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!!

Latest & Greatest: Stamping with American Crafts


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is this week in Marlborough, MA on September 8th-9th. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. Our products will be switching up for all of the Latest & Greatest classes at this show. Starting next week, I will be creating with some of those new products.

I still have some products that I haven’t worked with from our last block, so today I am going to be creating with products from our Latest & Greatest: Stamping class: American CraftsVicki Boutin Mixed Media Feather Stamps & Dies.


With it, I created this card:


Using the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Feather Stamps & Dies, I first stamped and cut one of the feathers on patterned paper.


Then using my PenBlade craft knife, I cut out portions of my stamped image.


I die cut another feather from a different color patterned paper and layered the two.


I finished my card with another stamped feather and a stamped sentiment from the Feather Stamps & Dies set.


All patterned paper and embellishments are from Pink Paislee‘s new Turn the Page collection designed by Paige Evans.

Such fun stamp & die set, don’t you think?!

Join me next week to start seeing the great products we will have in our last block of Latest & Greatest workshops starting in Marlborough, MA on September 8th & 9th.

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

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Flowers

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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:

EPIC AWESOME LOVE by Paige Evans

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.

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Circle Clouds

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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!

Saturdays With LeAnn

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Are you ready to get out of the heat and into your cool, air-conditioned craft room?  It is time for me to share some creative inspiration, so it’s time for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy session. You definitely deserve it, so let’s get started!

Best Day Ever By Amanda Baldwin

Take advantage of your beach surroundings by adding some soft colors and a few embellishments, and you will have a perfect layout for your vacation photos.  Children at play, the sounds of waves, hot sun, laughter, and the noise of the beach makes a day perfect!   A day on the beach is worth a thousand words.

Best Day Ever

This stunning layout was created by Amanda Baldwin using the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.  With a little help from Amanda and Pink Paislee, you, too, can create a beautiful beach layout in just a short amount of time.  This layout will bring back all of your fabulous memories, and what a fun way to reminisce about an amazing day at the beach.  Let me escort you on over to Happy Art Days where you can see more outstanding projects created by Amanda.  You will be so inspired by her beautiful talent.

Hello Gorgeous By Laurie Schmidlin

No paper crafter should be without a good supply of cardstock for stamping, embossing, painting, chalking, and creating backgrounds.  I love the way the rich khaki color of kraft paper looks and how it gives a homemade, comfortable feel to the card.  Laurie Schmidlin transformed a plain sheet of kraft cardstock into this gorgeous work of art.

Hello Gorgeous

For Laurie’s card, she used one of the Infinity Frames die cuts to frame a pretty floral scene.  She then stamped and die cut several images from the Give Love stamp set and coordinating Give Love die set.  For more detail on how this adorable card came together, click here and I will take you over to Laurie’s blog “Just Give Me Stamps” so you can follow along.  Using your imagination is all about creativity and taking something as simple as a piece of paper and making a beautiful piece of art.  I hope you have been inspired today to take out your stamps and dies and let your imagination run wild.  Have fun, my friends!

Gatefold Mini Album By Lisa Gregory

You all know how much I appreciate a unique mini album, and this one is no exception.  This mini album has pages, pockets, and tags.  It is a fun size and also chunky, so you can place dimensional pieces on each page and it will still close.  I am thinking this is definitely one of those that is a must do.  Just think of all the possibilities!  Mini albums always make a beautiful home decor piece, not to mention a conversational piece as well.  They are the perfect gift for any occasion and who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a handmade treasure full of priceless memories? They bring a smile to anyone’s face and an instant enjoyment for both you and the one receiving the album.

Gatefold Mini Album

There is definitely a lot of love put into all the perfect details of this darling mini album.  Click here so you can check out the fine details and step-by-step instructions given by Lisa Gregory.  You will have so much fun you won’t know when to stop!  Have fun creating, my crafty friends!

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crisps By Ali Ebright

Anyone craving a fresh fruit crisp this weekend?  These adorable little single-serving desserts can be made with just about any fresh and juicy fruits, and they will give you the true taste of summer!  They are wonderful, sweet, and delicious!  I highly recommend a scoop of ice cream to go with each one.  No matter how you serve them you can’t go wrong.

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crips

These fruit crisps are easy to make with mini mason jars, bursting with fresh and sweet fruit flavors.  They are easy to scale down for one or two people, or up to a full crowd.  The best part of all is you can make them with whatever fruit you would like!  Such a perfect little summer treat!

Hope your week is ending on a creative high note!  I am not sure about you, but my neck of the woods is so hot I could really use a cold beverage and a day of crafting in a cool house.  Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  I will see you back here next Saturday with more great project to inspire you throughout the week.

Hugs to you all,

LeAnn

 

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Mini Albums

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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

MYKONOS MINI ALBUM by Paige Evans

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.

KEUKENHOF MINI ALBUM by Paige Evans

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!

BLUE LAGOON MINI ALBUM by Paige Evans

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.

NICE, FRANCE MINI ALBUM by Paige Evans

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.

SANTORINI MINI ALBUM by Paige Evans

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.

MONACO MINI ALBUM by Paige Evans

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.  🙂