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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Freshen Up Volume 5 - Foiling  


Hey friends! Natalie here with another volume of Freshen Up. Dust off your supplies that aren't gracing your scrapbook pages and let's make something! Today we are using foil in our scrapping. We will discuss ways to use foil with and without a Minc machine or laminator.

The most crisp and clear images will come from pre-printed foiling papers or papers you print with your own laser-printed image. These designs are so simple to run through your Minc machine and create custom foiled images.



There are full toner sheets as well which are perfect for foiling your favorite dies. 


I tried both ways - die cutting the toner sheet then foiling, and foiling the toner sheet and die-cutting, and they both worked beautifully.



You can use foil without a Minc machine as well! Foil will adhere to any glue strips, so adding stripes of foil to your pages or embellishments is easy!



You can also use a glue pen to add foil to many papers or embellishments. You achieve a distressed, fun look with this technique.


You can add shine to your alcohol ink designs in the areas where the ink pools and leaves a sticky cell. Just cover with foil and run through your Minc or laminator to make your alcohol ink design sparkle.



Lastly, I used the new Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Stamping Kit to use my own stamps to foil! 

I mostly stamped the new Nordic Star stamp from Catherine Pooler.  Since the ink pad is a one time use item, I suggest having many stamps and papers ready to go and making a large batch of stamped images. They must dry before going through the Minc; therefore, you could easily store them to foil later!




You can find a tutorial and process video on my YouTube channel! 



I love adding sparkle to all of my scrapbooking pages, but foiling is an especially fun way to get in the holiday spirit! I used the Nordic Stars to create a festive Christmas layout about my boys.


I stamped the Nordic Stars with regular stamping ink to accompany the foiled Minc stars and created a wreath design.




I also added a couple of Cricut die-cut T-rexes for a little extra punny. 



Holly Jolly Tree Rexes is my title - spelled out in Thickers.



I love how the foil shows up on different colored cardstock - so pretty!



I hope you're inspired to foil! I can't wait to see what you make!!

xoxo, Natalie
ACOT Design Team

Posted by Rachel Kent

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Holiday DIY Embellishments!  


Welcome back to the Cherry Blog! Today, we are preparing for holiday crafting with DIY embellishments perfect for journaling cards in your December Album, Christmas cards, or just holiday scrapping! These embellishments are all from Pinkfresh Studio’s Oh What Fun collection. These are great for personalizing your holiday crafts and projects!


For these fun and easy add-ons, I used a mixture of labels, tags, banners, and fussy cut pieces of frames as bases and then just added a little (or a LOT) of die cuts, stickers, and icons from the patterned paper. Layering these pieces together with a sentiment makes for a quick and easy embelllishment!



A couple of tips that may help you with making these quickly are to keep the embellishing to one side of the base, use a pen to outline the sentiment if you think it’s getting lost, and layer like shapes together for a clustered look.


Here are a few examples of how I used my DIY embellishments to add some flair and flavor to the very basic 3x4 journaling cards that came with this Pinkfresh Studio Oh What Fun collection! Love how these simple embellishments add a bit of WOW to these cards without a ton of effort. They could easily be added as a cluster on the bottom or corner of a photo, fun add-ons to a gift tag or card too!



I hope these DIY Embellishments inspire you to look at your own supplies a bit differently and try personalizing your cards, tags, labels, etc. as well. To see this project come together, check out the process video below!



- Laura Alberts, ACOT Design Team

Posted by Rachel Kent

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Cozy Day Projects  

Hello Everyone! So happy to be joining you today on the blog! I have lots of projects to share with you so let's jump right in! 

For October I played with the Cozy Day collection from Simple Stories. I had never played with one of their Collector's Essential kits and decided to try one and see what I thought. A Collector's Essential kit has a nice sampling of products but not everything in the collection. I found it to be a lovely way to get a collection without ending up with too much product! I will definitely try this option again. 

In total this month I created 2 cards, 3 layouts, and 2 TN spreads. One of the TN spreads is part of our November blog hop and one more layout will be up on my channel before the end of the month. And I still have plenty of supplies left for a few more projects! 


Cozy Day - I created this layout for the Oct. blog hop! You can find the blog post here - it includes a tutorial on making those super cute pumpkins too! 



Fall - process video: 



Mug Shaker Cards - One of the things I picked up in the shop this month was the Stitched Mug dies from Lawn Fawn. They make the cutest shaker mugs for scrapbooking or cardmaking. I used them for cards in this project but I have a layout or two planned and sketched out using them too!




Gather Together - process video: 




TN Insert - Hello Fall process video:



Products Used - 

Cozy Days Foam Stickers 

Cozy Days Collector's Essential Collection 

Outside In Stitched Mug Die

Stitched Mug Frame Die


Have A Lovely Day!

ACOT Design Team



Posted by Rachel Kent

Sunday, November 1, 2020

November Blog Hop 10 comments



Happy November! Our design team members are doing a blog hop all about documenting in some type of album - mini books, travelers notebook, etc. Hop along by visiting each blog post and comment for your chance to win a $10 ACOT gift card! (Comme...

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Batty For You | Echo Park I Love Halloween


Hey Cherry friends! Erica here with you today to share a fun layout using the Echo Park I Love Halloween collection designed by Lori Whitlock!

I pulled out some black American Crafts textured cardstock, black glitter cardstock

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Fright Night Layout


Every year I am excited for all the fall and Halloween releases! This year did not disappoint one bit! I was so happy to see so many fall and Halloween collections being released and I wanted them all! One of my favorites this year has been the ...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Freshen Up Volume 4 - Embossing Folders


Hi Friends! Natalie here with Volume 4 of the Freshen Up Series, and today we are focusing on using embossing folders. This may have some of you digging deep into that stash of craft supplies, but it is a great way to add interest and texture ...

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Masking with Gloss Gel Medium 


Welcome back to the Cherry Blog! Today, we are trying out a new technique with ink sprays and mists! You may have seen how stamped embossing can mask a design, but have you tried masking with gloss gel medium? It’s just as easy with less mess! ...

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

October Blog Hop 15 comments


Happy October! Our design team members are doing a blog hop with layouts all about pumpkins! Hop along by visiting each blog post and comment for your chance to win a $10 ACOT gift card! (Comment on this post too!) Winner will be random...

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Late Afternoon Projects



Hello Cherries! Sara here with you today, back with another product focus! 

For September, I decided to play with Amy Tan's new line, Late Afternoon! 


I just love the colors in this...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Freshen Up Volume 3 1 comments


A few weeks ago, there was a Cherry blog post about different ways to heat emboss. Today's Freshen Up series will demonstrate different ways to incorporate those heat embossing techniques on your scrapbook pages! So dig out those heat embossing suppl...

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Halloween Market Layout


Can you believe it is September already! I am super excited for all things Fall and especially Halloween! We love Halloween in my home and I love to create layouts of our October adventures! There are so many awesome Halloween products available in th...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Happy | Lovely Moments Pebbles


Hey friends! Erica here with you today to share a new 12x12 scrapbook layout that I plan to hang up in my office! I really wanted to create a pretty layout with some soft colors and florals but still have a nice clean look to it.


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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September Blog Hop 20 comments

Happy September! Did August fly by or what! Our design team members are doing a blog hop with the theme of "It's Fall Y'all". Hop along by visiting each blog post and comment for your chance to win a $10 ACOT gift card! (Comment on this post too!) Winner wil...

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Around The Table Layouts

Happy August Everyone! 

I'm here today to share with you my projects this month featuring Around The Table from P13! 

This is such a lovely collection. I know most of it is sold out, but if you have some, I hope you will be able to find some i...

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