Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Exploding Box Mini Album

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I recently taught a class in Prague and together we made exploding box mini albums! I filmed the process so you can make one, too!

This kind of album is so fun to open and flip through – all of the interactive elements, pockets, and dimension work together to make it a box of joy!
Since there is so much space you can really add on and layer the embellishments more than usual to make it chunky – I love all the lumps and bumps! 🙂
I made my album about things I love using mostly 2″ square Instagram photos.
Everything you see (except small things like staples, baker’s twine, and the journaling pen) are from my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee.
I had a few extra photos so I made a pocket to store them.
Best of all, it came together FAST!
Here is the start-to-finish tutorial showing exactly how you make one of these!


I would looooooove to see if you make one; add your link in the comments below!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Half Circles

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One of my favorite techniques is to punch shapes from LOTS of patterned papers (the more patterns and colors on a layout I can use the better I say!) and then cut those shapes in half! Today I am featuring half circles!

WILD SMILE by Paige Evans

On this layout I punched 1″ circles from all three of my Pink Paislee collections (Fancy Free, Take Me Away, and Oh My Heart) and then cut them in half. I arranged the half circles into concentric rings on a pink paper background and sewed them in place.

1ST PASSPORT PHOTO OUTTAKES by Paige Evans

On this layout I created banners by punching 1″ circles, trimming them in half, and then arranging them into curved rows. To emphasize the banner effect, I sewed along the tops of each row and then bent up the half circles for dimension.

BRAND NEW by Paige Evans

I spent some time punching circles from a lot of different scrapbook collections, cut them in half, and then layered them to create a sort of floral effect!

KERRY PARK by Paige Evans

Similar to the first layout shown in this post, I created concentric circles from lots of half circles and sewed them down so they’ll stay put forever and ever. 🙂

VENICE CANALS by Paige Evans

Here I used a similar technique but used a square instead of a circle and then arranged them into rings around a central photo. I love stitching the small papers in place and then bending up the papers to create dimension!

I hope you are inspired to try this easy and fun technique. Once you start, you won’t want to stop!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Hexagons

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Hexagons are such a great and versatile shape that can be used for pretty much any subject and theme!

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JANEY GIRL IN A BOX by Paige Evans

On this layout I used a hexagon punch to make a whole bunch of hexagons and then lined them up at an angle. I even punched my small photos into hexagons!

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SAY CHEESE by Paige Evans

I used the same hexagon punch on this layout as above – the punch comes with two sizes of hexagons so I had fun layering the papers together with dimensional adhesive to create a little “pop!”

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TOMMY BAHAMA BABIES by Paige Evans

Hexagons remind me of beach umbrellas so it was the perfect shape for a layout about chillin’ at the beach!

Have you tried hexagons on a layout? I’d love to see the results! See you again next week!

Paige

 

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Buttons and Brads

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I’ve been in love with buttons and brads ever since I started scrapbooking! They just look like little bits of candy that I want to eat! I thought I’d share some layouts and a card that feature these fun little embellishments.

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LOVE by Paige Evans

I lightly drew the big “LOVE”, watercolored over the letters, and then topped them with a rainbow of colors!

Lovely Day

LOVELY DAY by Paige Evans

Buttons make a great finishing touch and add lovely texture and dimension to your projects!

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THANKS CARD by Paige Evans

Use buttons and brads in place of flowers on a card and then draw the stems with a pen.

Tough Love

TOUGH LOVE by Paige Evans

Dig into your stash and create big shapes out of your buttons and brads!

 

Watch Me Grow (Jane)

WATCH ME GROW by Paige Evans

Here I made a big heart frame using buttons and brads!

If you’ve got more buttons and brads than you can even count, pull them out and give some of these stash-busting techniques a try!

Saturdays With LeAnn

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Welcome back, my friends.  What a better way to round out your work week than with five amazing projects from four wonderful designers, and then add to it some yummy cookies!  I hope these will be some projects that you want to create yourself.  So kick off your shoes, relax, and let’s get started!

Heritage Portrait By Delaina Burns

I am delighted today to share this beautiful layout designed by the very talented Delaina Burns.  The astonishing moments with our family are not only to be cherished, but are so very important for us to scrapbook.  I love Delaina’s layout and how she added the vintage flare to set off her old photo.

Heritage Portrait

Delaina created her beautiful page using a stenciled background along with the Artisan Powder from Prima. She also added lots of layers by mixing papers, flowers, and metals.  Don’t you just love this soft, vintage look?  All of her embellishments are a perfect match to complement her layout.  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to her blog, Delaina’s Embellished Memories, where you will find the steps to creating this page.  This is one design I am sure you will want to use again.  A big thank you to Delaina for sharing this outstanding layout with us.  Enjoy creating one of your own!

Thanks By Inge Groot

I know many of you (like me) are enjoying the shaker-card trend that is going on right now, and I hope you will be inspired to make one of your own. I would like to share this darling shaker card that was created by using the Gift Box Cover-Up-Die-namics windows.  Adding beautiful colored sequins to your card will immediately add color to your background of your card.  Step it up a notch and add a coordinating envelope to your card.  What a sweet surprise when the recipient opens the envelope to find such a fabulous card inside.

 

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Whether you have made dozens of shaker cards or if this is your very first, I highly recommend you stopping by the Patterned Paper blog where Inge will share the supplies needed and how she created this adorable card.  You will love how she used this window die to create a shaker card with a beautiful floral arrangement!  Thank you, Inge, for your inspiration!

Well, Hello By Cindy Lawrence

Today I would like to also share this fabulous card created with a new digital stamp set from Power Poppy called Well, Hello Dahlia.  My favorite part of this card is the fact that it is a digital file, and the best part is that you can print it as many times as you desire.

Well Hello

Digital stamps are becoming increasingly popular.  They present a stamper with a whole new range of crafting opportunities.  One of their attractions is the fact that the images can be resized, flipped to create a mirror image, or manipulated in other ways before printing it out and colored in the same way that a rubber stamped image is colored.  This gives you a range of new design opportunities.  Cindy shows us her beautiful coloring skills using Copic markers.  Click here and I would love to take you over to The Creative Closet where you can see the different colors of markers that Cindy used to create this masterpiece. Have fun creating! 🙂

Wire & Felt Flowers By Anna-Karin Evaldsson

These unique flowers are so fun to make and look great in a vase together, or just one flower on its own in a glass jar becomes a great little gift.  The flowers look very nice and decorative, and can be used for different things like gifts, napkins and many other items.  Don’t you just love the look of the twisted wire for the stems?  No need to cover them up with florist tape.  The mixed metals really step up the style.  Try making your flowers from other materials, such as printed paper, old book paper, leather, matte board, or any kind of surface that you can die cut.

Wire & Felt Flowers

So you are probably wondering how you make your wire twists, right?  There is a new tool out is called Twist & Style.  This exciting twist tool quickly and easily twists wire with other materials, including ribbon, raffia, cotton cording, plastic cording, embroidery floss, and fabric strips. The results are so amazing!  Click here to learn how to use this amazing tool. This video will show you step-by-step instructions and you will find yourself having so much fun creating with this tool.  A big thank you to Anna-Karin for another wonderful inspiration.  Have fun crafting, friends!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies By Ali Ebright

You have got to try these!  If you are looking for a cookie that will make you look like a professional baker, these are the cookies for you.  Not only are they so tasty but very appealing as well.  These are full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze.  They will become one of your all-time favorites!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies
You absolutely can’t go wrong with these.  I highly recommend making a double or triple batch, then you will have extras to give away or even to freeze for later.  Let me take you over to Gimme Some Oven where Ali has the recipe and ingredients for you.  With the days starting to get cooler, it is a great time to spend in your kitchen and do some baking.  Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects and you have been inspired to begin some of your own.  I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things again with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week ahead of you and enjoy this beautiful fall season!
~LeAnn~

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Stamping

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I have another confession: I don’t consider myself an expert stamper, but I’m always up for a good challenge! Here is a look at five of my layouts where the feature is stamping.

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BE KIND by Paige Evans

On this layout I stamped a long title and hand cut every letter before gluing them onto a page. It was a lengthy process, but I love the look of the stamped letters!

Blushing Bride

BLUSHING BRIDE by Paige Evans

This was a fun layout to make – I challenged myself to create my own patterned papers by stamping onto cardstock with watermark ink!

Counting Butterflies

COUNTING BUTTERFLIES by Paige Evans

Here I stamped butterflies in black ink and then stamped the inside pieces with a variety of colors before hand cutting them out.

Explore

GO SEE DO by Paige Evans

Make a fun, colorful, and custom background by stamping over the entire page and then embellishing on top.

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LOVE YOU TOGETHER by Paige Evans

Once again I stamped and hand cut the shapes to create fun embellishments for my layout!

Are you a big stamper? Do you have a favorite set of stamps? I hope you’re inspired to make stamping the focal element on your next project!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Machine Stitching

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Confession: I have a sewing machine, but I rarely ever use it to sew on fabric! Instead, my sewing machine is used for about 95% of my layouts. Whether as an alternative to adhesive or creating a textured background, my sewing machine gets a lot of use (in fact, it’s permanent home is on the kitchen counter!) and I’m here today to share some of my favorite layouts with machine stitching!

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BARCELONA by Paige Evans

This quilt-inspired layout gave my sewing machine a workout by zigzag stitching over every single side of every single paper triangle!

Play by Paige Evans

PLAY by Paige Evans

Leave thread ends long for a whimsical look, or trim them off for a cleaner look. Either way, stitching down rows of hearts creates a fun texture and design!

Favorite Faces

FAVORITE FACES by Paige Evans

Rather than taking the time to glue each and every paper piece in place, I used a quick temporary adhesive and then diagonally stitched through each row to attach the pieces permanently.

HNY by Paige Evans

HAPPY NEW YEAR CARD by Paige Evans

To help define the round design of the background, I stitched messy circles around and around – and yes, the machine can stitch through sequins! Even Thickers!

Hugs by Paige Evans

HUGS by Paige Evans

To create this totally textured background, I drew marks every 1/2″ all the way around the layout edges and then used the guidelines on my sewing machine to try and stitch as straight as possible. Practice, practice, practice!

Learning How to Walk

LEARNING HOW TO WALK by Paige Evans

Stitching diagonal lines creates a quilted look (one of my favorite looks!) and also helps attach papers in place that might fall off without taking tedious amounts of time to glue them down.

Do you, too, have a sewing machine that you use mostly for scrapbooking? I love finding different ways to incorporate stitching on my layouts and hope you’ve been inspired to try a new technique or two seen here!