Thursday, July 28, 2016

{Love Her} Scrapping Our Stash July Blog Hop

Hello everyone!  It's the end of July (already?!) which means it's time to scrap some of our stash and showcase in a blog hop.  You may have arrived from Audrey's blog - she always has lovely projects, doesn't she?  If you don't follow her blog, you should. :)  

This month I dipped back into my BasicGrey stash.  I just ADORE the Vivienne collection - those colors rock!  Here is my layout:

I can't really describe to you how much fun I had with this layout (a TON!!) - but I loved seeing these photos of my daughter from around nine years ago.  #ReminiscingIsFun.  Plus, isn't the Delicate Florals cut file from Just Nick awesome??  I cut the file out of CTMH Chocolate cardstock and backed it with the BasicGrey patterned paper that I also cut out with my Cameo using different patterns for different pieces.

Here's a close up so you can see the "grass" I sewed as well as my journaling and a few sticker, enamel, and gem embellishments.  I made a garden!  And this one will stay colorful and green (I do NOT have a green thumb in real life, y'all).

I dripped a few spatters of inks on the layout as well.

I created my photo by grabbing the four I wanted, organizing them in PicStitch (I put 3 in a vertical column and one square one on the right which I trimmed off to save for another time).  

For the title, I used an alpha cut file from Scrapbook & Cards Today for the "Love" (cut in two different colors to create a shadow, and then sewed through the middle.  Then I created "her" using my own handwriting!  I'll share a tip on how to do that below the pic.

Scrappy tip:  To cut a word using your own handwriting
  1. Write your word using a Sharpie or other marker in the width of your choice.
  2. Take a photo of your word and copy it to your computer
  3. In Silhouette Studio, open the .jpeg of your word
  4. Use the "trace" feature to trace the cutting edge around your word.
  5. Cut!
Here is what my pic looked like - I liked the one on the bottom best:

That's it!  Simple right?  I loved this because I wanted the word "her" in a scripty font so it would contrast the chunky alpha above it, but I couldn't find one that suited my needs.

I hope you have enjoyed the hop so far!  Your next stop is Alison.  

Have a great weekend!  Love and chocolate,

Materials used:

12x12 and 6x6 Paper, Ephemera, Stickers - BasicGrey Vivienne collection
Cut files - SCT, Just Nick, my own word
Mists - Heidi Swapp (Patina, Salmon, Bronzer)
Enamel Dots - BasicGrey
Sequins - Pretty Pink Posh (Tangerine)
Droplets - Queen & Co (Orange)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Miss You Everyday -- Creative Scrappers Sketch 296

Happy holiday Friday everyone!  It's Canada Day today for friends in the north, and Monday is Independence Day holiday in the US.  And what better way to celebrate the start of July than with a new sketch from Creative Scrappers with a cut file from Just Nick?  Here's my layout for sketch 296 of my sweet dad. When I saw the Simple Stories Heart collection, I knew I had to have it.  We lost my dad just before Christmas in 2011, and I think the colors and sentiments are just perfect for remembering him.

How cool is the Chopsticks cut file from Just Nick?  You can get it for free by visiting the Creative Scrappers page.  Often times, I'm creating things in my head before I ever get to my craft room. In the shower, driving, eating...all good places to plan creative projects.  :)  I thought of a few different ways I could use the cut file, but finally decided on doing a couple of shaker strips.  

The first step was to layout out the chopsticks in Silhouette Studio where I wanted them and then cutting it out from white textured cardstock on my Cameo.  I also trimmed some strips of different papers from the Heart collection to back the cuts, but I left two open for the shaker strips.

And how fun to finally use my We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool!  I started with two strips from a page protector.  The first one already had a seam since it was the edge, and then I used the Fuse tool to create seams on the 2 sides and then three sides for the 2nd strip, leaving one side open for my confetti.  I used my old Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page confetti hearts punch to make some hearts and added star sequins, regular sequins, and other little goodies.   I fused the last side for each shaker strip and then tucked it under the white cardstock.  

I love the gold in the collection and added some gold star sequins in the shaker strips as well as gold thread to stitch with.  And those stickers in the collection just are perfect.

I added a few of the confetti hearts around on the page as well!

For the title, I used the alpha stickers and the "everyday" Simple Stories cut file from the Silhouette store.  I cut "everyday" several times and glued them together to create my own "chipboard" word, and then I sewed to underscore the word.  I popped another little heart confetti in the dot of the "i".  

I usually make a point to journal on my pages. For this page, I tucked some private journaling behind the photo of my dad, and sewed a sticker tag to create a pull.

Here is sketch 296 - come play along with us this month for a chance to win $25 to the Just Nick shop!  Link up your design during the month of July.

Don't forget to check out the other Design Team members' layouts for more inspiration.

Have a super holiday weekend!!