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Tuesday’s Talent – Inspired by Missy Whidden!

Hi everyone!  It’s your July Guest Designer Melissa, back for for my final installment of Tuesday’s Talent!

This week, the SMS designers have been challenged with scraplifting one of the best- Missy Whidden.  I’ve been a fan of Missy’s for a while now, so this was a fun challenge for me.  I chose not to scraplift a specific layout, but rather to draw inspiration from a design feature I see Missy use frequently- a bold title, stitched in place, over a mixed media background.

I chose to change things up a bit, and try this feature on a Project Life layout and ended up making 4 cards (plus a bonus 5th with a little tweak).  Here is the 1st card, which acts as a title for the week…

I started by creating a mixed media background with watercolors and a bit of ink splatter.  Then I traced some alpha on patterned paper, hand cut them out and stitched them in place.  I also added a few flowers (another Missy feature) and sequins.  These sequins are from the “Salt of the Earth” and “Wild and Free” mixes

Here are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th cards, which utilize the same approach, in a smaller scale, paired with a 3×4 photo…

And finally, here is the 4th card.  As promised- “with a twist.”  Instead of using a paper title, I used an acrylic piece layered over the watercolor.  I backed the open letters with patterned paper, for a completed card that looks like it belongs, but adds a spark of interest.

Before I leave you, I’ll share one final photo, which is the completed layout.  I tried to spread these cards throughout the layout, so it was well balanced.

Stop over the SMS shop to check out some of the great mixed media products and sequins they have available, and try your hand at a Missy-inspired layout!

(Other products used- Pocket Life kit from Citrus Twist Kits, acrylic from Color Cast Designs)






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Tuesday’s Talent – Project Life Stitching


Hi SMS fans!  It’s Melissa Renkawitz, your July Guest Designer, back with another installment of Tuesday’s Talent.

This week’s theme is stitching, and this layout has plenty of it!!!  Today I am sharing with you a layout I just completed for my Project Life album, which documents an amazing weekend I spent at a country music festival last month.

Here is the overall layout…

Here are some of my favorite cards, which feature Shooting Cork Stars from the SMS shop. I love these little cork shapes, they are so fun, and super easy to stitch!  (I do all my stitching by hand)

Seriously, how cut are these little cork stars with the stitching!?!?!

This Project Life layout also includes a 6×12 insert to hold extra photos.  A highlight of this insert is a 3×4 pocket that holds a combination of sequins and more cork stars.

I backed the pocket with a piece of vellum, and added a few labels in the lower right corner, which I stitched in place.  The sequins used in this pocket are a mix I put together to coordinate with the layout colors.  I pulled sequins from “Hey Kiddo” “Sparkle Power” and “Neon Summer.”

If you haven’t tried mixing sequins and cork shapes, or stitching cork on your layout, give these techniques a try! Stop over to the SMS shop, to pick up your own sequins and cork!

(Other products used in this layout are from Citrus Twist Kits)


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Tuesday’s Talent – Celebrate!

Hi everyone!  It’s your July guest designer Melissa Renkawitz, back again with another installment of Tuesday’s Talent!

My challenge for this week was to document a birthday that I normally wouldn’t.  After giving it some thought, I came to realize that our dog Oliver is a HUGE part of our family, but somehow doesn’t get celebrated as such… so this theme was a great inspiration to show him some love! And as it turns out, his birthday is this month!

I created this layout as an 8.5×11, because I plan to insert it into my Project Life album, and I like those occasional inserts to be smaller than 12×12.  

I printed a few smaller photos from when Oliver was a puppy in black and white, so that my “current” photo would stand out.  To help anchor these on the page, I stitched a small strip of patterned paper (from Pinkfresh Studios) down the left side margin.  It’s simple, but I like the detail it adds- especially with this metallic copper thread.

Tucked under the top photos, I added a small glassine bag with SMS sequins from the “Sparkle Power” mix.  Spilling out from the bag, I added a scattering of more sequins down the right side of the page.  Over top of the bag, I placed my journaling which I typed on the computer and cut into strips.

To the lower right corner of the photo I added a few puffy stickers, for some extra color and dimension.

Below the photo, I added my title using a combination of an acrylic piece (from ColorCast Designs) and acetate letters (also from Pinkfresh Studios) which I stitched in place.

And that’s about it for today’s layout.  It was such a fun challenge to document a birthday I normally wouldn’t!  Go hop on over to the SMS shop and pick up some sequins to document your own birthday layout!!!

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Tuesday’s Talent – Emoji Love!

Hello SMS fans!  My name is Melissa Renkawitz and I am thrilled to introduce myself as your guest designer for July.  I’ll be stopping by the blog every week this month for your installment of Tuesday’s Talent.

This week’s theme, EMOJI LOVE was perfect to document this ridiculous photo I had of my daughter and her best friend.  A few months ago they were having fun doing crazy makeup with one another via Facetime.  They posted a selfie on Instagram, and voila, me being the 21st Century mom I am, I snatched myself a screenshot!Gotta love technology!  

For this layout, I started with a 12×12 piece of white textured cardstock and added a mixed media background with ink and water colors.  To the left side of the page, I selected 2 pieces of patterned paper from the Simple Stories “Emoji Love” collection and stitched them in place.  I also pulled the edges up a bit, for some added texture and dimension.  

Alongside my photo, I added a few word bubbles which I fussy cut from the patterned paper.  Below the photo, I added my title using some foam Thickers.

For the finishing touch on this layout, I added a splash of interest with a scattering of metal brads (also from Simple Stories), some small chipboard stars and the SMS “Salt of the Earth” sequin mix.  I really love the combination of matte and iridescent colors in this mix!

I frequently add sequins to my projects in this simple scattered “confetti” approach, but I love the added interest of combining them with other textures like the chipboard and brads.  So fun!

Well… that’s about it!  I hope you enjoyed my first guest project.  I’ll be back next Tuesday with another!   Meanwhile, stop over to the SMS shop and check out the amazing products there!