Sailboat Layouts by Zsoka Marko

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Zsoka Marko is here today with TWO new layouts - a pink version, and a blue version, and I could never pick a favorite!

Awhile back I asked Paige to design a Sailboat cut file because there's a blue paper in Pick-Me-Up with sail boats on it (Paper 22) and I have quite a few photos of my son taken on a sail boat. I thought I could finally make a proper boy page. Except, I've had this ancient photo of myself on my desk for the longest time... And I was not going to use boy colors for this one, ha! Sooo then came the idea to make two layouts, a boy and a girl page, using the same design and the same cut file!
I started out by modifying the cut file in Silhouette Studio because I wanted the sails to look like lace. I've combined them with another cut file, the Flower Small Background, then cut the boat from white cardstock. I backed the flowers with two different patterned papers then backed both sails with a pale patterned paper too. I also added patterned papers to the boat, the mast, and the flag.
I added foam adhesive behind the whole cut file so that I could tuck my photo behind it. I cut a few more flowers and leaves using the Flower Cluster cut file and adhered these on the sails to give some extra dimension. I also fussy cut some flowers from Paper 02 and created three floral clusters on the page. I kinda wish I had a boat like this haha!
I glued down my title, added some chipboard elements, labels, and stickers, then wrote my journaling, the date, and splattered some gold ink to finish off my first layout.
I wanted to modify the second cut file too and add stars to the sails but I also really wanted to use Paper 18 with the watermelons because I haven't used it yet. So I decided against the stars. I bet it would have looked nice though! Instead I cut several clouds using the Cloud Trio cut file. I glued these down at the top of the page, but I only put adhesive on the middle of each one so they could stay dimensional. Just like on the previous layout, I added foam adhesive to this boat too. However I didn't tuck the photo behind it this time.
I added some embellishments: stickers, chipboard pieces, die cuts, and tags. Oh, and a star button on the flag too! There was a baseball cap die cut in the ephemera pack and it fit on my son's head almost perfectly, so I added this too, because you know, if not now, when?
For my title I used the gorgeous Chipboard Thickers from the Pick-Me-Up collection. I think these are my most favorite alphas from all of Paige's collections! 
I used a white pen for my journaling because I felt like it fit the colors better. Also, I had to add those two boats on this layout obviously, one is a chipboard, the other is a cardstock sticker.
That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in some way! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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Crazy amazing, right?! Such a lovely pair of pages by Zsoka!

Born to Fly Layout by Heather Shank

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I'm a sucker for monochromatic pages and this one by Heather Shank leaves me speechless!
Hi everyone, Heather here and I'm back with a new layout for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team using the Pick-Me-Up collection.
I started off by cutting out the beautiful Moths cut file from white cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo and backed them with all the blue and teal colors from the 6x6 Paper Pad. Next, I knew I wanted a sky background so Paper 03 was the perfect choice!

I then hand cut a lot of clouds to scatter across the page to rest my photo on along with the moths. To finish off my layout I used the frames from the Ephemera Die Cuts to highlight my pictures and all the blue and teal pieces from the Chipboard Stickers and Stickers sheet.

I hope you enjoyed this monochromatic layout and it inspires you to create!

SUPPLIES: PICK-ME-UPPaper 036x6 Paper PadChipboard StickersStickersRub-Ons; Cut file: Moths by Paige Evans; Silhouette Cameowhite cardstock
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The attention to detail that Heather gives her layouts is so amazing! Everywhere you look there is something new to be discovered and appreciated!

Happiness Layout by Missy Whidden

After dabbling in mixed media the last couple weeks, this new layout by design team member Missy Whidden makes my heart go pitter patter!
Hello again, friends! Missy here, and I have a fun & bright layout to share using the Pick-Me-Up collection. I began by cutting Paige’s Rainbows Background cut file from some white cardstock and using it as a stencil. I placed it over some smooth white cardstock and then used a palette knife to scrape lots of colored texture pastes over it. I also used a few ink sprays. I wanted to get a lot of the deep and rich colors on the background, mainly the pinks, reds, and mustard yellow. I decided to scrap a pool photo since it had lots of blue in it and I love how it contrasts against the deep background colors. I fussy cut a few flower clusters from Paper 02 and layered them around the photo.
Using cut files as stencils is another fun way to add interest to your layout. I love the shapes this one created. It makes such a cool background. Once it was dry, I came back in with more of the sprays and used the packaging technique to spread more color around. I added in some blue sprays to play off the color in the photo. To add even more texture, I layered in some coordinating colors of thread along with some floral Stickers.

Since I had some white empty space on the left side of my photo, I layered the flower clusters over it.  I tucked in some Stickers and a Rub-On. I added my journaling right under the bottom of the mixed media area of the page.

I created a title cluster down on the bottom half of the page using lots of items from the Pick-Me-Up collection. I used some of the Chipboard Stickers and Mini Thickers to create the title and then added some more Rub-Ons and Stickers.

I really love how this turned out. I hope it inspires you to try using a cut file as a stencil to make your own background design or embellishments or even patterned paper! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

SUPPLIES: PICK-ME-UPPaper 01Paper 02Paper 16Rub-OnsChipboard StickersStickersMini Thickerswhite cardstockDistress Oxides inksgessoSilhouette Cameo 3; Cut file: Rainbows Background by Paige Evans
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Love love love all the color and textures created from using the cut file as a stencil! Unbelievably beautiful!

Happy Scrappy Place Facebook Group

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hi friends! I've just launched a new Facebook group called Happy Scrappy Place!
It's a place to share projects, have discussions, play along with challenges, participate in polls, get access to a free weekly cut file, and above all else, GET INSPIRED!

So head on over to the Happy Scrappy Place, invite your friends, and let's enjoy scrapping together!

Scrapping Together Layout

I have a new layout for Confetti Wishes week on the Pink Paislee blog!

As soon as I saw Paper 07 with all the colors I knew I had to use it on a layout. I mean, ALL THE COLORS! Makes my heart so happy. First I used my Scalloped Border Background and cut one border from each colored stripe. Then I went through my sewing notions and found threads to machine stitch through all of the borders. This took a bit longer than I anticipated and it's sooooo not perfect, but I love the overall look and texture it adds.

Next I went through all of the Confetti Wishes 12x12 papers (Paper 01Paper 02Paper 03Paper 04Paper 05Paper 06Paper 07Paper 08Paper 09Paper 10Paper 11Paper 12) and the 6x6 Paper Pad and punched half circles from every design and color and adhered them to their coordinating color of scalloped border. I fiddled around trying to pick a patterned paper background, but ultimately decided on a light kraft cardstock. I love how the colors pop against this neutral shade.

Then I played with the placement of the scalloped borders - do I make them straight? Or skiwampus? Trim them to all different widths? I decided to make them a little bit crooked and trimmed off one scallop from a few of the borders. I kept them in the same color arrangement as the original patterned paper they came from - why change a good thing?! :)

Confetti Wishes is a birthday-themed line, but the photos I chose were simply of my daughter scrapping with me. So I picked and pulled pieces from the collection that aren't necessarily birthday-themed, but still convey my feelings about this moment. My daughter LOVES birds SO MUCH so I added a few of them here and there. She's five years old so I added a "5" Puffy Sticker. There are a lot of sentiment Stickers that I placed color-on-color that fit the theme. So I went with the color-on-color technique to add pops of texture and fun around the page.

To finish I placed a "together" Phrase Thickers title under the photos and typed "scrapping" to fit above. I journaled along one of the borders with a pencil and that finished up the layout! I hope you can see how Confetti Wishes can be used for pages that aren't birthday-themed! The colors are so bright and happy and can be used with a plethora of topics, even scrapping with your bestie :)

SUPPLIES: CONFETTI WISHES: Paper 01Paper 02Paper 03Paper 04, Paper 05Paper 06Paper 07, Paper 08Paper 09Paper 10Paper 11, Paper 126x6 Paper PadPhrase Thickers, Puffy Stickers, Ephemera Die Cuts, Stickers, Chipboard Stickers; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Cut file: Scalloped Border Background by Paige Evans; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark

Gal Pal Layout with Vicki Boutin Mixed Media

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Vicki Boutin and I are doing a fun collaboration! She was sent Pick-Me-Up and I was sent some of her mixed media awesomeness and we went to town!
Here is the start-to-finish process video so you can see how not scary mixed media is :)
I was going to use these butterflies in the mini album that I made (blog post process video coming soon!) but then when I was taking a picture of the butterflies to share on instagram, I put them on a smooth white cardstock background and loooooved how they looked, so I decided to turn it into a layout and ended up making more butterflies for the mini album, lol.
I used Vicki's art crayons to create a colorful background on smooth white cardstock - draw stripes of color on an acrylic stamping block, spritz it with water, and then "kiss" it onto the cardstock. Let the colors run and blend together. Every time you do this technique you will get unique and beautiful results, I love it. Once it dried I actually ran it through my Minc to flatten it out. Then I die cut butterflies from the entire paper - I used my Butterflies Background cut file and copied/pasted a few more to fill up the entire space. I peeled the butterflies off the mat and layered them together. To make sure the butterflies stayed together I ran them through my sewing machine, left the thread ends long for texture and whimsy, and then bent up the wings for tons of dimension. Swoon!
Next, I used black acrylic paint to make stripes across a smooth white cardstock background. I mixed Vicki's Daiquiri Ice acrylic paint into modeling paste to create a colored paste and then used my Wonky Hearts Background cut file as a stencil to apply mint hearts across the background.
I used Vicki's Watercolor Set to splash and paint pink and yellow over the background. Next I mixed Vicki's Matte Acrylic Gel with her Silver Mixology Glitter to create a paste and then brushed it over the background for shimmer and shine.
I put the butterflies back in place along with a photo of sweet Jane and used the All the Good Things Thickers to make my title: GAL PAL. I stitched them in place to keep them there for good. I came in with Vicki's Roller Stamp and black StazOn ink to add a few images and words into gaps of the background for more little details.
I wrote my journaling with a white Sharpie paint pen on the bottom three black stripes. I love the contrast and how it's incorporated into the overall design aesthetic of the layout.
The last step was to create more texture with scalloped border punches sewn between the black stripes. I bent up the scallops for texture, dimension, interest - all those good things :) I hope you are inspired to give mixed media a go! It's so much fun and easier than I thought it would be, in fact, I'd say I'm hooked!
SUPPLIES: Vicki Boutin: Art Crayons in Warm, Cool, and Neutral, acrylic paints, matte acrylic gel, Mixology silver glitter, watercolor set, Thickers, roller stampmodeling pasteMinc machine; Fiskars scalloped border punch; Brother sewing machine; Coats & Clark thread; Sharpie white paint pen; StazOn ink; Silhouette Cameo 3 die cut machine; Cut files: Butterflies Background and Wonky Hearts Background by Paige Evans

Floral Frame Layout by Bea Valint

Saturday, March 17, 2018

I love the pops of color on this pretty layout by Bea Valint created by backing my Flower Grouping cut file!
Backing cut files is my favorite scrapbooking technique since the day I bought my first Silhouette Cameo. I couldn’t resist using the gorgeous new Flower Grouping cut file on my new layout.
I cut out the flowers from white cardstock and backed the flowers and leaves with patterned papers from Pick-Me-Up. I used only two papers (Paper 10 and Paper 21) for adding various colors to my project.

When finished, I chose the beautiful Paper 06 as my background and placed the flower bouquet on the center. I adhered the photo at the top of the flowers using foam adhesive. To highlight the photo I cut out Paige’s lovely Frame cut file from white cardstock and added it to my page. I think this hand drawing design adds a special and unique look!

I felt I needed a little more movement on my layout so I arranged Stickers and Ephemera Die Cuts around the bouquet. To finish I added my journaling to the left side of the frame, vertically.

I hope you are inspired by this layout and I will be back soon, thank you!

SUPPLIES: PICK-ME-UPPaper 02Paper 06Paper 10Paper 21Ephemera Die CutsChipboard ThickersChipboard Stickers; Cut files: Frame and Flower Grouping by Paige Evans; Silhouette Cameo 3white cardstock

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Can't go wrong with backing cut files! The results are always stunning!

Garden Mini Album by Stefanie Ried

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Queen of Mini Albums, Stefanie Ried, is back with another gorgeous cute book to share with you today!
One of my favorite parts from the Pick-Me-Up collection is the Floral Transparency Paper.

I love transparent elements in mini books. I've already made a mini album from the transparency paper in Take Me Away. This time, I created the whole mini out of just one acetate paper as an accordion album and it worked great. I even have some left over.
The album is 3x4". Through the pockets I have 12 photos built into the album.

Matching the flowers, I filled the mini with photos from my mom's garden. She loves her flowers and spends a lot of time with my daughter there. I created this album as a birthday present for her.

The mini also has several pockets and two shaker bags filled with sequins. I decorated the album with stickers, buttons, tags, etc. from the Pick-Me-Up collection.

I embroidered the bags with needle and yarn so that you can see them better. I stitched the pages with the sequins closed with a sewing machine.

You can see how to make this mini album in a process video:

And here are some more photos of the mini album for you!
I hope you enjoyed it and also wanted to include the Floral Transparency Paper in your next project!

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I've started a mini album using the Floral Transparency Paper, now I just need to pick the photos! I'll share once I'm finished!
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