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!
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.
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.
Stay tuned all month to see what she will create!
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