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!

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!

 

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Stitched Doilies & Wreaths

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A couple years ago I really got into hand stitching on my layouts and I’m still at it! I LOVE hand stitching on my layouts because of the texture and color it adds. So today I want to share a few pages with stitched doilies/wreaths.

MERMAID HAIR DON’T CARE by Paige Evans

I’ve still got about 20,280,183 doily shapes in my Silhouette library that I haven’t used so… another large doily background it is! I will never get tired of a big and beautiful doily background!

DO ALL THINGS WITH LOVE by Paige Evans

I collaborated with epic stitcher Elizabeth Free on this page! She stitched the gorgeous wreath then I came in with the photo, title, journaling, and little embellishments!

FLOWER POWER by Paige Evans

Here I die cut a large rose from patterned paper, adhered it to a pink ombre background with spray adhesive, poked a hole very 1/4″ or so around the design, and then backstitched through the holes using white thread.

HEY by Paige Evans

After seeing a stitched doily layout by Elizabeth Free (I told you she’s an epic stitcher!) I wanted to make a stitched doily too! Sure, stitching is a time-consuming process, but I’m all about it! It’s therapeutic to me 🙂

If you’ve been bitten by the stitching bug I’d love to see the pages you’ve made!

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!