Friday, March 16, 2018

Bubble Bliss | Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a Spring layout I created with the gorgeous Simple Stories Bliss collection. I just love the soft purples, pinks, and greens in this collection with the pops of black. It is so perfect for Spring photos. I dug out some older photos of my daughter where she was wearing a purple jacket and blowing bubbles from the front steps.

I wanted to use lots of circles on my layout to reinforce the bubble theme. I used a variety of pattern papers and cut my circles in different sizes, arranging them on my layout so the larger circles were in the middle and the smaller ones are at the top and bottom. I mixed in a few circles cut from vellum as well. I even framed one of my photos using a circular cut file from JustNick Studios called Round and Round.

I like mixing fonts for my title. I used the JustNick Studios Outline Alpha here for 'Bubble' as I wanted the letters to resemble bubbles and combined it with the scripty 'Bliss' chipboard text.

The Clear Stickers were perfect for adding even more dimensional bubbles with adorable butterflies or fun text. Then I embellished with more chipboard, adorable bits and pieces, and phrase stickers.

I love how this turned out! I know the Bliss collection would be perfect for your Spring scrapping too.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Items Used:
10012 - Bliss Collection Kit
10013 - Bliss Combo Sticker
10015 - Bliss Enjoy The Ride
10016 - Bliss Remember to Shine
10017 - Bliss Live In The Moment
10018 - Bliss 3x4 Elements
10019 - Bliss 4x6 Elements
10020 - Bliss Chipboard
10021 - Bliss Bits & Pieces
10022 - Bliss 4x6 Stickers
10023 - Bliss Clear Stickers

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Prone to Shenanigans and Malarkey | JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some St Patrick's Day inspiration using some awesome JustNick Studio digital cut files. My daughter and a friend were lucky enough to spend a few weeks traveling across Europe a few years ago. Ireland was one of her favorite places. She said the people there were so friendly. I thought it would be fun to scrap the selfie she sent me from an Irish pub on her first night there.

Have you seen the new Crop Circle Background? It has a Celtic vibe to it, so I wanted to use it for my background. I cut it out of a gold metallic cardstock ... because Leprechauns like gold, right? I love how intricate this is.

I decided to mix some fonts to create my fun title. The Outline Alphas look amazing when backed with a variety of green pattern papers and I combined it with the Type It Font cut out in a black cardstock for contrast.

Big titles are awesome when you don't have a lot of photos and your camera phone photos aren't as high a quality. Here is more of the Type It Font for 'warning'

Here are the cut files I used today...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have an awesome St Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Have A Blast | My Favorite Things

Hello blogging friends,

A quick blog post today.  I created a birthday card for the latest sketch challenge for My Favorite Things. Here is the sketch...

I thought a Space Explorer and an alcohol ink background would let me play with techniques I haven't used in a while and practice my coloring. Here is my card...

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cherish | JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I think I must have Spring fever... I feel like it's been forever since I scrapped a really girly layout. Sometimes I just want to scrap pink flowers and yellow butterflies and imagine that Spring is just around the corner, especially when it's snowing outside (again!). I found the pretty JustNick Studio Boho Florals 3 and the Stems 5 digital cut files and created a gorgeous cluster to ground my photo. I was so happy to receive the new gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios More Than Words collection just before the snowstorm. It's soft pastels were perfect for my Spring layout and this old black and white photo of my two girls. My Little Scrapbook store was awesome to let me preorder this Australian scrapbook manufacturer as it is difficult to find here in the States.

To add color behind my white cut files, I watered down some acrylic paint and painted a line of yellow, orange, and pink across my page and then tapped my paper to make the paint run. Then I added a few paint splatters and some stamped butterflies and I had a beautiful background!

Here are some detailed shots ....

To make my flowers and stems more interesting I added sequins to the center of the pink flowers and drew some lines on the leaves with a marker.

The paint and the grey leaf stems help make the white floral cut file pop instead of blending into the background.

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

 Boho Florals 3

 Stems 5

Here is my process video if you are interested ...

I hope the rest of your week is fabulous! Take care,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Around We Go! - Stash Bash Youtube Hop

Hello blogging friends,

The February Stash Bash YouTube Hop is now live! This month, we are focused on using our stash of out of business manufacturers; October Afternoon, Little Yellow Bicycle, Scenic Route, Sassafras Lass, Basic Grey, Imaginisce ... 

I decided to use my October Afternoon Midway collection stash because I found these stitched pennant banners that I hadn't even touched! <GASP> Feeling guilty for buying something and not using it, I decided I had to use the banners. To create movement, I wrapped them around and around in a continuous circle pattern. It was perfect for this photo of my kids on a little kiddie ride going around and around. The idea for this came from the fabulous Missy Whidden. She created a back to school layout used the alphabet in place of my pennant banners. Thanks for the awesome idea Missy!  Here is my layout ...

I do so miss October Afternoon! Here are some detailed shots...

Want to see how I created it from start to finish? Check out my process video...

There are lots of awesome designers participating this month. Be sure to check out all the videos on the hop.

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

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Garden Gnome Cottage

Hello blogging friends.

Is anyone besides me counting the days til Spring? Here in Minnesota, the snow will last into April most likely, but I am already thinking about my garden. I have flower gardens all around the house and a big vegetable garden. I love my fresh vegetables!  I think I get that from my Dad. He has the most amazing green thumb. I've seen him save plants on the brink of death.

Anyway, I was dividing up some succulents in the house while I wait for the warmer weather, and I thought I would make my little garden gnomes a house. I used the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection along with the Simple Basics woodgrain papers and the Fairy Cottage digital cut file from SVGcuts. This was so much fun to make! Photo overload coming... but this needs to be seen from all sides.

I love that big front window and that curving staircase.

The red roof can come off, allowing you to add a battery operated tea light. 

Stickers from the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection make it seem like my house has little flower gardens all around...

My Xyron Creative Station makes adhering all these pieces so much easier and gives me complete glue coverage. I seriously don't know how I managed without it. I still use my quick dry glue to do some of the assembly. 

Have I given you Spring fever now too?  Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.

Monday, February 5, 2018

XOXO - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week is all about  L O V E  on the JustNick Studio blog ... and there are so many awesome digital cut files that work well for documenting all of your love stories on paper. I wanted to use the new XO Heart digital cut file to help frame my photo and decided to add some hearts to the background with the Cross My Heart Background digital cut file. I love how it turned out! I used the September Hip Kit Club Kit that was full of the Paige Evan's Turn the Page collection along with some Amy Tangerine enamel hearts and the cutest little bows.

You can see the Cross My Heart Background has these little squares to form rows of hearts. In addition, I cut out just the inside heart from several different pattern papers. Hand stitching would have looked awesome with this cut file.

I love how the XO heart frames my photo. You can see a larger heart from the Hearts 2 digital cut file tucked underneath. I love the patchwork effect the background has, yet with that pink framed heart, the focus is still on my photo.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

If you are interested in watching my process video I would love to have you watch and subscribe to my YouTube channel. 

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