Jul 19, 2017

Canada



Scrapbook Layout created for Wild Whisper  - CANADA -





Hi there!

Though I was born in Ecuador, I call Canada my home  for over 25+ years.   I am a proud Canadian, now, and with the country celebrating its 150 anniversary, I wanted to create a layout about the best thing Canada has given me, my kids!



For this layout, i wanted to stay true to the national colors red and white, so I used a Silhouette cut file to create the large maple leaf on the left hand side of  one of the papers of the Strong and  Free collection.










I love the simplicity, and color combination of this page.   The dimension and textures in the leaf are just perfect to document my loves in our hometown.   The Wild Whisper's Strong and Free collection is gorgeous, but if you are a Canadian, it is also a must in your paper collection.

If you have any questions on how this came together, please do not hesitate to contact me.

And don't forget to check the Wild Whisper's blog for a detailed post and lots of close ups.


See you all soon!

Jul 15, 2017

1


Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  - "1"  -




Hello everyone!


It is time to join us at Scrapbook Nerd Friends and Fans facebook page for a new challenge.  This time is all about Skinny Dipping... Not the clothing type of stripping, but the one where you only use ink, stamps, dies, and cardstock to create a project of your choice.




I saw a video on how Paige Evans created a layout with just stamps and stitching, so I scraplifted her page.  I drew a large 1 (in a letter size paper), and cut it.  Using removable tape, I attached to some white cardstock,  and used different stamps and inks to create images all around the number 1 shape.



Once all  the ink dried, before removing the 1 cut out, a piercing tool was used to create a stitching guide around the perimeter of the number.  The cut out was then removed, and the entire perimeter got stitched using 6 strands of embroidery floss.





Here is where i went a step beyond Paige's page, as I created my own embellishments with dies, stamps, and Inks.   The Maya Road dies were used to create the flowers, leaves, stars, hearts and arrows used in the clusters around the picture.




After cutting the pieces, a bit of diluted ink was used to colored the die cuts.  While the die cuts dried the  Pinkfresh studio Lovely Borders was used to create the two sentiment banners used in this layout.  Here is the final layout:




This layout is different, and a bit challenging from my usual ones.   I hope you join us at Scrapbook Nerd Facebook page, and take upon some of the challenges.   There is always a prize to be won at the end of the crop.

As always, let me know if you have questions on how this page came together.


Take care!!


Materials Used:
Stamps - Pinkfresh Studio - Little Things, Best Things, Oh So Fancy, Kindness Matters, lovely borders
Stamps - Heidi Swapp - Magnolia Jane Collection
Stamp - Pink Paislee - Oh My Heart collectionn
Stamp - Simple Stories - Faith collection
Distress Oxides - Cracked Pistachio, Orange Marmalade, Worn Lipstick - Ranger
Archival Inks - set #4, and Wendy Vechi set #1
Dies - Maya Road -Flower set, Dream, Snapshot

Jul 9, 2017

Enjoy the Moment -


Scrapbook Layout created for JustNick Studio  - ENJOY THE MOMENT  -






Hello everyone!


  I am super excited to be part of the 2017-2018 Design Team for JustNick Studio.  I am grateful to GOD first and foremost for all his blessings, and to Nicole for inviting me to be part of this amazing group of designers.  My love for photography and memory keeping introduce me to scrapbooking, and I have been hooked on this craft for many years.  I especially love working with cut files, so getting to work and share my projects with Nicole's designs is just a delight.

For my first project, i chose to work a monochromatic design with lots of texture -aka stitching- and a few of the store cut files.   For this layout,  i chose the gorgeous Floral Burst Background to create the background for the layout.  So I used the cut file to create the large hand stitched flowers in the page.  To add more texture and dimension to the page, some string art was used to fill the inside of each petal on the flowers.


 



It did take some time to complete the designs, but i find hand stitching relaxing!

To create the title of this page, i chose the Enjoy The Moment cut file, and cut it twice from white cardstock.  The two cut-outs were glued together, and then attached to the bottom of the page using some foam dots (i love the little shadow under the  title!)









The picture of my daughter holding the littlest one (that is how we call the little cousins around here), was framed with some leaf cut outs created from vellum and white cardstock using the  Stem cut file.   A few pieces stickers, and ephemera pieces from the Rose Quartz collection -Prima Marketing- and Gather collection -Crate Paper- frame the picture.






What can i say?  I love this page!  It is full of texture, dimension and cut files, not to mention a black and white picture ;)   Here is the final layout:





Don't forget to check the cut files used in this layout in the JustNick store, there are lots of designs available (all beautiful, of course!).  I am a comment away if you have questions on how this layout came together, and/or you can always find me on Instagram - @tachita55 - !!

See you all soon!






Materials Used:
peach card stock
Just Nick cutfiles -
Cardstock  stickers, foam stickers, ephemera, Paper "Beautiful Glory" - Rose Quartz collection - Prima Marketing
Cardstock stickers - Gather collection - Maggie Holmes - Crate Paper

Jul 8, 2017

Enjoy Life



Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapboook Nerd   - ENJOY LIFE -





Hello there!

It is Summer Camp time over at Scrapbook Nerd.  Each year the ladies run a month long on line crop  for all their followers.  Of course there is always prizes, and giveaways. This year, I  will also be challenging the store followers with a few fun challenges.  The first one is called "TIME FOR TIE DYE".



I was inspired to work on this layout when i saw the new Jillibean Soup collection  - Bowl of Dreams-.  So I set to play on watercolor paper with some of the Prima Marketing  watercolors - The Tropicals set-.     Oncec the watercolor dried, a bit of gold texture paste was added using the new Echo Park stencil.





The title of this page was created from a cut file from the Silhouette store. I stitched the title using the colors of the tie dye background, and glued the title to the page using strong adhesive.  Here is another close up of the layout:





I kept the rest of the layout simple, so I chose a picture of my mom and daughter on one of our walks, and used some of the papers and embellishments from the collection to layer and frame the picture.





A few lines of  journal, and a mat for the layout were the final touches.  Here is what the final layout looks like:




The colors in the background remind me of a tie dyed shirt, plus they are bright and cheery, perfect for a  Summer Camp challenge.

I hope you can join us at Scrapbook Nerd Friends and Family Facebook page to join in the challenges.  Remember, I am a comment away for any questions you  may have on the layout.

See you all soon!


Materials Used:
Cut file - Silhouette Store
Watercolor paper
Patterned paper collection and  embellishments -  Bowl of Dreams - Jillibean Soup
watercolor palette - The tropicals - Prima Marketing
Texture paste - Gold - Heidi Swapp
Stencil - Beach Towel - Summer Fun collection - Echo Park

My Personal Journal



Traveler's Notebook spread created for Clique Kits  - MY PERSONAL JOURNAL -




Hello everyone from beautiful Ecuador!

Yeah, as this goes live, my family and I are enjoying a long vacation down in beautiful Ecuador,  but enough about me and this beautiful place.    Today is challenge day over at Clique Kits, which means all followers will have a month to create a project of their choice and link it to the Clique Kits blog for a chance to win a prize.





I have been enjoying working with July's kits (both main and TN), so I chose to highlight the TN kit for this entry.  Since I have many pictures of my God daughter in her cake smash session, I chose to combine both for this spread.

To create the background of the page, I peeled the negative part of the Ain't Life Grand Stickers and stuck it to the blank page of the TN.





I attached the picture of the baby to the top of the page, above the sticker negative, and added the cupcake paper clip to represent the cake smash.  Next I used some of the stickers from the sheet, and place them randomly on the page, making sure that they were set at the junction of the color shapes.  To complete the page, some of the exclusive cut outs were attached to the bottom corner of the page, along with the word "Smile" from the Ain't Life Grand ephemera pack included in the kit.






To balance the page, and continue with the label look of the page, I photocopied the sheet of labels from the Ain't Life Grand collection , and attached it to the page.  Here I glued one of the journaling cards from the same collection included in the kit.  A few of the exclusive printables complete the page.  Here is the final spread:




The colorful boxes work great behind the picture -even when there is a lot of color on the picture, too-.  All the color in this kit is so perfect for all summer memories.  I even brought the kit with me on vacation.

Remember to  check Clique Kits for all the details on this month challenge, and to check the beautiful July kits, they are beautiful!

I am always a comment away if you have questions about this project.

Take Care!


Materials used:
July 2017 Traveler's Notebook Kit - Clique Kits

Jun 23, 2017

Summer Chill



Scrapbook Layout created for Maya Road   - SUMMER CHILL -



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Hello Roadies!

I am the one to wrap up the Maya Road & Simple Stories product swap.  I hope you all have been inspired by all the beautiful projects members of both design teams have been sharing this week.
I am lucky to serve as a member on both design teams, so this project was a dream to work on.   Today, I am bringing you a new layout that was completely inspired by the floral designs in the new Summer Days collection by Simple Stories.





The flowers in this collection resemble the ones from the  Maya Road Flower Die Set.   So i pulled some white texture card stock, and cut a few of the flower die cuts.  Since I wanted to make this page cheery and fun, I pulled the So Much Fun paper from the Summer Days collection to serve as the mat for this layout.





The color lines in the paper was the  starting point for the color blocking in the die cuts.  I simply used watercolors and inks to try (at best!) to replicate the colors of the paper lines in the die cut flowers, and leaves. To tie in the design, the centers of all the flowers were cut from the B side of the Lazy Days paper.






Once the picture of one of my littles was set in the center of the page, all the flowers were attached to the page following the color line they landed on.  Now it came time to decorate, and embellish!






I chose to add some wood tokens from the Wood Snapshot Token set, and the Wood 24/7 Journaling Tokens as centers in two of the flowers closest to the picture on each corner.  A Resin Diamond in Snow White as well a few Vintage Pearl - Trinket Pins were added around some of the flowers to bring the white color in the layout's mat.  




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In addition, i used some of the papers and stickers from the collection to cover some pieces from the Mini Chipboard Heart Confetti Set and Love Chipboard Banner so that they also continue the colorful striped pattern in the layout papers.  A little bit of glue attaches the paper to the chipboard, then a bit of fussy cutting, and you can easily create new chipboard stickers for your projects.  These pieces were then used to frame the picture in the layout along with a few more stickers and paper pieces from the Simple Stories Summer Days collection.







I love the final look of this layout; lots of dimension and different textures bring the happiness of cheerfulness of a pool day on a hot day to the layout.  The Summer Days collection from Simple Stories is just beautiful, and our super versatile Maya Road products bring that special touch to this project.  They are a match made in "Craft" heaven!!

I hope you all have been inspired this week!  Don't forget to check the new Simple Stories  blog for more inspiration, and their new collections, and all the newly released Maya Road products (there are so many new goodies) available on line.  Remember I am comment away if you have questions on how this came together.

Thanks for Stopping by!

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Maya Road Products used:
Flower Die Set
Wood Snapshot Token Set
Wood  24/7 journaling Tokens
 Resin Diamond - Snow White
Trinket Pins - Vintage Pearl
Mini Chipboard Heart Confetti Set
Love Chipboard Banner

Materials used:
Simple Stories - Summer Day collection - papers, stickers, ephemera

Jun 22, 2017

Chilling TIme

Scrapbook layout created for Simple Stories  - CHILLING TIME -




Hello there!

Today I am up on the Simple Stories blog with some projects created for the Simple Stories & Maya Road product swap.  These projects were a dream to create since I am part of the creative team for both companies




My first layout is all about summer,  my daughter's fascination with ice cream floats, some of the Maya Road goodies,  and the super fun Summer Days collection.  The staring point for this layout was the "Lazy Days" paper in the collection.   The spin wheels in the paper was the inspiration for this layout.  So i set out to create a few spin wheel cut-outs using the Cut Shoppe's Spinwheels cut file.



The cut outs were backed using the Lazy Days, So Much Fun, Hello Sunshine, Gotta Wear Shades papers from the Summer Days collection.   The lovely  decorative brads were then used in the centers of each of the spinwheels.




To bring in the colors of the collection to the page, a few splatters of watercolor were used to create a mixed media background on the page.  Once this dried,  the page was trimmed on two of edges, as to continue the movement of the spinwheels, and then attached to the B side of the Lazy Days paper.  All the spinwheels were also glued to the page as if cascading from the top of the page.






And now to embellish the page.  First, I created clusters around the picture using some of the combo stickers, bits and pieces and 4x6 stickers from the collection.  The little mason jar sticker full of lemonade gave me the idea to create a mason jar of my own for this page.





Some white acrylic paint was used to add some color to one of  the  Maya Road Vintage Wood Mason Jar.  To pull more of the colors from the Summer Days collection, some water crayons were used to color the Medium Vintage Paper Flowers , and Ken Oliver's Small Vintage Paper flowers.  Once the wood jar was dried, a piece of Lime Green Jute Twine cording was wrapped around its neck, and all the flowers were then glued to the page.   I just love how the Maya Road products add that charming accent to the page!





To finish the page, the Alphas in the 4x6 stickers were used to create the title.  Oh! I really like the overall look of this page.  It is bright, happy and full of texture, in total a great fusion of both Simple Stories and Maya Road Products.


Materials Used:
Simple Stories - Summer Fun collection - paper kit, sticker combo, brads. ephemera
Simple Stories - Faith collection - Brads
The Cut Shoppe -  Spinwheelsl cut file
Ranger- Distress Oxides - Worn lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Broken Chine
Maya Road  - White  Vintage paper roses,  Mason jar wood piece, jute cording twine in lime  Ken Oliver's small vintage flowers

Jun 21, 2017

Love


Scrapbook Layout created for Simple Stories  - LOVE -





Hey there!

I am so excited for today's blog post at Simple Stories. For this week Simple Stories and Maya Road have joined forces to use their products. Since I am part of both creative teams, this was a feast!!




The new Hello Lovely collection has quickly become one of my favorite Simple Stories collections (this far!).  This time, I set to use it to document a picture of my nephew and my daughter -yeah!, i used pink for a boy layout, and the results are lovely-.





For this layout, I wanted to use as many of the patterns of the collection in one single page, so I pulled the Free Love cut file from Just Nick Studio to create the large title.  Each letter in the cut out was then backed with the So Very Lovely, Fab-YOU-lous, and the journaling cards from the collection.   Once all the cut outs were backed,  i chose the So Much Happiness paper from the Life in Color collection to serve as the layout's mat.





This picture of my daughter and nephew is one of my favorites, and so fitting for the title and feeling of the page.  The 4x6 cards from the cut-apart paper were used as layers behind the picture.   The floral designs of the collection are so beautiful, so I used some fussy cut flowers and stickers from the 6x12 sheet to create a large cluster around the picture.  The little key charm from Ken Oliver Vintage Heart and Key charm from Maya Road fits perfect in this little cluster.





The beautiful Maya Road Pink and Red Vintage Paper flowers  were used to create clusters at the corners of the title.  The colors in the flowers matched perfectly those of this collection.




  In addition, the Ken Oliver Heart and Key charm from Maya Road add hints of gold, and complement the look of the title and the page.  Finally, some pieces from the Faith collection Sticker combo were added around the page.  And as a final touch a few splatters of gold ink were added to the page, and to the Maya Road flowers.



I love the simplicity of this page, and  how the Hello Lovely can easily be used to create a boy layout.  I am sure you all will also love this collection.

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used:
Cut file  - Just Nick Studio
Simple Stories - Hey Lovely collection
Simple Stories - Faith collection - card stock stickers
Simple Stories - Life in Color -
Maya Road - paper flowers in red, pink
Maya Road - Ken Oliver's Vintage findings Charms - Lock and Key