Thursday, September 18, 2014

The One with Before Church Pics of F&J

Right before we leave for church I often snap a few pics of Fox & Jane in their Sunday best. Jane is thrilled about the entire situation, obviously.
Then Chris tries to get them to smile by making funny noises. Works like a charm.
All is well.
And now I have more scrap material :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The One with More Scrapbook Goodie Boxes

UPDATE - All of the boxes have been sold! THANK YOU EVERYONE! I'll be back probably in another 6 months or so with my next purge :) 

It's been almost a year since my last big scrapbook purge - after filling nearly an entire corner of the basement with excess supplies, it's time to sort, organize, collate, distribute, and disperse :) 
 Laundry baskets full of embellies!
Piles and piles and piles of patterned paper and cardstock!
All in all I've made THIRTY (30!) goodie boxes.
I'm not gonna take individual pictures of them this time, but you can look at my past posts HERE, HERE, and HERE to see the kinds of (AWESOME!) goodies you'll receive.
Every box includes:
- at least 20 sheets of patterned paper (7 have been cut into)
- 10 full, uncut sheets of cardstock
- a pack of Thickers (may have letters missing)
- some kind of stamp
- a bottle of Zing glitter glue
- sheet of stickers
- a 6x6 patterned paper pad (they've been cut into)
- roll of washi tape
- a whole bunch of embellishments (at least 4 of the following): punches, gelatos, paint, wood veneer, die cuts, photo overlays, chipboard shapes, stitching template, ribbon, metal dies, spray mist, tags, and more!
I'm selling each box'o'goodies for $40 - that includes priority shipping!
1 box for $40
2 boxes for $75
3 boxes for $100
4 boxes for $120
If you're interested, please email me at paigetaylorevans@gmail.com or leave a comment here. International purchases are welcome!
Questions, comments, want more photos, or looking for something specific? Email me or leave a comment!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The One with the Layout for Technique Tuesday

Happy emails make me, well, happy! When Michelle at Technique Tuesday contacted me and asked if I wanted to pick a coordinating metal die and stamp set to try out I said, "Sign me up!" Or something along those lines :)


because we love to travel so they will go with many of my photos that need to be scrapped! 

Here's the layout I made with these dies and stamps:
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ADVENTURE by Paige Evans

Description: I love rainbows, lots of patterned papers, watercoloring, and stitching. You'll find some of all of that on this layout! Using the Capture collection by BasicGrey full of bold colors - perfect for these photos of Mr. Fox.

Journaling says: Despite your sad faces here, you really were having a fun time on Charles Bridge in Prague!

How to: Watercolor a rainbow across a subtle graph paper background and while it's drying die cut lots of travel-themed pieces from patterned papers. Adhere two photos over the watercoloring. Trim a chipboard frame in half and tuck the halves under the pictures. Stick the die cut papers on the layout over the same color of watercoloring - red on red, orange on orange, yellow on yellow, etc. Sprinkle on some enamel dots, chipboard, stickers, and pre-made die cuts, then stamp a few checkmarks and asterisks, again using the color-on-color method. Place three words using mini letter stickers and straight stitch over them. Journal on a label sticker placed on the top right corner. Stitch a Thickers title between the photos.

Supplies: Travel-themed metal dies and stamps: Technique Tuesday; Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, die cuts: Capture by BasicGrey; Thickers, roller date stamp, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Enamel dots, watercolors, ink: Studio Calico; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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Thanks Technique Tuesday for letting me try out some of your awesome dies and stamps!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The One with the American Crafts 5+ PHOTOS Layout

I have a layout up on the American Crafts blog today for 5+ Photos Week!
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MESSY BUNS by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I've been wanting to try this folded heart technique for awhile and decided to give it a whirl here using soft colors to match these darling photos of sweet Jane.

JOURNALING SAYS: You woke up after your nap with cute messy buns and the light was so pretty a photoshoot ensued!

HOW TO: Watercolor a light rainbow down a pink lined paper from the Special Delivery 12x12 Paper Pad by Pebbles then let it dry. Punch 2" hearts from Dear Lizzy 6x6 paper pads then fold each heart in half. Adhere the petals on a circle of scrap cardstock then sew a spiral on the center to keep the petals of each flower in place. Layer the flowers and photos down the page and stitch a line across the flowers. Add an embellishment to the center of each flower. Create a Thickers title and embellish with additional stickers, rub ons, chipboard, burlap bow, and more as shown. Write journaling and stamp the date the finish.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, brads, rub ons, stickers (butterfly, star, words), Thickers, heart punch, burlap bow, roller date stamp, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Chipboard (butterfly, hearts): Crate Paper; Stickpins: Craft supply; Watercolors: Mister Huey's by Studio Calico; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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Definitely loving soft color palettes right now!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The One with the Nürnberg Flea Market

I am officially addicted to flea marketing (yes, it's a verb). Or, if we want to get legit German about it, flohmarkt-ing! We arrived at Jamie's house at 7:30am and drove an hour to Nürnberg. Let the thrifting begin! 
(left to right: Emily, Tera, Jami, Amy, me)
 We passed the cutest bakery that looked straight out of Paris! It's called Für Sie vegetarisch = For Your Vegetarian (subtitles: Steinmühlenbrote = Stone Mill breads & Gourmet-Feinkost = Gourmet Delicatessen)
We walked in circles for a bit trying to find where the flea market was, good times :) Pretty lanes and alleys to keep my photo-happy self happy!
There are so many old and historic buildings in Nürnberg. This was one of the first cities we walked through when we moved to Germany - The One with Nuremberg, Germany. Love it then, love it now!

Success! 
Gimme gimme gimme! No, I didn't get it, but it's rather darling.
Vintage coat hangers, key hangers, towel hangers, what have you.
I love all this shabby chic and rustic and wrought iron stuff, but I just don't know how to make it look good in my home! We're in the "we own cheap IKEA furniture so if it gets destroyed by children or pets it won't be a huge loss" phase of our lives.
One man's trash is the next man's treasure.
I dunno what I'd do with these, but they're cute!
Amy bargained with this sweet German fellow to get a stunning painted wooden umbrella holder. It's on my list to get something like this, but a painted milk bucket, at a flea market before we're outta here!
Flowers still adorning windows, even though the seasons are on the brink of change. Love 'em. I'll miss 'em when they're gone soon.
Knick knacks and thingamabobs.
The main market square was filled with a flower and food market.
So fun to be shopping right under such neat buildings and structures!
By this point it was raining. And when I say raining I mean a torrential downpour. We tried to take cover under an enclosed section but got yelled away by a man and his precious pretzels. Sorry, haha!

Us and our loot! 

My one treasure is this copper bezeled and painted artwork of Nürnberg.

Then a few minutes after I got home Jami linked me up to a local fleamarket Facebook group where I found this delicious morsel:
I was imagining it would be well over $1k and didn't even get my hopes up. But it's under $400! Yay or nay? I'd call it my Marie Antoinette couch :)

Always a good time with the ladies! Can't wait til the next flohmarkt!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The One with Nailed It String Art


One of my dearest friends here in Germany posted a link to her little sister's Facebook page/shop called Nailed It String Art - and since I'm totally into the nail & string art look right now (as evidenced by the layout I recently created which you can check it out HERE) I popped over for a looksy and immediately fell in love!
I believe you can place custom orders, but here are some nail & string art pieces readily available:
Cute for a bathroom or closet or kitchen!
Sweet mother and child for a nursery.
Words & names - possibilities are endless there!
Super kid!
Name signs for bedroom doors or walls.
How cute would it be to have one of these for every place you've lived?
Fancy deer! Love these!
And this red/green/white nativity scene is the piece I've decided to order and I can't wait to put it on display in our home the day after Thanksgiving!
For just $30 plus shipping I think it's a steal - I can't imagine the hours and labor that go into just one piece of nail & string art!

Thanks for letting me share, I just get so excited about neat things (well, I think they're neat, I hope you think they're neat too! :) and be sure to stop by Nailed It String Art!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The One with 1000 Etsy Sales!

Just a little toot today, my etsy shop reached over 1000 sales last week! THANK YOU!
 Such a fun little side hobby making pacifier clips and instant download desk calendars.
Thanks to all the mamas and friends of mamas-to-be for purchasing clips!
2015 is almost here - calendars are a great gift, just sayin' :)
Makes my heart do a happy dance every time I hear the "ka-ching" on my phone from the etsy app :)

That's all! Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The One with 9/11 - 13 Years Later

It's been 13 years, but sometimes it still seems like yesterday. 
I never visited NYC when the twin towers were there - we went after I graduated from high school in 2003 when there was still a big pit in the ground from the aftermath. 
I'd love to go back and pay respects at the memorial and ascend to the top of the new Freedom Tower.