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!