Hey Guys! I am so excited to share my first collection with Pink Paislee. I’ve worked on other collections with Pink Paislee, but this is the first one I worked on from start to finish! Pink Paislee is a scrapbooking brand owned by American Crafts. I work on the Pink Paislee team with two other Amazing designers, Shalece Christiansen and Vanessa Herrema. These two girls are some of the best designers I have ever met and I am so grateful for the privilege of working with them every day.
C’est La Vie is scrapbooking collection inspired by vintage florals, industrial textures and sleek typography.
I’ll be sharing all the papers we designed and then the select products I worked on after that. Too see the rest of the products designed by Shalece, check out the Pink Paislee website.
This first paper (front and back printed) is what we refer to in the scrapbooking world as a cut-apart paper. It’s perfect for scrapbookers and cardmakers to cut apart and use small pieces in their projects. You can see how the amazing Gina Lideros used this paper to create a beautiful layout here.
This basic stripe is anything but boring with rough edges and a concrete texture. The back is what I affectionally call dot-ception. What do you do when you can’t decide between small dots and big dots? You combine them and make this paper. #obvi
You know when you make something so beautiful, and you’re so proud of it and even though you’re 26 you’ll probably cry if your mom doesn’t hang it on her fridge? Thats how I feel about this pink ombre paper- and combined with Shalece’s Black and white floral? Double threat.
The beautiful paper above is all Shalece, sure I gave her advice like, “Make it look more like painted bricks.” and “We should have a paper thats all black!” and “We should take an early lunch to eat breakfast food instead.” Those were just words, but all the hard work and amazing talent that it took to create this paper? Shalece.
The pattern on the left is the most shabby chic, which we decided to balance out with an ultra sleek and geometric pattern on the back. The contrast of these two papers is fantastic.
Remember the blush geometric pattern from before? This is just a slightly different yellow version. I love how bright and happy it is!
This numbered cut-apart paper was a beast to design. I worked really hard to make each number special and not make the whole paper look crazy. I did this by spacing out the more complicated pieces with more subtle pieces.
Out of all the papers in this line this floral makes the biggest statement. We balanced its bold color and scale with this teal wash that has a really subtle geometric pattern. When you’re creating floral patterns and groupings you have to be really mindful of shadows, color, and depth. If you’re not you may find that your bouquets aren’t very believable. Due to time we had to use stock photography for the florals which we recolored and grouped together, so we made sure to be really mindful of those 3 elements when creating the florals.
Its too bad that you can’t buy a pink stain for wood like this, yet another reason why photoshop should apply to real life!
With all the floral papers in this line, it was important to have a wide variety, we chose to keep the florals greyscale on this page, and let the background color be the star. I love the minty blue we chose for our color pallet and how well it works with the grayscale floral.
Chevron has been really trendy for the last couple of years, and at this point I’m pretty sure it’s a staple. It has kind of a bad rap in the pattern making world, mostly because its easy, and people are sick of making it. I made a goal this year to really try to be innovative with those simple, standard patterns (stripes, dots, chevrons). The technique I used above really breathes a new life into the classic chevron pattern and I’m really proud of it.
I used the chevron pieces to clip out bits of some stock photography, some florals, and the watercolor textures we used in the line. After I had my layout perfect I adjusted the pieces, each with a different transparency effect. It has a dreamy quality that I love, and it is still easily identified as a chevron pattern.
This last paper in the collection combines large scale color blocking with two of the industrial textures in the line. I really thought this could lend itself easily to a full page scrapbooking layout and Ashley Horton did just that! One of the best parts of my job is getting to create for creatives. I work and meet so many makers, creators, designers and I am constantly inspired by what what they create!
Whew! That was a lot of paper patterns, onto some of the awesome products that went into the collection!
Some scrapbooking collections come with a specialty paper, like this one, that has some sort of specialty finish – something that makes it way cooler than just a normal paper. This was printed on acetate, with only some parts screen printed white, below the CMYK printing. The effect is really cool, translucent and interesting. We chose to lay this out as another cut-apart paper so it could be used on multiple projects.
This collection came with two different sets of alphabet embellishments: A chipboard alphabet with a whitewashed brick texture + gold foil accents, and an acetate alphabet printed with a black watercolor wash.
You can find a bunch of alphabet embellishments with gold foil accents but the whitewashed brick texture really makes this product unique. I love the combination of the two different finishes.
Almost every scrapbooking line comes with a set of ephemera pieces. Usually small die-cut papers with a specialty finish like foil, glitter, or embossing. These are used to embellish and add interest to scrapbook layouts, cards and other projects. The ephemera for this collection combined acetate and cardstock die-cuts with gold foil accents.
And the award for “Most Adorable Product” goes to these mini file folders! So cute. I can’t wait to store all my tiny documents in them.
The glitter infused cork is such a cool idea, I am just itching to create more of these in different shapes! They add a great surprising pop of sparkle and texture to projects.
Well, folks thats all! Actually its not because that was only half the products designed for this collection. You can check out the rest (paperclips, mini notebooks, puffy stickers, washi tape… and more) at pinkpaislee.com.
Another cool thing to check out are the projects that people have made with this collection. One of the best parts of this job is creating tools for other creatives. I love seeing all the different ways people use the products I’ve designed. You can by searching #ppcestlavie on instagram, Facebook, and twitter.