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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter Fun - Fancy Pants Designs

Morning!!! I am attempting to get back into blogging, I feel Like I haven't kept up with it all this year so far!

I am here to share another Fancy Pants project, using a non traditional themed line. I used the Fancy Pants collection Me-ology for this wintery page.

I love the light blue background paper that has a slightly distressed look to it, so I used that for my base and really wanted to add some pops of color . I did that by cutting strips of different Me-ology patterned papers and adhering to my page. My favorite part is the large title, which I cut from Fancy Pants Silver Foil paper using my Silhouette Cameo. It cut SO smoothly, I cannot even tell you!! I love love it!

I love the boldness of the Fancy Pants letter stickers too, and decided to use them as part of my page. The smaller alphas are also part of the Me-Ology collection and pair nicely with the background!

If you haven't had a chance to check out the new released by Fancy Pants Designs - you need to stop by their website asap and do so!!!

Check out the new line FLUTTER here:

and Check out OFFICE SUITE here:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Silhouette Tutorial - How to use patterns !

Hello! I am here to show you one way you can make the most out of the many pattern designs in the Silhouette Design Store.

I wanted to use one of the patterns in my Silhouette Library to create my own patterned letters for my scrapbook layout.

It's really quite simple to do! The same process works for any pattern you have in your Silhouette library. Here's how:

1) Select your font - I used a fairly simple font LW Friendly. Type your title with the Font Tool.

2) Select your pattern. Any pattern will work. I will show you two ways to use the same pattern and achieve a slightly different look.

3) I found that there are two ways to fill in your text. Each way will vary the size of your pattern.


With your title selected, go to your library and click once on the pattern of your choice. On the right side of your screen, you will see how that pattern will look filled in to scale inside the text.

With your title selected, choose your pattern from your library. It will open up in front of your title. If you right click on the pattern - chose SEND TO BACK. 

Select the title you created and select the pattern at the same time by clicking and holding the shift key. Align them together so that the pattern completely covers the text.

In the Modify window, (with the pattern and text both selected) choose "CROP". You will notice that the pattern is now in the inside of the text.

The difference here is that the pattern in the text is larger and not to scale as the pattern was designed. here is a comparison of the two options with the cut lines showing.

I liked the way the larger pattern worked for my title, so I used that to create my page.

I used a simple Graphic Pattern 1 to cut a background for my page and then added paper behind the design.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and see how easy it is to use those patterns to create unique projects!

Designs used:

Friday, January 09, 2015

Fancy Pants - ADDY

Good morning! I am actually out at CHA this week, but I wanted to stop in and share a recent page I did using a couple different Fancy Pants Designs collections - Everyday Moments and Burlap and Bouquets!

The two collections work really well together, a great mix of florals in both lines. I download a lot of designs from the Silhouette store and wanted to use a flower design I had been eyeing lately for my page.

Here is how it turned out:

I simply diecut a ton of flowers with various papers from different Fancy Pants papers. I layered them together, mixing the patterns, some Fancy Pants vellum and gold foil paper too! I used some dimensional adhesive between some layers to create a 3D effect on the flowers.


All in all, this page came together quite quickly. I let the background be simple as the flowers and patterns from the paper were the focus!

Have a great weekend! I am headed off to Disneyland with some great friends tonight!