Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Smile - Clique Kits

Hello everyone! It time for the September Clique Kits blog share!!

And here is the line-up! If you just happened upon my blog, be sure to go back and start at the Clique Kits blog for a chance to win a gorgeous September Kit for yourself.

Clique Kits
Gia Lau
Erica Thompson
Nicole Martel
*Marcia Dehn-Nix
*Melissa Vining
*Donna Espiritu
*Leigh Ann Odynski
Sandy Gonzalez
*Elisabetta Margini
*Aliza Deutsch
Sara Mishler

Oh ...and that September Kit was AMAZING!!! Here it is again....

I fell in love with the Kaisercraft Boho Dreams collection. And what photographer wouldn't pick out the Feathers paper as a favorite with that adorable girl holding a camera? Not this girl. I really needed 2 pieces of that paper so I could use the feathers side too. 

So here is my last layout for Clique Kits ... yes, after 2 years, my term has come to an end. I am looking forward to doing more traveling and getting some house remodeling done in my spare time. Oh, I will still be designing scrapbook layouts and creating other papercrafts, so follow me if you want to keep up with what I am doing. I am really going to miss my fellow Clique designers and of course Gia, Erica, and Lacey. They are all super amazing, inspiring women.

 This is my daughter ... I was originally going to use a selfie of myself, but she is so much cuter, lol.

See she is cuter ... This is me.

I wanted to play up the camera theme so I used a polaroid frame from JustNick Studios. You can also see a filmstrip layered underneath the pattern paper. The camera flair is from A Flair For Buttons. I love the Pretty Little Studios butterflies and tabs that were included in the kit. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your next stop is the amazing Melissa Vining


Monday, September 26, 2016

Autumn Beauty - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with an Autumn layout using some of the newest JustNick digital cut files. There are so many fabulous files to choose from for your Fall photos. I absolutely adore all the new circle frames. Today I am using the Autumn Ring , Leaves, and Leaf It To Me. They were perfect to showcase this senior photo of my niece. I used the gorgeous new Simple Stories Hello Fall collection.

I went a little crazy with the mixed media on this one, lol. I wanted to extend the colors from the photo onto the layout, mixing in some paper leaves around that beautiful frame. I picked up these awesome flair buttons from the A Flair For Buttons Etsy shop last year and didn't get a chance to use them all. Here are some close-ups...

Here are those cut files I used ...

If you are interested in seeing my process video here it is....

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to check out all the awesome new cut files in the JustNick Studio store.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Marcia Helen - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!!

I am back with a vintage layout showcasing the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studios Love Always collection. While this collection is perfect for documenting weddings and the babies we love, I wanted to use it for this old photograph of myself at age 2. The soft colors combined with some bold black perfectly sets off this hand colored sepia toned photo.


All the beautiful embellishments in the Love Always collection make me swoon! I think the vellum accents are my favorite, but the die cut ephemera and the bits and pieces  are not far behind with pretty resin pieces, ribbon flowers, and matching sequins. And don't get me started on the beautiful butterflies... I love this butterfly flair button! To add to the vintage feel, I cut a couple delicate corner scrolls to frame my photo. I couldn't resist adding some vellum leaves to soften it more. I smudged some gesso on the edges to make set them off a bit more.



I used the sticker alphas in the collection for my title. I love the ombre effect on the letters. My middle name comes from my godmother ... one of my favorite aunties.



The bitty blooms are perfect for adding a little dimension.



Thanks for stopping by today!

Back On The Market and You Look Fabulous - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some fabulous Reset Girl scrapbook layout inspiration. I really love the vintage elements. With the pinks and greens it's definitely perfect for scrapping your favorite girls. This collection really suits my daughter at the moment. She is in the process of resetting her life having just filed for divorce. This was not an easy decision for her to make and I have watched her struggle as she tries to find herself again. Slowly her confidence is coming back. She almost never takes selfies of herself but lately that has also been changing. I couldn't resist scrapping this one .... Back On The Market ...

I created my background by combining several different pattern papers. What is a girl to do when she can't make up her mind with so many beautiful pattern papers to choose from, I used a circle leaf frame cut file from JustNick Studios to frame my photo and then clustered embellishments all around it. Those birds are a definite favorite!

On the other side of the photo I placed a Library Pocket. These pockets are so fabulous for adding little journaling tidbits. You can also see a Reset Girl Metal Clip here. I added lots of machine stitching on this layout, some in brown and some in white.

I used the Sticker Alphas to create my title. I love that they look like typewriter keys. A little Washi Tape draws your eye to the title.

In the lower corner I layered Chipboard Stickers with some Bits and Pieces die cuts. I used the Reset Girl Roller Stamp for the "hey gorgeous" and the faux stitching.

I really love how this layout turned out.

My second layout also features this same daughter, only this photo was taken almost 10 years ago as she was having her hair done for her Senior Prom. I wanted to create a large title that once again showcased all the lovely pattern papers in the Reset Girl collection. Here is You Look Fabuous...

I created a quilted look on the background of this layout using another JustNick Studios digital cut file to create my quilt pieces and I machine stitched over the top ... lots of machine stitching! I strategically positioned patterned paper underneath in a few spots first.

The title was created using some of the Sticker Alphas, the Chipboard Sticker eyeglasses for the "oo" in Look, and by backing different pattern papers underneath the large digital die cut outline alphas I cut with my Silhouette. Some of the pattern papers I used come from The Reset Girl Simple Basics Kit. I could not resist using another of those fabulous birds to embellish with! 

Once again a Library Pocket holds my journalling. To highlight my photo I used more Washi Tape to frame it and another Metal Clip. The Word Label Stickers work so well on the tab Bits and Pieces die cuts.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer Fun - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! I am sharing a JustNick Studios layout today. Nicole challenged us this week to use at least 3 cut files on our layouts this week. An easy task ... because all the cut files are so amazing. I had some camping photos from this summer to scrap so here is what I came up with. I used 4 cut files. Two of which are new; the Rustic Leaf Frame and the Vine Background. These were perfect for camping photos.

I used papers and embellishments from Pretty Little Studio. They don't have 12x12 papers ... 8x8 is the largest size! I love my pattern papers when creating a layout, so I was wondering what to do when I saw this Creative Scrapper's sketch from August. The smaller paper sizes would work here and I could use the new Rustic Leaf Frame for the circle element.

Here is a closer look at that Rustic Leaf Frame. This is one of my favorite new cut files released. I sized the frame so a 5x5 photo would fit perfectly ...

I trimmed the Vine Background down so that I only used a small part of it along the side of my layout and stitched over the top to add some texture.

I combined the Summer Words and the WORD 2 digital cut file to create my title...

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks for stopping by today. Check out all the awesome new cut files in the store.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Wish - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with my first Cocoa Vanilla Studios layout using the gorgeous Make A Wish collection. We all have birthdays, so this is the perfect collection to document them for all the special ladies in our lives, from your daughters to your grandmothers. My mother-in-law recently celebrated her 76th birthday! My daughter snapped this awesome photo with her phone. I knew I would have to scrap it. Luckily we did not start any fires with so many candles on her cake, lol.


The floral papers are always my favorite of all the pattern papers. I used this pretty one to frame my layout. With the small wallet size photo, I decided a grid based layout would work best. By dividing my layout into four quadrants, I could use the fabulous pattern paper with the amazing cut apart project life cards and die cut ephemera pieces. In the upper left I decided to cluster some die cut balloons, because what is a birthday party without balloons! The phrase stickers are such a festive way to add some text and check out these awesome sparkly enamel dots, SWOON!


Under the balloons is a beautiful birthday cake project life card. The chipboard stickers are a great way to add a little dimension. I placed one of the star stickers directly on my cake then layered the Wish wood veneer word over the top. These wood veneer words are so awesome and make a great dramatic title!


In the lower right, I layered a doily and birthday banner from the die cut ephemera pack. An arrow from the puffy sticker sheet was perfect to layer over the top.


Thanks for stopping by today. The beautiful Make a Wish collection will be available to order soon.
I do have a process video .... my first ever!! I would love any feedback you can give me.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sweater Weather - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends! I am back today with a look at a couple of the newest Simple Stories collections.

Fall is hands down my favorite season, when all the trees are in full color and my favorite pumpkin spice coffee returns. So the Simple Stories Hello Fall collection was one I could not wait to get my hands on. I am not the only one who loves Fall though... so does my dog Satchel! His favorite Fall activity is squirrel chasing. When the days get cooler, he gets to wear this sweater I knit for him and he thinks he is so handsome wearing it, lol. Here is my layout...

I used the 6x6 Hello Fall paper pad along with the 12x12 woodgrain pattern paper from the collection to piece behind this leaf cut file from JustNick Studios. The result is a vivid splash of color. This chipboard squirrel sticker was a must since Satchel loves to chase them so much.

I kept my cluster of embellishments mostly around my photo, adding a journaling spot and lots of other bits & pieces.

The alpha stickers in the Hello Fall collection are fun cursive letters and they work so well to link together.

I so love how this layout turned out!

For my second layout, I used the Simple Stories Happy Haunting Simple Set. It's perfect for scrapping your Halloween photos and works for kids of all ages. This photo is from a neighborhood Halloween party I threw a few years ago. 

That awesome siper web cut file is from The Cut Shoppe. There are some fun stickers that I used to embellish my page; a banner, spiders, and fun phrases.

Thanks for stopping by today! These Simple Stories products will be coming to your favorite scrapbook stores soon. Watch for them!

Supplies Used
Item #4650 Simple Stories Happy Haunting Collection Kit
Item #4652 Simple Stories Happy Haunting 6x12 Stickers
Item #4654 Simple Stories Happy Haunting All Hallows Eve Pattern Paper
Item #4655 Simple Stories Happy Haunting Trick or Treat Pattern Paper
Item #4656 Simple Stories Happy Haunting 3x4 & 4x6 Journaling Card Elements
Item #6900 Simple Stories Hello Fall Collection Kit
Item #6902 Simple Stories Hello Fall Combo Cardstock Stickers
Item #6910 Simple Stories Hello Fall Falling For You Pattern Paper
Item #6922 Simple Stories Hello Fall 6x6 Paper Pad
Item #6928 Simple Stories Hello Fall 6x12 Chipboard
Item #6929 Simple Stories Hello Fall Bits & Pieces
Item #7131 Simple Stories Bloom & Grow Enamel Dots
Item #7127 Simple Stories Bloom & Grow Bradz