Wanderlust Mini Album by Amber Mitchell

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Hello crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on Paige's blog today to share with you how I created this fun chipboard journal using the beautiful Bloom Street collection and a handful of Paige's cut files! Cut files are a great way to embellish projects - I used Paige's cut files to decorate the covers of the four journals I created.

Chipboard books have been a favorite project of mine to create for the past couple of years. I love how sturdy and long lasting they are! This book consists of four journals that can be removed, replaced, or refilled once the pages are full, so I needed to create a base that could withstand the test of time. That's why I decided to use chipboard for this project.

The base of this project consists of three pieces of chipboard; the two covers measure 4.5x7.5" and the spine measures 1.5x7.5". I wrapped these pieces using papers from the Bloom Street Digital Collection. With the base wrapped, I moved on to the pages. I created four journals that consist of three pages each. To make these, I took three sheets of paper that measure 7x8", folded them in half along the 8" side, and stacked them. To add the journals to the base of the book, I used white elastic string. This will allow the journals to be removed from the base of the book itself for easy documenting and for new pages to be added if needed. To embellish the spine, I threaded a mixture of acrylic beads, handmade paper beads, and various charms (like the Bloom Street Flower Charms) from my stash onto each elastic thread before tying them around the spine of the book.

For the first journal, I used the Layered Flower and Leaves cut file to create three flowers that I clustered together in the center of the cover. I further embellished these with digital floral and leaf die cuts from Bloom Street. To finish this cover, I used a Rolled Flower cut file to create three small flowers that tied everything together.

For the second journal I used the Geometric Heart cut file. I backed it using various patterned papers from Bloom Street. I love how bright and colorful this is and how all of the patterns pop! I added a few Floral Die Cuts as well as a butterfly from the Layered Butterfly Stickers to finish this cover.

For the third journal, I used one of my favorite cut files, which is the Half Flower cut file, as a statement piece. I backed it using a beautiful purple patterned paper from Bloom Street. Purple is one of my favorite colors so this journal cover makes me happy! I once again used Floral Die Cuts and a butterfly from the Layered Butterfly Stickers as embellishments.

For the fourth and final journal, I created another cluster of flowers using another Layered Flower and Leaves cut file. I love the shape of this flower! I once again cut three, but for this journal cover, I placed them diagonally across the length of it.

With all of my journals embellished, I slipped them into the album using the elastic string and moved onto the cover. Since the spine of this album is quite embellished and bright, I decided to keep the cover simple. I used the Wanderlust cut file and backed it using a light pink polka dot paper from Bloom Street. I love how this title is so simple yet stands out and catches the eye.

And with that, this journal book is complete! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I'll see you next time with another fun project!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, Thickers, die cuts, charms, embellishments: BLOOM STREET; Die cut machine: Cricut; Cut files: Layered Flower and LeavesWanderlustHalf Flower, and Geometric Heart by Paige Evans
Location: California, USA / Blog: Happy Crafty Studio / Instagram: @bambidearr / YouTube: bambidearr / Pinterest: bambidearr

Thanksgiving Layout by Paige Evans

Monday, November 23, 2020

 Hey there! Happy Monday! I have a new layout to share with you today featuring the Marigold collection by Maggie Holmes / Crate Paper and a couple of my cut files: Thanksgiving with Stitching Holes and Leaves with Stitching Holes.

To begin I die cut my Thanksgiving with Stitching Holes cut file from 12 Marigold patterned papers. I then went through my boxes of DMC embroidery threads and found colors to match:
I spent a few hours doing a chain stitch around each of the letters which was really easy with the holes for stitching already die cut for me. The spacing of all the holes is perfect which helps make everything neat and tidy - although you know I am an advocate for imperfections in scrapping :)
Then I chose a pink polka dot background paper, printed three 3" square photos from our Thanksgiving last year with both of my grandmas and grandma and parents in Utah. These are precious memories and photos because it was the last time I got to be with my beloved Grandma Doris. I arranged the title and photos at a slight angle on the background.
The layout then needed more embellishments and I decided to create my own. I die cut my Leaves with Stitching Holes cut file from textured white cardstock and coated the leaves with white gesso. Then I painted the leaves with various Prima watercolors - mostly Shimmering Lights (so pretty for autumn) and Vintage Pastels. Once they dried I splashed on white acrylic paint topped with a splashing of Liquid Gold for lots of sparkle.
I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process of the leaves so that I could then machine stitch through them using gold thread. I originally back stitched through the holes of one leaf with white embroidery thread, but I took out the thread and decided to go with gold machine stitching instead. I will definitely be using my Leaves with Stitching Holes cut file with actual hand stitching soon!
Once all of the leaves were stitched I tucked them under the title and glued them in place. I added a few pieces of ephemera from Marigold here and there such as a "Together" Chipboard Sticker and a couple of flower Chipboard Stickers, as well as a bird Cardstock Sticker. I tucked in a few gold leaf stickers to emphasize all the shimmer & shine. To finish I wrote journaling on the right.
I hope you are inspired in some way by this layout! It combines a lot of my favorite techniques: hand stitching, machine stitching, lots of patterned papers, mixed media, and a large title. All in one! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers: MARIGOLD by Maggie Holmes / Crate Paper; Cut files: Thanksgiving with Stitching Holes and Leaves with Stitching Holes by Paige Evans; Thread: DMC; Watercolors: Shimmering Lights and Vintage PastelsgessoLiquid Gold

6 Layouts for Auction

Sunday, November 22, 2020

I'm participating in a crafty community auction with Christmas for the Kartchner's for Dear Lizzy and her family this holiday season to hopefully make their spirits bright. Up for bids, I've made 6 12x12 layouts using my Go the Scenic Route collection! The spots and sizes for photos are included so all you have to do is pop on your pictures and write your journaling. Bidding starts right now and you'll find these pages listed and all the details on instagram at @christmasforthekartchners.

I began scrapping at 6:21am yesterday and finished creating the layouts at around 2pm - 6 layouts in less than 8 hours! It can be done! I scraplifted myself for almost every layout and didn't do any hand stitching - instead I opted for machine stitching which looks awesome too!

For this first layout - you can't go wrong with chevrons! On the pink ledger B-side of Paper 19 I splashed watered down white acrylic paint then splashed Pastel Dreams watercolors on top. While the background was drying I grabbed Paper 10 and cut up the squares of patterns into triangles, distressed the edges, and machine stitched them in place. A few butterfly Cardstock Stickers here and there, tone-on-tone Ephemera Die Cuts, and hearts & dots from the Puffy Phrase Stickers finish up this first page!

I love to make a floral heart page with all of my collections and hadn't with Go the Scenic Route yet - no time like the present! On a piece of textured white cardstock I traced a heart template that I keep in a box of teaching supplies and then pooled water all over it. I dropped in and splashed Pastel Dreams watercolors all around then let it air dry. Next I used almost an entire package of Floral Die Cuts along with the flowers in the Chipboard Stickers and placed them around the heart, matching the florals to the watercolors (pink flowers on pink paint, yellow flowers on yellow paint, etc). I machine stitched around the heart to keep all the flowers in place then bent up the leaves and petals for dimension. I added the spot for a photo, tucked three tags from the Ephemera Die Cuts under the right side, placed a "love" Puffy Phrase Sticker title above, and then embellished around the heart with matching colors of Enamel Dots and hearts from the Puffy Phrase Stickers. Second layout done!

For the third layout I did some mixed media on the yellow polka dot B-side of Paper 14 - first I smooshed on a layer of white gesso, then I spritzed watered down white acrylic paint with a toothbrush centered in the middle, and finally I splashed Pastel Dreams and Tropicals watercolors on top. I cut out the 12 letters from 12 different Go the Scenic Route patterned papers and machine stitched around the edges to give them texture. I then distressed the edges of the letters and adhered the title to the background with foam squares for dimension. I added an oval journaling spot from the Ephemera Die Cuts to the middle "O" with spots for the photos inside the other two "O"s. I embellished with a few Chipboard Stickers and Enamel Dots. Third layout, done and done!

For my 4th layout I die cut my Best Day Ever cut file from textured white cardstock and then backed the letters with a variety of patterned papers from Go the Scenic Route in a rainbow order. I used foam squares to attach the letters which gives the layout lots of depth and shadows. I added the photo spot to the empty space on the right side. To embellish, I added Puffy Word Stickers tone-on-tone inside the letters and machine stitched them in place with matching colored Coats & Clark threads. Three hearts (two from the Cardstock Stickers and one from the Chipboard Stickers) decorate between the letters as well as a few tickets from the Ephemera Die Cuts. Fourth layout is a wrap!

For this 5th layout I busted out two butterfly punches and went to town making butterflies from the rainbow B-side of Paper 21. I arranged the butterflies onto the light orange ledger B-side of Paper 22 then machine stitched them in place down the centers. I bent up the wings to add dimension and then placed the two spots for photos. I embellished with a few more butterflies from the Cardstock Stickers and Chipboard Stickers and placed a few colorful dots from the Puffy Phrase Stickers on top.

For the 6th and final layout, I grabbed the barcode strips that I'd been saving and loosely placed them in a star shape across the blue B-side of Paper 4. I used three barcode strips for each length and then machine stitched them in place. I added the two photo spots on the right side and used the Foam Thickers to make the "superstar" title. A little cluster of Ephemera Die Cuts piled on the left side balances the photos on the right.

I had soooo much fun making these layouts and I hope whoever wins will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them - scrapbooking is my favorite :)
Be sure to follow @christmasforthekartchners and bid on the amazing things fellow crafters are putting up for auction to support Dear Lizzy and her family!

Fall Layout by Elsie Robinson

    Hey everyone, it’s Elsie Robinson here here with a fall inspired layout using Paige's Go the Scenic Route collection. I love to use a large title cut file on my layouts and when I saw this Fall Leaves cut file I knew I had to use it on a layout.

I firstly started by cutting the title from white cardstock. I then went through the entire Go the Scenic Route collection and selected patterned papers that had autumnal colors like oranges, reds, pinks, and purples. I then backed each leaf with the different patterned papers. Rather than using another patterned paper or a plain piece of cardstock to back the rest of the letter I decided to use some silver glitter paper. I can never resist a bit of sparkle!

I nestled my photo behind the last ‘L’. I chose a black & white photo to add contrast between the cut file and embellishments. To embellish, I used various Floral Die CutsChipboard and Cardstock Stickers. I especially love how cute the little bird cardstock stickers look!

Thanks for stopping by, make sure you check out Paige's cut files!

 Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Fall Leaves by Paige Evans
Location: England / Blog: Hey Elsie Instagram: @heyelsie_ / Facebook: Elsie Robinson / YouTube: Elsieeee / Pinterest: heyelsie

Thankful Blessed Grateful Art Spread by Paula Fiihr

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Happy fall! Paula Fiihr here with an art journal spread to share today. Working in my 8.5x11 journal, I put together this fun page using Paige's Thankful Blessed Grateful cut file.

I cut it on white cardstock and glued it to the Paper 24 from Go the Scenic Route. The background is Distress Crayons and modeling paste over Paige’s Polka Dots Stencil. I swiped a few spots with acrylic paint as well. Then I cut several sizes of leaves using Paige's Large Leaf cut file on brown cardstock, Paper 24, and the yellow polka dot paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad. The different sizes and papers add fun layers throughout the page. A couple burlap leaves from my stash made it on there as well. For the letters, I traced the Blessed onto the same brown cardstock and then again on the yellow paper slightly smaller. To finish, I tucked this cute bird, a ticket, and a tag from the Ephemera Die Cuts behind the sentiment. A sprinkle of hearts from the Chipboard Stickers add dimension around the words. It’s hard for me to make any layout or project without a bit of black, so I added some black ink and stitching stamps around the edges.

And that’s my art journal project! Hope you are enjoying your week however you celebrate!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEDistress OxidesPolka Dots Stencilmodeling paste; Die cut machine: Cricut; Cut file: Thankful Blessed Grateful by Paige Evans

Location: Texas, USA / Instagram: @psplannergirl / Pinterest: pfiihr / Facebook: Paula Fiihr 

Layout by Anita Bownds

Friday, November 20, 2020

 Hi there crafty friends, Anita Bownds here with you today sharing a Christmas layout! I know it’s not Christmas yet, but it’s heating up in Australia and where I live it’s tropical heat so sweaty weather!! So anyway I’m using the beautiful Go the Scenic Route collection for my layout and the photo was taken last year of Luna kitty enjoying a nap near the Christmas tree on her scratching post.

You know me, a white cardstock background to start with! I always love how the bright colors pop on it, I guess that’s why I’m drawn to it. Then using my Silhouette Cameo and Paige's Snowflake cut file with a paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad I cut it out and adhered it in the middle of the background. Then I decided I needed a touch of color on the edges so I used a lace scalloped border punch and added a pretty punched border down the left and right sides and ran it through my sewing machine to add some stitching details. Using the leftover paper from the Snowflake cut I adhered that to the back to add that pop of pink.

Next I cut out the Mitten cut file and used Paper 13 and Paper 22 to back the main parts. Then I cut two bits of vellum to add the the back of it to create a shaker with sequins. I used Paper 4 and Paper 15 to mat my photo and a piece from the Ephemera Die Cuts to tuck behind the layers and adhered it beside my mitten.

Then I started adding flowers from the Floral Die Cuts and Ephemera Die Cuts around my photo and then a few more flowers around the layout. I also added a few little bits from the Chipboard Stickers to the top of my photo and to the flowers in the middle of the mitten. Then I added a few little dots from the Puffy Phrase Stickers. Then a few of the Cardstock Stickers tucked in around my layers. I added my title using the Puffy Phrase Stickers and the colorful Foam Thickers.

I hope you have enjoyed my early Christmas inspiration today and happy crafting!

 Patterned papers, die cuts, stickers, Thickers, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut files: Snowflake and Mitten by Paige Evans
Location: Australia / Blog: Neat-N-Crafty / Instagram: @anitabownds / Facebook: Anita Bownds
YouTube: Anita B Pinterest: Anita Bownds

It's a Small World Layout by Shimelle

Thursday, November 19, 2020

  Hello crafty friends! Shimelle here, wishing you a magical day and sharing a very special page that might get a song stuck in your head. Sorry about that. I love Paige's new Small World cut file and couldn't wait to get to work with this Mary Blair style with a Disneyland photo.

Almost all the work on this page came from backing the Small World cut file, cut from white cardstock. It would look beautiful backed with just one paper, but apparently I decided more is more and spent an afternoon cutting tiny pieces to fill it with color and pattern! All the backing papers came from the Go the Scenic Route 6x8 Paper Pad and I pulled out five papers to use rather than trying to include the entire paper pad. I think it's more cohesive this way and it definitely made it easier to choose which paper should go in which window.

Next I started building on the background, starting with the blue b-side of Paper 2. I may have done a victory lap of my desk when the Foam Thickers spelled out 'It's a Small World' in just the same width as the cut file! I love it when that happens. (I cut down an exclamation point to make the apostrophe.) Then I tucked my photo behind some of the tower turrets of the cut file. You could definitely place the photo to go over the top of the cut file, and I often do that. This time, I tucked it behind because it's not a particularly wonderful photo. His smile is awesome and there's a real story I wanted to tell here, but the photo in its full crop is not a wonderful portrait by any stretch of the imagination. This time, the cut file goes on top and the towers point up toward that smiling face!

The remaining embellishment is super simple but frames the top of the photo with some color to bring the whole page together: hearts from the Chipboard Stickerss and blue foiled motifs from the Cardstock Stickers. I wrote down the story with a white pen. This design could also work with a second photo where my journaling sits on the page, if you have a little less to write.

Paige also has a new Castle cut file in her shop. Should I try that one next? Or do you have another cut file you would really love to see here on the blog? Thanks so much for taking a look at my Small World project, wherever in the world you may be!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, Thickers, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Small World by Paige Evans
Location: London / Blog: Shimelle / Instagram: @shimelle / Facebook: Shimelle / YouTube: Shimelle Laine / Pinterest: glittershim

Happy Everyday Layout by Missy Whidden

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  Hey friends! Missy Whidden here with a bright new layout featuring Paige’s Go the Scenic Route collection. I started this page with Paige’s Diamond Leaves cut file, which I cut three times on my Silhouette Cameo using Paper 2Paper 6, and Paper 15. I wanted to create a shadow effect to create dimension, so I layered all three pieces together. My photo has a lot of open space to the left, so I tucked it under the leaves on the right and embellished around it. I used thick smooth white cardstock as the base and I first coated it with clear gesso. I used a mix of Distress Oxides and Shimmerz to create matching watercolor areas behind the cut file and photo.

I just adore these gorgeous colors! Once I had the cut files layered, I decided where to put certain colors on the background. I used several flowers from the Floral Die Cuts to layer here and I fussy cut a few small blue flowers from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I also used a few Cardstock Stickers in a few places.

I wanted to use embellishments that would pop against the colors, so I used one of the Puffy Word Stickers right on top of the photo. I used a colorful scalloped Ephemera Die Cut under the photo and I added another part of the title down below that using a Puffy Phrase Sticker. I tucked in dark blue thread and I love how it pops against that bold yellow.

To take the background a step further, I added stamping detail. I used the small diamond tile shape from the Acrylic Stamps on each color section. I used the same Distress Oxides to do this and I love the subtle texture it gives the background.

I hope this gives you some ideas to try using mixed media and cut files! Cut files are a great starting point for a layout. This one helped dictate my page for me because it instantly gave me a place for my photo. The rest was embellishing. Be sure to check out Paige's cut files! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, Thickers, die cuts, acrylic stamps, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstockDistress Oxidesgessomodeling paste; Cut file: Diamond Leaves by Paige Evans
Blog: littlenuggetcreations.blogspot.com // Instagram: @missywhidden // Pinterest: @missywhidden
Facebook: missy.whidden // YouTube: Missy Whidden

Handcut Frames Layout by Stefanie Ried

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

    Hi friends, Stefanie Ried here sharing a new layout made with Go the Scenic Route! I have had this idea in my head for awhile. But sometimes the papers do not fit or you do not have the right photos. But in this case I constantly put off the idea and almost forgot it again. But when I found my sketches last week while cleaning up, I knew right away that I finally wanted to create this idea!

First I chose suitable papers. I like this color combination best in this collection.

First I wanted to sketch the frames with pencil on the papers. But then I just started cutting out the frames with scissors without this. And it went super easy. To be honest, I just cut out by feeling and then arranged the paper frames on top of each other by turning them.

I glued the frames with 3D glue dots that way they don't lie flat on top of each other. Otherwise the effect would not work properly. I decorated the frames only minimally so that you can still see the lines.

The icons and stickers are based on my Girls Craft Day theme. There are sooo many in this beautiful collection. Until next time!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, enamel dots, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstock
Blog: steffiried.blogspot.com / Instagram: @steffiried / Pinterest: @steffiried / Facebook: stefanie.ried.96 YouTube: Steffi Ried
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