Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summer Mini Album with JustNick

Hello friends! It's Jen today sharing a 4 x 6 summer-themed mini album created using several - okay, make that a lot of - designs from the Just Nick Cut File Store and a mix of collections from Simple Stories.
First is the cover - this was created using a photo overlay with alphabet stickers stitched on for the title. For a bit of texture and color, I added a strip of t-shirt and a piece of ribbon from my stash. 
The second page is one of my favorites - it uses the Sunray Background cut file, which I sized down before cutting on my Silhouette.
Prior to cutting the Sunray Background in half, I machine stitched each of the rays and around the sun. Next, cut the sun in half, put both sides together, and sewed along the edge to create a pocket. I then used a journaling card to jot down some memories and placed it inside the pocket.
The next page uses the Summer Words and Beach Umbrella Background cut files that are attached to a 4 x 6 piece of patterned paper.
Up next are a couple of smaller photos on one page with more stitched cut files on the opposite side using the SummerSummer Fun, and Beach Umbrella Background files. It is hard to see in the photo, but I cut a palm tree using another acetate photo overlay and it is behind the sun.
My idea for this album began with the File Folders cut file which this page uses. Here, I have added several more photos with die cuts, stickers, and the beach ball from Summer Fun.
Two more pages follow that use more patterned papers, stickers, and die cuts with stitching.
Here is another photo and several cuts from Summer WordsSummer Fun, and the File Folders cut files.
Thanks for making it this far . . . we are almost to the end.
This page has more machine stitching with stickers and die cuts the "fun" from Summer tucked behind the photo.
Here is another photo on the left with the On an Adventure cut file stitched to a piece of vellum. 
Here I machine stitched a portion of the Wave Border 2 file on a 4 x 4 piece of patterned paper.
Just inside the back cover I used more of the Wave Border 2 behind my photo, which is attached to another 4 x 6 folder from File Folders.
Last is the back cover, which uses a 4 x 6 patterned paper and a photo overlay for added protection.
Thank you for sticking with me to end of this very long post. Please be sure to visit the JustNick blog daily for tons of inspiration from the design team.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wild Heart with JustNick Studio

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing my first project as a member of the 2017-2018 JustNick Design Team and I am excited to get started!
Today's project features two of July's new files - Behold Beauty and Blossom Blooms - which I paired with papers and embellishments from the Pebbles Girl Squad collection.
To begin the project, I machine stitched around the perimeter of the black and white patterned paper to frame the layout. Next, I used the pink gingham patterned paper with the Behold Beauty cut file. I cut two sizes of the same file, and I cut two of each in order to layer them on top of one another using foam squares for dimension.
With the gingham flowers in place, I backed my photo with patterned paper and adhered it to the page. At this point, I decided I needed to add a little more oomph to the project and cut several of the Blossom Blooms file with white cardstock. These were placed diagonally in the negative space to the left and right of the photo.
Last, I added the title using Thickers from Paige Evans and a few stickers from Pebbles. I love all of the dimension  of the project and the cut files are gorgeous!
Thank you for visiting today! I look forward to the next year of working with and being inspired by the talented designers on the JustNick team.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

First I Drink the Coffee . . . with The Cut Shoppe

Hello friends! It is hard to believe that a year has already gone by and I'm posting my last project with The Cut Shoppe. I have loved every minute of working with Ashley and this team of talented designers and look forward to future endeavors.

Today's project is a traveler's notebook spread using the Cuppa Joe cut file - even though I haven't traveled - which I am totally loving right now.

My project began with the spread on the left, which uses molding paste, a stencil, and gold embossing powder. Once I had the paste on the paper, I sprinkled the embossing powder over the top of everything, removed the excess, and then set it with my heat gun.

Next, I pulled some Pink Paislee and Crate Paper patterned papers from my stash (past Scrapbook Circle kits) and cut the sentiment using the Cuppa Joe file. These were adhered using foam squares and glue. This page was completed with a floral die from Paige Evans and a strip of the dotted paper to tie the spread together.

Next came the right side with my black and white photo. Here, I used more of the dotted paper from Paige Evans as a background. The photo is backed with patterned paper from Crate Paper and adhered with foam squares. Next, I used a journaling card that is cut in half - the top half is above the photo with the bottom half below.

The top of the photo is embellished with the gold "bliss" sentiment by Heidi Swapp and stickers from Webster's Pages and Shimelle.

The finished spread gives you an idea of just how much I love my morning coffee.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Quick Card with The Cut Shoppe

Hello! I don't know about you, but life just seems to be crazy right now - leaving very little time for creating. Today I'm sharing a cute card for boys that I put together in about 30 minutes - because that's all the time I had!

For this project, I used the Notebook Doodles cut file from The Cut Shoppe with the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection.


I seriously had a very small amount of time to create this card. As a teacher, this is a very busy time of year and I have little spare time. To begin, I cut the sentiment using white mixed media paper that I painted yellow with water colors.

I used two pieces of patterned paper, which I layered on top of one another and adhered to the white card base.

After adding the sentiment with foam squares, I placed a few embellishments above and below for added color and texture.

To complete the card, I used a few enamel dots from my stash in colors that match the embellishments and papers.

Thank you for visiting! Be sure to stop by The Cut Shoppe blog each day for more inspiration from the design team.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Love You, Girl with The Cut Shoppe

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a project of my daughter using the Happy Clouds cut file from The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store and my ginormous stash of Crate Paper collections.

To begin, I used the Happy Clouds cut file and isolated one of the images. Next, I took three of the same image, arranged them in a straight line, and welded them together.

Using the modified cut file, I cute five of the same design on different patterned papers to create a rainbow-like effect that matches the background paper. These were adhered using glue and the matted photo place on top with foam squares.

My next step was to add embellishments to the background in the same colors as the cuts to keep with the rainbow effect. The photo was placed in the white and pink parts of the paper since those are the main colors in the picture.

Finally, I added a bit of machine stitching as a border around the page as well as on the word embellishments for a bit of texture. The finished project is bright and fun. Best of all? It put a major dent in my stash!!

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to visit The Cut Shoppe for these and other cut files for all of your projects.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Not So Little Little Brother

Hello! Today I have a layout using the  Scrapbook Circle May embellishment add-on, This is Magic.

My kids have a tradition of sitting on the kitchen counter at my mom's house and having their pictures taken. This year at Easter when I was trying to get a good shot, they started wrestling around with one another (shocking, I know). It was during this time it became very apparent to my oldest that her little brother is now much stronger than she. I love everything about these pictures and had to get them documented.

To begin, I used Pink Paislee patterned papers as the base for the layout. Next, I backed each of the four photos with yellow patterned paper from Crate Paper.

I used my Silhouette to cut the title using white card stock and more yellow patterned paper from Crate Paper. With the title cut, I used the Pinkfresh Studio acetate alphas to spell "big" and glued them on top of the "little." I wanted it to be subtle so the alphas are perfect.

Next, I added a few of the Pinkfresh Studio and Bella Blvd. embellishments along with a wood arrow from Jillibean Soup to the layout.

Last, I added a bit of journaling and drew a thin black border around the edges.

Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to visit the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page for more inspiration from the design team.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Picture Perfect Prom

Hello friends and thank you for stopping by. Today I am sharing one of my final projects as a member of The Cut Shoppe creative team, which is hard to believe. For this layout of my son's prom, I used the Picture Perfect cut file - quite discreetly behind my photo - with a whole lot of mixed media.

I used a patterned paper from Heidi Swapp's Magnolia Jane collection as the base for the layout. To create the blue and white paint effect, I sprayed the paints onto plastic packaging and smushed it onto the patterned paper. Next, I added strips of washi tape in the area behind the photo. That was followed by a stencil and Vicki Boutin's silver glaze to create the dimensional dots.

Once the paint and glaze had dried, I used a Project Life roller stamp and Pinkfresh Studio stamps on the page.

My photo was next, which I backed with the Picture Perfect file using black card stock.

My final step was to add the title "Sweet & Lovely" more embellishments (all from Pinkfresh Studio), and a bit of machine stitching. I also used a few embellishments on the right side of the layout to even everything out.

Thank you so much for visiting today, and I hope you are inspired to create!