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…….

P5x7 Paper Tray

July 18, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a quick project to share. I needed something to hold note paper on my desk.  I was getting ready to peruse a big office supply store but first I needed to finish in the Silhouette Design Store. I thought why notsearch for desk organization. I couldn’t believe all the choices available.   I found this little tray and thought it would be perfect so  I skipped the office supply store figuring if this didn’t work out I could still make the trip. I can say it did work out, so I save my self a few dollars to spend on more cut files! 🙂

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After making a simple cut in one sheet of 12 x12 I had this perfect little tray that holds 5×7 note cards. I think I might make another one to hold scraps or finished pieces when working a larger project. However you use it this tray is probably the easiet cut file I have ever had the pleasure of working with, plus I love the functionality of it.

It cuts in one piece and then folds up beautifully. I used scor-tape to adhere the corners as I find it has a little more strength than my ATG. I think it took me all of 5 minutes to put this together.

Here is my quick and easy project that looks amazing. Check out those cut-out handles too.

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Here is my supply list:

  • 1piece of 12 x12 paper
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Lori Whitlock Designs 5×7 Serving Tray in the Silhouette Design Store
  • Scor Tape

Thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions please leave a comment.

Until next time,

 

“Measure -up” Mini Album

July 16, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a mini album I made from scraps while working on my “mason Jar conversion” mini. I had cut several “measuring cups” thinking I would make a formal mini album but in the end just went a with ring for the conversion charts.  To see that project you can click here: Handy Kitchen Mason Jar conversion charts

I loved these measuring cups so I decided to challenge myself to make a less formal quick mini album using the cuts as well as scraps. Here is how my challenge turned out:

The pages are made up of a cut file that is a measuring cup card, that I modified a bit by flipping it and cutting on the connector in some cases. It does come with a base cut as well as top layer.

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The cover page has a separte cut file for the title that had the small measuring cup icon as well.

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Using the cut apart sheets (not all 3×4) I created some flaps and journaling places. The second page has a little bradturning the “Family” tag into a swing tab.

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Once the tag is moved it open to a little flap in which the backside could be for journaling and a 4×4 photo mat. You can see my quick hinge to keep the pages together made from white cardstock. Again super simple mini album meant to be fun and quick.

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The page on the left was a little tricky as I wanted to create a double photo mat opportunity. I layered two papers and added ribbon to cover the seam. The little jewel works as way help the flap open.measuring cup-5

Here is the open flap giving two more places for photos. The photo mat on the measuring cup base is a 4×4, perfect for those cell phone photos.

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The next page I used a 3×4 card trying to pull in some of the yellows and oranges of the previous page top layer. I created a small pocket and put a small tag of extra dot paper for journaling or a picture.

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To keep my color theme going I went with this super cute 3×4 card with the salt and pepper. Then another 4×4 photo mat. I like the slanted orientation of the flap, for me it adds to the whismical nature of this album.measuring cup-8

When I do a mini album I like to incorporate many layers, so I tried my best to sneak that concept in as much as possible. Since I find it so easy to snap a bunch of photos on my phone, these extra little spaces for detail food pictures as well my son are needed. This page has a 3×4 card perfect for a quick title or date. it then opens up to……measuring cup-9

The cute paper with the writing. I like the dark contrast as well. The next page is my “firwork finale” page…

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I was enjoying all the different shapes and colors on the cut apart page, in particular I liked how this small dark piece worked with the colorful 3×4 behind it. The dark color helped pull together the dark colors from the other page.  The top flap opens….

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…to a waterfall of three 3×4 cut aparts with cute sayings and space on the back for pictures. The colorful utensils was first then this green one then…..

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this lemon which is perfect since this son is the lemonade king in our house! Then……measuring cup-13

a little flap to add a little interest and give a journaling spot on the back before opening up to a final 4×4 picture.

I have to say I had so much fun putting this type of album together as I didn’t have to be concerned about precise measurments. I have never done a project “on the fly” like this without a ton of planning, it was so freeing.  I hope you enjoyed it too!

Here is my supply list:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Lori Whitlock Designs: measuring cup shaped card cut file in the Silhouette Design Store
  • Megan Hardy Designs: “Measure Up”  used as the title found in the Silhouette store
  • Echo Park “made from Scratch” paper collection
  • white cardstock for hinges, the cover base and title
  • Bo bunny Double Dot cardstock
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Dry adhesive: ATG

Hope to see you soon,

Happy Birthday Sign

July 14, 2017

Good Morning,

The month of July is busy in our house, I often refer to it as a second Christmas month (at least looking at cost) as three of us have our birthdays this month. I was  trying to get a head start making decorations when I came across this amazing cut file by Snapdragon Snippets on the Silhoutte Cameo.

This sign ends up being pretty thick because it takes 9 layers of cardstock plus a rather clever stand to make the entire thing. I did my best trying to line up all the layers as that is key. This is approx. 4 inches high x 12 across, I think it is perfect for a table center piece.

Layered Happy BirthdayThe paper I used is some older Bo Bunny Surprise collection. I liked the bright colors and patterns for this sign. Considering this is for birthdays covering a wide spectrum of ages, it was important to have it look more timeless than based on age.

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This side view gives you an idea of how the many layers (9 in all) add to its strength to hold up on its own.

The backside shot is of the “I-Bean”  used to prop the sign up. Three of the layers are put on to create a slid for the I-Bean It is rather clever. However I ended up glueing it to make it more pernment.

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Be prepared to get some glue on your hands but end up with a beautiful home decor piece to celebrate many birthday to come.

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Here is my suplly list to make the sign:

  • Silhouette Store: Happy Birthday I-Beam sign by Snapdragon Snippets
  • 7 sheets of 12×12 solid cardstock to cut the base ( I used white) I was able to double up on one sheet.
  • 5 sheets of pattern paper you can use either 12×12 or a 6×6 pad to cut the Happy. (each letter is 4 by 3.)
  • 1 sheet of 12×12 pattern paper to cut the “birthday”.
  • Adhesive: a liquid glue and you could do dimensional adhesive for the “birthday”

This project does take some time to put together as you need layers to dry a bit but it can be done in a few hours.

As Alwasy I appreciate hearing from you and happy to answer any questions,

Until next time….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handy Kitchen Mason Jar conversion charts

June 15, 2017

Good Morning,

This year in 6th grade it seems the whole class caught the baking bug. An on-going homework assignment this year was to share something you are interested learning on your own.  Each Friday the kids would present to their groups whatever they were learning. My son started out with learning German but soon he too joined the foodies through his passion for creating desserts. He ditched the German for homemade brownies, cookies of all kinds and lemon cake to name a few.

Thursday nights our house would contain the sweetest smells of his homework. He would often wait to bake until his other homework was done and after dinner when all the dishes were in the dishwasher. He would hunt around for a tablespoon or measuring cup only to come up short. It was either burn the fingers opening the dishwasher or hunt around for the one cookbook that had conversion tables. We just never remembered which book and where it was in said book.

Imagine how thrilled I was to see these newly released Lori Whitlock conversions cut files in the Silhouette Design Store. I decided to make a little “mini album” of sorts for the kitchen.  My thought is to put them on a ring and maybe laminate them but I am having a hard time putting a hole through the cute mason jars, let alone where. I also wanted to keep them plain as they would in the kitchen and laminated.

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I have had this Echo Park “Made from Scratch” collection in my stash waiting for “just the right” kitchen project. The papers were perfect as they were light enough to use my Silhouette Sketch pens for the writing.  I choose to write the conversions instead of cutting them out as each letter and number would cut individually. Not only would this take longer but, I knew I would never get them on perfectly straight.

The cut file for the cups and tablespoon can be customized as much as you want with the different papers. I kept it pretty simple except for the handles, it allowed for some more patterns to help tie everything together.

Week June 12 facebook-7I absolutely love how these mason jars turned out. The lids have 4 cut layers that add so much dimension to the jars. These papers were just right for the look of these mason jars.  Each piece ( cups and tablespoon too)  has a front and back piece of the same design paper. It lends weight to the cuts as well a more finished look.

I am still deciding on where to punch the hole in the mason jars and open to suggestions as all six pieces will go on a ring. I am having that “new jar of peanut butter” dilemma. The top is so perfectly smooth, I don’t want to mar it with the knife. Does anyone else struggle with that?

Thanks for any suggestions and stopping in to hear my project story.

Supply List:

  • Lori Whitlock Conversion charts (measuring cups and mason jars)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette sketch pens in black
  • Silhouette Design Store
  • Echo Park “Made from Scratch” collection
  • Bazzil card stock 80lb in white and gray
  • Xyron Sticker X and 3-inch sticker machines.

 

Until next time,

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