I had the honor of working with the rest of the Pink Paislee team and with Paige Evans on her collection: Take Me Away. It was so fun, and we are all so proud of it! Because this is such a large collection (24 Papers!) I’m just going to do a quick overview of the paper and products I worked on!
For this collection we were inspired by Paige’s travels and life in Europe. We wanted it to feel like a lifestyle line, as opposed to a travel themed line. Her husband is stationed in Germany and she has taken advantage of their time there to travel and explore as much of Europe as possible. For this line we drew inspiration from Paige’s life in Europe: the shops she likes to visit, the scenery she documents on her Instagram feed, and beautiful history of the area.
First up, Papers! Starting with the Cut-Apart!
Everyone on the team had a part in building this paper. It gives a nice overview pf what the collection is about. I think that is important when I’m showing you only select pieces.
I created this paper last minute after we decided it would be good to have a map of the North America to compliment the map of Europe that comes later on. It was quite complicated to make, and I’m really pleased with the result, although I have a new found respect for map makers.
I affectionately call this paper the Mermaid Scale Paper, due to obvious reasons. Getting the gradients just right, by hand, was a challenge, but it has come to be a great tool in my “design garage”. This paper was one of the best selling papers from the collection and I am so glad it did so well!
Paige has pictures of all sorts of beautifully painted walls and houses she has seen throughout Europe, which inspired this paper and a couple others. I love the soft, markers textures we were able to create in this line.
I created the movement of color in this page by building up several different texured layers in photoshop, and then masking them off with the gem pattern. I think they looked like oversized sequins! They are so fun and easy to cut out to be used individually on projects.
This paper. This is my favorite paper. Shalece drew the individual florals for a different paper, but I had this idea to do a darker version and I ran with it. I shrunk the florals down, laid them out to fit the page, and then made them black and white. From there I was able to edit the colors and layer the dark teal on dark teal. This is a really different take on a floral for pink paislee and It really added something moodier and fun to the line. Paige made this amazing layout out of the paper, and I can not get enough of it!
Here is that map of Europe I mentioned earlier. It is a great compliment to the line.
We decided on that we wanted a translucent marker texture in the collection. At the time the market was really saturated with watercolor textures. Consumers didn’t seem to be tiring of them, so we thought the washy marker would be something different, but in a similar vein. I think it is done really well on this ombre paper, and on the hand lettering that Vanessa did.
The way that Paige creates scrapbook layouts is through die-cutting and backing with lots of pattern mixing. This leads to a bunch of 12 x 12 papers with only a little square cut out of them. So we started creating Pages for her that have multiple patterns on one. This striped pattern paper is a good example of one of the ways we do that. This way, Paige’s fans can create projects like hers, without wasting a lot of paper.
In every collection we have to have those, smaller scale, more usable papers. They can sometimes run a bit boring, but I find this diamond one quite exciting. Instead of relying on Illustrators pattern tool, I try to lay these out by hand to eliminate an obvious pattern repeat. I patterns like this, an obvious repeat can make the bolder pieces standout more, and will ruin the magic of the page. The ideal is to have them evenly spread out, without the eye getting caught on one element more than the others.
Paige will sometimes pull inspiration for her layouts from quilt patterns, which is exactly what I was inspired by when I created this paper. After adding the texture we all agreed they look a little bit more like floor tiles than a quilt, but I still think it fits the line. This is another paper page could use to accomplish multi pattern look with only one page.
Next up: Products! We had some unique embellishments to compliment our papers in this line, that i’m really excited to show you!
To create these thickers I was really inspired by some of the geometric & dipped elements of the line. The fun, bright colors really pop against some of the more neutral pallets in the line.
These fun, squared off paper clips, were my own design. The cute, epoxy coated tags look great sticking out of planners, journals, and pocket pages.
Paige really wanted a roller date stamp in her line, and we were excited to make one for her, but there are a lot of options in the marketplace when it comes to roller date stamps. How could I make his stamp different from all the others? I think our team came up with a great solution. I combined phrases from the line with stitching patterns and decorative borders, thus giving the stamp more variety and options than the other roller stamps already for sale.
Last but not least, some fun and playful wood veneers, the dipped design on these mirror the geometric alphabet thickers. This makes them easy to pair with some of the more complicated illustrations in the line.
There are a bunch more products in this line, designed by my Pink Paislee friends! You can check them out and purchase them here. Thanks for viewing!