Thursday, January 17, 2019

Berlin's The Kiss - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

After the Holidays, I tried to do some de-stashing in my craft room and got distracted when I found what was left of my Simple Stories Urban Traveler collection. It was just what I needed for scrapping my Berlin photos, so I figured if I scrapped a layout, I would have less stash to go through. Makes perfect sense, right. Scrapping is way more fun than de-stashing anyway. Here is what I came up with  using some awesome JustNick Studios digital cut files....

I wanted to create a more grungy background, so I cut the Missing Mesh Background and used it as a stencil with some distress ink. Inking the edges of my pattern papers also gave my layout a more grungy appearance.

To frame my photo and computer journaling I altered the Noted File Folder. I wanted it to be longer. This was easy to do. First I duplicated the folder. Then I just moved it below the first one and welded it together.

Here are the digital cut files I used today.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great week!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bon Appetit - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends,

I managed to scrap another layout of my European vacation using the gorgeous new You Make Miso Happy collection from Jillibean Soup. I love the pastel florals in this collection, but what caught my eye were those houses in the pea pod parts. I thought they would be perfect for a foodie layout. We tried a lot of different foods everywhere we went. On our last day in Paris my daughter told me we had to try escargot. "You want me to eat a snail!" I said. Well I did ... and I liked it, a lot! Never be afraid to sample the local cuisine. Snails taste a lot like sauteed mushrooms. The trick was getting them out of their shells. We were given a device that looked like a clamp to hold the shell and a little tiny fork to dig the snail out with. If you are looking for a fabulous Parisian cafe close to Musee d'Orsay try the Cocorico. We ate here a couple times it was so good!

I used a Jillibean Soup Tile digital cut file. I love these tile digital cut files. They are perfect for my food layouts as they remind me of the ceiling tiles from farmhouse kitchens. I used the fun yellow pattern paper to back the cut file. I did my journalling on vellum as I did not want to cover up too much of that beautiful background.

I layered lots of the pea pod die cuts with an enamel heart shape to draw attention to my title. I dug out my stash of Jillibean Soup corrugated alphas. I love their texture. There was a lot of brown in my photos and the brown alphas helped to pull the color scheme together.

By printing my photos in a strip, it helps to tell the story.... I look a little hesitant, don't I? lol.  I love my facial expression ... but really they were so good. I would definitely eat them again. To even out the title under my photos, I added a few houses in the opposite corner above my photos with some enamel hearts on top.

I really love how this turned out!

Jillibean Soup You Make Miso Happy collection
Jillibean Soup You Make Miso Happy Dashi pattern paper
Jillibean Soup You Make Miso Happy Pea Pod Parts
Jillibean Soup You Make Miso Happy Epoxy Shapes
Jillibean Soup You Make Miso Happy Stickers

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Downhill Racers - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a fun Winter layout I created with the Simple Stories Freezin' Season collection. I live in Minnesota, so am all too familiar with snow ... and cold. Some days you just need to get outside and play though or that cabin fever sets in. One of my favorite outdoor winter activities is sledding. All you need is a hill and a sled. The bigger the hill the better. I love the adrenaline rush you get as you are hurtling downhill with the wind in your face. It was so fun seeing my nephew enjoying sledding too.

I knew I wanted to create hills of snow on my layout. I used various pattern papers to achieve this and cut them in curves to resemble hills. Then I embellished my hills with an adorable snowman, a penguin, a polar bear, and a village of houses. It was fun layering the bits and pieces words "brrrr', "shiver", and "chilly" along with other fun elements.

When sledding, you start at the top of the hill ... so I wanted to arrange my photos at the top of my page. Tucked in an around my photos are another cute snowman, some snowflakes and phrase stickers, and a bits and pieces tree (because you got to watch out for those trees when sledding!).

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you get a chance to get out and play in the snow! Don't forget your camera so you can document those moments with the Freezin' Season collection.

#10358 Simple Stories Freezin' Season Collection kit
#10359 Simple Stories Freezin' Season Combo Stickers
#10361 Simple Stories Freezin' Season Brrrlow Zero pattern paper
#10363 Simple Stories Freezin' Season Snuggle Up pattern paper
#10364 Simple Stories Freezin' Season Flurries pattern paper
#10367 Simple Stories Freezin' Season Snowed In pattern paper
#10368 Simple Stories Freezin' Season 3x4 Elements
#10370 Simple Stories Freezin' Season 4x6 Horizontal Elements
#10372 Simple Stories Freezin' Season 6x12 Chipboard Stickers
#10373 Simple Stories Freezin' Season Bits and Pieces
#10374 Simple Stories Freezin' Season 4x6 Stickers


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Nurture - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I had an amazing 2018 ... and I cannot believe I am sharing my first layout of 2019 already! This week we are focusing on layouts about ourselves, or about our 2019 goals. Well lucky for you, my niece took some family photos for us just before Christmas because my selfie skills are severely lacking. I had to crop my hubby out of this photo so it was just me,lol.

I don't do One Little Word, but I like to see the words other people pick and why. It gets me thinking about what I should try to improve upon in the upcoming year. I chose NURTURE. When you nurture something, it thrives. I spend a lot of time taking care of the people around me that sometimes I don't take care of me. My exercise gets overlooked if I need to find some extra minutes in my day. I am sure many of you can commiserate. But I also want to nurture my relationships. It's important to spend quality time not only with my husband, but my aging parents as well (especially my Dad who suffers from dementia).
So here is my NURTURE layout that I created with the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection and awesome digital cut files from JustNick Studios.

I love to create texture and interest on my backgrounds using a white pattern on a white background. It's subtle,not too overpowering. I used the Tin Tile Background  on here. It's a beautiful backdrop for my title created with the Outline Alphas.

This Stem digital cut file is one I use over and over again. I love how delicate it is and it's perfect for layering in your embellishment clusters like I did here.

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

Do you have a word for 2019 that you've chosen? I would love to hear what it is. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Jillibean Soup Christmas layouts

Hello blogging friends.

Jillibean Soup came out with these adorable dots and plaids 6x8 paper pads. Fabulous if you are a card maker! But they were also perfect for doing a couple Christmas layouts.

Do you like to scrap your pets at Christmas? After all, they are part of your family too. My cats love to catnap under the Christmas tree. They don't try to climb it, they're just content to bask in the glow of the lights. I couldn't resist scrapping them on a layout.

It's hard to tell but I created a mixed media background of pale yellow and gold using some Heidi Swapp color shine. I wanted to capture the feeling of the glow of the Christmas lights. I used the Jillibean Soup Tis The Season To Be Jolly digital cut file on this layout. You can find it in the Silhouette Store. I used a mixture of the dots and plaids to create my wreath then cut my title from some red plaid and cardstock.

A few self adhesive sequins add the Christmas sparkle.

For my second layout, I pulled out a really old photo of my daughter standing in front of this advent Christmas Tree quilt panel her Grandma Nix made for her. Every night she would hang a bell on the tree before she went to bed. This way she knew how many more sleeps until Christmas. She is only 2 1/2 here ... so she wasn't too into Christmas just yet. But thrilled her Grandma made her something special! I converted my photo to black and white. I was seriously disappointed in deterioration of the color. I need to do this to loads more of my older photos!

Cut file addict that I am, i used another Jillibean Soup digital cut file in the shape of a tree, Believe In The Magic of Christmas. I backed the negative space with more red and green dots and plaids from the 6x8 paper pads and added in some yellow and woodgrain paper too.

You can see I added some journaling strips in  my tree. It tells the story without covering up the design or the photo. More self adhesive sequins ... this time in silver, give it a festive air.

Banners of red and green pattern papers adorn the right side of the layout and draw your eye tight to that adorable photo. Her curls were too cute!


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Joy Joy Joy - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

One of the things I love about Christmas most now that my kids are adults are their homecomings around the holidays... and not just Christmas. Homecomings can occur any time during the year and I think they are always joyous occasions! So I thought I would scrap one of those homecomings using the JustNick Studio Joyful title to show you it can be used all year around.

I cut the Joyful title out twice to make my title more interesting. I trimmed out the pieces I wanted by hand and layered them in some cases using pop dots to add dimension.

I also used pieces of the Star Background 2. I hate throwing scraps of paper away. When you cut out this digital cut file, you could use both the positive and the negative pieces! Because the Joyful title had stars, I dug out these stars I had cut previously. The color was a good match with the pattern paper. You can't go wrong with stars ... they are perfect for guy layouts when you don't want to use flowers.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you capture some joyous moments this holiday season! Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Spread A Little Cheer - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!
I am back today with a festive Simple Stories Christmas layout I created with the Merry & Bright Christmas collection. Does your family do a photo shoot for your annual Christmas card? I don't know about you, but I love receiving photo Christmas cards! I like to see how much kids have grown and seeing how other family members have changed. I scrapped my sister-in-law's family for todays layout. I love how her Christmas card photo turned out! I am still hoping to get some family photos done myself, but with adult kids that work odd hours, it might not happen until Christmas! Anyway, every year for Christmas my Mother-in-law asks for the same thing ... a scrapbook album full of family photos. This layout is going into my Mother-in-law's album. The Merry & Bright collection is perfect for documenting all of those holiday family photos!

Is there anyone besides me crushing on all these plaid papers? That black and white buffalo plaid is the perfect background for this poinsettia wreath cut file by Paige Taylor Evans. The wreath frames my family photo nicely.

The cut file was backed with various pattern papers from the Merry & Bright collection. I love how the reds and greens in the pattern papers coordinated so well with the colors in my photo. There was also a soft blue that worked well for the bells and an awesome plaid pattern paper that I used for the bow.

With such an ornate cut file, I kept my other embellishments to a minimum. I just wanted to add a few things around my photo like this fabulous JOY banner and the Peace Love Joy tree from the Tags and Frames pack. That cute candy cane is one of the puffy stickers ... and don't forget to add a date so you'll remember years from now what year that was. The 4x6 sticker packs have the perfect round stickers to do just that.

I wish you the happiest of Holidays.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have an awesome week.
#10306 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas Collection kit
#10307 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas Combo Stickers
#10309 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas It's A Wonderful Life pattern paper
#10310 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas Simply Christmas pattern paper
#10311 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas Hello December pattern paper
#10312 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas Joy & Happiness pattern paper
#10313 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas  Sparkle and Shine pattern paper
#10314 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas  A Simple Wish pattern paper
#10317 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas 4x4 Elements
#10318 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas 4x6 Horizontal Elements
#10320 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas 6x12 Chipboard Stickers
#10322 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas 4x6 Stickers
#10323 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas Washi Tape
#10324 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas Tags and Frames
#10326 Simple Stories Merry & Bright Christmas Puffy Stickers
Bazzill smooth cardstock


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Tis The Season - JustNick Studios

hello blogging friends!
It's that time of year again where JustNick Studios is giving away FREE digital cut files! I hope you have been downloading them, because they are FREE only for one day ...

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 8 Maids a-milking ... Well, I have no maids a-milking for you today ... but I do have this awesome 'Tis The Season digital cut file for FREE!

I knew the Tis The Season cut file would make an awesome title for my Christmas layout. I combined it with the Winter Frame cut file that was free a few days ago. I hope you snatched it up then, if not it is still available in the store for purchase.

I love getting my Christmas decorations out and making the house more festive.

Here is a closer look at the Tis The Season title...

It's hard to tell, but if you look closely you can see I used the Winter Frame to create a shaker element. Can you see the sequins in the middle of the frame. Some transparent vellum over the top allows them to move around a bit. I machine stitched around the edge of the frame to make sure the sequins would stay put.

I really love how this layout turned out!

Enter the code: TISFREE at checkout to get this design for free. 
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 8th, 2018.

No purchase necessary. Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given.The design will still be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.

Thanks so much for stopping by ... Come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file! Happy Holidays!!