Horizon Cut File Cards by Zsoka Marko


Saturday, August 8, 2020

Hello there crafters, Zsoka Marko back today with a pair of cards I've made for the Paige Evans Design Team! While I was working on other projects with the Horizon collection (digital collection can be found here) I found this rainbow panel I had die cut from the 6x8 Paper Pad ages ago, so I decided to turn it into a card finally. This is how I ended up with a rainbow theme, but also, rainbows are very easy to create with Horizon since there are papers in every possible color in this collection!

For my first card I die cut the The Struggle Is Real cut file from white cardstock. I sized it to fit a 5.5x4.25" card panel. I chose 17 patterned papers in all the colors of the rainbow and die cut the inner pieces with my Cameo too. I also used the white fall-out pieces to make the letters stronger - so I glued the patterned paper letters on top of the white ones. I then added foam adhesive to each to create a dimensional design. I created my top folding A2 size card base (landscape format), then I adhered a slightly smaller, embossed gray panel on top.

I glued down the outlines with liquid glue and adhered the colorful letters too. First I splattered some white acrylic paint but it was barely visible on the light gray cardstock, so I decided to add gold splatters too. To finish off this card, I added a chipboard flower and enamel dots.

For my second card I created another top folding, A2 size card base, then adhered the rainbow panel to it. I die cut the Flower Wreath cut file in a small size and glued it down on my card front. I also added back the white inner pieces of the flowers. I will say, my blade and mat are both old so my Cameo didn't do a fabulous job on the wreath, but I thought it was still acceptable.

So as a tip, if you want to die cut something more elaborate and delicate in small sizes like this, make sure your blade is relatively new. The mat shouldn't be brand new though, because it will be too sticky and it will be impossible to pull off tiny cut files without tearing them. For my sentiment I used Thickers in colors that match the paper beneath. I also added a chipboard flower and enamel dots.

That's pretty much it, easy peasy! What do you think? Thank you for stopping by today! Stay safe!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, die cuts, stickers, Thickers, embellishments: HORIZONwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut files: The Struggle Is Real and Flower Wreath by Paige Evans
Blog: apocketfullofscrap.blogspot.com // Instagram: @zsoka_marko // Facebook: Zsoka Marko // YouTube: Zsoka Marko

Paramount Summer Camp Movies Layouts


Friday, August 7, 2020

This post is sponsored by Think Jam, Inc. for #ParamountSummerCamp.
We've been spending a lot of time at home as a family and one of our favorite new traditions has been watching Paramount Movies together on these warm summer nights! Of course I have to document these moments and I thought it'd be fun to scrapbook these memories together for a fun family craft! My page documents us watching Charlotte's Web.
 Fox created a layout about our family watching Sonic: The Hedgehog movie.
 And Jane created a page documenting our family watching Wonder Park!
What I love about these movies is they can be downloaded and watched on many kinds of devices and they are ours to own - no scratches or accidental misplacing, they're all digital! Check out the full list of Paramount Summer Sale movies HERE.

Wild and Free Layout by Brianna Lepper


Hey friends! Brianna Lepper here and I'm excited to share this layout with you today! I don't know about you, but I love washi tape and I especially love backing cut files with it. For this project, I used all 8 rolls of the Bloom Street Washi Tape. Here's my layout!
When I first started this layout, I wasn't sure what cut file I was going to choose. I knew that I was going to back a cut file with the washi tape, I just didn't know which one. Then I saw Paige's Quilt cut file. I loved the design and thought it would be perfect to display all of the pretty washi tape.

To start, I took all 8 Washi Tape rolls and laid them out on my desk. Then I took the positive pieces from the quilt cut file and stuck down the washi tape on each piece. It took some time, but in the end it was worth it. Once all of the pieces were covered with washi, I got to work putting adhesive foam on the large negative portion of the cut file. I wanted dimension on my page and I just love the look of the entire thing popped up on foam. Next, I adhered the entire cut file on another piece of white cardstock and started placing and tucking in all of my washi tape pieces. 

Next, I got to work on my title. I decided on the Wild and Free cut file since I thought it would look awesome sitting on top of the Quilt cut file. I cut it on white cardstock and backed it using the patterned papers from the Bloom Street collection. I wanted the 'and' portion of the cut file to stand up against the busy background so I blended on some Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass and Milled Lavender. When I finished backing the cut file, I adhered it down right on top of the quilt and added a few floral stickers from the 4-Page Sticker Book. This cut file is perfect for a multi photo layout. I tucked in two photos of my son on both sides of it. I added a few Floral Die Cuts and Layered Butterfly Stickers in a few clusters around my page and then added a text sticker from the Cardstock Stickers.

For my journaling, I typed it out using the Traveling Typewriter font and printed/trimmed it all out. I usually add the journaling later, but it was nice to get it added and I love how neat and streamlined it is. I love all of the dimension on this layout and love how the Washi Tape is displayed. They're all so pretty and these cut files were perfect for this design.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I had so much fun creating and sharing this layout with you. If you haven't tried backing a cut file with washi tape, I hope you'll give it a try! See you in my next post!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, washi tape, embellishments: BLOOM STREET; white cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut files: Quilt and Wild and Free by Paige Evans; Distress Oxides
Location: Louisiana, USA / Blog: I Love Paper Blog / Instagram: @briannalepper / Facebook: Brianna Nichole
YouTube: Brianna Lepper / Pinterest: Brianna Lepper

Love Layout by Shimelle


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Good morning friends! Shimelle here and today I'm excited to share a love-filled scrapbook page featuring Paige's Bloom Street patterned paper and the Pie Chart Heart cut file!
I cut the Pie Chart Heart cut file from smooth white cardstock in a few different sizes and chose a larger one to work with the letter O and a smaller size to work with the V so the background paper would still be legible with that beautiful floral 'LOVE' Paper 13. I backed the two hearts with some tiny scraps I had saved from the 6x8 Paper Pad so they have just a touch of holographic foil detailing.

By printing three photos on a single 4x6, I had three small pictures I could layer over the O on the background without losing the legibility, then layered the large heart there as well, using foam squares to give it more dimension. I cut two phrase boxes from the branding strip on the same paper, and placed it on the left of the photos for balance. The second phrase box and the second heart are both at the bottom left of the page, paired with the letter V.  One green sticker strip from the 4-Page Sticker Book brought a bit more Peter Pan green to the phrases. A white pen is perfect for adding journaling to the navy blue background. My favorite is the Sakura White Gelly Roll pen. I used that to write the story of our postcard tradition, which is something I truly love! Perfect for this background paper and the heart motifs!

What's something you love that you'd scrapbook with this paper? I'd love to see how you use it!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts: BLOOM STREETwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Pie Chart Heart by Paige Evans
Location: London / Blog: Shimelle / Instagram: @shimelle / Facebook: Shimelle / YouTube: Shimelle Laine / Pinterest: glittershim

Guest Designer | Jerodelle Trinidad


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Hello! My name is Jerodelle Trinidad! You can find me on YouTube, Instagram, and on my blog very soon! I am so happy I get to share with you some of my most recent favorite projects I created with Paige's cut files! For the first card, I used Paige’s Bloom Street collection. If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been obsessed with this line lately! I have created so many projects with it! But here, I wanted to incorporate her "I love you more than you’ll ever know" cut file.

I created an A2 size shaker card. I used 2 patterned papers - one as the background and the second I cut out the words and took out the inside negatives of the letters and took the words and put them back together with the ‘outside’ negative cut out of the sentiment. I added acetate behind it, poured in sequins, and glued it with foam tape so that the card would be a shaker. I love the way it came out!

For the second project, I made thank you shaker cards. These were so easy to put together! I used the Thankful, Blessed, Grateful cut file and cut it out four times to fit my 4x4 card nicely. I used one sheet of patterned paper from the Truly Grateful collection. I evenly cut the paper into four pieces and added sequins to match the papers and I stitched around it creating a shaker. I then added the cut file on top! It was super easy and FAST! Give it a try!


For this last project, I created a mini album using the Folded Squares Mini Album cut file. This is probably one of my most favorite projects! I am so in love with it!

For this I also used the Bloom Street collection. I told you I love this collection so so much! I cut out six of the folded squares with my Silhouette machine and I used the instructions for the base from Paige’s YouTube video. Because I love this collection so much, I have run out of embellishments, however, this collection is available as a digital download that you can purchase! I was able to make my own die cuts and stickers for this project using my cutting machine.


I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed making them! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and I hope these projects have inspired you to create your own!

Love This Girl Layout by Missy Whidden


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Hey friends! Missy Whidden here with a new layout featuring Paige’s new Chevrons stencil, her Love This Girl cut file, and a mix of papers and embellishments from four of her collections: Bloom StreetPick-Me-UpTruly Grateful, and Whimsical. I first cut the Love This Girl cut file from Pick-Me-Up Paper 04 using my Silhouette Cameo. Once I had it arranged with the photo, I started working on the background. I used textured white cardstock as my base, and I coated it with clear gesso first. Since the large title was mostly blue shades, I wanted bright contrasting colors on the background. I used Distress Oxides with an ink blending tool over the Chevrons stencil. I used a water brush to blend a lot of the ink, giving it a runny effect. I also splattered some white acrylic paint to give it more interest.
Once I had the background and title complete, I instantly thought of adding lots of flowers in those rich colors. I fussy cut lots of them from the Truly Grateful 6x8 Paper Pad and 12x12 Paper Pad papers. I wanted a few larger ones and even more smaller ones to layer around the title. I popped the title up using adhesive foam to create dimension and also tucked in tangled thread in a few places. I even did a bit of embossing with a piece of wood veneer from the Truly Grateful Mixed Embellishments. I used gold embossing powder to give the “yes” piece some sparkle. I also wound up adding smaller butterflies that I fussy cut from a Whimsical 12x12 Paper Pad paper.

I love the contrast in these colors. You can see the stencil work on the background and how the water allowed the inks to bleed and blend together. I layered lots of the flowers on top of some of the letters. I did cut a few from the Bloom Street 6x8 Paper Pad, too. The multi-colored leaves are from the Truly Grateful 6x8 Paper Pad. I decided to add gold splatters all over the page since I had embossed the wood veneer in gold.

Here’s a close-up of the background. I like using textured cardstock for this technique because it just adds to the awesome effect once it dries. This is a fun way to do “watercolor” without getting too messy. It starts out as ink, but just the tiniest bit of water gives a whole different look. Adding foam under the title really makes a big difference. I love the shadow effect and how it makes everything just pop right off the page.

I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next layout. Be sure to check out Paige’s stencils and cut files - they are matches made in heaven! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!
Blog: littlenuggetcreations.blogspot.com // Instagram: @missywhidden // Pinterest: @missywhidden
Facebook: missy.whidden // YouTube: Missy Whidden

Take Me Away Layout


Monday, August 3, 2020

Hey friends! I'm here with a new scrapbook layout using my Go the Scenic Route collection!
Check out the process video to see how this page came together from start-to-finish:

This entire layout idea started with the photo. I grabbed Jane and asked her to stand against the wall with her hand out as if she's grasping imaginary balloon strings, with the intent to build the page around the photo. I've never designed a layout around a photo like this before so it was really fun to do!
I started by fussy cutting a few rows of the hearts from Paper 4 and punched the hearts from the same paper found in the 6x8 Paper Pad. To create dimension I folded each of the hearts in half and opened them back up. For the background I grabbed the pink B-side of Paper 16 and decided where I wanted the photo. From the point of her hand I drew a dot with a pencil.
Next I used my sewing machine with a running stitch and made a whole bunch of straight lines in a bunch of different colors of thread radiating from the pencil point to the edges of the layout. These are now the “balloon strings”. I splashed watered down white acrylic paint and lots of Pastel Dreams and Tropicals watercolors across the stitching and let it dry. Then I used liquid glue to attach all of the hearts across the stitching. Heart balloons complete!
To make it really look like my daughter is holding the balloon strings I cut a small slit at the base of the stitching and tucked the photo up underneath. I layered two floral Ephemera Die Cuts under the left side of the photo. The title is made from lots of stickers: "TAKE ME AWAY" and "PLAY A LITTLE" are from the Puffy Phrase Thickers. "TODAY" is from the Puffy Word Stickers. And "JOURNEY" is from the Cardstock Stickers which I notched the end and tucked her the right edge of the photo.
To finish I wrote journaling with a blue pen below the title and stamped the date below. Because the top is so colorful and full of lots of colors, I left the bottom right section empty to keep a nice balance.
I hope you’re inspired to create a "heart balloons" layout based around this type of photo using my new Go the Scenic Route collection! Thanks for stopping by!
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTESewing machine: Brother; Threads: Coats & Clark; Printer: Canon Pro-100Canon photo paperwhite acrylic paint; Watercolors: Pastel Dreams and Tropicals

Floral and Leaf Layout by Anita Bownds


Sunday, August 2, 2020

Hi crafty friends, Anita Bownds here sharing today a sweet light layout using Bloom Street and Paige's cut files! It’s probably no surprise to you that I love flowers and making them along with lots of foliage. I took this photo of a rose that had popped open and totally loved how the colors of the petals went from a yellow to pink in the layers.
I pulled out all the pretty patterned papers from the Bloom Street collection that would complement the photo. I started by cutting out the Flower Wreath cut file from white cardstock and the Layered Flower from the pink and yellow watercolor patterned paper in the 12x12 Paper Pad. Then I cut out the Leaf using a green patterned paper from 12x12 Paper Pad and Paper 04 for the foliage.
I adhered the Flower Wreath to the center of the white cardstock and machine stitched it in place. I then started layering and putting my flowers together and adhering them down on two sides of the wreath. Then I tucked the foliage around the flowers and started building the layers around the wreath.
I stamped on vellum with the butterfly and floral stamps in the Acrylic Stamps and heat embossed with white embossing powder to add just underneath my flowers to add a more texture along with bent up butterflies to add dimension.
I then added patterned papers behind my photo, layering them adding touches of pink and yellow. I created a tag using one of the papers from 2x2 Paper Pads for my title. I used the Puffy Word Stickers at the bottom of my photo and a sticker from the Cardstock Stickers at the top of my photo.
Happy crafting!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, die cuts, stickers, stamps, embellishments: BLOOM STREET; Cut files: Flower Wreath and Layered Flower and Leaves by Paige Evans; white cardstock
Location: Australia / Blog: Neat-N-Crafty / Instagram: @anitabownds / Facebook: Anita Bownds
YouTube: Anita B / Pinterest: Anita Bownds

Besties by Paige Evans


Saturday, August 1, 2020

I started by having my Silhouette Cameo DRAW (not cut) my Concentric Circles cut file with a pencil on light blue textured cardstock. Then I splattered watered down white acrylic paint with a toothbrush for a finer mist centered on the bottom left side and the thinning out towards the edges.
While the paint was drying, I grabbed Paper 24 from my Bloom Street collection and punched small stars from all of the different colors. I grabbed my pile of 12x12 patterned paper scraps from Bloom Street and used a larger punch to make a bunch more stars. I placed all of the stars over the drawn concentric lines, adhered them in place lightly, and then machine stitched over them to keep them in place permanently, using a running stitch and white thread. By only stitching through the middles of the stars, the points are free to bend up and create dimension and shadows.
I added a 3x4" photo to the bottom left corner and created a custom title with the colorful Puffy Word Stickers - I keep one sheet for using the words as is and I use another sheet as an alphabet to pick and choose the letters. I journaled with a blue pen below the title.
To finish, I scattered adhesive jewels from the Mixed Embellishments tone-on-tone over some of the stars to add sparkle & shine and little bits of interest. I hope you are inspired to pick up my Bloom Street collection and Concentric Circles cut file to create this page and be sure to check out the Summer 2020 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine for TONS of great ideas!
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, adhesive jewels: BLOOM STREET; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Concentric Circles by Paige EvansSewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & ClarkCanon photo paperwhite acrylic paint

July 2020 Highlights


Here's what we were up to in July 2020, the craziest year ever!
 The Evans family has an annual reunion and this year it was held here in Colorado. We have all been healthy and quarantined and took our temperatures and whatnot so we felt comfortable gathering together. It's been a month since we gathered and we've all remained healthy, no Covid outbreaks.
 We met up at the Aurora Reservoir for an afternoon of fun and sun by the water.

Fox & Jane had the best time.
 Olympic games in Tom & Margi's backyard. We made paper airplanes and flew them off the deck and then popped water balloons with forks taped onto hats while blindfolded. Fox won both of his heats and Jane got doused.

That afternoon we drove up to the cabin. The drive was oh so pretty. Hello Mr. Moose!
 We were the first ones to arrive and we loved exploring the house and surroundings. SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
 Tom & Margi and Jay & Haylie purchased this cabin in the woods (near Breckenridge, in a town called Fairplay) and have done a really great job fixing it up. It's available to rent HERE. Description: Fall in love with the natural beauty of Colorado from this tranquil 4-bed, 3.5-bath vacation rental! Wake up to breakfast on the spacious deck overlooking beautiful forest surroundings before hitting the slopes at Copper Mountain or Breckenridge Ski Resort. Come summer, grab your fishing gear and head to Fairplay Beach. Complete with 2 living rooms, a loft lounge, full kitchen, and private hot tub, this cabin offers all-season thrills for adventurers ready to explore the best of Fairplay!

Jane is absolutely terrified of any bugs with wings so she was scared as we were taking photos outside. She's a good sport for still posing for pics.

The next day we headed up to Hoosier Pass to check out the old mines, waterfalls, and the views.


While we were being careful to tiptoe around the mud, these ATVers went right on through!
 We drove into Breckenridge and found the awesome troll by Isak Heartstone.
 Picked up some yummy sweet potato fries in Alma on our way back to the cabin.
 O.M.G. A bear!!! In the wild! So close to us!! Half of the family was terrified and stayed inside, the other half was fascinated and wanted to get as close as possible but also didn't want to get eaten lol.
All he really wanted was to get in the garbage bin.
 Duuuuuude!
 Eventually the boys scared him off by banging on pots and pans really loudly and we never saw him again. He was super duper coolio. Bye Mr. Bear!
Entire Evans family! Only Nick's fiance is missing.
 Church at the cabin.
 Nana did a fun craft project with all her grandkids - they made hummingbird feeders and within minutes there were hummingbirds drinking the nectar!
 A rainbow following the rain.
 The last day we drove down into Fairplay to visit the Museum.

Jane did NOT like the taxidermy animals. Me neither Jane.

Old school dentist office.

Back at home. There was an amazing cloud formation one night.

Every Wednesday I have my alarm set to make pool reservations at one of the four local recreation centers. The kids love swimming and it gets them off screens for a couple hours.

The Haunted House Lego has been sold out online but our local store got a shipment in on a Friday morning so we lined up and got one! If you've been following me for a few years, you know we LOOOOOVE Halloween and all things spooky. We have a whole Halloween Lego village and can't wait to build this one. Fox took coding classes at a hotel and both kids took a cooking class at the rec center.

Cooking class concoctions.

I didn't know at the time, but this was our very last visit to my most favorite place to eat in all of Highlands Ranch called Crave. It closed unexpectedly this past week. DANG VIRUS! I can't handle any more bad news.
 Our first date night since February! We went to Cafe Rio for dinner and then lots of home improvement stores to look at flooring options.
 Beautiful sunset.
 Shiba Inus are supposed to blow their coats twice a year but maybe it gets more frequent with age? He just lost his coat in April and already needed to be groomed again. He looked much better after his grooming but I didn't get a photo. Joey will be 11 this September!

RACHEL.

My constant kitty companion, outdoors and in.


I was feeling really lousy from all of the bad news that accumulated lately, so I decided to wash my hair, style it, put on make-up, and actually get dressed, and I felt like a new woman.
 Fox rarely does this so I'll take it! Morning snuggles!
Me'n'Jane: Checking out the Fairplay Museum. / Playing cards. / Pre-birthday selfie.

Jane having her baptism interview with the Bishop via Zoom.
 The day before her 8th birthday Nana took Jane to get a pedicure and Cotton Candy Blizzards.

Jane is 8! I can't believe it! Where has the time gone?! Here is a look at Jane from birth, monthly to her 1st birthday, and then every year until 2020. She brings us so much joy! And lots of scrapbooking material :)
Chris took her to the Waffle House for her birthday breakfast.

Partied so hard she crashed on the couch in the middle of the day.

On the last day of July (so, yesterday), my parents arrived from Seattle! They drove all the way here to be at Jane's baptism today.

Onto scrappy news!
I worked on something top secret and fun that I can spill the beans about in... January lol. Sorry for the wait!

My new collection called Go the Scenic Route was announced! Check out THIS POST to see everything in this line! I can't wait to receive my order and create more and more layouts with it!
 I started working at American Crafts on January 3rd 2008 (just a few months before I started this blog!) as an in-house scrapbooker and product designer. What an amazing 12+ years it's been since that day! From creating papers and stickers to being on and managing the design team and then getting to make my own signature collections, I have loved working at American Crafts. Huge congratulations to all these team members from around the world. Some awesome stuff is coming your way, that's for sure, so follow them allllll :)
Here are the 5 free cut files I gave away in my Happy Scrappy Place Facebook Group:

There are now over 144 free cut files in my Happy Scrappy Place Facebook Group! Make sure you join to get a new one every week :)
 Speaking of cut files, I sent out all 20 of my Summer Cut Files to those who signed up! You can now purchase the entire bundle HERE.
I shared 9 projects in July - from top left to bottom right:
Hello Little Craft Place Exploding Box // Die Cut and Painted Flowers Layout // Silhouette Holiday Ornaments // Sandcastle Layout // All of my Pink Paislee MemoryDex Cards // Beautiful Banners Layout // Magic Embellishment Star Layout // Relax Layout // Tag Flip Book
To finish, I have been a big fan of EttaVee for years! Her use of bright colors and splashes of gold speak to my soul! Last summer she had a shop update with original works of painted glass and I was able to grab one of her beautiful pieces which now hangs in my Happy Scrappy Place to admire and stare at all day every day!

Another month in the books! August is sure to be another interesting month!
Paige Taylor Evans © // Quinn Creatives DESIGN