Monday, February 20, 2017

Champagne Brunch Bridal Shower - Stash Bash YouTube Hop

Hello blogging friends!

Marcia here today with my second Stash Bash YouTube process video in our monthly series. Each month some of my scrappy friends and I choose one element in our stash and create scrapbook layout focusing on that item. This month it was gemstones, enamel dots, sequins ... I went with gemstones. I have been wanting to scrap my daughter's bridal shower pics for a while now. I really debated whether to scrap these photos at all since my daughter is now divorced. But I figured her ex is not in the photos, and it was a really fun day with family and friends. We had a champagne brunch with a Breakfast at Tiffany's theme ... so much fun. We asked guests to come dressed as Audrey Hepburn ... elegant black dresses with pearls and hats. I intend to turn this layout into a 2 pager I think. I used the gorgeous Metropolitan Girl collection from Carta Bella paper


 What do you think of that chandelier?  I used my Imaginisce i-rock and rhinestones to add bling. I love the way it turned out.


There is more bling at the bottom ... this gorgeous swirl from Want 2 Scrap.



I adore the vintage feel to this collection. It was perfect for the Breakfast at Tiffany's theme.


I used a silver metallic thread to add some stitching here. I love mixing fonts for my titles.


and my beautiful girl...



Thanks so much for stopping by today. Here is the YouTube video if you are interested in watching,,,


The Stash Bash hop order can be found in the description of this layout on YouTube.
~Marcia

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Adore - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some more layouts featuring the awesome JustNick Studios digital cut files and the pretty Simple Stories Love & Adore collection. Have you ever created a layout using a digital cut file and looked at the pieces remaining on your cutting mat and say to yourself, "That is too pretty to throw away!". I did that this past week with the Blocked Hearts Background cut file. I just couldn't throw away the scraps, so I decided to make another layout, very similar to the first.

This cut file is unique in that it has this big X that dissects the cut file. I wanted to play up that X by placing pattern paper behind only a portion of the cut file so that the heart pattern really popped and yet still maintain some white space. The subtle white on white heart pattern is beautiful, but the pink paper behind the heart cut outs takes your breath away. Here is my first layout using the positive pieces of the cut file, that you may remember from last week...



My second layout is very similar, but uses the negative pieces of the same cut file. It's a bit more gluing, but well worth it. Here is a tip; It helps to leave the negative pieces on your cutting mat so you know where each piece goes...



My parents are adorable! 55 years of marriage and still going strong. On both layouts, I used washi tape to emphasize the X in the cut file. It is the perfect width for washi tape!!



I also used the Love Actually digital cut file for the "Love" and "XOXO" text



Here are a few more detailed shots...




These are the cut files I used today ...




So, next time you use a cut file, take another look at the pieces remaining on your cutting mat. Just maybe, they will convince you too that they are worthy of being scrapped and not end up in your waste basket.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Love & Adore - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am sharing some fabulous Simple Stories Love & Adore layouts with you today. For this first one, featuring a photo of my niece and her boyfriend, I really wanted to play up the hearts. This awesome cut file is from JustNick Studios. I loved that it had this big "X" in the middle. I thought it was perfect to showcase the Love & Adore washi tape. This heart washi tape is a new favorite of mine. To make the hearts pop even more, I backed portions of the cut file with the beautiful ombre pink pattern paper from the collection.



Here is a closer look at that heart washi tape.


That beautiful chipboard sticker banner anchors my photo. I added a pop of yellow with a chipboard sticker heart and enamel dots.


The chipboard sticker "XOXO" makes a great title layered over some bits and pieces die cuts. You can also see some of those cute phrase stickers here.


I love how this layout came together so easily.


For my second layout, I wanted to scrap this awesome selfie my daughter took where she is giving her dog a smooch. Take a look ...


I concentrated most of my embellishments near the photo. The paper is so beautiful by itself  I did not want to cover it up too much, To frame my photo I used a fun new cut file from JustNick Studios called Ring Around My Heart.


There are lots of gorgeous layers of eye candy here. Check out those phrase stickers I used again on this layout.


I used the chipboard word "Sweet" for my title and the "I Love Your Face" bits and pieces die cut for my subtitle. Perfect! Just look at that dog's face ... lol.


In the upper left is another cluster of embellishments. I love tucking the round stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets underneath so the text at the top peeks out. The sticker I used here says "KISS".


Here is the process video for Sweet, I Love Your Face.



If you are interested ... here are the JustNick Studio cut files I used.



 Ring Around My Heart


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Stock up on the Love & Adore collection for scrapping the photos of those you love.
~Marcia

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pupcake Love - Stash Bash YouTube Challenge

Hello blogging friends!

I am embarking on something new ... in addition to blogging, I am going to be doing a lot more YouTube videos. A group of scrappy friends and I will be posting a series of Stash Bash videos. Each month we will concentrate on using one element we all have in our stash ... This first month we are focusing on stickers. Since it is a Stash Bash, I dug out an older BoBunny collection called Happy Tails because I wanted to scrap these photos of my dog Satchel ... and this collection has so many stickers; border stickers, alpha stickers, chipboard stickers, layered stickers ...   Here is the layout I came up with.


I love how this embellishment cluster turned out. That layered chipboard sticker over the dog house <3 <3 <3


I used a lot of these Studio Calico phrase sticker too from the Baxter collection along with some Bella Blvd yellow enamel shapes.


Alpha stickers combined with bright yellow rain slicker thickers make up my title.


Did you notice the dog, and paw print washi tape? I picked it up at the Scrapbook Expo last summer and just now had a chance to use it.


If you are interested in seeing the process video for this layout here it is ...



Thanks so much for stopping by today. I challenge you to dig out your stickers too and create something fun with them.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Hello blogging friends!

I am here today with another winter layout. This time I used with the amazing JustNick Studio Nordic Background 2 digital cut file. I just love the warm, comfy feel of that Nordic pattern with my winter photos. It's very... hygge (Yes, I learned a new word!)  In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Take a look at my layout and you will see what I mean. I used the beautiful Simple Stories Winter Wonderland collection.



I wanted this layout to coordinate with another layout I did at the end of December using the Nordic Background cut file, but yet I wanted it to be slightly different. The Nordic pattern of this cut file is divided into 2 triangles. I decided to arrange these at the top and bottom of my layout and create some white space on the right side. Using pennant flags reinforced the triangle pattern.  Here are some close-ups...







I love adding some machine stitching over this Nordic pattern for texture.





Here is the background cut file I used.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Stay warm and cozy ( Hygge ) !


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Giveaway Winner!

Happy 2017 everyone!

The winner of my Top 10 of 2016 giveaway ( a Cocoa Vanilla Studios Love Always collection) is .....

Krystal Bargas

Congrats Krystal!! Please send me you mailing address to nixshaus@comcast.net.

~Marcia


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Birdman - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back sharing some more awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studios  Endless Summer inspiration. This beautiful collection works just as well for Winter getaways. In fact, I wish I was somewhere warm right now...  -25°C this morning here in Minnesota! With phrases like "Aloha Sunshine", I knew this collection would be perfect for scrapping some Hawaii pictures. I had some unscrapped photos of my husband feeding some pigeons when we vacationed on Waikiki Beach last winter. He was snacking on some trail mix on our hotel balcony (12 stories up!) when a pigeon happened upon him. Pretty soon there were flocks of pigeons everywhere!! Almost like an Alfred Hitchcock "The Bird" scene. I managed to snap these photos before we were swarmed.

  birdman

I challenged myself to create a vertical title and go big. I love how this title turned out. You can see various pattern papers behind the woodgrain outlined alphas from JustNick Studios. With the title "Birdman" of course I had to add some flamingos! I love this Wood Veneer flamingo!! You can see one of the Woodies here too in this close-up.

birdman_detail3

The cut apart journal cards work well to hold some journaling. I added several Die Cut Ephemera pieces, Stickers, a Flair Button, more Woodies, some Enamel Shapes, and Wood Veneer all in this embellishment cluster. It's swoon worthy!

  birdman_detail1

I couldn't resist pulling out the Puffy Stickers as well. You can see a pennant flag here among some clouds and an Aloha Sunshine ephemera piece. With a vertical title, I thought it would be fun to add some feathers to my background using another JustNick Studios cut file. Machine stitching adds interest and texture.

  birdman_detail2

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great week. Stay warm if you are freezing like me.

 ~Marcia

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Let the Sparks Fly - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week designers at JustNick Studios were challenged to concentrating on those word cut files. I thought it would be fun to scrap some New Year's Eve photos and use the New Year Words cut file. When combined with the Confetti Background cut file, you have a recipe for a fabulous New Year's Eve party layout!!



Here is a close up of that awesome Confetti Background cut file.



I love the ready made titles in the New Year Words cut file. "Let The Sparks Fly" was perfect for this photo.



Here are the cut files I use today ...



Thanks so much for stopping by.
~Marcia