Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Soak up the Sun

Today I am up on the Paper Issues blog with a Working with Water Colors post. 
I used the Sun and Fun free cut file and turned it into a stitching cut file. 
The water colors are the focal point of the sun center and the background, 
as well as a way to add a vintage look to the title word strips.


Here are a few close ups of the layout: If you have never turned cut lines into stitching marks for your needle, check out my cut file stitching tutorial post here to show you more!


The foam adhesive keeps the layers separated and casts slight shadows to create depth above the water color background.  Water colors are also a focal point of the center of the sun cut file. I love how my children's beach sunset photo worked so well with this sunny cut file and water color splash background.


Adding watercolors is easy by using the packaging technique. Here's how it looked under the cut file and photo. It is important to layer the colors and dry the area in between the layers. I use a hair dryer to dry the paper quickly and this minimizes paper warping.

Here's another background showing the packaging watercolor process.  I cut a scrap of plastic packaging and add water color to it. It naturally beads up/pools on the plastic.  Press it onto the paper where you'd like the color layered.

When it is sufficient, I stop and dry the area with a heat device such as a heat gun or hair dryer.


On this example, next I moved onto a golden yellow stripe. You can see slight variations of yellow and gold I layered in varying places before drying it.

I added the light blue-green color after setting the yellow stripe. You can see the small scrap of plastic used for this.

Here's the final tutorial picture of this now dried watercolor packaging technique! Pretty cool look to build a layout design on!

I am excited to see your water color magic! 
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Boys will be Boys: Real Life

Today I am up on the Paper Issues blog with a post for the Boys will be Boys challenge.
I paired Box of Crayons from Shimelle with the fun cut file A to Z from Paper Issues.


 I couldn't wait to document Ryan (my kindergartener's) school photos
 since we just wrapped up the school year.
  It is extra special to document these stories since
 I teach down the hall from him and I often come upon photo ops that make me laugh!


Box of Crayons has the perfect school vibe I was going for with this design.  My "Mr. Independent" Ryan insisted on wearing his brother's football jersey to school. He knew most shirts with words, "the words" go in the front, so of course his last name had to be front and center!



I added details to the story in the alphabet letters scattered throughout the page.
The black writing doesn't stick out lots unless you read it closely, 
but it helps add a subtle design connection with the pencils and crayons.


It ended up being the perfect match was Shimelle's Box of Crayons collection 
paired with the A to Z background cut file free from Paper Issues.  I scattered my alphabet connected journaling throughout the page design. 


I added some roller stamping and word strip stickers to the letters as well. 
My fave was NOPE for this epic fail of wearing his jersey backwards.  Here's the "nope"!


Thanks for stopping by today!
Do you have a "Boys will be Boys" story of your own to document? 
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Colors of Summer


Today I am up on the Paper Issues blog sharing my lift of this Sunday's Scraplift challenge. This week we are lifting the inspirational layout by Jen McMurtrey.  I love the new collections from Pinkfresh Studio and used Be You and Let your Heart Decide for this design.



Here is Jen's beautiful original design using Elle's Studio Noteworthy collection:

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I adore this design's use of color blocking
 and I had fun time sorting through my Pinkfresh collections 
in search of embellishments that matched these color families.

The use of foam pop dots adds to the height variety in the quadrant of photos. 
  I lifted up two of them to vary it and create shadows along with
 the use of puffy stickers and enamel shapes which add shine and texture!


The metallic alpha add the perfect amount of shine. I adore the many colors of the Pinkfresh mini alphas that are carrried in the PI store.


I used the packaging technique (small pieces of plastic packaging with watercolors added) dab on the background paper to get the splotchy, spotty look of the watercolors to coordinate with the colors.  For some of the colors, I mixed multiple colors from the watercolor palette to get the exact match.


The golden color paper and the bright green were both cut from the Let Your Heart Decide collection Escapade paper and it is a favorite as it is ombrĂ©!


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.
  I hope you are inspired to play along at Paper Issues this month
 with this Scraplift Sunday or any of the challenges that are offered until June 3rd!  There are gift cards you can win just by posting your projects!

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

You Make Me Smile

I am up on the Paper Issues blog today showcasing the Notable Quotable challenge for April. Here's the quote image:
I was inspired by the flowers and mason jar.  I used the mason jar cut file from the PI free files and made that my focus on the design.


For this layout, I was all about adding extra dimension to the cut file. I added watercolor to the stems to add a touch of green.  Amy Tangerine's Sunshine and Good Times new collection has fun patterns and spring colors that worked well against the dark background wood grain. The vellum layer for the mason jar softened the background and helped be the base of the photo.


Lately, I have used so much gold in my projects. It was a nice change to dig through my stash for silver. The silver pink foam Thickers were from an older Pink Paislee collection. I had silver chipboard frames that worked as a dimensional layer behind the photo.


After backing the flowers, I added enamel dots to the centers for added color and shine! The messy threads were a fun addition since I didn't use a bow or twine (or any sewing!!) on this design. I love the texture they add to the flower bouquet.


I hope you have enjoyed the weekend crop at Paper Issues, as well as our April Challenges.  The crop challenges are open through the week so you can enjoy International Scrapbook Day and play along with PI! Check out Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} for all of the details. April challenges are open through April 30th.  Spring Crop is open until May 6th at midnight pacific time.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Celebrate 14

Hello!  It's all about celebrating today!  I absolutely adore this month's swag bag kit from Paper Issues and couldn't wait to create a fun birthday page with it.  
April is my birthday month, so it's all about throwing the confetti around to whoop it up! 
 Evan my 14 year old may not love the colorful page design, 
but I went with the inspiration from the candles on his birthday pie!
Here's my rainbow confetti birthday celebration:

Here's a look closer at the colorful details:
I printed out a large number 14 from my computer to layer the paper strips over.  I then flipped it over to cut using the dark outline of the numbers as my cutting guide.


 Finished with the paper strips.  These are all from the 3x4 papers included in the April kit. 
 Plus, there are still several I didn't use in this design. 
Gotta love a swag bag and the ability to use it for several projects!


Layout with the "confetti" splatter- Nuvo mists from the Paper Issues store, Heidi Swapp Shine from past swag bags, and Shimmerz mists.I loved the ephemera piece that said "happy" to tuck in above the yellow birthday paper.


I loved the puffy glitter ephemera from Shimelle's Glitter Girl collection.  It adds the perfect dimension in the vertical stack of paper layers.

The Pebbles Happy Hooray chipboard banner stickers worked
 so well to create a banner across the entire middle of the design.


So that's my pop of colorful to start off your day.  I hope you are inspired to grab an April Swag Bag kit from the Paper Issues store and create your own "Party on a Page".
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