Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Audrey Yeager

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I have been a longtime fan of Audrey Yeager’s scrapbook layouts, among other talents!, and I am so excited to feature her today and show you a brand new layout she made just for her spotlight!

Name: Audrey Yeager
Location: Fayetteville, NY
Blog: audreysreflection.blogspot.com
Instagram: @audreykit1
YouTube: audreykit1
Pinterest: @audreykit
Flickr gallery: audreykit

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I am a SAHM working part time as an AP Biology teacher. My kiddos are 8 and almost 6 and are the subjects of most of my pages. I started scrapping in 2005. I had a big Halloween party and I wanted to make an album of all the fun costumes and events and that was the first scrapbook album I made. Since then I have been on several design teams, kit clubs, and manufacturer teams and I even owned my own online scrapbook store for about 2 years. When I am not scrapping, I like to quilt, play volleyball, spend time outdoors, and binge watch Netflix and other TV shows.

Favorite thing to create: I love to create single page layouts about everyday events and fun memories about our family.

What do you love about this hobby? I love the outlet it provides as a stress relief and I love that it helps me capture memories and moments that I want to remember forever. I also love meeting new people and the support that both the online and real-life scrapping community provides. I have met so many people through this hobby!

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I’m a heavy metal/hard rock kind of girl! My favorite bands are Metallica and Tool.
2. We do a little bit of “homesteading” at our house including raising chickens, planting lots of vegetables, and making our own maple syrup.
3. When I was about 12, I used to catch garter snakes at my house and sell them to my local pet store for $1 a foot. They would use them to feed other snakes or sell the bigger ones. I have no problems picking up snakes even to this day!
4. I’ve taught students in almost every grade, Kindergarten through graduate school.
5. I have a brother who is 18 years younger than I am and when he was born (and all throughout my 20’s) people used to think he was my child.

GOOD BOOK by Audrey Yeager

My daughter is really into this series right now, and I love reading with her. The books in the “Oh My Heart” by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee collection were perfect for this page. I tried to recreate the look of a book using lightweight media sheets and embellies to look like book marks (and I even dog-eared the corner of the “book”).

COOL DUDE by Audrey Yeager

I used a fun cut file for the background on this page and played with the design of the squares. I also love this color combo for a boy page!

THIS TREE by Audrey Yeager

For the journaling on this page, I used a combination of stamping and handwriting to tell the story of this tree in our backyard that we loved but had to cut down.

CHORES by Audrey Yeager

I used the Simple Stories Domestic Bliss collection to document the chores I hate doing (and those that I don’t mind doing). The die cuts were perfect for this theme!

UNDER THE INFLUENCE by Audrey Yeager

I wanted to go grunge this this page about my brother and I listening to loud music. The title has both a literal and a figurative meaning for me on this page!

Thank you so much to Audrey for taking the time to answer my questions and creating a new and stunning page for her feature! See you again in a couple weeks with a new spotlight!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Big Stitched & Painted Titled

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Hello friends! Today I have a new layout to share with you featuring some of my favorite techniques: a combined stitched and painted BIG title!

To make this layout, first, I downloaded the “Now is the New Later” cut file from the Silhouette Design Store – it is one of the phrases found in my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee! In a new Silhouette document, I enlarged the title and rotated it slightly to make it at an angle. Next, I replaced the blade in my Cameo with a pencil using the pen holder adapter tool and drew the title onto Paper 07 from Oh My Heart. I used a paper piercer to poke a hole every 1/8″ or so over the title. While we were on a 7 day Spring Break road trip, I brought this project along and stitched away during the long drives between cities!

I love the dimension and texture stitching adds. To help the title stand out even more I painted it in with acrylic paint. The thread makes a nice buffer so painting inside the letters is really easy and you don’t have to be careful about going outside the lines!

Then came the fun part of adding a photo and embellishments! I chose a recent photo of myself – I rarely scrap photos of just me but I hope my kids and family members will appreciate it. I fussy cut flowers from Paper 06 and combined those with die cut flowers to create a pretty photo mat. The page was looking very busy so I added a large block of purple paper at the bottom to cover some of the busy patterned paper background.

I hope that you are inspired to try this technique (or rather, combination of techniques)! It’s one of my favorites!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Tarrah McLean

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Hello and welcome to another designer spotlight! Today I’m excited to help you get to know Tarrah McLean and share all of her fantastic scrapbook pages!

Name: Tarrah McLean
Location: Sydney, Australia
Blog: livetoscraptolive.blogspot.com
Instagram: @tarrahm
YouTube: Tarrah McLean
Pinterest: @tarrah1
Facebook: Tarrah McLean

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I am married to my very supportive hubby Simon and together we have 2 handsome sons: Luke who is 11 and Oliver who is 6. I am working in my local scrapbook shop 2 and a half days a week and 2 other days I work in an office. I LOVE both my jobs! I am still as obsessed with scrapbooking today as I was back when I started 11 years ago! Probably a little more obsessed now if the truth be known lol! I started after my first son was born because I wanted a way to document his life and to also fill in time while at home with him. I have never looked back and I could not imagine my life without scrapbooking in it… it is just me all over! My sons are usually the subjects of my layouts but 18 months ago my beautiful niece Amelia was born so now I have a perfect excuse to scrapbook girly layouts! My style has changed tremendously over the years with both taste and a little experience under my belt. I love to include cut files (my Silhouette Cameo is my best friend lol), flair buttons, lots of colour, splats of mist, and machine stitching to my layouts.

Favorite thing to create: I love to create single page layouts the most but I also enjoy creating mini albums and cards too. I really want to try a Traveller’s Notebook but I am scared I will have another addiction and not enough time to feed them all lol!

What do you love about this hobby? Oh everything! The AMAZING products, the inspiring and creative people I have met and still meet, some of the wonderful opportunities I have had come my way (like this one!). I also love that this is hobby is so adaptable, it can be so many different styles and can suit anyone.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I love the smell of coffee, but can’t stand the taste of it!
2. My favourite food is Mexican.
3. I am afraid of heights but would love to try hot air ballooning one day.
4. I love music and can listen to just about anything.
5. I like to collect Babushka dolls; my Mum and I will often find them when we travel.

Here is Tarrah’s exclusive, new, and beautiful layout:

SO BERRY BEAUTIFUL by Tarrah McLean

Although challenging, I love this pink background paper with the coloured circle from the Shimelle Little By Little collection. I found a perfect photo of my niece that includes a teddy bear to suit my layout theme and design!

@ THE BEACH by Tarrah McLean

I found the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection ‘Endless Summer’ a beautiful collection to use for summer photos! The colours in this collection are very tropical but still muted. I used a title cut file to enhance my summery layout!

123 DAB by Tarrah McLean

My boys are typical boys so them doing a ‘Dab’ move just had to be recorded on a layout! I chose an eye-catching background cut file for this one and used it together with some Crate Paper boy collections.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU by Tarrah McLean

The Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection ‘Make a Wish’ is a stunning collection for birthday layouts! I designed my own layered cake and stand cut file for this layout, cutting out each ‘layer’ and then piecing it together to make a cake on a stand.

XOXO by Tarrah McLean

Choosing another striking background cut file made the pink ombre paper from the Simple Stories Love and Adore collection really pop on this layout. The love theme is perfect for a photo from sister’s beautiful wedding day!

I love the variety of Tarrah’s layouts and how they are all unique and FUN! Be sure to stop by her other social media sites listed at the top to see more of her incredible work! See you again next week!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Hand Stitching

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Hand stitching is one of my favorite techniques and has been for a couple years now – I can’t stop, won’t stop hand stitching on my pages 🙂 I LOVE the texture it adds and how it helps define the edges of patterned papers. Here are four layouts I’ve made recently incorporating hand stitching!

GATHER MEMORIES by Paige Evans

I made this layout for the Spring 2017 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine featuring hand stitched flowers that I then filled in with watercoloring to help bring out the thread color.

4TH OF JULY by Paige Evans

This entire layout was inspired by a star die cut in the ephemera die cuts pack from the new Sweet Freedom collection by Pink Paislee. I enlarged the shape and created a focal element – and of course added hand stitching to each piece!

YOU ARE MY BRIGHT SIDE by Paige Evans

A little stitching can go a long way as seen on this layout – over strips of washi tape placed in a large “X” I added stitching to help define that border and create wedges for embellishing or leaving empty for contrast.

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE AND RAINBOWS by Paige Evans

On this layout I stitched color-on-color over the rainbow pieces and then hand stitched white-on-white around the cardstock clouds. I even added a bit of machine stitching to help keep the title in place permanently.

I hope you give hand stitching a try on your layouts – it’s always worth the extra effort!

Sundays With Lorraine

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Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Today’s post is the 3rd in a series of four where I am sharing a peek of what you will be making in the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in 2017.  As you can see I have many top-notch projects to share with you so be sure to stop by, say hello, and we’ll create something beautiful together..

A To Z Scrapbooking & Quick Quotes

A To Z Scrapbooking and Quick Quotes have been long time sponsors of the Creativity Center and many of you have come to love their easy-to-assemble layouts. Quick Quotes kits really take all the guesswork out of designing the perfect layout. We’ll be playing with the amazing Powderpuff Chalk Inks which are perfect for distressing your paper and embellishments…

You’ll also be using Simple Stories Photo Flips on your layout.  I love using these on a layout; they’re a great way to add some hidden journaling or an extra photo without overpowering your layout. I look forward to seeing you at the show & be sure to stop by the A To Z Scrapbooking booth to see what other new treasure that they will be sharing this year.

Heartfelt Creations

Heartfelt Creations truly is art from the heart. One of the many things that Heartfelt Creation is known for is their dimensional florals. In the Creativity Center, we’ll be using one of their must-have floral dies along with their magnetic stylus and I’ll be demonstrating just how easy it is to transform your dies into a dimensional work of art.

I will warn you, once you’ve mastered this technique, there is no turning back.  You will be roaming the house looking for something to put a flower on!  I’ve added dimensional florals to scrapbook layouts, cards, and tags, plus they are perfect to incorporate into your gift wrapping just to name a few ways I use them. Being the creative person that you are I’m sure you can think of dozens of ways to use your beautiful florals.

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Who doesn’t need a little sparkle in their lives, right? Well, you’ll be happy to know on this gorgeous card we’ll be playing with Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter, one of her newly released dies “Lovebirds,” and a few other must-have supplies that for now, I will keep a surprise.  

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You’re going to be blown away when you discover just how detailed you can be with these amazing glitters, and combined with their double sided tapes, it is absolute magic!  I had the privilege of sharing a make & take with you last season (remember what we did with the lace, glitter, and tape?) and it was a huge hit. I also have many tips that Els herself has shared with me and I can’t wait to pay it forward by sharing them with you. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and I’ll have your souvenir button and some chocolate waiting for you. 😉

Honey Chilli Garlic Tiger Prawns

This is one of those shut the front door, ready in 10 minutes recipes. Yes, I did say 10 minutes from start to finish. With a little help from Richa, hostess of the amazing food blog My Food Story, you too can have a delicious meal on the table in no time.

Not only are these tiger prawns oh-so-tasty but they only need a sprinkle of this and a spoonful of that and before you know it, dinner is on the table. What I like to add is some lo mien or rice and you’re good to go. If you happen to have a Costco in the area, they have these yummy vegetable stir fried noodles and they only take three minutes in the microwave and they’re perfect. If you’re ready to kick things up a notch in the kitchen, just click here and I will lead the way over to My Food Story so you can jot down the recipe and while you’re in the neighborhood be sure to check out Richa’s other quick and easy recipe

Thanks for the visit and allowing me to share a little preview of what we’ll be creating together at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Fun times and memories await us all!

Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday with my final post on the Creativity Center.

Lorraine

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Cross-Stitching

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Hello scrappy friends! Paige Evans here and am so excited to share not one, but TWO brand new layouts with accompanying process videos featuring a new-to-me-favorite-technique: cross-stitching!

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There are a few patterned papers in my Take Me Away collection with Pink Paislee that were specifically designed with cross-stitching them in mind. I knew it would take awhile to do the stitching, so I’ve sort of put those projects on the backburner. But this past weekend we were finally home instead of traveling or teaching so I stitched away!

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The cross-stitch pattern is printed right on the paper so I didn’t need to design anything or use any kind of template – it’s already been done! You could also use any color of thread/s to sew as you like, but again to keep things simple I used the colors already printed.

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Watch this video to see how this layout came together from start-to-finish:

Here is the second layout I made with cross-stitching:

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There is another cross-stitch paper in Take Me Away with five flowers on it that I’ve been wanting to stitch… and so I did! I’m so happy to have these layouts that have been on my mind for months finally created and, for now, hanging on my wall to display. Eventually they will make their way into scrapbooks.

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I loved being able to create my own unique, and one-of-a-kind embellishments for my page. I used a few more colors of threads than there were printed on the papers and I think this gave the flowers a bit more of a realistic look.

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Here is another start-to-finish video so you can see exactly how this layout came together:

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel where I share lots of process videos and other fun movies!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Heart String Art

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One of the fun, new products in my first collection with Pink Paislee (Fancy Free!) is the heart string art template. String art is a big trend in the crafting community and I wanted to bring it into my scrapbook pages.

Colorful & Happy by Paige Evans

COLORFUL & HAPPY by Paige Evans

Here is the very first layout I made using the heart string art template. It comes with pink thread, but since I wanted to use pink paper in the background, I used my own white thread to stitch the background. The template also comes with jewel brads to be the “nails” for wrapping around, but I opted not to use them and save them for a different project.

Colorful Kinsale by Paige Evans

COLORFUL KINSALE by Paige Evans

On this layout I wanted to show how you could use multiple colors of thread with the template to create a colorful and eye-catching background element!

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FRIENDS by Paige Evans

I first saw the idea for adding bits and baubles onto the string by Flóra Farkas – genius! I have taught several classes here in Germany about how to use the heart string art template and every time we have incorporated this idea and strung buttons and sequins onto the thread as we were stitching along. It adds so much texture and pops of color, like pieces of candy!

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EMBRACE LIFE by Paige Evans

Here is the same idea of adding buttons and sequins to the string, just a slightly different version with more Fancy Free supplies.

If you’ve gotten your hands on the heart string art template, I would LOVE to see what you have made with it!