Friday, January 30, 2015

PageMaps U Class 3!!

February is right around the corner and for me that means a few exciting things!

One of those things is that I am an educator over at PageMaps U again for Class 3 that goes up in February! I was part of Class One and Two and am super happy to be back for Class 3 :)

Here are a couple sneaks of the two pages I created for this class:


This class uses the Pink Paislee Bella Rouge collection and is so sweet and lovely!
I like how this one turned out :)

Love the free cut files I designed for both classes this round too. Check out the background for this project that is part of the class content:


Lots of American Crafts Dear Lizzy Daydreamer for that one! You can find out more on the PageMaps U site.. Class one and two are still available too!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Amazing Friend - Silhouette

Last week, I had a quick tutorial over on the Silhouette America blog - on how to make your own project page cards for pocket scrapbooking or whatever really! I don't do PL spreads so I used my cards on a scrapbook page.

I started with a couple basic designs from the Silhouette store and then created a quick card using my shape tool. You can virtually use any shape and create the card by adding a circle, square or rectangle around it and weld! I love how the title looks cut into the card shape.

I stepped out of my comfort zone a little and added some diecut flowers from Silhouette design shapes too. I don't often use flowers in this way, but they really are just so easy to cut out and piece together with some dimensional adhesive! Just add an enamel dot or brad to the center and you are good to go!

If you want to check out the tutorial - just head over to the Silhouette blog HERE

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jillibean Soup - Receipt Holder how to!

Good morning!!! I am excited to share with you a fun project idea I made for the Jillibean Soup booth at CHA. It uses one of the new and fun Mix the Media surfaces, a little paper and some Mix the Media Ephemera Packs!

I won't take credit for this idea - it came from the Big Bean herself, Jill Yegerlehner, owner of Jillibean Soup. She provided the idea of a LOVE sign, and I went from there to this:

Creating this project is beyond simple.

1) You need a Jillibean Soup large receipt holder. CHECK.

2) Diecut or freehand some large letters to spell LOVE. I used Soup Staples III paper. CHECK.

3) Print off 4 lovey dovey photos of you and your significant other or really, anyone :) CHECK.

4) Layer like a mad person! I added doilies, tags and some paper behind each of my photos and then vellum stickers, buttons, etc. to finish off each square area.

5) Clip onto the receipt holder.


The best part of this project is that it is so easy to do and any subject would work. An added bonus is that you can easily change it up over time !! Just change the word or even just the photos! Love projects like that.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Scrapbook and Cards Today - Winter issue

I've been working behind the scenes on my upcoming projects for the spring issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine.

I thought it was about time that I share my winter issue projects, before winter is over! (gosh, I hope it is over soon.....)

Each issue I have two assignments that alternate. This issue, I was in two different magazine features.

First up was the 3T's - technique based approach. I was tasked to use dies to create a quilted look to my page.

I love the quilted look, but honestly had never tried it using dies!! It was quite easy to do using simple circle and square dies. Here is what I came up with:

(suppplies: Fancy Pants Oh Deer! collection- tags, chalkboard stickers, alphas and papers)

I created the circles by adhering several diect squares to some plain cardstock. Once I had 9 lined up I added two different sized circle dies (tack with some washi to hold in place) and run through my diecutter! I was left with some rings which I added to my white base. Once I filled up the one side of my page, I added a boatload of stitching to complete that quilted feel. May sound like a lot of work,but really, it was quite simple! In just a few short steps, you can get a unique look on your page. I will definitely do this again. Perfect for those that have simple dies and no electronic diecut machine, like a Silhouette.

Next, I created this page for the 3DC challenge in the magazine. This feature is where 3 scrappers get the same base products as we all create pages using those same items! Fun right? This issue had some great Jillibean Soup papers in the 3DC challenge and I knew right away I would cut up the number paper for this page:

I was also sent some Doodlebug doilies and attempted to create a tree by folding some doilies together. I wish it had turned out larger, but it is kind of cute.

The spring issue will be out soon and there are some great feature articles this round! I have a couple challenging assignments and hope you will stop by to check them out!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Create Magazine - Jillibean Soup

Hello blog readers!! Earlier this month, Create Magazine published it's January issue and it highlights Jillibean Soup!

We are super excited to share a bunch of Jillibean Soup layouts, cards and tags in the magazine and there are even some fun facts all about the Jillibean Soup company too!

Some of the DT designed items for the magazine and I am going to share my pages with you. Each item is based on a sketch provided to us from the magazine, so you should go check out the magazine to see everyone's different takes on the sketches.

I was lucky enough to have some new "soup" to use on my projects - this card and layout both use the new Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup collection, that was revealed at CHA a few weeks ago.

Lots of fun little bits and pops of color in this collection, loving the golden yellow mixed with teal and a hint of black too. I tried to stick pretty close to the sketch, added in a few layers to the edges of the page as it was just too white for my liking.

I used so many Jillibean Wood Sprinkles (wood/enamel dots) lately, I think they are my newest addiction. Even the large ones which frighten some people, but they are perfect instead of a boring punched circle shape. I love the little file tags that have sentiments or quotes on them and so I trimmed a few down for this little banner on my page. I attempted to watercolor a mini placemat card for my title and added more watercolor paint behind it so you could read the title easily!


I hope you will head over and check out all the great DT projects and those from the rest of the magazine contributors, who used a lot of JIllibean Soup this month!

To download/view a free copy - just click HERE

Friday, January 23, 2015

Silhouette - Hello Adorable

Hello and good morning! I am just sharing a quick project I made for the Silhouette America blog last week, using one of my favorite types of design files- the background!

Each background shape really is unique. They are more than just something to place behind a photo or even over your entire page. For my page here, I trimmed the design in half and added a ton of papers behind the openings.

Some people may think that this is a lot of work. It can be, but depending on how you do it, it is easy too! You can simply create a template for the inside piece and cut several out of your patterned paper - slightly larger, or you can make a piece out of scrap paper and go one by one. I do this alot as I find it therapeutic and often when I cut a ton from my machine, I have a lot of waste.

Either way works great :) I finished off my page with some lovely gold foil for part of my title - seriously one of my favorite Silhouette products that I highly recommend!


Have a creative day!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

SCT Jan cut file freebie

First off - I cannot believe that this has been sitting in my draft folder for a couple weeks!! With the holidays and then CHA immediately following, my normal blogging schedule is totally off kilter!

The first Tuesday of every month is when I release my cut file freebie on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog.
It's a little late, but check out this month's freebie:

I really wanted to make it simple, but useful too. This file is perfect for scrapbook pages, pocket page spreads and even cards! Each month and word is a different tab that you can easily cut and tuck behind a photo, layer on a PL card or use as a sentiment on a card. I used mine for this scrapbook layout to document a quick view of 2014.

I normally don't use more than 2-3 photos on a page, so this was a stretch for me! I had the plan in my head and it came out okay... although I think I didn't control myself and added too much. The title size threw me off, but I had a hard time making it work. Oh well, they can't all be masterpieces right?

You can see that I did tuck those month titles behind my photo grid, using Silhouette adhesive backed cardstock - which I LOVE!!! So easy to cut, peel and stick down.

I am working on next month's freebie right now, I hope you enjoy this one and that you will "love" next months too ;) To download this freebie, visit the SCT blog HERE