We are so excited to bring you the amazing, beautiful artwork of the very talented Paige Evans! Paige lives in Germany with her husband and two adorable children, who are often the subjects of her fresh and funky layouts. Paige played with the new BasicGrey J’adore collection and clearly, she had a lot of fun!
Paige Evans: I’ve been scrapping since I was 16 (that was waaaay back in 2001!) and got my very first job at a scrapbooking store in Redmond, WA called Yesterdays. They didn’t even have an application, just took my name and phone number. I wonder what my life would be like now had I not walked into that store that fateful day because so much of my life has revolved around scrapbooking since then. I work from home as a mom by day and by night I manage the American Crafts blog and design team, am on the Studio Calico Contributing Team, the Ali Edwards Digital Creative Team, a blog contributor for Elle’s Studio, and a freelance scrapbooker for Amy Tangerine. I love guest designing and teaching scrapbooking workshops near and far. Basically, I LOVE scrapbooking! I’ve been married to Chris for 7 years and we have a 4-year-old son named Fox and a 2 1/2-year-old daughter named Jane. Currently we’re living on an Army base in Grafenwöhr, Germany for 3 or 4 years. My husband is a dentist for the Army and we’re loving our adventures here and traveling as much and as often as we can.
“I’m often inspired by quilts for my layouts because the fabric pieces translate so perfectly to patterned papers!
Journaling: You sure do have a lot of fun with your Uncle Jay – that’s why we call him “Fun”cle Jay! I’m glad Jaylie came on this vacation :)
How to: Die cut three concentric rings from kraft cardstock using a Silhouette CAMEO then cover each ring with patterned paper pieces. Layer the rings on a kraft cardstock background and zigzag stitch here and there a little to add to the quilt look. Adhere a photo to the center and embellish with photo corner stickers and a chipboard heart. Journal with a black pen on one of the patterned paper bits. Place alphabet stickers and chipboard letters around the curves to make the title. Stamp the date with black ink next to the title. Decorate the page with brads, die cuts, chipboard pieces, and more.”
“Since the J’adore collection is all about love I wanted to play up that theme and use a whole bunch of hearts on my layout.
Journaling: Watching you two grow and play together and get along and pick then blow dandelions is the sweetest thing.
How to: Die cut the heart background by Alaa’ K (design ID #15615) using a Silhouette CAMEO from cream cardstock. Punch 1″ squares from patterned papers (I punched from all the papers except the super dark ones for a lighter and airier layout) then adhere them across a scrap cardstock background. Machine stitch diagonally across the squares then adhere the heart die cut page on top using pop dots. Cluster embellishments such as a vellum envelope, gold foil heart, chipboard flowers, badge, die cuts, and more, along with a photo, off-center and journal with a black pen on a tag sticker. Stamp the date with black ink below the photo. Drop a few different colors of spray mist above and below the photo.”
“Description: My Grandma just sent me a pillow with this quote by Audrey Hepburn screen-printed on it. That title fits perfectly with these photos of Fox and Jane in Paris.
How to: Hand cut a title from patterned papers then stitch the letters across a dark blue patterned paper background (gasp! I used patterned paper instead of cardstock for the background!) leaving room for a pair of photos. Lightly adhere the photos in the empty space and embellish with stickers, a crocheted heart, die cuts, and more. Embellish a few of the letters with brads and chipboard arrows. Drop white paint around the photos and write the date with a black pen on a tab die cut.”
“Description: This layout features a big paper strip heart on the background topped with lots of embellies and of course a photo – of cute Fox at 2.5 years old.
How to: Trim patterned paper strips and lightly adhere them down a robin’s egg blue cardstock layout base in the shape of a heart. Stitch a couple times around the heart to keep everything in place and define the shape. Layer a photo, card, crocheted heart, doily die cut, heart jewel, stickers, and more, on the right side of the heart. Place mini alphabet stickers next to the photo for a title. Embellish the page with chipboard, stickers, die cuts, etc, as shown. Drop India ink over the top left and bottom right corners.”
“Last but not least, a simple card using patterned paper chevrons!
How to: Punch 1″ square from patterned papers, trim the squares in half, then adhere the triangles in a chevron pattern across a white cardstock card base. Sew using black thread over the chevrons. Drop black spray mist over the card. Add “luv u” mini alphabet stickers to finish.”
Thanks for letting me share this little slice of happy :)
Before we let Paige go, we asked her the BG Baker’s Dozen:
Favorite color: Robin’s egg blue
Buttons or brads: Buttons
Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz: Dr. Oz
Dots or stripes: Stripes
Mac or PC: Mac
Ribbon or twine: Ribbon
Ninjas or pirates: Pirates
Google or Yahoo: Google
Sweet or salty: Sweet
Chipboard or wood veneer: Chipboard
Mountains or beach: Mountains
Dog or cat: Both!
Cake or pie: Cake