Apr 27, 2017


Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  -  AMAZING  -

Hello there!

As my reveal week for Scrapbook Nerd comes to a close!  I wanted to share this project created all about my baby!

One the new collections were revealed,  I made sure to order Jillibean Soup's Chit Chat Chowder just cause I wanted the little doggie die cut.   The image looks just like my baby, I even have a picture of him wearing my glasses, and the resemblance is quite impressive.

I wanted to incorporate a few of the patterns in the collection, so I created a cut file by just welding circles together.  I backed some of the circles with vellum, and the rest with all the colorful papers.

Once the background was glued in place, I layered papers and embellishment pieces from the collection.  I gotta find more of the doggie sticker somewhere, it is a must for me!!!

Repetition, repetition, repetition!  I simply love the doggie, and used it to create the title of this piece by adding it to one of the die cut pieces from the collection.  After adding some journal, here is the  final layout:

Getting the collection just because of the die cut, was one of the smartest decisions made.   The colors in the collection work beautifully to bring life to the page, and my baby looks just adorable.

If you would like to have a closer look at the collection, please visit Scrapbook Nerd for all the materials used in this project, and throughout my reveal week.  Remember I am a comment away if you have any questions on how this came together.

Take care!

Materials Used:
Patterned paper - Chit Chat Chowder collection - Jillibean  Soup collection
paper die cuts, wood veneer, stickers - Chit Chat collection - Jillibean Soup collection

Apr 26, 2017

Love What You Do

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  -  LOVE WHAT YOU DO  -


We are half way through my reveal week for Scrapbook Nerd, and just like the previous posts, the theme for this month was color.  Today's layout is just the perfect mixed of color, stitching and pretty paper.

It all started with this cut file from the Silhouette Store.  I simply perforated the edge, and spent a few hour stitching the words with embroidery floss that matched the colors of Echo Park's  JUST BE YOU collection.

Once the stitching was finished,  the distress inks were used to color the inside of the words.  Small drops of the ink accompanied of a small cluster  bring the eye to the layout.

For some of the words, I had to combine multiple colors, to obtain the right shade of colors.   The picture of this layout   was kept in B/W, and   i used some of the papers to form a cluster around him.


Before ending the page, I trimmed two edges of the mat, and glued it to one of the patterned paper in the collection.  Here is the final layout:

I love, love this!

The colors  combined with the texture from the stitching are two of my favorite things.  The simplicity of the layout is what makes it perfect.   Don 'r forget to check The Scrapbook Nerd  for all the new releases, and all the materials used in this page.

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

See you all soon!

Materials used:

Be You collection - Echo Park - patterned papers, ephemera, stickers
Faith collection - Simple Stories - Stickers
Cut file - Silhouette store
Distress Oxides- Ranger - Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Orange Marmalade

Apr 25, 2017


Scrapbook Layout Tutorial created for Scrapbook Nerd  - SPLASH -

Hello there!

 It finally looks like we have passed our Winter season!   Trees are starting to bloom, and soon everything will be once again full of light and color. In fact this month's reveals  for Scrapbook Nerd are inspired by color, and for this week's tutorial, I want to invite you to discover Distress Oxides,  

This new medium is so easy to work with, as it combines dye and pigment inks in one simple package.  The combination of the two creates a matte effect (due to the  pigment) on the paper,  but allows the colors to shine on their own, and not to become muddled when mixed together.  Here is small video on how the layout and background came together, so grab a seat, and ENJOY!

 As you can see in the video,  I used a combination of Faded Jeans, and Cracked Pistachio  Distress Oxides to recreate the color of the water in the picture.   The colors, when layered, did not fade into a dark teal -which would have happened- had i used another medium. 

  I have played with some of the other hues, and can say that you can create a multi color background without muddling the effect by allowing the colors to dry a bit in between.  I will work a layout to show you in the near future. Here are a few close ups of the effect the Distress Oxides  look like once dried: 

    i love how the background looks like splattered water behind the picture and large title, and it was perfect to frame this picture of my daughter and niece enjoying our backyard pool.   The colorful, and beautiful Bella Blvd. "Secrets of the Sea" collection was the ideal to complete this page. Here is the final layout:   

  I hope  you feel inspired to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the new colors of  Distress Oxides, as well as all the new collections available there.   You can always leave a comment if you have a question on how this came together.

See you all soon!

Materials Used:
Distress Oxides - Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans - Tim Holtz - Ranger
Bella Blvd - Secrets of the Sea collection - paper kit, 6x8 paper pad, ephemera, puffy stickers
Bella Blvd - Make Your Mark collection - paper clips
Heidi Swapp - Color shine - gold lame

Apr 24, 2017

Perfect Smile

Scrapbook Layout  created for Scrapbook Nerd  -  PERFECT SMILE -

Hello there!

I hope you  all are enjoying the beautiful Spring season!

This month, I was inspired by color for my Scrapbook Nerd reveal week, and decided to use lots of colorful collections to bring you some inspiration.  

I was drawn to the super colorful Joy Parade collection by Fancy Pants to create this layout.  The triangle pattern paper is so fun, and just like a  puzzle, I was able to create different size hearts just by cutting around the triangles.

Once i had cut the shapes,  i used them as a template to cut similar shapes out of the solid color papers in the collection.  I made sure to leave a small offset in each of the solid colors, so that the color will show once the patterned heart was glued on them.

Using a paper piercer, i created a guide to add some stitching around the hearts using embroidery floss of the same color of the backing paper.  Once they were all stitched together, I bundled them into 3  sets, and using  different depth foam adhesive attached them all together.

At the same time, I created the background for this piece by using watercolors that matched the collection, and the packaging technique.   I made that the colors were scattered around the page, with emphasize to where the clusters will be placed.

Once the background was dried, I glued the heart bundles to the page, and added embellishments from the collection around the hearts.

The picture of my son and mom was then layered with papers from the collection, and attached to the large colorful smudge on the page.  Since there is so much going on the page, I added just one cluster to the top of the picture, and decided to place the title at the bottom of the page using a piece of ephemera, and alphas from the Heart Day collection from Crate Paper.  Here is the final layout:

I love the color scheme of this page, and all the color just complements the candid picture of my son and mom.    I hope this serves as inspiration to take a closer look at the patterns in the papers of the collection you are working with.   Remember you can visit Scrapbook Nerd to pick all the materials used in this layout, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Materials used:
Fancy Pants - Joy Parade Collection - entire collection
Alphas - Crate Paper - Heart Day collection
Color shine - butter, mustard, pink, peacock - Heidi Swapp

Apr 22, 2017

Ain't Life Grand

Scrapbook Layout created for Creative Scrappers  -  AIN'T LIFE GRAND -

Hello there!

This month The Cut Shoppe and Creative Scrappers are joining forces to bring a lot of inspiration using their recently released sketch -#305  you can find it at the bottom of this page -.   The DTs from both stores have enjoyed combining the products to create different takes on the sketch. Here is my take.

I was inspired by the shapes and organization of them on the sketch, so I used one of the images on the Let Them Eat Pie cut file to create 3 cut outs of different sizes.  I used papers from Ashley Horton's "Ain't Life Grand" collection for Pretty Little Studio to back some of the empty spaces, and used vellum for some of the others spaces.

Since the sketch calls from some layers behind each picture, i opted to add a layer of mixed media instead.   For this I used Heidi Swapp color shine inks to add some splatters in the same colors as those in the papers of the collection.

In order to bring attention to the picture, I pulled a series of pictures of my mom and daughter on one of our walks, and printed them in black and white.   I chose to only use 2 pictures, and use the smaller space to add the journal of this page.   A few smaller pieces from the Ain't Life Grand collection were added around the page as small clusters.

The newly released Ain't Life Grand cut file from the Cut Shoppe was perfect to create the title for this page.  The title was cut twice from black cardstock, and then glued to a white cardstock offset of the cut.     Before adding the title to the page, I trimmed about 0.5 in of two adjacent  sides of the mat, and glued large strips of one of  the papers of the collection,  Here is completed page:

Can I say I love this page!  The sketch made creating this page rather easy, and pushed me to use multiple pictures.

I hope you check the cut files used here at the Cut Shoppe Etsy store, and stop by the Creative Scrappers blog to check  what the DTs have created with the sketch and cut files.

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

Take care!

Materials Used:
Cut files - The Cut Shoppe

color shine - black, coral, rose, peacock, lime, seafoam - Heidi Swapp
Sketch #305 - Creative Scrappers

Apr 20, 2017

Hello Summer

Scrapbook Layout created for The Cut Shoppe  -  HELLO SUMMER  -

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today, I am back with a new layout showcasing the Cloud Nine,  April Showers, Let's Talk Summer cut files, and the super cute Ain't Life Grand collection, by Ashley Horton.

I have had this picture of my little  in the scrap folder for a while, once the Cloud Nine cut file was available, I knew it would be perfect for what i had in mind.

For this layout, I picked the 8.5x11 format of the Cloud Nine cut file. The empty cloud cut outs were backed with papers from the new collection, "Ain't Life Grand" by Ashley Horton for Pretty Little Studio, and some white polka dot vellum paper.

A bit of  dimensional adhesive was perfect to create some dimension on the page.  The background paper was created using distress ink and a blending sponge. I simply worked from the center to the outside, just a bit wider than the cut out.

Aren't the patterns of the papers just beautiful!.   I tried to find all the papers that had some pink in them, so that they did not blend with the background.

Finally the title was created by using the Hello cloud image from the April Showers cut file, and the Summer word from the Let's Talk Summer cut file.   Once again, I used a combination of the papers used to back the clouds to tie in the title to the layout.  A few drops of white and black acrylic ink complete the page.

This layout took no time to come together, and  i love how it looks.   The cut files combined with the colorful "Ain't Life Grand" collection was just perfect to document this picture.

Don't forget to check all the cut files used in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store, there are so many designs available !!

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used:
The Cut Shoppe - Cut files

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

Apr 19, 2017

The House That Built Me

Scrapbook Layout created for Wild Whisper  -  THE HOUSE THAT BUILT ME  -

Hello Friends!

Today, I am up on the Wild Whisper blog with a new layout that showcases the beautiful "No Place Like Home" collection.

The patterns in this papers brought me back to my childhood home, our house in my native little town of Banos in Ecuador.  So I pulled the picture of my mom and kids standing in front of the house, and created a series of title cut files inspired by this collection.

I used one of the titles to create this layout.   You can find all the details on the Wild Whisper Designs blog, as well as the cut file!

Take care!

Materials Used:
Wild Whisper - No Place Like Home paper collection
                         No Place Like Home cards
                          No Place Like Home stamps
Speigelmom Scraps - No Place Like Home sequin mix
                                   Mini Cork Hearts
Cut file  - No Place Like
Home Titles - Wild Whisper

Moment Captured

Scrapbook Layout created for Clique Kits -  MOMENT CAPTURED  -

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is Pep Rally day for Clique Kits!
It is the opportunity to see what the DT, and subscribers have created with this month's JELLYBEAN kit.

One of  the papers in the Bella Blvd's "Make Your Mark" collection (Paint Me)  was the inspiration for this page.  The brush strokes and colors remind me of a graffitti  wall.   Since we live close to a bridge that has large amount of graffitti ( created by artist, and commissioned by the city), we do take walks, and pictures with this as the background.

Using a ruler, I created the block pattern to replicate that of a wall.   The dimension of each space was based on a 1.25x0.70 in  per block.  I randomly drew the wall, and used a paper piercing tool, to create a stitching guide.   I wanted the blocks to pop, so white embroidery thread was used to complete the background.

Once the stitching was finished, I simply cut the paint strokes to rectangles a bit smaller than the dimension of the stitching, and glued it to the page.   The picture of my daughter standing  in front of part of the mural was duplicated, so it can serve as a layer behind the picture.  I used some of the kit packaging to add more texture.  The ephemera, clips, and exclusive printables complete the clusters around the picture.

For the title of this page, I used the "Moment Captured" cut file and cut it three times out of white cardstock. I glued them together, and backed the cut with a piece of the same Bella Blvd. paper.   A few ink splatters, and my journal framing the entire page complete the layout:

I hope you can join us at the IG hop, and check this, and all the projects created with the JELLYBEAN kit.

Don't forget to check the Clique store for this kit, and lots of other beautiful products available at the store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used:
Clique Kits  -Jellybean Kit

cut file - Clique Kits - Maryam Perez design
acrylic ink - black carbon - Liquitex