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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 embossToday's Freshen Up series will demonstrate different ways to incorporate those heat embossing techniques on your scrapbook pages! So dig out those heat embossing supplies and let's play!

(Be sure to check out Freshen Up Volume 1 and Volume 2)


I used four different embossing techniques on this layout:


You can find a process video on my YouTube channel:


The essentials for this technique are embossing powder, a heat gun, and an embossing medium




Probably the most often way of using the heat embossing technique is to emboss a stamped image. Embossing a stamped image add texture and dimension to a page. It can really give a layout a special feeling beyond the normal stamped 2d images.



In this layout, I stamped floral images directly onto the background, I then enhanced some of the stamped images by stamping a second time and applying clear embossing powder to them. This gave me the same look as applying glossy accents to my title, but in much less time!


The glitter embossed outline of these florals add a fancy element to this wedding page and helps the stamped image blend in with the foiled paper. 


I embossed this wood grain background stamp on the entire back of my layout, adding a super fun texture. 


This embossed sentiment tied in well with my embossed title and the photo subject.



Another way to include embossing on a layout is to emboss a cut file. I find this technique especially helpful when I wish to add glitter to a page. Heat embossed glitter adds the sparkly fun to a scrapbooking page without leaving a giant mess in the page protectors!


In this layout, I didn't have brown embossing powder. I wanted to use brown loose glitter, so I embossed sticky embossing powder on the title, then applied the glitter and set again with the heat gun!


Embossing this cut file was a quick and less messy way to apply the glitter effect I wanted. I just smeared the embossing ink on my cut file and covered in Wow embossing powder.


I cut my custom title alphas with my Cricut machine and embossed the heavy cardstock with Black Nuvo embossing powder



Adding embossing powder to wood veneer and chipboard can personalize your embellishment pieces without the mess of paint or worry of smearing ink. You can also use it to just distress the sides of embellishment pieces and give added texture.


I embossed a matte red on this circular chipboard to give a nice pop of a layering piece behind the photos.


I embossed two chipboard rectangles as gold layering pieces behind my photo for this layout.


I embossed the cute wood veneer camera here in silver glitter to go with my Halloween theme!



You can add embossing anywhere on your scrapbooking layout with a stencil! Rubbing your embossing medium through your favorite stencil can add fun texture and color to your page backgrounds.


I embossed gold powder on a stenciled wood grain image using VersaMark.


Another bit of embossed stenciling along the background surrounded by watercolor mixed media.


On this page I rubbed my embossing ink through a dot stencil and added Wow Sunset Boulevard to give a sparkly background texture.



The embossing resist technique can make beautiful images on a scrapbook layout. Embossing on white paper with white powder, or any color paper with clear powder leaves only the raised image of the stamp or stencil. Then you are free to add any mixed media of your choice! Water color or stamping ink or gelatos - the possible combinations are endless!


In this layout, I used black embossing powder to resist watercolor, then I messily colored in the stamped, embossed images.


I used clear or white embossing powder on this layout, then smeared blue ink on top of the dried image. Once rubbed with a wipe or paper towel, the ink is removed only from the stamped image to reveal this gorgeous resist look!


I hope you have been inspired to use your embossing powders to enhance some scrapbooking layouts. I especially love to add sparkly glitter to holiday layouts, and embossing them to a hardened state ensures they won't litter your albums for years to come. I would love to see added embossing on your layouts in the gallery.


xoxo, Natalie
ACOT Design Team



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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 the A Cherry On Top shop! I really fell in love with the Halloween Market collection from Carta Bella designed by Jen Allyson! I love Jen Allyson's designs so much and she is the sweetest! This collection is all things Halloween and of course has a black and white stripe throughout the collection which I love!


Halloween Market Carta Bella Jen Allyson


I found this cute triangle banner cut file in my cut file box and I really wanted to back it with a lot of the papers in the Halloween Market 6x6 paper pad. When I get my Silhouette down I tend to cut a lot of cut files that I have purchased and saved. I keep them in a clear box so I can just grab a cut file and create when I am ready! This banner cut file is from Cut To You and you can find it HERE.



I really wanted to use this Halloween Market Night Sky 12x12 paper for my background! I tend to use white cardstock for most of my layouts but wanted to try something different with this layout and this is just the perfect paper for a background! Once the cut file was backed I used foam adhesive all over the back of the banner to pop it up from the background. This helps to add some dimension to your project.



The photo I am using on this layout is from Halloween last year! In our family we all dress up as a family and go out trick or treating! It is so much fun and people always stop us to take our picture! Last year we had fun and dressed up as Frankenstein, Frankenstein bride, a vampire, werewolf, mummy and a skeleton!



I used stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet that comes in the Halloween Market collection pack.  I typed out my date with my We R Memory Keepers typewriter and adhered with my stapler. I added some small bats around the banner and used the Happy Halloween sticker as my title! I love that I am able to showcase so many different pattern papers using this banner cut file. Here is a look at my completed layout.



Thanks so much for stopping by The Cherry Blog today! If you are interested in this collection you can check it out HERE! Have a wonderful day!


Erica Thompson | ACOT Design Team

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Posted by Rachel Kent

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.


Lovely Moments Pebbles


I pulled out the Pebbles Lovely Moments collection and a cut file from Cut to You. I really wanted a big background cut file to showcase a lot of different pattern papers from this collection. This Herringbone cut file from Cut to You was perfect and I love that there is still a good amount of white showing with I love!



One thing I love about Pebbles and Jen Hadfield is the gorgeous florals in the collections! There are so many different flowers that are included in the embellishments or you can fussy cut from the pattern papers!



The Lovely Moments collection has some pretty foiled papers and embellishments that add just the right amount of shine to your projects. The foil die cuts are perfect to layer up behind the pretty flowers.



I popped the Herringbone background cut file up on a lot of foam squares from Them-O-Web. I really love the height of these. I adhered my photo towards the lower right and embellished around my photo. For my title I used one of the die cut from the collection. I created a small embellishment cluster in the upper left corner as well to finish off the layout.



I think this layout is going to look super cute hung up in my office using a white Clipart Clipboard from Doodlebug Design! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Head on over to the A Cherry on Top shop to check out all the fabulous collections from Pebbles! Have a great day!


- Erica Thompson, ACOT Design Team



Posted by Rachel Kent

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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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sketchy Shenanigans


Welcome back to the Cherry Blog! Every week in the Cherry Crafters’ Facebook group, a new sketch is posted to boost your inspiration to create and last week’s sketch was a stunner! I knew I had just the photos for this one. The Pagema...

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

You Are Loved Little One | Doodlebug Design Bundle of Joy


Hey Cherry friends! Erica here with you today to share a new layout featuring the Doodlebug Design Bundle of Joy collection. This is a new collection from Doodlebug Design that is perfect to document all the little sweet baby girls in your life. I lov...

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

August Blog Hop 12 comments

Happy August! We are celebrating with a Blog Hop! Our design team members have created layouts with the theme of "hitting the books"! We know this back to school season is very different this year, but we hope to provide you with some fun inspi...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Good Life | Let's Wander Vicki Boutin


Do you create grid style scrapbook layouts? There are so many possibilities with a grid design! I love that you can use different shapes, sizes and multiple photos! I have a Pinterest board dedicated to just grid style projects! For today's layo...

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

12x12 Scrapbook Layout | Let's Wander Vicki Boutin

Hey Cherry Fans! Erica here with you today to share a fun layout using the Vicki Boutin Let's Wander collection. I really wanted to use some of the awesome ready-to-use mixed media paper. This paper pad is perfect if you want the mixed media look without gett...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July Blog Hop 19 comments

Happy July! We are celebrating with a Blog Hop! Our design team members have created layouts using the new Tim Holtz Distress Color: Speckled Egg. Visit each blog post and comment for your chance to win a $10 ACOT gift card! (Comment on this post too!) W...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters


Hello Cherries! Sara here with you today sharing one of my very favorite products in the shop - Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters project pads. I ordered two to try and then ordered all of them. They are all different, so you won't be ge...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

5 Reasons to Create a Travel Mini Album


Hey Cherries! Natalie here this week with a pocket page spread in my beach vacation mini album. I'm going to give you a few reasons why a travel mini album is a good idea!

I know many people have a history of creating albums in a certain w...

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Monday, June 1, 2020

June Blog Hop 31 comments

We are celebrating June by having a Blog Hop! Our design team members have created layouts using the new Flutter & Bloom collection from Catherine Pooler! Visit each blog post and comment for your chance to win a $10 ACOT gift card! (Comment on this...

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Using May's Sketch 1 comments


I was incredibly inspired by the May sketch shared in the Cherry Crafter’s Facebook group last week! I couldn’t wait to dive into my favorite collection from spring, Pink Paislee’s Bloom Street<...

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