Friday, November 26, 2021

Oh What a Day! - DT Layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty friends,

I have a new layout to share with you today, that I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team! I've worked with the beautiful Bungalow Lane collection on this page.

Now that it gets dark so early, I seem to like to sit down with Netflix/Prime and just stitch away more than any other time of the year. So I was in need of a stitching project! Now you must be asking yourselves "Huh? What is she talking about? There is no hand stitching anywhere on this project!" True, ha! BUT that's the idea I had for this page! So I was browsing through Paige's cut files and I soon decided to go with some simple butterflies that are easy to stitch. My idea was to add an offset to the cut file in Silhouette Studio and then stitch that, then add some patterned paper butterflies inside. But by the time I finished cutting my butterflies it got so late, I didn't want to stitch anymore hahaha! Oh dear. I did stitch on my next layout though, not a whole lot, but it's something :D

Anyway, the cut file I chose for this page is the Butterfly Cluster (Design ID: 252982). I wanted to cut some from the gorgeous foiled acetate sheet and add them as the top layer to every butterfly. I haven't cut acetate with my Cameo in years but I did remember I had used the highest blade setting (10) for it before. So that's what I did now too with double pass...Didn't work. I sent the mat back several times after seeing they didn't cut through, and without me noticing, every time the blade just cut in a slightly different position. Maybe it's to do with the material because this has never happened to me before. Anyway, I started over, and this time I changed the settings to SIX passes, just to be sure. Welllll...I could kind of pop them out but it wasn't easy. I have an old Cameo 2, so maybe the newer versions work better!

There are three butterflies in the ephemera pack so I wanted to use those too. All 3 colors are in the acetate sheet so it was perfect! I went through the papers and selected a few that matched those colors. The dark petrol color is not in the patterned papers, at least not on a big enough surface to cut butterflies from. So basically I went with pinks and yellows. I chose the less busy ones, because I was going to add the acetate on top which is busy enough. I ungrouped the cut file and rearranged the butterflies. I knew I wanted to use two bigger ones for my photos, the rest I cut from patterned papers.

I then layered them up (3 paper layers plus 1 acetate), glued the paper layers together, but only in the middle. I glued them in place on my layout, my photos as well. By the way, the photos I just fussy cut out using the die cut butterflies as templates. Then I added the acetate, one butterfly at a time, and stitched everything down. 

Next, I added my title using the alpha thickers. I also placed some phrase stickers and little heart foam stickers here and there, to add interest to my page. To finish it off, I added my journaling and stamped my date on a tab sticker. I'm obsessed with these by the way. I wouldn't mind if there was a full pack of them in every collection haha!

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way! 
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!



Friday, November 12, 2021

Wonderful Quiet Moments - DT Layout for Paige Evans

Hey there lovelies,

I'm checking in today, to share a new layout with you that I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team. I've used the lovely Bungalow Lane collection on this page!

I went with a super quick and simple design. Sometimes I wonder what happened to me. I used to make such time consuming pages and I loved every minute of the process. Nowadays I seem to go for simpler things. It's also true for my lifestyle if I'm being honest. I live a simpler life these days. I think I'm getting old haha! Anyway, back to the layout!

You know how there's always a whole pack of die cut flowers in Paige's collections? My main focus was this pack today. I wanted to just use all the flowers!

I started out by shaping each flower, bending up the sides with my fingers basically. Some of them I layered up - I added foam tape in between the two layers to create dimension. I arranged them on my background paper and decided on where I wanted to place my photo.

I then started to glue them down. Some of the flowers I cut in half so I could add the same colors in multiple places, where the whole flower wasn't visible anyway, like around the photo or at the sides of the page. I layered some tissue paper behind my photo and adhered it all to the background.

I then looked through the embellishments and selected a few items I thought would work with my design. I pulled out lots of buttons from various packs; chipboard stickers and puffy stickers to be exact. I placed one in the middle of each of my flowers. Well, most of them anyway. I skipped the ones that were not visible, obviously.

Then I added a few foam sticker sentiments. You probably have noticed, that this is my most favorite thing to do hehe! For my title I used a chipboard and a foam sticker. I stamped my date on a label sticker (another favorite!). Now that I'm looking at the layout, I entirely forgot about journaling. Or maybe I thought it wasn't needed because I would anyway remember the story. Well...Like that's going to happen! I should know better by now. I think I'll need to write something on the back of the page! Has this ever happened to you? It's certainly not my first time :D.

To finish off my page, I added some white acrylic paint splatters. I intended to only add a few in two areas, but I never know when to stop and then I always end up with more than I wanted. Oh well! It's just paper right?!

Okay, that's it for today! I hope you like how this layout turned out!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a beautiful day!


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

In Focus: Spellbinders Fluted Classics Collection by Becca Feeken

Hi there friends,

Today I have some cards to share with you that I've created with a brand new Spellbinders collection: Fluted Classics by Becca Feeken. There are 5 die sets in this collection:

However, I've only used the first three sets on today's projects!

I also used a few additional die sets:

I have a process video for you at the end of this post, so I'll just leave you with photos here. If you're interested in how these came together, what supplies I've used, please stop by my You Tube channel! All supplies are linked in the description box below the video.  

Here's the process video:

That's it for today guys! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have great day!


Monday, November 1, 2021

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - November 2021

Hi there friends,

It's that time again! The Spellbinders November Club Kits are here! 

I will not go into step by step tutorials here, since I made process videos for all of today's projects - I'll just attach some photos! I'll link the videos down below, after each set of cards. You can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel and press the bell icon so you never miss a new video! You'll find all the supplies I've used linked in the description boxes of the videos.

As a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:

You can find all necessary information about these kits here.  

First up some cards with the November Large Die Kit!

Here's the process video for this trio:

My projects with the November Small Die Kit:

And here's the process video as well:

That's it for today guys! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!


Die Cutting Two Ways - Using Metal Dies and Digital Cut Files on a Scrapbook Layout

Hi there crafty people,

Today I have a new layout to share with you that I've created for Spellbinders. My brief was to create a layout using both traditional metal dies as well as digital cut files. Usually, if I do both of these die cutting techniques on my layout, I go with a large cut file to create a design element for my background and add smaller die cuts, like shapes, leaves, hearts, flowers, you name it, as accents. 

On my page today, however, I actually created my background with a metal die set and used a cut file for my (not too large) title. I love the Color Block Slices die set, I've created several cards with it before. Since these two dies are quite big, they are also perfect for larger projects, such as 12x12 scrapbook layouts.

I have a process video, which I'll link in at the end of this post, in case you're interested in seeing how I've put this page together.

First, I selected the papers/scrapbook collection I wanted to work with. I went with the beautiful new Paige Evans collection, Bungalow Lane, as well as a few color card stocks from Spellbinders. 
I then die cut a bunch of these slices from the chosen papers and arranged them in a sunburst kind of shape. Once I figured out how many I needed, I glued them down onto a white card stock, and eventually  fussy cut them out. I did this, because I wanted to be able to move this shape around on my background, to see where I like it the most. I also added some zig zag stitching with my sewing machine, for a bit of texture and interest.

I decided to create a split design in the background, blue patterned paper at the top, sand color at the bottom. I only later realised that this actually matches my photos well. Happy accidents!

I adhered the sunburst to my background, then added my photos. I almost always use a few layers of white tissue paper to mat my photos. I like the dimension it gives the pictures. I then backed my cut file with the same papers I used in the sunburst. I adhered it below my photo and added a few alpha thickers to finish off my title. I like the different fonts and textures together. 

I went through all the embellishments in the Bungalow Lane collection and pulled out some that I thought would work with my design: a few cardstock stickers, foam stickers, chipboard stickers and a bird paper clip. I then scattered them around my layout. 

Finally, I stamped my date on a label sticker and tucked it behind one of my photos. I also wrote my journaling using a white gel pen below the "The Story" foam sticker.

Here's the video, as promised!

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way, whether it be using patterned papers, creating a scrapbook layout or using metal dies and digital cut files together! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have an amazing day!