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


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.

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.


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!


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!


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!


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 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

Shellie: Boots 12 x 12 Layout

I've always wanted a pair of rain boots and I've never had any.  I see them in their cute little designs and I want them... then I look at the price and my cheap cheap heart goes... no way! 

So I haven't made it home with rain boots of my own to date. 

But this little girl has had 3 pair that I know of in her young life.  And they're so. freaking. cute.  I mean seriously, one pair was pink and flashed crazy lights when you walked.  But I think these yellow ones are my favorites so far. 

When I cut out this umbrella cut file I remembered the pictures I took of these super cute rain boots and decided I wanted to try and find a way to use them in this layout.  She never stands still so the pictures were all over the place and there were so many.  I had narrowed it down to five but eventually (after much back and forth and back and forth...) settled on these three. 

I pulled out my beloved box o' Felicity Jane papers and embellishments and went to town.  Not all of these embellishments are from my FJ kits but most are. I keep all of the kits in a single box together because one of my favorite thing about them is they pretty much ALL MATCH.  And they're all "my colors" so that's super handy. 

  • The doily, puffy alphas, sequins and all of the papers backing the umbrellas are from FJ.
  • My background paper is from the FJ Note to Self Kit and that yellow strip of hearts at the bottom is actually the back of the branding strip.  It matched so perfectly I couldn't bring myself to cut it off.
  • The journaling circle is from Ali Edwards - WITL 2015 I think.
  • The flair came from Joann in a set. (I love flair.  It never gets old to me.)
  • The quote came from a 12 x 12 paper by Echo Park Paper called Border Strips from the Splendid Sunshine line by Alisha Gordon. 

I did film the making of this layout and hopefully I can figure out the editing portion of the video scenario soon and can post them online. 

I used the newest cut file in our shop, a grouping of umbrellas.  If you like it, please head on over to the shop (link at the top) and grab it.

Talk to you soon!


Shop Update - New Cut File

Hi there!

Just wanted to pop in to let you know that we've added a new cut file set to the RED shop (and etsy store, if you prefer).  This cut file set was inspired by a place that Gina and I visited on our trip to Vegas last year.

In the Encore (Resort and Casino) there is a pair of bars called, Parasols Up and Parasols Down.  One is on the second floor, directly above the other on the first.  Above both are these huge "parasols" that are beautiful and that slowly move up and down.  It's a really lovely spot.

Here are some of the giant parasols going up and down...

I love umbrellas.  It's odd, I know.  I have the most awesome umbrella right now that I got at Disney World last year that has lace and Minnie Mouse on it.  It's so awesome.

Anyway, this cut file set as 6 files in 4 formats each - svg, dxf, jpeg and png.  So you should be able to use them in whatever way you choose, cut files, digital art... you name it.

There are single umbrellas - outlines and solid and one big grouping. 

You can find this set here in our shop (see the menu above) or if you prefer to use Etsy, they are in our shop there as well.

Please, if you use them, we'd love to see your work and possibly feature it on the blog or social media.

PS - we've had our first sale!  How exciting.  *does happy dance*  Okay, I'm calm now.


Shellie: Hybrid "Celebrate" birthday card


This card I made as part of our April Challenge.  We haven't been keeping up with out challenges very well but I do plan on going back and doing the ones that I missed.

April's challenge was to make 3 cards and give them away.

This card I made for my Sister-in-law, Miranda.  Her birthday was May 21st.  She did not get this card because I'm AWFUL at sending cards on time.  It's something I REALLY want to work on because really it's a bad habit I need to break.  But my entire family is getting together on the 28th to celebrate my mom's and my aunt's birthday so I'm going to give it to Miranda then. (I forgot again.  So it's going in the mail.)

I have always loved this cupcake image from one of the One Little Bird digital kits from a year, maybe two years ago.  I downloaded the file this month and used it to make this hybrid card. 

First I inserted several elements from the kit into Adobe Illustrator (importing them into Silhouette would work also).  In this case I did the cupcake (I duplicated it and made several sizes because I wasn't sure which size would look best on the card.), a couple of the hand written greetings and this plaid background paper because I loved the colors and how they matched the cupcake.

I did a live trace for the words and cupcakes and with a tiny bit of tweaking created an offset path so I could cut out the files and leave a little bit of a white border around the elements then I printed them and cut them out using my Silhouette.  It worked BEAUTIFULLY.


In fact, it worked so well that the part that took me the longest was deciding where to place the two background tags.  I must have moved those two little rectangles of paper about a million times.  But I finally settled on a spot.  A little sprinkle of sequins and this super cute card was finished.

I really enjoyed using the hybrid method and my digital stash to create this card and think I may do a lot of this in the future.  My digital scrap stash is huge and so much of it has gone unused and I think this would be an awesome way to get more out of those files. 

And Happy Birthday, Miranda.


Our New Shop launch and first item! So excited!

We are so excited to have our first item in the shop.  Gina and I have talked forever about whether or not we wanted our own place to sell the designs that we create.  We agreed that we do, so then we've talked a million times about what we want to include.

We both agree that we don't want to just toss crap online just to try and make money.  We want to sell only the products that we use ourselves and are the best that we can make them.  We hope in time that you'll agree.

Over the next few weeks and months we will be growing our items for sale.  We have ideas about where this will go, but of course anything is possible. 

We've also decided to have both a shop here and an Etsy shop, at least in the beginning.  Not everyone has been to our site or even knows it exists so the Etsy store made sense.  In time there will probably be content that is exclusive to the shop on this site though.  The details have yet to be hashed out there so we are going to just play it by ear.

Our first product is a set of cut files called Fly.  I've wanted to make a hot air balloon layout for awhile.  I just love them and when I saw the pretty diamond patterned paper in my February Felicity Jane kit I knew it would be perfect. 

This kit includes the original hot air balloon file with the title attached as the feature but also includes the set without the title - not everyone wants to use that one word in their layouts, I get that.  It also includes a single balloon, the word Fly by itself and also the templates to cut out the filler or background balloon shapes if you want to back them as I did in my layout.

I've included the files in SVG, DXF, JPEG formats and decided to include them in PNG as well so they could be used for digital layouts as well.

You can find the set on our shop here at the link above and on our Etsy shop.

Our Etsy shop:

If you do purchase and use these files, please show us what you've made with them.  We'd love to show your work here on the site or on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  We don't have a creative team or anything (not necessary with only one product!) so we'd love to see how other use our stuff.

Thanks for your support!  Please don't hesitate to contact one of us with any questions.

GINA: 12x12 Layout: You Gave Me Wings So I Can Fly

Last Saturday, Stew and I were out doing what I would like to call thrifting.  I know it's probably not a verb, but that's what I call it.  During our jaunts, I received a text from Shellie - nothing strange about that, she and I are in pretty much constant contact, but this text was different.  It included the statement that said something along the lines of, "I think i just created our first product," and she sent me a picture.  My exact response to her text cannot be reprinted here - I mean, there was a meme the other day that said something along the lines of "my swear jar could fund the space program", so you can imagine the word that popped into my head.  I was completely blown away, as I always am, by Shellie's talent and I am so happy and proud to be a part of what we are growing here on this website.  There's been much activity lately behind the scenes and a lot more to come and it all is very exciting, but I want to take a pause for a moment and just savor this.  What started as some off handed and half joking texts has morphed into what you see here today and though the past year has been a quiet one, the coming year, most certainly, will not be. 

With all of that being said, it is with great happiness that I share with you the layout that I created using the awesome cut file that Shellie created.

Before I start talking about this layout, let me tell you about the die cut.  With the exception of multiple user errors (make sure your silhouette blade is secured in its housing, that's all I'm going to say about that), this file cut beautifully - I used heavy cardstock settings with a blade depth of 8.  The first time I cut it, the blade depth was set at 3.  I only spent about 15 minutes separating all of the delicate parts before I just cut it again.  I always forget to change that.

The lovely thing about the files you will receive when you buy this item is that you get the file in every configuration you can imagine.  Want the whole file?  It's there.  Want just the balloons?  Yes, that's there, too - provided for you.  No manipulation for you to do.  Want just the title?  Also, there.  Want to print it, that's easy, just open the PDF.  Want to back it with patterned paper, as Shellie did in her example? You won't need to figure out the shape or size of those background papers.  The templates are included in the files you receive.  Believe me, it's all there and on the off chance you want the file in a configuration that we haven't thought of, please, shoot us an email and we will see what we can do about making that happen with our products in the future.  I don't know if you can tell, but I'm just a teensy tiny (okay, a lot) excited about this!  

So now that I've described just how awesome this product is, let me tell you about my project.

This layout is meaningful to me in so many ways.  This time of the year is super difficult for me.  Twelve years ago on April 14th, I lost my mom.  May 2nd is her birthday and then there's the holiday I have come to dread with all that I am: mother's day.  It's one reminder after another of that hole in my life, but as Shellie and I step into this next stage of our dream, it seemed appropriate that my mom be a part of it with us.  

The moment I saw the word "fly" on the cut file, I had an idea for the direction of this layout.  Getting from that idea to what you see in this final piece was not without a lot of tears, but also smiles, too.  Thoughts of my mom give me so much peace and even though she is not here physically, I feel her in every thing that I do and it may seem crazy, but I'm very aware of the signs that she sends to let me know that she's still with me.  I don't think it was a coincidence at all that as I started this layout, Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath my Wings" played on Pandora.  It was the song I dedicated to my mom time and time again, so it made perfect sense.

The photo I used was one I took during my mom's "photo shoot" for her online profile.  My mother hated to have her picture taken, a fact that bothers me to this day since I don't have that many photos of her.  As such, I've scrapped photos from this day more than once and will probably continue to do so.  Public Service Announcement time:  get in the photo, people!  I don't care why you hate being in photos, none of that will matter when the people who love you want to look back and remember - so, get rid of the insecurities or anything else that's holding you back and get yourself in front of the lens from time to time.  Let me assure you, it will be appreciated!  Okay, sorry, that's the end of my soap box about that....

For my layout, I used American Crafts cardstock in white for both my die cut and my background paper.  To give some color to the background and to give a sky appearance, I used a gradient palette of pan pastels and covered the white cardstock.  It was my first time using Pan Pastels.  What was I waiting for? Those things are lovely. 

Some other things I did on the layout:

I layered Prima and Crate Paper papers behind my photo.  I used a method that I picked up from a crafter I've been watching on YouTube lately and loving.  Her name is Cindy Brown.  I think that she is on the design team for just about every product line that I love, so I watch her quite frequently and one of the things that she does, or what it appears to me that she does, is that she picks her layering papers and then randomly cuts them into different sizes.  I did that here.  Additionally, I used a small magnetic craft mat and some magnets to hold my layers while I was deciding on their permanent placement.  It was the easiest way I have found to layer ever.

Once my layers were finished, I realized that everything was looking a bit boxy - so I pulled out some doilies and some Martha Stewart metal tags to give the layout some curves. 

To add some dimension, I used texture paste from Finnabair through a Prima stencil to the bottom, left hand side of the page.  I also used the paste just with a palette knife over the edges of the page to give a cloudy, sky appearance.

For embellishments, I used some gem clusters and glass flowers I've had in my stash as well as a large Prima flower.  I added a fabric bird from Kaisercraft, used the dots from my Thickers to move the eye around the page and adhered some meaningful word stickers. 

I decided my balloons needed some clouds so I pulled out some old alterable fabric die cuts from Studio Calico.  I added about seven in the three different sizes in the "sky" and then embellished some with glass and chunky glitter.  On the others, I added a thick coat of Shimmerz Dazzlers mixed with some mica powder.  I tried to swirl the paste on the clouds to give a fluffy appearance.

I added my title using two different fonts and the layout was complete. 

This one took awhile, but in the end, it is one of my most favorite to date. 

I hope you guys like it and I sincerely hope that you'll head on over to the store and pick up this cut file for yourself.  If you do, please share your project with us.  We'd love to see what you create.

If you'd like to check out the process of making this layout, you can find that link below.

Until next time, Happy National Scrapbooking Day!