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Monday, October 19, 2020

Hello Layout with Process Video  

From our Guest Designer, Rebeca

Hello Layout with Process Video




Hope you are safe and having a great day! Today I'm sharing with you a layout I made as A Cherry On Top Guest Designer for October 2020. I titled the layout "Hello" because it is about my daughter, who is always with her phone, but rarely uses it to talk. But a few days ago, she received a call from one of her friends and she was so happy talking that I grabbed my phone and took a few photos (this is why the light and quality of the photos are not the best). Anyway, I managed to use them for this page and I love how it turned out! At the end of the post you can find the process video of this layout, so please check it out. 


To create this layout I used a Page Maps sketch for A Cherry On Top Challenge 193. You can find this and other sketches in their "Inspiration" area. This challenge expired but you can always use them for inspiration. I don't do Halloween, but the sketch was perfect for these photos, so I adapted it to the products and photos I was using. 


The papers and embellishments used in this layout are from The Avenue Collection by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Inc. This collection is amazing, lots of colors, great designs, and tons of flowers! Perfect for any theme!

The first thing I did was to choose four patterned papers from the collection: Honeycomb CT., Downtown, Poppy Pl., and Daffodil Dr. I decided to use the white honeycomb paper as the background for the photo area because it is white and will help the photos stand out since they are darker, even though I fixed them a little. Then, I used the peach gingham paper to mat the photos and the darker papers for the stripes on top and bottom of the honeycomb paper.


To help the paper stand out, I distressed their edges and machine stitched around and inside the honeycomb paper. I printed the text in a piece of white cardstock using the font Typewriter Condensed Demi, size 10.

When the papers were ready, I selected the embellishments I liked and wanted to use for this layout from the Floral, Phrases, and Icons Ephemera Packs (die cuts). Then I positioned them in the layout and when I liked what I saw, I started adding most of them with foam adhesive for dimension and others (the smallest) with liquid adhesive. In the process video, you can see I removed part of the white border in some die cuts like the title and tab. You can't see when did the same to the flowers because I did that to all the die cuts in the Floral Pack a few days ago while watching TV.

I tried to maintain the layout as similar to the sketch as possible. The position of everything is the same, but I changed a few things to adapt it to my needs. In the title area the circle I used is smaller and I made a little flower cluster.


I decided to mat the layout with black cardstock, so I reduced the white cardstock a little bit. I love how the pages look when matted, to me, they look more elegant. Then, I distressed the edges of the white cardstock using my nail since it was already glued to the black cardstock. I added black paint splatters using acrylic paint diluted in water. I love how a few of them enhance the layout and make it look more artistic.

I changed the big house for a flower cluster and the bicycle. The bats were substituted by butterflies I fuzzy cut from a sheet of paper and the big one is from the die cut. I added them after I recorded the video, which is why you can't see them. Sorry!

The final detail, was the gold puffy hearts from the collection. They are so pretty! I forgot them while recording, but when I was cleaning the table I found them and decided to add a few offline because they are irresistible. 

Here is the process video of this layout!


Thank you so much for staying with me during this post, hope you like this layout and it inspires you to craft! 


You can see more inspiration from Rebeca on her Project GalleryFacebookInstagramYouTube and Blog!


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Monday, October 12, 2020

You are Loved Layout  

From our Guest Designer, Rebeca

You Are Loved Layout




Hope you are having a wonderful day! I'm here today to share with you my first layout as the October 2020 Guest Designer for A Cherry On Top. I was given a $50 gift certificate to choose products from the store and I ordered The Avenue collection by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles because it is so versatile, giving me more options to work with. This collection is gorgeous, I love the amazing color palette and the variety of designs, including florals and butterflies. This collection is great to make projects of all themes and is full of beautiful embellishments from die cuts, stickers, and alphas.


For this layout I started by selecting the papers I was going to use, and those are: Fifth Ave., Flower Dr., Wildflower Wy., Dahlia Dr., and Lovers Ln. Since my daughter was wearing a white shirt, this gives me the opportunity to use any color palette I want and I decided to use the wood grain background, orange/peach, blue, black, white, pink, cream, yellow, and gold. Because this collection is full of flowers and I love to use them in my layouts, I decided to stay with the palette of colors in the flowers when I was choosing the papers.

When cutting the papers, I saw one of them had a barcode stripe that had black scallops on it. I used my scissor and fuzzy cut around the scallops to make it look like a punched stripe. You can see it under the photos. Always check your barcode stripes before throwing them away, if they are full 1/2" x 12" they usually can be added to a project!



To give the papers some texture, I distressed their edges before adding them to the woodgrain paper. Once the papers were in place, I made a stitched border around the layout using my sewing machine and a yellow/gold thread. After that, I added paint splatters using black acrylic paint diluted in water and gold paint from Shimmerz (Miner, Miner 49er) also diluted in water.

When the paint was dry, I added the two photos matted in the black and white paper. I matted them individually, then I arranged them in the layout. After that, I started embellishing the layout using the flowers, leaves and branches from the floral die cut pack. Since those die cuts had a thick white border, I fuzzy cut them with the precision scissor to leave a thin white border. 


I love to fuzzy cut, so I sat on the couch and fuzzy cut the complete floral package for future layouts. I know this is time consuming but I don't like the look of having the thick white border. For me, the thin border makes the flowers look more elegant and realistic.


To add dimension to the layout, I added all the flowers using foam adhesive 1/16" thick. For more interest, I added the puffy hearts and leaves stickers from the collection into the clusters. I love those stickers, they are gorgeous, giving the layout an elegant and delicate addition. The title is an American Crafts Thicker from the collection named 2nd Ave. This pack is amazing, lots of title options and great sizes! For the journaling I made lines using the T-ruler and a Zig Memory System Millenium pen size .01.


The final detail added to the page, were the butterflies. I fuzzy cut them from one of the papers. There are a few butterflies in the die cut pack, but they are big. The ones I fuzzy cut from the paper and used in the layout are smaller, which works great in the page to be a pretty detail without distracting.

Thanks for your visit, hope you like this layout and it inspires you to craft! Come back soon for another layout this week using this collection. I'll be doing my best to record the process and make a video.


You can see more inspiration from Rebeca on her Project GalleryFacebookInstagramYouTube and Blog!


Posted by Jessica.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Meet our October Guest Designer! 2 comments  

Rebeca Ruiz



Describe your crafting style:

My style is clean, organized, with a few embellishments, and a bit of paint that highlight the pictures of the page, where I usually incorporate cut files, and sewing.


Your favorite must have crafty tool(s):

My favorite tools are: Silhouette Cameo, EK Success Small Precision Scissor, Fineline Applicator


Something new you have learned recently?

Recently, my daughter has been teaching me a little bit about video editing to try and record more of my processes to share in my YouTube channel.


Something you are scared of trying?

In the crafting world I’m not afraid of anything, but outside of that I’m afraid of heights so I’m scared of ziplines and stuff like that.


What inspires you to create?  

I can get inspired with anything. Sometimes a color combination, a good photo, a great memory captured in a photo, a beautiful collection of paper, a cut file, a sketch, or something similar, but what I need is a quiet moment for myself, preferably alone. This is why I prefer to craft early in the morning or late in the night, and usually my projects are about my family, especially my daughters.



My name is Rebeca Ruiz, I’m 42 years old, and I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I have two daughters and a wonderful husband. I’m a nerd who loves to learn and try new stuff. I have a BS in Engineering but my passion is crafting. When I had my first daughter, I decided to stay at home with her and my husband supported me. For a few years I was the owner of a local scrapbook store in Puerto Rico named Scrapper’s Place where I shared my knowledge with people through classes, crops, and conversations. I’ve been a crafter since I was a kid, so I have learned and tried many crafts, like crochet, embroidery, baking, soap making (saponification and glycerin), cold porcelain, coloring, bow making, card making, and more. However, the hobby that I like the most and is always present in my life is scrapbooking, which I discovered in 2004 and since then it hooked me. I’m passionate about scrapbooking because it combines many things I love: photos, journaling, and beautiful products to preserve the story of my family. Another fact about me and my family is that we are Disney fans! I've been featured in all the issues of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine from Summer 2019 to present, also I've been featured in Scrapbook Creations Magazine.




Here are some of Rebeca's beautiful scrapbook layouts.





You can see more inspiration from Rebeca on her Project Gallery, FacebookInstagramYouTube and Blog!

Stay tuned all month to see what she will create!



Posted by Jessica.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Eat Pie! Scrapbook Layout

From our Guest Designer, Shadnee

Eat Pie! This fun pie- inspired layout was made by our September Guest Designer, Shadnee. She used Simple Stories’ “Cozy Days” collection, which I didn’t even realize it had so many pie things. It goes to show how versatile collections li...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Pumpkin Spice Scrapbook Layout

From our Guest Designer, Shadnee

We love this beautiful fall layout from our September Guests Designer, Shadnee. I love the diagonal line across the page that is filled with stickers, ephemera, and dots! She used Simple Stories' Cozy Days collection. You can watch the process video o...

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Thankful For Family Time Scrapbook Layout

From our Guest Designer, Shadnee

Today we have this beautiful fall layout from Shadnee, our September Guest Designer to show you. It is such a fun fall layout and is a great reminder to be thankful for family time! She used Simple Stories' Cozy Days collection. You can watch the process video of ho...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

September Guest Designer 2 comments

Introducing, Shadnee Breeden


Introducing Shadnee Breeden!


Describe your crafting style: I am a 12x12 scrapbooker, I prefer doing single-page layouts, and I would probably describe my scrappy style as eclectic-maximalist. I am definitely a “more...

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Spiral Layout

From our Guest Designer, Claudia Ressler

Hello, lovely crafters. My 3rd layout for A Cherry on Top (ACOT) features quite a different collection: ‘Plant Lady’ by Echo Park. I was instantly drawn to the beautiful papers and cutout elements because, as a garden lover, I always love t...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Banner Layout

From our Guest Designer, Claudia Ressler


Hello, crafty friends. Today I have another layout for A Cherry on Top (ACOT). In my last design, I used the Simple Stories collection 'Simple Vintage Great Escape', which is so adorable that I decided to use it again. In this layout, I paired it with t...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Textured, Layered Paper

From our Guest Designer, Claudia Ressler

Hi, I'm back with my first layout as a guest designer for A Cherry on Top (ACOT) for August. I am so thrilled to show you a design that was done with the Simple Stories collection Simple Vintage Great Escape, which I got from the ACOT shop as well as the...

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Meet our August Guest Designer! 1 comments

Claudia Ressler!




Hi, I am Claudia Caroline Ressler, and I am so thrilled to be the ACOT guest designer for August. I have been passionate about scrapbooking, card making, and mini albums for many year...

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Playing with Patterned Paper

by July Guest Designer, Debbi Tehrani

I love patterned paper! There are so many things you can do with just this one scrapbook supply! I’ll share a few of my favorite things to do with patterned paper on this layout I created using Photoplay’s delightful new "We Can Just Stay Home

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Happy Little Moments

Fussy Cut Florals by Debbi Tehrani

Have you worked with the papers by P13 Paper Products? I thought it was a new company because I’ve only recently been seeing them online, but they’ve apparently been around since 2006. P13 is a Polish paper company, and I think their products are fairly new...

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Something Old, Something New

by Debbi Tehrani

I’ve been scrapping since 2000, which means I’ve been collecting supplies for 20 years!  The thing about this hobby, is they come out with fantastic supplies faster that I can use them, so I’ve got a range of stash that spans those two decades. I love usin...

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Meet our July Guest Designer!

Introducing, Debbi Tehrani

Describe your crafting style: Bright, colorful, layered, detailed and fun to explore! I scrap 8 x 8, and it can be a challenge to fit everything on the page I want to include, but I sure have fun trying. I like to mix old and new products on my p...

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