Saturday, June 25, 2016

Take Me Away Collection Sneaks!

I am so excited to announce my next scrapbooking collection with Pink Paislee called Take Me Away!

Like a European boutique full of eclectic patterns & home decor. A marriage of modern and old inspired by European lifestyle and architecture. Contemporary, clean lines frame rich textures brimming with historical ambiance. Color-blocking and simple layering is contrasted against stitching and tactile pattern combinations. A few bright pops of color peak through washed out neutrals, while joyous phrases give new life to existing products. 

In Take Me Away there are 24 exquisite double-sided patterned papers, a 12x12 and 6x6 patterned paper pad, color-block alphabet Thickers, foil phrase Thickers, chipboard shape Thickers, mirror stickers, suede bows, cutesy buttons, an ephemera die cut pack, wood veneers, epoxy paper clips, a roller stamp, cross stitch kits, and another Paige Kit!!

Look for Take Me Away in stores next month and I will start sharing layouts and projects as well as product images soon! Thanks for all your support, it means the world to me!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Love Summer Layout

It's Summer Week on the Pink Paislee blog and here's the layout I made:
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LOVE SUMMER by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I didn't use a single piece of patterned paper on this layout, can you believe it?! I did use a big heart background though, something I've done often but goodness I 'love' a big ol' heart background :) For awhile there it was triangles!

JOURNALING SAYS: You and glasses! You are so funny when you just HAVE to have them but then ten seconds later you break them... Goofy girl, you make us laugh so much!

HOW TO: I made a positive-space "love" heart cut file (find it below!) and used a pencil in place of a blade to draw it using a Cameo. I divided the layout into 10 vertical sections just making marks where the drawn pencil lines were - I did this so I could switch the colors of thread and make a rainbow effect. Then I backstitched around the "love" heart to create the background. I added a photo inside the "o" and then embellished with all sorts of things from Fancy Free! I splattered white paint around for the final touch.

SUPPLIES: Thickers, die cuts, wood veneer, stickers (chipboard, dimensional, puffy): Fancy Free by Paige Evans | Pink Paislee; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Cut file: Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Floss: DMC

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See ya next time!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scrapbook & Cards Today Summer Issue!

Brimming with inspiration, the Summer 2016 issue includes:

* 100+ hot ideas
* live & scrapbook with intent - Ali Edwards shows you how
* our top ten scrapbooking techniques
* cards never felt so good - fashion a fabric greeting today
* 20 free online downloads (including some never-before-seen Fancy Free images!!)
* plus expert photo tips from Maggie Holmes
... and an inspiration gallery that is full of stunning projects!

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FANCY FREE by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: Don't have a die cut machine or don't fancy taking the tedious time to hand cut a trillion patterned paper shapes? Fancy Free Paige Kits to the rescue! Create a layout in minutes that looks like it took hours :)

JOURNALING SAYS: Hey cute girl! I love all of the adorable faces that you make when there's a camera pointed at you!

HOW TO: Back some of the sections of the die cut heart included in the kit with photos then place it over the coordinating patterned paper background using the dimensional adhesive in the kit. Thread buttons with matching colored thread and scatter them around the page. Print the free Fancy Free shapes, cut them out, and add them to the layout. Embellish wit a few more die cuts then drop white paint over the top left and bottom right corner. Journal in one of the sections to finish.

SUPPLIES: Kit, patterned paper, buttons, chipboard, die cuts, puffy stickers: Fancy Free by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Paint: DecoArt; Staples: Tim Holtz; Adhesive, pen: American Crafts

FREEBIES: Be sure to visit http://www.scrapbookandcards.com/bonus-files-summer-2016 to get these printables from Fancy Free and a bunch of other freebies!!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Wanderlust Layout for Scrap-Info Magazine

Here is the third and final layout I made for Scrap-Info Russian Scrapbooking Magazine:
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WANDERLUST by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I wanted to create a title that filled up almost the entire page!

JOURNALING SAYS: I hope that you will always live for adventures and traveling the world and experiencing new things in places far far away!

HOW TO: On a robin's egg blue cardstock background, paint white across the top and when it dries splatter watercolors over it. On a scratch piece of 12x12 cardstock I hand drew "WANDERLUST" and then used the letters as templates for hand cutting them from patterned papers. I stitched the letters across the blue background. Tuck a photo under the title and journal below. Embellish with bits and pieces across the page.

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, die cuts, puffy stickers: Fancy Free by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Watercolors: Loew Cornell; Paint: Americana; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark

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In case you don't know already, I love scrapbooking :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fathers Day 2016

Happy Father's Day 2016!

First to my dad:
I'm pretty much his clone in every aspect of life, except I'm a girl :) Most of the time, it's a good thing! But, I do need to conquer my biggest challenge we both face which is patience! Thanks for being such a great example to me and Eric and Allie, Dald! Love you!

And to Chris, the best dad in the whole wide world!

I asked the kids some questions and wrote down verbatim what they said. We had quite a laugh reading them together this morning!


The card I made for Chris. There's a sappy love note inside, I ain't gonna share that ;)

Who taught these kids how to smile?

To all the dads out there, Happy Fathers Day!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pages from Paige's Pages 08

Here are the four layouts that I made for Paige's Pages 08 over at Big Picture Classes! All of the layouts feature Fancy Free!
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PRIMARY by Paige Evans

In the first lesson I created flower cut files based on one of the patterned paper flowers and used them to create a whimsical border down the right half of this page. Cut file included in the lesson!


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LOVE YOU by Paige Evans

Pinterest for the win! I saw a pin where someone used a paper towel roll tube bent into a heart and paint like a stamp for a kids craft project and that's how this layout was born. 


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Can't go too long without backing a cut file :) The cut file is included for free in this lesson so download it today and happy scrapping!


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I wanted to share how exactly to use the heart string art template from Fancy Free so that's what this lesson is focused on, with a fun twist of changing thread colors every once in awhile!


All of these layouts are available to learn how to make in start-to-finish videos at Paige's Pages 08 at Big Picture Classes! Paige's Pages 09 should be available later this summer - gotta start thinking of what to make!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wander Layout for Scrap-Info Magazine

Here is the second layout I made for Scrap-Info Russian Scrapbooking Magazine!
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WANDER by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: Lots of things I love all rolled up into one page: stitching, a big background element, traveling, and COLOR!

JOURNALING SAYS: This was one of my favorite places in Ireland, maybe even all of Europe because of all the colors! Be still my heart! I hope we get to go back to Kinsale some day when it's nice and warm and relax in this spot.

HOW TO: This globe is a super old Two Peas cut file (RIP :( so I encourage finding a similar one in the Silhouette store (click on that link to go right to globes) or send me an email! Replace the blade with a pen and draw the globe onto white cardstock, poke a hole every 1/4" all around, then backstitch with blue thread. Create two clusters of embellishments - one on the top right including the photo and journaling, and the other on the bottom left; this helps draw the eye all around the page. I placed a puffy star sticker over "Los Angeles" which was our last home. Germany is covered up or I would have put it there. I cut out the phrases from the 6x6" circles paper and glued them around the curve of the globe and added machine stitching here and there for more texture and whimsy. Lastly I dropped blue watercolors over the embellishment clusters.

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, die cuts, journaling spots, layered sticker, puffy stickers, chipboard stickers: Fancy Free by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Globe cut file: Two Peas; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Floss: DMC; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Watercolors: Loew Cornell

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One more layout to share!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016 Graduation Layout

I have a layout up on the Kerri Bradford Studio blog made with one of her awesome cut files: Subway Art Graduation 2016!
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2016 GRADUATION by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: The Subway Art Graduation 2016 cut file was perfect for pairing with Fox's recent pre-school graduation pics!

JOURNALING SAYS: I am so proud of you for finishing three whole years of pre-school and all that you have done, learned, and accomplished with all of your different teachers, classrooms, and the everlasting friendships that you've made!

HOW TO: Draw the Subway Art Graduation 2016 onto white cardstock using a black Silhouette Sketch Pen and then paint in each letter, except the "2016" and "Graduation" - backstitch through the unpainted letters using white thread. Add small photos down the right edge along with some journaling and a few embellishments.

SUPPLIES: Cut file: Subway Art Graduation 2016 by Kerri Bradford Studio; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Chipboard sentiment, heart die cut, glitter heart sticker, tags: Fancy Free by Paige Evans | Pink Paislee; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Thread: DMC; Gouache: Acryla

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Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Malm's Visit

My mother dearest (we call her Malm) just visited for 10 not nearly long enough days! We had lots of day trips and even an overnighter planned to the Eagle's Nest, buuuuuut... the weather was a no go down in Berchtesgaden, so we didn't go... We mostly just stayed home! And it was WONDERFUL! Best vacation ever. Here is a short recap of some of the things we did do:

Swipe Jane's face and she will instantly be put into a trance. 
My little brother figured this out at my little sister's wedding reception when Jane was a baby. Works like a charm every time! Tantrum in the middle of the grocery store? Swipe her face. Want her to go to sleep? Swipe her face. It's the answer to everything.

The first morning after Malm arrived we were sitting at the table and I noticed she had a chip in her front tooth. I asked Chris if he could fix it. An hour later we entered the torture chamber and Chris worked his magic! Good as new!

On Saturday we drove an hour south to Regensburg to eat at our favorite German restaurant - Weissbräuhaus. The kesselspitze (deluxe mac'n'cheese) is top notch.
Regensburg details:

Another morning we hiked up to the top of Rauer Kulm. Beautiful views and a beautiful day!
Another day we went to Weiden and window shopped along the pretty town square.

I'm basically a grown up child because I LOVE Legos. Oh so much. I was stoked when we went into Müller and saw a Beauty and the Beast set I hadn't ever seen before - I looked it up as soon as we got home and it's not even due out until August. Score :)
Another morning we were going to walk to the bakery in Eschenbach, but when I google mapped it, it was an hour away. Soo... we drove and were there and back again within 15 minutes.
Joey and Rachel liked having a new human around to love. 

The real reason my mom came all the way to Germany:
But for reals, I think she bought 30 pounds of gummy bears! I can't blame her. They're good. So good.
While I was scrapping throughout the week, Malm was working on her tasseling business! She brought all the supplies to create a new item for her shop - a cute cake topper!
I talked my mom into getting us some more flowers, my fave :) Thanks Malm!

Other things we did that I didn't get pictures of: we went to the food court and ate a lot of Taco Bell, got Thai food twice, ate at the soldier's cafeteria per Malm's request, had popcorn every single night, shopped at the PX and commissary, printed photos at Rossman, made delicious sugar cookies (we STILL have some Malm!), watched The Mentalist every evening after the kids went to bed, Malm watched the kids while we went and saw the movie Me Before You (soooo good! I cried like a baby!), relaxed outside in the sun (the weather was for the most part glorious - we even had a few thunderstorms which Malm loves), and basically just chilled. I know some people would think Malm is crazy for coming all the way to Germany to not really go anywhere, but, it was just so nice to spend some good quality time together and for the kids to see their Grandma! They've lived in Germany most of their lives so any time family comes it's a special treat!

Miss you Malm!