Shellie: "Fly" a 12 x 12 layout from Shellie and exciting news

Hello! 

I'm super excited about this post and the coming weekend.  First it's National Scrapbook Day and I plan to spend as much of it as possible scrapping like mad. 

Second, I have one of my favorite layouts to share with you today.

And finally, the creation of this layout, led to the creation of our very first product for sale and the launch of our online shop!

When I set out to make this layout I wasn't actually trying to create a cut file to sell.  I just wanted to make a beautiful page filled with hot air balloons that I'd been envisioning ever since I saw the diamond print paper that came with the Tuesday kit (February) from Felicity Jane.  It NEEDED to be hot air balloons. 

So I sat down at my computer and a bit later I said to myself... this is it!  This is going to be the first product!  We'd been striving for a while to decide on just where to start and it sort of happened on it's own.  I guess that's just the way it goes.

When I saw the balloons on screen and pictured them filled in with the pretty geometric backgrounds I could picture the photos I wanted to use in my mind.  I remembered a few weeks before when my mother and I were playing with my niece KK and a container of bubbles.  She loved them and kept holding her hands up to try and pop them.  I knew I wanted to use one of those photos and I thought she was wearing pink so it could work.

Once I found them (it took longer than it should have) I couldn't decide which photo to use and decided I wanted to use more than one.  The more I considered I eventually decided to experiment a little with the photos and my silhouette (oh, May challenge anyone??) and cut out the pictures of KK in silhouette (too many silhouettes!)

Once I backed the balloons with the paper and had KK cut out, I added a smaller cut of just the title Fly on top of the first.  It still needed something else and so... of course, out came the dots, sequins and gems. 

I really love the end result and the fun set of 5 cut files that came from it.

The background paper is also from one of my Felicity Jane kits.

This weekend we will be opening our online store (both on this web site and on etsy for the time being).  This hot air balloon cut file will be our first product.  It will come in a set with 5 files.  Look for the official shop announement and details about the cut files on the blog.

Thanks and happy scrapping!

Shellie

April Monthly Challenges

It's the 1st and you know what that means!  New challenges.

1. The Cut Challenge - as always, we want to encourage ourselves to get the most out of our amazing Cameo Silhouette machines.  They are capable of doing such cool things but if we don't make a purposeful decision to use them, they quickly start to gather dust.  So every month in 2016 we will strive to use our machines to create at least one cool project. 

2. The OTHER Challenge - Create 3 cards and give them away.  Now I don't know about you, but I love to collect pins on pinterest of beautiful cards that others have made and that I want to make "Someday".  Well guess what, someday is this month.  And since the theme for this month is Give, after we make the cards, we are going to give them away.  Heck yeah, we are. 

Please join us for these challenges.  And if you do decide to join us, let me know so we can enjoy your work and share it here on the blog as well.  Tag me on facebook, instagram or send me an email at shelliemg@gmail.com.  Also comment below with a link to your work.

March Monthly Challenges

It's the 1st and you know what that means!  New challenges.

1. The Cut Challenge - as always, we want to encourage ourselves to get the most out of our amazing Cameo Silhouette machines.  They are capable of doing such cool things but if we don't make a purposeful decision to use them, they quickly start to gather dust.  So every month in 2016 we will strive to use our machines to create at least one cool project. 

2. The OTHER Challenge - Use paint.  Watercolors, acrylic, craft.  Silk screening?  Art Journaling? Sure fine.  All of the above. Any way and any kind of project works.

Please join us for these challenges.  And if you do decide to join us, let me know so we can enjoy your work and share it here on the blog as well.  Tag me on facebook, instagram or send me an email at shelliemg@gmail.com.  Also comment below with a link to your work.

Shellie: Super late January cut challenge - stickers from a printable

My January cut file challenge project was to use my new Felicity Jane printables to print and cut on sticker paper for my planner.  This isn’t supposed to be a challenge in the sense that it’s hard, the challenge is to use our silhouette every month at least once.  (Hopefully more than once, but at the very least once.)  Since this is the only cut project I did in January, it wins! LOL

I signed up to receive the Felicity Jane monthly kits because I just love their color scheme.  The black and white is something I’ve been loving so much lately and the pops of color are “my” colors so it just made sense.  Also, she doesn’t do like 20 add on options that I always feel like I “must” buy.  I did add on some paper but it’s not like I’m sucked into spending $100 plus each month on my kit.  Because I can never resist a good add-on.  It’s a flaw.  I’m working on it.

Each month she sends out an exclusive printable that we can use along with our kits and January’s included some super cute labels and tags that were perfect for how I’m using my Erin Condren planner at the moment.  Currently I’m using each of the three sections as a different category, work, personal and blog.  So I wanted to label each week that way.  I also made a little silverware graphic but cropping off part of one of the One Little Bird word art flags and I’m (supposed) to be using that to track my food at the bottom of each day in this weekly layout.

Using the print and cut feature with sticker paper is so fascinating to me because I get so happy with how it cuts through each sticker perfectly, but doesn’t cut the paper backing.  It’s so neat!  I know, I know…the simple minded are simply entertained. 

Anyway, hopefully my February cut challenge will be a bit more entertaining. I’ll strive for complexity.  Sorry for the delay in getting this one up and posted.

February Monthly Challenges

It's the 1st and you know what that means!  New challenges.

1. The Cut Challenge - as always, we want to encourage ourselves to get the most out of our amazing Cameo Silhouette machines.  They are capable of doing such cool things but if we don't make a purposeful decision to use them, they quickly start to gather dust.  So every month in 2016 we will strive to use our machines to create at least one cool project. 

2. The OTHER Challenge - Use a technique you have NEVER used before - I don't mean something you don't do often.  I mean NEVER.  This is the perfect chance to be adventurous and do something you've always wanted to try.  Maybe a project from that online class you bought a year ago but never took.  Why not now?

Please join us for these challenges.  And if you do decide to join us, let me know so we can enjoy your work and share it here on the blog as well.  Tag me on facebook, instagram or send me an email at shelliemg@gmail.com.  Also comment below with a link to your work.

Gina: Talk It Through Tuesday 1, Stew and Tacos

Hey Guys,

I know, I know...it's not Tuesday, but I'm behind on posting and I don't want to delay getting these things up longer than I already have, so look for quite a few posts from me over the next few days.

Talk it Through Tuesday is a new series that is starting on my You Tube channel.  I tried to do this in the past, but it didn't quite work out, but I'm re-commiting myself to it and we'll see how it goes.  On upcoming Tuesdays, I hope to have for you a video of a scrapbook page where I create it in real time.  

If you just want to look at the finished product, then you're in the right place, because the photos will be posted here on the blog.  I know that an hour is a long time to dedicate to watching someone work, but you would not believe the number of comments I've had of people stating that they really like this.  I guess they do what I do, and scrap right along with the youtube video their watching.  I love to do that.

For this first project, I kept it pretty simple.  I used the traditional cut apart page that comes in most collections and I softened its colors with a bit of gesso.  I picked up this tip in a class by Celine Navarro.  Now I've used this before on busy background papers, but not once did I think of using the cut apart sheet in this way.  Thank you, Celine.  This was great.  Elle's Studio line about food was the perfect backdrop for this layout about Stew and his love of tacos.  The only thing was, when I put the photos on top of the washed out background paper, they seemed to fade away, so I knew I needed some frames.

Enter in my Silhouette machine.  I'm on a mission to learn everything this beauty can do so I sat down and made my own frames - and bonus, it's even a print and cut file because I wanted words on the bottom of these Polaroid frames.  This sounds as though I just breezed through this process, well, I didn't.  I struggled with it more than I would like to admit, but in the end (after figuring out that one of my problems was that I wasn't loading my cutting mat in correction...sigh), I was able to produce what I wanted.  Go me.  

With my frames and my background paper I was ready to put this one together.  Since the background was still a bit busy, I kept the embellishments to a minimum and used the neutral cork and since I had two pieces of this cut apart paper and I really liked some of the phrases, I cut out pieces from my second sheet and adhered them in their original spots on the background paper.

I hope you enjoyed this layout.  If you're interested in seeing the video, you can watch that here, or over on my youtube channel.


One last thing, we will be offering these print and cut files I created in the near future as soon as we work out our plans for that - so look for that coming up.

Be Well and Stay Warm.  Gina

January Monthly Challenges

Hello lovely friends and Happy New Year!

I'm so excited for 2016!  Gina and I have such amazing and positive plans for this new year and we are hoping to make it the best ever.  We are going to be doing a lot of new things around the web site and we are so pleased to be able to share them with you.  You'll see many great things in the coming days.

To start things off, lets announce our January monthly challenges.

1. The Cut Challenge - as always, we want to encourage ourselves to get the most out of our amazing Cameo Silhouette machines.  They are capable of doing such cool things but if we don't make a purposeful decision to use them, they quickly start to gather dust.  So every month in 2016 we will strive to use our machines to create at least one cool project. 

2. What was GREAT about 2015? - The focus of our second challenge is to focus on what was great about 2015.  January is always so focused on the future.  Ending every bad habit, starting new ones, losing weight, etc.  But I also want us to take a moment and create a project (any kind of project) that explores the many good things that happened in 2015.  I know that for many of my friends it really hasn't been the best year ever, but even bad days have good moments.  What was great about your year last year?

Please join us for these challenges.  And if you do decide to join us, let me know so we can enjoy your work and share it here on the blog as well.  Tag me on facebook, instagram or send me an email at shelliemg@gmail.com.  Also comment below with a link to your work.

 

Gina - November Cut Challenge - A Moment to Cherish

I think the best thing about using the Silhouette store is the ability you have to find a phrase that perfectly fits a photo or a memory that you have and that is certainly the case with the layout and die cut shape I picked for this month’s challenge.

Stew and I headed south Labor Day weekend like we do every year to visit my brother Shawn and his family.  One of the greatest treasures of my life (and if you’ve followed me for any length of time, you already know this) is the relationships I have with my nieces and nephews.  This niece in particular is pretty much my mini me – though, thankfully for her, she gets her fashion sense from her mother! 

I was over-joyed to learn that she has begun to keep a journal.  I very much want to cultivate this joy for journaling and this habit for her because I think it will be a wonderful thing to look back on over the years and discover how she’s moved from who she is now at seven to the adult that she will become. 

Before bed on this particular evening – and honestly, I can’t believe I’m sharing this picture considering that I’m in my pajamas and glasses and the face has been washed clean – she and I sat down in bed to capture the moments of the day.

She wanted to journal about the events that occurred on Tuesday when she met her friend’s mother for the first time because, and I’m quoting here, “nothing special happened today.”  With me sitting next to her, she says this – thanks, Kid! 

Since the layout is all about us girls, I took this opportunity to use supplies that I don’t pull out often.  I had bling, and pearls and flowers and the list of girlie things goes on and on.  Even still, from that stash, I only ended up using a few pieces of bling and the flowers and butterfly from Prima. 

I started this layout using a sketch from scrappingrooster.com.   If you haven’t seen Gretchen’s work, I highly recommend that you get over there and check it out.  She’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.  You can see the sketch and her layout here.  Using a sketch was a great way to quickly figure out what has been troubling me in my scrapbooking lately – it’s all about the layering of those papers.  Somehow I’ve forgotten how to do that and it’s creating much frustration.  The more I do it, the better it will become again, but like with everything else in life, if you don’t use it you lose it – let’s not talk about my math skills, okay?  I’ll be practicing that in my next couple of layouts, but in the meantime, using the sketch as a starting point did make jumping in easier.  I quickly veered away, but came back again when it was time to add the cluster in the upper left.  What a novel thought, that I don’t have to have every element on my page touching.  Ahhh, how freeing. 

In the end, this may be the happiest I’ve been with a layout in some time, so thank you Gretchen!  Believe me, I’ll be coming back for some more sketch inspiration very soon.

Unfortunately, there will be no process video for this layout.  I made the video, but when I uploaded it, I sounded like a chipmunk - of the Alvin variety.  I have no idea what sound a real chipmuck makes.  The raw files for this one are gone - so we'll have to admire just from the stills.  Hope you still enjoy and I'll be back later with process videos coming your way.

Until next time, Gina

Gina: 12x12 Layout, Caught Red Handed

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Well, folks, the end of the year is almost upon us and I must say that it’s been quite a challenging year on multiple fronts, but we’re putting this year behind us, we’re not even glancing in that rear view mirror, we’re on the open road and we’re moving forward.  That’s what this month around here has been all about:  deciding our goals for not only this site but for ourselves.  I think that the month of December is always one of reflection about what has been and I have to be honest, there’s been some of that, but for the most part, it’s all future planning and I have to say, I’m excited about it. 

In the vein of wrapping up things, I’ve done a lot more crafting than I have done blogging.  Sometimes, the words just don’t come – neither here in written form or on my youtube channel in spoken form.  If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know of my struggles this year with my crafting.  I’m happy to say that I think that I’ve moved past them, but there are some layouts that remain that you may be interested in seeing and as such, I’m interested in showing them to you.

First up is a layout that had been percolating around in my head since these photos first appeared on Christina’s facebook page in November of 2014.  I stole the pictures right away and even printed them that day, but for whatever reason, I couldn’t figure out how to get the pictures on to a scrapbook page.  Then, I saw this cut file in the Silhouette store.  It reads, “Caught Red Handed,” add that one to the cut file that says “Busted”, and at that moment, I knew that the idea for the layout had finally arrived.  

You see, the then two year old decided she wanted a snack and so, she helped herself into the pantry to find one.  Her mother turned around to see just these two little feet (with her shoes on backwards, no less) poking out from underneath the door way.  I’m so thankful that Christina captured not just my niece’s reaction to being caught, but those little feet that she first noticed.

It didn’t take very long to make this layout – even with the fighting I did with my sewing machine.  That washi tape you see at the top and bottom, yeah, that wasn’t supposed to be there, but I had to rescue the mangled mess that was my sewing along the bottom.  Just need more practice with that.

I used the red camera inthe bottom left of the layout to pull some of that red color that is so predominant in the rest of the layout down into that section.  Used some black triangles and that plastic phrase “I Want to Remember” that I received in a Scraptastic Kit many moons ago and rounded out the embellishments with some cork.  The cork stars to continue the theme of stars from the vellum background, the “hi” to indicate her mother finding her.  The phrase “a little birdie told me” to reflect Christina posting the picture on Facebook and I just had to point to those two little feet.

If you’d like to travel back in time and watch me create this layout, please visit my youtube channel at the link below.

Otherwise, I’ll see you next time – with GASP! a before and after video of my scrapping space.   


Gina - October Cut Challenge "Always By My Side"

The cut file I used for this month’s challenge, I bought a long, long time ago, but I always intended to use it with a picture of Stew’s mom and dad.  They’re bird watchers and mom loves owls, so this silhouette file was just perfect for them.  When their 46th wedding anniversary came around this year, dad posted this picture of them from their wedding on Facebook, as he does every year.  I just knew that this was the perfect opportunity to meld that photo and this die cut together.

I always print my die cuts on American Crafts white cardstock.  It’s the best I’ve found for cutting and it accepts colors pretty well.  I thought at first that I’d color the die cuts with gelatos, but decided spraying them with mist would be easier – or so I thought.  Most of the mists I pulled out to use on this layout are clogged.  I’m going to have to do something about that – what that is, I haven’t a clue, other than I think this is a sign that I need to use my supplies more.

I wanted the layout to be black, white and red – a combination that is one of my favorites and I think is perfect for wedding layouts.  I decided to spray the tree with silver from Mr. Hueys, the hearts with a red from Heidi Swapp and the owls black, also from Heidi Swapp.

Then the struggle began.  I wasn’t sure where to place anything on this layout.  But after moving things around and fiddling with it some more and leaving it to go watch some tv – I came back to it and realized that the major problem I was having was the longest branch on the tree was going the wrong way.  Flipped that over, sprayed the other side, and finally, I settled on a layout that I was happy with.  The thing I think I love the most about this layout, other than the cute as heck picture, is the hearts I put on the owls.  I just think with the way they are looking at each other and the way Mom and Dad are looking at each other in the photo, the love is so evident – it’s perfect.

I’m super happy that this photo is now a permanent part of my scrapbook, since really, this moment truly captures the very, very beginning of Stew and my story. 

If you’d like to watch me put this layout together, as always, you can follow the link below to my YouTube channel…


Until next time, Gina