The One with Scrap Your Stash #12

Saturday, November 30, 2013

My 12th Scrap Your Stash is live at!
I decided to go with a fall-ish theme to fit the season and use lots of leaves. The picture is from last Thanksgiving Day, but it's a non-traditional Thanksgiving photo and colors. It's fun to step out of the norm once in awhile :)
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Description: The new Wildflower collection by Carta Bella is incredibly versatile! By picking and choosing the right papers it can be used for all sorts of subjects - use the earth-tones for Thanksgiving, the reds and greens for Christmas, the pastels for Easter, and so much more! As soon as I laid my eyes on this line I wanted it; HAD to have it :) Adding a dash of gold embellishments completes the fall-themed look that I was going for. Since this video went up on Thanksgiving, I decided to scrap a picture from our Thanksgiving 2012. It's not the typical "people-sitting-around-a-dinner-table-eating-turkey" photo that you would normally scrap about for your Thanksgiving pages. Instead, I found a picture of my daughter in her stroller and my son walking ahead on an afternoon stroll while Daddy was at home cooking our Thanksgiving Day dinner. I love how the Instagram filter I chose coordinates perfectly with the colors of the Wilderflower line. And going along with the fall theme that Thanksgiving reminds me so much of, I decided to use leaves, leaves, and more leaves as the main embellishment. My handy dandy Silhouette die cut machine did most of the work to cut all the leaves I needed to make my leaf frame.

Journaling says: While Chris was cooking a delicious Thanksgiving meal fit for royalty I took the kids on a walk to enjoy the California sunshine. We have so much to be grateful for! 11/22/12

How to: The video shows how to create the layout from start to finish. Here it is written:
Trim a 4", 3" and 2" square from all the papers in the Wildflower collection as well as coordinating colors of cardstock and gold glitter paper. Die cut leaves from the squares. Ta da:
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I almost just wanted to frame them like that - they looked so pretty! Trace a round object onto the center of a purple striped paper layout base and use an exacto knife to cut out the circle. Adhere the large leaves all around the open circle then re-trim the circle. Sew around the circle to define the edge and keep all the leaves in place for eternity. Tuck the smaller leaves behind the larger leaves. Back the opening with cream cardstock then sew around the circle a couple more times. Tuck a photo under the left side of the circle and place a Thickers title over the picture. Add arrow stickers on the left and right sides of the circle and embellish with a badge and ribbon bow sticker. Journal around the inner edge of the circle. Trim a border sticker in half and place the halves along the top and bottom center edge of the layout. Drop black spray mist over the top left and bottom right edge. Done and done!

Supplies: Cardstock, gold glitter paper, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Badge, spray mist: Studio Calico; Ribbon bow: Crate Paper; Stickers: American Crafts (gold foam and chipboard foil letters), Carta Bella (arrows, border), October Afternoon (blue mini alphabet); Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutz; Leaf designs: 4 Leaves by Lori Whitlock (Design ID #20959), 3 Leaves by Lori Whitlock (Design ID#20749), 3 Leaves by Lori Whitlock (Design ID#20750)
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Here is the accompanying video so you can see how this layout was made start to finish:

Challenge: Use up your leaves stash! Every month a winner from all the SCRAP YOUR STASH entries will be drawn and rewarded with a $10 gift certificate. Winner will be announced on the 2Peas blog!

Thanks for looking and leaving some love :)

The One with the Black Friday Sale - 25% Off!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Everything in my etsy shop is 25% off with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY25!
I've got a huge assortment of pacifier clips ranging from $3-$9 each, but with 25% off they're even cheaper!
A New Year tassel garland for $15 with the 25% off coupon!
And 2014 printable calendar for just $2.25 with the coupon code:

While you're at it, why not get a little somethin' somethin' for yourself - or direct your hubby/family here to do the deed :) I've got a bunch of new scrapbook goodie boxes for sale! In every box is an assortment of patterned paper (some full-sheets, some with punched shapes), stickers, embellishments, the works. From AWESOME companies like American Crafts, Crate Paper, Pebbles, Studio Calico, Glitz Design, Elle's Studio, and many more.
I'm selling each box'o'goodies for $40 - that includes priority shipping! 
1 box for $40 
2 boxes for $70 
3 boxes for $90 
4 boxes for $100 
If you're interested, please email me at and I'll send you a PayPal invoice. International purchases are welcome, but please note that shipping will be added. 

One more thing - an assortment of 75 sheets of the finest textured, solid-core cardstock around. Retail value is over 75 cents a sheet (so that'd be $56.25) BUT I'm selling the bundles for $30.00 INCLUDING shipping! That's a killer deal if I do say so myself :) Again, please email me at if you're interested!
Questions, comments, concerns? Email me!

The One with Thanksgiving 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Most of our friends and family in the good ol' U S of A are just sitting down to their turkey feast, but we are heading to sleep! The 9-12 hour time difference will do that. 

Today was a fantastic Thanksgiving Day!

We slept in! (HA! Just kidding. There ain't no such thing as sleeping in with kids - but they did sleep past 6am so we consider that sleeping in.)
After breakfast and showers we drove out to Weiden to finally get our fixed car! Remember the autobahn accident we got in way back in the beginning of September? Boy was it a process to get it fixed! But now it looks brand spankin' new - totally worth the hassle and wait.

At home I baked some brownies whilst watching every FRIENDS Thanksgiving episode.
At 1pm we headed to our church for a Thanksgiving feast.
Blurry is better :)
While my parents, brother, and SIL are getting suntanned and basking in the warmth of Miami Florida, we are enjoying a full-blown winter.
We put a beanie on Jane, how adorable is she? :) The nursery room was open and our kids are drawn to it like magnets.
Playing with a friend - future babysitter?!?
More beanie pics.
The church was decorated as all get-out with Thanksgiving-ness! Where did they find all of this stuff?!
It's all in the details.
People kept bringing in more and more delicious food. I love potlucks for the variety of food you would never make and get to try out.
This is what I came for: the desserts!
Crystal started us off by going around the room saying something we're thankful for and then Chris gave a blessing on the food.
Dig in!
Chris's plate. I didn't take a picture of mine, I forgot.
And then we went and saw the new Frozen movie! In 3D!
It was my VERY FIRST time seeing a 3D movie (I actually didn't know it was 3D or I would have avoided it) BUT, I thought it was AWESOME! I want to see more flicks in 3D!

Fox and Jane liked it, they were pretty good. I thought it was super cute.

Happy Thanksgiving 2013! So much to be thankful for this year!

The One with Kid's Christmas Crafts

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I love my kids and I love crafts - combine the two and you've got the mecca of Paige's happiness!
This morning we spent a couple hours putting paint to paper making Christmas prints for our walls.
Thank you Pinterest for the ideas :)
I thought Fox would freak out getting paint on his hands (I swear he has some legitimate phobia of water or getting anything on his hands).
But once he saw how awesome-sauce this activity was, he took over and started painting his hands himself!
I made sure to put scratch paper down on the table before starting, this was bound to get messy!
Fox and Jane's works of art:
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer made with feet prints!
A candy cane made with pointer finger prints!
A Christmas tree made with hand prints!
And Santa made with an upside-down hand print!
At first I hung them on the tree with clothespins, but they were too big.
Instead I hung them on the wall behind the tree. Ideally I'd like to frame them and use them as Christmas decorations forevermore.
So fun!

The One with November 2013 American Crafts Layouts

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Here are my two monthly projects for American Crafts!
One of the best things about working for American Crafts is the connections with all of the sister companies: Crate Paper, Studio Calico, Pebbles, Becky Higgins (Project Life), and Imaginisce. I chose to work with the Close Knit line by Crate Paper for these two layouts.
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4 GENERATIONS by Paige Evans

Journaling says: I will treasure this photo forever. Four generations of girls! Doris Warner, Carolyn Taylor, Paige Evans, and Jane Evans. Perfect!

How to: Find a stitched heart design online, print it out, cut out the shapes, trace them onto patterned papers, cut out the patterned papers, then adhere the shapes into a heart (with a little gap between each piece) on a cream cardstock background. Sew around each shape to create a quilted look. Place a photo on the bottom right corner. Layer a chipboard Polaroid frame over the photo. Embellish the layout with wood veneer shapes, stickers, buttons, die cuts, a chipboard Thickers title, and more as shown. Journal on a layered stitched border tucked under the photo using a black pen. Draw a border around the layout using a brown pen and draw a trio of "x"s on the top left and bottom right corners. Drop brown spray mist no the top left and bottom middle sides.

Supplies: Cardstock, roller date stamp, ink, pens, adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper, wood buttons, stickers (accordion flower, heart border, label, layered hearts), layered stitched borders, die cuts ("4" circle, cameo, flower, "mom & me" ticket, "you" heart), wood veneer (cameo, heart, letter pennants); Chipboard: American Crafts (letters), Crate Paper (button, Polaroid frame); Spray mist: Studio Calico; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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TOGETHER by Paige Evans

Journaling says: Sometimes my little nubes just refuse to look at the camera. Such is life and I love them so!

How to: Trim patterned papers into 1/4" strips then angle them down the top of a blue cardstock layout base. Place three small photos along the bottom and embellish as shown with chipboard cameos, wooden buttons, tag, label, "son" die cut, "daughter" sticker, wood veneer "hello" speech bubble, and striped transparency photo overlay. Place sets of three or four embellishments like wooden button, wood veneer buttons, chipboard buttons, and sticker buttons, along the patterned paper strips. Place a "together" flashcard on the paper strips and add a stitched border, chipboard heart, and handwritten journaling to complete the title. Stamp the date above the journaling. Drop white spray mist over the layout to finish.

Supplies: Cardstock, pen, adhesive, date stamp, ink: American Crafts; Patterned paper, wooden buttons, wood veneer (buttons, "hello" speech bubble), chipboard (buttons, cameos, heart), transparency photo overlay, stitched border, stickers (buttons, "daughter", tag), die cuts (label, "son", "together" flashcard): Crate Paper; Spray mist: Studio Calico
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Until next time - cheerio!

The One with LuLaRoe Skirts & Dresses

Monday, November 25, 2013

I'm not even 100% sure when or where I stumbled upon LuLaRoe, but I'm glad I did because I think my world has changed - for the better!
LuLaRoe is an online skirt and dress shop and most are modest - which means less layers, which is awesome! Although I do like the layered look for fall and winter attire :)
I'm not getting paid and I wasn't asked to make this post, I just think these dresses and skirts are incredibly hip and stylish and flattering on all body types and I want the entire universe to know about them!
I'll take one of each please!
Seriously though, how do you pick just one?
Good thing Christmas is right around the corner :)
Paige Taylor Evans © // Quinn Creatives DESIGN