Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Good Life

Hi everyone, did you know Just Nick Studio offers a cut file freebie every month?  You really should take advantage of free cut files every chance you get, okay???  This month, it's the Tic Tac Toe Background. Here's how I used it on a layout.


I chose to break the background elements apart to use as accents for the page instead of a background. This is easily done by Releasing the Compound Path and/or Ungrouping. Once everything was ungrouped, I scaled the elements to the size I wanted. Then I cut some out of the background paper and some out of complimentary pattern papers to layer on top.


I added some stitching around the squares that I cut out and added as an embellishment as well as around the lines that I cut out of the background paper so it could have definition to it.
In the end, this background file is a great take on the classic grid design!

Get the Tic Tac Toe Background for free until June 30, 2016!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Natural Beauty | Pink Paislee

Summer has started out with a bang.  We sent our kids to their first ever summer sleep away camp, which they LOVED, BTW!  While they were gone we decided to re-decorate their rooms so it's been crazy busy. Our littlest now has a french cottage / cafe and the oldest has a super fun loft bed with curtains and gone are the little girl pink walls.  I'll be posting before and after photos soon.

In the meantime, I'm back with my 5th project as the Pink Paislee guest designer for the Outfitters collection. And I still have 2 more to come.


I’m all about using every last bit of a collection so I chose to use the paper strips from the bottom of the pattern papers. I simply cut each strip into smaller strips and then mixed and matched them at a diagonal across the page.

I stitched each of the individual small strips in either a straight stitch or zig zag.

I framed the photos with layers of instaframes, acetate, paper, leaves and flowers that I watercolored.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Dare to Dream

Hello everyone.  Oh how I am loving the Gossamer Blue June kit and add-ons.  It's jammed packed with fun summery collections.  I was drawn to the feathers in the Fancy Pants goodies included in the kit and so I thought, why not create a fun dreamcater?!?!  Then, Nicole from JustNick challenged a few of us to use 4 or more cut files for our project.  She makes that easy peasy with her amazing designs. This is where Gossamer Blue and Just Nick Studios come together to make one!


Cut Files used: Dreamcatcher 1PolaroidsShattered AlphaScript FontSweater Weather

How to: Use the Dreamcatcher 1 file as a guide to create a stitching path. Stitch the Dreamcatcher with embroidery floss.  Add stitched lines for the hanging feathers. Add splatters of color to the inside of the dream catcher as well as below with the feathers. Cut feathers and adhere to the page. Create the title using a combination of the Script Font and Shattered Alpha font. I welded the script font together. After I cur the word "DREAM" from the shattered alpha cut file, I ungrouped and deleted the shattered parts. Then I used the internal offset option to cut the perfect fit for the shattered alpha letters and adhered them to the back. Cut a polaroid frame. Add layers and your photo and done.  I'll be adding journaling under the photo.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dreams Are Born | Pink Paislee

Hello friends.  I'm sharing my 4th project for my guest gig over on the Pink Paislee blog.  This one was created with one 12x12 pattern paper, 1 sheet of cardstock, ephemera and watercolors.


How to: Start by adding color to white cardstock.  I chose blue watercolor. Set aside to dry.  Write your quote in your die cutting software.  Size the quote to dominate the page,  leaving room for photos.  Cut the quote and place it on the layout.  Add photos, overlapping the photos with the letters is you like.  Stitch the letters in place. 



Monday, June 6, 2016

Camp Party Invitation and Wilderness Cake | Pink Paislee

Hello friends.  I'm blogging projects 2 and 3 of the 7 projects I created for my guest stint over on the Pink Paislee blog.

THE PLAN: These projects were created for a beginning of summer back yard celebration.  My girls are off at camp this week so I created these to help amp up their excited, as if they weren't excited enough.  Anyway, I created an invitation for them to join us in our back yard, where my plan was to hang huge burlap banners and cute little paper rosettes for the fence from the Outfitters collection, have dinner outside and surprise them with a cake and milk, served in milk bottles with cute little straws and banners created from this collection.

Back yard camping party invitation


REALITY: So I created the card, all the banner, rosettes, little flags for the straws, found the cutest plates and napkins, baked a 4 layer cake and created all the a cute little props for the top of the cake. I was all set to celebrate. Then it rained and rained and rained for 3 or 4 days straight and we flooded...again. Thank goodness we didn't have water damage but the opportunity for the cute outdoor party was lost.  In the end, we had the party inside but I didn't have all the wall space I had planned for.  The kids loved it anyway and drank from the milk bottles and ate their cake.



Banner: The one thing that inspired this cake idea was the "camp" banner. It was all one piece connected together but I wanted to string it on little sticks so I cut them up and stitched them like you would garland.  Then I tied them to the sticks.

Teepee / Tent: I wanted to create a fun scene to celebrate summer camp so my next idea was a teepee / tent.  I cut it using a Silhouette cut file and added sticks that I gathered from outside.  Then, I decorated it with feathers I cut from a paper that had oars all over it.  I simply cut the little oars into the shape of feathers and then added slits on the side to give it a feathery effect.

Fire: There's a camp fire sticker in this collection so all I did was adhere it to white cardstock and had a campfire immediately.  If only it was that easy when we went camping.

Trees: I cut these using a 3D Christmas Village cut file I had.

Fox: My husband goes hunting every year and there's a fox that has come by every year since it was a baby.  They named her Georgette and the girls love seeing photos of her every year so it just made sense to include a fox on the cake.

Although the rain may have put a damper (pun intended) on my party decor, we still enjoyed the cake.  Now my girls are off at camp, hopefully having the time of their lives!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Adventure Awaits | Pink Paislee

OMG, I am guesting for Pink Paislee today.  It's a dream come true for me.  I got to play with the new Outfitter collection and I gotta say, I was a little scared at first because 1. we don't do a lot of camping and 2. I didn't get very many papers or embellishments but I'm always up for a challenge.

Over the next week, I'll post details of the 7 projects you can see now on the Pink Paislee blog.  How fun is that to say?!?!? Let's get started....

Adventure Awaits

How to:

  1. Duplicate triangles in the Silhouette software and replicate it to fill the page.  This is good so you can make sure you'll fill the page evenly.
  2. Using multiple patterns (I used 7), cut the triangles from each pattern.  I cut my paper into 6x6 bits and cut 4 at a time on the CAMEO.
  3. Cut a full page of white cardstock triangles.
  4. Please them down on the page in random order, adhering with just a bit of glue.
  5. Stitch continuous lines across the page along the border of the triangles. Then stitch across the other side.
  6. Add tags and frames for the base of the photo.
  7. Add photo and additional embellishments.
  8. Add the title and strips for journaling.



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Every Day Always This - True Story

I am so happy to share my final project as guest designer for Elle's Studio this month. My first project was a mini album but today I’m getting back to my true love, traditional scrapbooking.

Supplies: May exclusive kit, Little Moments 6” x 6” paper stack, Little Moments bits and pieces, Little Moments cutouts, Little Moments journaling tags, Days of the Week acrylics, Good Stuff puffy stickers, letter and number stickers- black

This page was inspired by the background paper. The little hearts reminded me of dandelion seeds, so I decided to scrap these photos of my daughter making a wish with her dandelion. I’m a big fan of fun backgrounds so I decided to scatter flowers throughout the page.


I cut flower petals from various patterned papers found in the 6” x 6” paper stack and arranged them around the page.  I adhered them together in the center using a bit of liquid adhesive.  Once dry, I stitched circles in the middle. Some are covered with larger tags and embellishments, while others are small enough to reveal the stitching.


I layered bits of journaling tags, vellum, puffy stickers, bits & pieces and more under and around my photos. I even cut the center out of the “love this” insta-frame journaling tag and popped one of my photos through it. My title is a combo of the “true story” acrylic and alphabet stickers. And last, but not least is a little note to my daughter.

To re-create this, all you need is a few coordinating patterns, scissors or a die cut machine to cut leaves and it will come together in no time!

Thanks again to Elle's Studio for having me this month!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Every Flower Has a Story | Elle's Studio Guest Designer

Hello everyone!  Today's an exciting day for me, scrappy-wise. I am guesting for Elle's Studio this month and today is my debut on the blog. Then I'll be back again later this month with another project.

 I'm a traditional scrapbooker but I thought I'd change it up a bit today and create a fun mini album. The mini is about my daughter always picking flowers wherever she goes but the title also represents that she is my flower and there's a story to tell about her.


This mini album came was really easy to create and can be created relatively quickly depending on how much "personality" you choose to add to each section.  Let's take a look at the creative process...


The mini album happened by accident really.  As I was looking through the cards in the May kit, I laid them out and starting picking and choosing which ones I might want to use on my layout.  I found several that I loved as well as some from the Little Moments collection.  As I looked down at them scattered about, I realized they'd be perfect for an accordion mini.


Once you have all your cards selected, trim 2 sheets of cardstock to 4"x12". Next, extend 1 of the cardstock strips to 4"x18", by adhering and trimming down the 2nd strip to the 1st . This serves as the base to your mini.


Next, decorate each card and/or photo by adding some stitching. The key is to do this before you add it to your base so you're not stitching through the other side.  I guess it's okay to stitch through side 1 but definitely not side 2.  Once you have them all stitched up, adhere them to the base with strong adhesive. Start with side 1, add a card and make your fold after each card. Add the next one and fold, repeat until you've reached the end of that side.  Then add any additional embellishments to the cards or photos.


Repeat the same steps as side 1.  You can see here that I added stitching to one of my photos as well as the cards. IMPORTANT: when you get to the last card, make sure to add ribbon or twine between the front and back layers, making one large enough to wrap around the back.


I hope you enjoyed this mini album and see just how easy it is to create.  Follow me on Instagram for sneaks of the projects I'll be sharing when I hit the Elle's Studio blog again later this month.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

So Many Reasons To Be Happy | Scrapbook & Cards Today Guest Designer

Hello, hello, today is an especially HAPPY day.  Not only am I showcasing 3 reasons I am happy on a layout but I just ecstatic to be guesting over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog with a project I made using this month's cut file, designed by Nicole Nowosad, plus the new Paige Evans Fancy Free collection via my Scrapbook Circle May kit.  So lots of reasons to be happy.


Here's the file I used. You can download this file for FREE from the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog.

I chose to cut the file and hand stitch around the words.  I have to admit, it took WAY too long and I was telling myself I was crazy the whole time but I love how it turned out in the end so I'd say it was all worth it.

How to:

  • Supersize the cut file so that it leaves approximately 1" on each side of the paper.  
  • Add stitching dots or lines around the words and cut the file. Altnertively, you can manually poke the holes.




Here's where the "fun" begins.....

  • Hand stitch around the words using your favorite embroidery thread. 
  • Layer the stitched paper over a pattern paper, careful not to use a super busy paper.  I chose a design that had a white background but when I placed the stitched paper over it, it was somewhat washed out.
  • To fix this, I watercolored over it in a complimentary blue color. 

  • Once dry, adhere the paper overlay on top.  You could also add this before stitching but since I used my Silhouette to poke the holes, I adding this after.

I added my precious children as my reasons to be happy, adding them to the page in birth order.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Please head over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog to download the file.  LEAVE ME SOME LOVE WHILE YOU'RE THERE!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Donkey Rides, What?!?! | Santorini, Greece

Bryan and I recently went to Santorini, Greece as part of our anniversary trip. Although we went at the end of the season, it was magical and ranks as one of my favorite places in the world.

One of the most memorable things we did was ride donkeys down the caldera cliff to the dock and back up again. The cable cars were not operating out so we figured we'd be adventurous.  Because it is a very treacherous cliff it meanders back and forth across the mountain.

I thought it would be fun to tell my story not just with the pictures and words but also through the entire design of this page.


I started the entire layout of the page with a funky arrow in mind. I designed it so that it leads you back and forth up to the top, similar to how we rode the donkey up.  You can see the path up the mountain in the photo on the right.  I used a map / city grid type pattern and then hand stitched around the arrow. I added my journaling around the arrow.

I created this page as a Contributing Designer for Shimelle.com and for this week's challenge to use arrows on the page.

My design idea was to use a series of arrow to draw your eyes around the page. The super sized arrow leads to the title and then I included another "Is this for real" arrow to lead to the photos, then another arrow pointing to the top of the cliff.  I rounded it out by including a small film strip of other memorable photos from the ride.

Head on over to Shimelle.com to play along. You can also see how this week's guest designer, Mandi tackled the arrows challenge.