Paige Taylor Evans

50 First Layouts | Love You Always ft Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide

Hello lovelies, today I am sharing this fun scrapbook layout using Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide collection plus a Silhouette cut file from Paige Evans!

Have a look at this fun layout!

Larkindesign 50 First Layouts | Love You Always ft Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide

My photo, and therefore the story of this layout is about Nick and the time back in February that we went to the vintage arcade in Winston Salem. I chose a selfie we took on that day together as the starting point for this layout.

Larkindesign 50 First Layouts | Love You Always ft Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide

I absolutely love this cut file from the Silhouette store designed by Paige Taylor Evans. I cut strips of paper to adhere behind the pattern of the cut file. As I laid out the strips I tried to switch up the colors to add variety and texture to this background, and I adore how it turned out! Once the background was complete then I was free to add my photos and embellish.

Larkindesign 50 First Layouts | Love You Always ft Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide

I loved all the textures and colors in the Let Your Heart Decide collection and made a point to include my favorites here! I did use the blue frame to make the photo pop off the background, and then I layered leaves and hearts and my journaling around the photo.

Larkindesign 50 First Layouts | Love You Always ft Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide

I have kept my journaling really simple for this layout. The who, what, where, and when are here at the bottom of the photo, and I added my why near the top of the photo. I kept this so simple for this layout and that is ok!

Larkindesign 50 First Layouts | Love You Always ft Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide

My title is placed vertically on the layout, which feels somewhat unexpected but I really love it. It does an excellent job to balance the photo on the layout and I loved using those alphabets!

Thanks for joining me today! See you soon!

~Theresa

Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

Hi lovelies! Today I am sharing this lovely layout about bad Mondays – do you have them?! I did this week and oh boy, it set me back a bit. So I settled in to practice a bit of creative self care. In this layout I am working with Paige Evans brand new collection called Turn the Page and the Triangle cut file from Paper Issues!

 

Here is a look at the completed layout:

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

There are so many yummy things about this layout, so let’s start with the cut file from Paper Issues. I love the triangles and I wanted to cut the 2×2 papers to fit behind the cut file.

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

I used my Studio Calico paints to create a really subtle background, and you can just see it peeking out behind my title work. Paint is one of my favorite ways to practice creative self care: moving the brush around the page is so very satisfying to me!

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

My title began with the days of the week wood words from Freckled Fawn and I have borrowed the words of Monday Monday, a song by The Mamas and The Papas. I know, can’t you just hear it in your head now? The rest of the title is made using the alphabet from Turn the Page. My journaling fit perfectly in between the lines here.

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

At the top of the page I added just a tiny banner from the 2×2 paper pad. This establishes the boundary of the layout here, so your eye knows exactly where this layout ends. 

Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!Larkindesign Mixed Media Layout | Monday Monday ft. Paige Evans Turn the Page!!!

I am so glad you joined me today! This was a fun layout and a great way to practice creative self care during a really rough week. See you soon!

~Theresa

{scrappyChristmasinJuly} December DailyISH 2011 Pt 04 | Layouts 1 & 2!!!

Hi guys! Happy Scrappy Christmas in July!!!! Join scrappylikeafox Tracey Fox and a bunch of us at the ScrapGals Facebook community to work on some Christmas projects this month!!!!

Today I am sharing the first two layouts in my 2011 DecemberISH album. I am using a combination of products today, including Maggie Holmes patterned papers, Ali Edwards stamps and embellishments, and Paige Evans Oh My Heart!

For today I have two layouts in the album. I am not sure if I am going to number these somehow? I am thinking about adding number tags maybe just to number the stories themselves? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

Larkindesign {scrappyChristmasinJuly} December DailyISH 2011 Pt 04 | Layouts 1 %26 2!!!

For the first layout in the album I had this photo from our very first date! Even though this was back in September of 2011, I thought it was a great memory to add and it particularly significant because this is our first Christmas together. 

 

Larkindesign {scrappyChristmasinJuly} December DailyISH 2011 Pt 04 | Layouts 1 %26 2!!!

I had the back of the chipboard tab to work with and that was the perfect place for the journaling on this layout. I am absolutely loving the messy gesso on the kraft with black ink! I added just a tiny bit of color at the bottom with the patterned paper strip (that is from My Mind’s Eye).

Larkindesign {scrappyChristmasinJuly} December DailyISH 2011 Pt 04 | Layouts 1 %26 2!!!

Our children have been an important part of our relationship since the very beginning, and I love that they will make lots of appearances throughout this album! For this layout I had an adorable photo of Natalie that I snapped one day while picking her and her brother up. She is literally only as tall as the fire hydrant here, but look how cheeky her expression is!

Larkindesign {scrappyChristmasinJuly} December DailyISH 2011 Pt 04 | Layouts 1 %26 2!!!

This patterned paper from Oh My Heart! already had lovely brush strokes of color so no mixed media was added. Only journaling, a few stamps, and the star clusters. I am working to include stitching in this album, as well, and this time I ran the zig-zag stitch forward and backwards through the machine. In some places it *almost* looks like cross-stitching. Ha!

Larkindesign {scrappyChristmasinJuly} December DailyISH 2011 Pt 04 | Layouts 1 %26 2!!!

The right hand side is not quite finished. The black floral ephemera is just floating in the pocket and when I finish the next side I plan to stitch that into place then. For the photo of Natalie I simply chose a few floral embellishments from Oh My Heart! and the Glee tab from the Ali Edwards CHEER story kit. 

Larkindesign {scrappyChristmasinJuly} December DailyISH 2011 Pt 04 | Layouts 1 %26 2!!!

That is all for today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

 

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

Hi guys!!!! I am working on Week 31 today and am so excited to show you some of Krista Sahlin’s beautiful fun products, so take a look at my process video here!

Hopefully you have heard the wonderful news that I am now serving on Sahlin Studio’s Creative Team, and I am delighted to be able to contribute to this amazing group of inspiring designers! This is the completed layout:

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

I began by bringing all my photos for the week into a Photoshop layout. I then chose my journaling cards from the Simplify Memory Pockets Monthly subscription kit. You can also just purchase the journaling cards as an Add-on, if you wish!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

You guys probably know by now that turquoise is my absolute all-time favorite color, and the turquoise in these cards spoke loudly to me. I made the background of the entire layout the same as the diagonal stripe in the date card just by using my color picker tool. Easy peasy. This turquoise also shows up in Paige Taylor Evans’ Fancy Free collection, so those are the Thickers I chose to create my Week title. And Absolutely, that is an *I* I used in place of a *1*.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

Our HOA does yard of the month, and we were chosen for that in the month of August. I have included two photos of our house, one just with the sign we displayed (nothing conspicuous there, ha!) and then another photo I snapped as we were out walking one night. I have lots of photos of our home, but I don’t think I have ever taken one from this angle.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

These photo journalers are fantastic. They are a digital file and I brought a couple of them (ok, a LOT of them) into Photoshop and simply printed them out onto a turquoise vellum. You could absolutely type your journaling on them before printing, or you could place them on your photo before you print your photo!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

We rearranged my studio in this particular week. I find my studio is constantly in process, constantly being changed and products being purged. I probably change it around about every 2 months! This quirky little cabinet is the one that houses my December Dailies, and while we were moving it around, Nico the cat moved into it. Hehe.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

I found some of the ephemera from Fancy Free coordinated beautifully with the Simplify cards. This puffy star and transparent piece are both from Fancy Free, and the yellow star is from Ali Edwards’ Project Life Storyteller kit.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

I used the Lined Up Word Art here in this photo, just for fun. I made a promise to myself earlier this year, that I would begin leaving some photos and/or cards unembellished, in an effort to Simplify my layouts (and my life). I love that Word Art allows you to embellish the photo so simply, but beautifully.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

For the right hand side of the layout, I began with this totally rad polka dot card. I needed this pattern in my life!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

My dotted line stamp, which is my go-to roller stamp from Becky Higgins, created the perfect journaling lines, and the floral chipboard piece softens the black and white of the card a bit. My Stuff stamp set from Ali Edwards Story kit fits great in the bracket!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

I absolutely love this plus/minus sign card but it felt a bit heavy on this layout. So I added this wooden heart with awesome turquoise glitter to break it up. I love using my embellishments to add different textures – wood, puffy stickers, stamps, and chipboard!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

We did a little shopping, and I used another Photo Journaler here. So simple.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

This is my cat Zoe, and she is literally rolling around in my paper bin. We all want to do that sometimes, don’t we?! Silly girl.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

The thing I love most about using digital cards and then embellishing on top is the relationship those two elements develop in the creation of the layout. The More of This card illustrates this beautifully – the Love and Stuff words are from Ali Edwards Story kits and my sentiment could not be expressed more perfect!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

Zoe again, giving her personal stamp of approval upon the location of the December Daily cabinet. Her little tail wrapped around the leg of the cabinet just melts hearts, doesn’t it?

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

This was so much fun! Please be sure to stop by Krista’s lovely blog and see what the designers have come up with, you will find so much inspiration: Sahlin Studio blog.

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Journal Vol. 02 Layout 04 On Being Brave | A Study in Contrast

Hi guys, so today’s art journaling layout is going to be a bit serious. This post may contain mention of sexual and intimate partner violence, although from the perspective of using art journaling to heal. Typically when I create my art journaling layouts, I try to come from a place of positivity and I try to use these layouts and the process to build myself up. Today’s is a bit different because I started with a black canvas and am studying some contrasts here. Take a look at my process video, and then I will chat more:

I have mentioned in the past that I am a survivor of intimate partner violence (domestic violence) in my previous marriage. Trauma is a very real part of my past and for several years I have been working through some of my pain related to that. I am a true believer that art has a tremendous ability to help us express some of the very complicated emotions that come with being a survivor.

Art Journal On Being Brave

Part of my urge to create art journals is to be able to tap into some of the art of color and texture and expression. Today’s layout, I will pre-qualify, is not meant to be pretty. I purposely began with a black canvas and then worked layers on top of that.

Art Journal On Being Brave

Sometimes, although not always, survivors find that their abuse they survived within their marriage is not the only abuse they have survived. Many women go on to learn about hidden abuse that lay dormant, hidden, in their past. When trauma occurs in childhood, frequently it becomes normalized, and unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior develop around them. Sometimes those unhealthy, but sub-conscious ways of seeing the world, set us up to be victims later on. 

Art Journal On Being Brave

This past week and month I have had to face the reality that indeed, my abuse was not only in my marriage but also in my childhood. That is all I am able to speak for now, but this art journal layout is an expression of the world around me. It is cloudy: some of it black and dark, some of it colorful and bright.

Art Journal On Being Brave

I used the tear drop stencil (from Faber Castell) to represent the tears that have been part of my whole life. Years ago a psychiatrist, based on the information I was able to give him at the time, diagnosed me with dysthymia, which is chronic depression. He asked me if I could remember a time in my life when I was ever happy, and truth is I couldn’t. Ever. Sure, there were many happy moments, and I had great parents who loved me very much, but I had always struggled with a feeling of something being wrong.

Art Journal On Being Brave

There were always people who convinced me to see the positive in life, although they now would never imagine what was happening to me in the dark. And I was able to make a good life, have beautiful children, and now have a stable marriage with a good environment.

Art Journal On Being Brave

When I look back over this layout, I find some very interesting things that happened on this page. First, notice how the girl is sparkly with her beautiful wings and her sparkly top, pretty flowered skirt, and happy brown boots. She is untouched by the darkness around her.

Art Journal On Being Brave

I added some more black as I was finishing the layout, particularly around her. She is elevated off the page, as if the darkness could not touch her. I stamped the word Brave around the page because it represents all the people who told me to be brave in my sadness, even though they had no idea what they were telling me to be brave about.

Art Journal On Being Brave

To me, as I look back over this layout, it seems as if this girl is trying to rise out of these ashes, working towards moving forward with her wings and her boots. People told me to be brave, but they never realized I already was. I already sparkled and shone, even though my wings were invisible. In this layout, they are most definitely visible. They are the brightest element on the page, and rightly so. 

Art Journal On Being Brave

I know this is not the prettiest art journal layout in the world; it is not intended to be. Sometimes what we are processing is dark and difficult, and there are no pretty colors for those times. I hope you will try something like this for yourself and see where the medium takes you. Thank you for being here today, and for watching and reading. See you tomorrow.

~Theresa