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Friday, March 6, 2020

Creating a Mini Album | This is Family  



Hey friends! Erica here with you today to share a super cute and chunky mini album using the Jen Hadfield This is Family collection. You can find this collection in the A Cherry On Top shop!



This mini album is filled with shaped pages, stitching, fun embellishments and lots of texture! I had so much fun creating this album and I finally got to use my new Gemini electronic cutting machine! This machine was so easy to plug in and start cutting! So much better than my hand crank cutting machine! The cuts came out beautifully every time! The Gemini is definitely worth every penny and I am very happy I made the purchase! I started out my album by die cutting all the pages from pattern paper using the Gemini. I used the This is Family 12x12 paper stack and the 6x8 paper pad.





Once I had all my pages cut I ran some of them through my sewing machine. This adds some texture and gives it that handmade look. I love the look of the long threads peeking out of my album too!



After all the stitching was done I punched holes in my pages and added them to a black binder ring. I went through and added some embellishments from the This is Family collection. I used some fun foam to pop up a lot of the pieces for some added dimension.



I love to add bigger ephemera pieces to my album as well. They are great pieces to add photos on or even use for journaling.



You can check out my process video on my YouTube Channel HERE!


Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my mini album and process video! Make sure to stop by the A Cherry on Top shop to check out all the products from the This is Family collection.

-Erica Thompson
ACOT Design Team


Posted by Rachel Kent


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

How To Create A Card With Cut Files  


Hey friends! Erica here with you today sharing a fun card using the beautiful This is Family collection from Pebbles. I love that this collection can be used for so many things. I wanted to share how you can create a card using cut files! I love using cut files on my projects.




I used a hexagon background cut file from Lacey Ann Designs. The cut files are perfectly sized to A2 and she offers a handful of different sets. I cut the file out on some white textured cardstock and backed the hexagons with papers from the 6x8 This is Family collection.




I used one of the die cuts from the ephemera pack for my sentiment and added a couple of the This is Family Copper Foiled Stickers. The card came together so easy using the cut file and I just love how it came out.




Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Make sure to stop by the shop and check out the This is Family collection from Pebbles!

-Erica Thompson
ACOT Design Team


Posted by Rachel Kent


Thursday, February 20, 2020

How To Use Journaling Pads In Junk Journal  


If you’re anything like me, you adore the 6x8 journaling pads that come with Shimelle’s collections. Now, they aren’t like most 6x8 pads as these are mostly intended to be used for large blocks of journaling in your scrapbook. However, I find the most use for them in my junk journal (Smashbook) instead!



I chose the Field Trip collection for this spread and used the Field Trip 6x8 journaling pad to layer behind my photo as well as to create a large journaling spot on the right side of my junk journal spread. I use this journal to share stories and updates about my family throughout the year.



On the left side of the spread, I layered fussy cut books to create a border on the top and bottom of the journaling page that I used as a background behind my photo. Then, I added icons from the Field Trip collection with a space theme on a diagonal around the photo.



On the right side of the spread, I cut down one of the journaling pages from the Box of Crayons 6x8 Journaling pad and then layered patterned paper behind it to create top and bottom borders. I added space and dinosaur icons to dress up the journaling spot. I love these 6x8 journaling pads!

To see this project in process:



-Laura Alberts
Design Team Member


Posted by Rachel Kent


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Why I Chose Heidi Swapp For My First Planner 2 comments


Hi there! Rachel here today and I started my very first planner! I decided on a Heidi Swapp one, and I'll be sharing all the reasons why. I am brand new to this planner world, and there is an overwhelming amount of choices! I am a Google ca...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Mixed Media Mix Up - Volume 2 1 comments


Hey friends! Natalie here today with Mixed Media Mix Up - Volume 2!

(Be sure to check out Vol 1, Vol 3 , and Vol 4 as well!)


Today we are using distress crayons. You can also use the techniques we have applied today to

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Tutorial 1 comments


If you’re looking for an easy way to dip your toe in the mixed media world, this is a great place to start! Nuvo Embellishment Mousse works as a texture paste, watercolor, mist/spray, glaze, and more. Today, I’m usin...

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mixed Media Mix Up - Volume 1 6 comments

Hi Cherries! Natalie here today with the first in an ongoing series about Mixed Media. We're going to start from the ground up with all types of mixed media tips & tricks. Each segment will have a blog post and an instructional YouTube video

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Monday, December 9, 2019

DIY Cards With One Stamp

Hello Cherries! 

Sara with you today to share a fun gift idea - a set of homemade cards! These cards would make the perfect pick me up gift for any of your coffee loving friends! I am a self- proclaimed coffee-holic. And I'm also a huge fan of

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Stitched Binding Notebooks



Book binding has never been easier! The Book Binding Guide by Paige Evans has everything you need to make your dream planners and journals a reality. Create Saddle, Japanese, and Coptic bound books with ease using this unique, versatile tool...

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Tag (You’re IT!) Mini Album



One of the best beginner mini album styles is a Tag Album. The tag shape is super easy to make and with a 6x6 paper pad, it’s a breeze! I created this album using th...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Mixed Media With Art Crayons


Whether you are beginning art journaling, mixed media scrapbooking, or just experimenting, the Vicki Boutin Art Crayons are a great place to start!  


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Monday, September 16, 2013

Card Tutorial - Let Your Dreams Take Flight 1 comments

Perfect Pearls on Vellum and Clear Embossing with Color

Hello there! Welcome back to another card tutorial! Today, I have a card for you with beautiful metallic accents using Perfect Pearls and vellum. It's going to be a long tutorial with a lot of tips and pictures. So grab a cup of coffee/tea and le...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Thank You Card Tutorial 1 comments

  We all need thank you cards. We send them for anything and everything.  We probably have more of these than any other card in our stash. Well, today I have a simple but elegant thank you card suitable for a lot of thank you occasions.      First off, d...
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Create A Corner Bookmark 2 comments

If you look through the Gallery here, or search Pinterest, you'll find all sorts of variations of this project. There is one in our Gallery that is almost identical, {thanks Tracy!}

I just had to figure out how to make them since they are so adorable. Th...

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Paper-Crafted Wedding & Special Occasion Projects

Make it YOU by making it yourself!

When I started planning my wedding, I was so excited to add my own personal touches to the event.  Lucky for me, there was no Pinterest "way back then" (12 years ago) and wedding websites were not what they are today - otherwise I would probably stil...

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