Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Camping Under The Stars - Stash Bash Flair

Hello blogging friends!

I am participating with some other designers in the June Stash Bash. This month we are focusing on using our flair; tin pins, decorative brads, enamel dots, woodies. I had some camping flair from A Flair For Buttons so I decided to do a camping layout.

The digital cut file I used is a free cut file from the Paper Issues on-line store. I wanted to back it with some plaid paper in my stash from the Photo Play Paper Lakeside collection. 

I searched through my stash for camping embellishments and found these die cuts from the Imaginisce Happy Camper collection.

I also added some decorative brads from the Simple Stories Cabin Fever collection. This bear was perfect for a Northern Minnesota camping layout.

I wanted to set off the flair on a dark background and found this starry pattern paper from the Simple Stories Heart Simple Set. I cut out some semi-circles to frame the flair.

I like how the digital cut file frames my photo.

Here is the link to my process video. You can check out the other designer's Stash Bash YouTube videos too.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

America The Beautiful - Pebbles Guest Designer

Hello blogging friends! 

I am so excited to be guest designing for Pebbles today! Wahooo!   They sent me the Land That I Love collection and I created 2 layouts to share with you. Summer is usually a time that my family vacations. I love a good road trip!  For my first layout God Bless America, I wanted to document a family trip to Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

I love that this collection has a Mount Rushmore die cut ephemera piece. It was perfect! I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a star background from one of the pattern papers.

The rosette star stickers added some dimension to my layout and played up the star theme.

I used the Land That I Love Foil Foam Thickers for my title. These thickers are awesome and are perfect for titles.

I really love how this layout came together.

For my second layout America The Beautiful, I wanted to document a trip to Washington DC. We did a Monument at Night Tour and were able to get photos of lots of the monuments all lit up ... so majestic!

I used a different star digital cut file on this layout, backing it with some stars and stripes pattern papers. I also added some of the fun fireworks rub-ons to the white background.

Once again I used the Land That I Love Foil Foam Thickers for my title and added some flag stickers and die cut ephemera stars.

Do you have any summer trips planned? The Land That I Love collection can be used to document your vacation destinations too.  

I even have a YouTube process video for the God Bless America layout ...

Land that I Love Oh! The Places We Go paper (733792)
Land that I Love Fireworks paper (733795)
Land that I Love America paper (733794)
Land that I Love Stars and Stripes Forever paper (733788)

Here are the digital cut files I used today...

 Star Background 5

 Bits and Pieces Star

Thanks Pebbles for having me as a guest designer!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Wicked Fun - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

A year ago, my daughters and I were finally able to see the off-Broadway musical Wicked when it came to Minneapolis. It was so fabulous!!  I knew I wanted to use the Marquee Alpha digital cut file for these photos. It made for the perfect title cut from a vivid pink and yellow, just like the theater marquee sign.

I thought I would play up the Marquee Lights by using the Twilight Zone 1 background digital cut file. I love that it looks like light is radiating out from my title and photos.

I combined the Marquee Alpha with the Simple Set Alphabet to complete my title.

Here are the digital cut files I used today...

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous weekend.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Middleton Place - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a gorgeous 2 pager layout for you today that I created for JustNick Studios using the beautiful Maggie Holmes Flourish collection from Crate Paper. I am trying to catch up on my layouts from a vacation we took last summer to Charleston, South Carolina. While there, we visited Middleton Place Plantation and spent the day walking the unbelievable gardens and enjoying a Southern buffet lunch. We even saw a few alligators! Here is my layout...

I framed my photo using the Lotus Ring digital cut file. I left the space open to leave it light and airy. Framing your focal point photo draws the eye right in.

For my title I mixed the Outline Alphas with some gold Thickers. I filled in the alphas with a pretty floral print.

Here are the digital cut files I used today ...

 Lotus Ring

 Outline Alphas

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hello Beach - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with another Simple Stories layout using the awesome new Hello Summer collection. Last Summer my daughter took a trip with girlfriends to Sunset Beach in Florida. She had just graduated from Veterinary Collage and wanted a little vacation before diving into her internship. This collection was perfect for scrapping those beach photos.

I went with a big title that I could back with different pattern papers. This is a great way to include lots of patterns and colors on your layout. I wanted that title to make a big statement. After a long winter there is nothing better than soaking up some glorious sunshine at the beach. The chipboard Hello layered on top makes for the perfect title "Hello Beach".

To create the illusion of water on my layout, I added some watered down blue spray mist to my background using some plastic packaging. Next to my photo, I added this fun flamingo from the 3x4 Elements paper and layered lots of fun chipboard stickers,Bits & Pieces die cuts, and phrase stickers.

I added a strip of washi tape to the top of my layout then layered the pennant banners over the top. The colorful banners add balance to the colorful title.

If you would like to see my process video here is the link ...

While I still had all my papers and embellishments out, I decided to make a gift box and decorate it with the Hello Summer die cuts. I used a digital cut file from SVGcuts.

The Hello Summer collection is perfect for documenting more than just your beach photos. With the watermelons, pineapples, suns, clouds, and flamingos, this fun collection could be used for picnics, playground outings, or any outdoor summer fun activity. What fun memories will you be making this summer?


Monday, May 21, 2018

Squat Your Dog - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

I so enjoy when I can spend any time with my kids. My daughter was out with her Great Pyrenees the other day and was complaining about how sore her legs were from doing squats at the gym. The next think I know my son and daughter are doing squats with the dog and video taping it. Evidently squatting your dog is a new craze and tons of people are posting videos doing it. lol. I managed to extract these still photos from the video. I used the 2 Cool For School collection from Jillibean Soup.

I created a circle in Silhouette Studio and dissected it with lines to create a pie chart. Then I cut each section of the pie chart from a different pattern paper. This way I could use several patterns to frame my photo.

I used another cut file to create the Squat for my title, added some stickers and the large letter die cuts for the Dog portion of my title.

I couldn't resist adding the 2 corgi dog die cuts to set off my title. They were the perfect touch.

Here is a link to my process video. I would love to have you stop by and take a look.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!