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!

Thanksgiving Dinner Favor

Becki-Adams-headerHey friends, I’m Becki and I’m back from the Scrapbook Expo in Ontario, California for another edition of Inspiration Station. I hope I have some new friends joining me here on the blog from the Expo. I had such a fabulous time in Ontario. I was able to teach and help out with a few of the Latest & Greatest classes. I had SO much fun! I can’t wait to meet more of you at upcoming Expos.

Today I’m sharing a Thanksgiving dinner favor. I used the Warm & Cozy collection from Pebbles and my Silhouette Cameo to create this favor box. I love projects that I can create with lots of pretty patterned paper.

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I’ve made LOTS of treat bags and boxes in the past. I LOVE creating them. I’ve learned a few tips and tricks along the way.

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After cutting all the pieces for this box it was time to start the fun part, assembling and embellishing the box. I’ve learned that the easiest way to add panels to the box is to adhere them before assembling the box. I adhere my treat boxes with a strong liquid adhesive.

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When the base of the box was assembled I added a few embellishments. I used liquid adhesive in a fine line glue bottle to adhere the “thankful” sentiment.

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The next embellishment happened by accident. I assembled the bow and the leaves with liquid adhesive. Then, I used a tiny clothes pin to hold the pieces together while the glue dried. I actually liked the little clothes pin so much I left it on when I adhered it to the treat box.

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Isn’t the clothes pin the perfect addition to the top of the box? I think it’s so cute!

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The finishing touch was to tie the box closed with a bit of string. Now, I just need to create nine more of these to complete Thanksgiving dinner favors for our dinner table!

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These boxes will be easy and inexpensive to mass produce. I’m sure most of you are like me and the stash of pretty paper that can be found in our craft rooms isn’t small. 😉

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The only thing I may have to purchase are the tiny clothes pins. Although I’m sure if I looked hard enough I could find nine more tiny clothes pins in my craft room!

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What crafty projects are you working on for this Thanksgiving holiday? If you’d like to create Thanksgiving dinner favors I have one more idea for you. You can find that idea HERE. Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Thanksgiving crafting!

Halloween Tag

Halloween Tag created by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #Halloween #Pebblesinc #SilhouetteCameo

Becki-Adams-headerHey Weekly Scrapper friends! It’s Thursday and time for another edition of Inspiration Station. It’s October and in my mind that means all things are Halloween. Last week I shared a Halloween card, this week, I have a Halloween tag to share with you. This is a really quick and easy project. It only took a handful of supplies and a few minutes to complete.

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I used this haunted house Halloween tag cut file and my Silhouette Cameo to cut the pieces for the tag. After I cut the pieces I used stickers from the Trick or Treat collection by Pebbles to embellish the tag.

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By adding dimensional adhesive I created the perfect space for the ghost sticker to tuck under the haunted house, making it look like the ghost was coming out from behind the house.

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The “EEeK sentiment was the perfect finishing touch for this tag. I chose a white patterned paper with small black text to cut the “EEek” sentiment from. I wanted a stark contrast from the black haunted house.

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I can’t wait to attach this adorable tag to a cute Halloween gift. Do you share gifts with friends or family for Halloween? I’d love to see the Halloween tags you create. Thanks for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday. I have a Halloween layout that I think you’ll like. 😉

Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween treat bags by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo using the Halloween collection by @echoparkpaper #halloweencraft #halloweentreatbag #papercrafting

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Hey there friends, Becki here. I’m excited to share two Halloween treat bags with you for another edition of Inspiration Station. Last month, I created a set of Fall Treat Bags. (If you want the cut files for these treat bags you can find them in the Fall Treat Bags blog post.) I guess you could say that I’ve become a little obsessed with treat bags. The Echo Park “Halloween” collection is one of my favorite Halloween collections.

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I used the coordinating foiled dots collection to create the base of the large bag. The black dots are foiled. (I wish the foil of the dots showed up better in photos.) They’re so shiny and make this treat bag that much cuter. I embellished the front of the bag with a 3×4 journaling card and a sticker. I added lots of foam adhesive for dimension. I added fringe (cut with fringe scissors), some twine, sequins, and a couple of buttons.

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The second Halloween treat bag is in the shape of a milk carton and much smaller than the first. I used much of the same techniques on this one. I love the big orange bow on the top of this one. The front of this bag is slightly different but uses the a few of the same techniques. This one has added dimension with foam adhesive, fringe, and sequins.

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I adore these little Halloween treat bags. What Halloween crafts do you have planned? I’d love to see what you create!

Scrapbooking Within a Collection

Family Adventure by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #silhouettecameo #scrapbook

Becki-Adams-headerGood afternoon, friends. Becki here for another edition of Inspiration Station. This is my favorite week of Inspiration Station because I get to share with you a scrapbook layout. This week we’re talking about scrapbooking within a collection. As much as I love to mix and match my scrapbooking products, it’s easiest for me to stay within one collection to create a layout. I have a couple of tips that help me scrapbook using one collection while staying within my own style and desire to create something unique. The collection I’m working with today is the Attwell collection by Fancy Pants.

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Tip #1: Use a die cutting machine to create a unique title (I used the Silhouette Cameo and THIS cut file). The letter stickers that come with the collection are so adorable but small, and I wanted a big bold title, so I created a large title with my Cameo and then used the smaller letter stickers for one word of the title.

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Tip #2: Use your punches! By using a notebook edge punch, I created an awesome border that created interest and texture to the border between my title and my photos.

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I couldn’t finish this layout without adding some machine stitching! I love to sew over my letter stickers because stitching over them adds texture and also makes sure that the stickers stay in place.

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The last thing I did before this layout was complete was add the date stamp and a little bit of embellishment next to my journaling block.

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Do you prefer creating layouts using products from one collection or do you prefer to mix and match your products? Let me know in the comments. I LOVE to hear about others creative processes. Thanks for stopping by today! I look forward to seeing you next Thursday.

Easy Snowflake Home Décor

Easy Snowflake Home Decor by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo

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Hey Scrapbook Expo friends, Becki here. Christmas is over and the quiet days of January are just around the corner. I love putting Christmas decorations up BUT I also love taking them down. I love the clean, simple feeling that comes when my Christmas decorations go back into storage. I do, however, like to have a few decorations that are Winter-themed. I wanted to create some home décor that was rustic, a bit imperfect, and just winter-themed… not Christmas.

I found this 12 x 12″ wood plank at by Jillibean Soup. It’s part of their Mix the Media collection. I gathered some paint, a paint brush, and some basic temporary white vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.

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Then I cut a huge snowflake out of the white vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo. I used the negative space to create a stencil on the wood plank.

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After placing the stencil on the plank I was ready to start painting. I mixed white and gold paint together. I wanted the snowflake to be a little bit imperfect and not a stark white. Also, by adding a little bit of gold paint, the snowflake has a little bit of sparkle. To make the snowflake a little imperfect I applied the paint with a thick coat and I knew it would bleed under the stencil. I love how this turned out – it was just as I wanted it to be.

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Do you like to have Winter decorations or do you simply have Christmas decorations?

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and here’s wishing you wonderful New Year!

Latest & Greatest – Silhouette America Cameo Quilting

Ryan from Silhouette America is here today to share with us the latest quilting techniques and tips with the Silhouette Cameo. It’s been exciting to see Silhouette America explode into the sewing and quilting industry, including embroidery applique.  Instead of hand cutting your images, you can now cut your shapes with the Cameo.

Silhouette offers two different types of fabric interfacing/stabilizer for each of your projects and you can purchase these products on the Silhouette America website.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!