Saturday, April 14, 2018

Let The Adventure Begin - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a fun layout created with the awesome Simple Stories Travel Notes collection. This collection is perfect for documenting your wanderlust adventures. A couple years ago, my daughter was fortunate enough to spend a summer backpacking across Europe with a friend. They started their adventure in Dublin Ireland. These photos were some of the first ones she sent to me.

I created a cluster of embellishments in the lower right corner of my layout with the Itinerary tag to document the location. You can see stickers, chipboard elements, and some of the Bits & Pieces die cuts all deliciously layered on top of each other.

I used a digital cut file for my title cutting Adventure twice, the second time from the map pattern paper. I popped it up with some foam tape and added some fun clear stickers, phrase stickers, and more chipboard.

The compass point was fussy cut from pattern paper. I love how it looks with my title layered over the top.

A smaller cluster of embellishments is located in the lower left. I used phrase stickers on top of my photos and added the wanderlust and car from the clear stickers pack.

I love how this turned out. I know that the Travel Notes collection will be perfect for documenting your adventures too. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Items Used:
10093  Travel Notes collection kit
10094  Travel Notes combo stickers
10095  Travel Notes Get Lost
10099  Travel Notes Go See Do
10101  Travel Notes See The World
10104  Travel Notes 4x4 Elements
10108  Travel Notes 6x12 Chipboard
10109  Travel Notes Bits and Pieces
10110  Travel Notes 4x6 stickers
10111  Travel Notes Clear stickers

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A Trio of Birthday Cards - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week at JustNick Studios our focus is on Birthdays. Did you know JustNick Studios is 3 years old! Since I am always in need of birthday cards, I made a trio of fun, festive birthday cards to share with you. For my first card I used the balloons from Birthday Sentiments and cut several balloons from pattern papers to layer on a card.

I used some foam circles to make some balloons float on my card and added some bows.

I love the look of white on white when using die-cuts. For my next card, I reiterated the word Happy from the Card Sentiments 1 digital cut file down the center of my card in a white cardstock and then added a bright bold colorful Birthday. So fun!

On my last card I went for delicate and pretty... but I still wanted to use bright colors. I cut the Delicate Butterflies out from white cardstock and then used my Distress Oxide inks to color them a rainbow of colors.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a great week.

Friday, March 30, 2018

He Grew - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week on the JustNick Studio blog the focus has been on flowers, perfect for Spring. In Minnesota, I am still waiting for those flowers as there is still snow on the ground. It cheers me up though to be able to create with some beautiful flowers. Spring is also a time when the children in my church make their first communion. So I thought combining flowers on this layout of my Dad on the day of his first communion would work. My Dad grew up on a dairy farm, the youngest of 11 children. My grandparents are posed with him in this photo. It brings a smile to my face as I see my Grandpa dressed up ... he is wearing a tie with his bib overalls, lol.

I used the Floral Swag 3 and Blossom Blooms digital cut files and arranged them in a circle to frame my photo. Since I had greenery from the Floral Swag 3 cut flowers, I used my eraser in Silhouette Studio to erase the leaves from the Blossom Blooms cut file so I was left with just the flower. I did the same for the Floral Swag cut file so I could cut the flowers out of different pattern papers.

To add some dimension to my layout, I placed buttons in the center of my flowers and added even more flowers with some painted wood veneer pieces.

Here are the digital cut files I used today ...

If you are interested in watching my YouTube process video here it is ...

I hope I've inspired you to add some flowers to your Spring layouts too. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a delightful Easter weekend.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bubble Bliss | Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a Spring layout I created with the gorgeous Simple Stories Bliss collection. I just love the soft purples, pinks, and greens in this collection with the pops of black. It is so perfect for Spring photos. I dug out some older photos of my daughter where she was wearing a purple jacket and blowing bubbles from the front steps.

I wanted to use lots of circles on my layout to reinforce the bubble theme. I used a variety of pattern papers and cut my circles in different sizes, arranging them on my layout so the larger circles were in the middle and the smaller ones are at the top and bottom. I mixed in a few circles cut from vellum as well. I even framed one of my photos using a circular cut file from JustNick Studios called Round and Round.

I like mixing fonts for my title. I used the JustNick Studios Outline Alpha here for 'Bubble' as I wanted the letters to resemble bubbles and combined it with the scripty 'Bliss' chipboard text.

The Clear Stickers were perfect for adding even more dimensional bubbles with adorable butterflies or fun text. Then I embellished with more chipboard, adorable bits and pieces, and phrase stickers.

I love how this turned out! I know the Bliss collection would be perfect for your Spring scrapping too.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Items Used:
10012 - Bliss Collection Kit
10013 - Bliss Combo Sticker
10015 - Bliss Enjoy The Ride
10016 - Bliss Remember to Shine
10017 - Bliss Live In The Moment
10018 - Bliss 3x4 Elements
10019 - Bliss 4x6 Elements
10020 - Bliss Chipboard
10021 - Bliss Bits & Pieces
10022 - Bliss 4x6 Stickers
10023 - Bliss Clear Stickers

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Prone to Shenanigans and Malarkey | JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some St Patrick's Day inspiration using some awesome JustNick Studio digital cut files. My daughter and a friend were lucky enough to spend a few weeks traveling across Europe a few years ago. Ireland was one of her favorite places. She said the people there were so friendly. I thought it would be fun to scrap the selfie she sent me from an Irish pub on her first night there.

Have you seen the new Crop Circle Background? It has a Celtic vibe to it, so I wanted to use it for my background. I cut it out of a gold metallic cardstock ... because Leprechauns like gold, right? I love how intricate this is.

I decided to mix some fonts to create my fun title. The Outline Alphas look amazing when backed with a variety of green pattern papers and I combined it with the Type It Font cut out in a black cardstock for contrast.

Big titles are awesome when you don't have a lot of photos and your camera phone photos aren't as high a quality. Here is more of the Type It Font for 'warning'

Here are the cut files I used today...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have an awesome St Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Have A Blast | My Favorite Things

Hello blogging friends,

A quick blog post today.  I created a birthday card for the latest sketch challenge for My Favorite Things. Here is the sketch...

I thought a Space Explorer and an alcohol ink background would let me play with techniques I haven't used in a while and practice my coloring. Here is my card...

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cherish | JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I think I must have Spring fever... I feel like it's been forever since I scrapped a really girly layout. Sometimes I just want to scrap pink flowers and yellow butterflies and imagine that Spring is just around the corner, especially when it's snowing outside (again!). I found the pretty JustNick Studio Boho Florals 3 and the Stems 5 digital cut files and created a gorgeous cluster to ground my photo. I was so happy to receive the new gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios More Than Words collection just before the snowstorm. It's soft pastels were perfect for my Spring layout and this old black and white photo of my two girls. My Little Scrapbook store was awesome to let me preorder this Australian scrapbook manufacturer as it is difficult to find here in the States.

To add color behind my white cut files, I watered down some acrylic paint and painted a line of yellow, orange, and pink across my page and then tapped my paper to make the paint run. Then I added a few paint splatters and some stamped butterflies and I had a beautiful background!

Here are some detailed shots ....

To make my flowers and stems more interesting I added sequins to the center of the pink flowers and drew some lines on the leaves with a marker.

The paint and the grey leaf stems help make the white floral cut file pop instead of blending into the background.

Here are the digital cut files I used today ...

 Boho Florals 3

 Stems 5

Here is my process video if you are interested ...

I hope the rest of your week is fabulous! Take care,