Think Technique : Building Layers

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There is one thing about my style that is consistent, and it’s that I LOVE layering on my pages in fun and creative ways.  Today I am going to show you a few techniques on how I approach putting a page together.


I am exclusively using the Basic Grey Bow Ties collection. My pages aren’t normally super girly, but I don’t often have the opportunity to scrap in a purely masculine way with 4 females in my house, either! (6 if you include our dogs).


First, I will start with my background. I chose a solid black cardstock as my base.
You could choose any neutral cardstock and change your paint color.

I am going to add some texture and fun with watered down white acrylic paint and bubble wrap. I’ve had lots of bubble wrap in my house lately with a recent move, so why not put it to use!


I added a small amount of water to some the acrylic paint and painted on my bubble wrap.


I randomly stamped the painted bubble wrap onto my cardstock in a clustered, diagonal pattern until I was happy with the look. There is no right or wrong here, just play with your items and experiment with what pleases you. Make sure your background is dry before you proceed. Acrylic dries pretty fast, but using a paper towel to blot excess helps or even a heat gun will speed up the drying process.

If you want to add paint blots, thin your acrylic out with more water then load a brush with paint and begin dropping paint or splattering. Remember that experimenting is part of the fun, don’t be afraid!!

Now, I start adding elements to my page. I matted my photo first with a textured white cardstock, then used papers from the bowtie collection as well for background layers.  I also cut thin strips of paper to embellish the top and bottom of my page.


In keeping with the circles of the stamped bubble wrap, I also chose a round sticker from the Bow Ties elements sticker sheet.


I began adding more elements like title stickers, vellum tape stickers, printed chipboard buttons, and tags to frame the photo and embellish the page.


One of my favorite things to do is add a “nest” of thread to a portion of my layout. Just wrap some thread around 2 or 3 fingers, a little or as much as you like, remove and play with the “nest” and insert under a piece of your project, like the corner of my papers/photo grouping, with a bit of tacky glue.


I always finish my pages with some machine sewing. This helps add texture, fun, and secures embellishments down.

Now, it’s your turn to play with layers and texture!!



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Product Focus : PB&J Fabric Collection

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Jam packed with a hearty helping of heartfelt style, PB&J is the perfect blend of classic comfort and down-home design. As you prepare your creative spread using this signature collection , your options are limitless. Maybe a mixture of banana yellow and strawberry-preserves red is a personal favorite, or perhaps you’re a fan of trimming away those crusts…No matter how you slice it, your sweet treat is sure to impress as you create and preserve your fabric projects.

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PB&J was originally a paper collection that released last Spring and due to it’s popularity and classic colors, we thought a fabric line would be the perfect follow-up.

Included in our fabric collection is our Picnic Basket quilt patternPurchase this pattern in March and WIN a precut from our PB&J collection! E-mail us your order number to to enter.

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Our amazing fabric artist Amy Friend created this amazing bucket bag from our PB&J collection and we’d like to gift it to one of our blog readers!  Simply comment below and we’ll select one fan at random to win Amy’s bag AND a Picnic Basket quilt pattern.


Good luck!

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Think Technique : Sunbursts

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It’s almost spring, and sunbursts are popping up everywhere – even on scrapbook pages! It’s a paper cutting technique I love, and the Knee Highs & Bow Ties collection is the perfect color palette for trying out this dynamic design.


On this layout about my daughter’s spring choir concert, I created a sunburst on the top half of the page with patterned paper. Using the chipboard circle as my center point, I lightly sketched pencil lines along the papers to show me where to cut, making sure each “ray” connected at the center point.

blog1Then I arranged the pieces I’d cut across my page to see how they would look:blog2I ended up adding a small polka dot print paper behind my sunburst because I liked it better than the plain white cardstock. Then I added rows of machine stitching to each ray.blog3Since I was only wanting to incorporate 5 patterns into my sunburst, my “rays” are quite wide. But you can make them narrower and include a whole rainbow of colors!

To connect all my rays and make them look like a sunburst, I used two circles from of the Designer Chipboard Stickers and adhered them to a circle of white cardstock. Inside the circle, I added several chipboard butterflies topped with mixed brads, all from the Knee Highs & Bowties line. These perfectly coordinated embellishments area  great way to add dimension & sparkle to your page!SofSdetail1


I hope I’ve inspired you to try the sunburst technique on a future layout – I’d love to see what you create!




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Beginning to End : Hi card

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Start to finish - Card photo 1 Kathy Racoosin

Hello Friends, How are you today? Have you been swooning over Knee Highs and Bow Ties? I know I have!

Today I want to share with you a feature called “from beginning to end” highlighting the beautiful chipboard buttons from Knee Highs. Each button has it’s own personality and  it’s fun to group them together for a card chock full of personality.

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Before we get going I wanted to share another photo. Sometimes it’s the small things on your card or scrapbook page that stand out in the end. The Glossy Accents on the chipboard arrow and the letters bring shine and depth.

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I must admit that all of the button shapes are so unique and so cool that I had a hard time deciding which ones to use. After moving them around on my card base I used a tiny bit of glossy accents to hold them in place. Thread a large needle with some twine and sew your buttons on your paper. (If you don’t normally sew your buttons you might notice that the buttons lay nice and flat and secure when you sew them plus it give a nice finished look.)

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When using letters I find it helpful to adhere them to some coordinating paper and trim around the letters. This extra step allows me to move the letters around until I am satisfied with the placement on my card. The added color is an extra bonus. (I did the same technique on the pencil from the stickers in the same collection)

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Once my card is complete I like to see where I need a bit of shine and dimension that I get from applying glossy accents or something similar. If you haven’t used something like this before it’s best to add the glossy accents first.

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Always consider balance when adding elements to your card. Therefore, I added glossy accents on the right (the letters) and on the left (the arrow).  If you scroll to the top photo again you will notice that I decided to add some black stitching around the edge of my card base to tie the faux stitching on the letters. Thank you for your visit today



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