Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Let's Hangout - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am sharing a layout today that I created using the July Creative Scrappers sketch and the JustNick Studios Chopsticks Background digital cut file. JustNick Studios is sponsoring Creative Scrappers for the month of July and offering the Chopsticks Background cut file for free. If you want to join the fun use coupon code CSFREE in the JustNick Store until July 31st. Here is the fabulous sketch...

and the Chopsticks Background digital cut file ...

I played along scrapping a photo of my daughter and one of her cats using some BoBunny Happy Tails papers ...

Here are some close-ups ...

I hope you play along too. Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

What If You Fly! - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a little Cocoa Vanilla Studios Life Is Beautiful inspiration. I recently went with my kids on a camping trip to Itasca State Park in the beautiful woods of northern Minnesota. Lake Itasca is where the mighty Mississippi River begins it's long journey south to the Gulf of Mexico. It was a much needed escape for all of us and probably the only time in the next year that all three of my kids will have their schedules coordinate. It was therapeutic as well for my oldest daughter who has had an incredibly rough year. She has had to deal with health issues that required her to have a hysterectomy and at this time we discovered she only has one kidney! After 18 months of marriage, she is now going through a divorce ... Happily ever after was not so happy. This photo I took of her walking across the Mississippi River on the rocks at the headwaters reminded me of a poem I love so much written by Erin Hanson of Brisbane Australia ... There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky, and you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling,what if you fly? ... and she did ask "What if I fall?" How could she not ask that as life has dealt her blow after blow. But she made it across without falling :) and now she has hope that life can be beautiful again.


There are lots of butterflies in the Life Is Beautiful collection, so it was an easy choice for my what if you fly theme. The big butterfly was created from a deconstructed digital cut file from JustNick Studios. I did some hand stitching around the edges. The alpha stickers were perfect to use for my title. The wood veneer butterflies are from Life Is Beautiful  as well as Hello Lovely.



I even used some of those gorgeous flowers, enamel dots, ephemera die cuts, and a butterfly flair pin in my embellishment clusters.


Thanks for stopping by today! Did you know that you can buy Cocoa Vanilla Studios products directly from Zoe in the Cocoa Vanilla Studios store? She even has a sale now on the pretty Sugar & Spice collection.


Monday, July 11, 2016

But First Coffee - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the JustNick design team! I LOVE working with Nicole's cut files. My All About Me layout today features the Patterned Clouds cut file. They reminded me of gloomy Eeyore ... notice my Eeyore coffee cup. It was a gift from my son. I am just like gloomy Eeyore in the morning. Yup, I am not a morning person ... at all! I would love to blame my thyroid condition, but let's face it ... I have never been a morning person. Mornings are just worse now since I need to be medicated and caffeinated in order to wake up!

The alpha I used for coffee will be coming to the JustNick store soon... I jumped the gun and used it a little early.  Let's look at those clouds a little closer ...

Since my morning routine involves feeding 5 cats, I thought the cat chipboard sticker was appropriate here. No, they are not all mine ... 2 are my daughter's (she is temporarily living back at home). But I guess 3 cats still makes me a crazy cat lady, lol. I just can't help myself though when a stray cat shows up.

Here is the digital cut file I used...

Thanks for stopping by today! Check out all the fabulous designs in the JustNick Studios on-line store.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Oh Snap - Clique Kits inspiration

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some more layout inspiration with the awesome July Clique Kit Raskog! This is my 4th layout with the kit and I am amazed how much paper I have left! On this layout I decided to add some texture to my background with some modeling paste and a stencil I created from one of the digital cut files this month.  I used the plus signs from this cut file.


I erased all but the plus signs and duplicated and welded the cut file. Here is what it looked like when I was ready to cut it out ...


Since I was going to use this as a stencil, it didn't matter what paper I used, so I used a piece of white cardstock that had gotten dirty. If you want to keep the stencil and reuse it, try cutting out of acetate... like the yellow sheet that came with this month's Clique Kit. I arranged the stencil over my background paper, using my photo as a guide. I didn't need to get modeling paste behind my photo, but I wanted to make sure I was creating texture all around it.


This is what it looked like after applying the modeling paste.


I watercolored the background using a couple different colors to help draw the eye to my photo. Here is the finished result...


I let those acetate words be my title and embellished with the rubber charms, the acrylic add on frame stickers, some cardstock stickers, and wood veneer hearts from the Pinkfresh Felicity collection. The flair is from my stash ... I used all my flair in the kit already except for one and it did not fit this vacation layout. Since the background paper word strips did not fit my photo .... I did some journaling on my computer and cut out strips to place over the top. Here are some close-ups...





Thanks so much for stopping by today! Clique Kits are Buy One Get One 1/2 off this week only!! What an incredible deal. Shop early for best selection.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

You're Still the Dirtiest Girl on the Playground - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I have a fun Cocoa Vanilla Studios Colour Me Happy layout to share today. My daughter loves to participate in mud runs. These pictures are from her second mud run a few years ago. It was raining that day, so the course was a little extra muddy. Everyone got real muddy, but I couldn't help but notice that my daughter was the dirtiest. Yup, that's my girl ... always the dirtiest girl on the playground when I picked her up as a preschooler ... and 20 years later, not much as changed! At least I am not doing her laundry anymore, lol. The girls made these colorful tutus of pink, blue, and green ... and I couldn't help but think of the Colour Me Happy collection. It was perfect to scrap these photos.


I kept the chevron colors the same vertically to match the tutus as much as possible. Then I stamped and splattered mud (ok, it was really spray mist) across the page and had fun adding embellishments like the cut apart words, enamel dots, flair buttons, and wood veneer words. I used a mixture of the alpha stickers and the cut apart phrases to create my title; You're Still Always the Dirtiest Girl on the Playground! Here are some detailed shots ...






Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I inspired you to get out your inks, gelatos, paints, or colored pencils and have some fun creating with the Colour Me Happy collection too.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Hero Simple Set - Simple Stories inspiration

Hello blogging friends.

With the 4th of July right around the corner, the focus on the Simple Stories blog this week is on the Hero Simple Set. My first layout features my husband. He is a former Marine and now volunteers his time with fellow police officers from the Minneapolis St Paul Airport Police Department on their Honor Guard. They attend funerals of police officers around the state, but they also volunteer to stand guard over our fallen soldiers coming back from overseas to their final resting place. I used the Bits and Pieces Star Background digital cut file from JustNick Studios.

Instead of backing each of those tiny squares with different pattern papers, I opted to selectively fill portions of the negative space with pattern papers from the Simple Stories Hero Collection Simple Set to mimic our American flag ... with the colors reversed. There are a few embellishments thrown in from other Simple Stories collections as well. Then I added some stars scattered across my layout with modeling paste.

I love the overall look. I didn't want to ruin the star focus, so my journaling was done around the edge of the die cuts.

For my second layout I wanted to show how the Hero Simple Set is not just for your military photos. You can use the pattern papers for vacation photos of patriotic places too. I scrapped a photo from our trip to Pearl Harbor this past winter. To add interest, I added lots of banners with a variety of pattern papers from the Hero Simple Set.

I used the alpha stickers from the collection to create my title which I placed at the bottom of my layout so it wouldn't get lost among the busy banners. More star stickers and enamel dots are scattered across the page very similar to my first layout.

I used my computer to journal directly onto the pattern paper.

Thanks for stopping by today! Look for the Hero Simple Set at your local scrapbook store. I know you will love it.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hello Chicago - even more Clique Kits inspiration

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with even more Clique Kits inspiration for you using the awesome July Kit Raskog featuring the Pinkfresh Studios Life Noted collection. When I saw the AWESOME paper, I really wanted to use it to scrapbook a picture from a trip to Chicago with my daughter and some of her friends. How can you not think to scrap some city pics with those buildings on this paper! I find most of the Pinkfresh Studios papers to be very busy ... lots of patterns, graphics, colors. It can be a bit overwhelming, especially since my style tends toward layering and combining pattern papers with digital cut files. I find it much easier to use the papers as they were designed and not try to mix pattern papers too much. I only used a single sheet of paper on this layout. It is very simple...


I merely added a little watercolor, pulling out some of the colors from my photo. This really helps draw the eye to my photo. I embellished with one of this month's exclusive flair buttons, an arrow clip, a rubber charm and sequins from the kit, and then a few extra add on pieces from the Pinkfresh Life Noted collection.



The Hello acetate word and alphas included in the kit were used for my title. I used my Xyron Sticker maker to adhere the acetate Hello here. It worked really well.


I wanted to share a scrap room organization tip with you today too. I don't always use all the flair in each months Clique kit <gasp>. Sometimes they just didn't coordinate with the photos I scrapped. I kept my extra flair in a bowl on my scrappy desk. But my bowl was getting full, and I thought I would use more flair buttons if I could easily see what I had. I decided to make a magnetic frame to store them on.


I bought this 8x10 vintage looking frame at Micheals and inserted a magnetic sheet from my Xyron Creative Station in place of the photo. I could then display my metal backed flair on the frame. It holds 63 flair buttons! You may recognize some of the Clique Kits flair, others came from Etsy stores; A Flair For Buttons,  the Flair Shop, and Paper Issues. I may have a slight flair addiction ... this IS NOT even all of my flair! I love this frame so much though that I am thinking of making another one for my Cocoa Vanilla Studios flair.

Well that is all the scrappy inspiration I have for you today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summer Adventure - Clique Kits inspiration

Hello blogging friends! 

I am back today with some digital die cutting inspiration using some of those awesome July Clique Kit exclusive cut files. I fell in love with the SUMMER cut file with all the variety of patterns going on in the different letters. I combined it with the adventure cut file. Now I had a perfect title for a layout to document a road trip vacation we took to the Black Hills in South Dakota! Oh, how I miss our camper! With kids almost done with college we have been talking about camping trips again, Wahooo! Here is my layout…

I used the yellow acetate sheet to back the cut file. Yellow is perfect for summer layouts! Here is another look at that awesome title.

Yes, I did a crazy amount of machine stitching on this layout. The watercolor background paper just wanted to curl up everywhere on me. Mounting it to heavy black cardstock and stitching helped immensely. Machine stitching is a great way to adhere those fabulous Pinkfresh transparency words too… Even on photos. I placed one of the exclusive flair buttons over an’O’ in the Go See Do transparent phrase. Works perfectly there!

My journaling is all about sticking heads and cameras out of car windows, lol. It’s hard to see in the photo, but that black head above my daughter’s head is my dog Satchel. You can see some of those pretty sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps and a Pinkfresh Studios rubber charm here too.

I hope I gave you some more fun ideas on how you can use your July Clique Kit! Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Life Is Good - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some Clique Kit layout inspiration with the awesome July kit Raskog featuring the awesome Pinkfresh Studios Life Noted collection. Take a look at all the amazing things included in this kit  ...


 There are lots of ways to tell a story; with photos, with words, you can convey feelings with colors, or some combination of all of these. With my layout today I wanted to use those awesome colored acetate words to help tell my story. In this case a fishing trip my son just returned from. Check out this huge largemouth bass he caught!


In Minnesota, with over 10,000 lakes, we do a lot of fishing for fun. Since my son was going to release this guy back into the water, he wanted a picture of it so as not to be razzed about it later. It seems with the retelling of fish tales, the fish just gets bigger and bigger each time the story is told! so with photo as proof, I thought "A Real Fish Story" would work nicely on my layout for a subtitle. I used a combination of the acetate words and the Pinkfresh Studio Alphas that were included in the kit. Stitching over the acetate words worked really well to adhere them to my layout.


 I wanted the Title of my layout to be Life Is Good, making use of the large LIFE letters on this page. I trimmed the "IS" from the "Go See Do" and the "Good" came from the "Good Times". I love those unique rubber embellishments in the kit too! I added one just below my title and another on my photo. Computer journaling finishes the details of my story. I cut these apart and scattered them around.


 I added some of the cut apart pieces in the lower left along with one of the exclusive flair buttons and that awesome arrow paper clip.


I hope I gave you some fun ideas on how you can use your July kit! If you are interested in subscribing make sure to tell them I sent you. These kits are so very well put together! I know you will love them as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by today.