Friday, October 21, 2016

Autumn Splender - JustNick Studios and Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

All week JustNick and Simple Stories designers have been showcasing the awesome JustNick Studio digital cut files with the beautiful Simple Stories Hello Fall collection. My layout uses two of the new cut files for autumn; Fall Y'all, and Leaf Cluster. I love how well these two cut files coordinate with each other. I cut both of them from a Simple Stories dark wood grain paper, then I filled the negative space behind the leaves with  different pattern papers from the Hello Fall collection. With the gorgeous leaf cluster, my layout doesn't need a lot of other embellishments

Here are some close-up detail pictures. I just love how adorable this fox is. He is a chipboard sticker from the Hello Fall collection.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dream Come True & Girl's Night - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

All this week Simple Stories is teaming up with JustNick Studios. Today, I am using some of the JustNick digital cut files with the gorgeous Posh collection. Posh is so pretty with it's gold accents. It definitely has a classy feminine feel to it ... Posh is the perfect description for it. I decided to scrap some girly layouts with it. This first one is of my daughter at her Veterinary School white coat ceremony.

I used the Broken Heart digital cut file from JustNick Studios for the big heart behind my photo and pieced different solid colored pattern papers behind it. To create some texture, I stitched around my heart with a gold metallic thread.

The Broken Heart cut file is similar to the hearts you will find in the Posh collection. Like this sticker heart I place near my journaling.

There is a lot of gold mixed in the bits & pieces die cuts, stickers and chipboard and it really gives this collection a classy look. I used some of the clear stickers over my photo. "You Can Do Anything" was perfect! I couldn't resist using these adorable blue birds in my embellishment clusters along with some of the flower bits and pieces die cuts. 

I love these tabs from the Bits & Pieces die cuts and they work so well with the phrase stickers.

The chipboard "dream" makes a dreamy title indeed and I combined it with some of the alpha stickers.

If you are interested, I made a process video for Dream Come True and you can watch it on my Youtube channel here ...


My second layout is a two-pager. I recently went to a paint night with my daughter, sister, and nieces. My first paint night ever! We had so much fun. I wanted to use lots of my photos to document the night. Who knew I could paint?

I used the JustNick Studios Infinity Hearts digital cut file to create those circles with hearts and the scallops under the photos are another digital cut file; Simple Scallop Strips.

To create my title, I used the JustNick Studios Simple  Set Alphabet and once again combined it with the alpha stickers from the Posh collection. I layered some heart chipboard stickers and some flower die cuts to help draw attention to the title.

Yes, I used more of those adorable blue birds here too... who could resist! 

The Posh collection has some beautiful washi tape and I used a couple different ones on my layout. This one might be my favorite washi tape...

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to check back all week for more Simple Stories and JustNick Studios inspiration.

Supplies Used:

JustNick Cut Files:

Have a great week!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Beach Closed - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This month Cocoa Vanilla Studios is sponsoring an awesome sketch blog; Creative Scrappers. Kristine Davidson does an amazing job creating the sketches. Here is the October sketch she sent us.


All the Cocoa Vanilla Studios designers played along creating a layout using a different collection. I used the fabulous Hello Sunshine collection. I love the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Hello Sunshine collection for scrapping photos from a winter getaway my husband and I took to Hawaii. February is the raining season in Hawaii, and it rained almost every day we were there. Beaches were closed because the surf was unbelievably rough too. That didn't stop us from checking out the sites. When you are from Minnesota where February temps are way below freezing, it was a joy to be warm again ... even if we were wet. Beach photos are especially suited to this collection. The color palette compliments the sand and the waves so well. In my layout I wanted to emphasize that rough surf. I did this by cutting my photo into 4 parts and staggering them so it would appear the surf was higher. Here is my layout ...


I clustered some clouds to the right of my photo ... perfect to convey the rainy day with a few peeks of sunshine. Layers of die cut ephemera are mixed with woodies, fancy buttons, and enamel shapes.


I love the wood veneer pieces ... this bicycle is amazing!


I balanced out the left side of my layout with this anchor flair button along with more woodies and enamel shapes. I cut my Beach title from 2 different pattern papers using my Silhouette and then layered them ... adding the 'closed' using alpha stickers from Hello Lovely.



Thanks so much for stopping by. Check out the Creative Scrappers blog to see what the other Cocoa Vanilla Studios designers have created using the sketch. You can play along and link up a layout too. Have a great week!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

May You Follow - JustNick Studios and Pretty Little Studios

Hello blogging friends!

For the next 2 weeks the JustNick Studio designers are teaming up with Pretty Little Studios to bring you such fabulous inspiration.

Today I am sharing what I created with the beautiful Pretty Little Studio Woodland collection. Using the Rustic Leaf Frame digital cut file, I created a window card. My sentiment is stamped inside the card, but you can see it through the dandelion transparency sheet. This frame was so perfect to use with these pretty outdoorsy papers.

Aren't these butterflies awesome! Here is a detail look at the Rustic Leaf Frame.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Stop by the JustNick Studios blog all week for more inspiration with Pretty Little Studios and a chance to win a fabulous gift card.


Monday, October 3, 2016

YAY! - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a fun birthday layout using the pretty Cocoa Vanilla Studios Make A Wish collection. I love all the different pattern papers in this collection and wanted to showcase them all on a layout. I decided to cut out numbers on my background paper and back each opening with a different pattern paper. Here is how my layout turned out ...


I placed my photo in a chipboard sticker frame and decided to also use the chipboard YAY for my title. I embellished with those sparkling enamel dots that are so pretty and some die-cut ephemera pieces.


I love using the fabulous puffy stickers to add some dimension and those phrase stickers are so fun!


I wanted to emphasize the 6 on my layout because this little darling is 6 years old now, so I hand stitched around my 6's. More embellishments here add to the festive feel, like that fun Hip Hip Hooray wood veneer, flair, and vellum accents.


 Banners and celebrations seem to go hand in hand. So I created a banner with a variety of chipboard, puffy stickers and die cut ephemera pieces.


This layout oozes happiness. I love the color combo here, so rich and vibrant.


Thanks for stopping by today. Make A Wish is available now in the Cocoa Vanilla Studios store and while I used it for a birthday layout, it totally works for other festive occasions as well.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Smile - Clique Kits

Hello everyone! It time for the September Clique Kits blog share!!

And here is the line-up! If you just happened upon my blog, be sure to go back and start at the Clique Kits blog for a chance to win a gorgeous September Kit for yourself.

Clique Kits
Gia Lau
Erica Thompson
Nicole Martel
*Marcia Dehn-Nix
*Melissa Vining
*Donna Espiritu
*Leigh Ann Odynski
Sandy Gonzalez
*Elisabetta Margini
*Aliza Deutsch
Sara Mishler

Oh ...and that September Kit was AMAZING!!! Here it is again....

I fell in love with the Kaisercraft Boho Dreams collection. And what photographer wouldn't pick out the Feathers paper as a favorite with that adorable girl holding a camera? Not this girl. I really needed 2 pieces of that paper so I could use the feathers side too. 

So here is my last layout for Clique Kits ... yes, after 2 years, my term has come to an end. I am looking forward to doing more traveling and getting some house remodeling done in my spare time. Oh, I will still be designing scrapbook layouts and creating other papercrafts, so follow me if you want to keep up with what I am doing. I am really going to miss my fellow Clique designers and of course Gia, Erica, and Lacey. They are all super amazing, inspiring women.

 This is my daughter ... I was originally going to use a selfie of myself, but she is so much cuter, lol.

See she is cuter ... This is me.

I wanted to play up the camera theme so I used a polaroid frame from JustNick Studios. You can also see a filmstrip layered underneath the pattern paper. The camera flair is from A Flair For Buttons. I love the Pretty Little Studios butterflies and tabs that were included in the kit. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your next stop is the amazing Melissa Vining


Monday, September 26, 2016

Autumn Beauty - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with an Autumn layout using some of the newest JustNick digital cut files. There are so many fabulous files to choose from for your Fall photos. I absolutely adore all the new circle frames. Today I am using the Autumn Ring , Leaves, and Leaf It To Me. They were perfect to showcase this senior photo of my niece. I used the gorgeous new Simple Stories Hello Fall collection.

I went a little crazy with the mixed media on this one, lol. I wanted to extend the colors from the photo onto the layout, mixing in some paper leaves around that beautiful frame. I picked up these awesome flair buttons from the A Flair For Buttons Etsy shop last year and didn't get a chance to use them all. Here are some close-ups...

Here are those cut files I used ...

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to check out all the awesome new cut files in the JustNick Studio store.