Thursday, April 20, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons...Create a Scrapbooking Layout

Hello fabulous friends.  I am here today, sharing a lemonade scrapbooking layout that features a super-sized title of a proverbial phrase we all know and love. It's meant to provide optimism but I'm using it in the literal sense 'cause it's just too good to pass up for this lemonade stand layout.

I also wanted to create a quilt-like lemon as part of the title to make it "pop" and add a bit more interest to the page. Let's see how it all came together.

I like to sketch my projects out, either in a sketch book or digitally.  When I'm working on my computer or I know I am going to be using my Silhouette, I use the Silhouette software to sketch it all out.  I actually draw boxes for photos and layers to make sure everything will fit perfectly before I cut it out.  It also serves as a great guide to creating the actual layout once everything is cut.

Once I knew how much space I had to work with, I trimmed down the cardstock and adhered it over the background.  But first, I cut out the inside of the background patterned paper because I just can't let anything go to waste!  Now it was time for a little stitching with the sewing machine and I was set to go.

As mentioned previously, I wanted to create the patchwork quilt-like feel for the lemon. To accomplish this, I cut the lemon shape out of cardstock. Next, I adhered small squares randomly over the top and set aside to dry. Once dry, I trimmed the overage to reveal a lemon shape.

Repeat the process for the leaf.....

Next, it was time for the large title.  I cut letters out of six different patterned papers. I actually cut the same exact letters from the different papers. Then I randomly placed them, making sure that no two were too close to each other.  While this wastes a bit of paper, I wanted flexibility to change patterns as needed.

Once I liked the placement, I adhered them with liquid adhesive and added my super-sized lemonade word. "Lem" and "nade" where also adhered with liquid adhesive. I placed the lemon shaped "o" in the middle using foam for dimension.

I added photos, embellishments, and the oh so important journaling to complete the page. With that I ask, who's ready for some lemonade, or better yet, who's ready for some lemonade scrapbooking?

Monday, April 10, 2017

DIY Easter Home Decor

Hi everyone.  I am excited to share some DIY Easter home decor I created.

I created this using a circular pallet design concept, a free bunny cut file and the delightful Pebbles "Tealightful" collection. Here's the supplies you'll need to create this:

  • Pebbles Tealightful collection - paper, die cuts, stickers
  • Thickers or die cut sentiment
  • Canvas or pallet board
  • Download the free Bunny Cut File (Silhouette only) I created
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

The first thing o do is to cut your grass.  I cut 2"x12" strips and then fringe cut them to create a grass like feel.  I believe I used 7 strips in total. Once I had them all cut, I laid them out on the pallet to see how high I could place them.  Once I liked the way it looked, I adhered one over the other, starting at the top and layering each strip over the other until I reached the bottom.  I then wrapped the edges of the strips around the sides.

I used a 10" circular pallet board so I made my largest bunny approximately 8 inches and then just scaled the other two down to approximately 5 inches and 3 inches. Once they were cut, I tucked them in the grass at varying heights, overlapping the large mommy bunny just slightly.

Next, I cut some bunting from the banner patterned paper. I chose to use triangle and circular buntings for this project.  Once these were cut, I placed them at the top and tucked them a bit under mommy bunny's ears.

I used a combination of puffy stickers and a 3D rosette flower for the bunny tails and then just embellished with cardstock die cuts. To complete the page, I added a sentiment and cut little spring saying!