Nov 29, 2017

Life Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Wonderful

Scrapbook Layout created for Citrus Twist Kits - LIFE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE WONDERFUL  -

Hello there!

I have debated about sharing this layout, but i think just like the title, I have to show you the wonderful results when accidents happen.  The layout was created to look like the picture on top(I usually photograph my work as soon as I am finished - if there is good light), however as I  was cleaning all the material, i knocked the bottle of color shine on the bottom part of the layout, so I had to quickly cut the bottom part so i can save it.   Then I was left with the debacle of what to do with the page.. SO  here is what i did:

Since I had stitched the cut file (backed with the papers from this month's Stories main Kit from Citrus Twist Kits) to the white cardstock as to form banners along with the sticky note flags from the Maggie Holmes collection, it was easy to cut the banner out of the cardstock.   I think the little layer of cardstock helps to add dimension.

Then glued it to a paper from Paige Evans' Turn the Page collection from last month's CTK kits ( i had run out of all the patterned paper from this month's kit).  The accident actually helped to bring the detail in the cut file more once it was glued to patterned paper.

Then I just cut the picture out of the original layout, and glued it back on this page (all the clusters are made up from the exclusive pieces from this month's  CTK kit).   Then just used some splatters to finish the page.  Here is the new layout:

I love the picture ( this is what a true portrait of my kids and the littles looks like!), and the new layout is just an echo of the title.  I guess things always happen for a reason!!!

Remember to check the Citrus Twist Kits store to subscribe to their kits ( the upcoming kits are gorgeous!!!).   Let me know if you have questions on how this came together.

See you soon!!!

Nov 28, 2017

Joy to the World

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd's Silhouette Savvy Series  - JOY TO THE WORLD -

Hello Nerds, and friends!

 It is time for a new entry of the Silhouette Savvy Series.   This is  a tutorial, that had been shown before, but since then the Silhouette software has been updated, and the new version does not perform all the commands from the previous version, so I want  to show you an updated version of the same tutorial.   So sit back, and enjoy the following video that will show you how to create the stitching guide followed by the completion of the layout:   

 As you can see in the video, the Silhouette software does not have a perforate edge command anymore, instead you have to tell the machine what to do by choosing the type of line you want it to create on the layout.       I used the cut-line to add the stitching that forms the background/title for this page.   This is a way to shorten the tedious work of poking holes along the entire perimeter of the design. 

 This title took a bit of time to stitch (6 strands of embroidery floss use), but the texture and look it brings is worth the time... Just put on some music or a movie on, and start stitching away.  

   Once all the stitching was completed, I accented all the details with some Shimmer watercolor (Prima Marketing Metallics Palette), and some embellishments from the Illustrated Faith Advent collection.  

 I kept the stitching as the second focal point of the page, and chose a b/w picture so that it pops from the layout,  A few paper layers and embellishments complete this page.  

 I hope you try this new and updated way to create a stitching guide using the Silhouette Cameo.  Remember I am a comment away if you have questions on how this came together.

 See you all soon!

Nov 21, 2017

Find Wonder in All Things

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd - FIND WONDER IN ALL THINGS -

Hello there!

It is time for a new round of  DT projects for Scrapbook Nerd (I love the owners of this store!!).   This time I chose to work with the Dream Big collection from Fancy Pants Designs to document a picture of my daughter as we experience some beautiful skies while flying to Ecuador.

I used a cut file from the Silhouette Store to create the large stitched title in the page,  A bit of watercolor brings the title forward.  Then I trimmed the cardstock and glued it to one of the papers from the collection.

I chose to distress a piece of the mat, and inserted a small cluster of ephemera so that there are small little spots of interest along the page.   Just loved the unexpected cluster.

To bring all the  idea of flying, I used pieces from the collection to create the clusters around the page.   I fell in love with the birds icons from the collection!!

I love how this came together.   The colors are dreamy, and all that stitching sings in my heart.   Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd store to check all the materials used here.  There are so many beautiful products available at  the store.

I will be back in a bit with a surprise for you all,

take care!!

Materials Used:
Fancy Pants Designs - Dream Big collection - 12x12 paper kit, 6x6 paper pad, clips, ephemera
Cut file - Silhouette Store
Prima Marketing - Pastel Dreams watercolor palette

Hello Beautiful You

Scrapbook Layout created for Citrus Twist Kits  - HELLO BEAUTIFUL YOU -

Hi there!!

Hope you are all doing well.   Been so busy lately with some deadlines (there are some amazing news in the upcoming months!), but i wanted to take time to share this project created with a few of the November Kits from Citrus Twist Kits -just love what Trina puts together each month-

This page was all inspired by the color combination in this paper from the Dear Lizzy's Star Gazer collection.  I bought the Patterned paper kit for this paper in particular!.   I pulled a pair of scissors and fussy cut the roses from the paper, being careful to cut some of the leafs, also.

Next I mixed some acrylic paint until I matched closely the navy blue tone in my daughter's shirt.   Once this dried,  i used a stencil to add a bit of gold paste around the page, and started adding the cur flowers as to frame the picture of my daughter ( gotta love all the exclusive embellishments form Citrus Twist Kits that form the clusters around the picture)

For the title, I used the large paintable chipboard word, from Dear Lizzy that are included in the "Wild Thing" add-on kit from Citrus Twist kits.  A bit of gold watercolor on the word brings the gold tones in the layout.  To complete the title, I used the alphas included in this month's PL kit, as well as one of the exclusive chipboard sticker to complete the page.

I love, love how  this came together so easily.    That is the beauty of working with coordinating kits, though there are 4 kits being used in this layout, they have been curated to that they work cohesively together.   Love this month's Citrus Twist Kits!!

Remember to stop by the CTK store to check this month's kits and take advantage of the Black Friday sale along the way!  I am always a comment away if you have questions on how this came together.

See you all around!

Materials Used:
Acrylic paint- INdigo, Artist loft
Gold paste - Heidi Swapp
"Stories" main and PL kits - CTK
Patterned Paper Play kit - November 2017 -CTK
"Wild Thing" add on kit - CTK

Nov 20, 2017

Pursue Magic

Scrapbook Layout created for Maya Road - PURSUE MAGIC -

Hi there Roadies!!!

Nathalie with you today bringing you a bit of fall inspiration using the beautiful MAYA ROAD products!  I am sure that when you think Fall, there is a lot of different images that come to your mind, mostly leaves, pumpkin and fall colors.   So i used a more modern version of those concepts to create this page all about my mom.

I have had this picture of my mom in my scrapbook folder for a while, and finally decided to create a soft background where the colors of the picture will pop, for this i am using Pinkfresh Studio's Escape the Ordinary collection to create the leaf branch.

I used the Tropical Flowers Die to cut papers from the collection and then arranged them on the olive color cardstock as to form the branch that my mom is hiding behind (we were apple picking at the time!).   All the die cuts were attached with a combination of glue and foam adhesive to create dimension in the page.

Next, the picture was glued to the page, but i added a piece of Ken Oliver Vintage Trim -Rick Rack Edge- under the picture, just to soften the line of the picture once it was glued to the page.  The cluster of ephemera at the corner of the picture houses also the title of  the page, and a Mini Arrow Charm.  Just love all the texture in this cluster.

Next I added a cluster of  beautiful Maya Road products at the other corner of the picture.  This small cluster consists of a Wood Thoughtful Sentiment token, a banner from the Love Chipboard Banner set -it was colored using Gold colorshine-, and a small heart from the Mini Chipboard Heart Confetti set that was colored with deep coral color shine.  Once again I wanted to add textures and colors from the picture.  After that a few lines of journal and some color droplets complete the page.

I love how easy it was to create the leaf branch with the die cuts.   The non traditional colors of the layout are the perfect way to have the picture and title pop from the page.   I really hope this inspires you to create a new take on Fall, and use the beautiful Maya Road goodies to add texture and softness to the page.
That is all for me today!  remember to visit the Maya Road store to check all the products in this page. 

Maya Road products used:

Nov 19, 2017

Very Merry

Scrapbook layout created for Simple Stories  - VERY MERRY -

Nathalie with you today.  It is starting to look at lot like Christmas, and what better way that prepare for the upcoming season, that to document last year's memories with the beautiful and super fun "OH WHAT FUN".

For this page, I wanted to take advantage of the colors in the papers of the collection, and what better way to display them than  to create a wreath to display a photo of my littles -niece and nephew-.

Using a die from Maya Road, I created a lot of stars that were arranged in a circle to create the wreath.

There are so many beautiful designs in the papers and cut apart cards from the  Oh What Fun collection that can easily be fussy cut to be used as clusters around the layout.
This layout's title was created using one of the 4x4 card from the cut apart elements page.

Here are just a few more close ups of all the details around the picture.   The poinsetta images are one of my favorite designs in this collection, and the perfect flower to give this layout that soft and Chrsitmasy look.

The "Oh What Fun" collection is by far one of the most beautiful and FUN collections for the upcoming Christmas season, and a must to document all those special moments.

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

See you all soon!

Materials Used:
Oh What Fun Collection
#9286  Collection Kit
#9287 12x12 Sticker
#9288 paper
#9289 paper
#9291 4x4 elements
#9292 4x6 horizontal elements
#9293 4x6 vertical elements

Nov 17, 2017

Beautiful Memories

Scrapbook Layout created for JustNick Studio  - BEAUTIFUL  MEMORIES -

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a new layout about one of my favorite people in the world, my aunt, Pamela!.  She and I are the same age, and have grown up together, but now live in different hemispheres.    So i wanted to use some of the new (and upcoming) cut files to document a picture of the 2 of us, while we were visiting my native Ecuador.

To create the background of this page, i welded a few images of the Floral Background 2 (which will be available starting tomorrow), and then combined it with one of the hearts in the Hearts 2 cut file to obtain the background for this page

I backed just a few of the flowers with papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Bohemian Dreams collection ( i love all the purple tones in the papers, so I had to use them in this layout). 

Next, the Flowers cut file was used to create just the silhouette of the floral motifs from the heart - i sized the images so that they matched the ones used in the heart background).  These flowers were then backed with white vellum, and then attached with pop dots to the background.   Just loved the softness of the flowers, so there was no need to add much embellishments to the page, just a few pieces from the collection were enough to complete this page.

I hope this inspires you to mix and fuse some of the stores cut files to create a one-of-a-kind project.   There are so many beautiful designs available  (and coming to) in the JustNick Studio store; stop by, and check them out!!!

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