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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.

This | Bohemian Dream | Missy Whidden

By | 2018-01-24T05:57:25+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful|

Hey, friends!  Missy here, and I have a layout to share today using mostly the Bohemian Dream collection.  Before I get to the layout, I want to thank Zoe, Sue and the rest of the team for having me this year.  This is my last post as a design team member.  I’ve had an amazing year, and every collection I’ve worked with has just been off the charts awesome.  I will miss posting here each month, but I will definitely be continuing to use these gorgeous products!  I began this layout with the Bohemian Dream Abstract paper.  It’s so messy & artsy, and I love all the colors.  I used a loopy circle cut file and cut it on my Cameo.  I used white cardstock as my background, and I used some pink, orange and blue ink sprays to create a watercolor effect.  I splattered it a lot and used a palette knife to scrape it down.

I love the mix of colors here!  I couldn’t resist using some of the gorgeous Bohemian Dream floral die cuts.  I also used a little floral cluster from Hello Lovely that I fussy cut.  It matched perfectly!  I also punched a few blue flowers from the Abstract paper.

I popped my photo up off the page using some adhesive foam, and I love the dimension that creates.

I added a fun circle die cut at the top here…I believe that is from the Life is Beautiful collection.  I really love how you can see the ink splatters through the cut file.

I went simple with my title and used “this” from the Bohemian Dream White Chipboard Words.  I did my journaling on two Bohemian Dream label stickers.

Aren’t those vellum flowers just breathtaking?  Those are also from Bohemian Dream, and I just tucked a few under the left side of the photo.

I hope this gives you some new ideas to try on your next layout…it was really fun to put together!  Again, thank you all for your sweet comments and support for the last year.  It was truly an honor to serve on this team.  Be sure to check out my process video down below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

You Make Me So Happy | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2018-01-10T06:01:35+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello again, friends!  Missy here, and I have a monochromatic layout to share today.  I was in the mood to use a lot of blue on this page, so I sorted through all the Cocoa Vanilla collections I own and pulled out all the blue papers.  I was surprised to see how many shades of blue there were!  I used this beautiful butterfly cut file and cut it on white cardstock.  I backed each one with a blue paper, and I just love mix of lights and darks.  I used the beautiful wood grain paper from Bohemian Dream as my background.  I coated a lot of it white gesso first and then used a few different shades of blue inks sprays over that.  I wanted more blue to peek out from around the cut file and in between all the butterflies.

I added some foam adhesive under all the butterflies to raise them up off the page.  I love the dimension this creates, and it really just makes the layout come to life.  I tucked my photo in to the left of the cut file and overlapped them.

I went small with the title and used this fun banner sticker from the Hello Lovely Accessory Stickers.  I didn’t want to add a large title because there really wasn’t anywhere to put it.  I didn’t want to cover up the butterflies or make them look busier.

I added this sticker from Wild At Heart here, and I love the pop of dark blue it gives.

I used a few things under my photo for layering.  I pulled a dark blue chipboard frame from Wild At Heart and also a fun die cut frame from Life is Beautiful.  I also added a few Life is Beautiful heart stickers and a gorgeous blue leaf stem from Bohemian Dream.  I love how the water in this photo looks like the background paper.  They both have lines, and I thought it matched very well.

Here’s one last close-up of the layering and dimension.  I really love how it turned out!

I hope this inspires you to go through all your papers and choose one main color to work with.  It helps you narrow down what you can use and helps to bring your page together faster.  Plus it’s fun to work with all those different shades of just one color!  Be sure to check out my process video here if you’d like to see how I made this.

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

My Favorite Layouts | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-12-24T08:00:09+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hey, friends!  It’s Christmas Eve…woo hoo!  Missy here today sharing some of my favorite layouts from 2017 using all kinds of gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla products.  I love them all so much!  This one I created during the Summer using the Make a Wish collection.  That floral paper was my all-time favorite, so I used it in my Cameo to cut a large title.  I did some hand-stitching and lots of watercolor on the background.  I also fussy cut some flowers to go around the photo.  Pretty much all of my favorite things on one page 🙂

This one I love so much because it’s another Summer page!  I used lots of the Hello Sunshine collection for this.  I used gesso and watercolors on the background, and I fussy cut the sun rays from patterned paper.  I love stitching through sun rays like this to add interest and texture.  I cut a really big title and watercolored it and then embellished with lots of flowers, die cuts, wood buttons and puffy stickers.  I hand cut “vibes” from patterned papers.

This one I love because it has my favorite shades of pink and coral mixed with black & white.  I love adding paint and watercolor to my backgrounds, and this one was fun because it was a patterned paper.  I covered a lot of it with white acrylic paint to fade out some of the circles and create a white space.  I used lots of watercolor here, and I fussy cut a lot of flowers from the Love Always & Wild at Heart collections.  My original inspiration was combining flowers from two different collections, and it turned out so nice!

This one I love because the You Rock collection is for boys, and I totally made a girl page with it!  I fussy cut all those stars and basically made a huge cluster.  I absolutely LOVE this background paper…it’s gorgeous.  I did add a bit of gesso to it along with some yellow/gold ink spray.  I also added some white splatters by watering down some white acrylic paint with a brush.  I heat embossed some wood veneer stars with gold powder to add in there as well.  I embellished with some stickers, chipboard, rubber charms, flair and machine stitching.

This is my favorite Bohemian Dream layout.  How can you not create something beautiful with this collection?  I used my Cameo to cut out all those hearts and then backed them all with various patterned papers from the collection.  I went around each heart with gelatos and smudged some color around them with my finger.  I very carefully machine stitched around all the hearts…it’s not perfect, but I love how it looks!  I embellished with lots of gorgeous floral die cuts and phrase stickers, and I added some pink gelato to the white chipboard title.

I hope you enjoyed these…I sure loved creating them!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, friends!

The Best Christmas | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-12-10T06:01:11+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hello there, and Happy Sunday!  Missy here, and I have a festive holiday layout to share today using non-holiday papers & embellishments.  I had lots of fun making this one!  I started with this beautiful tree cut file, which I cut on white cardstock.  I pulled several papers from various Cocoa Vanilla collections to back all those scalloped shapes.  I went for a pink, peach and light blue color scheme, and I think it turned out really pretty.  I pulled papers from Bohemian Dream, Hello Lovely, Wild at Heart, Hello Sunshine, Make a Wish and Life is Beautiful.  I went light on embellishments to let the photo and the tree stand out.

After backing the tree, I ran it through my sewing machine and stitched along each row using gold metallic thread.  I used white cardstock as my background and used lots of Gold Color Shine as well as some pink and blue Shimmerz sprays.  I used the plastic packaging technique and added lots of splatters.  Here you can see my journaling along the bottom row, which I wrote in gold.  I added some word and phrase stickers from the Bohemian Dream Accent Sticker Sheet as well as some enamel dots.  They remind me of little lights on the tree!

I mixed and matched my title using some Hello Lovely alpha stickers and some Hello Sunshine Puffy Stickers.  The Hello Lovely stickers are a wood color, but I painted some Gold Color Shine over them to make them sparkle.  I used a few Bohemian Dream Chipboard Stickers as well as a Life is Beautiful sticker.

I used a bit of blue paper behind my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.  I stamped my date at the top instead of the bottom on this page.

I colored the star at the top gold, and I love how subtle it looks.  It was a lot of fun backing this cut file because I got to use so many papers from so many collections!

I think of birds when I think of Christmas, and instead of red birds I used these darling pink ones.  They’re from Bohemian Dream.  I cut one from a sticker and the bigger one is chipboard.  I love using non-traditional colors for Christmas pages!

I hope this inspires you to create a Christmas or holiday layout using products not made for holidays.  It was a fun challenge, and I love how it turned out.  I have a video here if you’d like to check out the process of this layout.

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

Always Something | Bohemian Dream | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-11-24T01:45:46+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Hey there, friends!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share using the beautiful Bohemian Dream collection.  Our theme is week is Thankful, and I couldn’t resist scrapping some cute selfies of me and my girl.  I’m forever grateful for her in so many ways!  I found this quote on Pinterest and decided to cut it on some patterned paper using my Cameo.  I made it pretty large so it could be my background design using the Kaleidoscope Paper, and I backed the open letters with the Abstract Paper.  I covered a lot of the background with white gesso first and then used some watercolor pastels and ink sprays to add all that pretty color.


I cut “always” on the back of the Abstract Paper.  Mixing and matching fonts is always a great way to catch the eye.  I backed the open words before adding the watercolor so I could see where all my colors were.  For example, I wanted to add yellow next to other colors and so on.  After everything dried, I did a bit of machine stitching through parts of the quote using blue thread.

The Vellum Accents in this collection are to die for!  They are seriously beautiful, and I finally used a couple of them.  I tucked in an orange one here over some orange watercolor and added a Chipboard Accent Sticker heart.  I also added in a bit of yellow tangled thread.  You can see my photos are raised up a bit off the page.  I did that by adding some adhesive foam behind them along with some tissue paper.

I even added a Vellum Flower over the photo for a fun look.  I decided to go with black & white photos since I knew I was going to use a ton of colors everywhere.  Everything pops right off the page so nicely!

I used another Vellum Flower over on the left and another chipboard heart.  I used a bit too much glue and it crinkled a bit, but that’s okay 🙂

Here’s one more close-up of the dimension and beautiful colors.  I did add in a small flower cluster from the Die Cut Ephemera here, and I popped it up with adhesive foam.

I hope this inspires you to create a “Thankful” layout using some of the Bohemian Dream collection.  This was a lot of fun to create!  Be sure to check out my process video here if you’d like to watch this page come together.  Thanks for stopping by!

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!

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