Author Archives: Ali Gage

Adventure, Shimelle Scraplift!

Hey y’all, Ali here! Super excited to scraplift another lovely scrapper this week. You may have noticed, the Sparklers are highlighting Shimelle! I love all of her layouts, so it was really hard to choose what to scraplift. I eventually decided on this fun layout!

 I was immediately drawn to the enamel dots down the center, and I knew replacing those with sequins would be awesome! I decided on my photos, my son at Mount Rushmore (and all of his excitement!). But my photos were vertical and Shimelle’s layout uses horizontal photos. So I flipped it! And I love the way it turned out.

 

Obviously, scraplifting Shimelle, I felt drawn to all of the Shimelle goodies. Go Now Go and True Stories were a perfect mix to tell the story of my son and his adventure to Mount Rushmore. I also added some washi tape and a few of the Cork Confetti Hearts.

**let us take a moment to discuss cork…if you haven’t already heard, cork and felt are on their way out of the shop. It is unfortunate, because who doesn’t love the cork and felt embellishments? But sadly, they must retire. Stock up now, before it’s too late!!!!**

Finishing the layout off with some Gone With The Wind sequins, and voila! Finished! One thing I absolutely adore about Shimelle’s layouts are how quick and simple they are, while paying attention to all of those important details. Also, by using patterned paper as a background, they always look so detailed and intricate!

Since this scraplift, I have been more inclined to reach for the patterned paper instead of my white cardstock, and I just love that a simple scraplift can change a point of view or style! So if you haven’t already, I highly recommend picking your favorite Shimelle layout and scraplifting (don’t forget the sequins!).

 

Loved Beyond Measure, Scraplifting Katty Miranda

Hey scrappers, Ali here! This week we are scraplifting Katty Miranda! Her work is so beautiful, it was difficult to pick! I went with this gorgeous masterpiece, I loved the shape and movement, and I knew it would really challenge me!

For my take, I wanted to emulate the same movement, but instead of butterflies I wanted to create a space/galaxy motif with stars and moons. I started with some white paint and dabbed it on with textured ink dauber. After the paint dried I added a quick splatter of gold mist. Then I used a star stencil and Paste Eez (Tree Hugger) to add more dimension to my galaxy. I had a bit of Pink Paislee’s Moonstruck collection left, and I knew this would be perfect for layering under my photo!

The final touch (as usual) were the sequins! I started with the Deck the Halls mix (and no, this is NOT a Christmas layout!) because I wanted to include those super fun gold stars! The green in the mix also matched really well with the Paste Eez stars. At first I also had included the red sequins, but they didn’t flow as well. Instead I decided to add some of the pink from You are My Sunshine mix, since some of the details I was using from Moonstruck included pink. I think sequins are a really great way to pull colors from your embellishments and patterned papers so the layout feels more cohesive! While that may seem like plenty of sequins (there is really no such thing!), I still felt it needed more…so in came the Gold Stardust Sequins!

With the white “galaxy” I really wanted to pull more white from the background. I decided to layer it at an angle, and add stitching to the top and bottom (like the original)! I really love how it turned out, and I am so thankful to Katty for the inspiration!

If you are a firm believer (like I am) that you can never have enough sequins, be sure to check out the shop and save some money on that bling!

 

Beautiful Easter Together, Scraplifting Kat Benjamin!

Hey y’all, Ali here! Happy August! I am so excited about this month, the Sparklers are scraplifting some super talented ladies this month. This week we are kicking it off with Kat Benjamin! She is such a sweet person and her layouts always pop! I have actually wanted to scraplift this layout since the first time I saw it, but I never got around to it! So I finally did it, woohoo!!

I loved the composition of her layout, so I really wanted to stay true to that. I started with some acrylic paints and just brushed it onto the white cardstock with a dry brush and minimal paint to create that really fun messy look. When that dried, I added some Peach Fuzz Paste-Eez through a geometric stencil to add dimension and texture…a few strips of washi tape finished off my background. I was shocked at how quickly this layout came together.

I backed my photos with some patterned paper, created the little “Easter” tag, and added my title. My finishing touches are always the super fun sequins (of course)! So I sprinkled some “What’s Up Buttercup” sequin mix throughout. The thing I love most about this mix are those adorable little flowers! They really scream Spring, and were perfect for my Easter layout!

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This layout was a bit outside of my “box” but I absolutely love how Kat’s layout inspired me to get a little messy and the outcome is so fun and Easter-y! I hope you love it too!

Grab you sequin mixes and shimmerz products from the store and don’t forget to save some $$$!!

Tea Party with Ali

Hey y’all, Ali here! As you may have noticed, the Sparklers are all scraplifting Missy Whidden this week! I had so much fun with the last one I made that I was so excited to try again. Seriously, Missy’s layouts are so hard to replicate but they are filled with so much inspiration! I really loved this original (obviously, I pretty much love everything she does!).

Just like last week, I really wanted to take the “bones” of the layout and make it my own! This layout is really near and dear to my heart. I have been wanting to start scrapping my own childhood and this photo of my great grandmother and myself having a tea party has been at the top of my list. Do you ever have photos you are almost afraid to scrapbook? I really wanted to do it justice, so I have been putting it off for a long time. When I saw Missy’s layout I knew this would be a great starting point for this treasured photo.

I started with a combination of older lines, Fancy Free and Open Book. I really love the pale pink and coral colors with a pop of bright colors here and there. Plus the spine of the “book” in that Maggie Holmes paper was too perfect not to (finally) utilize! When I was finished placing my patterned papers I added the stitching and then got to work fussy cutting some florals! I went light with the mixed media, simply scraping some gorgeous Peach Fuzz Paste-eez through a star stencil. I finished it of with a sprinkling of Pink Parade, this sequin mix is so fun and pretty it makes me squeal a little bit (but not too loud because I typically scrap when my kids are asleep!).

I think this layout really captures this sweet moment, and it makes me smile to know it is documented.

Here is a little close up of those fabulous sequins and that gorgeous paste-eez. I am going to be really transparent for a second…mixed media scares me. Every.Single.Time. Sometimes I make backgrounds and I throw them away because they are terrible. I haven’t had a lot of experience with texture paste and what not, because as I mentioned before…it SCARES ME! So, I put that aside to give the paste-eez a try and WHOA! This stuff is so easy to use, the colors are fantastic, and I love love love the added dimension and interest just a little bit can add to a layout! So fun! And totally not scary (anymore!).

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, if you are Sunday shopping…that is my favorite day to shop…be sure to save some money!

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Happy Sunday everyone, Ali here, with a super sunny scraplift! We are devoting the entire week to scraplifting the fabulous Missy Whidden! Now let me tell you, that is a tall order and I was super nervous about this! But I actually really enjoyed it and I love the layout I created!

Here is the layout I chose to scraplift, I absolutely love everything about it! Missy has such a distinctive style, and it is totally her own! I wanted to do it justice, without just copying it completely.

I had these fun selfies of my mom, sister, and me at the pool. So I knew I wanted to use the new awesome echo park collection Summer Dreams. So instead of the large star die cuts, I went with suns! I started with some watercolors to create a background in the color scheme. Then I added the suns and machine stitched around them (which was definitely a task!) and I absolute love the look this creates!

After the background was complete it was so simple to add my photos and some layering behind them. I used one of the stickers from the collection as my title. And of course, the best part, sequins! I mixed one of the mini packs with Orange Blossom  and sprinkled those around. Then I picked out a few of the light blues from the Ferris Wheel mix, just to tie it all together! Those little shells are perfect for summer scrapping, I just want to sprinkle them on everything!! Lastly, I typed my journaling and printed on some vellum. It is one of my favorite things to do, especially with a mixed media background, because I sometimes hate covering up all of that hard work!

As you can see, I tried to make this my own, but the inspiration from Missy definitely shines through!

Here are some close ups so you can see those amazing sequins up close, aren’t they fabulous?

Thanks for joining me for this scraplift week, be sure to come back next Sunday, I will have another Missy lift for you! And as always, save some money on your gorgeous sequins with this coupon code!

 

 

Baby Shower Gift

Hey y’all!, Ali here! It is stitching week! Yippee!! I absolutely love stitching on layouts, either hand stitching or machine stitching, I just love the detail and depth it adds to a layout. This week I decided to take stitching to a different project, and make a baby shower gift for a good friend. I know she is decorating the nursery with grey, teals, and yellows and the main focus will be giraffes. So I wanted to make a cute piece of home décor for her to put in her nursery!

I started with the giraffe. I found a cute clip art image of a giraffe and printed it out. The hardest part of this project is assembling the giraffe. I picked out the patterned papers I wanted to use, and got to cutting! I cut out each piece of the giraffe and then glued him together!

After I added a bit of water color to my background, I adhered the assembled giraffe. Then…the fun part, stitching! I use a paper piercer and simply go around the image exactly where I want to stitch. When all of my holes are made, I watch TV! Well, I watch TV and stitch! This project took me about an hour to complete (or three episodes of Young and Hungry).

TIP-New to stitching on paper? I know it can be intimidating, I was super nervous the first few times I did it too. I also would get really frustrated when my embroidery floss would get tangled and knotted. Then I discovered a super sweet trick, beeswax. If you pull your thread through beeswax before you start stitching, it holds together and never knots up on you. I didn’t have any beeswax on hand the first time I did this, I had used all of mine for lotion bars. So I just used the lotion bar which is mostly beeswax with a little lavender. So my thread smells lovely and doesn’t make me frustrated-win, win!

Now, for me, no project is complete without sequins! The brand new Ferris Wheel sequins were absolutely perfect for this project, they went with the color scheme and the different sizes and shapes add just the right amount of detail without taking away from the focus (his name and the giraffe).

A simple frame, and voila! This makes a great little gift for a baby shower!

I love how this little project turned out, and I hope the happy mom-to-be will love it too!

Add some sequins to your next project! Be sure to grab up those new releases, they are amazing and I bet they will go fast!!!

Future’s So Bright

Hey y’all! I’m putting down the Fuse for a couple weeks, and focusing on the awesome themes we are playing with this month! This week is BIRTHDAY week! I love birthdays! The idea is to scrap a birthday you normally wouldn’t, how fun is that? I made this layout all about my son’s surprise party…and I know what you’re thinking, that is totally a birthday you would typically scrapbook about, right? Well, it IS, but here’s the thing, my son’s party was a “non” birthday party. We were so busy during his birthday month that we surprised him with a mini party, when our lives slowed down a bit!

We only invited his closest friends, the twins, and had a little backyard water party. Emoji themed, of course (and thank goodness, I was having major FOMO about missing emoji week last week!). I spent a few hours creating emojis to hang from the ceiling, so I was really happy to use one on this layout! And it served multiple purposes, because it was the perfect space for journaling!

These three boys crack me up, they all got cupcakes with the sunglasses emoji, so they obviously needed to take pictures with shades on! I really wanted to highlight the sunglasses, so I lined them with the Stargazer sequins and I ADORE how this turned out.

I couldn’t resist these little star sequins so I also scattered some around the folded corner, as if the sequins were spilling out!

The whole layout came together really quickly, with a little bit of help from the party décor, do you ever repurpose things for your layouts? I used the Stargazer sequins, you NEED some, they are so versatile! And if you haven’t seen the delicious new sequin mixes you need to check those out too!