Thursday, July 12, 2018

Adventure Awaits - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

Bohemian Brew from Jillibean Soup speaks to my gypsy heart. I love the Volkswagen van, the bright colors, and the graphical patterns ... they remind me of childhood road trips with my family. I thought it would be fun to document a more current road trip with my husband and our own kids. Road trips provide some opportunities to see parts of this awesome country that flying does not. On this particular road trip, we stopped in the Badlands of South Dakota to stretch our legs while on the way to the Black Hills. 

I lifted my Hello You Jillibean Soup layout from June, but flipped it on it's side to change things up. I loved the design with rows of embellishments and paper. The chevron pattern paper was fun to cut up. I added phrase stickers from the sticker sheet and these fun puffy stickers. Machine stitching adds some texture.

I double cut the Jillibean Soup Adventure Awaits digital cut file (available in the Silhouette Store) for my title. The shadow effect makes the title pop against the background paper. I added a little gesso to keep the title from blending into the busy pattern paper.

I added some embellishment clusters of die cuts, stickers, puffy stickers, and wood veneer on and under my photo.

Bohemian Brew is perfect for documenting your road trips too ... and so much more. This is a very versatile collection.

Jillibean Soup Supplies:
Pattern Paper: Bohemian Brew / Peace, Happiness, Love, Content
Digital Cut Files: Adventure Awaits Design ID #253432
Wood Veneers: Healthy Hello Soup

Other Supplies: Silhouette Cameo, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in navy, foam adhesive, thread, gesso, Bazzill cardstock, enamel dots, Brother Sewing Machine

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

Thursday, July 5, 2018

FAB - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

It's summer and my flower gardens are in full bloom. My beautiful flowers inspired me to play with the new Bloom collection. This gorgeous collection is full of bright colorful flowers with an awesome color palette. The black pattern papers make those colorful flowers seem even more vibrant. With all the flowers, it's perfect for scrapping girls of any age.

I arranged my black and white photo at the top of my layout along with a 3x4 journal card layered over one of the black pattern papers. The base of my layout is the Every Day Counts pattern paper. I love the two-toned paper and the mixed patterns.

To create my embellishment clusters, I layered lots of bits and pieces die cuts, stickers, chipboard, and even some fussy cut flowers.

The FAB stickers make an eye catching title with those pretty flowers on the black background.

On the lower half of my layout, I went crazy with phrase stickers mixed in with border stickers from the combo sticker sheet. Machine stitching adds some texture and some foam tape and chipboard adds dimension for interest.

I love all the encouraging phrases and it was fun to combine them all on this layout. I hope you are all having an awesome summer and taking time to smell those beautiful flowers. Here is the link to my YouTube process video. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more process videos of mine.


Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Farm Life - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

Recently, I was going through some old photos with my Dad. When we came across this one of him with his youngest sisters, he explained that the car was his Dad's first. Not all of his 10 siblings and his parents could go anywhere together at the same time. On Sunday mornings, his older siblings went to the early mass and he and his younger siblings would go with their parents to the late mass. That old car reminded me of this pattern paper in the Jillibean Soup Farmhouse Stew collection and I wanted to use it on a layout.

I created a chicken wire background with some spray mist and a stencil. Perfect for a farm photo, don't you think?  Then I created three large tags from pattern paper that I could add my journaling to as well as embellishments. The Jillibean Soup corrugated alphas were used for my title. I love the texture that they add.

That rooster same from a Jillibean Soup digital cut file available in the Silhouette store.

I anchored the photo with another cluster of embellishments. I fussy cut some flowers from pattern paper for here. Buttons with twine bows add to the farmhouse look.

Didn't this turn out great! I love preserving these memories of my Dad's life when he was a child.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you have some vintage photos to scrap? The Jillibean Soup Farmhouse Stew collection would be great to use! Check it out.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Life Is Good - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am so happy to be back designing for JustNick Studios. You know I am a digital cut file junkie and Nicole's cut files are some of the best out there! Our first assignment for the term is an All About Me project so you can get to know us better. So here is a little about me ....  I've been married for 35 years to a wonderful guy. We had 3 children who are all adults now ... the last one is almost done with college. Wahooo! I also have a lot of fur babies as I am a rescue foster failure as well as a stray magnet. Currently in residence we have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I have been playing with paper ever since my best friend dragged me to a crop night almost 20 years ago. I also love to garden, cook, and read. (Actually, I don't read... but listen to audiobooks while I scrapbook.) This way I can keep up with my neighborhood book club. I work full-time as a software engineer designing software for electric utilities.

For my layout, I decided to document my love for my favorite kitty. He is neurotic as all get out but I love him. He is one of my foster failures. I could not let him go when he was well enough to be adopted.  I used the Paws To My Heart Background digital cut file and combined it with the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Bohemian Dream collection.

This cut file has the cutest little pawprints ...

But you can also see all the hearts that go across the page ...

Check out what I did to the chipboard words that I used for my title. I embossed them with a ultrafine gold embossing powder. Stunning, right!

Cutting this background cut file with a pattern paper that was multi-colored adds so much interest too...

I was originally going to scrap this photo in black and white. But with this collection, my purple jacket wasn't going to clash. I'm not usually fond of purple in my scrapbooking papers, but I love it mixed with other colors here.  You might be able to read my journaling here...

Here is the digital cut file I used today ...

Stop by JustNick Studios every day to meet all the other designers. Have a great week!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hello You - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging  friends!

I have a Jillibean Soup layout to share today using the 2 Cool For School collection. I thought I would use it to scrap a fun photo of my husband. I took this photo shortly after his bicep reattachment surgery. After surgery, the last thing he needed was to fall and re-injure it. But, of course, my accident prone husband couldn't resist trying out a fun new toy. He knew I was watching and was just pushing my buttons. He posed for the photo when I went out to give him a piece of my mind, lol.

I had loads of fun creating this layout. It has so many awesome embellishments that I thought it would be fun to arrange them in rows along with strips of pattern papers. I especially love those little
puffy sticker sneakers. Some machine stitching adds some interest too.

I cut some stars in various sizes from different pattern papers and used them as focal points on my layout, creating a visual triangle.

2 Cool For School can be used for your guys too ... no matter what the age.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Friday, June 22, 2018

City Market - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

Do you like to try new trends? Mandalas and doily patterns are really hip right now. I wanted to show you how you can use these on a layout with dramatic results.

I used the Dainty Doily digital cut file to make an eye-catching background for my title. In addition, the doily pattern duplicates the shapes and textures of the sweetgrass baskets in the foreground photo.

Here is the digital cut file I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

So Sweet Baby - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!
I am back today with an adorable Simple Stories Oh, Baby layout for you. Come on, admit it ... we all take tons of photos of babies! They grow so fast over a short period of time and we want to remember every moment. What better way to document those photos then with the Oh, Baby collection. With it's gender neutral tones it's perfect for baby boys as well as baby girls. I couldn't resist scrapping this photo of my cute little nephew...

I printed my photo in a sepia tone to coordinate with the brown tones in the papers. Because I absolutely loved every piece of pattern paper in this collection, I wanted to use as much of it as possible on this layout. I did that by cutting banner strips and arranging them along the top of my layout. Then I matted my photo with some blue pattern paper and used foam adhesive to give it some dimension. 

So many cute little adorable animals and other baby die cuts and stickers make embellishments choices a breeze.

At the bottom of my layout I arranged stickers, die cuts, and a fabulous chipboard title.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to check out the adorable Oh, Baby collection ...  and did you know there is also an Oh, Baby Expecting and an Oh, Baby Adoption too!

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.