Thursday, March 21, 2019

Vroom - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am hoping it warms up enough here in Minnesota where the kids can be outside again riding their bikes. In the mean time, my Spring fever has me scrapping a photo of my nephew from last Spring. I thought the JustNick Studios Tread Background was perfect for this bike riding photo. I used the Simple Stories Cool Dude collection as well as some Cocoa Vanilla Studios Flying High and Totally Rad.

To get the tire treads to stand out, I backed the black tire tread design with a grey cardstock. I placed a red patterned paper circle between the layers before gluing them together. I didn't want to cover up too much of that tread design. Then my photo and embellishments went over that circle. I may have gotten a little carried away with the embellishing, lol.

I repeated the circle, adding a few more smaller circles in the opposite corner. Again, I went crazy embellishing the tops of these circles.

For my title, I warped the Vroom from the Planes Trains & Autmobiles cut fileI wanted the word to be larger starting out and get smaller. I thought it would help show movement. Here is how you can warp an object in Silhouette Studio.

1.  Right click on the cut file and select Ungroup. Move the items you are not using off the grid.
2.  Select the object to warp and click on the warp icon (last icon on the right).
3.  Select a corner edit point and drag it outward. On the opposite end, select a corner edit point and drag it inward. Play around with the edit points until you like how it looks.

I didn't like how the stars looked warped so I trimmed them off. I replaced them with other stars from an ephemera pack. I edged the word with a black marker. This helps it pop as well as gives it a grungy feel.

I love how this turned out.

Check out the tutorial on how I warped my title in my YouTube process video.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Live Simply - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse layout for you. This is such a gorgeous collection! I love all the flowers with the spring color palette. The black in the collection really sets off all the soft pastel colors. For me, it is so much needed after a hard winter that just doesn't want to go away any time soon. I knew immediately what photo I wanted to scrap. My niece had a senior photo taken outside where she is lounging in a chair. She lives in the country, so the field behind her and the chair give the photo a homey quality, just perfect for the farmhouse feel of this collection.

I started out with the Love This Life pattern paper for my layout base, then placed a strip of the black floral Love A Lot pattern paper down the middle of my page. To add a little warmth, I added a yellow punched border on both sides. To help my photo stand out against the pattern papers, I put a pretty doily behind the photo. I love how the doily mimics the lace in my niece's shirt.

Spring calls for flowers, so I added some along both sides of my photo. The Live Simply sticker was perfect for a title. I put some foam behind it to give it some dimension. In the bits and pieces ephemera pack was this pretty pink gingham frame which worked perfectly around this fabulous bicycle with quote sticker. I also tucked in some die cut leaves and this cute little bird from the chipboard sticker sheet. A twine bow adds to the farmhouse feel. Isn't this a gorgeous cluster of embellishments!

Did you also see the beautiful bow clips in this collection? I used the pink gingham bow to match the frame I used in my large embellishment cluster and placed it at the top of my photo.

More flowers and a chipboard frame make up a smaller embellishment cluster to the right of my photo.

Don't fall over or anything ...  I even have a process video for this layout!! Stop by and subscribe to my channel.

You don't need to live in the country to appreciate this gorgeous collection. It is versatile enough to be used for your everyday photos at home too. I think I have a new favorite collection! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, March 15, 2019

It's A Girl! - Baby Shower Party Decor with Pebbles

Hello blogging friends!

Our theme this week over on the Pebbles blog has been party invites. Since I am helping to plan a baby shower for my nephew and his new wife who are expecting a girl, I decided to go with a baby shower theme. The Pebbles Loves Me collection was perfect with all those pretty pink pattern papers and cute die cut ephemera pieces and stickers. I found this cute umbrella bag digital cut file at SVGcuts and could not wait to make these. They are going to look so fabulous on tables at the baby shower! I could fill them with snacks. They would also be awesome as small gift bags.

Each umbrella is created from two different pattern papers. They are not full umbrellas, rather the back is flat. This left space for me to stamp "It's A Girl!" and then embellish with die cuts and stickers. Each one is different.

There are adorable sloths adorning the handles of each umbrella as well as bows.

Don't pack your Loves Me collection away just yet ... Valentines Day is over, but this collection can do double duty for baby girls, Easter, Mother's Day and so much more!



Monday, March 11, 2019

Home Sweet Home - Jillibean Soup Mix The Media

Hello blogging friends!

I have a Jillibean Soup Mix The Media Home Decor piece to share with you today. I wanted to introduce more greenery into my home. Winter has been way too long here in Minnesota and March tends to be our snowiest month. I am so ready for Spring! This Mix The Media rustic pine tray was painted with a grey chalk paint, then a eucalyptus wreath was placed inside the tray along with a canvas sign, gorgeous Jillibean Soup felt flowers, and a buffalo plaid bow.

I covered the canvas with a piece of pattern paper from the Garden Harvest collection, then added this Home Sweet Home in vinyl on top. This is one of the newer Jillibean Soup digital cut files available in the Silhouette store. The purple felt flowers go with the collection's palette so well, plus purple makes me happy (really any color other then snow white makes me happy at the moment, lol), I love those 2 birds I found at a local Bachman's store to display along with my new tray. Bring on Spring!

This was super easy to make and it really adds some farmhouse freshness to my house. Thanks for stopping by.

Jillibean Soup
Mix the Media:  11 x 14 Rustic Pine Tray JB1380
Felt Flowers Pocket of Purple JB1432
Digital Cut Files: Home Sweet Home / Design ID # 273063

Other: Silhouette Cameo, black matte vinyl, transfer tape, Americana Decor chalk acrylic paint in grey, Americana Decor creme wax in brown, 4x6 canvas, Buffalo plaid ribbon, Pumice Stone distress ink


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

My Mona Lisa Moment - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am sharing a travel scrapbook layout with you today that I created with four different JustNick Studios digital cut files. This layout is about my recent trip to Paris where we visited the Louvre Museum. Who knew Mona Lisa could draw such crowds!

I combined three cut files to create my title. My favorite Outline Alphas were combined with the "my" from My Heart is Full and the "moment" from Enjoy The Moment to form "My Mona Lisa Moment".

I wanted to use a few travel icons too. I found a geotag and globe in the Around the World cut file. The globe was perfect to layer under my photos to help frame them.

I actually have a process video for this layout! It's been a while since I've done one. I would love to have you stop by my YouTube channel and check it out.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

It's Not About the Destination It's About the Journey - Pebbles Inc

Hello blogging friends!

I am so excited to be sharing a layout I created with the awesome Chasing Adventures collection by Jen Hadfield. This is such a fun collection! Perfect for capturing your adventures whatever they may be. I wanted to create a title page in my European vacation album that included some photos from all the destinations we visited on our recent vacation to Europe; London, Paris, Munich, and Berlin. Here is what I came up with…

I found this digital cut file in the HQ digital art Etsy store and was instantly drawn to it. I imaginied a layout with rays of photos and pattern papers emanating from the center. The quote in the middle works well for my title. I embellished around the title with one of the cute travel girl die cut ephemera pieces and puffy stickers.

To make the title pop more against all the pattern papers, I used a little bit of gesso underneath it and extended this onto my photos. This allowed me to add the names of the cities right on top of the photos. I then used some of the transparent sticker geo location icons near the names of the cities to draw attention to them.

Circling the title are some airplanes, one of these is from the pack of puffy stickers and another from the die cut pack. To create more movement, I added some dashed lines and arrow puffy stickers.

A white gel pen allowed me to journal directly onto one of the die cut ephemera tags. I added a little puffy sticker taxi cab for more dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have vacation photos to scrap, be sure to check out the Chasing Adventures collection. It is amazing.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Kid You're Gonna Be Great | Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

Today I have a layout to share that I created with the Jillibean Soup You Make Miso Happy collection. I was inspired by the black paper with all the white words and wanted to create some word play. On the left is the pattern paper Bonito Flakes with it's white text on a black background and on the right black text on a white background. The Jillibean Soup digital cut file Kid You're Gonna Be Great is perfect for documenting your awesome kids too just like I did here for my awesome nephew! He is a full-time PSEO college student and training for the Army National Guard on weekends... at 17! So much awesomeness called for a large photo. 

I continued to added text and embellishments over the photo. Since this is a senior photo, I also added the Senior Year digital cut file as well. This was cut from an orange polka dot paper in the 6x8 All About Dots paper pad.

I love that I was able to scrap a masculine layout from a collection that has lots of pastels and beautiful flowers. 

Jillibean Soup
Digital Cut Files: Kid You're Gonna Be Great / Design ID # 275626, Senior Year / Design ID # 273062

Other: Silhouette Cameo, Bazzill cardstock

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Winter Wonderland | JustNick Studios

Hello from snowy Minnesota today!

We are still digging out from our latest snowstorm...  and getting ready for another 4"-8" over the weekend. How fitting that my JustNick Studio layout today is a winter one. I really wanted to get this family photo scrapped before spring settled in and we were all sick of winter. (Ok... some of us are already sick of winter!) Check out my layout anyway. I used the Echo Park Celebrate Winter collection...

I used the Snowflake Cluster cut file to ground my photo. The white snowflakes make quite an impact against the dark background.

I wanted to scatter a few more snowflakes onto my page and discovered the Snowflakes 2 cut file has some of the same snowflakes! I cut them out twice, once with white cardstock, then again with vellum. The vellum snowflakes soften my page a bit and I could add a layer of snowflakes over my photo as well.

Along the right side of my layout I arranged a variety of papers and vellum with lots of curvy edges. I wanted you to think blowing snow when you saw it. Here I layered some of the white and vellum snowflakes to create this beauty!

I love how this turned out ... maybe more so because my favorite people are in this photo.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If it's snowing where you live, get outside and snap a few photos! There are plenty of winter cut files in the store that are perfect for documenting them.