Jul 28, 2017


Scrapbook Layout created for Clique Kits  - VACATION -

Hi there!

Today I am up on the Clique Kits blog with a new layout that showcases the beautiful Malibu TN kit, and a bit of mixed media.  

As you all know, we are still unpacking after a long vacation to Ecuador, so there are so many memories to document, and this month's Malibu kit is so summery, I had to reach for one of the beach pictures to create the spread.  Here is small video on how the page came together:

For this page, I am using the  VACATION cut file that i created for Scrapbook Nerd ( i will add the PNG to the material list, so you can get a copy here, too).   I backed the letter spaces with papers from  the collection, except the letter "O" which was backed with the picture of the resort we stay at.

To bring attention to the picture, I frame it by creating clusters of embellishments around the letter "O".   A few stickers from the Summer Lights collection from Pink Paislee paired nicely with the ephemera pieces from the Hello Sunshine collection from Fancy Pants.

To match the colors of the papers, I opted to create a watercolor background, and kept the design simple after that, only adding a third cluster to complete the visual triangle.

The exclusive printables included in this kit worked perfect to add just enough detail on the page.   Here is the final layout:

Love the final layout -even after a 6 week scrapbooking break-.  I hope this serves as inspiration to take a look at the beautiful Malibu kit from Clique Kits.  Remember that you can contact me with any questions about my work, i will be happy to answer.   If you use the cut file, i would love to see what you create with it, so tag me on your project -if you share it on social media-!

Thanks for Stopping by!

Materials Used:
Clique Kits: Malibu Traveler's Notebook kit

Prima Watercolor paletter - The Tropicals
Bazzill - Marshmallow heavy cardstock
Cut file:

Shine Bright

Scrapbook Layout created for Maya Road  - SHINE BRIGHT -

Hello there!

This is the first project of a very busy day here at the blog.  This time the scrapbook layout is for Maya Road, and this month the focus is on CHARMS.

There are so many beautiful products to chose from the store, but i wanted to mixed them up in one single layout, so I opted to create a banner type  design to showcase a picture of my daughter.


This layout took very little time to put together.  It all started by marking the two holes where the brads would be located.  A bit of mixed media (using shimmer inks in this case) adds interest, and color to the simple design.


Once the background was dry, the brads were put in place, and a bit of gold wax  cording was run only through one of the brads.   Here is where the fun started!.  My idea was to center the picture, and add embellishments to each side of the picture.


I started by using the Geometric Feather  Die  to obtain some feathers, one from pattern paper (Carta Bella's Flora 1 collection), one from vellum, and one from cardstock.  I tied them together with some jute twine, and used a Resin Flower  to add some decoration to the bunch.   Now to start building my banner!  I worked from left to right (making sure the picture was centered).


First i thread some stickers from the Hello Lovely collection from Simple Stories, next a key charm from the Ken Oliver Heart and Key charm set,  a tag from the Flora collection, followed by the feather bunch.   Next i thread the picture, and secure it to the mat using foam adhesive -s0 that there is dimension to the picture-.


Once the picture was secured, i added  a Geometric Heart Die cut backed with vellum, and a Star Bright charm, before adding my journal tag.  A few more stickers and tags from the two collections being used, and finally a Soaring Bird charm completes the banner.  Then the string was secured in the  brad.


Now to complete and balance the page, I used the Sparkle and Shine Die Set to create the title of this page.  By simply cutting the title from some of the papers used in the layout, and then layering them with a bit of an offset creates the illusion of a dimensional title.  A few add ons complete the page.


I hope this inspires you to take a look at all the beautiful MAYA ROAD products available at the online store.  Remember there are still a few days to take advantage of the CHARMS promotion.
You can always contact me if you have any questions on how this page came together.

Til next time!


Maya Road products used:
Geometric Feather Die
Resin Flower Set in Snow White
Ken Oliver Heart & Key Charms Set
Geometric Heart Die
Star Bright Charms
Soaring Bird Charms
Sparkle and Shine Die Set

Jul 24, 2017


Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd's Summer On-line Camp                     - TOGETHER-

Hello there!

It has been a long time since I have been up on my blog, but we took a long planned vacation to my native Ecuador, and just arrived a a few days ago.     You will be seeing a lot of my work coming up as i have so many plans on the works.

Today,  I am issuing a new challenge at Scrapbook Nerd's Friends and Fans Facebook page for the on-line summer camp.  This time is all about FIX IT UP, which translates into using your editing programs to transform  a picture to fit into a project of your choice.

I always take pictures of my kids in series, so I used LR to create a film strip of some of the pictures of my kids, and also transformed into Black and White.   Next, i used the cut files (you can download them at the bottom of this page!!)  to create the background of my piece.

I used Page Evans's Oh My Heart collection to color block the hearts in the background, and added embellishments to match the colors.   Next I stitched around the speech bubble with the same color of the background paper (paper # 18 - Take Me Away collection).  I glued the heart background onto the paper, and used foam adhesive to attached the speech bubble paper to the mat.

To continue with the color blocking design, I used matching embellishments to add interest all along  the page, and added a bold color title to the page.  Here is the final design:

Love the end feel and look of this page!   I hope you can join in the challenges at Scrapbook Nerd's On line summer Camp.

Remember, I am a comment away if you need any assistance!

Take care!

Materials Used:
Take Me Away collection - paper #18
Oh My Heart collection - paper #4, 12x12 paper pad, 6x6 paper pad, all embellishments
Better Together collection - foam thickers
cut files:

Jul 19, 2017


Scrapbook Layout created for Wild Whisper  - CANADA -

Hi there!

Though I was born in Ecuador, I call Canada my home  for over 25+ years.   I am a proud Canadian, now, and with the country celebrating its 150 anniversary, I wanted to create a layout about the best thing Canada has given me, my kids!

For this layout, i wanted to stay true to the national colors red and white, so I used a Silhouette cut file to create the large maple leaf on the left hand side of  one of the papers of the Strong and  Free collection.

I love the simplicity, and color combination of this page.   The dimension and textures in the leaf are just perfect to document my loves in our hometown.   The Wild Whisper's Strong and Free collection is gorgeous, but if you are a Canadian, it is also a must in your paper collection.

If you have any questions on how this came together, please do not hesitate to contact me.

And don't forget to check the Wild Whisper's blog for a detailed post and lots of close ups.

See you all soon!

Jul 15, 2017


Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  - "1"  -

Hello everyone!

It is time to join us at Scrapbook Nerd Friends and Fans facebook page for a new challenge.  This time is all about Skinny Dipping... Not the clothing type of stripping, but the one where you only use ink, stamps, dies, and cardstock to create a project of your choice.

I saw a video on how Paige Evans created a layout with just stamps and stitching, so I scraplifted her page.  I drew a large 1 (in a letter size paper), and cut it.  Using removable tape, I attached to some white cardstock,  and used different stamps and inks to create images all around the number 1 shape.

Once all  the ink dried, before removing the 1 cut out, a piercing tool was used to create a stitching guide around the perimeter of the number.  The cut out was then removed, and the entire perimeter got stitched using 6 strands of embroidery floss.

Here is where i went a step beyond Paige's page, as I created my own embellishments with dies, stamps, and Inks.   The Maya Road dies were used to create the flowers, leaves, stars, hearts and arrows used in the clusters around the picture.

After cutting the pieces, a bit of diluted ink was used to colored the die cuts.  While the die cuts dried the  Pinkfresh studio Lovely Borders was used to create the two sentiment banners used in this layout.  Here is the final layout:

This layout is different, and a bit challenging from my usual ones.   I hope you join us at Scrapbook Nerd Facebook page, and take upon some of the challenges.   There is always a prize to be won at the end of the crop.

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

Take care!!

Materials Used:
Stamps - Pinkfresh Studio - Little Things, Best Things, Oh So Fancy, Kindness Matters, lovely borders
Stamps - Heidi Swapp - Magnolia Jane Collection
Stamp - Pink Paislee - Oh My Heart collectionn
Stamp - Simple Stories - Faith collection
Distress Oxides - Cracked Pistachio, Orange Marmalade, Worn Lipstick - Ranger
Archival Inks - set #4, and Wendy Vechi set #1
Dies - Maya Road -Flower set, Dream, Snapshot

Jul 9, 2017

Enjoy the Moment -

Scrapbook Layout created for JustNick Studio  - ENJOY THE MOMENT  -

Hello everyone!

  I am super excited to be part of the 2017-2018 Design Team for JustNick Studio.  I am grateful to GOD first and foremost for all his blessings, and to Nicole for inviting me to be part of this amazing group of designers.  My love for photography and memory keeping introduce me to scrapbooking, and I have been hooked on this craft for many years.  I especially love working with cut files, so getting to work and share my projects with Nicole's designs is just a delight.

For my first project, i chose to work a monochromatic design with lots of texture -aka stitching- and a few of the store cut files.   For this layout,  i chose the gorgeous Floral Burst Background to create the background for the layout.  So I used the cut file to create the large hand stitched flowers in the page.  To add more texture and dimension to the page, some string art was used to fill the inside of each petal on the flowers.


It did take some time to complete the designs, but i find hand stitching relaxing!

To create the title of this page, i chose the Enjoy The Moment cut file, and cut it twice from white cardstock.  The two cut-outs were glued together, and then attached to the bottom of the page using some foam dots (i love the little shadow under the  title!)

The picture of my daughter holding the littlest one (that is how we call the little cousins around here), was framed with some leaf cut outs created from vellum and white cardstock using the  Stem cut file.   A few pieces stickers, and ephemera pieces from the Rose Quartz collection -Prima Marketing- and Gather collection -Crate Paper- frame the picture.

What can i say?  I love this page!  It is full of texture, dimension and cut files, not to mention a black and white picture ;)   Here is the final layout:

Don't forget to check the cut files used in this layout in the JustNick store, there are lots of designs available (all beautiful, of course!).  I am a comment away if you have questions on how this layout came together, and/or you can always find me on Instagram - @tachita55 - !!

See you all soon!

Materials Used:
peach card stock
Just Nick cutfiles -
Cardstock  stickers, foam stickers, ephemera, Paper "Beautiful Glory" - Rose Quartz collection - Prima Marketing
Cardstock stickers - Gather collection - Maggie Holmes - Crate Paper

Jul 8, 2017

Enjoy Life

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapboook Nerd   - ENJOY LIFE -

Hello there!

It is Summer Camp time over at Scrapbook Nerd.  Each year the ladies run a month long on line crop  for all their followers.  Of course there is always prizes, and giveaways. This year, I  will also be challenging the store followers with a few fun challenges.  The first one is called "TIME FOR TIE DYE".

I was inspired to work on this layout when i saw the new Jillibean Soup collection  - Bowl of Dreams-.  So I set to play on watercolor paper with some of the Prima Marketing  watercolors - The Tropicals set-.     Oncec the watercolor dried, a bit of gold texture paste was added using the new Echo Park stencil.

The title of this page was created from a cut file from the Silhouette store. I stitched the title using the colors of the tie dye background, and glued the title to the page using strong adhesive.  Here is another close up of the layout:

I kept the rest of the layout simple, so I chose a picture of my mom and daughter on one of our walks, and used some of the papers and embellishments from the collection to layer and frame the picture.

A few lines of  journal, and a mat for the layout were the final touches.  Here is what the final layout looks like:

The colors in the background remind me of a tie dyed shirt, plus they are bright and cheery, perfect for a  Summer Camp challenge.

I hope you can join us at Scrapbook Nerd Friends and Family Facebook page to join in the challenges.  Remember, I am a comment away for any questions you  may have on the layout.

See you all soon!

Materials Used:
Cut file - Silhouette Store
Watercolor paper
Patterned paper collection and  embellishments -  Bowl of Dreams - Jillibean Soup
watercolor palette - The tropicals - Prima Marketing
Texture paste - Gold - Heidi Swapp
Stencil - Beach Towel - Summer Fun collection - Echo Park