Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Tori Bissell


Tori Bissell is a gal after my own heart – she LOVES to use patterned paper and lots of it! So I’m excited to introduce you to her today and share lots of her beautiful pages including a brand new one made just for her spotlight!

Name: Tori Bissell
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Instagram: @tori_bissell
YouTube: Tori Bissell
Pinterest: @tori_bissell
Facebook: scrapyourscraps

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Hi, my name is Tori. I love when my hands are covered in ink and my hair has sparkles in it. I love when my pockets are filled with buttons and my desk is sprinkled with sequins. I collect movie stubs, hotel keys, brochures, flyers, and recipes. I see colour everywhere and a world of inspiration. My fingers are itching to create and my camera is always at the ready. I am a maker, a creator, a designer, a dreamer, and an artist. I started scrapbooking almost 3 years ago. I had just returned from a year and a half of touring with the African Children’s Choir around North America and the UK and I had thousands of photos and piles of memorabilia I wanted to do something with. I started searching Pinterest for ideas when I stumbled upon Project Life and I was instantly hooked. Project Life seemed like the perfect way collect and document all my memories. As I dove deeper and deeper into Project Life, I began seeing scrapbook layouts which amazed me and I decided to give that a go. I fell head over heals in love with all things scrapbooking and paper crafting and even started a YouTube channel so I could share my projects. When I was finished scrapbooking my time with the African Children’s Choir I didn’t want to stop, so I just kept going. I discovered a passion I never knew I had and I guess as they say, the rest is history.

Favorite thing to create: I love creating 12×12 scrapbook layouts – especially if I can use scrap paper and my punches. Mixing patterned paper and adding adorable embellishments – does it get any better than that?

What do you love about this hobby? I love that scrapbooking gives me this creative outlet where I can put my heart on the page. I love that I can capture my memories and document them with pretty papers and pretty embellishments. And I LOVE the incredible scrapbooking community I’ve found online. As an extreme introvert, I don’t have a ton of friends but through scrapbooking I’ve met so many Incredible friends. I’m blown away by how supportive and encouraging complete strangers are and what incredible inspiration you can find online.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I almost exclusively use my hot glue gun as my adhesive.
2. I collect vintage cameras.
3. I’ve been to 21 different countries.
4. I’m allergic to kiwi. Who knew a fuzzy green fruit could be a death trap.
5. My favourite colours are pink, pink, and pink.

LOVE YOU by Tori Bissell

My grandma Pat has alzheimer’s; she doesn’t know who I am, she doesn’t know where she is, and she lives in a state of confusion – but she is the most happy, joyful, content person you will ever meet. She inspires me everyday! I thought it would be fun to create a page all about how she inspires me so I used my square punch to create 2″ squares and folded them to super cool exploding boxes – I love how much texture it adds to the page.

EVERYTHING by Tori Bissell

When my grandpa passed away this year there were just so many emotions swelling up within me I wanted to find a way to document how much he meant to me. I found this incredible stamp by Wild Whisper which said “Everything I am you helped me to be” and it was exactly what I wanted to say. While I miss him terribly, creating this layout gave me the perfect way to put all those thoughts and emotions down.

HAPPY HEART by Tori Bissell

I absolutely love playing with my scrap paper and my punches – one day I got this great idea to punch out hundreds of tiny hearts and make a layout. I love the way the tiny hearts layered to create my own custom patterned paper background and of course hearts were the perfect way to document my aunt’s wedding.

JOSHY by Tori Bissell

One of my favourite people in the whole world is my older brother Josh (aka Joshy). When I found this older photo of him as a little boy, I knew I wanted to scrapbook about how he will always be my Joshy. I was absolutely inspired by the fall colours in the photo to make this giant pile of leaves using my scraps.

DECEMBER DAILY 2015 COVER by Tori Bissell

As you can probably tell, embellishments are one of my favourite things in the whole world! For my 2015 December Daily Album I decided to create this really fun project by making a deer head out of all my favourite embellishments. I love how bright, textured, and detailed he turned out.

I hope you are inspired to try using up some scraps like Tori has done on so many of her amazing projects!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Flowers


I have featured flowers once or twice before (maybe even three of four times!) on this here Technique Spotlight, but what can I say except I LOVE FLOWERS! I could probably add a flower onto every.single.project I create. Here are a few layouts I’ve made recently prominently featuring flowers:


On this layout I die cut a floral background from rainbow paper and then cut apart the flowers, backed them with vellum, stitched matching colored thread over them, and layered them onto a mixed media background. All using the beautiful Reflection collection by Altenew.

GHAR DALAM by Paige Evans

This layout uses a cut file by the talented Bea Valint. I love how dimensional it is! The background does all of the hard work for me so all I did was back it with a floral patterned paper and embellish the center of each flower with a little somethin’ somethin’.

HALLO LIEBE by Paige Evans

Hallo Liebe means Hello Love in German 🙂 I absolutely love fussy cutting flowers and then using them as embellishments on my pages! Here I used the Aloha collection by Jessica Fabiano for Scrapbook Werkstatt.

THUMBS UP by Paige Evans

One of my favorite techniques (it never gets old!) is backing cut files with all kinds of patterned papers. This tropical flower cut file is by Kerri Bradford and then I backed all the petals, stems, and leaves with 6×6 papers from my Pink Paislee collection called Oh My Heart.

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Jana Eubank


Thanks for stopping by and joining us today! We’re shining the spotlight on the very talented Jana Eubank and can’t wait to share her exclusive page as well as a few more of her favorite projects including a super cute paper mixer!

Name: Jana Eubank
Instagram: @janaeubank
YouTube: Jana Eubank
Pinterest: @janaeubank
Facebook: jana.eubank.7

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Growing up in a family that owned a printing/copying business, paper has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I loved to go to my dad’s shop and bring home several sheets of the beautiful colored papers to create books, cards, and drawings. My love of paper bled over to all kinds of stickers, stationery sets, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, and art classes in school. When I was in high school, my mom attended a Creative Memories party. She came home and showed me what she made. I immediately thought to myself, “I want to do that!” Ever since then I have been scrapbooking in one form or another.

Favorite thing to create: My favorite thing to create is scrapbook layouts for our family albums. Not only do I love reminiscing and recording about all the times we have had together, but I admittedly have a terrible memory! If I don’t take pictures or write things down, it may as well not have happened. Ha! I also really love to create dimensional paper crafts. My favorite are die cut boxes in clever shapes and themes, but I also enjoy creating home decor, seasonal decorations, and party projects.

What do you love about this hobby? I always say that I love that the end result of this hobby is a meaningful keepsake for my family (and I do!)… but if I’m completely transparent, what I really love the most is the actual process of playing with all of the products, tools, and supplies! I love seeing what the manufacturers come out with each release. I love shopping and collecting the things that catch my eye. My favorite kind of day is when I have time to pull out a myriad of supplies and spend the afternoon challenging my creativity!

5 fun facts about yourself:
1) My favorite holiday is Halloween. Not in the creepy-gory way, but in the whimsical, magical way.
2) I love camping with my family in our RV. The mountains speak to my soul and make me so happy!
3) I secretly would love to own a small, hometown shop of some kind… a cute little bakery with cupcakes, cakes, and pies, a charming flower shoppe, or a seasonal home decor store.
4) I don’t really like watching the latest TV shows. Instead I watch reruns of “Friends” and “Little House on the Prairie.” They are my favorites and never get old!
5) I love bluegrass music and used to play the mandolin in a small band in college.

LEARN AND GROW by Jana Eubank

A great way to unify photos taken during different times or with clashing colors is to change them to black and white in a photo editing program. It is also a great way to give your page a timeless feeling when you are scrapbooking about a life-lesson, rather than an event.


This page features two of my favorite scrapbooking techniques. Lately, I am obsessed with fussy-cutting flowers and using them as page embellishments. I also really love die-cutting; both with my manual metal dies and with my Silhouette Cameo machine. Here I used metal dies for the hearts and black letters along with the electronically cut “MOM” word for my page title.

LOVE YOU by Jana Eubank

I am obsessed with patterned paper and feel so lucky to create for my favorite manufacturers. On this page, I took a Faith-based paper collection by Simple Stories and made it work for some everyday snapshots of my kids. I mentioned above that I love to fussy-cut flowers from patterned paper, but I also love cutting out letters and phrases from pocket cards to use for my title work, like I did here!

TODAY I AM… by Jana Eubank

This was such a fun page to put together! I collect a lot of stamps, but don’t ink them up as often as I should. On this day I challenged myself to utilize them in a unique way by creating my own embellishments. I stamped several images on thin cork sheets and then punched them into circles. Next, I cascaded them down the right side of the page and filled in the empty spots with another one of my favorite embellishments… Bella Blvd. puffy stickers! I love the result and had a blast making it!


Whenever I take the time to create a special 3D gift box like this kitchen mixer, I feel like I’m doing something fun for the recipient and for myself! I enjoy selecting the patterned papers for each piece and then gluing it all together. But my favorite part is the embellishing! Here I used metal dies by Echo Park Paper to create the leaves and flowers adorning both the mixer and the mixing bowl.

A big thank you to Jana for sharing her talents with us today! She is great at sharing her lovely creations so be sure to stop by her blog/instagram/facebook and more to see what she has up her sleeve!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Circle Clouds


I have a new layout and process video to share with you today featuring a technique of punching circles and using them to make clouds!


I love the colors of this collection by Pink Paislee called Summer Lights – so versatile and bright and happy!

I love using a lot of patterned papers on my pages! To create the clouds I punched different sized circles from the 6×6 Summer Lights paper pad. Then I trimmed strips of scrap paper and covered them with adhesive. I layered the circles, largest to smallest, over the sticky strips and then trimmed the excess. To attach them onto the page permanently I used a zigzag stitch and my sewing machine.

Check out the process video to see exactly how this layout came together:

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you give this technique a go and I’d love to see what you make!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Rebecca Keppel


Hello and welcome back to a new edition of Designer Spotlight! Today we’re getting to know Rebecca Keppel!

Name: Rebecca Keppel
Location: Arizona
Instagram: @rebeccakeppel
YouTube: rebeccakeppel
Pinterest: @rebecca_keppel
Facebook: rebecca.keppel

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Twelve years ago I was working as a corporate securities attorney in San Fransisco. When my daughter was born in 2005, my husband Scott and I jumped at the chance to move to Arizona where we could afford a home and a backyard. We now also have a son (they are 12 and 10 years old) and I am a stay at home mom so I can drive them to and from their charter school and activities. We’ve added two Labrador / Weimaraner puppies to our brood (Crobsby and Cole) and at a little over one year old they are 125 and 85 lbs respectively! We will probably never get used to the 115 degrees that are common in the Arizona summers, but we love the family-oriented town we live in.

I’ve always loved creating and I even had a childhood “scrapbook” with torn out magazine photos and Mrs. Grossman stickers, but it wasn’t until my oldest was born that I decided to make a first year album for her and really got bit by the papercrafting bug. I bought a few basic supplies, which turned into a few more and before I knew it, I was obsessed. I quickly accumulated enough scrapbooking supplies that I decided they should be put to other good uses as well, like card making. These days scrapbooking and card making are still my two favorite types of paper crafts. I’ve had so many amazing experiences related to paper crafts including, being a member of design teams, being published in print or online publications and getting to know other paper crafters around the world.

Favorite thing to create: It varies! I always love sitting down to make a layout, but lately I have really enjoyed the process of designing and creating cards just as much!

What do you love about this hobby? I love the mind/body connection that I experience while creating. I love the creative outlet it provides when so much of life is daily tedium. And, I love the community of like-minded people who truly understand the notion of, “I just had to have that pretty piece of paper!”

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I grew up on the east coast and moved to San Francisco after college with no money and no job.
2. I’m an only child.
3. I’ve travelled to Quebec, several cities in France, London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and several places in Thailand as well as several US states.
4. I love sewing on paper, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to sew fabric. I tried to make a nightgown for my daughter’s doll once and it totally stressed me out. Ugh, SLEEVES….amiright?!
5. Before moving to Arizona I had never lived in a landlocked state. I miss the ocean!

SUMMER CHILL by Rebecca Keppel

I have been obsessed with contact photos lately. I love that using them allows me to add a bunch of photos to one layout.

POOL TIME IN APRIL by Rebecca Keppel

This layout is based on a sketch by Kristine Davidson. In the sketch there was a 4×6 photo in the top lefthand corner, but I used tiny contact photos in that space. I told you I was obsessed with tiny photos!

LOVE CARD by Rebecca Keppel

When creating cards there are few things I love more than die cutting, shakers, and rainbows!

HUGS & KISSES CARD by Rebecca Keppel

Oh and inking! I love creating inked backgrounds over stamped and heat embossed backgrounds like in this card:

HELLO CARD by Rebecca Keppel

Ombre backgrounds are a close second to rainbows in my book! This card has all my favorites: die cutting, inking, shaker, and ombre!

Thanks so much to Rebecca for sharing her many talents with us today!! Be sure to drop by her social media sites listed at the top of this post to see more of her incredible work!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Mini Albums


Lately I have been making more mini albums than layouts! It’s been a fun change of pace and just what I needed to keep the creativity flowing. It all started when I was asked to make a mini album for the Make It Mini column of the Summer 2017 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine


Here is the mini album that started the obsession! I was so happy to finally put photos of one of our adventures into a book! One down, about 300 to go haha! I used my Take Me Away collection with Pink Paislee since it has a travel themed and the colors blended perfectly with the bright colors found all over the island of Mykonos, Greece.


After making the above Mykonos mini album, I was officially bitten by the mini-album-making bug! I found a pocket mini album cut file and had so much fun creating this little book about our trip to the Keukenhof Tulip Festival in Holland back in 2015 – it’s never too late to document your memories! I used my Pink Paislee Oh My Heart collection to embellish – flowers flowers everywhere!


Back in the day there was a sale of 4×4″ instagram albums and let’s just say I stocked up… and then they sat on my shelf… for years! I wanted to try something different – an entire album done in mint! The color of the water at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is what inspired the color choice.


My Silhouette Cameo is my favorite scrapbooking tool – it makes creating mini album bases so easy! For this book I used a scalloped pages cut file and mostly my Fancy Free collection with Pink Paislee. I hand stitched or machine stitched across the bottoms of 9 of the 12 scalloped pages to give ’em some texture and make the album cohesive.


This mini album was made with the new Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection! I just finished taking an online mini album class called Transparent Mini Album by one of my design team members, Stefanie Ried, over at Big Picture Classes. I walked away with the urge to make a mini album STAT!! We even went to Santorini last year just like Steffi so I was excited to incorporate some similar elements with a twist.


This concentric heart-shaped album is all about our day in Monaco! I die cut the “set of nested hearts” from six Oh My Heart patterned papers and added a few more pages here and there because I always find more pictures and elements I want to add. I layered them all together and stitched several times down the center to make the mini album base. The front cover was a super busy paper so I covered most of it with a piece of white cardstock and then went to town embellishing with florals, the Thickers title, and even a small photo of Monaco. I had a leftover charm that I made as a tester for my Santorini album that I used here.

It has taken me several years to really enjoy making mini albums! And now that I’ve found a groove, I don’t see an end in sight! Which makes me happy because goodness knows I have 4 years of adventures from living in Germany to scrapbook.  🙂

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Nicole Martel


Nicole Martel is in the spotlight today, sharing some of her favorite layouts as well as a brand new layout! She also answered some questions and listed her social media sites so you can find more of her fun designs!

Name: Nicole Martel
Location: Crownsville, MD
Instagram: @nicolemartel6542
Pinterest: @nmartel
Facebook: nicole.martel.1675

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Since I was a teenager, I’ve always had an interest in art. I even took a few art classes in college. And taking pictures has always been my hobby since I was a teenager. When I was 21 years old, my mother invited me to a Creative Memories workshop and I’ve been hooked since! I will be honest, I totally made fun of her for scrapbooking; I had no idea how fun this hobby would be when I started. I’ve been scapbooking for 18 years and I am still learning more things as the years go by. I LOVE it. It’s my passion and my therapy. I think therapy would be cheaper though… LOL.

Favorite thing to create: I create mainly layouts, but every now and then I’ll create a mini album or card. I love making mini albums for my friends and family! I also love to frame layouts to give as gifts to my family. It makes me feel good to share something that I poured my heart and soul into.

What do you love about this hobby? I love the scrapbooking product, but mainly what I love about this hobby is the friendships I’ve built over the years! I’ve become friends with so many ladies who share the same passion as me and I just love that. And these ladies live far from me, but when I see them on Google Hangout, it’s like they are in my scrap room with me. Seriously, it’s awesome.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I zipped lined 355 feet in the air when I was in Costa Rica back in 2005. It was so cool.
2. When I was 19 years old, I played goalie for a Novice Adult Ice Hockey League. Getting bruises from the puck was always fun.
3. I’ve been working for a credit union for almost 9 years (same job) and I love it. I enjoy helping people. It’s what I do.
4. I love eating breakfast for dinner. I’m not a real good cook, but I can do breakfast! My favorite is French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon. Yum, although, I can never cook the bacon just right…
5. I really love to read, but my problem is I can’t seem to give up Netflix. It’s addicting! 

SWEET FAMILY by Nicole Martel

I love the patterns in the Cool as a Cucumber Soup collection by Jillibean Soup and since I couldn’t decide on which patterns, I decided to use three different patterns and cut them to make them work for this layout. I love patterned paper!

A BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Nicole Martel

I created the background using heart stamps by Ali Edwards. I love the way the hearts look in orange, yellow and blue. The colors match my son’s personality in the photo.

FEELINGS VS. FACTS by Nicole Martel

For this layout, I kept the design simple, using journaling cards as my photo mat. I printed the journaling on white cardstock before embellishing this layout. I used a few stamps by Ali Edwards for my title and sub-title. I love how much impact the stamps add to this layout.

HAPPY PLACE by Nicole Martel

This layout is my most recent favorite. I used my Silhouette Portrait to sketch the digital cut file on white cardstock using a purple sketch pen. Then I used a few journaling cards to mat my photo. I decided to add some buttons in the flowers to add more dimension to the layout.

LOVE by Nicole Martel

Most of the photos that I scrapbook include candid shots. I love capturing a natural moment between two people. In this case, I whipped out my cell phone to snap this shot. My son was totally unaware… and I just love it. The Pinkfresh Studio papers and embellishments goes so well with this photo! I love when that happens.

I love how Nicole scraps in 8.5 x 11!! Scrapbooking is a little different for each of us but in the end it’s the photos preserved and memories that matter most!