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  I used the photo template (I originally made it to make my life easier while working on this project and decided I had to include it in with the cut file!)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!


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: 12 x 12 Digital Scrapbook Layout using One Little Bird's #Hangry


I've mentioned previously that I am one of the guest digital creative team members for One Little Bird during the month of May.  One of her new releases were a set of digital brush stamps and journaling cards called #hangry.  These were actually released in physical form in the Kelly Purkey shop a while back and sold out very quickly.  So this month Peppermint released them in digital format in her shop on The Lily Pad store.

These really excited me because right away I spotted a stamp that hit near and dear to my heart.  Or I guess it hit below my heart right in the area of my stomach!  There was a stamp that said Burger Addict.  Um... yes please.  Me!  *raises hand*


This photo was taken on our last night in Las Vegas.  I can't believe it's been a year since we returned from our Vegas trip.  What fun.  I loved that trip.  It felt like a grown up vacation and I haven't had many of those yet. 

This layout was fun to make and there were so many items to use in these kits that coordinate so well together that it was actually hard holding myself back.  I had to delete a few things when I was done because they were just too much.

Besides the #Hangry stamps ( I used it that awesome burger addict stamp to create the piece of flair shown in the layout above) and Journaling cards, I also used items from her Nosh kit and also Prix Fixe kit.  I also used one of her sketch/templates called Flight Plan 28.

I posted this layout on instagram a few days ago and needed to catch up here as well.

Hope you are well and that this burger didn't make you too hungry.  Sorry.


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   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 - 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

Shellie - November Challenge "Food" - Las Vegas Eats

For my November challenge (food) I decided to use the photos we took of what we ate when Gina and I went to Vegas in May.  On our trips we try to take a picture of all of our meals, whether it's a donut or somewhere fancy.  We did the same on our Disney trip in July.  I think that the only meal we didn't take a picture of was the buffet brunch we had at the Wynn. 
The dining tables and the buffet were so seperate that it didn't occur to us I guess.  I do have some pictures of the flowers they had but none of my food or the buffet tables. 

These pictures are almost in order of consumption except I wanted the "feature" picture to be my favorite meal.  Technically photos 2 and 3 on the bottom row would be reversed it I had these completely chronological.

During the Black Friday sale at The Lily Pad digital store I bought a set of what in my head where page templates.  I loved this layout above and the others are simple and minimalist and I just liked them.  If I'd been paying attention I would have seen that these are not template but pre-designed pages.  The only parts on the original layout I could actually edit was the journaling.  I could insert my photos, change the copy and that's it.  But I didn't want to use the embellishments she'd used on this particular layout because they didn't coordinate with my topic.  Fortunately I was able to remove them using photoshop but that means the other layouts that came in the set are going to be the same and that's disappointing.  (They're still pretty, don't get me wrong, but I wasn't buying what I thought I was in my head.)

But I was able to fix this one easy enough.  Most of the embellishments I used were from One Little Bird.  She's still one of my top favorites when it comes to digital scrapbooking files.  I used two of her digital kits - Nosh and Prix Fixe

Nosh - two phrase paper strips.  Prix Fixe - flair, wood veneer silverware, bon appetite word art

The glitter sprinkle is from Valerie Wibbens in her embellishment set called Sprinkles V34.

My favorite part about scrapbooking and documenting is that as I go back and look through the images I get to experience the memories and moments again.  It's the best part I think and I know that's the point.  But sometimes I forget and it's a nice reminder when I get down into a project... oh yeah, this is the whole point.

Until next time.


Shellie: October Challenge #2 - TV Show

I had every intention of doing this challenge digitally but I'm having this weird aversion to sitting at my computer.  It's the room layout or something that's causing it but it's there, none the less and is also the cause for my slow updates.  I'm avoiding the machine.

Anyway, so I have known exactly what I wanted to do since the moment we decided on the subject of TV show for our challenge.  I wanted to do a summary of my current Netflix watch list.  I wanted it to be minimalist and each photo to be a little square. What I ended up with is nothing of the sort and while I still like it, I feel a little like my inner high school girl escaped me while I was creating. 

I searched for photos online and printed them which wasn't as easy as one might think.  Getting the right image and the right cast members and the logo etc was harder than I thought it was going to be.  I wanted a lot of the cast to be included in my Buffy picture but I just couldn't find one that I liked so ended up with Buffy solo in this one.  Same with CSI:NY which was the hardest to find.  I'm still in the earlier seasons so I wanted to include Stella since she's still on the show instead of Sela Ward's character.

Anyway, I eventually got them and printed them and they were all a little larger than I'd planned.  I decided to use a new paper pack that I picked up at GiGi's a couple weeks ago - My Mind's Eye "My Story".  It's full of cream and black, hot pink and gold.  It's a fun collection of papers. 

This is only my third 12x12 paper layout and I'm no expert at it.  Getting these pics where I wanted them took me a while.  But I'm satisfied with how it came out.

Here's the aftermath. :)

Gina: October Challenge #1 TV Show - "Surprise Favorite"

Shellie picking television as the theme for this month’s second challenge was a bit overwhelming.  You see, I watch entirely too much tv, so deciding what I was going to scrap for this was certainly a challenge.  I surely didn’t want to make a list of all of the television shows I watch, because I just can’t even admit that to myself (by the way: Code Black – new favorite!).

So I decided to talk about a show that we recently stumbled upon and once we did, we binge watched until we had caught up – just in time for them to end the series.  I’m like the kiss of death to new tv shows – if I like it, it’ll for sure be cancelled.  Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned Code Black up there in case the tv Gods are listening.

Stew and I were bored one night, I mean, come on, summer tv…blah, so we were searching through Amazon trying to find something to watch because goodness forbid we actually do something.  HA!  We decided to start watching this show called Strike Back.  I’d never heard of it, but after reading the description, watching the preview, and knowing how much I loved The Unit, this seemed right up my alley.  It was awesome!  So, that’s what I’ve scrapped for this month’s challenge.

Have you ever had an idea for a layout so clear in your head, but when you sit down to actually scrap it, you don’t know what happens?  That’s what occurred with this layout.  In the end, I have to be honest, it’s not one of my favorites.  I wanted gritty and messy, but I think what came to life on paper is tortured and overdone – but you know, it’s in the book and it captures like a week and a half of our life, so it’s important.  I’m serious, except for work, all we did was watch this show!

I’m glad this challenge is over and I’m looking forward to next month’s challenges.  Hopefully, one day soon, scrapping won’t be as frustrating as it has been recently.  I think I just need to do it more, ya know….

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

Shellie: Disney Travel Journal

Disney Vacation Travel Journal - "as it happens" but not really.  :)

Disney Vacation Travel Journal - "as it happens" but not really.  :)

In July, Gina and I went to Walt Disney World in Orlando to celebrate my 39th birthday.  It was hotter than the blazing fires of hell, but we still had an amazing time.  I lived in Orlando for more than 12 years and even worked there for several of them but this was still one of the best times I've had at the park.

Gina drove down from one of the sites she visits for work and then we road tripped it from my house.  I do live in Florida, but most people just don't realize how long it actually is from one end of Florida to the other.  From where I live to Orlando, it's about a 7.5 hour drive.  (Depending on how fast you drive and how often you have to stop to pee, of course.)

This is what the welcome sign looks like at full speed. :) I love how this picture came out.

This is what the welcome sign looks like at full speed. :) I love how this picture came out.

We arrived about 10:30pm and the very first thing we did was set up our on the road crafting space on the hotel table.  We both brought a crap load of supplies that we had such good intentions of using.  Little did we know.

The crafting spot.

The crafting spot.

See we planned to make little travel journals during our breaks and in the evenings.  And we did... for about half a day.  But then sheer exhaustion kind of killed our plans and our beautiful little crafting area just sat abandoned.

I did a few pages of journaling while I was there.  I may have made it through the first day but maybe not.  The rest of my journaling I did from home.  But I still wanted to make the book so I continued on the same path I'd intended to take while I was there.  I journalled about each day and tucked and clipped in the corresponding photos.  I didn't want a neat and organized book, I wanted it to be very cobbled and clipped together.  Collected.  And I think that in the end it came out as I'd hoped.

I use bit and pieces from a lot of sources and I'm not going to look at each piece to try and determine where they came from.  But for the major pieces I used 3 main sources.

And so it begins...  Notebook by Heidi Swapp and the Sn@p Pack by SN@P.

And so it begins...  Notebook by Heidi Swapp and the Sn@p Pack by SN@P.

The notebook was by Heidi Swapp and I bought it on sale at JoAnn before the trip.  It says Notes on the front in gold lettering but I covered that up.  It turned out to be exactly the right size.  In fact, I think that I only ended up with the back side of the last page blank.  It couldn't have been more perfect. 

I used a Simple Stories Sn@p Pack that was Disney themed and I bought at Michael's.  Most of my stuff came from this.

I also used a few prints and cuts I made using two digital kits.

1. Project Mouse from Sahlin Studio that I purchased at The Lily Pad online store.

2. Dreams Come True from Scott Girl that I purchased at The Digital Press

I used a ton of different clips and after doing the journaling for the entire trip, went back and printed and just clipped a bunch of photos into the book.  It came out fat and jumbled with stuff sticking out on all sides and I love it.  The only thing I don't love is my cover.  It needs something else and I just don't know what that is.  So for now I'm calling it done and moving on.

Gina (left) used YouTube for a quick lesson on how to use chopsticks.  And (right) there was a total tool making a fool of himself in front of the Mexico spot so I covered him with the geotag.

Gina (left) used YouTube for a quick lesson on how to use chopsticks.  And (right) there was a total tool making a fool of himself in front of the Mexico spot so I covered him with the geotag.

Gina and I took literally thousands of photos on this trip and I'm going to do a mega mega Disney trip book with them and so I'm not going to go back and worry about this one any longer. 

Next trip I hope to do better at my on the spot journaling and since we hopefully won't ever do Disney again in July (LOL) then it shouldn't beproblem in the future.  Sorry for the picture overload.

Gina: RED September Challenge, Sew

If you read my post about our other September challenge, you know that there is a machine in my room that doesn't get the love it deserves.  What you may not know is that the Silhouette isn't the only machine in my room that gets neglected.  Ahhh, that wonderful sewing machine that I just had to have.  You do know how wonderful stitching looks on layouts, don't you?  I certainly do - yet, every time I look at the sewing machine, I shudder, turn around and try to pretend that it doesn't exist.  So, around here, we're giving ourselves challenges that inspire us to create and/or force us out of our comfort zone.  The sew on a layout challenge was born.

To be honest, I was in full on procrastination mode.  I'd look at that sewing machine, turn back to my craft table and say to myself, how about another day, until I was discussing this problem with Shellie and she kindly pointed out that nowhere in the challenge did it say that we had to use the sewing machine.  The challenge was simply to sew on a layout.  Well, that certainly changed things.

Off to the drawer with the Amy Tan stitching templates I went and the rest as they say....well, you get the idea.

The layout captures a picture of Stew and me.  We were in Baltimore for a show at the Hippodrome and decided instead of driving home that night (we live about 45 minutes away) we'd just get a room and go home in the morning.  It was spontaneous and lovely and this picture I think captures those emotions.  The background paper I used gave me almost all of the embellishment the page needed, but I added some die cuts and vellum pieces along with the hand stitching and used a die cut as my title and that my friends, wrapped up this layout.

I recorded the video for this layout in real time, so if you'd like to see it come together from start to finish, please head on over to my youtube channel and take a look.

Until next time, Gina