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!

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: Snow Cute Layout

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Is it snowing where you live or are you basking in warmth and sunshine? Here in Germany the snow has finally melted, but I wouldn’t past Mother Nature to be done with snow quite yet! I took a lot of photos of my daughter Jane in the snow this winter and was excited to scrapbook one of them on a new layout.

I started by die cutting the “Stencil Daisies” cut file from textured white cardstock. Then I spent some time backing each of the petals with a piece of patterned paper from Paper 24 of my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee. Once all the petals were backed I adhered the piece onto a periwinkle cardstock background that I had spritzed with white paint using a toothbrush.

On the upper right corner I tucked the photo under one of the large open spaces and created the title along the top curve to say “SNOW CUTE”.

Next came the embellishing! Once I got started it was hard to stop! I used puffy stickers, die cuts, chipboard stickers, and paper stickers to create two main clusters around the photo and on the bottom left corner. I journaled in another one of the large open spaces using a black pen.

What do watches and books have to do with snow?! Not a whole lot, but I am trying to break free of “rules” that I set for myself to broaden my creativity and have fun! I hope you inspired to try this technique on a future layout!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Oh My Heart

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My newest collection with Pink Paislee called OH MY HEART is in stores now and I have had a blast making layouts featuring this line and thought I’d share a few of my favorites so far with you today – all with different techniques!

COZY by Paige Evans

I held onto a few border punches and loved punching strips of patterned paper – all from a single piece of paper!

READ by Paige Evans

There is a paper with lots and lots of books printed on it so I fussy cut them out and used them on a layout all about how much I love to read!

LIVE LIFE IN FULL BLOOM by Paige Evans

One of my favorite techniques is to die cut a title or shape and then stitch around it – sometimes a pretty time consuming process but I love the results!

I LOVE YOU TO PIECES by Paige Evans

Another one of my favorite techniques is to hand cut letters from patterned paper and create a long title as the focal point of the layout!

US by Paige Evans

And yet another one of my favorite techniques is to die cut a background and back the pieces with different patterned papers! I love using lots of patterned papers on my layouts so this is a great way to feature a whole bunch at once!

Thank you so much for joining me today and seeing some fun layouts made with my Oh My Heart collection!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Fussy Cut & Stitched Flowers

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I have a brand new layout and process video to share today! My latest collection with Pink Paislee (called OH MY HEART!) just arrived in stores and one of my favorite papers in this collection is Paper 06 which is full of colorful flowers. I knew I wanted to fussy cut them and use them on a layout.

I started by doing just that: fussy cutting the flowers. I cut out about 80% of the flowers, small, medium, and large. The blue leafy pieces I cut out and then lightly adhered onto a sheet of transparency so that I could easily move them around and figure out where I wanted them without having to move every single piece every single time.

I wasn’t originally thinking about stitching, but as I was cutting out the flowers I noticed the printed details on them such as lines and dots and thought, “Hey! Those could be stitched!” Goodness knows I couldn’t pass up a stitching opportunity!

So I spent some time piercing holes and hand stitching through almost all of the flowers. I even jumped on YouTube and figured out how to make French Knots – so much easier than I thought they would be to create!

Some of the flowers and leaves didn’t have any printed designs on them so I just made up my own. Most of the time I used the same color of thread that was printed on the flowers and leaves to do the stitching, but sometimes I wanted to add in more colors.

Once all of the details were stitched I picked a background cardstock and then figured out the placement – I decided to create a faux bouquet if you will and then adhered everything in place.

Next I hand cut some stems from green patterned papers and cardstock. I hand cut a bow from patterned paper to tie the “bouquet” together.

And of course, what’s a layout without a photo, title, and journaling?! Those were the finishing touches! Everything you see is from my Oh My Heart collection – even the cute li’l heart charm!

Watch this start-to-finish process video to see how this page came to life:

I hope you are inspired to try fussy cutting and adding some hand stitching – it’s all about the details and it really brings this page to life! Thanks for joining me today – see you again soon!