Guest Designer Diane Payne

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We are thrilled to introduce you to Diane Payne, a very talented scrapbooker who toggles between 12×12 and 8.5×11 pages. We love the assortment she created using Tea Garden, and her spin on this collection gave it such a contemporary look! She’s a fan of white cardstock and all of her pages look so fresh and clean. BG fans, please meet Diane:




Hi everyone, I’m Diane Payne and I’m so excited to be guest designing for BasicGrey. I really loved creating with the Tea Garden collection. It is lovely, perfect for everyday and vintage photos.


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I grew up in a small town in Illinois and married the new kid on the block that moved to our town in 6th grade. We now reside in Texas with our two teenage kids.


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In addition to being a wife and mom, I am a flight attendant, a scrapbooker, a fan of all crafty things, and an avid photographer. I love traveling, drinking coffee and hanging out with my family.


I’ve been scrapbooking since I’ve been married but really got into scrapbooking, as we know it today, when my kids were born. I love creating colorful whimsical layouts with typed journaling and machine stitching.


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In addition to the endless supply of photos to scrap of my kiddos I have been blessed with a large collection of vintage photos that frequently make an appearance on my layouts. Since I started scrapbooking I’ve been fortunate to be on a number of design teams and published in numerous magazines.


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Before we wrapped up with Diane, we asked her the BG Baker’s Dozen. We love her cake and pie answer!



Favorite color: Yellow with a splash of red

Buttons or brads: Buttons

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz: Hmm…neither :)

Dots or stripes: Dots

Mac or PC: I’m a Mac girl all the way

Ribbon or twine: Twine

Ninjas or pirates: Pirates

Google or Yahoo: Google

Sweet or salty: Sweet and salty are perfection together!

Chipboard or wood veneer: Wood Veneer

Mountains or beach: Beach

Dog or cat: Dog

Cake or pie: Forget the cake, just give me the frosting!


Diane, thanks for being our guest designer this month. We really love the pages you created!


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Father’s Day Cards with Shellye McDaniel

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Shellye McDaniel: Delight dad with a tropical themed card this Father’s Day!  With a few mini alphabet stickers, a computer and printer, you can customize the “South Pacific” collection into any type of fun card.


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This first card was inspired by the beautiful “hello there” sticker featuring a colorful bird in teal and pink.  My guys love pink, so I went even further with the color by adding a mat and hibiscus sticker in the same color.


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The sentiment sticker was layered onto a larger journal sticker with foam adhesive.  I used the palm tree as an accent to the leaf above the bird and then added the flower with a small piece of foam adhesive.


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To the bottom left side, one of the tab stickers was attached.  I used some of the black alpha stickers to spell out “dad”, followed by a couple of aqua Candy Dots.


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Whisk dad away into relaxation with this next card!  After preparing the base papers using patterns from the 6×6 paper pad, I added the large foliage sticker with foam adhesive.


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The airplane sticker was nestled on top of the foliage, along with the sentiment sticker and a veneer arrow that I cut apart and then glued into place.


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I printed the sentiment with my printer and the “Great Vibes” font.  The sentiment was cut out the same width as the arrow sticker and attached with adhesive.  Three small navy Candy Dots were placed at the end of the strip to hide the rough edges and make a smooth transition.


Have fun making some colorful Father’s Day cards with the gorgeous “South Pacific” Collection!


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BG at Home with Kim Price

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Kim Price: Hello everyone! It’s Kim here today with a mixed media project featuring the new BasicGrey Tea Garden collection along with an assortment of BasicGrey stencils. I just love creating anything arty and this little 8inch x 8inch canvas has been a real joy to make from start to finish. My inspiration came from a mixed media style painting I created a few years ago titled “Little House” on wood. I just love this little painting and it hangs proudly in my home.


1. I started out by drawing a simple outline of a little house on a hillside on my primed canvas using a black watercolor pencil as shown.


2. Using a soft bristled brush I’ve then gone ahead and added some aqua colored acrylic paint to the background, blending some white towards the center of the canvas. The watercolor pencil activates with the paint to provide some shading for some added depth.


3. I’ve chosen BasicGrey Tea Garden Green Tea patterned paper in both the 12inch x 12inch format and from the 6inch x 6inch paper pad and cut my hill shapes layering them together to give the impression of distance. I’ve adhered these in place with some matte medium and allowed it to dry.


4. The next step was to add some olive green acrylic paint to the hills, and I’ve also smeared some of this color around the edges of the rest of my canvas.


5. Mixing some pale yellow acrylic paint into some texture paste, I’ve used my BasicGrey Medallion patterned stencil to create some “flowers” on my hillside. I did this by carefully wiping some of the colored texture paste through my stencil with a palette knife. You could use an old store card for this if you don’t have a palette knife available. Clean your stencil right away to avoid damage.


6. Using some plain texture paste, add some textured edging to your canvas with the BasicGrey Flag pattern stencil as shown, again cleaning any excess from your stencil right away. I’ve also smoothed some of the hard edges of my stencil design for a worn look.


7. Go ahead and add some more aqua and olive green acrylic paint over your dried texture paste.


8. Cut shapes from the BasicGrey Tea Garden 6inch x 6inch patterned paper pad in various patterns to suit your design. I’ve chosen some contrasting pinks for my house so that it stands out from my background. Adhere in place with some matte medium.


9. Add some acrylic paint in shades of coral, mustard and white for that painterly look. I’ve also added some further detail using a black watercolor pencil allowing it to smudge a little creating some shadow. I’ve also added a darker shade of olive green paint to the hills and flowers for a more distressed appearance.


10. To complete my painting I’ve used my BasicGrey Heart patterns stencil to give the impression of rain falling from the clouds and added some random paint splatters.


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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you liked my step by Step tutorial!


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