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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.

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!

A Little Dirt Never Hurt | You Rock | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-05-24T04:31:58+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Hey there, friends!  Missy here, and I’m really excited to share my newest layout with you.  I used the You Rock collection, and I think it’s safe to say that I made it as girly as I could…haha!  My youngest daughter loves to get dirty, so this collection was perfect for these photos of her digging in the flower bed.  I was inspired by one of the quotes on the Washi Tape strips about dirt, so I made that my title.  I used one of the distressed patterned papers as my background and covered a lot of it with white acrylic paint and gesso.  I used some ink sprays on the background as well as some bubble wrap as a stamp.  I smudged some brown texture paste onto the bubble wrap and smushed it down to create those fun messy shapes.  My goal was to create a grungy and dirty background while at the same time bringing in all the colors from the collection.

I love how this background turned out!  This one photo makes me laugh.  She’s trying to lick the water from the sprinkler…haha!  I added in some Washi Tape strips behind this photo to add some pops of that red color.  I also added in a fun Rubber Charm here.

I pulled out several of the die cut frames from the Ephemera pack to use as layers in the background. I used brown thread to machine stitch through all of those.  I did decide to add in some flowers on the page.  I used a cut file from Just Nick Studio and cut five wonky flowers on white cardstock.  I used the same ink colors to color them as I used on the background.  I love how the edges curl up and create such awesome dimension.  I did also add a few die cut arrows and that fun circle with the camera on it.

Here are a few of the die cut flowers that I colored.  I thought they made a nice addition to the design since she was digging in the flower bed, but they also add an extra “girly” edge to the page.

I added some foam behind my photos, and you can see how it lifts them up.  I added one of the Accessory stickers that says “play all day” under this photo.

I used a scripty font in my Silhouette software to create the word “Dirt” and cut it using the wood grain paper.  I used a block font to create the rest of the title and just used white cardstock to cut that.  I love combining script & block fonts to break up a title and make it more interesting.  Here’s another one of the die cut flowers…the petals look so cool all curled up!  The circle is a a chipboard piece.

Here’s one more close-up of another flower.  I paired it up with a few more Rubber Charm arrows.

Although this was a challenge and completely out of my normal type of color scheme, it was a lot of fun to create.  I love that it pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and go the boy route for a change.  I hope you’ll check out my process video here to see how I made this.

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

So Very Beautiful Together | Wild at Heart | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-05-10T09:43:34+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey there, friends!  Missy here, and I’m sharing a new layout I created using the beautiful Wild At Heart collections.  We’re focusing on Mothers this week, so I scrapped one of my favorite photos of me, my mom and my sister.  I decided to fussy cut lots of those pretty butterflies from the Mariposa paper and use them as scattered embellishments around the page.  I used the Double Dot paper as my background.  I used some white acrylic paint to fade out a lot of the dots so my paints, photo and embellishments would pop off the page.  I used some Shimmerz sprays and paste to jazz up the background before adding everything on top of it.  I cut an oversized butterfly from Just Nick on my Cameo to use as a subtle background design element.

I love creating dimension, so I made sure not to glue the big butterfly down all the way.  I love how the edges of the wings stand up off the page.  I layered in some of the fussy cut butterflies as well as a Rubber Charm, some Accessory Stickers, a fussy cut banner piece and some Enamel Dots.  Look how sparkly and glittery they are!  So pretty.

I attached a butterfly here right on the edge of the photo.   I only glued down the left wing so the right one would fold up.  I also added in some dark pink and golden yellow thread here for added texture and color.

I love how the background work shows through the cut file here.  This color scheme is so pretty, and I just love how it looks.  I fussy cut that scalloped piece under the photo from the Fussy Cuts paper.

To get that deep reddish-pink color here, I first sprayed a pink Shimmerz spray and then used a red gelato over it and smudged it with my finger.  I love that rich color!  I added in a few more Accessory Stickers here above the photo as well.

Here’s one last close-up of the right side of the photo.  I added in a circle die cut from the Ephemera pack and more fussy cut butterflies.

I hope this inspires you to document a fun Mother’s Day photo.  I had so much fun making this!  I do have a process video if you’d like to see how I made this.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

These Are Good Times | Make a Wish | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-04-24T05:18:21+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I can’t get enough of bright and Springy layouts!  I used the beautiful Make a Wish collection for this page with the exception of the background paper, which is from the Love Always collection.  I wanted to make a page that just screamed “Spring!” so I used one of the exclusive Cocoa Vanilla cut files and enlarged it quite a bit.  I cut the leafy sprig on white cardstock and painted it green.  I wanted lots of pretty flowers scattered all around it, and I think it turned out really beautiful.  I added some white gesso to my background paper and then used lots of blue, yellow and orange spray inks and gelatos to create the messy watercolor effect.  I embellished with lots of fussy cut flowers from the Fresh Cut paper as well as some die cut and vellum ones from the Die Cut Ephemera Pack.

I love how the pretty green looks with all the pinks and yellow flowers.  I love mixing and matching fussy cut pieces with die cut pieces.  I layered the flowers under and over the big leaf and added some tangled thread in the mix as well.  I rand the big leaf through my sewing machine for some added texture and interest.  I also added a chipboard arrow over on the side and a flair button under the photo.

I went simple with my title and used one of the cardstock stickers.  It said exactly what I was thinking!  I created sort of a background title by fussy cutting LOVE from the Loot Bag paper.  I added my journaling right underneath it.  I did add some foam under the sticker to give it some dimension.

More gorgeous flowers here!  I wanted them to come bursting out from behind my photo.  I think the match the photo so well, and I love how all the layers look.  I gave my photo some depth by adding foam under it as well as some paper, yellow cardstock from my stash and a label sticker up top.

I just love the vellum flowers and leaves…look how pretty this one is!  You can kind of see through it but it still has such gorgeous color.  I wish I had a whole set of those!

Here’s one more close up of the stitching detail.  This would also look great with hand stitching.  As a final touch, I added in a few cardstock stickers with sentiments and words on them.

This was so much fun to make!  The cut file gave me a great starting point to work with.  I highly recommend starting with a cut file and let the rest of the design fall into place.  Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out.  I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas!

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

Spring Snap Shots | Life is Beautiful | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-04-10T03:27:15+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful|

Hey there, friends!  Missy here, and I’m sharing a layout today using the gorgeous Life is Beautiful collection.  Our theme this week is Spring, so I decided to bring my vision of that to life.  I started with a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and created a really big title.  I used papers from the collection to back each of the letters, and then I added some foam adhesive under it to pop it off the page.  I used plain white cardstock as my background, and I created lots of blue watercolor areas under the cut file title.  My photos are of my daughter running and dancing around outside during April, and they matched this collection perfectly!  The blue watercolor creates a bit of a sky, and the other colors look so pretty up against it.

Here you can see how adding the foam really gives the title lots of dimension and shadowing.  I added the word “Spring” here on top of the title, and I cut that on my Cameo using the Shoreline font.  I layered in one of the large floral die cuts from the Die Cut Ephemera here.  They really scream Spring, and I love how they look peeking out from the letters.  I also added in an adorable flair button.

I tucked in more flowers down at the bottom.  I used another flower die cut and a wood veneer flower and leaf set.  I love the neutral look of the wood, so I didn’t color it.  I also added some blue tangled thread for some extra texture and color.  I also fussy cut a few darker blue flowers from the In Bloom paper.

Butterflies remind me of Spring, too, so I added a few wood veneer pieces.  I created another little floral cluster here at the top.

Finally, here’s a look at the bottom of the layout.  I added my journaling and a sticker from the Accessories sheet, which I machine stitched through.  I really love how the stitching adds such great texture.

Here’s the process video if you’d like to see how this layout came together.  I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas to try for your next project!

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

Hello Love | Wild At Heart | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-03-24T04:37:32+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello there!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share using the beautiful Wild At Heart collection.  I just love the deep, rich colors in this line.  I decided to create an artsy page by using lots of watercolors on my background to enhance the colors in the papers.  I began with the Artisan paper, which is a pretty white and grey wood grain.  It’s a great neutral paper, so it’s perfect for a background.  I chose a black & white photo to really let all the colors shine.  I used a pinwheel type cut file from The Cut Shoppe and cut them in lots of different patterned papers.  I used matching watercolors and sprays to add to the background using plastic packaging, a paint brush and also just spraying directly onto the paper.  I covered a lot of the background with white gesso first to allow the colors to blend easily and to give the paper a textured barrier so the liquids didn’t just soak right through it.

I just randomly placed all the pinwheels onto the paper once it was dry and then decided where I wanted my photo.   I sorted through the cute Wood Veneer package and used three hearts to create a visual triangle around the page.  I also used one of the adorable Rubber Charms and added some tangled thread for added color and texture.

The Chipboard Stickers in this collection are just gorgeous.  I used the big “LOVE” letters and paired them up with one of the Flair Buttons to create my title.  I used a few die cuts from the Ephemera Pack as well.  I love the dimension from the the chipboard.

I did add some machine stitching with grey thread through several of the pinwheels.  I love how the edges roll up and give a nice 3D look.  Bringing your papers and embellishments up off the page just gives it that little something extra 🙂

Here’s the area above the photo.  I added some paper layers behind it as well as some foam adhesive.  I love the shadowing effect that creates.  I added another die cut here above the photo.

Here’s one last close-up below the photo.  Another die cut and a chipboard piece, and my journaling area down below to finish it off.

I hope this inspires you in some way!  This collection really is beautiful, and we love seeing what you guys are creating with it.  I have a process video if you’d like to check it out.

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

Beautiful Moments | Wild At Heart | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-03-10T05:00:31+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Happy Friday, friends!  Missy here, and I’m sharing my first layout using the beautiful Wild At Heart collection.  This is such a gorgeous line…every single item included is stunning!  I couldn’t wait to dig in to some of the watercolor patterned papers.  This pink one is called Luscious, and the colors are so pretty.  I decided to create a large title across the middle, so I created the word “moments” in my Silhouette Studio using the Impact font.  I cut it and then backed it with white cardstock.  I smudged a lot of white gesso over areas of the page to prime it for some watercolors.  My product focus on this layout are the Chipboard Frames and Chipboard Stickers.  They both give such awesome dimension!

Here you can see the watercolor I added to the background.  I used some pinks, corals, blues and aquas on plastic packaging.  I also added a lot of ink splatters.  The gesso not only primes the paper so the paint doesn’t soak right into the paper, but it allows the paint to blend a lot better.  Once everything was dry, I machine stitched a little bit through and underneath the title.  I arranged one photo above the title and one below, and I embellished with lots of frames and chipboard.  You can see here the dimension all that chipboard creates.

I used one of the medium sized frames here under this photo.  There are no rules saying you have to use a frame to actually frame a photo.  I love using them like this and tucking die cuts under them, like this beautiful flower.

I decided to use two of the smallest frames and layer them together.  I printed some journaling out on vellum, cut it into strips and added it to the frames.  I layered in two small flower die cuts and a cute “happy” piece to bring in some of the darker blue.  Again, I love the dimension!

I added another frame up top under the other photo as well as another flower die cut.  I also added another chipboard piece under the photo.  I like how I overlapped my photos onto the title.  You can still clearly read what it says, but it’s not so perfectly straight.  I love mixing straight elements with crooked ones.

Here’s another angle of the small frames at the bottom.  And aren’t those chipboard hearts adorable?  I wish I had a whole pack of those!

Finally, here’s the addition to the title.  This big “beautiful” chipboard sticker.  I love the scripty font of it!  I knew I wanted to use it, so I made “moments” in block lettering to mix and match how it looked.  I added more chipboard hearts above it to finish it off.

I had such a great time putting this together.  This collection makes it easy to create something beautiful.  I have a process video if you’d like to check it out.  I hope you gain some inspiration from it!

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

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