Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Fussy Cut Flowers

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Is there ever a pretty floral paper that you come across and immediately say to yourself: I just HAVE to cut those flowers out?! It’s happened to me on more than one occasion, in fact, I have five examples to share with you today where I did exactly that.

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YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE by Paige Evans

My newest collection with Pink Paislee is called Take Me Away and includes some floral papers that I couldn’t wait to cut out! Using a 3×3 grid as a starting place, I fussy cut flowers and tucked them under and around the photos and other embellishments.

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ME by Paige Evans

More pretty flowers were begging to be cut out! I lined up a trio of black and white photos and then used the flowers as embellishments all around and to frame the pics.

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FLOWER WALL by Paige Evans

On this layout I mirrored fussy cut flowers on the top right and bottom left corners. I almost couldn’t stop! Try cutting all different sizes of flowers for even more interest and WOW!

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YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING by Paige Evans

In my Fancy Free collection with Pink Paislee there are a couple of floral patterned papers that I fussy cut and paired with the floral chipboard stickers, die cuts, and wood veneer. Give me all the flowers!

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YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Paige Evans

I love using fussy cut flowers with grids – like the layout above, except this is a 2×2 grid with photos in two places and hand cut flowers in the other two. I like to add dimensional adhesive and bend up the flower edges to give them more dimension and to help them really pop off the page!

Do you like fussy cutting flowers? Do you have any examples? I’d love to see!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Zsoka Marko

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Today’s spotlight is on Zsoka Marko, another talented scrapbooker I’ve had the pleasure to meet whose work inspires me!

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Name: Zsoka Marko
Location: Neu-Isenburg, Germany
Blog: apocketfullofscrap.blogspot.com
Instagram: @zsokamarko
Pinterest: @ZsokaMarko6

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I’m Hungarian but I’ve been living in Germany for over 11 years. I live with my Dutch boyfriend and our 7-year-old son in the old center of Neu-Isenburg, a small town next to Frankfurt. I’ve been crafting all my life! As a kindergarten kid I was very good at drawing so I did all sorts of competitions. As I got older I lost interest in it… I wanted to study arts but my parents said one could not make a living with it and that art was just a hobby, so I focused on languages instead. Crafting really came back after I finished my first degree and started working. I did everything from silk/glass/porcelain painting to mosaics and anything in between. I quit mosaics when my son was born because I was not able to cut glass safely in our small place without worrying that he would crawl into glass splinters.( I still want to get back to this but I need a craft room first!) Then came cookie and cake decorating… I loved it so much! But then I faced health issues and lost my mojo. After my surgery in early 2015 I needed something to keep my mind off of the constant pain. I always wanted to try scrapbooking so it felt like the right time to start! I was at home for a long time so I had all the time in the world! As opposed to baking, I could do just half an hour and if I had no strength for more, I could stop then and continue a day or a week later if need be! I very quickly got addicted and I do hope this craft will stay with me for good! I am honored to be a DT member at Scrapbook Werkstatt, The Cut Shoppe, and Scrap Our Stash. I was also lucky enough to guest design for Pink Paislee and Shimelle; the proudest moments of my life, I think!

Favorite thing to create: I mostly create 12 x 12″ layouts and the occasional mini album. Lately I also started making cards when I want a bit of change.

What do you love about this hobby? Hard to tell! The art, the beautiful designs… and of course the main reason I started was to document my son’s life. I don’t have many photos from my childhood and I really wish I did.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I am a series junkie. There. I said it. I always have a tab open on my desk while scrapping!
2. Since I started scrapbooking I can count on one hand how many pairs of shoes I bought (or clothes for that matter). And I used to be known to wear different shoes every day!
3. I’m addicted to sweets, especially Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream. Unfortunately you can tell.
4. I never use make-up, only mascara. I don’t even know how to apply it!
5. I passionately hate cooking. I have no idea where this came from because I used to like it and also in my family every body cooks well. Thank God my boyfriend loves to cook! When he is away for work, though, we live on toast. Bad mom!

Here is the special mini album Zsoka made for her spotlight:

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MINI ALBUM by Zsoka Marko

I decided to make a mini album because I just received a lot of the Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection and I wanted to use everything right away! I am very bad at making decisions, so selecting only a few items for one layout?! Just no. 🙂 We had recently gone for a day trip and I thought this would be a nice way to document it. This is actually the first mini album I made for us, so far I have only made them for family and friends. Last year I watched Ashley Horton’s class “Mini Made Easy” at Big Picture Classes and I found it so inspiring I made my first mini. Ever since I use the same technique: extra cardstock between the two layers of patterned papers and stitched all around – because I want my albums to stand the test of time. Don’t get me wrong, I like the look of those messy tag minis, but I feel these are more sturdy, especially when little fingers flip through them a lot! I also incorporated a lot of cut files from various shops, The Cut Shoppe, Just Nick, some freebies from Nicole Nowosad for Scrapbook and Cards, and also from the Silhouette store. Then I added a whole lot of embellishments, ephemera, buttons, tags, wood veneer, puffy stickers, and chipboards, mainly from the Fancy Free line and the odd stuff from my stash. I also hand stitched one page because lately I do that a lot again. I had a phase last year where I did a lot of hand stitching. I really enjoy working on minis; this was definitely not my last!

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DIRTY LITTLE FINGERS by Zsoka Marko

This is one of my most fave layouts ever. You know when you don’t actually plan something, it just happens? This was that case. I was playing with my new stamps, white embossing powder, and watercolor, and once I fussy cut the leaves I just put them down in a circular shape. I loved them and I thought they would look neat on a layout! I love, love, love the colors in this.

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LEEUWARDERN by Zsoka Marko

This was a recent DT layout for my chipboard team, I Kropka. I really love their products! While I do a lot of different style pages, this is one that I do most, cut files, circles, and patterned paper! And blue. I learned to like boyish colors because there’s man power at home and we need to compromise. I do sneak pink in, too, now, as long as my son is not a teenager I guess I’m allowed to, lol!

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BEST SMILE by Zsoka Marko

This was also a recent DT layout, with the June kit at Scrapbook Werkstatt. Again, it shows my love of circles, patterned paper, and cut files. This kit was very fresh and summery so all my layouts turned out to be very white! I generally go for patterned papers for backgrounds so it was a bit unusual to use so much white. Out of the six layouts I made with this kit, this has the most color in the background.

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HAPPY FAMILY by Zsoka Marko

This photo was taken on my birthday; we went to Strasbourg for the day (that is what my mini album is about!) and my present was a clothes shopping spree! Yes clothes, not scrap supplies, lol!  I really was in need of those! Anyway, this layout was just for fun, using strips of papers. Gosh, I really seem to love my circles! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to visit Zsoka’s fantastic sites to see more of her incredible and colorful work!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Fancy Free Layouts

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Today I want to share some of the layouts I’ve made recently featuring my Fancy Free collection with Pink Paislee – all with different techniques so read on to find out more!

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1ST DAY by Paige Evans

My goal for this layout was to use as many different Fancy Free products as possible without going toooo overboard! My first love is patterned paper so I picked eight coordinating pieces and die cut concentric circles rings, then stitched them to the background. Then came the photo in the center followed by embellishing with buttons, chipboard, layered stickers, wood veneer, puffy stickers, and die cuts!

Grow Where You Are Planted by Paige Evans

YUM by Paige Evans

Every month I design cut files for Studio Calico including these detailed flowers and leaves. On this layout I die cut those flowers and leaves and then painted over them using colors pulled from Fancy Free. I enjoy fussy cutting so I spent some time cutting out paper flowers and added them to the layered mix. A sprinkling of embellishments paired with a photo and journaling and this layout was complete!

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LOVE by Paige Evans

My latest fetish is hand stitching. I could stitch all the live-long day! I especially enjoy bringing stitching projects with me during long road trips to help pass the time. On this layout I stitched a big title/background element and switched the color of the thread every 10 stitches to help make it super colorful.

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VACATION by Paige Evans

One of my favorite techniques is die cutting and backing the die cut with patterned paper – which is exactly what I did here! This VACATION cut file is from Kerri Bradford Studio and then I chose some fun papers from Fancy Free to back the letters – replacing one with a photo.

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I LIKE YOUR SMILE by Paige Evans

Believe it or not, all of the patterns you see here came from a single sheet of patterned paper! It’s one of my favorites in Fancy Free because you get a lot of bang for your buck. 🙂 This is a layout I recently taught in classes in Germany and Italy – I try to emphasize that nothing needs to or should be perfect – the triangles aren’t glued on straight, the watercoloring isn’t perfect squares… we have so much other stuff to worry about that scrapbooking should be fun and stress free, so get messy and don’t worry about perfect angles!

Hope you’ve liked what you’ve seen and I will have more coming up in two weeks! Have a great day!

Fussy Cutting with Fancy Free

Fussy cutting with the Fancy Free collection by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo using products from @paigetaylorevans

Becki-Adams-headerHey Weekly Scrapper friends! Thanks for joining me today. I’m Becki and this is Inspiration Station. Today I have a layout to share with you that I created using the Fancy Free collection designed by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. I’ve been itching to play with this collection for so long. When it landed on my doorstep I knew I wanted to create a layout with fussy cut flowers from the #7 patterned paper. I started this layout by fussy cutting flowers from a little over half of the patterned paper. I created a cluster of flowers across the middle of my layout.

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By curling the edges of the flowers I created some texture and dimension. Another way I added some texture to the cluster of flowers was to machine stitch the leaves and curl the edges of those as well.

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I finished the layout with a small cluster of embellishments in the top left corner and a hand written journaling tag.

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This layout is pretty simple but the cluster of flowers across the middle of the layout makes a huge impact.

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Fussy cutting is a technique that I love and use very often. What is one of your favorite techniques? Do you like fussy cutting like I do?

Happy Thursday! I’ll see you next week.

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Stitched Backgrounds

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It all started with a paper in my Fancy Free collection for Pink Paislee that had stitches all over it. I then hand stitched it on the 11-hour flight from Germany to Los Angeles for CHA this past January! Now I love creating hand stitched backgrounds and then framing them for a bit of home décor!

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STITCHED PAPER #2 by Paige Evans

Here is that paper that I stitched on an airplane – super long flights are perfect for doing activities that take awhile!

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STITCHED BIRDS by Paige Evans

The next stitching page I made was this stitched birds background – it began as a cut file I designed for Studio Calico but instead of cutting it, I drew it on white cardstock and then backstitched the birds, changing the color of thread for every one. I debated whether or not I should turn it into a layout with a photo and embellishments, but in the end I decided to frame it, along with three other stitched projects (see below!) for pops of fun color on our stark white walls.

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STITCHED RAINDROPS by Paige Evans

Next I found a fun design on the Silhouette store and had fun stitching! After the kids go to bed or while they’re at school I like to plop myself at my computer and stitch away while watching favorite shows. It’s addicting!

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STITCHED LINES by Paige Evans

For the next stitched project I found a print by the amazing Ashley Goldberg and used it as a stitching pattern. I love the movement of this pattern!

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STITCHED FLOWERS by Paige Evans

The final stitched background I made (for now!) is another Silhouette design that was originally a circle of flowers, so I ungrouped them all and copied and pasted more flowers to fill the entire 12 x 12″ square. This one took the longest to stitch but it was worth it!

I hope you’ve been inspired to try some fun stitching projects!

Cricut Design Space® Designer Cuts Card

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Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a card I created with Cricut Design Space®, my Cricut Explore® machine, an image I found on the internet, and some new papers and embellishments from Pink Paislee designed by Weekly Scrapper’s very own Paige Evans.

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In Cricut Design Space®, I opened a new project. I clicked the Upload Images tab and upload an image I had saved to my computer using the Browse button. (It’s an outline of a heart I found on the internet while doing a search for outline shapes. To save it, I simply right-clicked the image and clicked the Save Image As… button.) I then clicked the Simple Image button and hit Continue.

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On the next screen using the Select & Erase tool, I clicked inside and outside of the heart removing all of the white space.

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Because I only wanted to cut half of the heart shape for my project, I used the Erase tool to carefully erase one side of the heart.

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When I was happy with the image I was left with, I hit Continue and Saved the Cut image.

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I then uploaded the image into my project.

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I resized the half heart outline to 1 1/4″ tall and copied and pasted it five times. I brought in a rectangle shape and sized it to 4 x 5 1/4″. I lined up the outline in two rows over the rectangle, selected the the entire image, and attached the shapes together.

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I then cut the image out on white cardstock.

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I scored the half-heart shapes from tip to tip and folded the cuts back to create full hearts.

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I added #06 patterned paper from Pink Paislee’s new Fancy Free collection under the cuts, hand-stitched the heart cuts with a needle and embroidery thread, placed a die cut sentiment from the Ephemera pack over one of the hearts, and mounted the panel on a card covered with #04 patterned paper to finish.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!