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 ūüôā 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


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

Hello Gorgeous

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,



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. ¬†ūüôā

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Never Give Up


There is a story behind this layout!

Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago, when we go on road trips I like to take stitching projects with me –¬†I don’t get carsick so it’s a great way to pass the time between points A and B! Last July I taught a class in The Netherlands which involved a 14 hour drive there and back so I brought along this floral design¬†to stitch. Once I finished, I just wasn’t in LOVE with it! I can’t explain. So I tried to fall in love with it and used colored pencils to fill in the flowers. Still, nothing. At that point I put it in my big box of “flea market” items to bring to classes and tried to sell it. I think I brought it to 6 or 7 classes and no one purchased it. (That’s okay, I was probably asking too much, haha!)

I decided to give the layout one more chance instead of tossing it. I used acrylic paint inside the flowers and instantly the layout looked 1000% better. The colors really popped! At the same time, I was working on a separate project involving printing and die cutting lots and lots of flowers. I had a few minutes to spare one morning and put a few die cut flowers on the stitched flower centers and the rest of the layout came together really quickly. Almost a whole year later!

Moral of the story: don’t give up on layouts! Sometimes they may take days or even months to finish, but in the end, it’s worth it and memories are being preserved and recorded!

Now I’m glad no one bought this stitched background. ūüôā I’m happy with the way it turned out!!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Texture


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 ūüôā 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


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!