Join Me for Bonus November Virtual Classes!


Sunday, October 30, 2022

 Join me in two weeks on Sunday November 13th 2022 for a bonus day of virtual crafting!

First, in this 2 hour virtual class taking place on Sunday November 13th 2022 at 11-1pm Eastern Time, I will teach you how to create two 12x12 scrapbook layouts featuring my Splendid collection! We'll back a pretty flower cut file then create a kaleidoscope of origami butterflies! One of the layouts does use a cut file provided as a free download for those with machines. If you don't have an electronic die cutting machine, I have the flower cut file available to purchase as a pre-cut file in my shop HERE. The PDF with the list of supplies, photo sizes, templates, instructions, and a link to the YouTube video where the class takes place will be emailed upon purchase and the video will be saved for re-watching at your convenience!


Register for the Layouts Class HERE.


We take an hour break for lunch then in the next 2 hour virtual class taking place on Sunday November 13th 2022 at 2-4pm Eastern Time, I will teach you how to create an elastic cording mini album in my signature style complete with paper beads, tabs, and lots of color - all featuring my Splendid collection! This is the mini album I taught how to create at the She Loves Color event! The PDF with the list of supplies, photo sizes, templates, instructions, and a link to the YouTube video where the class takes place will be emailed upon purchase nd the video will be saved for re-watching at your convenience!

Register for the Mini Album Class HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions! Hope to see you soon in my Backed Flower Cut File & Origami Butterflies Layouts Class and then my Elastic Cording Mini Album Class!

Join Me for November Virtual Classes!


Saturday, October 29, 2022

Join me in two weeks on Saturday November 12th 2022 for a day of virtual crafting!

First, ithis 2 hour virtual class taking place on Saturday November 12th 2022 at 11am-1pm Eastern Time, I will teach you how to create an amazing 3D globe mini album! A list of supplies, photo sizes, instructions, any homework needed to be completed before the class, templates, and the link to the live YouTube video where the class takes place will be emailed to you upon purchase and the video will be saved for re-watching at your convenience! Please note that the acrylic globe stand is essential for the base of this mini album and Jessica from Color Cast Designs will have them available for pre-order in her shop next week!

Register for the Mini Album Class HERE.


We take an hour break for lunch then in the next 2 hour virtual class taking place on Saturday November 12th 2022 at 2-4pm Eastern Time, I will teach you how to create two 12x12 scrapbook layouts: one will feature a quilted and stitched background and the other will be a beautiful paper pieced frame layout. A list of supplies, photo sizes, instructions, any homework needed to be completed before the class, templates, and the link to the live YouTube video where the class takes place will be emailed to you upon purchase and the video will be saved for re-watching at your convenience!


Register for the Layouts Class HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions! Hope to see you soon in my Globe Mini Album Class and then my Quilt & Frame Layouts Class!

Best Friends Layout by Yui Oku


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Hi everyone! Yui Oku here today with a new layout featuring Paige's Bungalow Lane collection and Best Friends Cut File!

I decided to use my sons' photos cut into hearts and their favorite colors: blue and green. Bungalow Lane has a lot of blues and greens! I cut the Best Friends Cut File from white cardstock and then backed it with blue and green patterned papers. I hand cut a few more hearts from patterned papers to add to the page along with blue and green embellishments from the 8-Page Sticker BookFloral Die Cuts, and a Heart Charm.

I hope this layout inspires you to use Paige's Bungalow Lane collection and Best Friends Cut File!


SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: BUNGALOW LANEwhite cardstock; Cut file: Best Friends by Paige Evans

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Autumn Vibes Layout by Valerie Bisson


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

 Hi friends! Valerie Bisson here today and I’m delighted to share my project featuring Paige's Leaf Background Cut File and the beautiful Garden Shoppe collection.

For my layout I used this beautiful photo I took a few days after an icy snow storm - the snow melted and lots of leaves had fallen on the ground so the Leaf Background Cut File seemed quite appropriate. Jumping right in, I cut out the Leaf Background Cut File from white cardstock. Next I chose Paper 9 to back the cut file and also added gold and white acrylic paint splatters. Next, I hand stitched several of the leaves on the cut file in matching colors with all six strands of DMC embroidery thread. After this I placed it on top of Paper 15 which has the pretty bird print. Then I took my photo and put it right in the center of the page with a photo mat and foam adhesive to make it stand out. I embellished with the Foam Phrase StickersEphemera Die Cuts, and Floral Die Cuts, all in a pleasing way to my eye. For final details I added some word phrases around the outer edge of the page cut from Paper 23 and also added a few cross stitches to each piece.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope I have an inspired you in some way today to use Paige's cut files and Garden Shoppe collection!


SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: GARDEN SHOPPEwhite cardstockgold and white acrylic paint; Cut file: Leaf Background by Paige Evans

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Head in the Clouds Layout by Phil Donahue


Monday, October 24, 2022

Hi crafty friends! Phil Donahue here back on the blog with a layout featuring two of Paige's cut files along with her beautiful Garden Shoppe collection! For this whimsical layout of my niece wearing her second birthday party dress I used Paige's Clouds Background and Balloons cut files to document one of the many photos from this event.

This particular photo didn't have the best background but I loved how she was reaching toward the sky so I decided to fussy cut out her silhouette from the photo. Choosing a background for this layout was somewhat difficult because so many papers from the collection work so well with the theme of her birthday party! I chose Paper 3 because the colorful bubbles reflected the balloons cut file beautifully. I applied gesso in the middle of the paper to fade it out a bit, leaving about a one inch border unfaded - this was to better highlight the photo and cut files while still showing some of the colorful background. I cut the Clouds Background from Paper 19 - the blue polka dot paper works so well with the background. I used white cardstock to cut out the Balloons and backed each with yellow, pink, or blue patterned papers from the 12x12 Paper Pad. I glued the clouds directly on the background then added dimensional adhesive behind the photo and the balloons cut file. I arranged the photo on the page so it looks like my niece is holding one of the strings from the balloons. I popped up some of the inner clouds around the page to add more dimension and interest. This was such an easy and effective technique I will definitely be applying to future layouts! For the title I used pinks and yellow letters from the Thickers and 8-Page Sticker Book. I embellished the page with Layered Stickers
Butterfly Stickers and pink and yellow enamel dots from my stash. I selected one balloon of each color to add tone-on-tone phrase stickers and hearts from the 8-Page Sticker Book. Final touches were splatters of white acrylic paint which finishes off many of my layouts to bring everything together!

I hope you found some inspiration in this blog post and want to try out Paige's Clouds Background and Balloons cut files on one of your layouts paired with Garden Shoppe! Thank you for stopping by and have a happy scrappy day!


SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, Thickers, die cuts, embellishments: GARDEN SHOPPEwhite cardstockDistress Oxidesgesso; Cut files: Clouds Background and Balloons by Paige Evans

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Happy Halloween Layout by Paige Evans


Sunday, October 23, 2022

Here is the other one of my two layouts that were in the Fall 2022 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine which you can download and browse for free HERE!

My assignment was to use a cut file and create a Halloween-themed page with my Splendid collection.
I designed this Jack-O-Lantern Cut File which you can grab for free on the SCT website HERE and I cut it from textured white cardstock. I backed it with patterned papers from Splendid and then tucked two photos of Fox and Jane in their Halloween costumes under the left side.
I made the title with the colorful mini foam Thickers and embellished with lots of bits and pieces from Splendid such as Floral Die Cuts, bits from the 8-Page Sticker BookChipboard StickersEpoxy Stickers, and Cardstock Stickers. To finish I sprinkled white enamel dots from my stash around the page.
I hope this layout inspires you to check out the Fall 2022 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine and use my Jack-O-Lantern Cut File paired with Splendid to scrap your Halloween memories! Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, Thickers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: SPLENDIDwhite cardstockwhite enamel dots; Cut file: Jack-O-Lantern by Paige Evans

Beautiful Smile Layout by Paige Evans


Saturday, October 22, 2022

Here is one of my two layouts that were in the Fall 2022 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine which you can download and browse for free HERE!

My assignment was to use create a fall-themed page with my Garden Shoppe collection!
I didn't have any of the patterned papers yet when I made this layout so all of the flowers are actually made from the Boxed Cards.
I  used my Layered Flowers and Leaves Cut Files to make all of the paper flowers and gave them dimension by pinching the petals and leaves.
I hope this layout inspires you to check out the Fall 2022 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine and use my Layered Flowers and Leaves Cut Files paired with Garden Shoppe to scrap your fall memories! Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, enamel shapes, embellishments: GARDEN SHOPPE; Cut files: Layered Flowers and Leaves by Paige Evans

Disney World for Fall Break 2022


Friday, October 21, 2022

 Back in January 2022 we booked a trip to Disney World for fall break!

10 months flew by and we found ourselves packing for Orlando! Side note: when we went to Disneyland last October, I noticed people young and old wearing super cute themed Loungefly backpacks! I hopped all on that fun train and picked some up over the course of the year including a few Halloween-themed ones and a few of sparkly ones :) They made great padding for my She Loves Color suitcase since I taught the weekend before.

I flew straight from Milwaukee while Chris and the kids took a 6am flight from Denver. As my plane was descending into Orlando I saw Universal Studios!
Then I saw EPCOT!
Then I saw the Magic Kingdom and all the resorts around the lake including the Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian! It was so fun to spot these landmarks from the air for the first time.
Ready!
45 minutes later Chris, Fox, and Jane landed - perfect timing!
We took an Uber to the Polynesian Village Resort and the cast member gave each of us a lei to kick off the festivities when we checked in. 
We made it!
Our building at the resort.
We dropped off our luggage in our room and got into the spirit of Halloween with matching backpacks and mouse ears.
Chris took full advantage of the food offered in the lounge lol.
We arrived to the hotel in the early afternoon and didn't have park tickets for the day so we spent the remainder of our first day wandering around the resort and taking in all the beauty.
Flowers still in full bloom in warm & sunny Florida.
So happy!
Love the tropical vibes.
Of course Fox and Jane wanted to go swimming so off we went!
Fancy & delicious tropical drinks.
We changed up our backpacks and ears every time we went to a park. It was definitely a highlight for me and Jane :)
We took the monorail over to the Grand Floridian to check it out. Jane is doing her "fancy" pose.
Spooktacular decorations!
No one in our family has stayed here before - it's super pretty! But we want to try the Animal Kingdom Lodge next :) 
All aboard the monorail!
For dinner we ate at Captain Cook's back at the Polynesian and I got meatballs over coconut rice - so yummy!
Sunset views.
Looking out across the lagoon to Cinderella's castle.
We went back to the main building to do a little shopping. I didn't get this sweatshirt/sweatpants combo but now I wish I had!
Oooh tempty tempty!!
The next morning we were up before the sun to take advantage of half hour early entry.
It was just a quick monorail ride to the park.
Let's do this!
We made it to the Magic Kingdom!
Walk faster kids! Lol.
Squeeee!
Even at 7 in the morning, it was already packed. We're used to the crowds by now.
First ride after the rope drop: Peter Pan. The kids are old enough to go on the rides together without an adult so Chris and I got to sit together a lot more.
Next: It's A Small World.
Tangled is up there as one of my favorite animated Disney movies.
Even the bathroom is so cute.
Over to the Haunted Mansion, the perfect ride at Halloween time.
First treats: Mickey ice cream sandwich and ice cream bar.
Fantasyland.
In line at Ariel's Grotto.
They rode in separate shells and when I turned around to see what they were doing I caught them like this. So cute.
First Lightning Lane ride: Big Thunder Mountain. This is a favorite of the kids so we had to make sure to get it in early!
Hands in the air!
We attempted to ride Splash Mountain but the line was too long so we bailed and got a LL pass for later in the day.
The Enchanted Tiki Room.
For lunch we ate at the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, a new restaurant by the Jungle Cruise ride.
Fun booth! The waitress had punny jokes throughout the meal just like the guides do on the ride.
Orange drink.
I got something chicken and it was yummy.
Fox got this fun lava dessert with his kids meal.
Cute Jane in the restaurant. It was a great break before heading back out into the hubbub. 
Next, Pirates of the Caribbean! Always a family favorite.
We meandered through the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.
The views from the top are always stellar.
Me!
We bought tickets to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. I love new roller coasters because they're smooth like butter instead of lumpy and bumpy. I'm getting old hahaha.
Weeeee!
We were pretty tired at this point and Jane really wanted to go back to the hotel for some chill time so despite me really wanting to stay and ride more rides, we decided to make our way back to our room.
Ta ta for now!
We took the boat ride back to the hotel.
No more than 30 minutes after we got back to our room, a torrential storm blew in. I literally watched it arrive right before my eyes.
As Chris and I were standing out on the balcony, a bolt of lightning struck no more than 100 yards away from us over the water. It was the loudest sound I've ever heard and scared the beejeezies out of us. We booked it back into the safety of our room. Holy crap.
An hour later, the storm blew over, and rainbows appeared.
Rainbow coming right out of Space Mountain!
We took the boat back to the Magic Kingdom since the monorail was down after the storm.
Thank goodness we listened to Jane and went back to the hotel! I can't imagine being in the park during that storm! You'd never even know it happened, look at those blue skies!
Yippee!
Round two!
It was dinner time so we went to Pinocchio Village Haus.
We lucked out and got a table right at the window overlooking It's A Small World.
Pizza, tomato soup, and fries, all delish.
Pretty lighting.
We walked about 10 miles per day.
Our lightning lane time was up for Splash Mountain!
Before.
Peeking out at the top drop.
During.
After.
Our last time riding it with this theme, soon they're changing it to Princess and the Frog.
Christmas store? Yes please!
Wallpaper inside the Christmas store.
Picture perfect.
Tomorrowland Speedway (aka Autopia at Disneyland).
Buds.
The floor inside Space Mountain is covered in plastic balls.
That concluded our first day at the parks!
The next morning we once again woke up at the crack of dawn to be at the half hour early entry rope drop at Animal Kingdom along with every other human in the world it seemed lol.
We headed straight to Pandora to ride the Avatar rides.
The decor is out of this world.
Flight of Passage! Our efforts waking up early were worth it and we walked right on this ride.
After that, it was over the other Avatar ride, the Na'vi River Journey.
We skipped breakfast to get on those rides before the crowds came, so afterward we got some food at Pongu Pongu including this funky drink. 
Pretty lily pads.
Sporting my new Haunted Mansion/Jack Skellington shirt and light pink sequined ears/backpack.
Next we walked over to Africa.
We had a few minutes before our Lightning Lane time at the Kilimanjaro Safaris, so we walked through the zoo section nearby. Fish feeding off a hippo.
Baby gorilla on its mama's back.
Amazing flower.
Then it was our time at the Kilimanjaro Safari and we saw tons of animals.
Lazy lions. Cats gonna nap.
While walking over to Asia, we passed by a bird show we'd never seen before that was about to start to we dropped in. It was super fun! Lots of birds flying low over the audience and doing amazing feats. Jane was in heaven.
Somehow we talked the kids into going on Everest.
Fox was NOT happy about the whole situation. Sorry, Fox. Too late now! :)
Here we go!
View from the top.
Faces say it all. Chris thinks he's funny ;)
We survived to tell the tale!
Fox feigned nausea but really, he realized he'd been scared all these years for no reason. It's just another fun roller coaster!
Can't wait to go on this again someday without bribery lol.
Next up: Dinosaur.
This ride has a similar mechanism to the awesome Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland which is a favorite.
Scary!
Along the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Painted lockers, just because it's pretty.
We finally had a moment to breathe after checking off all the big rides so we got pics in front of the Tree of Life.

They are expert jumpers.
We headed back to our hotel and got lunch at Captain Cook's again. This time I got fancy nachos, they were delicious. 
On the monorail back to the Magic Kingdom!
First stop? The Haunted Mansion of course, it's Halloween season!
We went on our honeymoon to Disney World over 15 years ago. Still in love :)
We bit the bullet and waited in line for an hour to ride The Jungle Cruise.
Then we walked over to Tomorrowland.
It's Buzz!
Lol. I don't even know what's happening.
We saw the roller coaster inside the new Tron ride they've been building! It's going! Why not let people on?!! I wanna ride it noooow!
A fun mini coaster, the Barn Stormer.
Dumbo. Checking all the rides off, one by one :)
Next: the spinning tea cups.
I suffered through lol.
Will stop for flower pics.
And that was the end of our second full day at Disney World!
Back to the monorail to cruise back to the resort.
I sound like a broken record, but, the next morning we once again woke up at the crack of dawn to be at the half hour early entry rope drop at EPCOT! Strategy people, it's all strategy. The early bird gets the worm. The early risers get to ride rides without ginormous lines.
The Evans family at EPCOT on Wednesday October 19th 2022.
Rope drop ride: Test Track.
I was astounded by Fox and Jane and how quickly they navigated through this digital "game". I guess I shouldn't be surprised, this is how kids these days are programmed lol.
Their little fingers moved faster than I could even comprehend what was happening on the screen. Beep boop beep beep boop.
Woot woot!
It goes so fast, it's so fun.
Messy hair don't care!
We ran over to Frozen.
Makes me want to watch the movie.
Just like the stave church we saw in Norway.
Always looking out for flowers.
A funky bathroom mural.
Then we got to go on the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride!
Almost there!
Duuuuuuude!!!! IT WAS SOOOO FUN!!!!!! Hard to describe, but it was such a fun, unique ride.
Inside the EPCOT ball is a ride called Spaceship Earth.
Our graphics lol.
Nemo!

Silly manatee.
Throughout EPCOT we kept finding pumpkins painted as characters. Fun little Easter eggs!
Next we went on Soarin'.
Followed by the boat ride through Living with the Land.
Next we made a lap around the World Showcase.
France.
Morocco.
Jane eating a pretzel in Germany. If only!
We ate lunch at the San Angel Inn Restaurante inside the pyramid of Mexico.

The food here was probably my favorite of everything we ate!
We got LL passes for the new Ratatouille ride for the late afternoon so after taking a nap back at the hotel we came back to EPCOT and walked back to France.
Feels like we're really in Paris!
Such a fun and interactive ride!
We made another lap and paused in front of Germany to reminisce about the good ol' days.
We missed going on the boat ride at lunch so we stopped again at Mexico.
We were just there eating lunch!
Love this fun boat ride.
Mmmmm assortment of fries.
Back at the hotel, we got our pics taken to commemorate the fun week at the Polynesian!
We got to watch the fireworks show one last time from our balcony.
Amazing amazing!

Until next time!!

Special thanks to Lyndsey Wells of ConciEARS for booking and planning our trip! Reach out to her for ANY of your Disney travel needs, she can do it all: lwells@ConciEARS.com

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