Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Texture

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Hey everybody! Today I have a layout to share with you featuring some of my favorite techniques: hand stitching, lots of flowers, and something new: a modeling paste background! Scroll to the end of this post to find the process video to watch and see how this layout came together from start-to-finish.

Over spring break we went on a road trip that involved over 30 hours of driving – to help pass the time between destinations I brought along some stitching projects, including this floral design which is a free design from Paper Issues! They have so many amazing and FREE cut files, I highly recommend taking a look 🙂 Anyway, I used white thread to stitch on white cardstock to create a textured look.

I thought about painting in the design, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like it should stay white on white. But, I still needed COLOR! I love lots and lots of color. There are quite a few flowers from my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee available in the Silhouette Design Store so I downloaded them, printed them, then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut them out! Easy peasy!

 

To make the background I used an old KI Memories (remember them???) die cut background as a stencil along with modeling paste on white textured cardstock. I was going for lots of texture on this page! Once the paste dried I layered the stitched floral design on top then began tucking the die cut flowers underneath. I found a colorful photo, typed my journaling on the photo before printing, and then placed it at the bottom of the page. To help bring more focus to the photo I tucked even more flowers under the top.

 

Here is the process video:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to create a fun and textured layout!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Hand Cut Letters

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I recently taught my very last class while living here in Germany (we are moving back to the United States in just 39 days!) and I want to share one of the layouts we made together there and also the process video so you can see how it came together!

This layout looks like it used a whole bunch of different patterned papers… but looks can be deceiving! I actually only used ONE single piece of patterned paper! It’s Paper 24 from my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee which has 36 little patterned paper squares. I cut these individual patterned squares out and then hand cut my title from them – it doesn’t take very long when you’re not trying to be perfect, which is one of my scrapbook mantras: embrace the imperfections!

On a white cardstock background I painted six stripes of watercolors to match the six colors in the patterned papers and splashed white acrylic paint on top to tone down the colors a bit and create more texture. I sewed the letters on top and then embellished with the color-on-color technique.

I used a black & white photo since the colors didn’t quite jive with this color scheme, but once converted to b&w it matches anything! I adhered the photo at an angle and trimmed off the little bit of excess.

Here is a process video so you can watch how this layout came together!

I hope you are inspired to try hand cutting your own letters from patterned papers!

 

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!

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!

Four Photo Layout with Video Tutorial

Four Photo layout with Video Tutorial by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo.com #scrapbooking #ssbe2017 #PinkPaislee #PaigeEvans #ohmyheart

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share with you a four photo layout with a video tutorial. I know a lot of you are fans of multi photo layouts, I think you love the layout I have to share with you today. I used three 3×4 layouts and one 4×6 photo. The collection I used to create this layout is the “Oh My Heart” collection by our very own Paige Evans and Pink Paislee. The day before Easter, our family went to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie. This layout documents our adventure to the movie theater.

Because there are 4 photos on this layout, there isn’t a lot of room for embellishment. My favorite embellishment cluster on this layout is at the beginning of the title. I found these two chipboard stickers in the Oh My Heart Thicker pack. I knew they would be perfect for this project. I added a bit of foam adhesive behind the books to create dimension at the beginning of the title.The second embellishment cluster is at the bottom right of the layout. I simply found embellishments that complimented the theme/color combination of the layout. I created the cluster with chipboard, die cuts, a metal charm, and a paper clip.The typed journaling is above the embellishments to the right of the title. Around each embellishment cluster, I sprinkled a little bit of black ink as a finishing touch.

Come see how this layout came together in the process video and see how I fix an adhesive mishap after I set this project aside for a couple of days.

I love this layout because it preserves such a happy memory for our family. I hope you’ve enjoyed this four photo layout with a video tutorial. Do you prefer layouts with one photo, two photos, or many photos? I’d love to hear how you document your story. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday.

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Exploding Box Mini Album

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I recently taught a class in Prague and together we made exploding box mini albums! I filmed the process so you can make one, too!

This kind of album is so fun to open and flip through – all of the interactive elements, pockets, and dimension work together to make it a box of joy!
Since there is so much space you can really add on and layer the embellishments more than usual to make it chunky – I love all the lumps and bumps! 🙂
I made my album about things I love using mostly 2″ square Instagram photos.
Everything you see (except small things like staples, baker’s twine, and the journaling pen) are from my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee.
I had a few extra photos so I made a pocket to store them.
Best of all, it came together FAST!
Here is the start-to-finish tutorial showing exactly how you make one of these!


I would looooooove to see if you make one; add your link in the comments below!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: 2-Page Spread

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Recently I made a 2-page spread for Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine! At first I was terrified because I honestly can’t remember the last time I made a 2-page layout… but then I thought of an idea to use both the positive and negative shape of a large heart die cut and the spread came together in a snap!

Here is a quick written how to: Trim 1″ strips from lots and lots of patterned papers (I used my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee) then use scissors to fringe them. Arrange the strips in rainbow order down a white cardstock background. Die cut a heart to use as a template, place it on the back of the layered paper, and carefully trace and cut out the heart from the center. Use the cut out fringed heart as the centerpiece on another white cardstock background. Add machine stitching details to both pages. Print black & white photos and adhere them to the pages. Create the title on the negative page and adhere typed and trimmed journaling onto the positive page. Embellish with die cuts and stickers from Oh My Heart!

This technique would work with pretty much any large shape! I hope that you’ll give it a go!

Do you usually make single or 2-page spreads? I’d love to know! Thanks for stopping by today!