Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Adore - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some more layouts featuring the awesome JustNick Studios digital cut files and the pretty Simple Stories Love & Adore collection. Have you ever created a layout using a digital cut file and looked at the pieces remaining on your cutting mat and say to yourself, "That is too pretty to throw away!". I did that this past week with the Blocked Hearts Background cut file. I just couldn't throw away the scraps, so I decided to make another layout, very similar to the first.

This cut file is unique in that it has this big X that dissects the cut file. I wanted to play up that X by placing pattern paper behind only a portion of the cut file so that the heart pattern really popped and yet still maintain some white space. The subtle white on white heart pattern is beautiful, but the pink paper behind the heart cut outs takes your breath away. Here is my first layout using the positive pieces of the cut file, that you may remember from last week...

My second layout is very similar, but uses the negative pieces of the same cut file. It's a bit more gluing, but well worth it. Here is a tip; It helps to leave the negative pieces on your cutting mat so you know where each piece goes...

My parents are adorable! 55 years of marriage and still going strong. On both layouts, I used washi tape to emphasize the X in the cut file. It is the perfect width for washi tape!!

I also used the Love Actually digital cut file for the "Love" and "XOXO" text

Here are a few more detailed shots...

These are the cut files I used today ...

So, next time you use a cut file, take another look at the pieces remaining on your cutting mat. Just maybe, they will convince you too that they are worthy of being scrapped and not end up in your waste basket.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Love & Adore - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am sharing some fabulous Simple Stories Love & Adore layouts with you today. For this first one, featuring a photo of my niece and her boyfriend, I really wanted to play up the hearts. This awesome cut file is from JustNick Studios. I loved that it had this big "X" in the middle. I thought it was perfect to showcase the Love & Adore washi tape. This heart washi tape is a new favorite of mine. To make the hearts pop even more, I backed portions of the cut file with the beautiful ombre pink pattern paper from the collection.

Here is a closer look at that heart washi tape.

That beautiful chipboard sticker banner anchors my photo. I added a pop of yellow with a chipboard sticker heart and enamel dots.

The chipboard sticker "XOXO" makes a great title layered over some bits and pieces die cuts. You can also see some of those cute phrase stickers here.

I love how this layout came together so easily.

For my second layout, I wanted to scrap this awesome selfie my daughter took where she is giving her dog a smooch. Take a look ...

I concentrated most of my embellishments near the photo. The paper is so beautiful by itself  I did not want to cover it up too much, To frame my photo I used a fun new cut file from JustNick Studios called Ring Around My Heart.

There are lots of gorgeous layers of eye candy here. Check out those phrase stickers I used again on this layout.

I used the chipboard word "Sweet" for my title and the "I Love Your Face" bits and pieces die cut for my subtitle. Perfect! Just look at that dog's face ... lol.

In the upper left is another cluster of embellishments. I love tucking the round stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets underneath so the text at the top peeks out. The sticker I used here says "KISS".

Here is the process video for Sweet, I Love Your Face.

If you are interested ... here are the JustNick Studio cut files I used.

 Ring Around My Heart

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Stock up on the Love & Adore collection for scrapping the photos of those you love.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pupcake Love - Stash Bash YouTube Challenge

Hello blogging friends!

I am embarking on something new ... in addition to blogging, I am going to be doing a lot more YouTube videos. A group of scrappy friends and I will be posting a series of Stash Bash videos. Each month we will concentrate on using one element we all have in our stash ... This first month we are focusing on stickers. Since it is a Stash Bash, I dug out an older BoBunny collection called Happy Tails because I wanted to scrap these photos of my dog Satchel ... and this collection has so many stickers; border stickers, alpha stickers, chipboard stickers, layered stickers ...   Here is the layout I came up with.

I love how this embellishment cluster turned out. That layered chipboard sticker over the dog house <3 <3 <3

I used a lot of these Studio Calico phrase sticker too from the Baxter collection along with some Bella Blvd yellow enamel shapes.

Alpha stickers combined with bright yellow rain slicker thickers make up my title.

Did you notice the dog, and paw print washi tape? I picked it up at the Scrapbook Expo last summer and just now had a chance to use it.

If you are interested in seeing the process video for this layout here it is ...

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I challenge you to dig out your stickers too and create something fun with them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Hello blogging friends!

I am here today with another winter layout. This time I used with the amazing JustNick Studio Nordic Background 2 digital cut file. I just love the warm, comfy feel of that Nordic pattern with my winter photos. It's very... hygge (Yes, I learned a new word!)  In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Take a look at my layout and you will see what I mean. I used the beautiful Simple Stories Winter Wonderland collection.

I wanted this layout to coordinate with another layout I did at the end of December using the Nordic Background cut file, but yet I wanted it to be slightly different. The Nordic pattern of this cut file is divided into 2 triangles. I decided to arrange these at the top and bottom of my layout and create some white space on the right side. Using pennant flags reinforced the triangle pattern.  Here are some close-ups...

I love adding some machine stitching over this Nordic pattern for texture.

Here is the background cut file I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Stay warm and cozy ( Hygge ) !

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Giveaway Winner!

Happy 2017 everyone!

The winner of my Top 10 of 2016 giveaway ( a Cocoa Vanilla Studios Love Always collection) is .....

Krystal Bargas

Congrats Krystal!! Please send me you mailing address to


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Birdman - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back sharing some more awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studios  Endless Summer inspiration. This beautiful collection works just as well for Winter getaways. In fact, I wish I was somewhere warm right now...  -25°C this morning here in Minnesota! With phrases like "Aloha Sunshine", I knew this collection would be perfect for scrapping some Hawaii pictures. I had some unscrapped photos of my husband feeding some pigeons when we vacationed on Waikiki Beach last winter. He was snacking on some trail mix on our hotel balcony (12 stories up!) when a pigeon happened upon him. Pretty soon there were flocks of pigeons everywhere!! Almost like an Alfred Hitchcock "The Bird" scene. I managed to snap these photos before we were swarmed.


I challenged myself to create a vertical title and go big. I love how this title turned out. You can see various pattern papers behind the woodgrain outlined alphas from JustNick Studios. With the title "Birdman" of course I had to add some flamingos! I love this Wood Veneer flamingo!! You can see one of the Woodies here too in this close-up.


The cut apart journal cards work well to hold some journaling. I added several Die Cut Ephemera pieces, Stickers, a Flair Button, more Woodies, some Enamel Shapes, and Wood Veneer all in this embellishment cluster. It's swoon worthy!


I couldn't resist pulling out the Puffy Stickers as well. You can see a pennant flag here among some clouds and an Aloha Sunshine ephemera piece. With a vertical title, I thought it would be fun to add some feathers to my background using another JustNick Studios cut file. Machine stitching adds interest and texture.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great week. Stay warm if you are freezing like me.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Let the Sparks Fly - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week designers at JustNick Studios were challenged to concentrating on those word cut files. I thought it would be fun to scrap some New Year's Eve photos and use the New Year Words cut file. When combined with the Confetti Background cut file, you have a recipe for a fabulous New Year's Eve party layout!!

Here is a close up of that awesome Confetti Background cut file.

I love the ready made titles in the New Year Words cut file. "Let The Sparks Fly" was perfect for this photo.

Here are the cut files I use today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top 10 of 2016! and a Giveaway!!

Hello blogging friends!

Today some scrappy friends and I are participating in a blog hop to share our favorite projects from the past year. Here is the list of participants in case you want to start at the beginning. Many are also doing giveaways including me! In addition to this blog hop, there is an instagram hop, and a YouTube hop. So pick your social media app of choice and be inspired.

Blog Hop 2016 List

I had a blast designing for Clique Kits, Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Simple Stories, and JustNick Studios this past year. My love for these scrapbook manufactures, kit club, and digital cut file shop are reflected in my favorite layouts this year. New this year, you will see some hand stitching on some layouts and I think every one of these favorites used a cut file! My Silhouette sure got a work out this year!

It was so hard to narrow my favorites down to 10 .... but here goes...

1.   Inspired by Bernie Sanders commercials, I created this first layout with scraps from my May Clique Kit featuring Basic Grey's Urban Luxe and Fancy Pants Designs Atwell collections. That gorgeous Bits and Pieces Heart Background digital cut file is from JustNick Studios.

2.  I created this gorgeous layout as a housewarming gift for a friend using the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Love Always collection. The digital cut files on this layout are also from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. I did some hand stitching around the heart on this one.

3.  This next layout was created using the October sketch from Creative Scrappers when Cocoa Vanilla Studios was their sponsor. This is the Hello Sunshine collection which coordinated perfectly with my beach photo from our Kauai vacation last winter. I used the Summer Words digital cut file from JustNick Studios for my title.

4.  My little grand nephew is the sweetest, cutest kid ever! I love these photos of him playing with a bubble gun this past summer. A mixture of various Cocoa Vanilla Studios collections were used on this one; Life is Beautiful, Totally Rad, and Made of Awesome as well as the fabulous Retro 50's digital cut file from JustNick Studios. I wanted a lot of circle elements on this layout to go with the bubbles theme. It just screams FUN!

5.  The Reset Girl collection from Simple Stories was one of my favorite collections this year. It was created for the planner obsessed, but I found it worked well for documenting my oldest daughter's struggles this year with it's reset your life theme. Two years ago, I scrapped a layout with a selfie she took on the way to her wedding; "Last Selfie Before I Take Myself Off the Market!". I thought it was appropriate to do another layout with a "Back On the Market" selfie she posted as she is going through a divorce. To say the past year has been horrible for her would be an understatement. It is heart wrenching as a Mom to watch your little girl hurting. But slowly she is starting to bloom again :). 2017 is going to be an awesome year for her! I used the Leaf Circle Doily from JustNick Studios to help frame my photo.

6.  Next up is a Simple Stories layout created with the Hero Simple Set and the Bits and Pieces Star Background digital cut file from JustNick Studios. It's rare for me to have a good photo of my husband to scrap. He hates having his picture taken. Here he was attending a police officer's funeral as part of the MSP Airport PD honor guard. 

7.  My nephew is featured again in this next layout. This one was created with the awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studios Totally Rad collection and the August 2015 free cut file from Scrapbook and Cards Today designed by Nicole Nowosad.

8.  I got messy with my Faber Castell gelatos for this next layout I created with the Simple Stories Hello Fall collection. I used a variety of JustNick Studios cut files here; Autumn Ring, Leaves, and Leaf It To Me. I wanted the gorgeous Fall colors in this photo of my niece to extend onto my background. There is a process video to go along with this layout here.

9.  Fall is my favorite season, so it's not surprising that I have another Simple Stories Hello Fall layout in my top 10.  The cute little fox is adorable, but it's that Leaf Cluster digital cut file from JustNick Studios that steals the show. I also used the Fall Y'All cut file for my title.

10.  I am ending with my most recent layout created using the Simple Stories Winter Wonderland collection and the Nordic Background cut file from JustNick Studios. This paper collection and digital cut file go together like Winter and a Sweater! You can catch the process video for this one here.

Since Cocoa Vanilla Studios is hard to come by here in the States, I thought I would send my lucky winner the Love Always collection. To be eligible, follow me and leave a comment letting me know which of my layouts was your favorite. I will ship international. Winner will be announced on January 7th. Good luck!

My scrappy goal for 2017 is to do more YouTube process videos. I would love to have you subscribe to my channel so you don't miss out. Here is a link to my YouTube version of my Top 10 of 2016. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope 2017 brings you everything you hope for.

Next up is the awesome Heather Leopard.