Saturday, February 13, 2016

Shine Bright My Love

Hello everyone!  I'm so excited to be participating in the Clique Kits / Just Nick team-up and to welcome you to my blog. Today I'm sharing one of my most favorite layouts that I've created in a long time. I mean it is the new Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Shine collection afterall.

I showed a sneak of it last night on Instagram (@heatherleopard) and now you can see the full details here.  Come take a look...

If you are new to my blog, let me tell you a little about me.  I kind of sort of like to create fun backgrounds for my layouts. Whether it's repeating a pattern or paper piecing, it's just my thing. My signature style so to speak.  When I saw the exclusive cut files Nicole created for this team-up, I had this fun idea for using the zebra cut file. Do you ever have an idea but you're just not sure if it will turn out the way you have envisioned it in your head? That was me with this one.

The only thing I knew for sure about this layout was the photo of my oldest and the patterned zebra background.  As I was looking through the cardstock stickers, the "SHINE BRIGHT" stickers jumped out and landed on my page.  How perfect for this ray of sunshine holding a lit up heart.

How to:
  • Cut the zebra cut file out of white cardstock. Keep the strips that you are not using and set them aside.
  • Use the strips you set aside to serve as a guide for cutting the pattern paper.  Make sure to leave about a 1/4" edge around the cut so that you can adhere it to the back of the cut file.
  • Once all are adhered, stitch over the white cardstock.
  • Add some layers of paper behind your photo, leaving a pocket for a journaling tag.
  • Add sentiment stickers to the top right and an array of flowers on the bottom and around the sides. Adhere some to the photo/page and use foam adhesive to others for dimension.
  • Add your title in one of the open spaces. I chose the middle left tucked into the flowers.
  • Add an embellishment cluster to the top left of the page to balance it out.

Turns out that this layout is one of my most favorite that I've created in a long time.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Make sure to follow me if you are on Instagram (@heatherleopard). I have several giveaways planned this year (with one coming up this next week).

You don't want to miss my sketch challenge HERE for a chance to win a prize package of Crate Paper Shine and We R Memory Keepers.

Take a look at what the designers for Clique Kits and Just Nick did for the team up.  Melissa Vising is up next but you can find the entire hop below

Clique Kits | Me! | Melissa Vining | Suzanna Lee | Leigh Ann Odynski | Melissa Elsner | Carolina Schulz | Jaclyn Rench | Aliza Deutsch | Diana Waite | JustNick Blog

Friday, February 12, 2016

DIY Valentine Canvas Decor

I wanted to create something fun-loving and festive for our entryway for Valentine's Day.  I was strolling through the craft supply store looking for items to make a different project when I stumbled across some canvases and that's when inspiration hit me.  It wasn't anything specific that hit me, it was really a rack of small canvases that caught my attention.

How to: I originally planned to paint the horizontal lines on the canvas and as fun as that would be, I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to use pattern paper.  I'm glad I did because I love the subtlety of the "love" words in the background.  I cut those in 1" strips and used mod podge to adhere them to the canvas.  Next, I cut 1" flowers from one sheet of ombre pattern paper. My original plan was to mix up the colored flowers throughout the heart but another last minute decision came along and I decided to arrange the flowers in the ombre design.  Lastly, I added white, pink, dark pink and red enamel dots to some of the flowers.

Supplies:Bella Blvd Valentina collection: See You Soon, Love 12x12 paper; Enamel Dots: Milk White, Cotton Candy, Punch, McIntosh

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

You + Me | Scrapbook Circle + Just Nick

Love is most definitely in the air over at JustNick this week and I'm here to show you how I used hearts to repeat a pattern and make a fun background for my layout.

For today's layout, I used this new Patterned Hearts cut file. I opened up my Silhouette Studio and placed all 4 hearts from the collection across the page as well as down the page and made them so that they would line up evenly and fill up the page. Doing this in the software helps ensure everything will fit on the page and also gives me an idea of what it will look like.  Then I cut them all out and saved all the hearts as well as the cardstock I cut them out of.

I decided to only use 3 of the heart designs and leave the 4th space blank to incorporate coordinating papers and my photo.  I backed the 3 designs with 4 different types of papers and set them aside.  Next, I stitched the negative sheet of cardstock to a black and white pattern paper so that the pattern paper would peek out from under some of the hearts.  I stitched around each of the hearts, leaving  3 of them blank. I in turn added the coordinating pattern papers to the back using foam adhesive.

Lastly, I stitched some hearts down the middle and  attached other hearts on top using the adhesive dots.  I like the varied dimension of having some popped behind, others popped above and the way the others that are stitched lift up on the sides. I finished the page by adding embellishments, some gold mist splatters and a little bit of watercolors.

P.S. I've used this idea of repeating the patterns and replacing one of the shapes with a photo HERE, HERE and HERE. I wanted to show you how you can use the same concept with different results.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sketchy Scrapper - January 2016 | Giveaway

Hi everyone.  I thought I'd try something fun here for 2016. I know we all like to get a little SKETCHY sometimes so I thought I'd introduce a new concept here on my blog. I call it the...

I've taken each of my January layouts and turned them into sketches.  I'll be posting them at the end of each month for you to download. I'll give you until the following month to play along for a little prize package.

Here's how it will work:
I'll post the sketch and the layout I created along with a link to my the original blog post for that layout here on the blog, which usually includes some how-to's and tips.  Simply right click the images to save them to your desktop or sketch folder and print them out. You can also Pin them to Pinterest by hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button. You don't have to follow the sketch exactly. Just let it inspire you. I want to see what you create with them so I can ooh and ahh over them. You can use sketches from any previous month but it must be submitted by the 29th to be eligible to win the month's prize. You may enter as any times as you wish.

Here's what you need to do:
Create a project based on any or all of the sketches and link it up below. You can link to your blog, a gallery, Instagram (@heatherleopard), or just upload your photo to Inlinkz.  You can also post your project to Instagram but please include the following so I will see it - tag @heatherleopard and use the hashtag #sketchyscrapper.

Here's what I'll do:
I'll randomly draw 1 name from any entries I receive on this blog post, Instagram and Facebook and send a little prize package to that person.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! See this month's giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Let's do this!  Here are this month's sketches.

The best of ME | Just Nick Studios Cut Files
Original blog post with the How-to can be found HERE.
Right click the image to save to your desktop or Pin them to Pinterest by hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button.

Our Love is Like XO | Gossamer Blue Pattern Play
Original blog post with the How-to can be found HERE.
Right click the image to save to your desktop or Pin them to Pinterest by hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button.

Happy New Year! | Gossamer Blue
Original blog post with the How-to can be found HERE.
Right click the image to save to your desktop or Pin them to Pinterest by hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button.

I'd Travel the World with You | Bella Blvd CHA 2016
Original blog post with the How-to can be found HERE.
Right click the image to save to your desktop or Pin them to Pinterest by hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button.

Love, Love, Love You | Bella Blvd CHA 2016
Original blog post with the How-to can be found HERE.
Right click the image to save to your desktop or Pin them to Pinterest by hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button.

She is Fierce | Bella Blvd CHA 2016
Original blog post with the How-to can be found HERE.
Right click the image to save to your desktop or Pin them to Pinterest by hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button.

Adorable, lovely, fabulous family | Bella Blvd CHA 2016
Original blog post with the How-to can be found HERE.
Right click the image to save to your desktop or Pin them to Pinterest by hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button.

Bushel and a Peck | Bella Blvd CHA 2016  
Original blog post with the How-to can be found HERE.
Right click the image to save to your desktop or Pin them to Pinterest by hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, I've just loaded you up with 8 sketches and 8 inspiration layouts.  And here's the prize that's up for grabs.

To enter to win:
Pick your favorite sketch and try it out, then link up your project by clicking the Inlinkz button below. You can also post your project to Instagram but please include the following so I will see it - tag @heatherleopard and use the hashtag #sketchyscrapper.  You have until Feb 29th to play along. You may enter as any times as you wish.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Love You More | Shimelle

Last week I made a BIG announcement on Instagram, which is where I seem the be the most lately, I realized I never blogged about this guys! I'm trilled to say that I am an ongoing Contributing Designer for

Here's a short little story....
A few years back when I was just venturing into the online world of scrapbooking (around 2010), I stumbled across this website and was immediately sucked in.  Shimelle's site was the VERY FIRST one I ever bookmarked. I remember this very distinctly because I loved it so much.  I was so fascinated with all the amazingness that was there. So when I saw that I am thrilled, it's actually an understatement.  It's all come full circle and I am now a monthly contributor to this very same website and her amazing scrapbooking collections. After spending hours with her, her hubby, son and my hubby in London after I was selected, I now consider her a friend. And she's just as sweet as can be.

So, back to the inspiration part of today.  We will be hosting weekly challenges on You'll want to check out the new challenge each and every Monday but especially this Monday because it's my debut and I want you to see what's it's all about and play along. Plus, there's always inspiration from guest artists so take a look below and then head over for more details.

I was inspired to create this layout because of the contest my daughter and I have almost every single day.  This is actually becoming a battle and she's the one who instigates it 99% of the time but that's okay because the awesome thing is that this competition is a healthy one for us.  It's a battle against who loves who more.  I've created pages about this before but I feel it's important to document this throughout the year since it's one of those ongoing special things between just us.

One of the things we talk about is how our hearts are exploding with love for each other so I thought it'd be fun to make it look like hearts were bursting from the bottom of the page. To create this, I started at the bottom and stitched the yellow heart.  I then layered another heart on top, stitched it, tucked another heart under and stitched it, etc., etc. until I had all the hearts on the page.

Once the hearts were in place I added layers of paper, die cuts and other embellishments around the photo. I created a pocket under the right side of my photo to insert a journaling tag.  I then created my title using a mix of alphas and two sentiments from one of the 12x12 papers.

With Valentine's Day coming this weekend, pull out your photos and scrap from you heart with hearts so you can link up to this week's challenge.  Or, I bet you probably have some layouts hanging around that you can link up, whatever it is, come play along on

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Love mini Album {Clique Kits | Bella Blvd Blog Hop}

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  I'm so excited to share with you what I created for the Clique Kits | Bella Blvd Blog Hop.  The XOXO kit was packed full of fabulous items from the Bella Blvd Valentina collection, Crate Paper Hello Love, Clique Kits exclusives and more....

I created this mini album for my love. I still need to add photos but here's how it looks for the time being.

This entire album was inspired by the vellum pockets that was used as packaging for some of the embellishments.  I added some sequins from the kit and then sealed the edge so that they would not escape. 

I created the inside pages using several sheets of pattern paper that I cut down to approximately 5.25" h x 7"w. Once I had all the papers cut, I stitched them and the envelop together by sewing right down the middle.

As you can see, I have lots of space for love notes and photos.  After all was complete on the inside, I decorated the outside.

The first thing I did for the cover was adhere the ribbon around the front and back, leaving plenty of room to tie it closed on the side. Oh and like I said earlier, I added sequins to the inside of the cover and sealed the edges. I even added some dabs of glue inside the envelope for a few of the sequins to stick to so some stay where they are and some move around.  Then I added the gold foil doily heart and sentiments.

Make sure to follow me if you are on Instagram (@heatherleopard). I have several giveaways planned this year (with one coming up this next week).

Now, head over to Candice's blog for more fabulous inspiration.

Make sure to participate in the entire blog hop for a chance to with a XOXO kit. from Clique Kits.

Full blog hop list: Clique Kits | Becki Adams | Maryam Perez | Jennifer Chapin | Nicole Martel | Me! |  Candace Perkins | Corri Garza | Bella Blvd

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2016 Planner Preview

It's February Reveal time at Gossamer Blue and I am planner obsessed. This is funny because I bought two planners last year and opened them multiple times but they just sat there ALL. YEAR. LONG.  The good news is that I plan to go back in one of them and document the highlights of 2015. It won't be as magical as this years but it will still be great.  And the other one offers 2016 refills, which I already have so I'm all set. That is the one where I keep track of all my crafty goals, deadlines, ideas, etc.

Today, I thought I'd share a preview of what my February planner is shaping up to look like.  This is also funny because I haven't shown you what January looks like yet.  All in due time though.  I'll have it here to share soon.  Let's just say a lot happened in January (2 trips, my birthday, Rob Thomas charity event, lots of kids' activities and more) and I didn't get it until the last week of January so I'm trying to stay in the NOW and will go back to do January.

So here's a peek at the monthly view for February. It's not very far along yet but it's progress, people, especially after last year's lack of progress.

I am using goodies from the Gossamer Blue February kit and add-ons.  I LOVE the red-ish / teal floral paper in the Basic Grey paper pad. I used it to create a pocket and used the leftover bits that I cut off to create a cute little border at the top of each page. I am using my 01 American Crafts Precision Pen but I also just bought some colored No Bleed ultra fine Sharpies. I just got them today so I still have to test them out on some spare papers.

Apparently almost every Sunday in February is going to be some sort of celebration but we'll have Tuesday to recover. lol. The blue airplane marks a business trip for my hubby. It's pink or red for me but I'm not going anywhere this month so no pink airplanes. The XOXO stamp is from the Gossamer Blue kit and the other stamps are from Hero Arts / Kelly Purkey. I think I will color in the birthday cake (and draw in the black lines that are missing - I never said I was a great stamper).  Stay tuned later this month to see how it all shapes up.

I hand cut this pocket but it was super easy to do.  I simply pulled 2 papers from a 6x6 paper pad. Then I folded the floral paper in half (without creasing it) and made the semi circle cut. Next I just folded the floral edges on the sides and bottom. Lastly, I trimmed down the red paper and adhered the scrap to the front so that I'd had some red oon the front and back of the pocket. Then I added some embellishments from the Gossamer Blue February kit.

I am using the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner. I actually bought this on Amazon through Supermart, which was one of the lower prices I had seen and it was shipping Prime and I've always had excellent luck with Amazon.  I placed my order on January 16. I didn't get a shipping notice nor did I get it within 2 days.  I kept checking and it kept saying processing.  Then a week later they cancelled my order.  Needless to say I was livid.  So I sucked it up and bought it on Simon Says Stamp with a coupon.  Now I have it in all it's wonderful glory.

I had also been eyeing a few of the Kelly Purkey planner stamps so I added them to my cart when I got the planner.

I can't wait to share more pages from my weekly spreads.  Check back later this month for more.  Oh and keep an eye out for January.  I have about half of the month done so far.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bushel and a Peck...

CHA 2016 Project 8 of 10

This is one of my favorite layouts that I created for CHA. I'm so excited to share it with you today!

What's black and white with pops of color all over?  This layout, that's what!  While I love the shapes of the Invisibles and how they can really dress up a project with the fun scallops, I focused more showing you how I've used it for the sole purpose as a fun see though pattern on your layout.

To create this layout, I thought about my title and photo first and determined how much space I would need to a long title with some larger alphas wrapped around each of the circles. I also had to take into account that I would need to trim the white background around the edges so it would fit inside the black and white pattern paper border. Once I had those measurements, I cut three different sized circles using my die cut machine and then stitched the Invisibles to the back of the cuts. The title is a combo of Tiny Text alphas, letters from the chipboard icons and sticker alphas.  By mixing my alphas, I was able to fit a rather long quote on the page without overwhelming the layout and it really added some nice variety to make it more pleasing to the eye.  One thing I love so much about the Tiny Text Alphas is that you can add a longer title, you can add a sub-title or you can even use it in your journaling.

Supplies: Invisibles: Amorie, Click!, Click!, Chit Chat; Let's Go! collection: Tourist Spot, Perfect Weather, Borders 12x12 Papers, Treasures & Text, Paper Pieces, Chipboard Icons; Tiny Text Alphabet Stickers: Black; Amorie Alphabet Chipboard: Blueberry; Bella Bows: Blueberry; Enamel Dots: Blueberry, Milk White, Ice, Oreo Black; Enamel DooDads: McIntosh, Ice

Monday, January 25, 2016

Life's One Big Adventure

CHA 2016 Project 7 of 10

Life is most definitely one big adventure. My girls have been begging for a road trip, so against my better judgement (I'm kidding), we are planning for Spring Break in March. I'm going to give them this card to surprise them with the details of the when and where.

No matter the occasion, this card can be used for practically any reason. To create this, grab two of your favorite Clear Cuts chevron sheets and arrange them so that they fit perfectly between the open spaces of each other, leaving the slightest white border between the lines.  Tie some twine around the suitcases at the top of the card and then add your banner and embellishments. Simple as that and you are ready for your next big adventure.

Supplies: Clear Cuts Chevies - Pickle Juice and Blueberry; Let's Go! collection: Paper Pieces, Pumpkin Spice Cute Clips, Borders 12x12 Paper

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bee Happy!

CHA 2016 Project 6 of 10

I absolutely love the buzzing bees in this Spring collection.  While I stay clear of them in real life, I think I used every one of them up from this collection in various projects.

This entire design was inspired by the single die cut.  I love the sentiment and as I was laying it out, I knew I wanted to portray the bees buzzing around the card.  The rest of the design was a combo on borders to bring it all together.  I hope to brighten someone's days soon with this card.

Supplies: Sweet Sweet Spring:  Borders, Daily Details 12x12 papers, Paper Pieces Die Cuts; Bella Bows: Saltwater