Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hello Beach - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with another Simple Stories layout using the awesome new Hello Summer collection. Last Summer my daughter took a trip with girlfriends to Sunset Beach in Florida. She had just graduated from Veterinary Collage and wanted a little vacation before diving into her internship. This collection was perfect for scrapping those beach photos.

I went with a big title that I could back with different pattern papers. This is a great way to include lots of patterns and colors on your layout. I wanted that title to make a big statement. After a long winter there is nothing better than soaking up some glorious sunshine at the beach. The chipboard Hello layered on top makes for the perfect title "Hello Beach".

To create the illusion of water on my layout, I added some watered down blue spray mist to my background using some plastic packaging. Next to my photo, I added this fun flamingo from the 3x4 Elements paper and layered lots of fun chipboard stickers,Bits & Pieces die cuts, and phrase stickers.

I added a strip of washi tape to the top of my layout then layered the pennant banners over the top. The colorful banners add balance to the colorful title.

While I still had all my papers and embellishments out, I decided to make a gift box and decorate it with the Hello Summer die cuts. I used a digital cut file from SVGcuts.

The Hello Summer collection is perfect for documenting more than just your beach photos. With the watermelons, pineapples, suns, clouds, and flamingos, this fun collection could be used for picnics, playground outings, or any outdoor summer fun activity. What fun memories will you be making this summer?


Monday, May 21, 2018

Squat Your Dog - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

I so enjoy when I can spend any time with my kids. My daughter was out with her Great Pyrenees the other day and was complaining about how sore her legs were from doing squats at the gym. The next think I know my son and daughter are doing squats with the dog and video taping it. Evidently squatting your dog is a new craze and tons of people are posting videos doing it. lol. I managed to extract these still photos from the video. I used the 2 Cool For School collection from Jillibean Soup.

I created a circle in Silhouette Studio and dissected it with lines to create a pie chart. Then I cut each section of the pie chart from a different pattern paper. This way I could use several patterns to frame my photo.

I used another cut file to create the Squat for my title, added some stickers and the large letter die cuts for the Dog portion of my title.

I couldn't resist adding the 2 corgi dog die cuts to set off my title. They were the perfect touch.

Here is a link to my process video. I would love to have you stop by and take a look.

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

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Be You - Jillibean Soup and Therm O Web

Hello blogging friends!

I have a new Jillibean Soup layout to share with you today. Jillibean Soup teamed up with Therm O Web and I was thrilled to combine their products with the beautiful Bohemian Brew collection. I had fun experimenting with the Deco Foil and my new Minc thermal laminator. If you don't have a thermal laminator, you can still use Deco Foil with this awesome mixed media adhesive tape. You can see both methods on this layout where I am scrapping a senior photo of Colette. I couldn't resist. The colors and patterns in Bohemian Brew made me think of this dress my daughter wore for some outdoor senior photos.

At this angle you can see how beautiful that foil looks! I used the blue Deco Foil on the mixed media tape and then punched the foil with a border punch. The hot pink Deco Foil I used on a Jillibean Soup digital cut file. Isn't that mandala awesome! I had some cardstock sheets I printed so they were full of toner so I could run them through my Silhouette Cameo and cut out anything I wanted before running it through my new Heidi Swapp Minc. Here is a closer look.

I used a combinations of stickers and soup labels to create my title, 'Be You'. The puffy sticker flowers were great to add some dimension.

I clustered a bunch of pea pod parts in the lower left corner of my photo. There are actually 3 mandala cut files stacked on top of eachother. I even had a 4th one cut out but thought it might be too much.

If only that foil would photograph beautifully from every angle! It was a challenge. Here is the full layout.

If you are interested in my process or seeing me make mistake after mistake playing with my new Minc, here is my YouTube process video.

I am giving away some Therm O Web product over on my YouTube channel. Just follow my channel and leave a comment there. Winner will be posted on May 12th.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

My Greatest Blessings Call Me Mom - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a layout about my three greatest blessings. The most important and rewarding job I have is being a Mom to my kids. Let me tell you though, it hasn't been easy! I sometimes wish they were little again. Patching up skinned knees is way easier than helping patch a broken heart ... or sitting by a hospital bedside after a car accident. But love binds us together and I know I can get through anything with my kids by my side. So to celebrate Mom's week at JustNick Studios, I decided to scrap a recent photo of my kids with me from a recent camping trip at our favorite spot, Itasca.

I used the Mom digital cut file for the 'MOM' part of my title and alpha stickers for the rest. I love the little flowers and sprigs of leaves welded to the letters. It suits my outdoor photo. I backed the flowers with some pattern paper and then added some enamel dots for dimension.

I created clusters of embellishments on both sides of my photo. To reinforce the outdoor theme I cut some stems from the Stems 4 digital cut file to add to those clusters.

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

Here is the link to my process video if you are interested...

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week and for you Mom's, I hope your Mother's Day is fabulous.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

I Am Loved - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!
I am so enamored by the Simple Stories I Am collection. It is so beautiful. I love that it reminds us that we need to document our own lives, not just the lives of those we love around us. For my layout today, I am scrapping some photos of myself with my old dog Satchel. This dog adores me, I mean really adores me. He follows me everywhere and stares adoringly at me all the time! He insists on giving me puppy kisses too. Here is my layout ... 

I arranged my photos in a strip and framed them with this heart digital cut file. Then I added more rose gold hearts from the chipboard stickers and the cardstock sticker sheets. 

One of my favorite things about this collection are all those butterflies. I decided to create a bunch of layered butterflies in different shapes and sizes. I cut the same butterfly shapes out 3 times each time getting smaller and smaller. Then I machine stitched all those layers together. I really looks like these butterflies might just fly off my page.

I used a combination of chipboard stickers and die cut ephemera pieces to create my title "I Am Loved".

I hope I inspired you to scrap some photos of yourself. Make sure to pass your camera around so you get in some shots too. Have a great week!

Friday, April 20, 2018

On The Hunt - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

With Winter hanging on here in Minnesota and 2 feet of snow on the ground I was desperately needing some sunshine ... even if it was just on my layout. I decided to scrap some older photos of my daughter hunting for Easter eggs on a beautiful Easter morning. Spring = sunshine + flowers. I think I have everything covered on this layout I created for JustNick Studios. I am using the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios More Than Words collection.

I love using a digital cut file as a stencil and decided to use the Let It Shine Background to create my sun. Some machine stitching added some texture and definition to the sun's rays.

I used some soft pastel pattern papers to back the Scribble Floral Background. What an abundance of beautiful Spring flowers!

I love these pics. My Naomi was so adorable in her Easter dress and bonnet.

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

If you are interested in watching my YouTube Process video here it is...

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I sure do hope Spring arrives here soon. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Let The Adventure Begin - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a fun layout created with the awesome Simple Stories Travel Notes collection. This collection is perfect for documenting your wanderlust adventures. A couple years ago, my daughter was fortunate enough to spend a summer backpacking across Europe with a friend. They started their adventure in Dublin Ireland. These photos were some of the first ones she sent to me.

I created a cluster of embellishments in the lower right corner of my layout with the Itinerary tag to document the location. You can see stickers, chipboard elements, and some of the Bits & Pieces die cuts all deliciously layered on top of each other.

I used a digital cut file for my title cutting Adventure twice, the second time from the map pattern paper. I popped it up with some foam tape and added some fun clear stickers, phrase stickers, and more chipboard.

The compass point was fussy cut from pattern paper. I love how it looks with my title layered over the top.

A smaller cluster of embellishments is located in the lower left. I used phrase stickers on top of my photos and added the wanderlust and car from the clear stickers pack.

I love how this turned out. I know that the Travel Notes collection will be perfect for documenting your adventures too. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Items Used:
10093  Travel Notes collection kit
10094  Travel Notes combo stickers
10095  Travel Notes Get Lost
10099  Travel Notes Go See Do
10101  Travel Notes See The World
10104  Travel Notes 4x4 Elements
10108  Travel Notes 6x12 Chipboard
10109  Travel Notes Bits and Pieces
10110  Travel Notes 4x6 stickers
10111  Travel Notes Clear stickers