you are inspired to give cross-stitching a try and be sure to check out the rest of the videos in the 12 Days of Christmas YouTube series by Tina Gale and Heather's Crafty Life!

Supplies: Stitching template: Nordic Background cut file by Paige Evans; Patterned paperEphemera Die CutsSticker BookChipboard StickersJournaling Spots2x2 Paper PadTurn the Page by Paige Evans; Pink Paislee; CardstockPen, adhesive: American Crafts; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Embroidery floss: DMC
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