Bring on the Embellishments, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello crafty friends! I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today, and I’m sharing a layout that I made with the new Lets Stay Home collection. I wanted to document our daily walks, which started because of quarantine, and this collection is perfect for that.

First, I started with some color on white cardstock. I added just a drop of Pinkfresh Studio watercolor mixed with white gesso, and used a brayer to paint on my background. I used the colors bubble gumsapphire, and lavender.

I backed my photos with pattern paper from the 6×6 pattern paper pad, and adhered them to the layout with foam squares. Most of my paint ended up hidden behind the photos, but that’s ok.

Next, I layered on a bunch of embellishments to the right and bottom of my photos. I used a tag, a  puffy stickerstickersenamel dots, and lots of ephemera. (I added a little bit of shading to the rose with a pink Copic marker.) I also made my favorite layered heart from green pattern pattern paper, I punched some butterflies from the Better Things Are Ahead pattern paper, and I fussy cut some hearts from the Kind Hearts pattern paper. *I did add one ephemera piece from the Noteworthy collection: the cute bicycle.

The Let’s Go For a Walk ephemera pieces serves as my title. I wrote out my journaling, and added the “just breathe” sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studio You’ve Got This stamp set with blue jay ink pad.

To balance all the heaviness from the bottom of my layout, I added a scallop paper strip that I trimmed from the You Are Stronger pattern paper, and a floral ephemera piece. I added machine stitching to the paper strip, and to my punched butterflies.

I really love all the layered on embellishments, and how this layout turned out. I hope you do too.

Happy Thursday!

2 layouts, featuring Pinkfresh Studio’s new Lets Stay Home collection

Hello scrappy friends! Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I’m sharing 2 layouts I made using photo collages created on my phone and the new Lets Stay Home scrapbook collection from PFS. This collection is great for everything that’s been going around in the world right now, but you could use many of the pieces for everyday layouts.

For my first layout, I am documenting a photo collage of my younger girls.  My 4th grader was challenged by her art teacher to choose a color, and take a photo focusing on that color.  We chose to do all the colors, and I made a square photo collage.  

How perfect is the Better Things Are Ahead pattern paper for this photo?!  I used a heart die to die cut the rainbow squares.  I arranged them on a piece of white cardstock, then decided I needed a little bit of color on the background.  I used the Pinkfresh Studio watercolors to add splatters to my background.  I tried to keep in mind the colors of the hearts for a tone on tone look.  Once dry, I added the hearts back and then added machine stitching down the center of the hearts with coordinating thread. 

I used the Hold On pattern paper from the 6×6 pattern paper pad as a layer behind my photo, then adhered it to the right side of my layout.  Next I added my title using the mini puffy alpha stickers and a label from the cut apart pattern paper in the 6×6 paper pad.  I added my journaling strips, and then it was time to embellish. 

I didn’t want to cover up much more of the hearts, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  I made 3 fringed heart embelisshements, by die cutting a few more hearts from the remaining rainbow squares on the Better Things Are Ahead pattern paper.  Then I used my scissors to cut some fringe to the bottom half.  I adhered them to 3 of the background hearts with foam tape.

I tried to keep it tone on tone, and finished embellishing with pieces from the ephemera pack, some stickers, a fabric bow, and enamel dots.

I love how bright and colorful this layout tuned out!

For my next layout, I was playing with mixed media and decided to use a few pieces on my layout.  

I got a new gelliplate, and was playing with paint and some of the Pinkfresh Studio background stamps.  I have to say that I burned through lots of white cardstock, and knocked over my watercolor bottle not once, but twice…but I had so much fun just experimenting and playing! I used white acrylic paint, and mixed in some of the Pinkfresh Studio watercolor in Aquamarine to create a light minty color.  Using my brayer, I spread the paint in a thin layer on my gelliplate.  Next, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Diamond Tiles background rubber stamp and stamped off the paint, creating the negative on the gelliplate.  I placed a piece of white cardstock on top of the gelliplate and to get my negative painted image.  I also used the Pinkfresh Studio Lush Vines background rubber stamp along with the Summer Shower ink pad to add another pattern layer to the background.  I used some more of the Aquamarine watercolor and Sapphire watercolor to add splatter to my background. I also used the glue bottle I had laying on my desk, to “stamp” the watercolor rings on the cardstock.  

I took photos of my 3 girls in my wedding dress one day during our social distancing, and created another photo collage..becuase, why not? LOL!  To match my photo, I wanted a soft color palette, and this collection is perfect.  I backed my photo with the Best Place to Be patten paper from the 6×6 paper pad, a journaling bits pocket, and another sheet of paper the I made while experimenting with the gelliplate and the Pinkfresh Studio background stamps.  I placed the photo right on top of my mixed media.  It did cover up most of the pattern, but I thought that it grounded my photo perfectly. 

For my title, I used a combination.  I used the “beautiful” stamp from the Pinkfresh Studio You’ve Got This stamp set and the mini puffy alpha stickers.  

Next, I embellished around the photo with florals and pieces from the ephemera pack, some puffy sticker florals, chipboard flair, and enamel dots.

To balance off the heaviness of the left side of the layout, I decided to add journaling and a little bit of embellishments to the right side.  I started by adhering a strip of the Better Things Are Ahead pattern paper, and adding machine stitching.  For my journaling, I used a journaling card from the journaling bits pack.  I adhered that along with a piece of the same journaling pocket that I used to back the photo to the right side.  I finished with a trio of hearts ephemera and an enamel dot.

I am so thrilled with how soft and sweet this one turned out.  

I hope you liked taking a closer look at some of the pieces in the Lets Stay Home collection, and I hope I’ve inspired you to document some of your memories during this unique time.  Stay safe, and have a wonderful day!

Happy Tuesday!

You & Me, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello crafty friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout on the Pinkfresh Studio blog that I created with the Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Story collection.  I really love the black & white details mixed in with all the pastel and florals in this collection, and I wanted to highlight that.  

I am scrapping a pic of my husband and I from a few years ago.  I wanted your eye to be drawn to the photo, so I added layers and clusters of embellishments around the photo.  

I started off by using the sapphire watercolor to add some color to white cardstock.   I wanted that bold color, so I used to dropper to add big drops.  I also used a small paintbrush to add some splatter.  

Next, I started working on the layers behind the photo.  I used some pattern papers, ephemera, and I also diecut my favorite scalloped edge from the Lacey Edgers 1 die set out of white cardstock to layer behind the photos.  I added some machine stitching, and popped some of the layers with foam adhesive.  

To add even more details, I added floral ephemera, enamel dots, and a layered stitched heart around my photo.  I also added a banner ephemera, one of the fabric bows, and my title directly onto the photo.  

To balance off the heavy upper right corner, I added my journaling and a few pieces of layered ephemera to the lower left of my layout.  

I love how this layout turned out, and I hope you do too!

Happy Monday!

iNSD challenge for Pinkfresh Studio

Hey friends! Happy international Scrapbook Day (iNSD) 2020! I have a challenge with Pinkfresh Studio, and my challenge is: monochromatic.

Here is what I created for the challenge:

I decided to use the beautiful pinks in the Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Story and Noteworthy collections.  Since we have been staying home, I picked up a new hobby: hand embroidery.  When I finished my first piece, of course I took a photo to document it.  I decided I wanted to make a layout with a cutfile, and I remembered there was the Floral Hoop cutfile from PFS, which couldn’t be more perfect!

My challenge is now live, and you can find out all the details on the Pinkfresh Studio website: here. I’d love for you to take part in my challenge! Go check it out to see how you could win a goodie box!

Happy Saturday!

2 layouts, featuring Pinkfresh Studio’s My Favorite Story

Hello friends! How are you all doing? I am on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and today I’m sharing 2 layout that I created with Pinkfresh Studio’s new line: My Favorite Story.

For my first layout, I am documenting schoolwork at home while we social distancing. I am using a cutfile called Cool Backpack that you can check out in the cut files section on the Pinkfresh Studio website. This cutfile coordinates perfectly with Pinkfresh Studio’s Super Cool collection, but it works great for my homeschool theme and the My Favorite Story collection as well.

I cut the Cool Backpack cutfile from dark blue cardstock using my silhouette machine, then I backed it with various pattern papers in the collection. I also added some machine stitching is a coordinating blue thread to add a little more texture to the cutfile.

I set that aside, and started working on my background. Since I was documenting school work, I thought it would be fun if I made a background with the alphabet. I used the Adore Alpha Stamp set from Pinkfresh Studio along with the Ballet Slippers ink pad on a piece of white cardstock to stamp my own alphabet background paper. I turned some of the letters sideways or upside down, and I made sure to stamp off the paper. (I also didn’t bother stamping the middle of the paper since I knew I was going to cover it with the cutfile.)

Next, I adhered the cutfile with some thin foam squares. I backed my photos with pattern paper, then glued them on the layout. Next, I added the title, using the puffy alpha stickers, and my journaling.

I finished my layout with some embellishments. I used puffy stickers, some pieces from the ephemera pack, and enamel dots (my favorite).

I really love how this layout turned out, and I’m thrilled with the cutfile and my background.

For my second layout, I made a grid, which is one of my favorite layouts to make. Again, I used a piece of dark blue cardstock for my background. I added some white and gold splatters to the cardstock. While that was drying, I diecut my photo and 5 pieces of patten paper into squares using the Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Stitched squares die set.

I roughened up the edges of the squares, then adhered them to the layout using both double sided tape and foam squares for dimension.

I used the Love word from the puffy phrase stickers for my title. I embellished with a layered heart that I made, some ephemera pieces, stickers, and enamel dots.

I love how graphic and bold, yet simple this layout turned out.

I hope the I’ve inspired you to get crafty, and I hope you check out this fabulous collection. I also hope that you all are staying healthy and safe.

Happy Thursday!

2 square layouts, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello crafty friends! I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today, and I’m sharing 2 layouts that I created with Pinkfresh Studio’s new collections Super Cool and Noteworthy. I am featuring squares in both my layouts today. It wasn’t planned, but I love having a theme for the blog post.

For my first layout, I created a 4 square layout using the Noteworthy collection. I am also using a free cutfile, called folk heart, which you can find on the Pinkfresh Studio Fan Group FB page. You will find it in the Fan Group Freebies album in the photos.

I cut the folk heart 3 times from white cardstock. Then I cut just the outline of the heart from the Enchanted blooms pattern paper. I made sure that all of my hearts were the same size. Next, I trimmed the pattern paper that I cut the heart from to slightly smaller than 6×6 in. I also cut 3 more pieces of pattern paper to the same size; I used the other side of the Enchanted blooms pattern paper, as well as Happy Thoughts and All the Goodness. To these 3 pattern papers, I adhered the folk heart cut files by machine stitching down the middle of the heart. I also machine stitched around the edges of all the pattern paper, then roughened up the edges for texture.

I adhered all the squares to a white piece of cardstock, then started to embellish. I didn’t want to cover up too much of the folk hearts, so I added just a few embellishments to the middle. I used some ephemera pieces, some epoxy pieces, and enamel dots.

I added some embellishments to my photo. I added the Together title, which is a layered embellishment. I also journaled on a sticker tag, and added a few puffy stickers and enamel dots.

I absolutely love the way this layout turned out! I love the look of the cutfile, and the mix of pattern paper.

For my next layout, I used the Super Cool collection to document my daughter’s love of selfies and snapchat filters.

On a piece of white cardstock, I decided to add a little bit of color. I used my mini ink cube in Coral Reef to smush some color down on a pallete. I added some clear gesso, and mixed it with a paint brush so I could create a dry brush look. I also smushed the ink pad and added just a little bit of water for some splatters.

I decided to make a grid style layout, so I printed and trimmed all my photos into small squares. I decided to cut some pattern papers to about the same size. They are slightly smaller than 2×2 in. The pattern papers I used were Highlight, Choir, and Hashtag. To add some interest to the pattern paper squares, I added some machine stitching to some of the squares.

After arranging the squares, I adhered them to the cardstock…some with double sided tape, others with foam squares for added interest.

Next, I added the title. Those white puffy alpha are my favorite! I love the font, and they are a perfect size!

I finished my layout by embellishing some of the pattern paper squares. I fussy cut some items from pattern paper, I used puffy stickers, cardstock stickers and enamel dots.

I love how my layouts turned out, and I hope you were inspired to add some squares and grids to your projects as well.

Don’t forget to check out these awesome Pinkfresh Studio collections, and have a wonderful day!

Adore, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing my last project for Hip Kit Club (for now at least). I have just been feeling overwhelmed with my schedule, especially with 3 girls, so I needed a little break. Hopefully, Kimberly will have me back on the team when I am ready.

For my layout, I was challenged to use a cutfile. I used the HKC February 2020 subscriber cutfile called Floral Heart. You can find it on the HKC website. I used my January 2020 Hip Kits for this layout.

I cut the cutfile with white cardstock. I really loved the variety of flowers on the cutfile, so I wanted to highlight that. I left some of the flowers white and open, I painted some of the flowers with light pink, and I backed a few of the flowers with pattern paper.

I chose the shimmery blue cardstock for the background, because it matched my 2nd daughters dress. In fact, my entire layout seems to match her dress, LOL!

The photo is from a wedding that we recently went to. The wedding was beautiful, and my girlies looked so cute!

Since the cutfile is big and pretty busy, I didn’t want to overwhelm the layout with too many embellishments. I backed my photo with a couple pattern paper layers, then adhered it to the layout with foam tape. I embellished with just a few Pinkfresh Studio floral ephemera, and a small “adore” puffy title.

I really love how this layout turned out, and I hope I’ve inspired you to use a cutfile on your next layout.

Happy Thursday!

Love, recipe challenge layout featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!

I created a layout using the awesome January 2020 Hip Kits for the Hip Kit Club weekly challenge. This week’s challenge is a recipe challenge. The recipe includes: layered hearts, stitching, frame, black & white accent, sparkle, and fussy cutting. I managed to include all of the recipe “ingredients,” as well as a HKC exclusive cut file.

I started out by cutting the heart background HKC subscriber cut file out of white cardstock. I just wanted a little bit of texture on my layout, so I kept it tone on tone, and I glued the center portions straight to the cardstock. I also ripped one side of the cardstock, and added a black & white striped pattern paper border to the right. Next, I worked on the recipe items.

I had some layered hearts left over from one of my previous layouts, but I did make one more. I also fussy cut some of the speech bubbles from a Pinkfresh Studio pattern paper.

I added my photo, backed by some PFS pattern paper and a HKC exclusive 4×6 card. I also tucked in 2 PFS chipboard frames.

For the sparkle, I chose a glittery title from the Pink Paislee thickers sheet. I also added a few glitter enamel hearts.

I love how this layout turned out, and I hope you’ll play along with our recipe challenge! 

Happy Sunday!

Wild Child, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing a layout that I created using the fabulous January 2020 Hip Kit Club kits. I was challenged to make a moodboard inspired layout, and I loved the rainbow image in the February moodboard… Also, all the hearts!

Here is what I created:

I started by fussy cutting the rainbow from a Pinkfresh Studio pattern paper, and I added lots of machine stitching in coordinating colors to add interest and texture. I chose the shimmery aqua colored cardstock for my background, and I added some white splatters. I adhered the rainbow with foam squares.

Then, I added my photo and title using the white puffy alpha stickers from Pinkfresh Studio. I hand wrote my journaling directly onto the rainbow.

I embellished with the heart lollipop sticker and glitter enamel hearts. I also fussy cut speech bubbles from another Pinkfresh Studio pattern paper, and adhered them to the layout.

I really love how my layout turned out…the photo of my daughter is one of my favorites! Haha! I hope I inspired you to get crafty, and don’t forget to check out the kits on the Hip Kit Club website!

Happy Tuesday!

a super cool & a noteworthy layout, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello Pinkfresh Studio friends!  I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and today I’m sharing 2 scrapbook layouts.  I made another layout using the Super Cool collection, and a layout using the new Noteworthy collection.

First, I’ll start with the Noteworthy layout.  (If you went to Creativation this year, you may have seen this layout hanging in the Pinkfresh Studio booth!)

I used the hexagon dies in the Basic label frames die set to die cut hexagons from most of the pattern papers in this collection.  Next I arranged them and adhered them to a piece of pink cardstock.  I wanted to have some interest and variety in the hexagons, so I layered different sized hexagons, I added some machine stitching, and I even hand stitched a few hexagons.

I added my 2 photos next.  Can you believe the photos of my sister’s pup were taken only taken 6 months apart?!  

I embellished the photos with a tag, some ephemera, and enamel dots.  Next, I embellished some of the hexagons with some stickers, ephemera, and enamel dots.

This layout definitely took some time to create, but is well worth it. I love how it turned out!

For my next layout, I made another layout with the Super Cool collection.  (You can see the first layout that I made for the Pinkfresh blog here.)  This layout is perfect for teens, so I made a layout about my 13 year old.

I started off by fussy cutting the polaroid frames from the Hashtag pattern paper.  Next I adhered some photos that I printed and trimmed with a white border using foam squares.    

I softly ink blending on a piece of white cardstock.  I used the mini ink cubes, and the colors that I used were sky bluemeadow, and sweet mustard.  I also added some white splatters.  Once dry, I arranged the polaroids, and machine stitched them in 2 banners.  I added my title using the white puffy alpha from this collection. I absolutely love the font and the size of this alpha…definitely one of my favorites!!!

I finished my layout by embellishing the polaroids with no photo, and I added a few embellishments to some of the photos as well.  I used puffy stickers, enamel dots, ephemera, stickers, and a few more fussy cut items.  There were so many embellishments and sentiments that applied to my daughter! 

I love how my layouts turned out, and I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty.  Don’t forget to check out these new paper collections!

Happy Tuesday!