Gift Coptic Books


Friday, April 28, 2017

To say "thank you" to my amazing design team and the graphic designers at Pink Paislee I made each of them a coptic book!
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In between assignments, traveling, teaching, mommying, and life in general, I gathered all the supplies and worked on the books assembly-line style over the period of a few weeks.
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They are all made with Oh My Heart patterned papers and matching colors of cardstock then embellished with the Heart Charms, pearls, jewels, and sequins.
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I stitched the first half of each book with pink thread and the second half with aqua thread.
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The books are made with 4x6" wood covers and they're great for photos, journaling, scrapbooking, and so much more. One of these days I will film through a finished book :)
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I left the covers plain so each designer can decorate it and personalize it.
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And then I feel like I spent more time on the packaging than making the books themselves lol!! Confession: I hate wrapping things! Because the wrapping just gets thrown away... Anyway, I tried my best to make them cute though :)
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I took a few pictures and then popped them in the mail! It has been fun to see them received and I'm glad they all arrived safe and sound.
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Thank you to all of the wonderful and talented people I get to "work" (can't call it work when it feels more like play!) with on a daily basis!

And, if you're interested in learning how to make these books, I do have an online class available in my etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/255163506/coptic-bookbinding-class-pdf-and-video?ref=shop_home_feat_1

Hallo Liebe Layout


Thursday, April 27, 2017

One more layout to share using the Aloha collection!
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HALLO LIEBE by Paige Evans
DESCRIPTION: One of the beautiful papers is printed with a floral wreath which I deconstructed by cutting all of the flowers out and then rearranging them into two half wreaths!
JOURNALING SAYS: Lazy afternoons relaxing on the couch with iPads are some of my favorite. Wouldn't you agree? I think so :)
HOW TO: Fussy cut the flowers from the floral wreath paper and then adhere them onto a smooth white cardstock background into two half wreaths using dimensional adhesive - also add flower die cuts into the mix. Splash black watercolors over the flowers. Tuck a black & white photo into the right wreath and embellish with a badge and tangled thread, flower puffy sticker, and heart puffy sticker. Add die cuts, another badge with tangled thread, and puffy heart sticker to the left side. Journal on a die cut on the top left side.
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, badges, puffy stickers, die cuts: Aloha by Jessica Fabiano & Scrapbook Werkstatt; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Watercolors: Loew Cornell; Thread: Coats & Clark
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I loved scrapping with the Aloha collection - I hope you'll check it out too!

Nice, France


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The next stop of the Evans Family Spring Break Mega Road Trip™ was Nice, France!
The view from our five-star airbnb balcony. It was a very pleasant evening when we drove into town.
After a good night's sleep we were up early to explore this big city on the Riviera.
The main train station. | Smooth as silk tram tracks.
The Cours Saleya, Nice's main market square, was alive with colors, smells, and tastes. It has been the main place for locals to sell their goods since the middle ages.
The name Cours Saleya is derived from the word soleil, or sun, and it certainly lived up to its name.
Then we walked the block or so down to the beach. Jane was in heaven! I've never seen a bigger genuine smile on this girl!
Nice has a 4-mile long seafront and promenade. The beach was pebbly, rather than sandy, and the kids loved it < - - - understatement of the century.

After throwing rocks in for awhile, the kids stripped down to their birthday suits and jumped in! When in France!
After we got the kids semi-dry and clothed, we walked back into the heart of town and stumbled up the. best. macaroons. ever at Gourmandises d ANGEA.
One of each please! Which is exactly what we did (except the ones with alcohol and coffee) then ate them all so quickly and voraciously that we went back for a second box only minutes later. For reals though, we've had our fair share of macaroons and these are hands down the best. Chewy and rich and full of flavor. Man what I wouldn't give for more right about now!
The old city mixes Italian and French flavors creating a unique Mediterranean feel.
Charming colorful back alleys.
The Cathedral of St. Réparate is the city's main church. It was built in the 1500s and is named after Nice's patron saint.
Vieux Nice, or "old Nice," is a wonderful maze of narrow medieval streets with charming sights around every corner.
The seaside portion of town is straight up Riviera glamour!
Nothing epitomizes that glamour more than the Hotel Negresco - Nice's finest (and most expensive) hotel. The building is also a historic monument and symbol of the city. I just love the pink roof, what can I say.
We got some lunch and strolled in the sunshine back towards the tram stop in Place Massena.
Nice sure is nice! Come'on, it had to be said :)
Snippets of our morning walk around Nice:
Our family in Nice, France on Tuesday April 4th 2017.
Then we drove to the cute town of Avignon!

Love Your Face Layout by Missy Whidden


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You can always tell when you're looking at a Missy Whidden layout! She has a definite style that always includes lots of bright colors and fabulous mixed media techniques! Today's layout is no exception! Take it away, Missy!
Hello again, friends! Missy here to share a fun and bright layout featuring the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad. It has most of the 12x12 papers in it and it also includes more of the gold foil designs as well as several white die cut papers! These are perfect if you don’t own an electronic die cutting machine because these are already cut for you. I chose one of the geometric designs and used it as a background design. I backed about half of it with papers from the Oh My Heart 6x6 Paper Pad. I backed the entire thing with white cardstock and I used lots of colorful gelatos and some spray inks to create watercolor splotches. I wanted the right half of the page to be artsy while the left side is more ordered.  Mixing and matching messy with neat is so fun!
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Like I’ve done with my past few pages, I mixed and matched items from each of Paige’s collections. I used a few wood veneer pieces from Fancy Free all around my photo.  I topped it off with a shiny gold heart Chipboard Sticker from Take Me Away - I had to use it since my daughter’s face is definitely “wild,” haha! I machine stitched around all the hexagons with white thread. Before I added any gelatos or inks, I covered most of the area with white gesso - this allows the mixed media products to blend and smooth together really easily.
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I decided to create a big flower cluster over on the upper right area. The colors just popped and that space was perfect for them. I fussy cut them from the 12x12 Paper Pad and layered them up. I also added a few around the page. I love how you can really see the shapes on the background through the gelatos. Smudging that color over the tone-on-tone white makes them stand out. For my title I combined some of the scripty words from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers and the Take Me Away Thickers.
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I wanted to bring in some of the rose gold elements from the 12x12 Paper Pad so I fussy cut the words “hey sugar.” I split them up and used the “sugar” right underneath my title. Here you can see how awesome the different patterned papers look behind the cut file. This is one of my all-time favorite techniques. To add the finishing touches around the page, I placed some different colors of tangled thread.
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I hope this inspires you to check out the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad! There are some really beautiful things that you simply must have! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
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I haven't used the die cut papers from the 12x12 Paper Pad yet and now I want to run to the kitchen table (which is where I scrap!) and start playing with them immediately thanks to Missy's page!

Sand & Sun Layout


Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Ampersands Week on the Pink Paislee blog and here is the layout I made to kick it off:
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SAND & SUN by Paige Evans
DESCRIPTION: I was thinking of an idea to begin with featuring ampersands and glanced over at the wall where I have the layered paper hearts I made for my Spring Decor class at Big Picture Classes. I thought, hey, instead of using hearts, I could use ampersands, and skip the foam adhesive between all the layers to keep it pretty flat! Done and done :)
JOURNALING SAYS: I don't think I've ever seen you so happy as you were here swimming in Nice, France. You love water!
HOW TO: Pick an ampersand and then offset it to make 7 layers. Die cut the first layer from smooth white cardstock then each additional/bigger layer from patterned paper. Machine stitch around each ampersand to add texture and help define the edges - otherwise they just get lost together in a jumble of (beautiful!) color. On a textured white cardstock background, lightly trace the ampersand piece and then use the packaging technique to smudge watercolors around the image. Adhere the ampersand on top then go to town with the photo, title, journaling, and smattering of embellishments!
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers (chipboard, mini alphabet, paper), die cuts: Oh My Heart by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Watercolors: Loew Cornell; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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I hope you're inspired to give big ampersands a try!

Monaco


Sunday, April 23, 2017

After exploring the Italian Riviera it was time to dive into the French side, but first we stopped to check out the micro-nation of Monaco!

Fancy Monaco plate on a fancy car.
We got lost a million times trying to find somewhere to park and then figure out how to get up to the old town, but thankfully eventually we found the long ramped walkway up to Monaco-Ville.
Built in BFFs.
Rick Steves patronizingly criticizes Monaco for having a "Disneyesque" vibe. However, we are HUGE Disney fans, so we found that a definite pro instead of con! So enchanting, magical, pastel, clean, neat, and tidy!
Statues along the walk.
Emerging into Palace Square. | Flowers.
At the top of Monaco-Ville (the old town portion of Monaco), is the Palais Princier - the residence of Prince Albert, the ruler of Monaco. In medieval times there was a castle here that helped protect the country, but it has been upgraded into something a little more comfortable.
This portion of Monaco high up on the rock with the castle gave birth to this principality in 1215 and it's managed to remain an independent country for most of its 800 years. Monaco-ville was the fortified stronghold that withstood invaders and attackers over the centuries. 
There are great views over the principality from up here. In this picture you can see them setting up the track for the famous Grand Prix and the casino that put Monaco on the map: Monte Carlo.
Chris and the kids. I miss having a stroller to prop up the camera for family selfies and I'm too shy to trouble people to ask them to take our photo!
Enjoying the sunshine and the views.
Disneyesque is right! And it's awesome! 
About 30,000 people live in Monaco, two-thirds of whom live here because there is no income tax. Nooice. The remaining 10,000 are the native Monegasques.
Monaco used to be known as a "sunny place for shady people," due to its tax haven status. But Prince Albert has been doing his best to clean up the reputation.
Speaking of the Prince, he walked right by us! By the time I got my camera out he was heading into the palace, but he really did pass right by us with only minimal security around him.
Monaco's royal family is descended directly from François Grimaldi, a renegade Italian who captured Monaco in 1297 and began the dynasty which today has the distinction of being the longest-lasting dynasty in Europe. 
The American movie star Grace Kelly became Princess Grace after she married Prince Rainier, the then ruler of Monaco, in 1956. She first came to Monaco to star in Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 film To Catch a Thief. All around the city are photos of the handsome couple.
They wed here, in the Cathédral de Monaco, which was rebuilt in 1878.
The interior is beautifully lit. 
Past rulers from the dynasty are entombed behind the altar, including Princess Grace and Prince Rainier. 
After leaving the cathedral we dipped into the wonderful and shaded Jardin Botanique. 
These cliffside gardens are an oasis of color and pristinely maintained.
Then we hopped a city bus and rode over to Monte Carlo, Spanish for Charles' Hill, named for the prince who presided over Monaco's 19th century makeover.
This part of the micro-country is home to Europe's most famous casino.
Ferraris, Lambos, Rolls, Bentleys, and more were all parked out front. Swaaaaaaanky.
In the mid-1800s, olive groves stood here. Then, after Monaco lost two-thirds of its territory to France, they were granted the right to build a casino. After the construction of the casino designed by the famous architect Charles Granier, spas, a nice road, and train access, Monaco was on the map as the place for vacationing aristocracy to play. What was once one of Europe's poorest countries now has the highest per-capita income on the continent.
We decided to forgo riding the bus back to our car and strolled down the hill of Monte Carlo towards the harbor.
I don't even know how buildings can be built right on cliff edges!
Peek into the harbor.
Warmth and sunshine = good for the soul. Feeling like we were walking around Disneyland was awesome too!

Since 1929 cars have raced around the port, in front of the casino, and up and down the hills of the country in one of the world's premier auto races - the Grand Prix de Monaco.
Set up was well underway for the race which will be held in May. Just missed it!
Monaco shenanigans:
Our family in Monaco on Monday April 3rd 2017. It was very sunny.
Next: Nice, France!
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