Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The One with the 2Peas Milestones-Themed Layout

I have a milestones-themed Garden Girl layout up at Two Peas in a Bucket today!
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18 MONTHS by Paige Evans

Description: The Capture collection by BasicGrey? Amazing. Seriously, they've been knocking every line out of the park lately. Oh to be on their design team :) But anyway, the colors are a bit bolder version of the 2Peas April moodboard but that's where I drew my inspiration - the colors. And then I used one of my favorite techniques: punching patterned papers and piecing them together! Regarding the "milestones" theme - I think 18 months is a big milestone! A year and a half is when kids can enter Nursery at church and really it's just the cutest and most fun age of babies in my opinion. I dressed Jane up and got lots of pictures of her to scrap!

Journaling says: I'm pretty sure you're the cutest little girl to ever walk the face of the planet! I love you so!

How to: Punch 1" squares from each of the papers in the 6x6 paper pad and the 12x12 papers in the Capture collection by BasicGrey. Cut each square in half to make triangles. Place the triangles in chevron stripes around the edges of a robin's egg blue cardstock layout base. Use a sewing machine to stitch over the chevrons. Place a journaling spot page on the center, top it with two photos, and embellish with a scalloped border sticker, chipboard flower, flower sticker, chipboard arrow with the date stamped on it, chipboard "lovely," and journaling written below. Drop dark blue spray mist around the layout and place a chipboard photo corner on each corner.

Supplies: Cardstock, date stamp, square punch, adhesive, roller date stamp, pen: American Crafts; Patterned paper, chipboard (arrow, flower, heart, "lovely," photo corners, star), stickers (flowers, letters, scalloped border); Spray mist: Studio Calico; Ink: StazOn; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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Thanks for takin' a look'! I had fun making this layout and it came together FAST! I was able to film the entire thing during my kids' afternoon nap - love when that happens!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The One with Guest Designing for Bella Blvd!

I love happy emails :) Such as the one I got from Laura Vegas asking if I'd like to be the April Guest Designer for Bella Blvd - yes please, sign me up! I received a ginormous box of supplies in the mail and couldn't wait to delve in. Here are the three layouts I made for my guest spot:
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MY GUY by Paige Evans

Description: For this layout I used the Max collection - it has foxes in it! Perfect for a layout about Fox :) I loved this geometric cut file and backed it with the Max patterned papers for a pop of color.

Journaling says: Handsome. I know this boy, he kinda stole my heart, he calls me mom. Love this guy. My guy.

How to: Die cut a geometric background from white cardstock. Back some of the spaces with patterned papers then adhere it onto a gray cardstock background. Place a photo corner sticker on each corner. Trim away a section of the cut, tuck a photo underneath, then go to town layering on the stickers and die cuts and a flag stickpin. Drop India ink around the layout.

Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers, stickpin flag, die cuts: Bella Blvd; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; India ink: Speedball; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutz
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TRUE LOVE by Paige Evans

Description: I used the Lucky Starz collection on this layout - fitting for this "true love"-themed layout because I thank my lucky stars for Chris every day!

Journaling says: Dear Christopher - how do I even begin to tell you how much I love you? You are the best husband and father and every day I thank my lucky stars to have you in my life forever and always. I love you so much, I hope you know!

How to: Design a "TRUE LOVE" file in Silhouette Studio then cut it from white cardstock. Stitch around the open letters. Punch a bunch of stars from the rainbow of star patterned papers then use the stars to cover the die cut letters. Use the covered letters to back the open holes of the die cut cardstock. Embellish with matching colored stickers across the page and tuck a small photo into the "O" space. Place white letter stickers across the top and bottom to complete the title then journal on the bottom right corner. Stamp the date below the journaling.

Supplies: Patterned paper, crocheted hearts, stickers: Bella Blvd; Cardstock, adhesive, pen, roller date stamp, star punch: American Crafts; India ink: Speedball; Ink: StazOn; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutz; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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ADORBS by Paige Evans

Description: The Molly collection was so lovely paired with these photos of me and Jane and Jane with her Great Grandma Cathie at my sister's wedding reception last year. So bright and fun and colorful with a touch of girly!

Journaling says: It was so fun to pass you around to all of your family members at Allie's wedding reception! Great Grandma Cathie especially loved to hold you - her first great granddaughter! You loved playing with her keys and held onto them all night!

How to: Punch hearts from the Molly papers then place them in three rings around two photos adhered on a blue cardstock layout base. Sew around the first ring of hearts. Embellish with stickers and a flag stickpin. Place washi tape on the edges then journal along the top and bottom. Stamp the date on the top left side. Drop blue spray mist around the layout.

Supplies: Patterned paper, crocheted hearts, stickers, flag stickpin: Bella Blvd; Cardstock, adhesive, pen, roller date stamp, heart punch: American Crafts; Spray mist: Studio Calico; Ink: StazOn; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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LOOOOOOOVED guest designing for Bella Blvd!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The One with Easter 2014

Our Easter festivities started yesterday evening with a ward party at the Outdoor Recreation park on post.
I didn't know there was going to be an Easter egg hunt so we improvised and Jane put the eggs she found in my purse. She loooooved finding eggs and squealed with delight every time she found one. Adorbs.
Chris helped Fox find eggs and added them to the loot.
This morning we gave the kids some pre-made store-bought baskets. I never got one of these growing up though I desperately wanted one and since I now enjoy holidays vicariously through my kids I got them one :)
Before church I took some pics of Fox and Janey in their Easter best! 
She's a little ball of sass this one is!
And this one is just a hoot. Remind me to tell you about how he calls me Paige...
Awwwwwwwww. Lovens these two.
Walking out the door to go to church!
Could this morning BE any more beautiful?!
We've passed by this Easter egg tree many times and I've been wanting to stop and take our family pictures here all month!
So many eggs!
Wish granted :) Evans family, Easter 2014, Grafenwöhr Germany.
The trees. The mountains. The grass. All of it reminds me how thankful I am for this life and for the knowledge that my Savior lives, he died for me, and we can live again.
At church I taught my class all about Easter and we colored a picture of Jesus.
Pretty flowers in the windowsill.
Janey ate the head off her drawing in Nursery... this girl I tell ya! She's a firecracker!
While Chris cooked a delicious Easter dinner I hung out with the kids.
It was like Thanksgiving all over again! Man I have a good husband :)
Our official (as in, I grammed it! :) Easter family photo.
Frohe Ostern! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The One with Sibling Love

Let's be honest, life with 2 toddlers isn't always sunshine and roses. They fight, bicker, banter, and yell at each other more than I'd care to admit. But those moments, those precious little, too-short moments when they get along, and better yet, HUG, make this mom business totally worth it at the end of each and every day.

Hard to believe Jane is how old Fox was when she was born (21.5 months)! 
Oh how I love my Fox and Jane.