Friday, May 24, 2019

Dad - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

Having just celebrated Mother's Day, I've been thinking about the Father's Day coming up. I am fortunate that my husband was good Father for his children. I have a layout to share today that is a play on words and a tribute to him. I used the JustNick Studios Outline Alphas digital cut file to create 3 words; Wonderful, Amazing, and Incredible. I filled the negative space with pattern papers emphasizing one letter in each word to spell DAD. I used the Simple Stories Heart collection.

Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. Dad's are Wonderful, Amazing, and Incredible!

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

Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Dandelion Wishes - PageMaps

Hello blogging friends!

I know National Scrapbook Day was a few weeks ago ... but I am trying to catch up on my blogging after being sick for a few weeks. Becky Fleck from PageMaps asked me to be a guest designer for May with some special sketches for National Scrapbook Day. I love working with Becky's sketches. Here is the awesome one she sent me...

I found a beautiful cut file in the Silhouette store that I was dying to use. It's called Dandelion Wishes and is from Jillibean Soup. I used the Spoonful of Soul collection, also from Jillibean Soup to create my layout and I had the sweetest photos to scrap.

I did some computer journaling and double cut my title to give it a shadow effect. For the wishes portion of my title, I used alpha stickers and stitched over the top to give it some texture. I love the dandelion sticker I placed behind my title.

I pulled out an old border punch to create an interesting contrast with a striped pattern paper over the top of this gorgeous floral pattern paper and beautiful blue pattern paper. I added some stickers to the bottom right of my photo to correlate with the sketch.

The cut file backed in white creates quite a contrast against the blue pattern paper. I used markers to color in the dandelions and added a few splatters of white spray mist.

The photos were mounted using foam adhesive for dimension. I just love how this layout turned out!

Be sure to check out the other PageMaps sketches for May.


The Mountains Called - Pebbles

Hello blogging friends!

Did you know Pebbles does a monthly challenge? This month it is based on an awesome sketch.

My daughter recently went on a hiking trip to Zion National Park in Utah and got some beautiful shots from the top of the mountains there. I immediately thought mountain when I saw that triangle in the sketch. I used the Chasing Adventures collection by Jen Hadfield.

This beautiful mountain with clouds digital cut file is from the Handipaper Etsy store.

Following the sketch, I did my journaling on a tag from the collection and added a hiker girl.

I added a little color behind my photo and mountain to help with the cloud effect.

The Mountains Called made for the perfect title.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the Pebbles blog at the beginning of each month to see what the new challenge is.


Friday, May 17, 2019

Fruitilicious Cards - Pebbles

Hello blogging friends! 

Today I am back with a set of summer fruity cards created with the Pebbles Oh Summertime collection.

I love shaped cards and die cuts. I was inspired to make this set of cards when I saw the "Orange you sweet" die cut ephemera piece. I knew it would make a quick and easy card if I added a few orange slices. Foam adhesive gives my card some dimension. I also added a bow and some Nuvo drops for interest. 

The Oh Summertime collection also has a few popsicle die cut ephemera pieces. So I thought it would be fun to created a popsicle card. My favorite popsicle flavor is cherry ... so of course my popsicle card had to be cherry flavored. To keep my card set consistent, this card also has a bow and Nuvo drops.

One of my favorite pattern papers in the Oh Summertime collection is this sheet with lemons. Lemons and Limes make my favorite summertime beverage, a nice cold margarita. The inspiration for my final fruity card.

That cute crab with the umbrella made me think of the umbrellas you find in cold summertime drinks. Foam adhesive gives my card dimension. The rim of my glass is rimmed with a sparkling Nuvo drop ... just like salt on a margarita glass. I also included a few translucent Nuvo drops here too.

What do the die cut ephemera pieces inspire in you?
734097 Oh Summertime 12×12 Paper Pad
734094 Oh Summertime Ephemera
734095 Oh Summertime Cards
SVGcuts Fruity Fiesta digital cut file kit
Silhouette Cameo
Nuvo drops
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Oh Summertime Travel Journal - Pebbles

Hello blogging friends!

I'm back today with a tutorial on how to create your own travel journal. This could be used to document your summer vacation adventures or to send with a child to summer camp. I decorated this one with the Oh Summertime collection.

Here is a peek at the inside pages... There is a side pocket that can be used to hold sticker sheets or ephemera pieces. You could even store postcards and stamps to send to friends and family when you are traveling.

There are 3 gusseted pocket pages that follow. You could store photos, postcards, or other memorabilia inside.

In the back I have added a notebook. I covered this one with pattern paper to pretty it up.

I have put together a YouTube tutorial complete with measurements. It is fairly easy to put together. I hope you have a look.

734097 Oh Summertime 12×12 Paper Pad
734094 Oh Summertime Ephemera
734086 Oh Summertime Cardstock Stickers
Sticky Thumb .25" Double Sided Adhesive

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mix The Media Home Decor - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

I am so excited to announce that I will be designing for Jillibean Soup for another year. I love creating Farmhouse home decor projects using their digital cut files available in the Silhouette store.

Wagging Tails Rustic White Frame

My last home decor piece today I created for my daughter. If you are you a dog lover, this sign is perfect for you! My daughter who has 2 dogs; a big great pyrenees and a tiny terrior mix. One loves the snow and the other can't stand the cold and needs a sweater and boots on before she will go out to do her business. This Home Is Filled With Kisses, Wagging Tails, Wet Noses and Love rustic sign is just what she needed to keep by her door to hang leashes and dog sweaters on.

I just love these wagging tail hooks I found at IKEA. I used a red matte vinyl and transferred it to this rustic white frame.

Jillibean Soup
Digital Cut Files: This Home Is Filled With Kisses, Wagging Tails, Wet Noses, and Love / Design ID 266828

Other: Silhouette Cameo, red matte vinyl, IKEA dog hooks, transfer tape

Coffee Anyone?

What is your favorite coffee? French Roast? Latte? Cold Brew? Iced Mocha? All the Above? 
I love them all, so I thought this coffee mug rustic sign would be perfect in my kitchen. This Mix the 
Media Rustic sign was easy to make with my Silhouette Cameo, brown vinyl, and the Coffee Mug 
Words digital cut file available in the Silhouette store. There are lots more Jillibean Soup coffee digital 
cut files so there is sure to be one perfect for you no matter what kind of coffee drinker you are.

Jillibean Soup
Mix the Media:  Mix the Media:  10"x10" Rustic White Frame JB1641
Digital Cut Files: Coffee Mug Words / Design ID # 267302

Other: Silhouette Cameo, brown vinyl, transfer tape

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you check out the Jillibean Soup digital cut files and 
create something amazing for your space too. 


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Paris Street Views - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

After the fire of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, I had to look over my photos again from my trip there this past October. I felt inspired to scrap one of my favorite photos of Notre Dame along with other street pics I took as we wandered around. One of my favorite ways to include multiple photos on a layout is by using a filmstrip. In this case I cut the JustNick Studio Windowpane Background cut file apart and sized the openings so I could fit a 1.5" x 2" photo in the opening. You can make a collage of small photos and get 6 photos on a 4" x 6" print. Here I have used 5 photos on my layout and it doesn't look busy at all! This is my first time playing with the Pinkfresh Studios Out and About collection as well. I am in love! so many fun embellishment and fabulous pattern papers.

I love this Script Font  that I used for part of my title "Paris". I combined it with alpha stickers for interest.

I also love the tags in the Around the World cut file, but I've use them a lot in the past when scrapping my vacation layouts. By replacing the text in the tag with a sentiment from the Circle Sentiment cut file, I achieved a whole new look! Here is how I did it. Right click on your image and select Release Compound Path. Drag unwanted shapes/text away. Group what you want together by selecting all parts within a rectangle and then right click again and chose the Make Compound Path option. Do this with both cut files and then combine the tag with the new text, resizing the text as desired. Think about all the ways you could stretch your cut files to do double duty!! This awesome tag made a very nice frame for my photo.

I backed the negative space on my tag pulling other colors in like the yellow and the red. They are a nice contrast to the blue tag.

I think it would be fun to carry my filmstrip theme over into a two page layout. What do you think?

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

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Happy Glamping - Pebbles

Hello blogging friends!

The DT coordinator over at Pebbles asked the designers if we like to create home decor or papercraft items. Of course I said yes! I even suggested I could make a camper (using the SVGcuts Camp Firefly cut files). Well that led to Jen Hadfield (yes, the Jen Hadfield!) asking if I could put the camper inside a wreath! Who knew people did this? I had to look on Pinterest for examples. Well now I am guest designing for Jen Hadfield! Here is the post I sent her...

The warmer weather has my family thinking about future camping trips. We love to pack up the car and drive to one of our favorite camping spots ... or even to explore a new place. With the glamping craze, I thought maybe I should be decorating our camper ... so I decided I needed to make a wreath for the camper door. Here is what I came up with.

This wreath was super easy to make. It took 2.5 rolls of burlap and maybe 15 minutes! Here is a tutorial I found on YouTube to explain how to create this beautiful ruffle wreath. Well then I had to think about how to decorate my wreath. I found a svg design for the camper from SVGcuts. It's a 3 dimensional camper complete with a lawn flamingo in the front! I made my camper using pattern papers from Jen Hadfield's Chasing Adventures collection. The hiking girl standing in front is an extra nice touch...don't you think?

Next I had to figure out how to attach the camper to the wreath. Since the camper is make out of paper I didn't want to use wire and chance ripping the camper. I finally opted to glue the camper to a blackboard sign. Of course this left me space on the sign I had to decorate with vinyl. I found the cutest Happy Camper cut file in the Silhouette store. I love the trees and mountain scenery behind the camper.

The blackboard sign hangs from a wire at the top of my wreath. I also added a pretty pink bow too.

I love how this turned out. It will be so fun to see people's reactions when they see this beauty on our camper door!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Where is your favorite place to go camping? I am always looking for a new adventure and would love to hear!


Chasing Adventures 12×12 Paper Pad
Chasing Adventures Ephemera Die Cuts
2.5 rolls of burlap
14" wire wreath form
wired ribbon
Silhouette Cameo
blackboard sign
SVGcuts Camp Firefly kit

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Bloom - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I have a fun Spring mixed media layout to share with you that I created using some new JustNick Studios digital cut files. I am in dire need of warmer weather. We got snow dumped on us again a few days ago... it still hasn't melted either. So I decided to create my own sunshine in my scrapbook room on this layout. I used Vicki Boutin's Kaleidoscope and Field Notes collections along with some Jillibean Soup Rainbow Roux.

I had a lot of fun creating a rainbow mixed media background using Vicki Boutin's Art Crayons. They coordinate so well with the papers I used to back the flowers in the beautiful Spring Floral Cluster 3 digital cut file. Isn't this floral cluster amazing!

For my title, I used the new Bloom digital cut file. It was perfect to coordinate with  my Spring floral cluster.

There is just something about a mixed media background that makes a cut file pop! If you want to see how I made this layout, here is the process video...

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

I hope you are enjoying some warm Spring weather. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week!