5 Cards by Zsoka Marko

Friday, October 18, 2019

Hello crafty friends, Zsoka Marko stopping by today to share a bunch of cards I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team. None of which features flowers... wait whaaaaat?! I'm all for flowers. I mean, I'd always go with flowers on any card, especially when I don't use stamps. When I was a little girl, I got a book from a botanist friend of my parents, called "Zsófi kertje" (Zsófi's garden), because I loved flowers so much (plus she thought the little girl on the cover looked liked me haha). She figured maybe I'd become a botanist myself - a thought that never actually crossed my mind for some reason. In fact, I am so bad with plants it's comical. So I'll just stick to paper flowers that can't die on me :D. BUT lately I've realized I never have cards that my son can give to his friends, so I decided to make a few to have on hand when he needs them.
I've mostly used the Truly Gratefull collection plus a few things from Horizon too. I went with a blue-green color scheme because there are plenty of papers and embellishments in these colors in both collections. All of my cards are mounted on A2 size top folding card bases, which is my preferred format for my cards.

I then selected and cut a few of Paige's cut files: Anchor, Llama Alpaca, Today is a Good Day, Star, and Fish Background. I more or less designed the cards in Silhouette Studio so that I knew what size the cut files should be. I then backed them all with patterned papers.

The sentiments were a bit tricky and I swear I spent the most time on selecting those! I would have preferred to write Happy Birthday on all of them but I didn't want to use a stamped sentiment so I just went through all embellishments from both collections, multiple times, before I finally settled on these five. I like my sentiments to be meaningful - as in, I want to use something that makes sense when I give the card to someone. I didn't just want to add some random die cut. So you see why this part took me ages haha! But I think most of these will work for birthdays or at least as "just because" cards.

I was going to back this big Today is a Good Day sentiment but quickly changed my mind when I saw the size once it was cut ha! The thought of cutting all those miniature letters was just too overwhelming! Instead, I cut a bunch of strips of various patterned papers - which I've been loving to do for awhile - and created a colorful background. I then just glued the cut file on top. I added some of the inner pieces too for interest.

I had to make a llama card because Maxim loooooves llamas. I'm not sure he will be too excited about the bling I put on it but he does have a friend who appreciates everything shiny, glitter etc :D. I used some dies to create my background as well as an embossing folder to add texture to the white paper at the top. This sentiment comes from one of the 2x2 Paper Pads.

Personally, I love this last card the most. I fell in love with this cut file when Missy used it on her amazing layout awhile back and I've been wanting to use it ever since. Fish work for boys cards just fine!

That's it! I didn't go into details because I think it's easy to see how these cards were put together. But if you have any questions, just ask below or send me a message, I'm happy to help! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: Truly Gratefulwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut files: AnchorLlama AlpacaToday is a Good DayStar, and Fish Background by Paige Evans
Blog: apocketfullofscrap.blogspot.com // Instagram: @zsoka_marko // Facebook: Zsoka Marko // YouTube: Zsoka Marko

Blessed Layout by Jamie Pate

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hey guys! Jamie Pate with a new layout for this week! I love crafting extra fun layouts when my girls photos are involved. I don't know... I've always loved to add the pinks and florals and fluff. And this fun little photo of them fits right in!
For today's layout I chose to work on a white background. Like... that never happens! But also to add a white cut file right on top. The Leaves Background cut file is a bit of a go-to file for me right now. I mean, with fall and all, it's a seasonal fit for sure. My original idea was to use that cut file with some of the Truly Grateful papers and layer the color on the white. Well, that was a little bit of a fail.

While I really really loved the white on white, and thought a bunch of color would work too, it just didn't. And that's OK. Sometimes you have to play around a little on your page before you commit. It's part of the process. And part of the fun!

So instead, I decided to do a vertical cluster of the cut file and some of the Floral Die CutsCardstock Stickers, as well as Epoxy Stickers too. This worked! I love when a plan comes together. The BLESSED Puffy Phrase Stickers played the part of title. And all the hues played together nicely to create a fun and fallish layout.

Don't be afraid to cut up extra cut file pieces. Play around with the cuts and discard what doesn't work. But most of all, enjoy the creative process of telling your story!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: TRULY GRATEFUL; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Cut file: Leaves Background by Paige Evans
Location: Colorado, USA / Blog: Jamie Pate Designs / Instagram: @jamiepate
YouTube: Jamie Pate / Pinterest: @jamiepate / Facebook: Jamie Pate Designs

Cute & Kind Beauty Layout

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

I cut out my Flower Heart design to show how it looks like in real life and then set it aside and forgot about it lol. I only had a few minutes to scrap last Saturday and a cut file always makes layouts come together quickly! So I went through my pre-cut stack, found this one, and got to work!
Cute & Kind Beauty by Paige Evans1
First step: die cut my Flower Heart cut file from white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo 3. I then spent some time watercoloring over every flower and leaf. I used my two favorite sets of watercolors by Prima: Pastel Dreams & Tropicals. The colors in these sets match pretty much all of my scrapbook collections with Pink Paislee :)
Cute & Kind Beauty Detail 1 by Paige Evans
As the watercolors were drying, I got to work on my background. I used my Heart Confetti stencil (which is now sold out but I have three other options left) and scraped white modeling paste through it on the four quadrants of a sheet of smooth white cardstock.
Cute & Kind Beauty Detail 2 by Paige Evans
 The modeling paste and watercolors dried quickly and then I used liquid glue to attach the cut file on top, only placing the glue on the center of the flowers so the petals and leaves could bend up and create tons of texture and dimension.
Cute & Kind Beauty Detail 3 by Paige Evans
I tucked a photo of Jane into the left side and journaled with a white pen on the empty space. The title is made from a combination of Thickers and Puffy Phrase Stickers from Truly Grateful embellished with a few heart Epoxy Stickers and a gold heart sticker from the Cardstock Stickers.
Cute & Kind Beauty Detail 4 by Paige Evans
On the center of a lot of the flowers I added a Wooden Button for pops of eye candy. To finish I punched a scalloped border strip from scrap white cardstock, trimmed it into three pieces, and adhered them under the photo.
Cute & Kind Beauty Detail 5 by Paige Evans
I hope this layout inspires you to check out my cut files! When you're in a rut or short on time, a cut file is one great way to go. Watercoloring over it instantly creates an eye-catching background element which doesn't need much embellishing.
Cute & Kind Beauty Detail 6 by Paige Evans
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!
Cute & Kind Beauty Detail 7 by Paige Evans
SUPPLIES: ThickersPuffy Phrase StickersEpoxy StickersCardstock StickersWooden ButtonsTRULY GRATEFUL; Cut file: Flower Heart by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Watercolors: Pastel Dreams & Tropicals by Prima; white cardstockmodeling paste; Stencil: Heart Confetti by Paige Evans

Just a Little Batty Layout by by Elsie Robinson

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hey everyone, it’s Elsie Robinson here! Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I would spook things up a bit and create a Halloween-themed layout with some of the many amazing Halloween cut files Paige has to offer!
 Although the Truly Grateful collection is not a Halloween-themed collection, the cut files I used really helped transform this layout and collection into something spook-tacular! I first started by cutting the Spider Web Background cut file from white cardstock. I enlarged the cut file in Silhouette software so the centre of the web would be in the top right of my 12x12 layout. Rather than adhering the cut file straight onto my background (Paper 10), I placed some small foam squares across the back of the cut file which raised it up from the background. This extra dimension gives the background loads more interest and makes it a focal point of the page.

For some extra embellishments I ungrouped the Bat Background cut file and cut a few bats in different sizes from black cardstock. And since I had a spiderweb background I of course had to include a little spider from the Spiderweb and Spider cut file. For some extra whimsy I made it look like the spider was coming out of the bitten apple Journaling Spot.

To embellish, I clustered several of the Floral Die Cuts around my photo and in the bottom left corner of the page to help draw the eye to my photo and journaling. I also used the mini foam alphas from the Whimsical collection to spell out my title: ‘just a little batty’, since one of my pup’s nicknames is Batty Betty and in the photo she’s wearing a bat Halloween bandana.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you’re inspired to also create a Halloween page with some of Paige’s spook-tacular cut files!

SUPPLIES: Papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: TRULY GRATEFUL; Thickers: WHIMSICAL; Die-cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3white cardstock; Cut files: Spider Web BackgroundBat Background, and Spiderweb and Spider by Paige Evans
Location: England / Blog: Hey Elsie Instagram: @heyelsie_ / Facebook: Elsie Robinson / YouTube: Elsieeee / Pinterest: heyelsie

Fall Mini Album by Brianna Lepper

Monday, October 14, 2019

Hi friends! Brianna Lepper here and I'm super excited to share this Fall mini album with you using Paige's Truly Grateful collection! For the base of my album, I used Paige's Mini Album Scalloped Edges cut file. I cut out each page from different colored cardstock from my stash. I used LOTS of cut files for this album and I'll be sure to let y'all know which ones I used!

For the cover, I used the Fall With Leaves Background cut file and cut it out from white cardstock and backed it with papers from the 2x2 Paper Pads. I wanted to add a bit of mixed media, so I used an exclusive stencil that Paige designed for the Hip Kit Club earlier this year and applied white modeling paste through it. To finish it off, I added gold thread to give it even more texture and shine.

I decided to go ahead and embellish both sides of the cardstock pages in the album. When you turn the first page, I created a small pocket using some of the hexagons from Paper 21. I created a shaker tag using the sequins from the Mixed Embellishments and tucked in a few pieces from the Journaling Spots pack into the pocket.

On the next page, I took the 12x12 Specialty Paper and trimmed a small triangle to make another pocket. I created tags using Paper 20, added my photos to each one, and finished the tags with ribbon. I added another piece from the Journaling Spots and tucked that into the pocket as well. I wanted to embellish the front of that pocket, so I cut out Paige's Pumpkin cut file and backed it using Paper 01. I layered up some of the Ephemera Die Cuts and also added in fussy cut leaves from Paper 10.

On the backside of that page, I kept it simple and used the Thickers to spell out my sons' names and added the ampersand from the Ephemera Die Cuts and sprinkled a few Puffy Stickers around the page.

On that next facing page, I took Paper 10 and fussy cut out all of the leaves and created a wreath around my photo. I simply added hearts from the Epoxy Stickers and finished it off with a few Puffy Phrase Stickers.

On the backside of that page, I cut Paige's Thankful Blessed Grateful cut file on another piece of white cardstock and added white gesso to it. You know me and mixed media.... and this piece just needed sprays in rainbow order on it! So that's what it got! Once it was finished drying, I backed it with vellum and added Paige’s Rolled Flower cut files that I cut out from Paper 14.

For the next page, I created an interactive page where Paper 16 folds out to reveal additional photos. To pull the paper out, I added a Wooden Button and embellished with Cardstock StickersPuffy Phrase Stickers, and Ephemera Die Cuts.

When you flip the first page to the right, there's another photo hiding behind it.

On the back of that last page, I stitched on a piece of Paper 21 and cut four photos in 2x2 size. I created little flaps using the 2x2 Paper Pads and taped them down using washi tape from my stash. I stuck down acorns from the Puffy Stickers to help lift each 2x2 card. I love the interactive element it gives the album!

For the last page, I took the same 2x2 Paper Pads and punched out hearts on each paper. I punched out a smaller heart from vellum, layered them up, and stitched through each one using gold thread. To add one more mixed media element, I took Paige's Heart Stencil and applied more modeling paste through it. I love the pop of white on that blue cardstock! I finished off the page with leaves from the Floral Die Cuts and got my title from the Epoxy Stickers.

Thank y'all so much for stopping by!! I hope I've inspired you in some way today! These photos are from 2010 and it's so much fun to finally get to document them using the beautiful Truly Grateful collection and Paige's cut files! See y'all next time!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, Thickers, wooden buttons, embellishments: TRULY GRATEFULmodeling pastegessoStencilwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Cut files: Mini Album Scalloped EdgesFall With Leaves BackgroundPumpkinThankful Blessed Grateful, and Rolled Flowers by Paige Evans
Location: Louisiana, USA / Blog: I Love Paper Blog / Instagram: @briannalepper / Facebook: Brianna Nichole
YouTube: Brianna Lepper / Pinterest: Brianna Lepper

October 2018 Mini Album

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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Halloween is our favorite holiday so I love documenting all of our spooktactular traditions in a 4x4 pocket page mini album. Today I want to share all about my October 2018 Mini Album!

I have been making these "October Occasionally" (not daily, but every once in awhile ;) albums since 2012 and you can find the previous flip throughs here: 2013 // 2014 // 2015 // 2016 // 2017. Love seeing them all lined up.
Check out the flip through of this album:
I stocked up on 4x4 mini albums about four years ago from companies like Studio Calico, We R Memory Keepers, and Project Life. They are hard to come by now. I recently purchased the only 4x4 style currently available at scrapbook.com. Stock up while you can!
 I get all of my charms and tassels from Emily Inspired Designs. They are darling and make the perfect finishing touch on all my books!
 As far as the collections I used... well, I used a bit of everything! I have been hoarding Halloween collections since I first started making these albums and add a bit more every year. I'm a fan of the Halloween collections from Crate Paper, Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Simple Stories, and Carta Bella, and have found things this year from Michaels, the Target dollar spot, and Tuesday Morning.
 All of my photos are either 4x4 or 2x2" and I have a process video showing how I get them at this size which you can find by clicking HERE. I use a combination of Picasa and Photoshop and print them at Costco.
I worked on one page at a time, using whatever my heart desired and I thought fit with the pictures. On the hole punched side of every page protector I added strips of washi tape for a fun pop of color and interest. If you see a tag poking out from the top, it's an interactive element and can be pulled out to reveal hidden journaling.
 I always love creating sequin pockets and keep them in place by machine stitching across the tops of the pockets.
 Many pages include ribbon tabs stapled in place to help make turning the pages a bit easier and more fun. I found all of these ribbons this year at Michaels. I also like to add machine stitching here and there for texture and a homespun look.
 A lot of the journaling and captions were typed on my Typecast Typewriter and trimmed into strips.
 I included a few of my Halloween-themed cut files throughout the album as fun inserts.
 Tags are also a fun place to write journaling and insert between the pages for an eclectic vibe.
Here are the rest of the spreads:
 I hope this inspires you to document your annual Halloween traditions in an album! My kids enjoy looking through these books more than anything else I create. Brings back so many fond memories!

Let me know if you have any questions, thanks for stopping by!
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