May 26, 2017

Let's Go Play

Scrapbook Layout created for The Cut Shoppe  - Let's Go Play -

Hello there!!

It is starting to look a lot like summer around here, I am even pulling pictures from previous summers to document using the fun  designs from the Cut Shoppe.

The waves were created by copying the image from the Make a Splash cut file, set to perforate, and then stitched with embroidery floss.  Once it was all stitched, a bit of watercolor completes the waves, and brings the color of the water from the picture.

The title of this piece comes from the Let's Talk Summer cut file.  The cut out was backed with papers from Echo Park's Summer  Fun collection, and completed with alphas from Shimelle's Little by Little collection.

The picture of the girls at the swimming pool is framed by the title, and lots of papers and ephemera form the collection, in addition with some pieces from the new Simple Stories Summer Days collection.  After adding a few lines of journal.  Here is the final layout

I love the  layout, it came together rather easily, even with the bit of stitching in it.  I hope this helps to prepare for the upcoming summer season.  The Cut Shoppe Etsy store is full of designs that can fit all your memory keeping.

Remember I am a comment away if you have questions on how this came together.

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used:
Cut Files - The Cut Shoppe

Distress Oxides - Broken China, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio - Ranger
Paper collection - Summer Fun - Echo Park
Alphas - Little by Little collection - Shimelle
washi tape - Illustrated Faith

May 17, 2017

Simply - CK Pep Rally

Scrapbook Layout created for Clique Kit (Pep Rally)  -  SIMPLY  -

Hello there,

I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying the beautiful season!

Today is Pep Rally day for Clique Kits,  it is our chance for the DT and subscribers to show you all what we have been creating with this month's SORBET kit.   I have pretty much killed the kit,  there is only one full page left from the kit, and a few embellishments.  But let me show you what i did on this project.

For this page, i started by drawing circles from 1" to 2" along the center of the page.  Using a paper piercing tool, a stitching guide was created along the circles, and then I used embroidery floss ( to match the colors of the papers) completed the background.

Next I cut circles of different sizes from the colorful dot paper of the kit,  I made sure that there were 4 circles of each color, and they all were different sizes, too.

Using different thickness of foam adhesive, the circles were glued to the page along the center of the page.   I made sure that the circles were glued next to the stitched one, and turn some of the circles to take advantage of the b side of the page.

The picture of my sisters with my kids in a flower patch was the focal point of this page. I used the ephemera, puffy stickers, and exclusives to frame the picture.   To create the title, I pulled a wood veneer from my stash, and added a few stickers from the alpha set.   The journal lines were added inside one of the stitched circles in the page,  Here is the final layout:

I hope you come and join us on Instagram to check what the DT and the Clique Kits subscribers have created.  You can always check what it is included in the kit, and the many exclusives at the Clique Kits store.

See you all around!!

Materials Used:
Clique Kits - Sorbet Kit

Heidi Swapp  - wood Veneer

May 11, 2017

Mom - SN

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd   -  MOM  -

Hello there!

It is  the last day of my reveal week for Scrapbook Nerd, and in time to celebrate Mother's Day, I decided to use some of my doodles to create a cut file for this project.   This cut file is available for free at Scrapbook Nerd store.

I cut the cut  file from white cardstock,  making sure that it would fit inside the floral  paper from the Kaisercraft Wildfllower collection.

I used the watercolor flower paper to back the flower cluster from the cut file,and glued it to  ring opposite to the title of the page.   Foam adhesive was used to create the dimension on the page, this allows for the cut file to be distinguishable in the page.

Since the cluster is so busy, just a few  pieces of embellishment was used around the page.  I took advantage of the ring's perimeter to write my journal lines, and added a few splatters of gold ink,  Here is the  final layout:

I really like how this page came together, there is some satisfaction on creating your own designs especially for this page all about my mom.  Remember you can get your free copy of the cut file at Scrapbook Nerd's store.  Here is small video on how the page came together, enjoy!!

Remember I am a comment away if you have any questions on how this came together.

See you all soon!

Materials Used:
Cut file - Nathalie DeSousa for Scrapbook Nerd

Paper Collection and ephemera - Wildflower - Kaisercraft

May 10, 2017

Thumbs Up

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  -  THUMBS UP  -

Hello everyone!

We are half way this month's reveal for Scrapbook Nerd.   This month is all about florals for me, and for this project, I chose to use some water crayons, gelatos, and Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection.

It all started by creating this background using watercolor crayons and gelaton on watercolor paper.   I tried to pick some of the colors of the collection, and made sure that the colors were very faint.

This project uses the cut outs included in the 12x12 paper pad. I cut the border that framed the cut out, and backed it with papers from the collection.

Once all the cut outs were backed, I  used matching embroidery floss to create centers on all the flowers.  Using a paper piercing tool, a series of holes were created, and french knots were made in each hole.  This adds texture, and bring more color to the page.

The picture of my daughter and the little is perfectly framed with fussy cut flowers and ephemera from the collection.   The title of this page was created by gluing some of the chipboard stickers to the side of the picture.  Here is the finished page:

This page came together super fast and easily.  The mixed media background adds to emphasize the flowers colors.  Sometimes all it takes is a little experimenting to see how you can create a one of a kind piece just by altering a pre made cut a bit.  For all the materials used don't forget to visit Scrapbook Nerd, there is always something new being added to the store.

Remember I am a comment away if you have any questions on how this came together.

Take care!

Materials Used:
Watercolot crayons and gelatos - Faber Castell
12x12 and 6x6 paper pads - Oh My Heart collection - Pink Paislee
Stickers, chipboard stickers, ephemera - Oh My Heart collection - Paige Evans
Clear stickers - Starshine collection - Shimelle -AC

May 9, 2017


Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  -  14!  -

Hello there!

It is time for my tutorial blog post on Scrapbook Nerd.  Today's post is all about working a single cut file in different ways.  You can head onto  their blog to read all about it.  

I used the new free cut file from Scrapbook and Cards today to create the cut out in this page.  Once again, I chose to not cut the outside of the ring, and instead mirror the image to create a completer flower ring.

I used the 6x6 paper pad from Dear Lizzy's Lovely Day collection to back the cut out, then backed the entire ring with a large piece of vellum, and a pale green paper from an old Authentique collection.   Using a paper piercer, I created a stitching guide that adds texture to the page and secures all the layers together.

Small pieces of foam adhesive were added between the flowers and the vellum layer, this adds dimension to the piece.   I placed the picture of my daughter in the bottom junction of the two flower clusters, and chose to add embellishments from the collection along the center line of the ring.   The perimeter of the ring was the perfect place to add the journal lines.  Here is the final layout:

It is so easy to work a cut file in many different ways.  That is the beauty of cut files you can make it your own with just a few adjustments,

Don't forger to visit the Scrapbook Nerd to see the details on how the cut file was manipulated to create the layouts.  Remember I am a comment away if you want more details on how the pages came together.

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used:
Cut file - Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine blog - May 2017

Patterned paper 6x6 pad, chipboard, card stock, and layered stickers, puffy stickers, ephemera, button  embellishments - Dear Lizzy - Lovely Day collection
Dear Lizzy - Saturday collection - 12x12 paper pad, clear stickers, cardstock stickers
Simple Stories - Faith collection - washi tape

May 8, 2017

You Are My Bright Side

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  -  YOU ARE MY BRIGHT SIDE  -

Hello there!

I hope you all had a great weekend!   If you are a scrapbooker, then you know it was a busy one  for all of us, as we celebrated NSD.

It is my reveal week for Scrapbook Nerd, and the saying, "April Showers bring May Flowers" is what my projects are inspired by this month.  That's right, it is all about flowers for this week , which happens to be Mother's Day, too.   So let  me show you what I have been up to.

I was lucky to serve as the guest designer for this month's free SCT cut file, and I played with different designs for the  blog, here is one of the choices.   I started by cutting just the inside of the flower ring from white card stock.   The cuts were then  backed with different papers from the Oh My Heart collection from Paige Evans.

The picture of my niece in a field of dandelions was blown up to letter size, so that the image fit inside the ring.  I used thin fun foam to glue the cut  out to the picture, which had been glued to a piece of cardstock.

I created a cluster of fussy cut  flowers, ephemera and stickers to balance the flowers from the ring.   The title of  the page comes from one of the ephemera pieces.   To complete this page, I wrote the journal lines on the picture with a super fine marker, so that they are hidden.  Here is the final page:

I love this page,  the colors, the flowers, and the large picture are perfectly balanced.     You can find the cut file at the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine blog, and all the materials used in this page come from the Scrapbook Nerd store   ( I love these ladies!!)

As always let me know if you have any questions on how this came together.

See you all tomorrow!

Materials Used:
Cut file - SCT magazine blog - May 2017

Patterned paper collection, ephemera, stickers, chipboard stickers, washi tape - Oh My Heart - Paige Evans - Pink Paislee
Foam stickers -Take Me Away collection - Paige Evans - Pink Paislee

May 7, 2017

Hello Hello Today

Scrapbook Layout created for The Cut Shoppe  - HELLO HELLO TODAY  -

Hello there!

I am up on the Cut Shoppe blog with this new layout that combines the beautiful Ain't Life Grand collection from Pretty Little Studio with a few images from the Get Around cut file.

I chose to cut a few different size wheel images from the cut file.  I left the heart image in just two of them, and hand stitched the perimeter after the wheels were backed with papers from the collection.

Using die cuts from this collection, and the Tinsel Town die cuts, I created  the clusters on the centers of the wheels.  A bit of foam adhesive helps to add dimension to the cuts.

I chose to enlarge the image with the HELLO HELLO script on it, and backed the piece with two different papers from the collection.  I used the scripted letters as part of the title, and completed it by adding a die cut piece from the collection.

To tie in the elements on this page, I used a smaller one of the wheel cut outs as a layer behind the picture, and as part of  the cluster that frames the picture.  After the journal lines and some ink splatters, here is final layout:

I really love the end result, and i hope you draw a bit of inspiration from it.   Remember to visit the Cut Shoppe Etsy store to check this cut file.

Remember I am a comment away, if you have questions on how this came together.

Take care!

Materials Used:
Cut file -  The Cut Shoppe

Patterned paper collection - Ain't Life Grand - Ashley Horton - Pretty Little Studio

May 6, 2017

My Personal Journal

Traveler's Notebook Spread created for Clique Kits  - MY PERSONAL JOURNAL -

Hello once again!!

Happy NSD to you all!    It is time to issue my second challenge over at Clique Kits's Facebook page "The Clique".      I have two passions when it comes to memory keeping: my 12x12 scrapbook pages, and my traveler's notebook daily spreads.   Since I have already tackled the scrapbook part of my heart, now it is time for my memory keeping part of my brain,  my personal journal.

So today's second challenge for CK's on-line crop is to create a Traveler's Notebook spread all about you!.  It is up to you whether you want to make it into a bullet journal, fact sheet, currently sheet, or what i chose this time, a Bible journal , as long as it reflect you at this moment.  If you add a picture of you, it is even better (#existinphotos)

For this spread, I am using the  beautiful Sorbet kit, and the exclusive printables from the TN kit
along with a few pieces from my stash.  But before, let me tell you why I chose to do a bible devotional today.  A few days ago, my dearest "cousin" ( he is part of the family that adopted us when we moved to Canada, since then we have called each other cousins) passed away after a very short, but bravely fought battle against Stage 4 Lymphoma. Through it all his love for life, and his family was what kept us hoping for a miracle.  Unfortunately God wanted him home, and he had to leave us. His wife and two young kids (my god children) are devastated, and we are trying our very best to help in what we can.

This page was created a few days after his passing, after a good hair cut, and a long conversation with God through my Bible study.    First of all, I chose two of the selfies, i took while walking the dog after getting a fresh haircut.   I kept them rather large, since I wanted them to be the focal point on the pages.

Next I cut a page of high quality copy paper to fit  an entire two page spread of my TN. I folded it in half, and decided to create a folded page where i could hide my journal.   Before gluing the page down to the notebook, I cut two pieces of the same dimension out of one of the papers from the kit  (these are smaller than the tn's page),and glued them to the folded page, one on the front of the fold -remember that the folding edge is glued to the outer edge of the TN page -, and the other to the inside of the folded page (as in the picture).

I used the exclusive printables of the Sorbet TN kit to add tabs, to the folded page, and to the top of this Bible devotional ( I love this card!).  Using my type writer, I wrote my devotional answer to 1Thessalonians 5:16-18, and glued it to the  patterned paper.

I glued a picture to the inside of  fold, and used the exclusive printables, and some of the Simple Stories Faith stickers to frame the page.  The exclusive printables on both the main and TN kit coordinate well, so it was easy to use them in this spread.  Here is a look at the inside of the fold:

I  really hope you can join us at the Clique so you can enjoy some inspiration, and use it to create your own memory keeping.  You can always find most of the materials used in the Clique Kits store, remember to use one of the DT's code to receive a discount at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials used:
Clique Kits -  Sorbet Kit - Main Kit and exclusive printables
                       Sorbet Kit - TN Kit exclusive printables
Simple Stories - Faith collection - Stickers and Sticker tablet