You Cute Girl Layout for Spellbinders

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I was sent the Rosy Summer Flowers and Lovely Lilac metal dies by Spellbinders to play with and I had a total blast creating this layout! I didn't use a particular collection, I just knew I wanted to play with washi tape. Read on to find out more!
Here is the start-to-finish process video so you can see how this layout came together:

Elsie Robinson shared her craft room tour and I fell in love with the idea of placing washi tape rolls around an embroidery hoop. I don't have a whole lot of washi and they've just been sitting in a generic ziploc baggie for years. Not very fancy eh? I brought them out of the bag, arranged them in rainbow order, got rid of a few, and put the rest on an embroidery hoop which now sits above my filming station within arm's reach. I was itching to use them on a layout ASAP!
As I was laying in bed about to fall asleep I thought about how I was going to use these metal dies and came up with the idea of covering a piece of cardstock with all my washi tapes. No longer out of side, out of mind! Other ideas were watercoloring over the flowers or backing them with patterned papers. I've tried both of those techniques before, but never the washi idea, and I was excited to finally use my long forgotten washi rolls, so that's the direction I went.
I grabbed a piece of smooth white cardstock and started placing torn pieces of washi tape across the entire background until it was filled up. Then I die cut as many of the flowers as I could from the custom washi paper - I got 10 of the smaller Lovely Lilac flowers and 6 of the bigger Rosy Summer flowers. I love the look of these washi flowers, especially the gold glitter bits! I also cut the coordinating solid flower to go underneath each flower from smooth white cardstock.
Then it was time to choose a background paper. I tried a few different cardstock colors like white, dark gray, and baby blue but wasn't feelin' it so I pulled out the Summer Lights collection by Pink Paislee and picked out a few patterned papers I thought could work. Ultimately I chose this ombre pink paper and placed the flowers in three rows across the page. I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the flowers in place.
Next came the photos - I've had this trio of photos of Jane being her cute self in my photo box for about a year and loved the contrast of the yellow background in the pictures with the purples in the paper and flowers. Three photos = one on each row of flowers. I made the title with the mini gold Thickers from the Auburn Lane collection by Pink Paislee.
Before gluing the photos and title in place I splashed white acrylic paint over the flowers where the photos would be placed. I fussy cut a few bows from Pick-Me-Up Paper 03 and adhered them next to the title words. I wrote a few lines of journaling with a white pen on the right edge. The layout didn't feel quite complete so I brought out my small enamel dots stash and sprinkled them around the layout. All done!

I hope you will check out the Rosy Summer Flowers and Lovely Lilac metal dies by Spellbinders and try this fun washi tape technique! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Darling Layout for Paige's Process at Big Picture Classes

Here is my 4th of 6 layouts from my Paige's Process class at Big Picture Classes focusing on cross stitching!
Hand stitching is something I LOVE to do on layouts, especially when we're going on long road trips or vacations - it's a great crafty project to bring along! I created a floral cross-stitching template which you can find in the class for free and then stitched through white cardstock according to the pattern. I may have messed up a few stitches here and there, or changed the color of thread on a whim, and that's totally okay!
I continued with the floral theme and brought out flowers from Oh My HeartTurn the Page, and Pick-Me-Up. I fussy cut a few more flowers from the Floral Transparency Paper and then layered everything over the B-side of Paper 05. I did add some hand stitching and mixed media to the background paper before adding the flowers on top.
Then came the photo, title, and journaling and the layout was complete! I had a lot of fun with this layout and plan to use the cross stitching template again and change up the colors.
Find the start-to-finish process video, cross-stitching template, and more! in Lesson 6 of my Paige's Process class at Big Picture Classes!

Floral Cut File Cards by Zsoka Marko

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Check out not one, not two, not three, but FOUR absolutely stunning cards by design team member Zsoka using Oh My Heart!

Hi guys, Zsoka here with you today sharing a bunch of cards I've created for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team! If you know my work, you know that I'm not into white space on my layouts. Normally I avoid it on cards too because I love patterned papers too much but on cards I do love the white on white look! Since I haven't made such cards for this DT yet, I thought I'd go ahead and create a few!
For this month's projects I went with the beautiful Oh My Heart collection. It's hard to pick a fave from Paige's collections because they are all gorgeous, but this one is definitely up there. I picked out a few background cut files as well as some that I could add as a focal point on my cards, mainly flowers, of course :)

I made four A2 size top folding card bases out of heavy weight white cardstock and adhered another white cardstock in the same size on top. I do this because the cardstock I use for the card base is a greyish white which I don't like, but the white cardstock I use for the front panel is not sturdy enough for a card base. 

I cut the Constellation Background cut file from white cardstock. Paige now has many of her cut files available in 8.5x11 format which comes in pretty handy for cards. No need to crop or manipulate 12x12 cut files!
Then I also cut the Flower Half cut file from the same white cardstock. I backed it with different patterned papers then adhered it to my card base using foaming adhesive. To finish off this card I added a chipboard bird and a sentiment sticker as well as a few enamel dots.
For my next card I chose the Faux Flower Background cut file. Since this one is a square cut file, I had to manipulate it - but this is very easy, you just need to erase some cut lines. Once cut, I attached this panel to my card base. 
I cut the Flower Group cut file next and as before I backed it with patterned papers. Using foam tape I glued it down on the card base. I added a sentiment sticker and some enamel dots to finish up this card.
On my third card I used the Chevron Background and the Large Flower cut files. All steps as before! The sentiment is a chipboard piece.
I picked the lovely Flower Background cut file for my last card. Instead of another cut file, this time I just added a chipboard piece in the middle as well as a bunch of fussy cut flowers and leaves in two clusters around the sentiment. Some enamel dots and done!
I hope you like how these turned out! Thanks for stopping by today! Have an awesome day!

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Ombre Effect Layout by Steffi Ried

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The way Stefanie Ried uses thread and sequins is like no other! Check out this beautiful ombre effect layout:
My last design team layout was very colorful, so on this page I focused on the color pink. I really like Paper 23 from the Pick-Me-Up collection with the ombre effect from light to dark. Accordingly, I also selected the string.
With the black and white photo, it looks delicate and light and that's why I used thin sewing thread.

First I wanted to sew the background with the sewing machine as I have often done. I tried it, but you couldn't see the colors of the string very well, so I chose thicker thread. But this did not look too great either. I ended up using a fine sewing thread because the background should be delicate and light.

I first stuck the paper on a cardboard so it does not curl when I wrap the yarn. Then I stabbed the holes with a piercer.

Now with the needle the thread is wound through the holes. I started with white sewing thread first. After that always a shade darker. This is how the ombre effect comes into its own. In some places I wrapped the thread twice and sometimes I added different sequins. I added a mini glue dot underneath the sequins so they stay put.

I hope you enjoy my layout today!

SUPPLIES: PICK-ME-UPPaper 23Chipboard ThickersChipboard StickersEphemera Die CutsPuffy StickersPuffy StickersStickersHaberdashery Multi-Pack; Other: Sequins, threads, paper piercer, cardboard
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Brightside Layout

Monday, May 28, 2018

It's hand stitching week on the Pink Paislee blog! This is one of my favorite techniques because I love the texture it adds and gives layouts a beautiful homespun look.
To make this layout I started by having my Silhouette Cameo draw a stars frame border I designed - you can go ahead and grab this cut file for free by clicking here. I used a light blue Silhouette Sketch Pen instead of a blade and the machine quickly drew the design onto Pick-Me-Up Paper 12. Then I spent some time piercing holes around each star. There might be a faster and easier way to get the machine to do this part for me, but for now I'm happy to do it by hand :) It's therapeutic!
Next I did the actual hand stitching part. I used DMC embroidery floss, all six strands, and stitched color-on-color, meaning where the color of the background paper was pink I used pink thread, where it was blue I used blue, yellow I used yellow, so on and so forth. I took a few of the papers from Pick-Me-Up to JoAnn and found matching colors of thread so I having coordinating colors.
I spent about 8 hours hand stitching this background. I know hand stitching isn't for everybody, but as I mentioned in the beginning I LOVE the texture it adds. Plus I love a good, long craft project! Once the background was finished I used white acrylic paint to make splashes in the center. I layered my photo over the same paper as the background but it's from the 6x6 Paper Pad so it's miniature, lots of Journaling Spots & Ephemera Die Cuts, and used foam squares between the layers for dimension.
I continued adding to the cluster in the center using tiny heart Chipboard Stickers and tiny heart Stickers, flower die cuts, chipboard leaf stickers, and I fussy cut the title "Brightside" from Pick-Me-Up Paper 01. To finish I wrote journaling on a yellow striped card and tucked it under the right side where the background paper was also yellow.
I hope you are inspired to give hand stitching a try! Don't forget to grab the stars frame so you can make this layout too!

Disneyland Turn the Page Project Life Album

Sunday, May 27, 2018

There are a whole lotta pictures in this post! What can I say, I started playing with the new Turn the Page Project Life Kit (with SQAURE CORNERS!!) and couldn't stop! We recently went to Disneyland and the pastel colors and happy sentiments in this kit go hand-in-hand. Usually when you think of Disneyland products your mind goes to red and black and yellow Mickey colors right? But I hope I can show you that the Turn the Page Project Life Kit matches just as well - especially with the tea cups and birdies - scroll on! :)
Here is a look at the Turn the Page Project Life Kit and a real-time walk through of the entire completed album:
I asked Emily from Emily Inspired Designs to create a travel-themed charm which I've held onto since Christmas, waiting for the perfect scrapbook. Since it has a tea cup charm on it, a bottle with a camera charm, a "pack your bags" charm, heart sequins, jewels, a cute frame, and lots of other details that match the colors and theme of Disneyland, I thought it would be a great time to use it! For the label on the spine I googled "Disneyland logo" and loved this vintage one so I printed it out on photo paper and tucked it into place.
My goal was to use one of every card, front and back sides, and I almost achieved my goal! There were some 4x6 vertical cards that I couldn't incorporate so I used a lot of those ones to fussy-cut images, punch 2" squares for pockets, to back cut files, etc. The album is a blush pink and gold striped 6x8" Handbook from Studio Calico that I've had for years. I used a mix of page protectors and even custom made one of my own using a Fuse tool.

To decorate the cover I added a gold foil "here's to new Adventures" sticker from the Turn the Page Sticker Book and "DISNEYLAND" mini alpha letter stickers from the 30-page Paige Evans #StickerBook. I added a strip of chain people Washi Tape along with a scalloped border sticker from the 30-page Paige Evans #StickerBook below. A flower Puffy Sticker and a trio of gold hearts also from the #StickerBook completes the cover. Okay, let's look through page-by-page! 
To make a big impact upon first opening the book I used a full 6x8" photo. I print my large photos at home on a Canon Pro-100 printer - the rest I got printed at Costco. I fussy cut some clouds from an extra card, adhered them with foam squares, and then hand stitched with matching thread so they "dangle" from the sky. I also fussy cut the sentiment from a 4x6" card and notched the ends. The cloud colors perfectly matched our clothes and the sentiment is so perfect for Disneyland!
  I try to incorporate my cut files into projects so I used the 8.5x11 Clouds Background (shrunk down to 6x8"), cut it from white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo 3, and backed it with extra cards. You can also find this cut file for free in my Happy Scrappy Place Facebook Group! On the right side I tucked a card into the top left pocket (I love how the word "Magic" is in there because Disneyland is truly magical!) and added photos in the others. For the most part this album is chronological so these pictures are from the night we arrived.
 In our hotel room there was a paper pad so I tore off one page, printed journaling on it, angled the top corners into a tag shape, punched a hole in the top, and then reinforced the hole with the WeR Reinforcer Hole Punch. The tag tucks into the pocket between the photos - I love adding interactive elements!
On the left side I added a photo and two cards with hand written journaling using a precision pen. Another 6x8" photo adorns the right on which I added fussy cut butterflies from an extra card at the top then hand stitched a trail to connect them.
Here's a closer look at the butterflies - by only attaching them in the middles the wings bend up and create dimension.
The phrase is usually "best day ever" but since we were there three days I changed it to "best days ever"! Plus I liked how there were four letters in each line. I machine stitched them in place. I often get asked if my sewing machine has any issues going through chipboard and the answer is nope! On the right side I added the actual map that we used so it's wrinkled and marked up and worn from love.
I punched a tab from an extra card, added "MAP" stickers on it, then stitched it to the edge of the map. I had to refold the map to fit in the album this way and then to attach it I folded a piece of cardstock in half, adhered the map in the fold, punched holes, and added it right in.
Here I added a bird Ephemera Die Cut over the bird printed on the card - it's the same bird design only larger and I used foam squares for dimension. On the bottom left card I partially cut around the flowers and leaves and bent up the edges for dimension.
I varied how I included journaling throughout the album - some was hand written, typed on a Typecast Typewriter, or printed using the font called Remington Noiseless. I added hand stitching details to the bottom left card, fussy-cut-and-adhered-over-the-original-shape-with-3D-adhesive on the top right, and machine stitched a row of sequins to the bottom right card.
Alls I did here was journal on a couple cards and embellished the flowers with a few tiny flower Puffy Stickers. I trimmed down a 6x8" pocket page protector to a 1x3 grid and added 2" square photos and ticket stubs.
Here is the backside of that mini page.
I googled "hitchhiking ghosts", found an image I liked, placed it in a new Adobe Illustrator document, decreased the opacity so it was light gray, then printed it out on vellum. You can find this ghost printable for free along with a few other elements I designed for this album by clicking HERE. I like how it's see-through, very ghostlike, which is perfect for the...
  Haunted Mansion! Definitely needs a full 6x8" photo for this favorite ride of ours.
I'm a sucker for flowers so of course I needed a picture in front of these pretty pink ones. To embellish I fussy cut a bunch of flowers from a card, adhered them lightly in place, and then stitched a French knot through each one for added texture and detail. On the right I added a sentiment card, typed journaling on another card, and slipped in a 4x6" photo. 
Close up of the flowers.
On the 4x6" card below the two photos I stitched a heart border sticker under hand written journaling. On the right I filled in the 2" square pockets with photos and cards trimmed into 2" squares. I stamped journaling lines using the Oh My Heart Acrylic Stamp on some of the squares to making it easier to write straight. To finish I cut apart a paper chain people Puffy Sticker and adorned the remaining paper squares with them.
On the backside of the 6x8" pocket page I added six 2" square photos and in the other 6 spots I covered paper scraps with Ribbon pieces. To keep them in place and help the edges from fraying I machine stitched around the ribbon squares. See if you can find the caption that reads "Jane gave it a thumbs down." Poor girl. We found out she hates roller coasters.
By punching holes you can add almost anything to your book. We found this coaster in our hotel room so I added it here.
On the back of the coaster I trimmed extra cards into strips and journaled above them. On the right side 6x8" full photo I added decorative machine stitching to the top left corner and adhered a fussy cut flower with foam squares.
Had to include this epic Splash Mountain photo lol! On the right side, the image on the bottom left card is the exact same as one of the Turn the Page Pennant Paper Clips so I made some slits and slipped it through. Also, remind me to never ride in the front of Splash Mountain again... I got SOAKED!
  I hand stitched through the "LIVE AND LOVE" card and placed a sequin at the front of each journaling line. The chartreuse yellow of the card perfectly matches Peter Pan's shirt. So many things throughout Disneyland are matchy matchy with the Turn the Page Project Life Kit!
Detail of the hand stitched sentiment.
A ginormous toad hopped across the path. Had to be documented. It looks small in the photo but it was the size of a salad plate! The right side is all about the Enchanted Tiki Room so how perfect is the "A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME" card for this attraction? Because the birds talk during the show! Ha!
I added #allthebirds to this floral card.
Image-over-image on the top left card, hand stitched "x"s on the top right card, added tiny flower puffy stickers to the bottom left card, and the bottom right card is as is. I trimmed down a 6x8" pocket page into one row and added a cute quad of photos from when Landon grabbed Fox's hand all by himself, no prompting from us.
  On the back I filled the pockets with Turn the Page Sequins, machine stitched them closed, and then placed "BUDS" Thickers on top. The right page is a 4x6" photo and a card with more puffy people, journaling, and mini alpha stickers from the #StickerBook, the same ones as I used on the cover and throughout the album.
This spread marks the beginning of Day 2! I wanted something special for a divider so I found a castle/Mickey head cut file on etsy, cut it from smooth white cardstock, attached it to a piece of transparency, and then embellished with star Chipboard Stickers. On the left side I embellished a 4x6" card with a piece of scalloped Washi Tape strip and scalloped border machine stitching. I added a butterfly border Chipboard Sticker in the empty space of the photo. 
A closer look at this page divider.
This pocket page was actually the very first page I made for this album. I love all the different colors and patterns in this kit so I punched 2" squares from the extra cards (there are four of each 3x4" card so I knew I would have leftovers to use for things just like this). I added a heart sticker on every square for interest.
I trimmed a 6x8" photo into 2" squares and pieced it back together in the other side of the 6x8" pocket page. We celebrated our 11th anniversary while at Disneyland so I needed some extra lovey dovey things here. I hand stitched through the "HAPPY DAYS" sentiment, hand stitched around the heart, and tied in a Heart Charm from my Oh My Heart collection.
Closer look at the dangling heart charm and hand stitching.
On the darker cards I used a white Sharpie paint pen. I know the bottom card is vertical instead of horizontal, but hey, why not?! I love the flowers and sentiments so it had to be used. I had a few more photos from the Dumbo ride I wanted to include so I trimmed a pocket page down to fit the extra pics and added a tab to the right side to make turning it easier.
   Here is another one of my cut files called Wonky Hearts Background 8.5x11 which I sized down to 6x8". I backed the cut file with the colored wedges paper from Turn the Page Paper 03 - also available at JoAnn stores if you've got one nearby.
After trimming an extra floral card into two 2" squares, I trimmed those squares in half diagonally and used them as photo corners on this full 6x8" photo. Then I machine stitched around the edges for texture. All the tea cups that are seen throughout the Turn the Page collection and the Project Life cards are PERFECT for the tea cups ride! Ah so fun!
  I fussy cut the same banner to adhere on top of the right card using 3d squares and I covered the coffee cup on the left card with a floral Chipboard Sticker. Also, Jane's pose. She's a hoot. I included the Disney's California Adventure map here using the same technique as before.
It's fun to have the actual maps we used preserved forevermore!
This is a very simple page - a photo, a card, and a 4x6" card with typed journaling. Done and done!
I forgot to take photos while we were on a couple rides and I still wanted to remember that we went on them so I had a lot of journaling to write on this card. The pink edges of the card match well with the pastel pinks inside the Toy Story Midway Mania building and it brings out the pinks in the cool Radiator Springs rock.
Simply HAD to enlarge this sweet photo of Jane and then I added a puffy "Believe in You" sticker on top. On the right - this is a custom made pocket that I created with a plain 6x8" page protector and the Fuse tool. We went and saw the Frozen show and it was EPIC. I didn't take any pictures inside but since it was one of my favorite things we did I wanted to visually remember it so I googled images and printed them at home.
On the back of the Frozen images I trimmed down journaling cards to fit in the custom-sized pockets and embellished with butterfly and flower Chipboard Stickers. I had this cute quad of Fox photos I needed to include so I trimmed down another 6x8" pocket page to just four sections and slid the photos inside.
On the back side I printed journaling into 2" squares then stamped stars with yellow ink using the Turn the Page Layerable Stamp Set. These two postcards were in our hotel room so I asked Fox and Jane to color them and then on the backside...
I asked them to write their favorite ride, their full name, and to design a stamp. Too cute.
  This was a fun divider page to make! It marks the beginning of Day 3. I googled "Mickey head icon" and found one I liked. I printed it out on plain printer paper and then washi taped it to a piece of transparency. I used a paper piercer to poke holes about 1/4" apart all around the Mickey head and then removed the template. Then I used white embroidery thread to stitch around the head and then stitched criss cross & back and forth, string art style. Since the transparency is see through there is thread on both sides. The heart is fussy cut from a card and I used the same mini alpha stickers as before.
This next page is super simple: two photos, two cards, and on the top right card I added a bit of a scalloped border punched from an extra card and machine stitched it in place.
I stapled a lot of stars from the Chipboard Stickers to the star card and fussy cut a lot of butterflies to adhere on the same butterflies card. The other two cards have journaling typed with the Typecast Typewriter.
Star details.
Butterfly details.
Another simple page - I may or may not have been running out of steam at this point lol. I fussy cut flowers to adhere on the same flowers card and punched a small bit of a scalloped border on the bottom left card. The right side is all photos and the only thing extra I did was add a heart puffy sticker at the top right.
Two photos, hand stitching, and journaling on a same sized oval piece finish off the left side and on the right I trimmed down another 6x8" pocket page into a 2x3 grid filled with photos and journaling all about the Storybook Boats ride.
A dark blue floral card matches the dark blues inside Space Mountain. This also called for the white Sharpie pen. I added three tiny blue flower puffy stickers to embellish the photo of me about to ride the ride.
I stapled one of our tickets onto the outside of the pocket so it can be flipped up and then added typed journaling to the floral card. On the right side I trimmed a pocket page in half so there were only two sections and place a photo in the top and a typed journaling card in the bottom.
Almost done! On the back I added a photo at the top and a hand written journaling card at the bottom. I may go back in on some of these cards and add hand stitching or sequins. I created this "FUN AT DISNEYLAND" cut file (click HERE to grab it for free!) and then backed the letters with leftover cards - because yes, even at the end of the album I still had lots of leftovers, even after using multiples of almost all of the cards! Total value pack for sure :)
  The very last page is a 6x8" pocket page filled with photos that I couldn't fit in their proper places in the timeline but still wanted to include. I added a simple star sticker on this side.
And a heart sticker on this side. The last pocket includes a typed sentiment - Until next time!
  And that my friends is the completed Disneyland Album!
I hope you are inspired to pick up the Turn the Page Project Life Kit either online or at your local JoAnn store! These cards are so versatile and fit many many themes and subjects and celebrations.
Be sure to go to my instagram tomorrow and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a kit!
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