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2 cards featuring the July Laugh More add-on

Hey crafty friends!

Today, I’m sharing 2 cards that I made using the July Laugh More add-on.  I am a 6×6 paper pad addict, and I love me a good alpha sticker, so I had to jump on this month’s add-on!  I also used the Pinkfresh Studio rubber charms from the July Smile More kit.

For my first card, I started by cutting out the sentiment piece from one of the 6×6 Pinkfresh Studio papers.  I picked the flower charm that matched the colors of the sentiment.

I picked out the fun black and white paper from the 6×6 paper pad, and die cut it into a rectangle.  I selectively colored in some of the images with matching Copic marker colors.  I added a machine stitched border around the sentiment piece, and added some foam tape behind it.  I got some gold thread and added some to the back of the adhesive before I attached it to the card base.  I added some gold splatters and the adhered the rubber charm.  I cut out and folded a light pink card base.  To create more interest, I inked up the bottom of the card base with a similar toned distress ink to create an ombre look.  I then adhered the card piece with foam tape onto the card base.

For my second card, I started with the SHINE sentiment I wanted to create using the thickers.

I chose a pattern paper from the 6×6 pad and die cut a rectangle.  Next, I picked one of the washi sentiments from the Pinkfresh Studio washi stickers.  Then I added the thickers.  I wanted to add a rubber charm to this card as well, and I thought the rainbow and stars would be good with the sentiment.  I thought that the diamond shape looked like a kite, so I got a piece of thread and attached it to the back.  To make it look even more like a kite, I cut tiny little bows from a paper from the 6×6 pad and glued them onto the string.  (I used my craft tweezers.)  To finish off the card, I added some foam tape to the back and attached it to a light pink card base that I made.  (It’s the same cardstock I used in my first card.)

I already have in mind who I’m giving the first card to.  I have a friend battling breast cancer right now, and I want her to know how brave and strong she is.

That’s it for me today!  I hope you like my cards, and I hope you’re feeling crafty!


Perfect Day at the Zoo

Hey there Scrapbook Circle friends!  I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Today, I have my DT choice layout to share with you.  I am finally getting around to scrapbooking a trip to our favorite zoo a few years ago.  It feels so good to have the layout done and ready to put in our album.

I am using the July Smile More kit and the July Laugh More add-on.  To start, I die cut my photos and some of the Bella Blvd paper into diamonds.  (I cut out a big square in the middle of the pattern paper so I can use the outside as a frame for my layout.)  I arranged the diamonds on a piece of white cardstock that I trimmed a little.  I left some spots blank, and I hand stitched some diamonds as well to create visual interest and texture.  The layout is relatively easy to put together…it’s just the perfectionist in me that wanted all the diamonds to line up straight and evenly that took the most time.

I attached the cardstock to the Bella Blvd paper, and added machine stitching.  I typed up my journaling on the computer, then added them to the right side of the layout in strips.  I added the title using the thickers from this month’s add-on, and the blue Webster’s pages stickers from the May Here We Go add-on, and that cute “Perfect Day” bear sticker from Shimelle that was in the March Happy Place kit.  I’ve been saving that sticker for the perfect layout, and if it’s not perfect for a zoo layout, I don’t know what is!  To finish off my layout, I added a few embellishments and the rubber camera charm from Pinkfresh Studio.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout!  I hope you like my graphic minimalist style and layout!

Happy crafting!

a mini album & a Tech Tip!

Hello friends!  Today, I have a tech tip and a mini album to share with you.  For my tech tip, I thought I would give you a few tips for fussy cutting.  I like to fussy cut stamped images, and pieces from pattern paper, like florals or in this case, the cute Pink Paislee Paige Evans birds.  They are perfect to use as embellishments.

Here are some of my fussy cutting tips:

  1. 1. Make sure your scissors are sharp, and get a pair of small scissors as well.  I got a pair of embroidery scissors a few years ago, and it is perfect for getting into small spaces!  
  2. 2. Cut out the area around the object you want to cut for easier handling.  
  3. 3. Move the paper, not the scissors.  I’m right handed, so I hold the scissors in my right hand.  Besides closing and opening the blades, I keep my right hand still.  My left hand is holding the paper and moving the paper around the blades.  This tip is a little hard to show or explain, but I hope you understood what I was trying to say.
  4. 4. You can fussy cut your images right up to the “line” or image, or you can leave a little border.  If you decide to cut with a border, try to keep the border as even as possible around your image for a cleaner look.  
  5. 5. Try not to close the blades all the way.  I notice that when you close the blades all the way, it always tears the paper a tiny bit; when you’re cutting a really tiny image, it can be obvious.

Now, on to my mini album.  I take photos of my baby girl in a white onesie and a month sticker every month.  I thought it’d be fun to document that in a little mini album.  I only have up to month 7 so far, but I’ll add in the rest of the months when I’m done with the project at 12 months.  I think it’s so fun to see how much babies grow and change in their first year of life.  I cannot believe my baby girl is already 8 months old!

For my project, I used the July Smile More kit, and the July Laugh More add-on.  I cut up a few pattern papers into 3×4 pieces, and started embellishing with items from the kit.  I really love those Dear Lizzy roll tags.  Confession…I didn’t realize they were stickers, and just treated them as tags.  LOL!  That’s ok though, because I often like to have the tags hang off the side, or add stitching for a little dimension.  I loved the Pink Paislee Paige Evans bird pattern paper, and the pink floral paper by Crate Paper.  I also really love to repurpose the glassine bags, and incorporate them into my projects; I love the dimension and texture it adds.  Hopefully you can see a few of my fussy cut images in the mini!

By the way, this project would be perfect to use up some of your scraps and leftovers!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day!

Summer, a take 2 layout

Hey friends!  I’m here today with a take 2 layout using June’s Sunshine Days kit.

Spoiler alert…I was inspired by myself, LOL!  I tried a new-to-me technique last month, and I just love the way it turned out, so I wanted to recreate it.  I love how you can see all the ephemera, there’s really no layering…I love the stitching, and I love how graphic it all looks.

Here is the layout:

and here is my new layout:

To create my layout, I first added the strips of pattern paper along the top and bottom of my white cardstock.  Then, I just pushed around my photos and the Crate Paper ephemera, until things fit right.  I cut down some of the pieces to fit where I wanted them to go, and I made a few pieces myself.  I used a metal die for the pink star, a tab punch for the tab on the top left, and I made a tag for my journaling out of one of the pattern papers.  Once I liked the positioning of everything, I added a little bit of adhesive on the pieces, and sewed each piece down.  I adhered my photos with foam tape for a bit of pop, and I curled up the edges of the ephemera for added dimension.

The Crate Paper Oasis ephemera pack was absolutely perfect for this layout!  My daughter is such a ham!  The journaling says:  This girl here: just putting on a swimsuit fashion show in a Target fitting room!  Love her tons!!!”

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I inspired you to create (x2, LOL!).

Have Courage and Be Kind, a Tech Tip layout

Hello friends!

Today, I am on the blog with a layout using June’s Sunshine Days kit.

My youngest sister just graduated college, and of course I wanted to document it!

For my Tech Tip: repeat a shape to create visual interest.  It can be in a pattern or random, like the circles are in my layout.  You can use all sorts of shapes…I’ve used circles, squares, rectangles, diamonds, triangles, and hearts.  You can make your shapes all one size, or vary the sizes, like my layout.  If you vary your sizes though, try to have at least 3 different sizes.  Adhere your shapes to create depth.  In my layout, I glued some circles straight to the page, and I’ve attached other circles to the layout using foam tape to create interest.  Also notice that I have overlapped some of my circles.  I have hand cut shapes, I’ve used paper punches and metal dies, and now that I have a silhouette cameo, I use that as well.

To create my layout, first I cut the circle frames on my silhouette cameo.  I then backed those frames with photos and pattern paper from the Crate Paper Oasis collection.  I left one circle open.  I attached the cut file to a piece of white cardstock using foam tape to create dimension.  I attached the Elle’s Studio vellum circle (my title) to the white cardstock in the empty circle frame.  I punched out a few smaller sized circles and adhered them to my layout.  (The cork colored circles is from last month’s planner kit.)  I die cut the 2017 using some number dies in my stash.  I cut the numbers with white cardstock and the Crate Paper pattern paper.  I glued them on top of each other, with the pattern paper on top, creating my own chipboard numbers, which I talked about in this post.  I added my journaling that I typed on the computer.  Next, I trimmed a little of the white cardstock, and adhered it to the blue Crate Paper pattern paper, and added machine stitching.  To finish off my layout, I added some ink splatters.

That’s it for me!  Hope I’ve inspired to get your punches out and get crafty!

Pearl Earrings, DT choice

Hey guys!  I’m here today with a DT choice layout using the May Take Note kit!

We got my baby girl’s ears pierced recently, and I wanted to document this milestone.  We got her sisters’ ears pierced when they were 4 1/2 months old, and we wanted to do the same for baby girl.  She looks so sweet with her little pearl earrings!

I wanted to draw the eye directly to the photo, so I added lots of layers, and left the rest of the layout somewhat soft.  I cut down some pattern papers from the kit, and layered them under the photo.  I fussy cut those flowers from the Webster’s Pages pattern paper, and added them under and over the photo as well.  For the background behind the photo, I used a cut file and my silhouette to cut the circles/hearts from white cardstock.  I backed the hearts with the Paige Evans 08 paper, and added some hand stitching.  I wanted a subtle background, so I adhered the cut file on the soft pink watercolor patten paper from Heidi Swapp.  Then, I cut it down so it would cover 2/3 of the layout. I adhered my layered photo cluster, and added my title using the Pinkfresh Studio stickers from my April Our Story kit.

On the left 1/3 of the layout, I added my journaling, which I typed on the computer on white cardstock.  I also used the light aqua letters to spell out her name.  I framed and backed my layout with the Dear Lizzy pattern paper, and stitched everything down for added interest and texture.  To finish off my layout, I added some gold splatters, and a few tiny pearls that I had in my stash.

I hope you were inspired by my layout today, and I hope my baby’s picture made you smile!

Tech Tip: a little farm MOO-SIC

Hello friends!  I’m here today with a tech tip post!

I absolutely love alphabet stickers!  Along with pattern paper, it is one of my favorite scrapbook products to get!  I especially love getting a good white alpha, because it’s so easy to alter!  I used the Webster’s Pages It’s a New Day alpha stickers that’s included in May’s Take Note kit, and I colored the letters to match my layout.  I used a couple of Copic markers to create an ombre pink title.  (I loved the ombre pink look on the Pink Paislee Paige Evans page 8 paper.)  I colored them directly on the sticker sheet.  When I stuck them on wax paper, I decided I wanted to deepen the color, so I just colored the letters again.  I like putting my stickers on wax paper, so I can “try them out” on my layout without sticking them down.  It would be easy to color the alphas with any variety of mediums…ink from stamp pads, spray mists, color pencils, paint, etc.  The Copic markers worked fantastically, though, since they are alcohol based and dry quickly, so as not to warp the stickers.

This is the layout of my daughter’s 1st grade music performance.  The theme was farm “moo-sic,” and all the kiddos were so cute!  I absolutely love grid layouts, and since I got my silhouette cameo, I cut some rounded squares on a white piece of cardstock.  Then I backed each square with pattern paper and photos with foam tape.  I love the slight dimension!  (I used a few products from the March Happy Place kit.  The blue badger pattern paper, the pink hearts paper, and the “Show Time” tag were perfect for this layout and are from that kit.)

That’s it!  I hope I’ve inspired you to create and alter some of your own alpha stickers!  Have a wonderful day!

100 days of 1st grade, a be real post

Hello friends!

Today I’ve got a “be real” layout to share with you, created using the April Our Story kit.  In February, my daughter’s first grade celebrated 100 days of school by dressing up as if they were 100 years old.  I thought my little one looked so cute, and of course I took a ton of pics, both on my iPhone and my big camera.  I posted one to Instagram, and I knew I had to document this day.

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My daughter is not shy of the camera, lol!  I thought it was extra funny that she was hamming it up for the camera dressed as a grandma.  Love her personality!

When I saw the pink paper with circles by Crate Paper, I thought it would be perfect to embellish the circles.  First, I trimmed down the Crate Paper paper, and adhered it to a Maggie Holmes pattern paper.  I added some machine stitching around the edges.  I got my heart punch out, and started punching hearts from various pattern papers.  A few of the hearts are punched from Shimelle papers from the March Happy Place kit.  (This is a perfect way to use up some scraps!)  I adhered the hearts to the middle circles, careful to put glue only on the middle of the heart so I can flip up the tops of the heart to create depth.  I added stitching to a few of the hearts.  Then I added the photos with foam adhesive.  Next, I added the title and very basic journaling.  (I am loving the Pinkfresh Studio alpha stickers!)  I embellished 3 of the hearts with some Crate Paper heart face stickers (from the January True Love add-on), which is perfect for this layout.  I added some embellishments to the top right and bottom left of my layout; I fussy cut the word washi strips from the Maggie Holmes paper.  I added some stars from the Pinkfresh Studio alpha stickers and some Pinkfresh Studio mirrored heart stickers.

I love how this layout turned out.  It’s super fun and fits my daughter’s personality perfectly.  I hope I inspired you to scrap some photos from your camera roll!  Happy crafting!


Grow up layout, DT choice

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends!

Today, I’m here with my Design Team choice layout using the April Our Story kit.

My oldest daughter is growing up so fast.  Her 5th grade year is quickly coming to an end, and she will be starting middle school before I know it.  I wanted to document this using a quote by E. E. Cummings.  I used the exclusive printable this month to create a tag for hidden journaling.  I attached a small piece of ribbon to it, so you would know to pull.

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I cut out the quote big and bold using my Silhouette machine.  I attached it to the ombre Crate Paper pattern paper.  I had to glue all the inner pieces of the A, O, R, and Bs…tedious but worth it.  I added some machine stitching around the edges.  Next, I attached my photos to the layout.  I adhered the bigger photo with foam adhesive, making sure to leave a space for my hidden journal tag.  I added some stickers from the Pinkfresh Studio alpha stickers (love those sketchy stars).  I also fussy cut a couple word washi from the Maggie Holmes paper, and attached it to the bottom right of my layout.  To finish off my layout, I added some gold ink splatters.

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I absolutely love the look of this layout!  For once, I used a colored cardstock, instead of my typical white, and I love it!  I also love the bold quote, and it suits this layout perfectly.

I hope I have inspired you to get crafty!

Sisters, a take 2 post

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends!

Today, I have a take 2 post featuring the April Our Story kit.  This month, I was inspired by Neela.  I am a big fan of white space, and minimalistic scrapbooking, so I was immediately drawn to her layout.  I love using white cardstock, and a colorful border as well, so I loved her layout.

Here is her layout:

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Here is mine:

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I did another 8.5 x 11 in layout for my girl’s baby album.  I love this photo of the older girls adoring their baby sister.

To create my layout, I cut down the feather patterned paper to 8×5 x 11 inches.  I added a trimmed down piece of white cardstock on top, then stitched along the edges.  Next, I layered some pattern paper behind my photo creating a layered mat, and adhered it to the bottom right of my layout with foam adhesive.  I added my title with the Pinkfresh Studio alpha stickers, and added some very basic journaling.  To finish off my layout, I embellished with stickers (The banner and word stickers are Shimelle from the March Happy Place kit) and gold splatters.

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I love how this layout turned out!  I encourage you to embrace negative space as well!  Happy crafting friends!