Wednesday, May 24, 2017

7,364,160 minutes with you - Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing a layout as part of Anniversary week on the Pink Paislee blog.

For today’s layout I used the Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans. I have chosen a design to go with the symbol of love: hearts. I also wanted to get a little creative with the title of my post and the subject which I will go into detail further into the post today.

Here is the layout I created:
How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #fancyfree
Here is a process video of the layout:




For the main layout design I used a heart cut file and backed it with a mix of photos and 6×6 patterned papers. I chose patterned papers for this particular layout as I wanted the patterned designs to be in smaller prints. I also printed my photos into 2×3″ and framed a couple of those behind the hearts.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
So let’s get to the anniversary part of the post shall we. 2016 marked my husband and I’s 14th year of being a couple. I wanted to document this in a different way. So instead of having a title as simple as ’14 year’s I decided to get a little creative. Online in the website timeanddate.com there is a Duration Calculator. This calculator allows you to input two dates, your starting date and end date. I inputted our anniversary details and found out the following:
Hubby and I have been together:
5114 days
14 years
441,849,600 seconds
7,364,160 minutes
122,736 hours
730 weeks and 4 days
How cool is that?!? I went with the minutes figure to document in this instance as you can see below.
How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
Hearts are a hard shape to frame photos within, and I still had a little trouble even though I printed my photo smaller. In the image below the photo was actually too small on the left hand side. Nothing that a cute puffy flower won’t fix.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
The layout is mainly of a vertical design, however I created three clusters of embellishments to help balance the page. This cluster below is made up puffy stickers and buttons from the Fancy Free collection.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
The photos I chose to frame in the cut file design had to be ones that had the subject more off center. This is because otherwise, the center of the heart would be going through heads. It took me a little while to find photos of hubby or hubby and I that were suitable. But I am so glad I took the time to find them as I am pleased with the result.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
Due to the background being white and the cut file being white too, they need something to help distinguish them from each other. When creating layouts with designs such as this my go-to technique is to place a foam adhesive under the cut file. This gives the layout a little depth and dimension and also creates a shadow, helping us to see the edges of the cut file away from the background. I love doing this, it is such a subtle but effective technique.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jot Magazine May Moodboard

Jot Girl Leanne has pulled together an amazing Autumn inspired mood board for the month of May. Have you checked it out yet? 



Just take a look at those rich, warm colours – teal, mustard, orange, scarlet and grey.





The May Mood Board sponsor is Nat May from Imaginarium Designs who is donating a voucher.
Make sure you visit Imaginarium Designs for awesome chipboard embellishments. Check out their website here>>SaveSave

And check out Jot Magazine for some design team mood board inspiration and details on how to enter.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Real Life - a stamping layout with Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, I'm with you today sharing a layout as part of Stamping week on the Pink Paislee blog. I decided to have some fun with the Oh My Heart stamp set and embossing powder to create my own patterned paper.

Here is the layout that I created:
Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
For this layout I decided to document a story about my little man. The cut file I used was a free download here, it came with both the pie chart and title ‘real life’ which was just perfect for documenting this photo and story of ‘the look’. ‘The look’ is something that my little man does to me whenever I ask him for a photo, it’s a ‘seriously mum, more photos?’ look. I was glad I managed to capture it so I could document this story.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
So let’s get onto the stamping shall we? For this layout, as I mentioned above, I decided to pull out the Oh My Heart stamp set. I looked at all the images and words on the stamp set and decided on the text ‘today’. I chose to use the stamping technique of embossing and pulled out my Zing Charcoal embossing powder to do this.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
I wanted to create my own patterned paper that I could use to back a portion of the pie chart. For this layout I chose to use the green tones of the Oh My Heart patterned papers with pops of black and white prints. Using the ‘today’ stamp and the charcoal embossing powder I was able to create my own patterned paper that complemented the papers and embellishments that I have chosen to use. I finished backing the remaining parts of the cut file with other 12×12 papers in the collection.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
To create the patterned paper I simply stamped the sentiment multiple times with versamark ink and applied the embossing powder to it. I then heat set it with a heat gun. I didn’t worry too much about perfect alignment of the stamp and just embraced the randomness of it. I love the result and want to do it again! So fun!

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To document the story of the layout I used my typewriter and also cut out the ‘note to self’ sentiment from one of the 6×6 patterned papers.

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Some of the icons and phrases in the cut apart Paper 16 in the collection were the perfect addition to this layout, both in colour and also the images on them.

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I am a big lover of lots of layers and detail within clusters. This cluster was made up of lots of bits and pieces from that same paper (Paper 16). I cut some of the paper strips into banners by cutting a fishtail into the end.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
To finish the layout I added some splatters of black Heidi Swapp colour shine and also added detail by stitching around the main edges and sections of the cut file.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed this post and that I have inspired you to pull out your stamps and embossing powders and get creating!

Raquel x

Saturday, May 20, 2017

#Fun Times - a You Rock layout for Cocoa Vanilla



Hey everyone, I'm here with you today sharing another layout as part of the ‘For the Boys’ week that is running currently on the Cocoa Vanilla blog. Of course to create a layout for this theme I just had to use the latest CVS collection You Rock and scrapbook my spunky little man.

For this layout I am documenting the real times in our life with Mr Jack; the tears and the tantrums feature on this particular layout. This photo and story just had to be told, don’t you think?

Here is the layout I created:
If you are wanting to see the process for how this layout came together you can check out the process video below:



For the overall layout, I stuck to a somewhat vertical design with patterned paper strips bordering either edge. For me those edge strips serve a purpose of drawing your eyes inwards towards the photo.

I printed my photo in 4×6″ size as I wanted it to really stand out. To accompany the photo I used a cut file which I downloaded for free from Paper Issues to create the title ‘#fun’ and added the word ‘times’ from the Made of Awesome collections letter stickers. I enlarged the file so that it spread across the width of the photo and backed it with a combination of patterned papers in the collection. I just adore how this really pops off the page. Of course I had to add some extra dimension to it by adhering it to the page with foam adhesive.
I used my typewriter to document the story I wanted to tell and adhered this to the page in strip form. The rubber charm ‘that’s my boy’ was perfect for this story too!

As I mentioned in the process video, I love working in clusters on my layouts, mainly three in total forming a visual triangle. My first embellishment cluster is on the top right of the page and is comprised of a label from the cut apart sheet, stickers, ephemera and rubber charms. Those charms were the perfect addition to that space on the top of the photo. I have found a liquid adhesive works best when adhering these down.

I created a small cluster to the left of the title which only has a flair button and smaller embellishments; the star, swiss cross and an enamel dot. It’s a simple cluster but due to the statement impact of the title, it really is all that is needed.

I hope you enjoyed the process video and my take on the ‘For the Boys’ theme for Cocoa Vanilla. In a market that is oversaturated with more girly collections I must say I am just loving documenting my little man so easily. The layouts I have created so far have just fallen together which is purely since this collection is so amazing.



Thanks for stopping by,

Raquel x

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hearts Gallery - Jot Magazine Issue 17

Hey everyone, today I am here to share with you my layout from the 'Hearts' gallery that can be found in Issue 17 of Jot Magazine. The theme of hearts really is so broad that I had to pinpoint the direction I wanted to take for this layout first. I decided to make a feature of a heart printed patterned paper that I loved from the 'Hello Love' collection by Crate Paper, I will explain in more detail what I did in this post. 

Here is the layout I created:

I added an embellishment cluster to the top left of my photo which included multiple heart embellishments too of course. Most of these embellishments were ephemera or stickers. 


For the actual 'heart' feature on the page, I cut out extra hearts from the patterned paper. I then stitched them on top of the hearts on the page and bent them inwards to add a nice detail and feature. I really like how this turned out. I also created a small embellishment cluster to the bottom left of the page to help balance and give my page a visual triangle. 


To the right of my photo I created a large cluster of embellishments, lots of tags, ephemera and hearts layered here. Oh and that Crate Paper tassel! Aren't they gorgeous! 


There are so many layers and a lot of dimension to this page it can be sometimes hard to capture it on the camera. 

This was one of those 'just because' layouts from a recent little photo shoot my kiddies had done. I just adore each and every photo taken by Splash of Life photography - I am sure I will have more layouts featuring the photos from the same shoot soon to share.  


Thanks for stopping by my blog today, don't forget to check out Jot Magazine to read the latest issue! 

Raquel x

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Diamond Party Favour - using Pink Paislee and Sizzix

Hey everyone! I'm here sharing my latest project with you as part of 6×6 Paper Pad week on the Pink Paislee blog. Anyone that knows me well knows that I love to decorate and throw my kids theme parties. So for today’s post I decided to have a go at creating a party favor box. Decorating the diamond box with the 6×6 paper pad was simple, it looks effective, and it’s oh so fun!
Create a bright and fun party favour box with Raquel in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #craft #ppohmyheart
These boxes are so enjoyable to make and I love that it is easy to customise the patterns used on the outside of the box based on the 6×6 paper pad. To construct these boxes I used seven paper designs from the 6×6 paper pad, a Sizzix Thinlits Diamond Box die (661701), some white cardstock, glue, scissors, seam binding, and some lollies to fill.

Create a bright and fun party favour box with Raquel in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #craft #ppohmyheart
Once I constructed the actual box and folded along the score lines I was ready to embellish and decorate it with the patterned papers. I love that the patterns in the 6×6 paper pad are smaller, meaning that the designs are perfect for this size project. I used the die to cut one patterned paper to get a smaller template of the inner row of the box. I then cut that smaller again so that when I adhered it to the box, a white border was visible. I used those pieces as a template and cut the remaining 6 patterned papers to the same size and adhered them all to the boxes surface.

Create a bright and fun party favour box with Raquel in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #craft #ppohmyheart
I adhered the box together but prior to the final seal I added some sweets. However, a box shaped like this could be used to store a small gift or even used as a decorative hanging piece. I pierced a hole in the top of it and threaded through some seam binding and tied a bow. This allowed me to hang it if I choose to.

Create a bright and fun party favour box with Raquel in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #craft #ppohmyheart
I hope you have enjoyed this fun and simple project which showcases the 6×6 paper pad and Sizzix Diamond box die! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cards using the Oh my Heart Collection by Pink Paislee



Hey everyone, it was ampersand week over on the Pink Paislee blog a couple of weeks ago and I created two cards inspired by the theme. I decided to use ampersands in two different ways. The first way, using its intended purpose and meaning and for the second card using it as a background design element.

Here are the two cards that I created which are featuring the fun Oh My Heart collection:
See how Raquel uses ampersands on cards in two ways on the blog today. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #cards #cardmaking #ppohmyheart
For the first tag the ampersand is used for its given purpose, to signify an ‘and’ in text. I cut an ampersand out of one of the 6×6 patterned papers and turned it into a tag and stapled some soft seam binding to the top of it for added detail. I embellished the card using more of the patterned papers from the collection and ephemera pieces. I also softened it a little with a doily.
See how Raquel uses ampersands on cards in two ways on the blog today. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #cards #cardmaking #ppohmyheart
If you read this card it says ‘you are so sweet’ & ‘it’s your day’. This card is the perfect card to give someone for their birthday. I love that I was able to use the sweet ephemera too!
See how Raquel uses ampersands on cards in two ways on the blog today. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #cards #cardmaking #ppohmyheart
For the second card I am sharing today I cut an ampersand out on my die cut machine and I simply used it on this card as a decorative background. The ‘and’ itself doesn’t serve any purpose in terms of meaning.
See how Raquel uses ampersands on cards in two ways on the blog today. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #cards #cardmaking #ppohmyheart
I embellished this card with layers of patterned paper and vellum and finished it off with a hand cut title from Paper 09 and a fussy cut flower.
See how Raquel uses ampersands on cards in two ways on the blog today. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #cards #cardmaking #ppohmyheart
I hope these cards have inspired you today. It is always fun to be given a theme and to challenge yourself to create two completely different projects with it!

Raquel x