What? Gems on a boy layout!

November 4, 2017

Good Morning,

These photos have taken me forever to find the right paper line to scrap these pictures. In fact, it has been so long, my son who was in 3rd grade at the time of these pictures is now in Middle School!

Finally, Doodlebug Designs came to my rescue by releasing Dragon Tails earlier this year. This line has been good for birthday layouts as in the one found here, but also for things like dragon slaying and sword fighting….with balloons!

As I get myself more involved in social media, I am finding so many scrapbookers who have a hard time doing boy or guy layouts. As a mom of three boys, I never gave it much thought other than to think the majority of the industry caters to young girls and women. I am not a pro, but one thing I do not have a problem with is adding sparkle and floral components when warranted.

On this layout that you will notice I used gems. The large blue gems helped the swords come to life (cameo cut file “Pirate Sword” by Amy Robinson).  On the journaling card, they act as to give the feel of a tacked up sign. Then I lucked out to find grey pearl gems in my stash to help move the eye across the page as it felt like the two sides were divided.  I used my circle punch to make “tabs” then added a gem to look like a tag pull.

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I use them a lot to move an eye around, dot I’s and give a border on a picture. What is best about these adhesive pearls or gems is they are not “heavy” looking on a page. As compared to an ephemera piece or sticker. Even a stamp sometimes seems like it takes up too much of the visual! As an alternative, if I am out of gems I reach for my Nuvo enamel drops or the new glitter drops.  What do you think, do you use gems or something sparkly on your guy layouts?  Let me know in the comments!

You don’t have to give up your bling just because you are doing a boy or male layout.   What do you think, do you use gems or something sparkly on your guy layouts?  Let me know in the comments!

Here is my supply list:

Silhouette Cameo

doodlebug 12 x12 collection pack

Adhesive Eraser

Scotch ATG

Until next time…….

Silhouette Cameo “For You” Card

June 14, 2017

Good Morning,

One of the things I love about the Silhouette Cameo is the abundance of projects with customizable layers and shapes. One of these is this verstle card by Lori Whitlock called “For You”.  I opted for the bright colors and to use all the layers the cut file offered. Week June 12 facebook-2

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This card is made using a mix of Fancy Pants Designs, “Be You” and Doodlebug Linen and gingham in green,pink and yellow shades. I opted to add a gem topped brad to the flower but the cut file does come with a center piece. I was thinking niext time it might be fun to add crystal drops to the center circle for color and dimension.  This is what I love about this card is the different ways it can be used.

Here is my supply list:

  • Doodlebug gingham and linen papers: limeade, cupcake (pink) lemonade (light yellow) bumble bee (darker yellow)
  • Fancy Pants “Be You” (older collection)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Store: Lori Whitlock cut file “For You”
  • Gem top brad
  • Xyron X and 3 inch machine

 

I alwasy appreciate the visits and comments.

Until next time…….

 

Organizing for Christmas with Doodlebug “Here Comes Santa Claus”

November 18, 2016

Good Morning,

I can’t believe how fast the holidays are coming this year.  While I love this time of year, I also struggle to get everything I want to do finished. Those of us here in the U.S. have Thanksgiving coming up next week. For me that means doing all the cooking, then we start our Christmas prep but at the same time plan for my son’s and my husband’s birthday within the first two weeks of December then jump back into Christmas prep.   Every year I have big plans to stay organized, do more fun events, etc., etc.  The past few years with the addition of the little one, I just can’t seem to stay on top of things. I sometimes feel like I am the only Mom who can’t get it together.

This year after admitting the problem I came up with what I hope will be a solution. I thought if I create something that colorful and fun by the door then perhaps I will have a fighting chance. Doodlebug’s countdown paper from the ” Here Comes Santa Claus” collection inspired me to create a box with 24 file folders so each tradition and event can be planned ahead. I will know what is happening for that day and if I need to prep ahead of time instead of the usual mad dash.

Here is my crafty solution:

I used white card stock cut to  6 1/2 by 9 then did an offset fold. I used the rest of the collection papers, stickers, and Doodlebug’s new Silhouette cut files to decorate them.

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For me, color and fun design make me happy which means I am more likely to stay on track. I tried to do each file a little different to keep the interest up.  I used the border scrapbook paper on all the files then decorated the front with  4×4 and 4×6 cut-a-part sheets, 12×12 stickers and the icons stickers.

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Some of the folders depict actual events that are part of our family traditions such as writing a letter to Santa, getting the tree, looking at lights and of course baking. Please understand I am not any way shape or form professing to be good at baking. It is more about spending time with my boys in the kitchen. I am happy they still like to help out with the cookies.  For the set above I used their cute mail truck border along with the letters to Santa stickers.  Given my new love of interactive elements, I had to make a belly band and a pocket out of the heart paper both with removable tags.

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This set and the one below shows some of the silhouette cut files. I love the milk and cookies, it was so easy to piece together. The gifts on the gingham paper are also part of the cut file. Of course, I had to use the Tim Holtz “dripping” die to give that snowy feel with a little bling.

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Speaking of bling, I found these clear stars in my stash that worked well for the ornament string.

To hold all of these cards I made a chipboard box. I thought at first, I could do it on the silhouette, but the chipboard was too thick for the machine.  After sitting there staring at my machine willing it to take the chipboard, I finally accepted I would have to do it by hand.  I struggle enough with getting things straight with my trimmer; now I am adding super thick chipboard. UUGHH! A couple of different tries and a now dull blade later, I came up was this chipboard box covered with a white card stock base for extra support. I  finished it with the red snowflake and the hearts scrapbook paper from the collection.

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I wanted to give the look of the snow dripping from the eves of a house. I pulled out my trusty Tim Holtz “dripping” die to create the snowy border then used my new Wink of Stella Pen in silver to add some subtle sparkle. I then worked on decorating each side with some gems, the large sticker sheet, and Icon sheet from the collection.

While I figure there is probably a better method for constructing the box, I have to say I feel pretty good for my first time out. All I have to do now is plan out this month’s events and then it is just a matter of each day going through the box.  I think I can..I think I can..

I am interested to hear how all of you stay organized during this busy holiday season, please share in comments your best practice. How do you fit everything into your schedule? Or maybe you are more like me which I would be thrilled to know, perhaps we can develop a support group. (FYI-“Support group” is code for sharing chocolate or about finding good chocolate)  🙂

Thank you for stopping in and I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time….

 

 

 

Doodlebug Autumn Scrapbook Page

November 15, 2016

Good Morning,

This past week I have been in a serious creative mode so I am excited to share my latest projects with you. However, I am not so eager to clean up the huge mess I created in the process.

Today I am sharing a 12×12 scrapbook page I created with the new Doodlebug Fall Collection “Flea Market”. I love the bright clear colors as well as their new cut files for Silhouette.

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This collection reminds me of farms, the countryside and of course treasures found at a flea market. The image of the old truck is one my favorites, to me, it embodied the whole feeling of the collection.  When the truck was included in  new cut files for Silhouette, I knew I wanted to build a scrapbook page  around it.  The Doodlebug files are very user-friendly with the right amount of layers and details to customize the cut.   The file has a shadow layer which I used to cut chipboard. (I like the stability chipboard adds to larger die cuts.)  Aside from the truck and the road, the rest of the papers, embellishments and die cuts are all Doodlebug. I filled the truck with die cuts from the “odds and ends” pack. (I think these packs are the best deal in town. 78 pieces for a few dollars) I poured all the die cuts on my desk then had fun trying different options to fill up the truck bed.

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The hills are cut from the” Petite Prints Gingham and Linen” collection.  I think the gingham is perfect for the countryside feel. The trees are all a part of the “odds and ends” pieces.  The “apples” in the tree come from the new matte enamel dots.

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I used the small frames (odds and ends pack)  to use cropped Instagram photos or for journaling.  The large sticker sheet perfect size words to embellish the frames.

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Finally, I created the photo mat from my favorite pattern paper of the collection, the plaid. The design looks good with every color plus I like how it easily ties all the colors on the page together. The embellishments on the top and bottom are adhered in a way to allow for a photo slide under them.

I have more to come from Doodlebug’s Flea Market collection. There is a sneak peek on my Instagram if you are curious.

I always appreciate the visit and welcome your comments.

Until next time……

A Sneak Peek of a New Holiday Project Using Doodlebug “Here Comes Santa”

November 6, 2016

Good Morning,

I have been in my craft room all weekend finishing up older projects and this new one I am sharing about today.  I needed something to help me plan and keep track of the Christmas season events. Here is a sneak peek of a project coming this week.

Doodlebug recently came out with their new Christmas line titled “Here Comes Santa Claus” and I love the bright colors and icons. This collection is fun plus they have joined the Silhouette community, I have been going crazy buying up the designs.

No matter how much I vow each year to be better organized for the December Season I end up falling hopelessly behind. What usually throws me off is the two birthdays our family has right at the beginning of the month. Hopefully my new idea of an event box, daily countdown…not sure yet on a name….with daily plans will help.  The goal being to outline the month so more gets done in smaller steps. I made these file folders 4 3/4  (5 1/2 with the 2×2 square countdown tab) by 6 1/2, so I could put notes in them as well as pictures. Hopefully, it will help later as I go to scrapbook the season. Once I finish the last set of tab folders, I plan on decorating the file fronts as well.

I created the file folders using 8 1/2 x 11 white 80lb cardstock.  Then used Doodlebug’s 12×12 gingham and linen paper (their version of  a solid)  to cover the front of the file. As I started to adhere the tabs I caught myself forgetting to account for the middle and right side tabs luckily the count numbers  I had done and multiple of 3’s worked out.

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Next,  I used one of the collection papers that has borders. Along with the border strips, I also used the border stickers to supplement.  Being a color motivated person, I thought pops of colors peeking out of the file would be more enticing.

Inside each folder, I will be adding a card detailing a to-do list or event for the day along with any notes of funny antics happening along the way. I am planning using the gingham-linen 6×6 pad that goes with this collection to create the cards.

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Aren’t these colors yummy?

Finally, I am working on creating a chipboard box to hold it all and place near my front door, so I remember to look in it daily.

I am hoping to have this finished in the next couple of days and do a reveal. (Hopefully, my local Scrapbook store will still have the paper in stock.)  Stay tuned for more project details coming soon.

Thanks for taking a look, until next time….

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