Saturday, March 02, 2024

Layout Sketch Challenge

Hello crafty friends,

I'm back again with another layout share. This one was an absolute blast to create!

I'm a big fan of sketches and this one by Paige Evans is stunning. The sketch was perfect for using up some patterned paper scraps that I had in my stash from Paige's older collection, Go The Scenic Route.

Here's the sketch that was posted in her Happy Scrappy Place FB group.

And here's my take on the sketch. As you can see I stuck very closely to the sketch. I absolutely love how this layout turned out, especially the hand-stitching. I used a chain link stitch around the perimeter of the heart and on all the individual heart pieces. Yes, it took some time but the results are worth it. 

Hope this sketch inspires you to play along. 

Have a wonderful day!

Backed Flower Cut File & Origami Butterflies Layouts

Hey crafty friends!

Whew! It's been a minute lol. Life has been crazy busy but happy to be here posting again. I have so many crafty-related goals and PHD's (projects half done) so I'm making a concerted effort to carve out some crafty time for myself on a more consistent basis. I definitely want to take advantage of these last few weeks of winter because once the nice weather is here, it will be harder for me to be couped up in my craft room in the basement.

Today, I have two cute layouts to share. These layouts were taught by Paige Evans in her PaigePals3 classes. I believe Paige just released her PaigePals6 classes so I'm a wee bit behind.

Here are the links if you're interested in checking them out:

PaigePals3 Bundle of 10 Classes

Backed Flower Cut File & Origami Butterflies Layout Standalone Class

First up is the Flower layout which is great for using up those patterned paper scraps. I really enjoy the process of backing cut files ✀ and the reveal is the best part!

I used Paige's beautiful Splendid Collection. 💕

I backed the cut file on to Paper 7 with the floral wreath and did some tone-on-tone embellishing.

I absolutely love the bold, beautiful colours in this collection and that cut file is so striking against the floral wreath paper. One of my favourite layouts from all her Paige Pals classes.

In our next class, we created a kaleidoscope of origami butterflies. Super cute and easy to create.

For this layout, I used Paige's Blooming Wild collection and I featured a photo of Paige and I at her Blooming Wild Weekend event in New Jersey from last year. 💖

I loved creating these layouts and I hope this inspires you to create your own versions.

Have a beautiful day friends!

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Party Hat Mini Album

Hello crafty friends!

Today I have a cute and fun project to share with you. It's a mini album in the shape of a party hat, full of bright happy colours topped off with a homemade pom-pom.

I love these bite-sized projects that are quick and easy to make. They can house quite a lot of photos of one particular event and are a nice alternative to a scrapbook layout where you might not have enough real estate to include all the photos you want.

This mini album was taught by Paige Evans in one of her PaigePals3 virtual classes. Here is the link to the class if you are interested in making one of your own: Party Hat Mini Album Tutorial

I used an older scrapbooking collection by Echo Park Paper called "Play All Day Boy". Although it's not a birthday collection per se, when I pulled it out I thought the patterned papers and embellishments would lend themselves well to a birthday theme and I love how it turned out. I also used a lot of stickers and ephemera from various collections I had in my stash. And of course machine stitching on each page gives this mini album a homespun look.

Thanks for stopping by! As always, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment below.

Have a wonderful crafty day! 😊

Friday, September 01, 2023

Birthday Cake & Banners Layouts

Hey crafty friends!

Happy Friday! It's the long weekend and I hope you have all had a fabulous summer so far. As the summer winds down, I'm happy to admit that I'm not sad about it all. I love the cooler temperatures, the beautiful Autumn colours and of course all the baking that comes with the Fall. 

Today I have two cute layouts to share. These layouts were taught by Paige Evans in her PaigePals3 classes. These classes came out last Fall and I bought the whole bundle so I'm still catching up on all the projects. 

Here are the links if you're interested in checking them out:

PaigePals3 Bundle of 10 Classes

Birthday Cake & Banners Layouts Standalone Class

First up is the birthday banners layout which is great for using up those patterned paper scraps we can't bear to throw away. All you need is a circle punch and some scissors. ✀

The machine stitching ensures the banners stay in place forever and adds a homespun look.

I used Paige Evans' Blooming Wild Collection. 💕

Next is the Birthday Cake layout. This layout features a paper-pieced and hand-stitched birthday cake, and the candles and balloons are stamps I had in my stash. I used Ranger Texture Paste and a stars stencil for the background. 

I used the Made with Love collection by Doodlebug Design. I love the bright and happy colours!

Both these layouts were so fun to create! I love how they totally stand apart from each other in terms of design.

As always, let me know if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay crafty! 😊

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Boho Baby Hand-Stitched Layout

Hey crafty friends! 

I have a fun project to share with you today. It features hand-stitching which is one of my favourite scrapbooking techniques! It adds beautiful texture and gives your layout a homespun-look.

For this layout, I used a chain-stitch on a cut file by Paige Evans. The cut file is called "Stars for Stitching" which is from her 36 Cut Files for Stitching Bundle which was released earlier this year. I was also lucky enough to be a Guest Designer for Paige and completed two stitched layouts with her stitching cut files. You can find my blog posts with those layouts at the following links: 

Hand-Stitched Rainbows Layout

Hand-Stitched Scallops Layout

The stitching cut file bundle can be purchased here: 

36 Cut Files for Stitching Bundle

You can also purchase it individually in Paige's Shop: 

Stars for Stitching Cut File

I used the Boho Baby Collection by Simple Stories and did some tone-on-tone embellishing using a star-punch and ephemera from the collection.

The layout is documenting the cake smash photo session we had for my grandson Adam for his first birthday. 💙

I used DMC embroidery thread and matched the colours to the SS collection.

Tone-on-tone embellishing

I kept the embellishments to a minimum since I wanted the star of the show to be the hand-stitched stars.

I hope you give hand-stitching on your layouts a try. I admit it is time-consuming but it's a perfect way to occupy my hands and stay crafty while watching my favourite tv shows. And the results are definitely worth it!

Happy crafting! 💙 

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Rainbow Shaped Mini Album

Hello crafty friends!

Today I'm sharing the cutest little mini album that I created with the Splendid collection by Paige Evans.

This was an online virtual class taught by Paige from her PaigePals3 bundle. It is also available to purchase individually. I will link it here: Rainbow Mini Album

Paige provides the rainbow templates for the cover and base pages which I cut out on my Silhouette Cameo machine.

I really enjoy backing cut files, choosing the patterned papers, and of course hand-stitching. I used a chain-link stitch throughout and I love the texture and homespun look it gives the album.


Back Page

I hope you enjoyed this close-up look at my colourful mini album. It is truly adorable! Seriously, the pictures don't do it justice. 

I highly encourage you to try creating one with any scrapbooking collection you have in your stash. You will love it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy crafty day!