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About Missy Whidden

Missy hails from Central Florida in the United States, where she has lived her entire life. She has been married to husband Marshall for over 16 years, although they have been together for 22. They have two sweet little girls, Reese (10) and Paige (7). Both girls are autistic and nonverbal so life is never boring. Missy says "they have taught us so much and they are very happy children. They are the light of our lives and they make us laugh constantly". When Missy is not scrapping, she's a fitness instructor. She teaches six classes a week. Before having children, she taught high school English. She says she has always been interested in art and playing with paper and stickers, and began scrapbooking just before Reese was born in 2006. She was hooked instantly! Missy's style has changed quite a bit. Back when she started she used paper, stickers, and deco scissors. Over the years she discovered die cutting tools and mixed media products. Currently she loves to use watercolours, her Cameo, and her sewing machine on most of her projects; and she usually scraps photos of her children or family. She describes scrapbooking as her calming therapy that helps her to relax. "I try and do something scrappy related every day, and I just love it dearly." When she isn't creating, Missy also loves reading and catching up on her favourite TV shows.

You Rock | You Rock | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-09-10T03:26:01+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello, friends!  Missy here, and I’m excited to share a new layout with you today.  I love challenging myself, so I decided to create a girl layout using the You Rock collection.  It’s primarily a boy line, but you most definitely can make girl pages with it.  I scrapped this cute photo of my daughter rockin’ out some sunglasses.  I have been hoarding that gorgeous blue ombre Experimental paper and just had to use it as my background.  I fussy cut all those stars from the Starshine paper and layered them all over the background.  I did jazz up the background a bit with some white gesso and some Shimmerz watercolors.  The white splatters are watered down white acrylic paint.  I went minimal with embellishments since all those stars were such a big statement.

I used the collection’s name as my title.  I fussy cut the letters from the Random Paper and tucked them inside some of the stars.  I added a few of the Rubber Charms in a few places as well.  You can see that I also did a bit of machine stitching inside some of the stars with gold metallic thread.

I took all the stars from the Wood Veneer Shapes pack and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  I love the pop of gold it gives to the page, and it adds some shine.

Here you can see that the embossed detail on the wood still showed up really well after I added the gold powder.  I just love how they turned out!  I tucked a few of the bigger ones under the sides of the photo along with some tangled thread.

I added in a few Chipboard Accent Stickers below and above the photo.  I fussy cut “smile” from the Random Paper and added it right on top of the photo.

Here’s the top of the photo that I just mentioned.

And one final image of the cute Flair Button I used.  I added a few Die Cut Ephemera stars as well.  I think I used up all the stars that I had left 🙂

I hope this inspires you to try making a girl page with this collection.  It was a fun challenge, and I love how it turned out.  The color scheme is so bold and fun, and those stars were really fun to design with.  Be sure to check out my process video if you’d like to watch how I made this page.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great week!

Summertime Banners | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-08-24T06:07:09+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Happy Thursday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a fun and festive Summer layout to share today.  I mixed and matched papers and embellishments from the Hello Sunshine, Wild at Heart, Make a Wish and You Rock collections to create a fun rainbow of colored banners.  I used a triangle punch to create a bunch of triangles and then glued them all to some cord.  I used a fun pool photo that had lots of blue in it to coordinate with all the bright colors.  I used some white cardstock for my background and gave it some color and texture using some Shimmerz Paints and some modeling paste through a circle stencil.  I folded the tops of each triangle over the cord a little bit to create some dimension and then layered them on the page.

Here you can see the dimension from the banners.  They turned out really great!  I tucked my photo under the top banner and added some embellishments on and around it.  I used a fun sun die cut from Hello Sunshine as well as an Accessory Sticker and a Puffy Sticker.

I added color coordinated stickers and chipboard on each banner.  This piece here is from Wild at Heart, and the sticker is from Make a Wish.  It’s just amazing at how pieces from each collection match so well together.

I added the modeling paste to the background for some added interest and texture.  Since it’s white, it sort of blends in and just creates a subtle statement.  I also added a bit of yellow thread here.

To the left of the photo, I tucked in a beautiful ombre pink and white vellum heart from Make a Wish as well as some tangled thread.  This cluster of embellishments is from Hello Sunshine.  I went simple with the title and used some of the patterned alpha stickers from Make a Wish.

Here’s one more close up of the beautiful banners and coordinating embellishments.  I can’t get enough of these gorgeous colors!

I hope you guys are inspired in some way by this…rainbow layouts are so fun to make!  Check out my process video here if you’d like to see how I put this all together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtqdtXZw7Vw

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

This Makes Me So Happy | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-08-09T00:22:48+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hello friends!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share today.  I combined a few collections on this page including Love Always and Wild At Heart.  I wanted to see how the florals from both collections would look, and I love how it turned out!  I love using watercolors to create a background that pulls all the colors together.  I think the light and dark pinks look so pretty mixed with the light oranges and corals.  I started with this beautiful black and white dotted patterned paper from Love Always.  I coated a lot of it with white acrylic paint to fade out some of the circles.  This makes the background less busy and helps the photo and embellishments to stand out while still leaving some of the dots scattered around the edges.  I did a lot of fussy cutting and used one of the exclusive floral cut files as well.

I used a few different shades of pink and coral watercolors on the background.  I used the plastic packaging technique as well as a brush.  It did take some time to fussy cut all those flowers, but the end result is worth it.  I tucked the cut file in as a layer and added some tangled thread.  I also added some foam under my photo to raise it up off the page.

Again, I mixed collections here.  I used a Rubber Charm from Wild At Heart, and the striped banner piece is from the Love Always Accessory Sticker Sheet.  I added in a few sequins from my stash that matched the mint leaves.

After the pink and coral watercolor dried, I splattered in some light aqua and silver ink sprays.  I also added in a few more pieces here.  The Chipboard Stickers are from Wild At Heart, and the “captured” sticker is from Love Always.
I created a small floral cluster down at the bottom left area with more fussy cut flowers and tangled thread.  I used a few more Wild At Heart Chipboard Stickers here as well.

I fussy cut this circle from a Love Always paper and added a few flowers to the left of it.  I overlapped the watercolor so it blended in and looked like part of the background instead of just a random piece that I just stuck down.  I also stitched through it and topped it with some sequins.

I used this piece as my title.  It’s from a 3×4 cut apart piece from a Love Always paper.  I love that it’s a dark grey color and matches the photo.  I layered a few more flowers here, did some stitching and wrote my journaling.

I hope this inspires you to mix and match your collections.  It’s fun to come up with new color schemes and see what embellishments work with it.  Check out my process video if you’d like to see how I created this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMuHCPfYaNc

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Love That Smile | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-07-24T03:28:52+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Make A Wish, You ROCK|

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a fun layout to share today.  I mixed and matched a few collections for this including You Rock, Life is Beautiful and Make a Wish.  I started with the beautiful wood grain paper from You Rock.  I wanted to add lots of bright colors to it, so I pulled some papers from the three collections and cut several XOs in different sizes.  You can find the XO cut file in the store with the Colour Me Happy collection.  I chose four photos to go horizontally across the page.  I arranged the XOs in a vertical design behind them.  I used some acrylic paints and in sprays on the background and embellished with flair buttons, die cuts, wood veneer and stickers.

I love how all of these die cuts created such awesome dimension and texture here.  I overlapped them and added in some tangled thread and a few fussy cut flowers.  I didn’t want to cover up to much of the die cuts, so I added just a few embellishments.  The Flair Button is from Make a Wish, the Wood Veneer is from You Rock, and the banner piece is a Life is Beautiful Ephemera piece.

I added a Life is Beautiful Wood Veneer word and a few die cut flowers here. I think these bright colors really make the black & white photos stand out.

I think my favorite part about the XO cut file is that it’s lined so you can see through it.  You can still see the background through them, and I love that effect.  I added in some light coral thread here to match the XO above the photos.

Here’s another look at the top of the layout.  I added in a few more pieces from Life is Beautiful.  I didn’t completely glue the XOs down all the way.  I wanted the edges to pop off the page to create some depth.

I tucked the first photo under the X here to keep a pop of the blue in that area.  I didn’t want to completely cover it up since that is the boldest color.  I added a few label stickers under the end photos.

For my title and center piece, I used this Accessory Sticker from Make a Wish.

It was a lot of fun mixing and matching collections for this!  I hope it inspires you to do the same and perhaps work a fun cut file into the mix.  I do have a process video if you’d like to check it out here.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Have a fantastic week, friends!

Happy Summer | Make a Wish | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-07-10T10:25:23+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Make A Wish|

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a fun Summer layout to share today.  I used the gorgeous Make a Wish collection and one of the NEW Summer cut files available in the Cocoa Vanilla Store.  (You can download them from the store HERE) I enlarged the word “Summer” and stretched it to span across the entire page.  I cut it on the Fresh Cut paper, and it turned out so pretty!  I decided to hand stitch around it using an aqua thread.  I used some white cardstock as my background and used some pink and yellow golden Shimmerz Paints to create those watercolor splashes.  I didn’t use any blues on the background since the photo was full of blue.  I like how it contrasts with the pinks and yellows on the background.  I also did a bit of fussy cutting from patterned paper as well.

To complete my title, I fussy cut “HAPPY” from the Loot Bag paper and stitched it down above the photo.  Since I had some open space on both sides of the picture, I added some fussy cut flowers on top.  Again, I love the contrast against the blue water in the photo.

I created a small cluster at the bottom using a few Ephemera Die Cuts, a Chipboard Accent Sticker and a few Accessory Stickers.  I machine stitched through them and then added a bit of journaling underneath.

Although hand stitching takes some extra time, I think the end result is always worth it.  I love how it adds extra color & texture.  It also makes the title crisp and allows it to stand out against the background.

Here’s another angle of the stitched title.  I love how it looks on this floral paper!

Here are a cluster of die cut flowers and fussy cut flowers.  These types of embellishments are always fun to layer in and around photos.

Here’s one last close-up.  I really wish I had a never-ending supply of these flowers 🙂

I hope this inspires you to create a fun Summer layout!  And challenge yourself to use a collection that isn’t even geared for Summer…it’s something fun to try 🙂  Be sure to check out my process video if you’d like to watch how I created this from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping in today, and have a great day!

Island Vibes | Hello Sunshine | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-06-24T04:13:01+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration|

Happy Saturday, friends!  Missy here, and I’m sharing a new Summer layout today.  We’ve been focusing on seasons lately, and my favorite is Summer.  I love the bright and bold colors, and sunny photos are my favorite to create with.  I pulled out the Hello Sunshine collection to scrap this picture of me and my husband in Aruba last year.  I love the neutrals and yellow tones in it, so I wanted to pull those colors into my background.  I started with the Sunny Spot paper as my background, and I coated a big chunk of it with white gesso to prepare it for some watercolor.  I used some Shimmerz Paints in golden yellow and blue shades.  I also used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine.  I love using sun rays on Summer pages, so I used a piece of the Solar Flare paper and cut the white parts out.  I used that as a layering piece behind my photo and used gold thread to stitch through each ray for added shine and texture.  I embellished with lots of goodies from the collection including flowers, die cut ephemera, wood buttons and stickers.

I used the packaging technique on the background, and I also sprayed directly on to the paper.  I wanted to incorporate flowers into the design because they just remind me of everything tropical.  I combined a big floral die with with a dimensional flower here as well as a wood button and some puffy stickers.

I wanted to go big with my title.  I created the word “island” in my Silhouette software using the Bromello font and cut it on white cardstock.  I used the blue Shimmerz to paint it.  I love how it curls up on the ends of the letters…such great dimension!  I hand cut the word “vibes” from various papers and tucked them under the bigger piece.  I added a few lines of journaling under that and stamped the date.

This blue is so pretty!  It really compliments all the other colors in this collection.  Again, the dimension here looks so cool.

To the right of the photo, I added in another flower as well as a few fussy cut flowers and a leaf from the Full Bloom paper.  I wanted a pop of orange, so I added the wood button.

I love how these stickers look here.  I used a sticker from the Accessory Sheet and another puffy sticker.  I added a frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack under my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.

I created a fun cluster at the bottom here with a big circle die cut, another die cut flower another dimensional flower and another wood button.  I love repeating things in various clusters around the page.

I hope this inspires you to create a page about your favorite season.  I really loved this challenge, and I am very happy with  how it turned out.  I have a video if you’d like to see how I created this page from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fantastic weekend!

Hello Michael | You Rock | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-06-10T09:25:46+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Happy Saturday, friends!  Missy here again, and I’m kicking off a week of Scraplifts here on the blog.  We are all choosing a fellow DT member to scraplift, and I chose a gorgeous layout by Gwen Wruck.  She created a large star, used the You Rock collection, and used a photo of her cat.  I decided to do the same 🙂  I gathered a few papers  and cut a few large stars using my Silhouette Cameo.  I just wanted a stack of crooked stars on the background, so I used the outlines of the stars as well as the centers that were cut out.  I was excited to go with a boy-themed layout since I scrap about little girls all the time 🙂  I added some white gesso in various places and then used some bright blue Shimmerz spray along with some darker grey spray on top of it.  I wanted to pull out that pretty blue color.  I embellished with some Flair Button, Accessory Stickers, Chipboard Stickers, Die Cut Ephemera and some Wood Veneer.

I really love this color scheme.  I wasn’t planning on adding any reds to it, but I decided to fussy cut a few stars from patterned paper, and I love the pop of color it gives.  Here I created a small cluster with  a few stars, a flair button and a “You Rock” die cut piece.  I did do a bit of machine stitching around the blue star with some light grey thread.

I created another cluster over on the left.  I fussy cut the bigger white star from patterned paper also and added the “Rad” circle die cut with some thread under it.  I also fussy cut a few Washi Tape stars out and placed them around the page.

I went simple with my title and used one of the Wood Veneer words.  I used some alpha stickers from the Life is Beautiful collection and added in a sticker and a die cut.  I didn’t do any journaling on this page since it didn’t really need a story.

I love how gesso can lighten things up.  I smudged and blended it pretty thin so it gave it a hazy look.  I love how this allows ink sprays to keep their true colors without seeping into the paper.  I added in a bit of yellow thread under the photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam for dimension.

I love the Rubber Charms!  I used one here right on top of the photo.  I used another Flair Button here with more thread under it.  I used a few pieces from the cut apart patterned paper as layers behind the photo.

I love how the background turned out and how you can see it peeking out from behind the photo.  I layered in another fussy cut star with a sticker as well as a Washi Tape star and a Chipboard star.

I hope this inspires you!  I had lots of fun scraplifting Gwen.  It gave me ideas I wouldn’t normally have tried, and I love that!  I have a process video here if you’d like to see how I created this.


Thanks so much for stopping in!  Have a great weekend!

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