Hello There Layout by Missy Whidden

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Hey friends! Missy Whidden here with a new layout featuring all the beautiful Washi Tape from Paige’s new Wonders collection. I used all the designs to create a fun and colorful background along with mixed media to match. I used thick smooth white cardstock for the base and I started by simply sticking strips of Washi Tape down starting from the top of the page. I originally went about half way down but then after adding the blue watercolor kept going all the way to the bottom. After applying the tapes, I coated the page with clear gesso before adding any watercolors. I softened up the tapes by smudging a bit of white gesso over some areas and then splattering white acrylic paint using a brush.

The Washi Tapes are all so beautiful I couldn’t choose a favorite. Once they were down, I machine stitched along each strip with a deep turquoise thread. I think this makes the tapes stand out a bit more and creates texture. I added a few 6x12 Cardstock Stickers in places which I popped up using adhesive foam.

I layered a few fussy cut tags from Paper 12 behind the photo. I distressed the edges and tied a twine bow on the end. I had already decided to use this big “Hello There” Chipboard Sticker before I even applied the Washi Tape, so I knew where it was going to go. I added several different sized flowers from the Floral Die Cuts around the photo as well as above and below it.

I used a blue Shimmerz spray to create the blue watercolor area. My thought was since I had so much color & pattern from all the Washi Tape, a solid blue area would help balance everything out. It was after adding the blue that I decided to continue to washi strips down the bottom of the layout. I popped up some of the flowers with adhesive foam to create more dimension and I added in a few colors of tangled thread in a few areas for even more texture and color.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try with the Wonders Washi Tape! It was so much fun to make. It was almost like creating my own patterned paper, which is always fun. Thank you so much for stopping in, and have a wonderful day!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, washi tape, embellishments: WONDERSgessowhite cardstockwhite acrylic paintwatercolors
Blog: littlenuggetcreations.blogspot.com // Instagram: @missywhidden // Pinterest: @missywhidden
Facebook: missy.whidden // YouTube: Missy Whidden

Grateful Layout by Adam Westwood

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

 Hi! Welcome back to Paige Evans' blog! ScrappyAdam here again with something a little different from me! I started off with Paige's Rainbow Background cut file which I resized to as big as I could cut and then cut it from white cardstock. I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with it for a couple of days but then decided to try something different (for me) and got out a few Distress Oxides! I decided on six colours (I know, not a true rainbow - but I'm good with that!) with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, I then began blending the ink on to the cut file, having placed it on another sheet of white cardstock. I was then left with an awesome print on the white cardstock for another project and took the cut file as the base for my page!

Something else a little different for me was some mixed media! Basic but mixed media nonetheless! I took some watercolors and added splatters across Paper 12 from the Go the Scenic Route collection, roughly in the same diagonal pattern as I had coloured the cut file. The colours don't match the rainbow but I am good with that - it provided a contrast and another dimension to the page. I then adhered the cut file in place. I felt like something was missing so I decided to add a border but only to two edges - the left and the top. I used Paper 9 for this to give a pop of blue. I trimmed my photos which are 3x4" and matted these on white cardstock and then again with the B-side of Paper 6. I placed my photos in the centre but more towards the bottom of the page. I used pom pom trim from my stash to give a bit of added texture and something a little different and contrasting to the bright colours. This acted as a shelf for my photos to 'sit' on and helped focus my embellishing.

I struggle with titles - I always want an eye catching title or something quirky or a play on words but in the moment, can never think of anything suitable! I often do pages without titles because all my scrapping is random - nothing is chronological and I have mixed albums and I will often scrap multiple photos of the same event/activity/occasion and so I feel that a title on every page isn't always needed. Though I am finding myself titling pages a lot more these days! In the end, I decided on "Grateful" with a subtitle of 'Making Memories'. I used a puffy sticker from Truly Grateful and then a Puffy Phrase Sticker from Go the Scenic Route. I like to overlap a title on to my photo - I think it focuses the page to the photo.

It was then a case of embellishing. You will know by now that I am most definitely a 'more is more' kinda scrappy guy! But I didn't want to overload the page and cover all the rainbows. So I dug deep into my box of Paige Evans goodies and used various pieces from Go the Scenic Route including some Puffy Stickers and Ephemera Die Cuts. I also used a couple of the lovely birds from Truly Grateful and then some of the words from Paper 13 from Bloom Street, dotted around the page. The puffy stickers from Go the Scenic Route are fab as they have lots of dots - so I used a few of these too. I added some very basic journaling to the bottom left of the page and the date to the bottom right and that was this page done.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll be back soon - with a page using Paige's awesome new collection, Wonders! Have a happy scrappy week and take care!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, Thickers, stickers, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstock; Die cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Rainbow Background by Paige Evans

Location: Manchester, England / Instagram: @scrappyadam / Facebook: Adam Westwood / Pinterest: Scrappy Adam

Shine Bright Star-Shaped Mini Album by Heidi K. Lewis

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

 Hey there scrappy friends, Heidi K. Lewis here to share a Whimsical star-shaped mini album. The album features six different star cut files, including the Shine Bright cut file as the cover page. Whenever I am in a creative rut, I like to browse through Paige's cut files for inspiration. The fun variety of star cut files caught my eye and inspired me to document a compilation of my husband’s night photography. All of the pages in the mini album are made from the Whimsical 6x6 Paper Pad, available at JoAnn, or the whole collection can be found in the AC digital store - Whimsical Digital Collection.

To make the cover for the mini album, I sized the Shine Bright cut file to 5.5 inches and cut it out of a foiled paper from the 6x6 Paper Pad. I also cut out two outlines of the cut file from vellum to make a shaker pocket. I used my sewing machine to stitch around most of the cut file and the two pieces of vellum. I filled the pocket with star and moon glitter and then sewed the pocket shut. I stitched a straight line across two of the star points, so I could punch holes in the cover without a glitter leak.

For the first page, I cut out the Stars in Star cut file from star-patterned paper and then covered the entire page with a title made from Thickers. Then I secured all of the Thickers with my sewing machine to enhance longevity of the album. The second page features a star-shaped photo layered with a border made from the Concentric Stars cut file. To make the shaped photo, I printed my picture on 5x7 paper and cut out a star (sized to 4.9) with my Cricut. All of the photos in the album are bordered with paper from the 6x6 Paper Pad.

Page 3 features another star-shaped photo embellished with chipboard stickers from Whimsical and Turn the Page. Page 4 is made from the Diced Star cut file backed with acetate. I love how you can see the next page through the acetate overlay. Speaking of the next page, the fifth page features another large photo embellished with chipboard stickers and puffy stickers.

Pages 6 and 7 feature more star-shaped photos embellished with chipboard stickers. For the "whimsical" page, I used a complementary red paper to emphasize the bright green in my photo. The opposite page features a monochromatic color scheme to match the colors in the photo.

Page 8 is made similar to my other photo pages, but this time I used the Diced Star cut file behind my photo to create some variety with my photo borders.

To make page 9, I cut the Star Star cut file from rainbow paper and backed the cut file with a photo of clouds. The Whimsical collection has lots of crafty elements, which inspired the title for the page. 

Page 10 is another photo page embellished with a border from the Concentric Stars cut file and chipboard stickers.

Page 11 is one of my favorite pages in the album. I cut the Geometric Star cut file from rainbow paper and embellished the page with chipboard stickers from Turn the Page and star pieces from the Embellishment Mix from the Memory Explosion Box at Michaels. Cutting an elaborate cut file from patterned rainbow paper looks amazing without a lot of effort.

Pages 12 and 13 are another double page spread featuring embellished photos. My photos often inspire the overall style of an album. I kept the embellishments pretty simple throughout the album to reflect the simplicity of looking at the stars.

Page 14 was made in a similar fashion to all of my other photo pages. One of my favorite embellishing techniques is to make the stickers look as if though they are part of the photo. For example, I overlapped branch stickers over my tree branches and made the bird look as if though it is sitting in the tree.

Page 15 is another one of my favorite pages in the album. My album was mostly finished except for this page, when Paige’s new Wonders collection arrived on my doorstep. I couldn’t resist using it right away and made a page covered with both Wonders and Bloom Street Washi Tape. The page is embellished with both Turn the Page and Whimsical, so I have 4 collections all on one page and it makes me so happy! Rainbow always goes with rainbow, so it is easy to mix and match Paige’s collections.

For page 16, I repeated the technique of layering stickers directly on top of my photo. I love how it looks like the phoenix is flying into the sun. Page 17 features the Concentric Stars cut file cut from rainbow paper. Most of the cut file pages throughout the album are left plain because I really wanted the cut files to shine without covering up the pretty cut files with lots of photos.

To make the back cover, I covered a piece of rainbow paper with modeling paste applied through a star stencil (Paige has a Star Confetti Stencil). Applying modeling paste to patterned paper is a technique that I learned from Paige that is super easy and looks awesome.

I hope this project shows you that by repeating simple techniques such as cutting a fancy cut file from rainbow paper, you can make an album that really shines bright. Hope you stop by again soon!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, 6x6 Paper Pad, stickers, Thickers, die cuts, embellishments: Whimsical Digital Collection; Die cut machine: Cricut; Cut files: Shine BrightStars in StarConcentric StarsDiced StarStar Star, and Geometric Star by Paige Evans

Location: Idaho, USA / Instagram: @heidi.k.lewis / Facebook: Heidi K. Lewis / Pinterest: klipheid09

Love This Face Layout by Jennifer Rambert

Monday, April 19, 2021

  Hi paper lovers! Jennifer Rambert here with a new layout made with the Truly Grateful collection and the Diamond Leaves cut file. I love doing color gradients with cut files and when I saw this one I immediately knew how I was going to work. First, I cut the Diamond Leaves cut file 2 times with my Silhouette Cameo. Once from white cardstock to double and bring relief to the second, cut from watercolor paper. I prefer to use watercolor paper to make my gradients, I find it easier.

I then made the gradient. I wanted the ends to be very dark and lighten the colors inward. I started with dark red then orange and finally yellow on one side and dark purple then purple and finally pink on the other. To achieve this gradient, I used Lindy's inks. Once the gradient was done, I glued the two cut files together offset to create relief. I continued with the background of my page. I coated white cardstock with gesso then I made two-tone halos: a pink halo on the upper part of my page and yellow for the lower part. I used a stencil to make diamond prints to recall the shape of the tone-on-tone ink cut out on either side of the halos. Once the background was finished, I glued the cut file with 3D foam, tilting it a bit. I inserted my photo up to the foliage so that it overlaps the photo. All that remains is to decorate!

I fussy cut flowers and butterflies from Truly Grateful patterned papers. I also used Floral Die Cuts and Ephemera Die Cuts. I mainly decorated the top and bottom of the photo and added the title with the words and Thickers. I finished with a splash of golden ink.

This page is exactly what I imagined! The colors are intense and brilliant, really what I love and I loved making this color gradient. I really wanted this Diamond Leaves to be the center of my layout. I hope this page has inspired you for a future project. Thanks for stopping by & I wish you a wonderful creative day!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: TRULY GRATEFULwhite cardstockwhite acrylic paintDistress Oxides; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Diamond Leaves by Paige Evans

Location: France / Instagram: @secretsandcreations / Blog: Secrets & Creations / Facebook: Secrets & Creations / Pinterest: secretsandcreations

So Much Love For You Layout by Paige Evans

Sunday, April 18, 2021

 Here is one of my layouts that appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine featuring my new Wonders collection and Quilt cut file!

I began by die cutting my Quilt cut file from textured white cardstock and then backed all of the little triangles with pieces from the multi-patterned Paper 20. I placed three photos diagonally in the diamond parts and left the other two diamonds opened.
For the background I chose the blue sky B-side of Paper 11, adhered the backed cut file on top, and splashed blue watercolors around in three spots for added interest and to create a visual triangle.
To embellish, I added a blue Lolly at the top with a "so much love" Banner Sticker below, tucked a colorful pennant from the 6x12 Cardstock Stickers underneath, and then made the title "FOR YOU" with Thickers. I wrote journaling with a blue pen in the open diamonds and to finish I added a gold foil heart from the 6x12 Cardstock Stickers to three cross sections to create another visual triangle. 
I hope you are inspired to download the Spring 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, grab my new Wonders collection, and check out my Quilt cut file!
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, lolly, Thickers, embellishments: WONDERSwatercolorswhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Quilt by Paige Evans

Photograph the Scenic Route Layout by Valerie Bisson

Saturday, April 17, 2021

 Hi there, Valerie Bisson back on the blog today with another scrapbook layout, hoping to spark your creativity! My layout features the Go the Scenic Route collection, the Camera cut file, and the Photograph cut file. These cut files are perfect for any theme, whether it’s travel, birthday, selfies, even baby photos.

My thought process for this page was that I wanted to make a grid layout with multiple cut files. Once I made a decision on my design I started by cutting the Camera cut file in black cardstock 5 times at 3.5 inches in height. I also created 2 more layers for the camera, one with a solid backing using vibrant cardstock colors and another layer using a patterned paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad, picking out a few areas of the camera and strap for this. Then onto the next cut file, the Photograph cut file, which I thought worked perfectly for the title on my page. I cut this out from white cardstock at 3.75 inches and then backed this in solid black. Then I decided to cut out the inside letters with the same patterned paper that I used on the cameras and popped them up with some dimensional foam adhesive which seems to be my favorite way lately to do word cut files. Once all my cut files were ready I needed to decide on a background paper. Eventually I decided on Paper 2, one of my favorites from Go the Scenic Route. Of course I had to splatter some paint on the background for a little something extra, so I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Ocean and Dylusions ink spray in white linen.

I printed my photos at 3 inches plus a white border. Before adding them to the page I matted them with Paper 20 and black cardstock. I also used Paper 3 to cut out several of the stamps to scatter on the page in a few spots behind the cameras and a small strip of the same paper on the edge of each photo. I adhered the cameras and photos to the page with dimensional foam adhesive and because the title block already had the dimensional letters it went flat to the background, everything in a grid style design. Next I decided to use the Acrylic Stamps, stamping the map on white cardstock and then cutting it out and tucking it under the camera in the lower left corner. Also to add to the title I stamped directly on the background paper right below the cut file with the geo tag stamps. I used Distress Oxides in speckled egg and chipped sapphire for my stamping. To embellish two of the photos I added a Puffy Phrase Sticker to the photo on the left and to photo on the right I added the phrase travel far & wide from the Ephemera Die Cuts. For my journaling I used my WRMK Typecast Typewriter on white cardstock and then trimmed it into strips, placing them directly on top of my photo. I also added a date strip to one photo and smile to another photo. For some final touches to the layout I added two tiny camera puffy stickers, black enamel dots, and clear nuvo crystal drops to look like water droplets.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I had a great time creating this layout using Paige's cut files. Which one are you going to use on your next project?

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, enamel dots, stamps, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstockwhite acrylic paintDistress Oxides; Die cut machine: Cricut Explore Air 2; Cut files: Camera and Photograph by Paige Evans

Location: Manitoba, Canada / Instagram: @valeriearts2 / Pinterest: valeriearts2 / Facebook: Valerie Bisson

Sunshine and Happiness Layout by Ashley Neu

Friday, April 16, 2021

  Hi scrappy friends! Ashley Neu back with a fun layout for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team! For today’s layout, I used Paige’s Sunburst Background cut file and her Go the Scenic Route collection. I documented this fun photo of my daughters’ first day at dance class together.

To start off the layout, I cut the Sunburst Background cut file from Paper 3 that has beautiful mini butterflies all over it. After tracing the inner circle of the cut file onto white cardstock, I added watercolors to help the circle stand out.

I added foam adhesive strips to the back of the cut file and layered it onto the white cardstock. I fussy cut the beautiful, multi-colored butterflies from Paper 20 and added them around the circle making sure to lift up their wings to give lots of dimension. I love the way they help draw your attention to the circle of the sunburst.

Finally, I added the title from the Chipboard Stickers and some Cardstock Stickers. I also used the tone-on-tone technique by adding some of the cute, little puffy dots from the Puffy Phrase Stickers onto the watercoloring.

Thank you for stopping by Paige’s blog! I hope you all have a wonderful day and look forward to next time!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTEwhite cardstockwatercolors; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Sunburst Background by Paige Evans

Location: Minnesota, USA /  Instagram: @ashleyneudesign / YouTube: Ashley Neu / Pinterest: Ashley Neu Design / Facebook: Ashley Neu Design

Bloom Where You're Planted Page by Krystal Idunate

Thursday, April 15, 2021

  Hello friends! Krystal Idunate here today sharing a new spread I created using Paige’s Aztec Geometric Background cut file along with different components from the Bloom Street collection. When I saw this awesome background design, I knew I wanted to use it to tell a story about my son. I selected a photo of him playing in the garden bed last year to use on this 6x8” layout in order to tell the story of his love for digging in the dirt.

There is nothing I love more than a super bold background and I loved the opportunity to create my own using the Aztec Geometric Background cut file. I knew I would be able to select whatever colors went best with my photo, which made this cut file really versatile. First, I needed to adjust the size of the cut file in my Silhouette software so it would fit on a page for my 6x8” album. I like to make my pages just slightly bigger (6.875x8.25”) so they can remain outside of a page protector. After adjusting the file size, I also removed two larger triangular sections so I could add my photo + text later. Then, I went ahead and cut the background out using white cardstock. If you would like to see further details of how I adjusted and cut out this file, you can check out a process video for this spread here.

After my file was done cutting, I went ahead and trimmed it down to my desired size. Now it was ready to back with patterned/colored papers. I used different patterns from the Bloom Street Boxed Cards Set to back my file, and I added in an extra solid green textured cardstock from my scrap stash to coordinate as well. I primarily choose the blues and greens from the fronts and backs of the Boxed Cards to give the spread a more earthy feel. I love the way the colors work together!

Once the background was completely backed with coordinating papers, I turned my attention to the photo + journaling. I printed my photo at 5x5” and then trimmed it into a triangle shape which allowed it to fit into one of those solid triangle areas I created before cutting the file out. For my journaling, I typed up my text in Photoshop and did my best to taper it into an upside-down triangle shape. I then cut the text into strips and adhered them onto the solid triangle shape at the top of the page. Lastly, I decided I wanted to add some light embellishments onto the page to help give it those finishing touches. I created a cluster of three leafy sprigs using the floral die cuts from the Horizon collection in the same blue and green tones. I also debated on a couple of tiny phrase strips from the Bloom Street Paper 13. Ultimately, I chose the blue phrase strip that says “Bloom Where You’re Planted”. I thought that both the title and the color were perfect. I added the cluster of embellishments to the bottom right corner of the page, then called this layout done.

I really love everything about this spread - from the fun, colorful, bold background to the larger photo feature, and of course all those words! I hope this layout inspires you to look for creative ways to use Paige's cut files to help you tell your stories. Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you have an awesome rest of your day!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, die cuts, box cards, embellishments: BLOOM STREETvellumwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Aztec Geometric Background by Paige Evans

Location: Michigan, USA / Instagram: @krystal.idunate / YouTube: Krystal Idunate / Pinterest: Krystal Idunate / Patreon: Krystal Idunate

Wonders Coptic Book & Kits

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

With every scrapbook collection I love to create a coptic book and here is the Wonders edition!

I love making these handmade coptic books and giving them away as gifts and to look pretty on my shelf :) You can use them as diaries, "smash books" or art journals, daily gratitude journals, wedding sign-in books, mother-to-be baby shower books, as a scrapbook, making lists, for instax photos, book reviews, and so much more! I made my December Daily 2017 in one and I think it's my most favorite December Daily to date.

 My absolute favorite part is the exposed binding and tying charms, beads, stickers, pearls tassels, buttons, sequins, and more into the binding as I'm sewing.

The book lays flat when opened which makes it easy to write & "art" in.

 This book is 4x6" which is perfect for full-sized photos and smaller memorabilia.

These covers are made from wood that my dad cut and I drilled lots and lots of holes through to show off the exposed binding. (Sandpaper is included in the kit so you can sand it to your liking.)

I tried something new for this book and sewed with 2 colors of thread - for the first half I used a pink and an orange then for the second half I used an aqua and blue.

The holes were actually way too close together and I had a really hard time stitching it, but I persevered and love how it turned out!

There's nothing quite like the feeling of making a cute book completely from scratch!!

Check out all the previous coptic books made with my collections:

Go the Scenic Route coptic book // Bloom Street coptic book // Truly Grateful coptic book // Horizon coptic book // Whimsical coptic book // Pick-Me-Up coptic book // Turn the Page coptic book // Oh My Heart coptic book // Take Me Away coptic book // Fancy Free coptic book

I have a limited number of Wonders coptic bookbinding kits available in my Etsy shop!

Sometimes bookbinding supplies, especially wooden boards, can be hard to find and even harder to cut down to size and drill holes without power tools. Take the stress and hassle away with this custom coptic bookbinding kit! Included in this kit:
- one pair of 4x6" wooden covers with the holes already drilled and ready to be painted (a piece of sandpaper is included as well)
- 24 double-sided patterned papers trimmed to size
- piercing / drilling template
- 2 skeins of coordinating thread (color may vary from photo)
- curved needle
- package of puffy stickers (60 stickers - adhere back-to-back and punch a tiny hole through them to turn them into custom charms!)
- 8-page sticker book (286 stickers)
- 3 clear jewel beads
- 21 beads
- 1 acrylic butterfly charm (color may vary from photo)
- 2 metal flower charms (color and styles may vary from photo)
- 1 silver charm (style may vary from photo)
- 1 thread tassel charm (color may vary from photo)
- 2 suede tassel charms charm (color may vary from photo)

I always love seeing your versions of coptic books! Thanks for stopping by, have a great rest of the week!

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