Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Masculine Layouts with Vicki Boutin Mixed Media

Hello Vicki Boutin fans! This week, the Design Team is focusing on Dad layouts. I chose to start with the mixed media Ready to Use Paper Pad, and create a large title. The Ready To Use Paper Pad allows you to quickly start your layout, and I usually place my page elements over the mixed media area already on the page. 

The large title is fitting, since my Dad is 6 feet and 7 inches tall! I used some generic gold poster stickers for the title, and traced around the sticker onto the Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope paper (Odds and Ends). This pattern has a retro masculine look, and I love the strips it features. I then backed the Vicki Boutin paper letters with the gold stickers to tie in the gold media splatters on the page.

Step One: Create the title. Step Two: Add the strips of torn edge patterns over the pre-printed mixed-media area. I folded up the bottoms of each strip to show the pattern on the back. This adds lots of texture to your page. I chose patterns that felt masculine, and the colors coordinate with the colors in the photos.

Step Three: Add photos and embellishments. I added the fussy-cut cameras, and the journaling die cuts in a vertical meandering line to highlight the photos. I tilted the embellishments at different angles since the photos are also tilted. 

Step Four: Add your journaling and word strip stickers from the Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope Sticker Book. I trimmed some of the word strip stickers to fit on the die cuts. The fussy-cut cameras are a nod to my Dad's love of photography. It is so important for me to treasure the connections and relationships in my life. I hope you get to create a page about the Dad figures in your life. Thanks for visiting today, and happy crafting! 


Saturday, June 8, 2019

How to Watercolor Your Own Floral Page Elements: Video Tutorial

Hello friends! I have a new video tutorial, featuring the American Crafts Sparkle City collection by Shimelle!! I love her tone-on-tone patterns! Below, see how I used watercolor Markers from Vicki Boutin to create custom page elements!

I was inspired by my Mom’s favorite colors, and I painted her the floral truck watercolor painting on the left for Mother’s Day. I wanted a soft color palette, so I created my own custom page elements using watercolors. This technique is easy, and you can recreate it even if you have never painted with watercolor. I found a package of the half circle felted wool embellishment from Amy Tangerine and thought they wound be perfect at the bottom of the paper strips, like a beaded curtain, or a wall weaving. 

The watercolor florals are gathered at the top like a floral swag. I piled them over and underneath one another to create lots of texture and dimension on the page. The watercolor leaves are added in at organic angles to create movement on the layout. I will show you how to easily shade the flowers with the watercolor markers in the video below. 

You can see here that each color of the florals coordinates with the patterned paper below it. I love the tone on tone patterns in the Shimelle Sparkle City collection, because they are patterned enough to create interest but subtle enough for the photos and florals to take center stage. I added lots of embellishments from the Sparkle City Collection too.

In this close-up, you can see how I added some of the holographic circle Thickers from Shimelle’s Sparkle City under the embroidery floss stitching. The stitching went very quickly because it is basically just one long stitch in multiples over the patterned paper. There are eleven large stitches on the page.  The vehicle die cuts add the unexpected element, and repeat the truck in the photo.

This is  a fun way to create custom page elements, in any color you desire. I coordinated the splatters by using the same watercolor markers as I used on the florals. I also added more watercolor splashes near the bottom of the paper strips to create the ombre effect that matches the ombre colored embroidery floss. 

Grab a cup to sip on, and enjoy the start to finish process video below. Thanks for visiting today, Leigh.


Shimelle Sparkle City: Patterned Paper (#351351, #351349, #351346), Sticker and Washi Book Folder (#351332), Card Stock and Lenticular Shapes (#351333), Sparkle Thickers (#351328), Dear Lizzy Clothespins (#346497), Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope Patterned Paper (#351091), Amy Tangerine Wool Half-circle Stickers (#341897), Vicki Boutin So Fun Stamps (#351106), Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Watercolor Markers (#348216), Vicki Boutin White Foundations

Thursday, May 23, 2019

How To Create A Travel Layout With The New Pink Paislee Horizon Project Pad

Hello friends! I have a new project to share using the brand new Horizon Project Pad from Joann Stores! This new Designer Destination line has lots of different designer collections to choose from, with something for everyone's taste. I made a layout about my daughter's favorite city from our first ever cruise this past summer.  I chose the Paige Evans Horizon line because of the beautiful travel and floral elements, and the beautiful mosaic style patterns.

The elements in this Paige Evans Horizon collection are so beautiful! It was easy to create a color scheme and add in the floral die cuts and the bicycle elements to portray our day in Amsterdam. Everywhere we went, there were people on bicycles, and flowers, and water canals. I feel like the finished page gives you the feeling of a day spent in Amsterdam.

You can see the layers of mixed media, then hand cut leaves and punched leaves, and floral die cuts. Lots of layers add interest to the right side of the layout. I added quite a few different varieties of the die cut sprigs, some of them are from the Tim Holtz Garden Greens Dies (#661206). The watercolor splatters extend past the piles of greenery to soften the edges.

I layered the blue mosaic pattern (Paper 5) and the quilt pattern (Paper 12) under the photo layers. Then I added the photo frame die cuts and a tag for journaling under the two photos. Another flower die cut from the Ephemera pack and a hand-cut leaf peaks out from behind the photo frame die cut. The Paige Evans Thickers are the perfect size to add the title below the photo cluster.

I added different stamped phrases from the  Paige Evans Horizon Stamps in blue around the edge of the greenery. The top left cluster has more mixed media watercolor under the die cuts, stickers, and punched leaves. I added the pink florals around the bicycle die cut to add more of the pink color to the top left area of the page. This was a fun page to create, and I loved playing with the gorgeous Paige Evans Horizon Collection!

Thank you for joining me, and happy crafting!

Horizon collection at Joann Stores:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Damask Love Wild Card Scrapbook Layout: Paper Cacti

Hello friends! Leigh here, with my very first scrapbook layout using the brand new Damask Love paper collection called Wild Card! This collections is so fun and colorful! I LOVE it!! 

I love the patterns in this collection, and chose to create paper cacti with the gorgeous double sided 12x12 card stock patterns. I first added a layer of Vicki Boutin Gesso to the background paper (Let's Chill) and after it air dried, I added the watercolor with Vicki Boutin Watercolor Markers, and paints. 

Up close, You can see the hand-stitching on the hand cut paper cacti I created. You can hand-cut the cacti shapes easily with a craft knife or scissors. I cut several of the same shape so that I could layer them. After adhering the layers over each other, I stitched and folded up the top layers so that I could trim them down. Trimming down the top layer to a smaller width allows you to view the layer beneath. I added cross-hatch stitching to the hand-cut Prickly Pear shaped cacti. 

The stickers, sequins, and ephemera packs have plenty of options for easy embellishment on your layouts, or any paper craft! I cut three of the smaller cacti from the cut-apart 12x12 patterned card stock. The other small cacti I from the Ephemera Pack! I love the bright and clean rainbow colors in this collection! 

I added the card stock sticker "Hello" for the title, and also added a few sticker words throughout the layout. You can use the new American Crafts Wild Card by Damask Love collection for any bright and happy paper craft you can imagine! Love!! 


See more info about this collection and the designer, Amber, at Damask

Thank you for visit today! 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Hobonichi Style Plan With Me: Week 15 and Debut of Damask Love Products at Joann Stores!

Hello friends! I have another post and video to share using The Reset Girl™ April "Girl Friday" kit available hereApril Girl Friday Kits

Hobonochi is a Japanese planner that has taken the world by storm! Once you get one, you understand the craze:) The paper is phenomenal! Tomoe River paper is thin, so it isn't bulky, but withstands fountain pen, watercolor, inks, and many other mediums very well. 

I am loving the combination of listing and memory planning in my Hobonichi! It is actually an Edit B6 Diary Weeks left from Little Craft Place, but since that is not a popular brand yet, so I say Hobonichi style, and everyone in the planner community knows what I mean! :)

The right side features the memory planning side, and the light lines make it super easy to journal on this side! I combined the girls from the Girl Friday Kit, with some American Crafts supplies from Joann Stores , and Amber of Damask Love

The left side shows the listing prompts from The Reset Girl! I love combining the prompts in the predates days on the left! IT makes this project so easy to keep up with! Note: All the table scatter in this photo is from the Wild Card collection by American of Damask Love in collaboration with American Crafts!! Available at select Joann Stores nationwide! 


Thank you for visiting today! 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Tonic Studios USA and Dream In Color Collection: Idea One

Hello friends! I have a new collaboration with! I am excited to share the new Tonic Studios USA Dream In Color collection available at Scrapbook .com! 

I used the new Nuvo Jewel Drops, Shimmer Powders, and Crystal Drops from this new line from!

 Idea One: Add drops to the lines and patterns already printed on your paper! The new Honeysuckle Jewel Drops were used along the road in the map paper from Heidi Swapp's new Color Fresh line. It also symbolizes all roads lead to Creativation!

The Jewel Drops are translucent, and create a beautiful effect on your pages!

This next page in my travel journal for Creativation shows the drops added to the circle pattern on the right side near the tags. This is a simple way to use your drops and highlight some pattern on the layout. The drops are perfect for your smaller documentation styles like a travel journal,  junk journal, mini album, and so much more. The die cuts on the above pages are from the Heidi Swapp Pineapple Crush line. 

Here are the links to the new products at, if you would like to get your hands on all these yummy colors! 

Thank you for visiting today, and happy creating! 

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Reset Girl™ March Hopeful Kit: Hobonichi Style Plan With Me

Hello friends! I have a short post and video today featuring the B6 Edit Diary and the March Hopeful Kit from The Reset Girl™!

 Week 10: I love this Hobonochi style planner and am starting it as a mental health, positivity journal! I can use it for my listing pages too! I think I have finally found planner peace! The Hoeful Kit is full of beautiful images, and you can get one here:

Since this is a B6(5x7) size, it is perfect to fit some journaling listing and photo journaling too!

Two 2x3 photos fit nicely on this right side. with plenty of room for journaling too!

You can get this B6 notebook at Little Craft Place here:

I also have a you-tube video Plan With Me here