Thursday, September 20, 2018

Charleston - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

When I saw this new tile background digital cut file from Jillibean Soup, I knew it would be perfect for scrapping more of our Charleston vacation pics. I love old houses and those old houses on Battery Row in Charleston are just gorgeous! I can just imagine ornate tiled ceilings in those houses. For this layout I repeated the cut file pattern 4 times and welded the pieces together. Once it was cut out, I backed it with a soft pretty blue pattern paper from the Farmhouse Stew collection.

I wanted to keep my photos and journaling in a grid so that gorgeous cut file would shine. The Alphabeans in a Grey Chevron make for a title that stands out even when layered over my photos.
I embellished with some flowers from the Healthy Hello Soup collection and leaves cut from the Plant A Garden Jillibean Soup digital cut file. Take a look at the details ...

Jillibean Soup
Pattern Paper: Farmhouse Stew / Hold Your Horses, Kiss My Grits
Alphabeans: Grey Chevron
Pea Pods: Healthy Hello Soup
Acrylic Shapes: Healthy Hello Soup
Digital Cut Files: Tile Background / Design ID #272519, Plant A Garden / Design ID #260258

Other: American Crafts white cardstock, Silhouette Cameo

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hello Fall - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

I am back to share a Jillibean Soup Fall layout with you today. My daughter Colette loves the outdoors. She works hard and plays just as hard, lol. On a weekend away from school she enjoyed a day kayaking with a friend on a lake in Northern Wisconsin. Most of the leaves are off the trees, but the sun was shining brightly. To make up for the lack of leaves on the trees, I created a wreath of leaves to frame my photo using a couple different Jillibean Soup digital cut file.

I created a mixed media background to add some color behind those leaves. The edges of the leaves were inked with some distress inks to add dimension and then I added some machine stitching for texture.

Stop by my YouTube channel to see my process ...

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pumpkin Bowling - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

How about some Fall inspiration! There are plenty of new Fall cut files in the JustNick Studios on-line store. Today I used the new Fall Florals cut file because it went so well with the Forever Fall collection from Simple Stories. I also had to use a pumpkin. Pumpkins are one of the first things I think of for fall. I love those pumpkin spice lattes. There are lots of fun family activities at the local pick your own pumpkin patch, from corn mazes to even ... Pumpkin Bowling! My cute nephew will show you how its done ...

For my title I like combining different fonts, colors, and textures to create an eye-catching title. Here I used the scripty word 'pumpkin' from the Feels Like Fall digital cut file and combined it with some chipboard alphas.

The Fall Florals cut file includes a cotton boll stem as well as these pretty flowers. You can also see a pumpkin layered in the back from the Sights of Fall cut file as well as a few leaves.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to check out all the Fall digital cut files in the JustNick Studios store for documenting your Fall memories!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Happy Fall Y'all - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

Today I have some Fall layout inspiration using the beautiful new Forever Fall collection. Fall is my favorite time of year. There is nothing better than afternoon hikes to enjoy the colors, sipping pumpkin spice lattes, and trips to the apple orchard for my favorite honeycrisp apples. When my daughter did an internship in Colorado, she spent her free weekends hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park. In this photo of her by a lake, you can see the pretty yellow leaves on the mountain behind her.

Various pattern papers back this fabulous leaf digital cut file from JustNick Studios. A colorful leaf is probably the first thing you think of for Fall and I wanted to include the many different colors in the Forever Fall collection.

I added embellishments to anchor my photo like this awesome Fall banner I created from stickers in the 4x6 sticker collection and beautiful bits and pieces die cuts.

I created a mixed media background using different blue mists. Forever Fall has some beautiful blue pattern papers and I wanted to play up this color. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have time to enjoy the beautiful Fall season. Don't forget to take photos so you can document the memories with the Forever Fall collection.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Itasca Headwaters - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

One of my families favorite destinations is Itasca State Park in northwestern Minnesota. You might know that already since I have scrapped it a billion times (or close to it, lol). No trip to Itasca is complete without visiting the Mississippi river headwaters. Here the kids (and dogs) attempt to cross the river on the rocks.

I used Jillibean Soup products from the Simple Staples III line as well as the Farmhouse Stew collection. I arranged my photos in a strip so allow as much of the Woodgrain Background digital cut file to show. I LOVE this cut file... and it is so perfect for these photos in the north woods. I created a big statement of a title using the Farmhouse Stew Die Cut Alphas and some stickers.

I kept the embellishments to a minimum ... just a few stickers, including these fabulous puffy sticker butterflies.

Jillibean Soup
Pattern Paper: Farmhouse Stew / Gimme Some Sugar
Pattern Paper: Soup Staples III / Kraft Triangle
Coordinating Stickers:  Farmhouse Stew, Bowl Of Dreams
Letter Die Cuts : Farmhouse Stew
Puffy Stickers:  Farmhouse Stew
Digital Cut Files: Woodgrain Background / Design ID #161767

Other: Core'dinations cardstock, Silhouette Cameo, Brother Sewing Machine, white thread

This was a quick and fun layout. I love how it turned out. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 7, 2018

You Make My Heart Smile - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week we are focusing on using the Words/Phrases in the JustNick Studio store. There are so many awesome phrases that could be used for titles. I wanted to scrap this fabulous photo of my son. Weekend vibes gave him such a great smile. I decided to use the You Make My Heart Smile cut file because seeing him smile makes me so happy.

Here is a closer look at my title. I cut it out twice, once with my pattern paper and again with a black cardstock. Layering the two really helps make that title pop.

Behind the title you can see the Star Background 5 digital cut file. I love stars for my guy layouts and the circles here repeat the circle pattern in the pattern paper on the left side of my layout. Those rings are delicate, be extra careful removing it from your mat.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have some fantastic weekend plans!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fun In The Sun - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

Have you seen the new JustNick Studios Fun In The Sun title in the on-line store? I wanted to combine it with the South Pacific Floral digital cut file, but not in the usual way. I busted out my Silhouette sketch pens and instead of cutting out the design, I sketched it instead. Then I dug out my watercolors and got busy adding some color to the sketched design. This gave me a gorgeous unique background that I could use to scrap some Waikiki Beach photos and perfect for the Heidi Swapp Pineapple Crush collection. Take a look at how my layout turned out...

I am by no means good when it comes to watercolors, but it's fun to play with them sometimes and I am happy with the results. I applied a layer of gesso over the top of the sketched design. This helps to blend the colors later. It muted the lines a little, but I like that it's soft. Here is a closer look...

I absolutely love the new Fun In The Sun title. I backed the middle with a blue watercolor pattern paper. I felt I needed to bring in a little more blue besides the blue in my photos.

I backed the alphas with a script pattern paper in white. I wanted to keep my layout bright and airy.

If you are interested in seeing my process video here is the link to my YouTube channel.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will try using a sketch pen in your die cutting machine. It's really easy to do.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

You Rock - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a Simple Stories Lil' Dude layout to share with you. This is such an awesome boy collection. I love the bright primary colors and the typical boy images of dinosaurs, cars, dogs, and frogs. I knew it would be the perfect collection to scrap this photo of my nephew playing at a park. Big adventures are dreams here where there are dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs that the kids can crawl in and around. Lil' Dude helped me capture his adventure to remember for years later...

I used a font called Adrian Stars to create my title; You Rock. I arranged the title around a circle with some of the chipboard dinosaurs as embellishment and well as some dinosaur footprints.

The Be Wild, Be Free, Be You bits and pieces die cut went with the dinosaur theme. I added a puffy arrow sticker on top.

Under the photo is a fun chipboard banner and I could not resist adding the Rawr puffy sticker over the photo. I can just hear my nephew Rawring as he peaks his head out of that dinosaur egg as if he were a dinosaur that had just hatched.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you check out the Simple Stories Lil' Dude collection for capturing all your boy's favorite adventures too.

10224 Lil' Dude Collection Kit