Wednesday, November 15, 2017

December Daily filler pages - DT project for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hey there scrappy friends,


I'm back today with some new projects to share that I created for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team. 

I'm sure many of you do December Daily and this year I decided to do one again too. I really loved the main kit and many extras from Ali Edwards so I felt inspired to work on my DD already. 

The cards/pages I created will not be in the same place in my album, I will mix them in with simpler designs. At least that's the plan! I will try to include a list of supplies but I've used so many different collections, lots of scraps from previous years, that I might miss a few. 

Without further ado, here's what I've done so far!

I've made pages in all page protector sizes available in the DD albums. First up the 6x8" pages... 

I used a scrap piece of plaid paper to cut the Snowflake dots (ID #217965) design from, then attached it to a 6x8" white card stock. Since the plaid paper was smaller, I cut a piece of patterned paper from the Ali Edwards DD kit for the top bit. For the big title I cut apart a 3x4" acetate card, and also added a chipboard sentiment below it - both from the AE DD kit. Just to add a bit more interest to my page, I adhered some metallic gold thread and a flair button (from A Flair for Buttons) in the middle of the snowflake and placed some enamel dots here and there (Pinkfresh Studio - December Days).

One of my favorite pieces in the AE DD main kit this year is this pocket page! I can't wait to fill it with some random stuff that don't fit in the page protectors. I also made some tags to write my stories on (I used Crate Paper Falala and Echo Park Paper Twas the Night Before Christmas for my tags as well as some AE and Studio Forty stamps). I used a part of the Poinsettia Nordic Background (ID #228022) cut file to create a 4x6" card that I glued on the front of the pocket. I cut the design from white textured card stock (Bazzill, always Bazzill!!!) and backed it with scraps of patterned papers (My Mind's Eye Comfort & Joy, Jen Hadfield). I created a cluster for the middle, consisting of a wood veneer and two chipboards, all from the AE DD kit. I used the Labels - Set of 3 (ID #216960) cut file to create a little tab, which I then stamped "Here's the story" on.

Lately I've been more keen on using eyelets again, so I thought it would be a good idea to add some gold and red ones to the 6 holes. Yeah. No. While I really love love love the look, I can barely turn the page in my album, they are way too tight. I did try if the rings fit through and can be moved but of course I did not think of the fact that they get smaller once I set them...

Next up, the most important page in the book ha! We do the presents on Christmas Eve, so for us the 24th is Christmas. Now, I didn't add dates to most of these cards because I have no idea where in the album they will go. However this one I knew I'd use for the 24th so I attached some number stickers on top of an acetate shape (both from the AE DD kit). For the opposite side I cut half of the Scalloped Circles Background (ID #222606) from a red paper from the Paige Evans/Pink Paislee Turn the Page collection, then backed some of the scallops with papers from EP Twas the Night Before Christmas, Fancy Pants Merry & Bright and Pinkfresh Studio December Days. I added another favorite from the AE kit, the Merry cork piece. To finish off this page I adhered some wood buttons (PFS December Days) at the bottom and added another stamped label at the top (same Labels - Set of 3 (ID #216960) cut file as above).

One of my favorite sizes to work with has to be 3x8"! I find it so special! So here are two pages I created in this size:

For the one on the left I cropped the Lightstrand Background cut file (ID #216750) to fit this size. I used textured white card stock and painted the bulbs gold with some Prima gold water color paint. Not sure where the plaid paper is from, I have way too many...but the embellies are all from PFS December Days. 

The papers I used for the second one are from EP Twas the Night Before Christmas and Jen Hadfield. I cropped the Stars Background cut file (ID #225768) to fit this size, also added a border to it so that it is easier to attach it to the 3x8" paper behind it. For extra embellishments I chose some gold sparkle antlers from the MME Christmas on Market Street collection and a label die cut (Labels - Set of 3 (ID #216960). The stamp is from Pinkfresh Studio.

Now coming to the next size, 4x6"...I've made 4 cards for now.

For the one on the top I picked out the Polaroid Frame Border cut file (ID #228024). Isn't it the cutest thing?! Especially in this tiny size! I die! The red paper is from Paige Evans/Pink Paislee Turn the Page, the pink one is from PFS December Days. There's a cut apart paper in the PFS line and this one with the socks happened to fit perfectly! I love happy accidents like this. I backed the red die cut with little images from the same PFS cut apart sheet. Then I just placed both frame borders on a plaid paper and done!

As for the bottom one. This was actually the very first one I made and even though I was not going to go with this color scheme, this card changed my mind. Red is my least favorite color but for Christmas I really don't mind using it, it should seem :). I sized down the Poinsettia Background cut file (ID #217962) and cropped out a 4x6" piece from it. I adhered it to the red background (PE/PP Turn the Page) and for embellies I chose some enamel dots and puffy stickers from the PFS December Days collection.

Next up, two more 4x6" cards. For both of these I used the Folk Art Christmas Trees cut file (ID #216729), for the one on top I took apart the tree and used only the middle part of the cut file. I repeated the same pattern on a 4x6" base. I cut this from textured white card stock and backed it with a red and black plaid patterned paper. Then to add more interest I also glued the negative pieces on top (they were too pretty to throw away!). The chipboard elements are from MME Christmas on Market Street. A couple of black sequins and done!

The card at the bottom is very simple. I cropped one of the christmas trees in the above mention cut file set for the red one and for the plaid one I only used the outline of the tree and I also cropped this at the top and bottom. I glued down the plaid tree first, on a paper from a DD kit, then popped up the red tree using foam adhesive. I finished off this card by adding a simple sentiment sticker.

Now come the smaller sizes, first 3x4"...I made 4 of these so far. 

I used different cut files on all of them. Let's start from top left. I chose the Cut and Fold Stars cut file (ID #219438). I made sure I used a patterned paper which I liked both sides of, especially together, since you will see both sides once you fold the half star to make a whole star. If that makes any sense! I backed this with a black plaid paper and only added a simple black chipboard from the AE DD kit to embellish this card, since I didn't want to cover up the background.

For the card on the top right I cut a 3x4" base from a scrap piece of Crate Paper Falala paper. I cut the Ornaments Pair (ID #216756) from textured white card stock as well as some EP Twas the Night Before Christmas papers, all 4 in different sizes. Then I arranged them at the top and cropped them. I attached a chipboard circle with my tiny attacher and adhered a cork number on top of the ornaments. Both of these embellies are from the AE DD kit. I stamped some lines using a Studio Forty stamp, because I know I surely will have something to say about December 9, since this is the day we celebrate Sinterklaas with our family in Holland. He brings presents to the kids on December 6 (the Dutch traditionally don't do presents at Christmas but at Sinterklaas), but since we can only go at the weekend, we celebrate on the 9th.

Bottom left card is up next. I used another cut and fold design on this one, the Cut and Fold Snowmen (ID #216999). I cut this from textured white card stock and backed it with a gold wood grain look specialty paper from Jen Hadfield. For some pops of color I added a strip of plaid paper at the top as well as the bottom. I picked two chipboard elements from the MME Comfort & Joy collection to decorate this card. 

Last but not least, the bottom right card. I think this is my favorite! I used a 3x4" card (from one of the older DD kits I believe) for the base and layered the Geometric Stars Background (ID #227004) cut file on top of it. I simply cropped out a 3x4" piece from the cut file. To back the stars I used the red paper from PE/PP Turn the Page and a darker red one from EP Twas the Night Before Christmas. I glued some light pink enamel dots in the middle of the color stars. To finish off this card I attached a rubber piece from the AE DD kit.

So that I cover all sizes of page protectors in the December Daily album, I also created one in 2x2" size. This format is another favorite of mine, I just love everything tiny! What I did here, you should not follow haha! I thought I'd be clever and design my page already in the Studio program, as in, I took apart the cut file into 2x2" squares and cut them already prepared for me. Same with the backing. The reason I did this is because my trimmer is not exactly reliable when it comes to straight lines! Or several layers of papers. So I ended up spending hours on this simple design, trying to piece everything back together. Of course I lost some pieces along the way! So I suggest if you do this kind of design, print your cut file in 6x8", back it, adhere it to your 6x8" paper and only then cut it into 2x2". Just a thought! Oh, and this adorable cut file is the Candy Cane Background (ID #229108). The papers are from the MME Comfort & Joy collection. The only embellishment I added (on the page protector itself) is a wood veneer number 6 from Freckled Fawn. I partially embossed it with gold embossing powder, just to make it a bit more festive!

Alright, that's it guys! I told you it was going to be a long post, phewww. 
I hope you like these pages and are inspired by one or two!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy crafting!


Monday, November 13, 2017

Thank You Teacher - DT project for Fancy Pants Designs

Hi there,

I'm back today with a project I created for Fancy Pants. Our focus this time was the wonderful new collection Take Note, designed by the lovely Amber LaBau.

This collection, as its name suggests, is all about planning, notebooks, school, books - especially the embellishments. The papers are mostly generic, so you could use them for any project really. And I'm in love with them! Gorgeous colors and patterns, you can come up with many different color combinations! Looking at the die cut pack I thought it would be a good idea to create some teacher appreciation cards.

I've had this cut file for years but every time I opened it, I got overwhelmed. There's a lot of small pieces! But now I took the time to search for a tutorial on the internet, had a look, and all of a sudden it didn't seem that complicated anymore! If you're interested, you find the tutorial here.

It took a while to cut all the pieces, especially the small ones, even with the Cameo. I'm not big on planning ahead, and here I had to. So I planned out in the Studio program what piece I want to cut from which paper and colored the pieces so I don't forget. Especially because I wanted to create 3 cards with 3 different color combinations. I didn't use all pieces available in the cut file because I wanted to use some pieces from the ephemera pack of this collection.

While cutting the files I started to assemble the cards. I used white textured cardstock as base for all of them to achieve a coherent look. Then I started working on the small pieces like the pencils and apples. I actually didn't end up using up all the pieces I cut!

First I attached the patterned paper panels, the Thank You banners and the teacher labels - here I sewed on different cute buttons from the series. 

Once done, I checked what die cuts from the ephemera pack I could use to decorate my cards. I started gluing these to the base, making sure everything is in the right place and is visible. For this I folded the cards at each step.

I love how they turned out! I'm glad I gave it another try because it was really fun working on these!

I hope you like my cards!

Thanks  for stopping by!

Till next time X

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Happy Heart - DT layout for Just Nick

Hello crafty friends,
I'm back today with a new layout for Just Nick. This week we are focusing on leaf cut files and I chose this one:

I've used this set many times before, but it is still a favourite! I used one of these four lovely leaves, multiplied them and formed a flower shape.

I love to create for Just Nick, because I can use any supplies my heart desires! And I'm mostly trying to choose an older collection I still have a lot of, which is the case with the one I used for this layout, Chasing Dreams from Maggie Holmes. This is still my favourite collection from Maggie Holmes to this date! The colors are beautiful and there are so many patterned papers in the collection that I can use for backgrounds!

I cut the leaves from textured white card stock, in different sizes. I backed them with various patterned papers, making sure I have a balanced look. If I have stand alone shapes like these flowers (so no background cut files) I always adhere only a part of them to the patterned paper because I love love love the curve the cut file has after peeling it off the mat. This adds dimension and interest to the layout too. I played around with different arrangements and finally settled on this one. No rhyme or reason, I just liked this the most.

Once I had the design I wanted, I glued everything down. I didn't add a whole lot of embellishments, a few buttons and chipboard shapes to the middle of my flowers as well as some stickers around my photo.

I wrote some journaling and stamped my date. As almost always, I finished off the layout by adding some black ink spatters.

It's simple but I like how it turned out. These colours just make me happy!

I hope I could inspire you in some small way today!

Until next time,