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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 | Bohemian Dream | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-11-10T07:00:35+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Happy Friday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share using the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection.  I can’t resist using all the beautiful florals, so I went with a floral theme.  I cut a fun flower cut file on white cardstock and used a lot of the Beautiful Mess paper and 6×6 Paper Pad to back it.  I just wanted a bold and colorful bloom of flowers coming off the page.  I used the Flower Child striped paper as my background and coated a big portion of it with white acrylic paint and white gesso to blend out some of the stripes.  I used lots of watercolors on top of that to create a nice artsy background.  I wanted it to peek out around the flowers and in between the gaps.  I tucked my photo underneath a flower and layered some die cuts and stickers around it.

I decided to add a bit of hand stitching to the centers of most of the flowers.  I love the added texture this gives.  I went through the Die Cut Ephemera and added a few flowers and leaves around the page.  I raised the cut file off the page by adding some adhesive foam under it.

Here I tucked in a Flair Button and some soft pink thread.  Under the photo I added an Accessory Sticker and Chipboard Accent Sticker.  There are so many bits and pieces in this collection!

I went simple with the title and used one of the white Chipboard Title Stickers.  I left it white since there were so many colors surrounding it.  It stands out against them.  I added a few more die cut flowers and a chipboard butterfly.

I seriously can’t get over how pretty these colors are.  It’s hard to narrow down a color scheme because I just want to use them ALL!  So I do…haha!

Here’s one last close-up of the top area of the photo.  I cut a few die cut label pieces in half and used them as layers and used a few of the Accessory Stickers.  I also used one of the Clear Stamps above the photo.

I hope this inspires you in some way.  This collection is so pretty, and despite all these colors, you can narrow it down and do fewer colors.  I’ve seen other DT layouts using just blues or just purples.  I just can’t help myself from using them all!  Be sure to check out my process video if you’d like to see how I made this.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lovely | Bohemian Dream | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-10-23T07:36:14+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Happy Monday, everyone!  Missy here, and I’m SO excited to share my first layout using the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection!  It is truly mesmerizing.  I couldn’t decide which papers to use first, so I just used a bunch of them 🙂  I used a fun wonky heart cut file from my collection and cut it on white cardstock.  I added a bit of clear gesso before peeling it off the mat.  I used several patterned papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad to back the open hearts with, and I love how it turned out.  I used some gelatos to add color around all the hearts.  I just scribbled a little bit onto the paper, dipped my finger in a smidge of water and blended it.  I also used some ink sprays.

This gorgeous Abundant floral paper is my ultimate favorite!  The colors…the flowers…incredible.  I used it on the biggest heart.  I also did a bit of machine stitching in colored thread around each of the hearts to add some texture and interest.  Choosing embellishments was hard because everything is so pretty!  I created a small floral cluster up at the top with a circle die cut and also tucked a few flowers on the sides of the photo.  These are all in the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

Here you can see the beautiful flowers around the photo.  This one here is from the Chipboard Accent Stickers.  I also added a few sentiments from the Accessory Sticker Sheet.  My title is a Chipboard Title Sticker from the collection.  They come white and you can customize them in any color you want.  I used a pink gelato.

Here’s the flower cluster up top.  I added some adhesive foam and tangled thread under it to create some dimension.  How pretty is this navy blue color?  It’s amazing against all those brights!

Using the smaller papers is perfect for backing cut files like this.  Many times you can use small scraps to to this.  Some of these hearts are a little bigger, but the 6×6 Papers worked perfectly.

Here you can see the title.  Just add a bit of color and use your fingers to smudge it.  Instant ombre effect!

I hope this inspires you to cut into this beautiful collection and make a fun layout!  I seriously could not cut into it for two whole days because it was just too pretty.  I’m glad I did, though, because I love how my page turned out 🙂  Be sure to check out my process video to see how I created this.

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

Bahaha! | You Rock | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-10-10T08:06:00+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello, friends!  Missy here, and I have a funny (and fun) layout to share today using the You Rock collection.  I have really loved the challenge of using this “boy” collection for layouts about my silly girls.  This photo makes me laugh…look at that goofy face!  This week we are featuring projects that showcase our individual style.  I used mixed media, which is my favorite.  I was also in the mood to play with washi tape, so I took all the You Rock Washi Tape and stuck it all down on some white cardstock.  I used my circle punches to create lots of different sized circles to use around the photo.  I actually loved how the scrap paper looked after punching all the circles, so I cut it in half and used it as well.  My background paper is the Artisan paper from Wild at Heart, and I smudged a lot of white acrylic paint on it first.  I used coordinating colors of ink sprays to get the color behind everything.

I went through all the embellishments and discovered there are tons of circles!  I used one from the Chipboard Stickers, several from the Ephemera Die Cuts and even some tiny ones I punched.  I used more of the Washi Tape here with these cute phrases.  The Accessory Sticker Sheet is full of really funny phrases, so I used a few of those around the page, too.

I added some foam adhesive under a few of the circles to create some depth.  I topped this big circle with a few sentiments.  One is a die cut and one is a Rubber Charm.  I used the navy alpha stickers from Hello Sunshine.  You can also see some black machine stitching on the background.  I did some zig zag stitches as well as some messy straight stitching.  I like how it adds to the messy background.

I used a chipboard frame over my photo and then topped it with another chipboard circle.  Here you can see the scrap paper that I punched the circles from.  It looked too cool to throw away, so I used it!

Here’s one more close-up of the top area.  I did add a few bits of tangled thread in two spots for added texture and color.

I really love how this turned out!  It’s a lot of fun to make a collection work for something that it’s not intended for.  Even though most of the pieces in the You Rock line are meant for boys, I have made it work for several girl pages.  Give it a try!  Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out:

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

Forever in My Heart | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-09-24T10:21:04+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Happy Sunday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share today featuring flowers and hearts.  I began with one of the beautiful exclusive floral cut files and enlarged it to run off the page in a diagonal manner.  I used a few collections here:  You Rock, Make a Wish and Wild At Heart.  I love mixing and matching!  I backed the cut file with papers from Make a Wish and Wild at Heart. I used watercolors on some scrap paper to create the green leaves.  The background paper is the In Line paper from You Rock.  I added a lot of white acrylic paint first and then used watercolors and gelatos to add lots of yellows and pinks.  I really love how this page turned out.

Backing a cut file is really easy.  The fun part is sorting through all the papers to see which parts of them you want to use.  Once I had the cut file finished, I created the background.  I went back to the Fresh Cut Paper from Make a Wish and fussy cut more flowers out to create a little cluster by the photo.  I also added in some tangled thread and some Wood Veneer hearts from Wild at Heart.

I went small with the title and used a Wild at Heart Die Cut Ephemera piece as well as an Accessory Sticker and a Make a Wish Accessory Sticker.  My journaling fit nicely right under the photo.

Over on the right side I added in a few hearts from Make a Wish.  They were the perfect addition to that area, and the colors match really well.

In addition to the packaging technique, I also sprayed directly onto the background with some spray inks.  You can see a little Wild at Heart Wood Veneer heart tucked in there.

Here are more Wild at Heart Wood Veneer.  I coated them with white gesso and let it dry.  Then I sprayed some spray inks on them and dabbed the color with a paper towel.  Finally I added in some word and phrase Accessory Stickers from Wild at Heart.

I hope this inspires you to add some flowers and/or hearts to your next layout!  They are always a winner in my book 🙂  Be sure to check out my process video here to see how I created this page.

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

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!

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