Jun 27, 2016


Scrapbook layout   - Laugh -

a glimpse of the layout

Hello all!,

I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful weather outside,  it certainly  feels like summer here in Toronto.  I can't believe we are at the end of June already, and i am still scrapping my pictures from this spring.  

Today, I am adding a new layout created using mainly Paige Evans' Fancy Free collection (it was hard to find all the pieces of the collection, but i managed to snatch most of the papers and a few add ons).  I had pictures of my daughter and Tiana (my "soccer niece") laughing and hiding their faces from the camera lens.   Though I took the picture in April, it was so cold that day, that i chose to convert the picture to black and white to use color as a background.

The cutfile works perfect to add color to the background.

Using the May Mash Up cut file from The Cut Shoppe,  I enlarge this cutout and shear it by 15 degrees.  I backed the cut-out with different papers from the collection, and attached it to the page with some foam dots.

this two girls could not stop laughing that day

The picture was attached with a large thick piece of foam behind it.   Small clusters of ephemera from the Fancy Free collection, and Jillibean Soup Healthy Hello add interest to the picture.

the title of the layout

Fot the title,  the Open Letter cutfile from The Cut Shoppe -one of my favorite cut files ever- adds lots of space to add more color to the layout.

Finally I added my journal lines along the edge of the circle cut file.  A few last minute touches (stickers and flair) complete the layout.

the final layout

It was fun and super easy layout to bring together...

As always, let me know if you have any questions. 

See you soon!

Materials Used:
American Crafts White Cardstock
Patterned Paper - #1, 2, 6, 8,  Fancy Free collection, Pink Paislee
Cut file - Open letter, & May Mash Up, The Cut Shoppe
Ephemera - Fancy Free collection, Pink Paislee
ephemera - Healthy Hello collection, Jillibean Soup
Chipboard Stickers - Favorite Friends collection, MAMBI
Acrylic shape - Healthy Hello collection, Jillibean Soup
Glitter foam sticker -  Felicity collection, Pinkfresh Studio
Flair button - Dollarama

Jun 17, 2016


Scrapbook Layout  - Be You! -

Hello everyone!

I hope you are doing well;  i have been busy with a lot of new projects -coming soon to the blog-.  However, one of the nerds at Scrapbook Nerd (Barb -the owner-)  had the idea of playing layout tag, though i have never play this before, I enter my name to the long list.   
Once i received the e-mail with the layout (I have to scraplift), my first thought was my daughter's recent pictures of her  in her graduation outfits and lace.

For this layout I used the Funky Floral cut file from the Cut Shoppe to create this flower cut-out.  I also cut some individual flowers and matching leaves.   I stitched this piece of paper lace with the sewing machine through the middle of the cut-out, and chose to not glue the edges to the mat.

The welded flowers in the cut-out remind me of the lace in my daughter's outfits.

Since the layout i was scraplifting had 3 4x6in pictures, I wanted to scale the pictures down in size, so they fit within the lace cut-out.   Thankfully, I took plenty of pictures of my daughter modelling her dresses, and a had a series that worked perfect on this layout.

I used a larger picture in the middle, as i wanted to anchor the piece and show the real  her.

The layout had banners on both edges of the page, so I went ahead and added banners to the top of the page, along with some ephemera and cut-outs.

I used a sewing machine to add the banners.

For the bottom, i added the same banners and a cut out from the Wild Flowers cut file from Scrapbook Nerd.  I also added a couple cut outs, and sequin  to both corners of the layout.

I wrote a large part of my journal on the back of the page,
and a few lines in the bottom banner.

For the title I used wood pieces from Michael's summer collection.  Here is the final layout:

I love the softness of the page...

I love this layout, it is soft just like the dresses she picked, but shows my daughter's true self at the same time.

I hope you like it, too

See you soon!

Materials used:
Paper lace cut-out,  Funky Florals cut file, The Cut Shoppe
Bottom floral lace border,  Wild Flowers cut file, Scrapbook Nerd
Patterned paper - Main layout -  Cloud Nine , Confetti collection , Maggie Holmes
                                   - Banners - Moments, Sunlit, and Spring, Bloom Collection, Crate Paper
Butterfly cut-outs - Flutter,  Bloom Collection, Crate Paper
Ephemera - Bloom Collection, Crate Paper
Title - wood pieces, Summer Collection, Michaels.

Jun 16, 2016

Hello Awesome You.

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  - Hello Awesome You -

a close up of the layout

Hello there...

this is my last post of the month for Scrapbook Nerd ,  I had so much fun working with all the pretty paper and embellies, especially Jillibean Soup's Healthy Hello collection.   It has such nice patterns and add ons, that i had to build a second layout with it.

I was inspired by the feathers in one of the papers, and the cut-outs, so I went ahead and used trace paper to copy them.  I trace them onto white cardstock, and used a paper piercer to create a stitching pattern.  Using matching embroidery thread,  the feathers were hand stitched to create the background paper.

I used trace paper to copy the feathers in the cutouts, and then transfer them to the cardstock.

Using some of the papers on the collection, I created layers behind the pictures of my daughter (on her first day of her Orthodontic treatment -though she was in pain, her face never showed it; hence the title-).  I traced the same feathers on vellum and used markers to define the feather;  a little handstitching help to add interest.   A few acrylic pieces were also attached with a few stitches to follow with the design.

Lots of stitching in this layout.

In order to balance the piece, I added a small cluster of all the papers (even some part of the packaging) to the upper corner of  the layout.  I used a few punches to create decorative borders and attached everything with a sewing machine.

A close up of the layer details

For the title, I used part of the stickers that came in the kit, and chose to add some acrylic pieces (which i colored with a pink sharpie).  I also added a large vellum feather with gold stitching to tie in the feel of the layout.

the vellum feather was created by tracing the cut-outs from the collection

Finally, I stitched my lines of journal and added a few pieces of wood cut-outs to complete the piece.   Here is the final layout:

So in love with the final layout...

I hope that you take a look at the collection, it is really a beautiful set of papers, acrylic pieces and wood veneers.  I am sure the ladies at Scrapbook Nerd will be more that willing to help with the order.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

See you soon!!

Materials Used:
American Crafts white cardstock
Patterned Paper, Healthy Hello Collection, Jillibean Soup
Die cut-out pieces, Healthy Hello Collection, Jillibean Soup
Wood Pieces, Healthy Hello collection, Jillibean Soup
Stickers, Healthy Hello collection, Jillibean Soup

Jun 15, 2016

Mug Shot

Scrapbook Layout for Scrapbook Nerd  - Mug Shot -

A close up of the layout's details

Hello everyone!,

as my reveal week at  Scrapbook Nerd continues, I have chosen to work with Jillibean's Healthy Hello collection.  I love this collection, so much that i got all the pieces (not the stamp, though) i could get a hold of.  The designs are colorful and vibrant, and the can be use for all kinds of projects.

Once I received the collection, i knew right away, that my love for coffee and my fave mug had met its partner in the beautiful paper with the mugs in it.  So i pulled a picture from my catalog  that features my fave mug for this layout.

To create the background, i used the Road trip cut file from the  The Cut Shoppe.  I used the heart hexagon to create the background.  First I released the path, and copied the outside hexagon.  Then I added a 0.135 in offset to the new hexagon shape. I made sure to make paths to the heart hexagon and the new hexagon.  I weld the pieces as I pleased, and then went on to back them with papers from the collection.

The hexagon and picture details.

Once i had them set, I attached them to the layout using a layer of foam in the back of the hexagons (this added dimension to the layout).   I added lots of  cut-outs, stickers and wood pieces from the collection.  The mug cut-out was also cut from a cut file from The Cut Shoppe  called the Cuppa of Joe.

For my title, i once again used the Java script cut file from the Cut Shoppe to cut the Mug Shot phrase.  I cut three phrases with the same dimensions.  I had some leftover foil from another project, so using the Decofoil marker I foiled one of the cut outs, while i glued the other two cut outs.

the messy look comes from using leftover foil from another project.

Once the piece was foiled, I glued the other cutouts on top of the foiled piece making sure that there was a little bit of the foil shown at the right edge of the words - i wanted to keep the white look of the title, but wanted to give it some interest-.  I then tucked the title under the set of hexagons.

Even though the title is white, the hint of foil make it stand out from the background.

To complete the page, I added  a cluster of cut outs to the top right corner of the layout, and a few pieces of wood and stickers along the hexagons.   I even used one of the hexagons to add my journal lines.   

the finished layout

I really enjoyed working on this layout, and it came together rather easily with beautiful results.

I hope you like it, too.  

Till next time, 

Happy crafting!!

Materials Used:
Cardstock,  White, American Crafts
Cut file -hexagons-,  Road Trip, The Cut Shoppe
Cut file - mug shapes -, A Cuppa Joe, The Cut Shoppe
Cut file -title-, Java Script, The Cut Shoppe
Patterned Papers,  Healthy Hello collection, Jillibean Soup
Cut -outs, Healthy Hello collection, Jillibean Soup
Stickers, Healthy Hello collection, Jillibean Soup
Word phrase stickers,  Felicity collection, Pink Fresh Studio
Wood pieces, Healthy Hello collection, Jillibean Soup

Jun 14, 2016

Crazy Love

Scrapbooking Layout Tutorial for Scrapbook Nerd  - Crazy Love -

A close up of the finished tutorial (title) in the layout.

Hello Everyone,

It is my week to contribute to Scrapbook Nerd  blog with a step by step tutorial.    I have a hard time showing clear pictures tutorials, since i scrapbook late at night, and i have to rely on taking photos of the procedure under poor light,  but I had to share this idea on how to add dimension to titles -that i used on two on my layouts this month-.

Let me show you how i came  about building this title:

1.  I used one of Ashley Horton's cut files to cut the title on white cardstock.  I made 4 cuts of this title at the same time  to ensure that they were all the same size.  You can create a similar result with alphas of thickers (as long as they are the same size, and preferably not to thick).

The title pieces before being stacked.

2.  One of the cut-outs was covered with Heidi Swapp's new MInc Reactive Mist, and set aside to completely dry.

3.  While the misted cut-out is drying,  i went ahead and glued two of the title cut-outs together (making sure that they are completely flushed).  Let it dry completely.

The cut-outs being stacked together.

4.  Using the MInc machine, on setting 3,  (you can use any laminator, I happen to use this brand) aply foil to the misted cut out.  

I wanted a distress look for the foil, and not a complete coverage of the cut-out.

5.  Attach the last title cut-out to the foil pieces with some strong glue, making sure the sides are completely flushed and the foil is sitting on the upper part of the cut out.

The foiled piece after being glued to the other cut-out.

6.  I attached the white cut-outs on top of the foiled cut-outs makingn sure that there was a small overlap, and a small part of the foiled cut out was showing.   Something like a shadow or a tri-dimentional object.  It is up to you whether you chose to glue the foiled piece at the top or bottom;  just make sure that there is that overlap to create the desired look.

Here is a close up of the finished title.

It is up to you to decide which look you want for your title (it can also be used for cut-outs, etc.), and decide on the look that suits your project.  There is no need to foil one of the pieces, a different color piece will also produce the same look.  If you are using thickers or alphas, there is no need to glue flushed pieces (as they are thick already), just go ahead and create the overlap with different color thickers/alphas.  Note: since the new piece will be heavier, make sure you use strong adhesive to attach it to the project.

Now back to the layout;  this time i chose to work backwards and start building the layout from the picture out.  So I used Amy Tangerine's Better Together collection to create lots of layers in a triangular form behind the picture.  This time, I used my ruler to tear paper, instead of clean cutting the pieces.

The layers behind the picture.

I used the rub-on stickers from the Better Together and Finders Keepers collections by rubbing them onto white cardstock and vellum and used them as ephemera around the picture.

I stuffed pieces of cut-outs in between the layers behind the picture.

I chose to create a grafitti like background just by dropping ink dots  (Heidi Swapp color shine in different colors to match the colors on the papers) on a piece of white card stock to form a triangle a little bit larger than the picture and its layers.

I wanted a graffitti feeling to the background to match the title look.

I attached the title next to the picture (at the very right tip of the ink triangle), and my journal lines just below the picture.  Here is the final layout:

I love the vibrancy of the layout, and how easy it was to construct.

I hope you try adding dimension to your pieces (in my case titles), let me know if you have any questions.   Until next time...

Happy crafting!!

Materials Used:
  • American Crafts White cardstock
  • Patterned paper, Amy Tangerine's Better Together collection
  • Stickers and Rub-ons, Amy Tangerine's Better Together collection
  • Rub-ons, Amy Tangerine's Finders Keepers collection
  • Washi tape, Amy Tangerine's Better Together collection.
  • Cut-file,  Crazy Love,  Hip Kit Club May 2015 Ashley Horton Designs.
  • MInc Reactive Mist
  • MInc Silver to Teal reflective foil
  • Heidi Swapp colorshine in gold, butter, mustard, pink, blush, peacock, mint, coral and navy.

Jun 12, 2016

Just Smile

A Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  - Just Smile -

the layout in construction...

Hello there,

It is my reveal week for this month at Scrapbook Nerd (I love Barb and Joy, the owners of the store).  For this layout, i wanted to showcase some of Amy Tangerine's Better Together collection;  the papers are lovely and vibrant, the colors are so appealing to both boys and girls, and my favorite there is lots of watercolor on the designs.  

The background for the Layout.

My process for creating  layouts is a bit unusual, as I often start with the backgrounds or titles, and then pick my picture.  For this layout, the contrast and combo of this two papers was beautiful, so i used Heidi Swapp's color shine to create a watercolor background on a 11x11 in. gessoed piece of white cardstock.  I then cut two  big L shaped strips of the papers (about 2 in) and glued them together to form a square,  Using some machine stitching, the watercolor background was attached to the mat.

the layout's title

The next step was to create a title, for this a cut file from the silhouette store was used.  I set the phrase to perforate, and then added an offset and make the cut around the perforated edges.  I chose two of  the colors of the triangle paper to hand stitch the words on the phrase.

the picture details on the layout.

For this layout, I chose to use some of  the pictures from a recent meltdown my nephew experienced at home.  It didn't help I kept telling him to just smile for the camera, and he just kept crying louder each time.  I printed 4 of the pictures to fit 2x2 in. each.   They were matted on white cardstock and layered with the patterned paper from the borders.  Once attached on the layout, pieces of washi tape from the collection was added as a layer under the picture cluster.  All the embelishments are from the sticker sheet and rub on from the same  collection, and a few add-ons from Pink Fresh Studio's Felicity collection...  

the finished layout

After attaching all the pieces, I added my journal lines in the space created between the two words.
I love the ending result. 

Till next time,

Happy Scrapping!

Materials Used:
Title - Just Smile,  Silhouette store
White Cardstock, American crafts
Patterned papers,  Better Together collection, Amy Tangerine
Color shine inks,  Butter, Peacock, Navy & Seafoam, Heidi Swapp collection
Stickers,  Better Together collection, Amy Tangerine
Rub Ons, Better together collection, Amy Tangerine
Wood pieces,  Felicity collection, Pink Fresh Studio.

Jun 6, 2016

Great News!!

I am part of the designing team for the upcoming term.

Hello you all!!

To say that I am excited and floored would be an understatement.   As of July 1st, I will be also designing for The Cut Shoppe.  I have been a huge fan of Ashley Horton (the owner and designer of the Cut Shoppe) and all her cut files; in fact i own quite a few of her designs in my cut-file library. 

Now I  am gonna have the opportunity to work hand in hand with these amazing ladies and lovely products that the Cut Shoppe have in their Etsy store.

I am so thankful to God first and foremost for all that he does in my life, and then Ashley for taking a chance on me...  

So there will be a lot of designs being added to the blog and hopefully they will inspire you to create.   
See you soon!!