Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Silhouette Cut Files

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I recently teamed up with the Silhouette Design Store to start offering my cut files! I want to share a few of my favorite pages using these cut files today!

SWING AWAY by Paige Evans
This layout uses the Chevron Background and then each section was backed with patterned paper for a colorful design!
WONDER BOY by Paige Evans
Here I’ve used the Diamonds Background and backed each diamond with a different patterned paper. This is one of my favorite techniques!
SNAPSHOT OF TODAY by Paige Evans
On this page I’ve used the Hearts in Heart cut file as the main focal element and backed each heart with patterned paper. A trio of three photos surrounds the heart – like the title says, they’re snapshots from our day!
GIVE ME ALL THE COLORS by Paige Evans
The Hexagons Background is a great way to get a lot of color on a page as well as frame photos in a unique shape!
TODAY IS THE DAY by Paige Evans
This layout features the Split Circles cut file which is perfect for featuring a central photo (or two!) – the design draws your eye right into the middle target.
SUPER STAR by Paige Evans
On this last layout I used the Super Star cut file to make a roughly monochromatic layout of my superstar son 🙂
As you can see, I LOVE backing cut files with patterned paper! It’s such a fun and therapeutic technique and great for using up patterned paper scraps! Check out over 200 of my cut files in Silhouette today and see what fantastic page designs you can come up with!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Rachel Lowe

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Rachel Lowe’s beautiful style instantly caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to share more of her pages with you, especially her new page she made exclusively for her spotlight!

Name: Rachel Lowe
Location: Australia
Blog: inmyworld-scrapbookingourjourney.blogspot.com
Instagram: @rachellowe____
Facebook: rachel.lowe.94
Pinterest: @rachellisalowe

Tell us a little bit about your self and how you got started crafting: I was blessed to have a grandmother who spent many years teaching me sewing, quilting and lots of other crafts. I kept dabbling in many crafts such as folk art painting and quilting until I discovered scrapbooking back in 2006 when I was pregnant and wanted a way to document my pregnancy and soon to be baby! I have four children, one girl and three boys! I am a nurse by profession and scrapping is certainly a way I get some me time and relax through creating.

Favourite thing to create: Often this depends on my mood really, some days I love to create a super pretty card, a gift box, Project Life pages for my YIR album but mostly I love to create layouts to document the going ons in our lives. I have two entire walls full of albums and each person in our family has their own one (or two or three!!!). I know one day these albums full of stories of ‘us’ will be treasured by future generations.

What do you love about this hobby: I love the creative process, it really is cheaper than therapy! I love the social connections I have made through the sharing of my work, such wonderful people and talents from all over the world. I love that I am memory keeping not just for now but for the future generations of us! And I love craft shopping, I would rather buy gorgeous paper or beautiful water colour paints over a pair of shoes any day! I am currently on several design teams which always pushes my techniques and style.

Fun facts about yourself:
1. I do not like shoes or socks, even in winter!
2. I am obsessed with cushion covers and am forever ‘updating’ them.
3. I am an animal lover and have 3 cats and a chocolate lab.
4. I have lived in 3 different countries and travelled to 20 others, I love to travel!
5. I love sports more than my husband and three boys!

PEAVE LOVE & UNICORNS by Rachel Lowe

I wanted to create a soft and pretty layout to match the photo of my daughter. I adore this unicorn wreath crown and have added layers of vellum to soften and added extra petals and leaves to add height and dimension. I have used Dream Big by Pretty Little Studio which is just divine. I added a cut file frame again to add softness. Peace, Love & Unicorns was just the perfect title. I always add some machine sewing on my layouts to add texture and here I have added to my clouds and XOXO part of my title. I finished off with a flair, butterfly, small die cut flowers, journal phrases and a splatter of black.

EVERYDAY MAGIC by Rachel Lowe

I have used PinkFresh Studio Live More collection to create this layout and an amazing cut file from JustNick Studio. This photo is of my mama and daughter, so three generations which makes it a special memory. I have cut my photo into three parts for added interest and definition. I love layering and adding height to my layouts and did so with this cut file, also adding extra branches and leaves.

SUN by Rachel Lowe

I love anything fringed and here I have a fringed flamingo which is just too cute. I have added my usual machine sewing. I am a fan of embellishment clustering and that is what I have done on this layout so there is several points of interest. Clean is clearly my style!

HELLO SUNSHINE by Rachel Lowe

Here is another fringed favourite of mine, a fringed pineapple, who can resist! Using cut files does not mean you have to lose your creativity, like here I add extra layers, extra cut files and embellishments, layering and sewing, then it becomes yours so to speak.

HEY RAD BOYS by Rachel Lowe

With three boys I am always looking for unique ways to scrap them. Here I have used a negative of a star cut file and set about filling it. Here I decided to create a title and work from that point (usually my title can be a bit of an after thought!!). I have added texture to this layout by adding many different material types such as wood, metal, tin all which work so well on a boy layout. Again I have added sewing to add definition.

I love all the different layouts Rachel shared – and there’s more where they came from! Be sure to follow Rachel on instagram and the like (listed at the top!) to catch up with her creative pages!

 

Creative Scrapbooking with Sketches and a Video Tutorial

Hello Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, to share a fun layout and process video with you. Fall is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited! I have so many fun things to share with you and I get to meet a few of you in Denver, Sacramento, and Ontario. I will be teaching workshops at all three of these Stamp & Scrapbook Expo’s. I can’t wait! I’ll be teaching two classes at each show. You can find all the details on those classes HERE. Today, I’m actually in Denver! My workshops start tomorrow! One of the workshops I will be teaching is Creative Scrapbooking with Sketches. In this workshop we’ll learn all about scrapbooking with sketches. Today, I created a layout using one of my favorite sketches. You can find that sketch HERE. I used the Jillibean Soup Farmhouse Stew collection to create this layout. I fell in love with this collection when I saw it at the SPC tradeshow in July. It’s the perfect collection for documenting all your Fall memories. Here’s the process video for this layout:

As I mentioned in the video, this layout is about our trip to the state fair. The colors and patterns in this collection were perfect for this layout. Using a sketch to create this layout made creating this layout a breeze. The layout came together in a matter of minutes because I used a sketch. I love creating with a sketch because it makes the process so easy and enjoyable for me!If you’re going to be at the Denver, Sacramento, or Ontario Stamp & Scrapbook Expo’s I’d love to meet you and have you join me in one of my workshops. All the details can be found HERE. Remember if you purchase a workshop ticket your admission to the show floor is included. I’ll see you at the Expo!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Turn the Page STARS

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My newest collection with Pink Paislee is called Turn the Page and there is a repeating stars element throughout the line. I have LOVED seeing how fellow scrapbookers have used stars, stars, and more stars to create truly stunning layouts and cards!

YOU & ME by Lorilei Murphy

Lorilei layered like-colored stars that she fussy cut and punched from Turn the Page papers to create an awe-inspiring wreath.

STAR CARDS by Zsoka Marko

Designer Zskoa Marko used my new Silhouette cut files paired with Turn the Page to create this star-tastic pair of cards!

SUPERHERO by Steffi Ried

For her design team assignment, Steffi Ried fussy cut patterned paper stars and then incorporated chipboard sticker, wood veneer, and stamped stars to go with the theme.

I RUN by Audrey Yeager

After creating a beautiful mixed media background, Audrey Yeager topped off her page with stars galore, creating a dynamic and colorful layout.

STAR FRAME by Missy Whidden

Also from my design team, Missy Whidden upcycled a frame with stars in all kinds of materials (yet all from Turn the Page!) to create a lovely piece of home decor.

I hope you are inspired to use the stars from Turn the Page on your next project whether it’s a layout, card, DIY project, or mini album!

 

Sundays With Lorraine

Good day, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It’s really hitting home that our 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo season is coming to an end, I just can’t believe that we only have 5 shows left in the year. 2017 seems to be flying by in the blink of an eye! Can you believe it’s almost mid-September? I am extremely thankful that we have Weekly Scrapper to inspire each other throughout the entire year!

On The Beach Layout By Mickie Sutcliffe

It’s time to get those priceless summer photos off your phone and into your scrapbook. I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to a wonderful summer than to scrapbook those amazing memories.  Do you use your stamps and stencils in your scrapbooks? I hope so. It’s a great way to personalize your backgrounds while getting the exact look you’re going for.

If I know you like I think I do, you already have a pretty large selection of stamps that you’ve collected, so why not use them?  I know it’s hard for some of us old time scrappers to think about stamping on layouts since back in the day (10+ years ago) stamps were mostly used on cards & tags. Many scrapbookers never really used them on layouts. How silly we were back then, since all paper crafters share the same tools and supplies, we are all one big creative happy family. I hope this artsy layout has inspired you to create that next page in your scrapbook.

Follow Your Dreams By Tina Dornbaum

This is one of those cards that automatically puts a smile on your face. It’s time to break out those new Distress Oxides that you’ve been itching to play with. That’s how Tina created this beautiful background. Once the background is dry, you then cut two frames using Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Rectangle (the largest and the medium).  This is definitely a must have die set! I use it all the time; you get seven different sizes which covers just about any size you could possibly need. Talk about bang for your buck.

To create those whimsical butterflies, Tina applied texture paste through an Elizabeth Craft  “A Way With Stencils – Butterflies and Stars.”  While the paste was still wet she added White Silk Microfine Glitter over the butterflies, allowing it to dry before removing the excess glitter. For complete details on how easily this adorable card comes together, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to spend some creative happy time with Tina on the Elizabeth Crafts Blog.  You’ll be glad you did!

When We Love We Grow Canvas By Jenny Marples

To create the focal point (the house) Jenny used the Eileen Hulls House Pocket Die. At the risk of being called an enabler, I’m thinking this is another one of those “need it in your life” die sets. In case you didn’t notice, this is one of those stitchlit dies, which means if you want to create a 3-dimensional project to sew, the holes are already die cut for you making your sewing project a breeze. The die cut set comes with nine dies that you can mix and match allowing you to create all kinds of fun projects.

Big hugs to Jenny for sharing this beautiful piece of art with us. If you would like to follow along as Jenny shares step-by-step instructions and some great photos click here and I will take you over to her blog Pushing The Right Buttons. Happy crafting!

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta With Shrimp By Knorr

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner that you can throw together in well under 1/2 an hour, then you are going to love this 15-minute pasta dish. The original recipe calls for medium shrimp but I like to use the large shrimp. You can also substitute chicken if shrimp isn’t your favorite. Either way, dinner is on the table in 15 minutes and all is good with the world.

For a complete list of ingredients be sure to stop by the Knorr food blog, they even have some tasty meatless recipes. It’s ok to take a few shortcuts in the kitchen and a big shout out to Knorr for showing us how it’s done.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!. I highly recommend taking a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared today so you can check out all the fine details on how these wonderful projects were created. Hugs to all!

 

Video Featuring Felicity Jane Kits & Gilmore Girls

Happy Thursday my friends, it’s time for Inspiration Station with Becki Adams. Welcome! I have a fun feature for you today. Last week, I created a layout with the Felicity Jane Zoey kit. I LOVED playing with that kit for last weeks project so I decided to create another layout WITH a process video. Raise your hand if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan. I’m raising my hand, I love that show! I love to escape to Stars Hollow every once in a while. I created this layout to document my love for the Gilmore Girls. Come see this gorgeous kit and how this layout came together in this process video.

This layout came together so quickly. I love working with a kit because I can work so quickly. When I have a limited number of supplies (that all coordinate) I can put a layout together in a matter of minutes.Do you enjoy working with kits? I would love to hear what kits you enjoy creating with. Leave a comment below and tell me if you create with kits, and which kits you enjoy the most. Make sure you stop by the Felicity Jane website and check out all their amazing products. You’ll love their beautiful style! Tell them hello from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo team. Thank you for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog. I’ll be back again next week with some inspiration for all of my card makers. I’ll see you then 🙂

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Brandi Kincaid

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Brandi Kincaid is a true artist! She can draw and illustrate like the best of them and I am so thrilled to introduce you to her in today’s spotlight and share some of her favorite layouts and projects!

Name: Brandi Kincaid
Location: Bellingham, WA
Blog: brandikincaid.com/blog
Instagram: @brandi_kincaid
Shop: the-shiny-bits.myshopify.com

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I’ve been crafting since I was very, very little, coming from a long line of seamstresses, knitters, painters, and quilters, but I didn’t start scrapbooking until 2013. I began Project Life in the fall of that year, just after my mother was diagnosed with cancer, in an effort to capture more of this everyday life that changes so quickly. As of July 2016, this crafty adventure is now my full time job, trading in my cubicle for illustration work, and designing for my own shop, as well as other awesome businesses. When I am not drawing or playing with paper, I am usually outside with my nose in a book, spending time with the incredible birds who visit our yard, or inside watching re-watching old, but amazing episodes of “Murder, She Wrote”.

Favorite thing to create: Right now, I’m really loving super simple mini books, and layouts with multiple photos used in creative ways.

What do you love about this hobby? I love that memory keeping encourages me to slow down, pay attention, and then tell about it. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily flow of life and not always see what’s happening and changing around us, but the act of telling those stories requires that we notice more than just the big, flashy events; memory keeping has the power to make even a Monday magical.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. My legal name is spelled with a “y”, but I wanted to be unique and special in 6th grade and started using an “i”, and it just kind of stuck. (I also dotted my “i” with a star for the remainder of middle school, so in case there was any doubt about how cool I was, or wasn’t…).
2. I ALWAYS have gummy bears handy when I’m crafting.
3. I know all of the lyrics to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and I sing/rap them as loud as I can while listening to the song very, very loud through my wireless headphones every time I am working on a major deadline.
4. I once dressed up as a Picasso Painting for Halloween in fourth grade, and won an award for best costume as “trash”. To be fair, it was during a very big anti-littering time in my elementary school, so I guess it was easy to think I was going for “don’t be a litter bug” and not “this is my cubist period”.
5. I could eat bread and jam for every meal.

YOU ARE THE GLITTER TO MY GLUE by Brandi Kincaid

I knew there was no one I could choose just one of my dear friend’s photos for this layout about her, so I decided to use them all by “clipping” them into the glue bottle shape I used digitally, and I am so glad I did! This layout paired these printed digital elements with some floral die cuts and lots of glitter, the last of which is a little out of my comfort zone, but it was so much fun to pull together.

WE BECOME STORIES by Brandi Kincaid

It’s really important to me to tell ALL my stories, the good and the tough ones. Using bright, beautiful colors and interesting shapes help create a balance on the page when the story I am telling is a little bit harder to tell. I used a repeating label pattern for both the photos and and journaling in order to create this layout. A mixture of very old photos and new ones made this page such a gift, telling one story with both the past and the present.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT by Brandi Kincaid

I love documenting the very small, seemingly silly pieces of life, so figuring out how to arrange a bunch of photos of my feet as I learned to get a good shot over time, as well as my illustrated instructions for how I made it work, was a fun challenge for this layout. Making the shapes of the photos work together really helped create a layout that could hold a lot without loosing track of its story.

ON THE PLAYLIST by Brandi Kincaid

To capture a story about all of the mystery podcasts I was listening to, I thought about how pieces together the parts of a story are not all that unlike the quilting my mother and grandmother were always doing, so I echoed that connection with the little paper polygons, rebuilding the photo out of the shapes.

DRIVE by Brandi Kincaid

I love making my photos work for me, and because I don’t have a wide format printer, pulling this image of a lovely bouquet over two standard 8.5×11 pages offered room to journal, too. I love using my electronic cutting machine to create large, simple titles to put it all together

WOW right?! Thank you so much to Brandi for letting me shine the spotlight on her and I can’t wait to continue following along in all of her adventures and endeavors!