Friday, September 15, 2017

Follow your dreams - DT layout for Just Nick

Hey there friends,

I'm back with you today sharing my newest layout I created with some awesome Just Nick cut files!

We are showcasing words/sentiments cut files this week and I picked the Dream Big cut file for this.  


Here's how my layout turned out:


I blew up the cut file and also stretched it because I wanted to have taller letters and cut it out from white card stock. 

I picked one of the last Fancy Pants collections for this layout, Dream Big, which fits my title and my theme. The background paper is a very old Theresa Collins paper I believe. I love grid papers for backgrounds! They are subtle but still not just plain card stock.


As usual, I backed the letters with different patterned papers. This is actually one of the reasons I love cut files, one can showcase many colors and patterns without them being too busy or overpowering. I then added foam adhesive to all the letters and tucked my photo in at the bottom of the cut file.


About the photo I chose...We visited the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, because my son is crazy about animals. He loves sea creatures especially. He always wanted to work with animals when he grows up, his latest dream is to be a marine biologist. I just wrote about how I'm sure this is going to change a million times and of course that is OK, he has plenty of time to decide! I adore how much he knows about every single animal! I honestly have no idea how he keeps all that information in his head. Kids' brains are fantastic! They just remember absolutely everything. Well other than how to clean up their rooms of course :D.

I typed up my journaling and cut it into strips, adding them in the spaces on both sides of the photo. I normally just write my journaling with a pen but I thought this would stand out more.


To embellish my layout I chose a few items from the same collection, die cuts, puffy and cork stickers and a clip. I added foam adhesive to some of them to create a bit of depth. 

I wanted to add a bit more red to the layout (red, my least favorite color no less!) so I tore off a strip from one of the patterned papers and adhered it to the bottom.


To finish off my layout I added a few navy blue ink splatters.

I hope you like this layout and are inspired to document your children's dreams!
Thank you for stopping by today!
Till next time,

X


Monday, September 11, 2017

My favorite - DT layout for Fancy Pants Designs

Hey there friends,
 
I'm popping in today with a new layout I created for Fancy Pants! I haven't worked with the awesome Family&Co collection yet (which by the way is on sale now at Make a pretty life), so I thought it was about time I do! I love the colors in this line!
 
 
I've wanted to use the Lotus lace background cut file from Just Nick in like forever, and I was determined to make it work even though it has nothing to do with my photo. But actually more often than not I use random cut files.
 
I cut it from white cardstock as usual and backed all flowers the same way, with the same 5 papers. I arranged these papers in a rainbow kind of order, from light to dark, if that makes sense.

 
I then adhered the cut file to my background, for which I chose this stunning light blue paper. To bring out the turquoise in the petals more, I added a strip of the same paper to the left side of my page. I used this as a mat for my big title.
 
 
I layered two tags and some tissue paper behind my photo. I added a couple of puffy stickers, labels and die cuts on and around my photo. I wanted to keep embellishing to a minimum since the background is busy enough already. There's so many amazing embellies in this collection again, it was hard to choose only a couple!


I stamped the date and wrote the location on a die cut. I didn't add journaling because this picture is a part of a photo series and I would write the same thing on all of them!


I hope you like this layout!
Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

X


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Keep it Real - DT layout for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hi there,

I'm back with a new layout I created for the Paige Evans + Silhouette DT. 


I chose the Flower Background cut file for this. I also used a heart from Hearts in Heart.

I like to manipulate cut files so that I can use them different ways. I made a video showing how I created this particular file. I'm sure there's easier ways to do this, but I'm no pro by any means and this is how I know how to do it. I hope it helps. 


I cut my file from textured white card stock, then backed the flowers with different patterned papers. I chose as many as I had flowers then went from white(ish) through pinks, yellows, mints and blues, if that makes sense. Then I added foam adhesive to the heart so that it pops off the page.


I also cut some flowers in a smaller size and did not back these. I just wanted to add a few on top of the background flowers to create some dimension and an airy feel.

I went through my huge stash of enamel dots and matched them to my papers. I added one to each flower to create centers.


Then I searched for a ready made title because whatever title I came up with related to my photo just didn't look right. I do prefer creating my own titles but since I prefer short, one word titles, it gets boring pretty fast :). I found this white foam phrase in the Take Me Away collection that said Keepin' it Real. Eventually I had to shorten it because I had no space. I love the shiny pearl finish on these phrases!


I often add a strip of paper somewhere along the edges, bottom, top or side. I just like a pop of color or some contrast to the rest of the layout. I actually wanted to go with the grey patterned paper from the Turn the Page collection for background but to my horror I did not have any left. So I had to resort to a light grey card stock and this didn't give me the pattern mix I always go for. Hence the paper scraps at the bottom.


To finish off my layout I added a little tab with my date, tucked a tag behind my photo and wrote up my journaling. That's all folks! :)

I hope you like my layout and are inspired to get crafty!
Thanks for stopping by!
X

Zsoka

SUPPLIES: Turn the Page collection: various papers from the 2x2 and 6x6 pads and also different 12x12 papers; journaling spots. Take me Away collection: Foam phrases





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Guesting for Pink Paislee - yay for second chances!

Hi there,

If you've been following me for awhile, you might remember that in February 2016 I was guesting for Pink Paislee with the beautiful C'est La Vie collection. Back then I wasn't using very feminine collections to scrap my kiddo's pictures so I used my best friend's twins photos for all these projects. However I had to blur out their faces for reasons I don't want to discuss. The night before my post was going up I was informed that the layouts cannot be posted with blurred faces. I was devastated but my best friend was more important. 

So I am now eternally grateful to have been given a second chance! Here's to hope that my Instagram battle will not interfere...

I worked with Paige's gorgeous new collection, Turn the Page and created 3 layouts, a mini album and a card. Here they are:




I've created this page in memory of my beloved grandparents, who I spent a lot of time with as a child and were very important to me. They had this photo above their bed in a big size and it was always my favorite! Luckily my aunt had it in a smaller size and took a photo of it for me. I edited it a little and it didn't turn out as bad as I thought it would, considering that it's over 70 years old! 
I chose butterflies to symbolize they are in heaven. I used two different techniques to create my butterflies, die cutting and fussy cutting.




I love scrapping my kiddo's baby photos, he was so adorable! These pages make me smile! Again, I used a cut file as well as fussy cut stars from both a 12x12 and a 6x6 paper to have a variety of sizes and shapes and did a bit of hand stitching to add definition and texture to the big star with the photo.




This one chronicles a happy memory in Sicily - my son just learnt to jump off pavements and was so proud of himself! I did what I always do: I used a cut file, backed it with different papers from the cute 2x2 pad and to frame my photo I added lots of die cut flowers and other embellies in several layers.








Recently a dear Scrapbook Werkstatt Design Team pal of mine, Birgit Krasenbrink created two awesome minis with a pop up insert and a tutorial to go with them (it's in German but it is pretty self explanatory, so be sure to check it out!) and I wanted to try to create one too! I documented my kiddo's summer camp memories in this mini - the photos are bad quality but I was happy that I had a friend at camp who sent me photos to allow me to take a peak into my kid's fun-filled days! I used my favorite techniques, die cutting, stitching and layering!




Usually I create more complex cards than this one, but I felt this didn't need more...I used a metal die to create the scalloped edge, then adhered a piece of pretty floral paper on the base together with my sentiment, for which I used one of the 2x2 papers. To finish it off I added a piece of the stunning lace ribbon and layered some fussy cut butterflies over it.

Thank you so much Paige and Pink Paislee for this wonderful opportunity! I loved working with these products!

I hope you guys like my projects!
Happy crafting,

X


Sunday, September 3, 2017

That Face - #moodboardgirls

Hey there scrappy friends,

I cant believe another month already passed by!
We are back today with a new mood board and lots of inspiration!

Our stunning September mood board was created by the super talented Ulli. Aren't these colors just gorgeous?


Photo Sources: Door * Stairs * Balloons * Neon lights * Sunset with Ferris wheel * Paintbrush * Stone * Volkswagen * Charm

As soon as I saw it, it reminded me of the first ever scrapbook collection I purchased: Grand Bazaar from Kelly Purkey for Basic Grey. I love this collection to this day and I actually bought more of it last year when I found it hidden in some online store!

What I love most about these mood board layouts is that I can go through my stash (or at least a part of it, ha!)  and use up things I've been hoarding for a long time!

I chose loads of patterned papers in the colors of the mood board from different manufacturers: Basic Grey, Fancy Pants, Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye - just to name a few.


Then I busted out my Cuttlebug and started die cutting all those leaves! This took a while, I'll admit :). Once I thought I had enough, I played around a little with the arrangement. I decided for a wreath. I added some machine stitching to some of the leaves for texture.  Then I started layering and gluing them down in a circle.




I used some foam adhesive behind my photo and adhered it in the middle. Then all I had to do was embellishing. I pulled out lots and lots of embellies, I was so surprised how many I found! I arranged them in a tone on tone way. As a last step I added many many enamel dots! Those things are just my favorite embellishment, can't help it!



Since I wanted to try a few new dies I bought, I created some cards too! I just love love love these colors!





I hope you find something here today to inspire you to create!

Here's our line up this month:
Check out all these amazing Ladies too!

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

X

Zsoka

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team - wooohooo

Hey guys,

One can tell I have no Instagram account, I have too much time on my hands! Well, the whole story managed to ruin a perfectly happy day yesterday and left me without any mojo - so blogpost it is :D.

If you follow me on Instagram (or Paige), you probably saw that she is now designing cut files which you can get your hands on in the Silhouette Design Store. 

I'm so honored and excited to have been invited to her Design Team! You know that I'm obsessed with cut files, I love Paige's collections, so I feel like this is a great fit for me!


We all created a layout for yesterday, here's mine. I used the Half Flower cut file and Paige's wonderful new collection, Turn the Page.



I cut out the file from white textured card stock, 2 bigger and 2 smaller ones. I then started backing the bigger ones with patterned paper. I was actually planning to have a colorful layout but while I was backing the files I changed my mind. It happens a lot!

Once I was done, I also backed the smaller ones, but these only with one paper. Then I arranged my flowers the way I wanted them and adhered them to the background. I used some foam adhesive to attach the smaller ones to add a bit of dimension and interest.

I fussy cut a few butterflies in different sizes as well as flowers and combined these with a few other embellies: die cuts, puffy stickers and wood veneer and glued these on my half flowers.



I tucked my photo behind one of the flowers and added my title for which I used the chipboard alphas. 



I wrote my journaling, added the date, and I was pretty much done. Oh, and black splatters of course! 

Hope you like my layout! I'll be back with a new one next week! 

Thanks for stopping by,
X

Zsoka