Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bloom & Grow - Stash Bash YouTube Hop

Hello blogging friends!

I have a new Stash Bash layout to share with you today. The March Stash Bash YouTube Hop features ways to use your wood veneer pieces. Each month a group of my scrappy friends pick an item in our stash and we each create a YouTube scrapbook process video using that item. I wanted to put a fresh spin on my wood veneer, adding a little glitz with some gold glitter embossing powder and VersaMark ink. Here is how they turned out...


For my layout today, I am using a variety of Maggie Holmes Crate Paper collections, predominantly Styleboard and this gorgeous Lotus Background digital cut file from JustNick Studios.


Here is how my layout turned out ...


The sculpture in this photograph is a lego dragonfly. I was created by artist Sean Kenney and is part of a traveling display called Nature Connects. There were about 12 different lego sculptures all around the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. We walked from garden to garden to find all of them. Truly Amazing!

Here are some close-ups for you to see..,.






If you are interested in watching the process video, here it is...


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

~Marcia

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Twins Game - JustNick Studios and Scrapbook Circle

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today to share a layout I created with the fabulous March Scrapbook Circle kit and JustNick Studio's digital cut files. All this week you can see inspiring projects from both design teams.



I think I squealed with delight when I opened up my box and saw products from the Shimelle's Little By Little collection, Amy Tangerine's On a Whim, and Paige Evan's Oh My Heart. I was dying to use the new Star Background 4 cut file. I thought it would be perfect for a sports layout and I have been wanting to scrap this picture of my daughter at a Minnesota Twins baseball game. Here is how my layout turned out ...



I cut the file knowing I wanted to put a 1/2" border around the edge using this colorful striped paper. Using the red from this same sheet of striped paper, I backed some of those star cutouts.



I even did some hand stitching with some red thread! Under my title I did a little journaling. I don't usually do handwriting on my layouts, but this kit came with a Pink Paislee stamp set so I could stamp the guidelines for my writing! I might be doing more handwriting on my layouts now. I used a lighter ink to stamp with so the emphasis would be on my journaling.



I think this is a new favorite cut file!



Here is the cut file I used today ...



If you are interested, here is my process video...


Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Marcia

Friday, March 3, 2017

Domestic Bliss - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some Simple Stories Domestic Bliss inspiration. This is such a fun collection for your everyday photos around the house. The tongue in cheek humor will make you laugh, guaranteed! The pattern papers are gorgeous with colors perfect for Spring paper crafting too.

For my first layout, I wanted to scrap a family photo with the 4x6 journal card with a house and the quote "Love my home, love the people there". I thought it would be fun to mimic one of the pattern papers with pie charts and create my own super-sized pie chart. I sized one of the openings to fit the journal card, then backed the other spaces with different pattern papers. Here is how it turned out...


I embellished with a Bits & Pieces die cut house, sofa, lamp, and picture frame to reinforce the home theme. I then added some chipboard flowers and enamel dots for dimension.


This collection has some wonderful Decorative Brads and Epoxy Metal Clips.


For my title "BLISS", I used some stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets. You can also see one of the Domestic Bliss washi tapes just under my photo. Aren't those hearts just perfect!


I also made a couple of box cards using the World's Best Mom cut file from SVGcuts. These are so fun. I love that they can be used as decor pieces too and give joy to the recipient for many days.


Wouldn't this make a great housewarming card! I used stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets for my sentiment on the back of the card. This floral pattern paper is one of my favorites. I love those dainty flowers.


and check out that Decorative Brads alarm clock ... it makes the perfect stove timer, lol. Enamel dots are used for the burner dials on the front of my stove.


Here is what the card looks like from a top down view...


Box cards are a bit addicting, so of course I made a second one, For this box card, I created this wonderful teapot, This one showcases another gorgeous floral pattern paper combined with the pink dotted pattern paper. Chipboard sticker flowers and buttons are combined with a flower sticker and sentiment.


On the back side of the teapot I used a pretty vase of flowers and a "Mom Rules" sticker.


Here is another view so you can see the dimension. A gift card would fit perfectly taped on the inside.


The Domestic Bliss collection is a must in my book and one of my favorites from CHA. Be sure to check it out.

Supplies Used:

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Selfie Love - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a fun layout using 3 different cut files from the JustNick Studio on-line store. When my daughter was a teenager, she had no selfie control, lol. I decided to create a layout of some (yes just some) of the selfies she took in just one night while at a football game with friends. I combined 2 different cut files to create my title "Selfie Love". Then I decided it would be fun to add a camera too. I used the awesome new Simple Stories Emoji Love collection. Here is how my layout turned out...


My title is a combination of the Capture This cut file and the Lots Of Love cut file.



I cut the camera out of black cardstock and backed it with a bright yellow to coordinate with the emojis. It's from the Summer Cards cut file.


Here are a few more detailed shots...




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







Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check out what's new in the JustNick Studio store.
~Marcia

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