Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 3/3, Easter Time

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The last Easter in July project.  Again, kept it super simple.  Used some of that wallpaper as the background and some mulberry paper from Hobby Lobby for the photo mat.  The chipboard is from that Hobby Lobby The Paper Studio holiday chipboard set, the rubbery embellishment is one of those ornaments.  I used some fabric tape and some washi and this layout was complete.

There is a video that goes through the making of this layout, if you'd like to take a peek.

Thanks for visiting and reading.  Until next time, take care of yourself.



Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 2/3, Spring Flings and Easter Things

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This is a second project I did during my Easter in July series.  Same thing as the other layout, I used a photo that had been in my to be scrapped pile for sometime.  The photo included the frame with the statement "enjoy every moment" - instant scrapbook embellishment.  The rabbits are again those ornaments for that "Easter Tree" thing that was going on and the chipboard is from the Hobby Lobby chipboard holiday set I bought.

Interesting thing about this layout is that the Easter eggs that I have layering in a row along the bottom of the layout are some of the first cuts I ever made on my silhouette.  They've just been sitting in my stash that long.  Glad I was able to use them, finally.

The flowers I got a scrapbooking de-stash sale.  The woman told me that they are actually cut out of a pair of pajamas she owned.  I thought that was awesome.  I added buttons to the center of those flowers - and this page is going in the scrapbook.  Another easy one and if you want to watch the short video on how it came together, you can head on over to our youtube channel to see.

Thanks for visiting and until next time, take care of yourself.



Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 1/3, My Little ChickaDee

So, I’m writing this in September. Just close your eyes and think back like it’s July and you’ll set the tone for this post which should have been posted then, but I’m kind of silly when it comes to writing and it takes me some time to sit at the keyboard and put some words down. It’s typically because when I sit down to write and I have too many thoughts swirling through my head, writing makes me deal with all that “stuff” and mostly, I like to put my head in the sand and ignore it, so that’s why blog posts often go up (if they ever go up) long after the video has been posted on the channel, but I’m in a writing mood now and I’m catching up….FINALLY

Now onto Easter in July

So I decided at the end of July that since everyone was working on their Christmas in July layouts, I'd work on my Easter in July layouts.  Now, a couple of things.  This was not at all planned.  These photos of my nieces were just next in my pile of printed pictures.  As you know, I'm trying not to print any more pictures until the ones that are in existence are put in the scrapbook – so that's what started this foray into Easter.  Another thing of import, I don't normally scrap any other holiday except Christmas and most of the times, not even that.  I'm so bad about this.  I like scrapping random photographs, one 4x6 to 12x12 layout, please.  When it comes to holidays and big trips I've taken, I don't know, I get overwhelmed.  But this time, I was determined to get these pictures printed.  They've only been sitting in my stash since GDH was willing to wear a dress and let me tell you, that was a long time ago.

So with the photos in my hand and sick of seeing these photos in my pile resolution, I set out to scrap them.  Now, I could have put all three of them on one layout and called it a day, but that's not really how I roll.  Besides, I had all of these cute Easter embellishments to use.

My Little ChickaDee

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To complete this layout, I used some wallpaper remnants I was able to buy at a local yard sale. 

The yard sale was held at the church by my house and they called it a "Sophisticated Junk Sale".  Loved the name and had to stop.  Of course, I wasn't expecting to buy almost 20 wallpaper sample books, but sometimes, a jackpot is a jackpot.  20 of them for 20 dollars – and it's going to the church fund for youth groups – take my $30, Stew carry these heavy things to the car – they're all mine.  Finding a place to store them in my already overcrowded scraproom was a challenge, but I prevailed.  You didn't doubt that for a minute, did you?

Anyway, back to the layout.  For the background papers I used the wallpaper samples.  Even the photo mat is from those sample books.  I love them so much because they have all of the coordinating pieces together.  Makes this girl who has a hard time matching pattern paper scream with joy. 

The chipboard is from a large chipboard set I bought that featured all of the holidays.  I got it at Hobby Lobby and it's by The Paper Studio.  I bought it when I first started scrapbooking.  Before I realized that I don't really like the cartoonish look.  It was there.  I used it.  End of story.  As old as these pictures are, if I had scrapped them in real time, I probably would have used that chipboard, so it all worked out. 

The yellow and white striped dots I used on the flower and in other places around the layout are from Queen and Co. Those other rubbery embellishments are from either Michael's or Walmart.  At the time I bought them, they were being sold as ornaments for like Easter trees – yeah, I don't get it either, but I thought they'd make fun scrapbook embellishments and lookie here, they do.  The ribbon was from my stash.  I think it's from American Crafts.

This layout was super easy to make and in the end, it's cute – just like my niece.

If you want to see the process behind the layout, please head on over to our youtube channel.

Scrapping Small - Ring Bound Mini Pages

So... we are just going to pretend like it hasn't been a year since I've updated.  Life happens.  Moving on! 

I'm so happy to be making things again.  It's hard to imaging going so long without it, but things just worked out that way.  I was living with my parents while we built a little house for me and McGee and there just wasn't enough room.  But we are living in that house now and my crafting space is all set up and things are back in order.

 Felicity Jane kits mix and match so well on this new project.

Felicity Jane kits mix and match so well on this new project.

I've been trying something different and just for fun.  I love looking at all the travelers notebook documenting that people are doing right now and I've tried it myself a few times but it never seems to work for me.  This last time it went a bit better but my pages were too three dimensional.  So inspired by some of the projects I've seen on instagram, I chopped my TN up and added rings.  So the size is still that of a TN but I'm not limited on the thickness of my pages.

I'm loving it!  

Here are a few of my first few pages featuring my nieces on Easter.

Glad to be back!

Shellie

Shellie: Adventure 2016 - Memories of Maine - 12x12 ROUND layout using new interactive Viewfinder cut file set

I will be honest and admit that when I cut out this latest file, I had absolutely no idea what project I was going to use it for.  I cut it out and and I was so excited about the file and the idea and then I was like.... but what am I going to use it for?  I knew I needed and wanted a project to showcase the new cut file for the shop but how to choose what to use in it?

I seriously considered using photos from our trip to Disney last year and I think I will still make one using those images.  But there are SOOOO many images to choose from that the task just felt daunting.  I remembered I had already started narrowing down some photos that I want to use on a mini book about our most recent Road Trip to Maine so I knew that folder would only have a few (relatively speaking - when compared to 3000 originals)and I decided to go there.  As I progressed through my photo selections I ended up deciding to use only pictures of us.  Either selfie's (we always take the selfie stick with us!) or shots we took of each other. 

There is one picture that doesn't have our faces, only my feet, but technically I am in the picture.  :)  Plus I just really wanted to use it.  The name of our trip written in the sand was kind of a subtitle for the project in my mind. 

Above is the finished project.  It is not attached to a background paper and because of the way the file works, there really isn't a "top".  I used the photo template (I originally made it to make my life easier while working on this project and decided I had to include it in with the cut file!) to print my photos and then I cut them out with scissors.  Using the silhouette just seemed a bit like overkill for just cutting out the pictures so I cut them out, decided in what order I wanted them and just taped those suckers on the back of the template using washi tape. 

Next I placed the journaling template onto my background piece and used a bit of washi to hold it in place. (Washi is handy stuff but I often use it for something other than what it was meant for - you too right?)  Then I did my journaling - just write then spin, write then spin until I had each photo documented.  Finally I simply removed the template and I'm left with all of my journaling in perfect alignment.

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Next I took the top "spinner" and placed it on top.  There are tiny center holes in both the front and back pieces that you can use to put your brad into so that they line up perfectly.  I attached the piece and tested it out - I had to see how it worked and it worked beautifully!

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Finally I did my embellishing.  Not too much because with so many images, too many embellishments could make it look a little crazy I think.  But I used these number wood veneers that I think came in a December Daily kit and the adventure wood veneer from Heidi Swapp.  I decided to add the little tab as a handle of sorts to make the spinning easier and I love how it turned out. 

There are a few other nautical themed die cuts/stickers that came from a Just Jaimee digital planner sticker kit for August that I bought from the Lily-Pad online store and printed and cut with my silhouette of course.  That's it.  By the time I was finished, this had become a project I loved instead of just one I made to showcase the cut file. 

I'm already planning that second one using Disney pictures - I can picture it in my head and can't wait. 

I hope you enjoy using the file as much as I did.  You can purchase it here on our web site in the shop, or if you prefer, in our etsy store

Keep crafting!

Shellie

Shop Update! New cut file for interactive "Viewfinder" project to showcase multiple images!

I'm so excited to share the newest updates to the shop this week.

First up is a new cut file that I've had in my head for literally more than a year.  Maybe even 2.  I finally got around to finishing it up this week.  This is an interactive Viewfinder that holds 12 photos and has hidden journaling for all 12 - only revealing one story at a time.

This would be a great project to showcase highlights from a special event or vacation - maybe your twelve favorite shots of the summer or highlights from your cruise. 

The cut files comes with the back piece that holds the images and journaling - I'm calling it the Viewfinder frame.  A template for writing out your journaling in just the right spot and a top "spinning" center piece that fits over the journaling in the center allowing only one photo's journaling to be revealed at a time.  You could attach this to a background 12 x 12 sheet of paper, or leave it free like I did.  I also included a template for use with Photoshop that allows you to place your images on a single page and use the masks on the page to get your photos to the perfect size.  You can then cut these files out and place them on the back of the viewfinder frame. 

Files come in .SVG, .DXF, .PNG and .JPEG format.

I used the cut file to showcase pictures of Gina and I on our trip to Maine this past July.  Check out my next post to see my project and this cut file in action.

This cut file can be found both in the online shop on this web site or in our etsy shop.  If you use it, please share your work with us.  We'd love to see how you used the file for your own memory keeping project.

I hope you enjoy using these files as much as I did. 

Keep creating!

Shellie

Shellie: My favorite childhood Easter photo - 12x12 Layout

I actually made this layout on the Easter holiday weekend this year.  I recorded a video of it which I wanted to be my first ever youtube video but haven't gotten my act together with the editing of that video so this layout has been sitting unposted since then.  Shame on me.

I wanted to do a paper layout and double-clicked on my Photos file on my computer and just hanging out in the folder was a scan of this image.  This is me and two of my cousins from Easter at my Uncle's house about a billion years ago.  (Okay, probably like 37?)  I'm not positive how old I actually am in this picture but I'd guess between 2 and 4.  That's me on the right with the bowl cut.  That big basket in front of me was my Easter basket my entire life until I think it finally just disintegrated from old age. 

I'm not sure why exactly, but this has always been one of my favorite photos from my childhood.  I just love it.  So I decided it was the perfect time to scrap it since it was Easter weekend and all. 

I started by fussy cutting a bunch of those butterflies.  I generally enjoy fussy cutting so it wasn't an annoyance to me.  The rest of the page, being fairly simple, didn't take a long time to come together.  I think the most time consuming part was deciding where to place each individual sequin so they looked random.  Irony, right?  Haha.  The small square frame and "favorite" script word are both by Heidi Swapp and the sequins and flair came in a Scraptastic kit once upon a time and have been in my stash.

I still want to try to get the video up for this project and if I do, I'll add it in to this post.

I've found lately that the idea of scrapping old photos from my childhood actually quite appeals to me so I will likely be doing more of it.  Those are the memories I want to keep. 

Thanks for stopping in to visit.  I believe that Gina scrap-lifted this idea and should be posting her interpretation of this layout soon.

See you soon.

Shellie

Gina: Smile, 12x12 Layout

The flowers that I used on this layout came out of a fabric scrap bag that I purchased at a yard sale.  Obviously, someone had cut them out of a pair of pajamas or another type of clothing.  I wasn't sure at first what I was going to do with them.  In fact, I wasn't sure I was even going to keep them, but then I had an idea - I could use them on a scrapbook page.  I didn't intend to use all of them, but once I started putting them down, they just screamed at me to keep adhering them.  And between you and me, I always listen to my scrapbook supplies.  HA!

This photo is of my niece's school photo for last year.  I just love those chubby little cheeks and that sweet grin.  As you can see, I totally ignored the fact that there was blue in the picture.  I wanted to use these flowers and they dictated that I use pink and yellow, so I went with it.  The blue is a complimentary color, so it works.  

I used a Martha Stewart punch around the edges, but it didn't turn out quite like I had planned.  I failed to realize before I punched it that the punch made strips and not borders.  Oops.  So, I changed my design a bit to make that work.  There's a chipboard from Blue Fern Studios that I embossed with yellow embossing powder.  The smile and yellow leaves chipboard are from an Amy Tangerine collection.  The letters and the gems used for the center of the flowers are from skybluepink.com

Hope you like this one as much as I do and if you'd like to see it come together, the video is below.

Thanks for visiting.  I'll see you next time.

Gina

 

 

Gina: Marrying You, 12x12 Layout

Stew and I have been married for 9 years...I, maybe, have scrapbooked 9 photos from our wedding.  I have a color scheme chosen, I have all of the necessary supplies, and then some, but it seems like I never make scrapping about this a priority.  Other pretty things catch my interest, but when I saw this picture of our wedding cake in a pile of photos I've printed previously, I felt like it was time to, at least, get this one in the book.

Stew and I married in Vegas - no elopement or anything like that, every one knew we were going and most of them watched on the internet, but it was just something we decided to do.  As part of the wedding package at the chapel where we were married, we were given a small wedding cake.  It's darling, isn't it?  I can't tell you how it tastes, though.  We never got around to eating it.  Through the whirlwind that was our time in Vegas, we were over tired and without having a way to bring it home, it remained in our hotel room as we left.  At least I got a picture of it.

The color scheme for my wedding album is black, red, silver and gray.  No red on this particular layout, but I definitely am loving the black and white tones of this one.  I used some super old Prima flowers and some even older Making Memories brads as my main embellishments.  I matted the pattern paper on a piece of gray cardstock.  My intention with the pearls was to mirror the pearls that are part of the floral chandeliers that are on the pattern paper.  That didn't quite work out the way I wanted, so I let go of that idea and just draped them from the top left corner leading to the photo.  

I cut the title with my silhouette on black cardstock.  I just entered the text I wanted, lined my letters up, grouped them and then cut it.  There's a bit of an issue with the grammar in the title, but I'm doing my best to let it go.  It didn't feel right to say "Marrying you was..." and "Being married to you is" felt more like present day, than referencing our wedding - so I went with this title even with the bit of grammar faux pas.  As you can see, I'm not having an easy time letting this go.

The letters in the title looked a little flat to me after pasting them on the page, so I went in with some silver paint and highlighted portions of the letters and also used this paint on the leaves of some of the flowers and no wedding layout can be complete without some sparkle, so I took some clear glimmer mist and painted it over some flowers to give them some shine.

This one is now in the album....one down, I don't want to think of the number of wedding pictures to go....

Hope you enjoyed and as always if you want to see this layout come together, the link to the video is down below.

Hope you're well.  Much peace and well wishes, Gina

Gina: I Can See Clearly Now, 12x12 Layout

Can I just share with you how happy I am when I open my email and see a message from Shellie that includes our latest cut file?  I mean, I know they're coming.  We do discuss and plan this stuff ahead of time, but to actually receive it, to watch it cut on the Silhouette, to know that this little business of ours is coming to fruition, well, it's all so damn exciting to me.

This file is no exception.  As soon as I cut it out, I knew exactly what photo I was going to use and exactly what my title was going to be.  In the not to distant past, I found myself in a bit of a depressive funk that I couldn't seem to shake.  There were things going on that contributed to this, but honestly, at the end of the day, depression is just something that I live with.  Sometimes I do well to control it; other times, it takes me down until I can't see a way up.  This last episode was one of the worst I've been through in years, but in the last few months through working with my psychiatrist and my therapist, the awesome support of Stew and Shellie and my family - everything is back under control.

One night, Stew came home from work and he told me that I had to go outside and see the sun.  It had rained all day so the fact that there was sun out at all surprised me.  When I looked outside, the storm clouds were receding and just these small slivers of sunlight were tapping on the top of the trees.  I swear to you I had a Bob Ross moment thinking about those happy little trees.  The leaves that were once curled in due to the rain now opening up to soak up the rays. 

It kind of made me feel like what I had been going through.  The sun was finally shining again.  I grabbed my camera and took more pictures of this than I would like to admit and I knew that I would use the photo on a layout to talk about this journey that I'm on.

I've actually made this layout twice.  The first one was ruined when I knocked over a bottle of water, but, all things happen for a reason.  I'm much happier with this one.

I took some simple kitchen aluminum foil and scrunched it up to give it some texture and then I had fun adding color to it using alcohol inks.  I'm sure there's a ton I need to learn about alcohol inks, but they've been sitting my stash for awhile and I wanted to use them.  I love how this background turned out and will definitely be doing this again.

After that, I adhered the umbrellas, but thought that the white diecut got lost, so I colored it yellow using a large Pitt pen.  I liked that better.  Then, it dawned on me that most umbrellas are not transparent, so the background poking through really didn't make a lot of sense.  I pulled out some acrylic paint and painted the panels of the umbrellas.  I really like how the paint picked up some of the tint from the alcohol ink underneath which gave it a pink hue instead of just the flat white.

The picture cluster is pretty small and the embellishments minimal because: 1. There is a lot going on in the background of this layout and 2. I wanted the title to be the focus of this page.

The journaling will go on a separate page because it's personal and long.

I very much enjoyed using this cut file and hope that you will head over to the store and pick it up for your own use.  If you use it, we'd love to see how you use it, so please share.

Until next time, peace and well wishes, Gina