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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.

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!

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!

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