Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Silhouette Cut Files

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I recently teamed up with the Silhouette Design Store to start offering my cut files! I want to share a few of my favorite pages using these cut files today!

SWING AWAY by Paige Evans
This layout uses the Chevron Background and then each section was backed with patterned paper for a colorful design!
WONDER BOY by Paige Evans
Here I’ve used the Diamonds Background and backed each diamond with a different patterned paper. This is one of my favorite techniques!
SNAPSHOT OF TODAY by Paige Evans
On this page I’ve used the Hearts in Heart cut file as the main focal element and backed each heart with patterned paper. A trio of three photos surrounds the heart – like the title says, they’re snapshots from our day!
GIVE ME ALL THE COLORS by Paige Evans
The Hexagons Background is a great way to get a lot of color on a page as well as frame photos in a unique shape!
TODAY IS THE DAY by Paige Evans
This layout features the Split Circles cut file which is perfect for featuring a central photo (or two!) – the design draws your eye right into the middle target.
SUPER STAR by Paige Evans
On this last layout I used the Super Star cut file to make a roughly monochromatic layout of my superstar son 🙂
As you can see, I LOVE backing cut files with patterned paper! It’s such a fun and therapeutic technique and great for using up patterned paper scraps! Check out over 200 of my cut files in Silhouette today and see what fantastic page designs you can come up with!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Rachel Lowe

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Rachel Lowe’s beautiful style instantly caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to share more of her pages with you, especially her new page she made exclusively for her spotlight!

Name: Rachel Lowe
Location: Australia
Blog: inmyworld-scrapbookingourjourney.blogspot.com
Instagram: @rachellowe____
Facebook: rachel.lowe.94
Pinterest: @rachellisalowe

Tell us a little bit about your self and how you got started crafting: I was blessed to have a grandmother who spent many years teaching me sewing, quilting and lots of other crafts. I kept dabbling in many crafts such as folk art painting and quilting until I discovered scrapbooking back in 2006 when I was pregnant and wanted a way to document my pregnancy and soon to be baby! I have four children, one girl and three boys! I am a nurse by profession and scrapping is certainly a way I get some me time and relax through creating.

Favourite thing to create: Often this depends on my mood really, some days I love to create a super pretty card, a gift box, Project Life pages for my YIR album but mostly I love to create layouts to document the going ons in our lives. I have two entire walls full of albums and each person in our family has their own one (or two or three!!!). I know one day these albums full of stories of ‘us’ will be treasured by future generations.

What do you love about this hobby: I love the creative process, it really is cheaper than therapy! I love the social connections I have made through the sharing of my work, such wonderful people and talents from all over the world. I love that I am memory keeping not just for now but for the future generations of us! And I love craft shopping, I would rather buy gorgeous paper or beautiful water colour paints over a pair of shoes any day! I am currently on several design teams which always pushes my techniques and style.

Fun facts about yourself:
1. I do not like shoes or socks, even in winter!
2. I am obsessed with cushion covers and am forever ‘updating’ them.
3. I am an animal lover and have 3 cats and a chocolate lab.
4. I have lived in 3 different countries and travelled to 20 others, I love to travel!
5. I love sports more than my husband and three boys!

PEAVE LOVE & UNICORNS by Rachel Lowe

I wanted to create a soft and pretty layout to match the photo of my daughter. I adore this unicorn wreath crown and have added layers of vellum to soften and added extra petals and leaves to add height and dimension. I have used Dream Big by Pretty Little Studio which is just divine. I added a cut file frame again to add softness. Peace, Love & Unicorns was just the perfect title. I always add some machine sewing on my layouts to add texture and here I have added to my clouds and XOXO part of my title. I finished off with a flair, butterfly, small die cut flowers, journal phrases and a splatter of black.

EVERYDAY MAGIC by Rachel Lowe

I have used PinkFresh Studio Live More collection to create this layout and an amazing cut file from JustNick Studio. This photo is of my mama and daughter, so three generations which makes it a special memory. I have cut my photo into three parts for added interest and definition. I love layering and adding height to my layouts and did so with this cut file, also adding extra branches and leaves.

SUN by Rachel Lowe

I love anything fringed and here I have a fringed flamingo which is just too cute. I have added my usual machine sewing. I am a fan of embellishment clustering and that is what I have done on this layout so there is several points of interest. Clean is clearly my style!

HELLO SUNSHINE by Rachel Lowe

Here is another fringed favourite of mine, a fringed pineapple, who can resist! Using cut files does not mean you have to lose your creativity, like here I add extra layers, extra cut files and embellishments, layering and sewing, then it becomes yours so to speak.

HEY RAD BOYS by Rachel Lowe

With three boys I am always looking for unique ways to scrap them. Here I have used a negative of a star cut file and set about filling it. Here I decided to create a title and work from that point (usually my title can be a bit of an after thought!!). I have added texture to this layout by adding many different material types such as wood, metal, tin all which work so well on a boy layout. Again I have added sewing to add definition.

I love all the different layouts Rachel shared – and there’s more where they came from! Be sure to follow Rachel on instagram and the like (listed at the top!) to catch up with her creative pages!

 

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Grids

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Running out of ideas? Then a grid layout is the way to go! It divides your layout into smaller sections so you can focus on just one little area at a time instead of the entire 12×12 canvas. I hope these grid based layouts inspire you to make one too!

 

ADVENTURES by Paige Evans

I made this layout for the Fall 2017 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine which you can download and view for free! I started by stitching a sun burst using lots of different colors of thread and then created a 3×3 grid from paper and embellishments in my Pink Paislee collection called Turn the Page.

BYE BYE GERMANY by Paige Evans

To make the grid on this layout I used different elements from my Turn the Page collection with Pink Paislee: barcode strips, washi tape, and ribbon! Then I had so much fun filling in each square with a photo or journaling or title or small embellishments!

LUNCH by Paige Evans

I hand stitched the grid background on this dark background page and then filled in the sections with journaling cards – all from my very first collection with Pink Paislee called Fancy Free! I love having lunch at school with my little guy!

SUMMER by Paige Evans

The grid background on this layout is machine stitched lines spaced 1″ apart. A little die cut, sticker, or stamping went in each space then topped it with a photo!

LOVE YOU by Paige Evans

My final example of a grid based layout also uses a hand stitched grid and then I filled in the spaces with lots of photos and fussy cut flowers from my Take Me Away line with Pink Paislee. I love using grids to make quick and easy pages and don’t see this design fading anytime soon!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Lorilei Murphy

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I’ve been crushing on Lorilei Murphy’s epic style and eye for design the past couple of months and in fact I just asked her to be on my Silhouette design team! She’s so talented and I am so excited to share some of her favorite projects plus a new layout with you today!

Name: Lorilei Murphy
Location: Central Alberta, Canada
Blog: roseyposeystudio.com
Instagram: @roseyposey_studio
Pinterest: @roseyposeygirl
Facebook: RoseyPoseyStudio

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I live in the country with my soon to be 14 year old daughter and my husband of 25 years! I am relatively new to scrapbooking in 12×12 format but I have been crafty in some way my whole life! I feel the most happy when I am creating something!

Favorite thing to create: Currently my favourite thing to create is a 12×12 layout. Knowing that I can finish it in a short amount of time (versus an ongoing project life Project Life or Memory Planner) makes me feel a lot more creative and filled with ideas!

What do you love about this hobby? I love that this hobby is ever-changing and filled with possibilities. It seems like there is always something new to try or learn!

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I cried when I got down to the last episode of The Office on Netflix, I really love that show!!
2. I am the worst for taking on accents when I am around them. I worry I would sound completely crazy if I were to go to Ireland for example!
3. I like to get up in the morning at least an hour or two before everyone else so I can have peace and quiet.
4. I love love love Macadamia Nuts and can rarely find them where I live.
5. John Grisham is one of my favourite authors!

BEAUTIFALL by Lorilei Murphy

Fall is my favourite season and this view down our road always delights me! I created this layout using Oh My Heart by Paige Evans & Pink Paislee. I used a leaf cut file from the Silhouette Store, punches and dies. I created the title in Silhouette and added water-colour paint to my white background.

FANTASTIC by Lorilei Murphy

For this page I punched circles from the Turn the Page 6×6 paper pad. I used the gorgeous yellow fantastic title and carpe diem chipboard arrow from Take Me Away by Paige Evans & Pink Paislee. The rest of the pretty flowers and banner clip are from Turn the Page.

MAGIC & DREAMS by Lorilei Murphy

Magic & Dreams is a big time favourite of mine! I think it is the whimsical nature, the photo and the use of my favourite scrap kits (Oh My Heart, Fancy Free, Take Me Away all by Paige Evans) all on one page!

WONDERFUL YOU by Lorilei Murphy

My daughter and I call this layout – The Bluebird of Happiness! This layout is one of my favourites because it was one of the first stitching projects I have ever done on a scrapbook layout!

HAPPY by Lorilei Murphy

Happy feathers just makes me, happy!! I love the watercolor, the photos are some of my favourite and the pretty colours!

Lorilei is always making beautiful creations and sharing them so be sure to follow along her instagram, blog, and other social media sites to see and be inspired!!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Turn the Page STARS

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My newest collection with Pink Paislee is called Turn the Page and there is a repeating stars element throughout the line. I have LOVED seeing how fellow scrapbookers have used stars, stars, and more stars to create truly stunning layouts and cards!

YOU & ME by Lorilei Murphy

Lorilei layered like-colored stars that she fussy cut and punched from Turn the Page papers to create an awe-inspiring wreath.

STAR CARDS by Zsoka Marko

Designer Zskoa Marko used my new Silhouette cut files paired with Turn the Page to create this star-tastic pair of cards!

SUPERHERO by Steffi Ried

For her design team assignment, Steffi Ried fussy cut patterned paper stars and then incorporated chipboard sticker, wood veneer, and stamped stars to go with the theme.

I RUN by Audrey Yeager

After creating a beautiful mixed media background, Audrey Yeager topped off her page with stars galore, creating a dynamic and colorful layout.

STAR FRAME by Missy Whidden

Also from my design team, Missy Whidden upcycled a frame with stars in all kinds of materials (yet all from Turn the Page!) to create a lovely piece of home decor.

I hope you are inspired to use the stars from Turn the Page on your next project whether it’s a layout, card, DIY project, or mini album!

 

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Felicity Wilson

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Felicity Wilson makes the most beautiful, layered, and textured projects! She’s truly a well-rounded crafter and dabbles in card making, traditional layouts, mini albums, and Project Life!

Name: Felicity Wilson
Location: Emerald, Queensland, Australia
Blog: herhand.blogspot.com
Instagram: @flisw
YouTube: Felicity Wilson
Facebook: felicity.wilson.167
Pinterest: @felicitywilson

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I’m Felicity, a wife and mumma to 3 kiddos. I live on a large farm so if I’m not inside being creative then I am outside being creative in the garden or helping out on the farm. I have always been crafter, right as a little kiddo. I was one those kiddos that would sit and colour in all day, chop up paper and glue it back down!! When my eldest son was born 8 years ago, I started to really get into paper crafts, I dabbled a little bit before his birth, but more so after as I wanted to freeze and document his special moments. Still today, I’m paper crafting and recording my kiddos’ memories 🙂

Favorite thing to create: If I had to choose just one, it would be Project Life. Simply because I’m freezing the moments and recording as much as I can about the kiddos’ lives.

What do you love about this hobby? I love being able to freeze the moment and record it. I know in a few years my grey matter will fail, so by having all the moments and photos recorded, we can all chatter and giggle about the days back then!!

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I love shoes. I once had 100 pairs in my early teenage years!
2. I can’t stand moths. Give me a snake anyday, just not a moth!! LOL
3. If I can’t be sticking paper and glue down, I will be out in my garden. I love growing and picking pretty flowers.
4. I’m an organised person. I can’t function without a to do list!
5. I went sky diving many years ago to try and overcome my fear of heights. I’m still scared of heights, but don’t regret the sky dive, it was beautiful!

Here is a set of cards Felicity made for her spotlight!

CARDS by Felicity Wilson

I love using up scraps and bits and pieces off my desk. I love to challenge myself by simply creating something from all the bits around me and that’s what I did with these tags. Very satisfying!

MINI ALBUM by Felicity Wilson

I love being able to put a series of photos together in a mini album, just as I did here of my daughter. The photos truly tell the story.

PROJECT LIFE by Felicity Wilson

When creating Project Life pages, I like to try and incorporate new techniques, so here I did a lot of hand stitching, which is something I just love to do.

BUTTERFLY LAYOUT by Felicity Wilson

I find fussy cutting really therapeutic. This is what I have done, is sat and relax with the scissors and butterflies and it’s still one of my favorite pages hanging on my wall 🙂

LOVELY LAYOUT by Felcitiy Wilson

This is also another favorite layout of mine because it incorporates some of my favorite techniques. Hand stitching, mixed media, and fussy cutting!

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you are as inspired by Felicity’s creations as I am!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Stitched Doilies & Wreaths

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A couple years ago I really got into hand stitching on my layouts and I’m still at it! I LOVE hand stitching on my layouts because of the texture and color it adds. So today I want to share a few pages with stitched doilies/wreaths.

MERMAID HAIR DON’T CARE by Paige Evans

I’ve still got about 20,280,183 doily shapes in my Silhouette library that I haven’t used so… another large doily background it is! I will never get tired of a big and beautiful doily background!

DO ALL THINGS WITH LOVE by Paige Evans

I collaborated with epic stitcher Elizabeth Free on this page! She stitched the gorgeous wreath then I came in with the photo, title, journaling, and little embellishments!

FLOWER POWER by Paige Evans

Here I die cut a large rose from patterned paper, adhered it to a pink ombre background with spray adhesive, poked a hole very 1/4″ or so around the design, and then backstitched through the holes using white thread.

HEY by Paige Evans

After seeing a stitched doily layout by Elizabeth Free (I told you she’s an epic stitcher!) I wanted to make a stitched doily too! Sure, stitching is a time-consuming process, but I’m all about it! It’s therapeutic to me 🙂

If you’ve been bitten by the stitching bug I’d love to see the pages you’ve made!