July 2019 Guest Designer: Vicki Boutin

by Altenew

Hello, Altenew friends! Welcome to our second July 2019 Guest Designer post. If you missed out on our previous guest designer post, we featured the incredible Kelly Janes. Feel free to check it out here.

This month's guest designer is Vicki Boutin!!! Raise your hand if you have been following her on social media and have fallen in love with her fun, colorful, and vibrant layouts! She has also been a regular on our blog hops, so you might have seen her gorgeous projects featuring our products. We adore Vicki so much and having her as our Guest Designer is truly an honor! If you want to take a quick look at her creative work, head over to her Instagram feed and get ready to be amazed.

Get to know Vicki!

Hi friends! Vicki B. here! A girl who loves COLOR, pattern, and anything “artsy”! My true passion is mixed media art and creating projects to inspire crafters to pull out their supplies, stamps, and stencils, and make! I live minutes from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada with my two teens and my husband. Traveling and photography are two of my favorite things to do and I like to combine them with crafting and teach workshops worldwide. I am currently working on organizing my brand new craft studio so I can actually get in there and start making a mess! 

I am an avid lover of ALL Altenew products and I am super excited to be a Guest Designer for July! Let’s get some inky fingers! 

Let's check out Vicki's projects!

“Just Smile” Layout 

Scrapbooking is one of my favorite pastimes and I ADORE integrating stamps and stamping techniques! For this layout, I grabbed the “A Study in Watercolor” stamp set with the coordinating dies and decided to focus on the “negative” space for my design. 

First, I stamped and embossed the solid floral pattern with white embossing powder. I created a pattern down the right side of the page. 

I found that masking a few areas and then stamping and embossing them helped to create a “fuller” appearance. Once I was happy with the pattern, I placed watercolor on a plastic sheet and “kissed it to the background”. I went with three colors and built depth by drying between layers. 

I tied the color of the painted side in with some strips from the Summer Garden 6×6 Paper Pack. This set contains BEAUTIFUL watercolor patterns. 

To “ground” my photos, I stamped one of the more simple images in black and die cut them. I arranged them using 3D foam squares around the cluster of photos on my page. 

The title is from the Halftone Smile Stamp Set.  I stamped it in a coordinating color and die cut it.  Then I layered it with other stamps from the set. 

I LOVE how this turned out!!!  Soft, pretty, and a TON of fun to create. 

“Smile” Card 

My thinking for the card was to show how to use the exact same technique but on a card. Simple, time-effective, and clever, right? I am often asked by card-markers “I don’t scrapbook, can I make cards?” and vice versa from the page makers. The answer is always… “Of course!!!” This was a perfect opportunity to show that! 

I simplified the pattern due to the scale of the card and did an “ombre” watercolor technique on the title. 

Lickety-split!! Two projects done! Love that! Sometimes it’s not about re-inventing the wheel and more about getting as much accomplished in the little time we get to craft. 

Thanks so much to Altenew for inviting me to play! And thanks for allowing me to share a sample of creations using these fabulous products!!!


Oh, Vicki! We absolutely love how quickly you've whipped up these beautiful projects! And the colors you've used are simply stunning! Thank you so much for being our July Guest Designer, Vicki! We are looking forward to having you again!

If you want to see more of her work, you can check out her blog and follow her on Instagram, and check out her YouTube channel. Don't forget to leave her some love in the comments section below!


A Study in Watercolor Stamp Set
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A Study in Watercolor Die Set
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Halftone Smile Stamp Set
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Smile Die
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Halftone Smile Stamp & Die Bundle
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Summer Garden 6×6 Paper Pack
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Watercolor 36 Pan Set
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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Zlatka Kabaivanova July 27, 2019 - 9:08 am

Such beautiful layout and card! I love the colors!

Donna Conrad July 27, 2019 - 10:52 am

Love the card. Will have to include in my crafting today along with your Friday technique!!

Kathy P July 27, 2019 - 5:37 pm

I have followed Vicki forever, and love her bright bold colors, and the fact that she has NO FEAR playing with color and paint! So glad to see her work here. Awesome page, Vicki!


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