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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fall is Back to School Time! 15 comments  

Featuring School Days from KI Memories

It is the change of season here in Wisconsin, and that means the summer clothes are put away, and the sweaters are slowly making an appearance.  The air is cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and with the beginning of Autumn comes the much anticipated return to school.  With all four of my children now getting on the school bus, I searched for a paper line that would have the "cute" for my kindergartener, but still have the "cool" factor for my middle schooler, and the "fashionable" colors for the two girls in between.  I found the perfect line in ki memories School Days.  Not only are there beautiful papers, but they also have ribbon, alphabets, rubons, stamps, buttons, chipboard and brads to complete line.  I completed four layouts almost exclusively with this line.

First Days

ki memories has a multistripe paper that is perfect for cutting in strips and using to add a splash or two of colors on your layouts.  On this layout, I also used the Playground Shimmer paper to  make a flower with a chipboard school bus center.  It gives it the look that is perfect for a kindergarten page.  The fun and whimsical patterned chipboard letters (complete with apples!) also add to make it colorful and cute.


Third Grade

My third grade student is more reserved and studious, and there are papers perfect for her as well.  Again, I used the stripe paper to just add a little color.  The non-shimmer papers are two-sided, so it is easy to create a look that is flowing when you need a solid color as well.  The brads make perfect separation for the words describing her third grade experience.


Grade 5

Simple and classic describes my fifth grader, and a traditional school layout was in order for her.  The ribbon sashes give a great variety of choices to add to your layouts. I also punched circles outs of the daydream paper and added it to the playground shimmer paper.  I hope this helps her remember the reasons she goes to school!


7th grade

My middle schooler needed something more "grown up" looking, so the composition shimmer paper was the perfect choice for him.  He is a minimalist, so I just added a title with the cookie cutter alphabets, a few brads for emphasis and ribbon and chipboard for more color.  I also got a little more of the stripe paper on this one!

If you are looking for a versatile, colorful and classy school line, School Days is the perfect choice!

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Scrapbooking With My Mind's Eye 23 comments  

... and having a Garden Party!

I'm not one to gush.  Really.  But I Just can't help it when it comes to these Garden Party papers.  When I originally decided to work with them, I was only going to get the papers from the "My Sushine" line.  But, once I started adding them to my basket, I had nearly every paper from both Garden Party Lush Blooms and Garden Party My Sunshine.  It was worth it. 

Once these papers were in my hot little hands...I was in love.  They are richer, prettier, and so much more versatile than what you could possibly imagine looking at them on-line.   It's nearly impossible for me to use a line for two different layouts.  I get bored, I feel boxed in, I want to touch something new.  But, MME's Garden Party just seemed to keep the momentum going. 

This past spring my daughter announced that she'd like to learn to tie her shoes.  I thought this would be a multi-day affair, but she surprised me by learning to tie them in about an hour.  Garden Party helped me showcase this little milestone perfectly. 


My oldest, Bella, has this incredible friendship with Mira.  They seem to have the same temperment.  I can't remember ever having to solve an argument between them, I have never had to encourage them to share with each other, there are no tears...until someone has to go home.  I've been documenting this relationship as it grows. 

And with the fabulous Garden Party, came a multitude of cards. 


To find all of the wonderful papers and accessories for this beautiful line, visit MME in the ACOT Shoppe!

Silver Metro Mini Shim...



Lush Blooms Flower Stand


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Friday, September 26, 2008

Depth of Field 12 comments  

Making pictures go from blah to WOW!

Whether you have the perfect picture with a noisy background, or you're just looking to do something artistic, creating your own Depth of Field is a great tool. This week the Creative Team shows you how easy it is to make those pictures go from blah to WOW!

Karin has written a tutorial for this week's reveal to demonstrate how to create these stunning photo effects.


When In Ohio by Laura (Art_Teacher)


Photo before & after

From Laura: 

Even though this background wasn't that busy, I like how using this technique makes my cousin's daughter and the blow-up Brutus Buckeye appear more 3-dimensional.


Dizzy Boys by Sara (Keling


Photo before & after


From Sara:

This was really such a fun picture and I'm so pleased with the result! Tommy and his best buddy, Tyler, were messing about as I was trying to take a picture of the two of them. The spinning background effect (Radial Blur in Photoshop) totally adds to the giggle fit the two were having as they were saying goodbye to each other.


Pause by Cassandra (MommyBruno)


Photo before & after


From Cassie:

To achieve this look, I made a copy of the photo I wanted to use. I popped the color on one of them, then cropped out just Xander in a little square. On the other photo, I switched it to green tint, then applied a motion blur. Finally, I put the cropped photo on top of the blurred photo and then I had a cute little vignette! Plus, the motion blur helps to support the theme of my layout.


 Bubble Head by Angie (nun69)


From Angie:

I found this picture of Peyton in the tub and it was the perfect picture to blur the background...I added a glausian blur and then "painted" back in Peyton.


First Day Hug Run by Glenda (bamablue)


From Tracy:

The crop and angle of the photo paired with her created depth of field really convey the excitement her daughter felt in seeing her mom after her first day of school.


My Friend Auntie Camille by Janell (janello)


Photo before & after


From Janell:

I loved this picture of my sis in law holding my daughter, but the background was so crazy, it was perfect to create a depth of field to really make them the focal point.


 Pumpkin Patch by Tracy (ICanHasCherryOnTop)


Photo before & after


From Tracy:

This is a great technique on those photos where the background is distracting. To achieve this, I duplicated the portion of the photo with Sydney and the pumpkins, then ran a Gaussian Blur on the original underlying photo. It's subtle, but effective.


Rock On by Jeanne (scrapprincess18)


Photo before & after


From Jeanne:

I extracted the Ashley's  from the pic, blurred it, then pasted them back on to the photo. I then used a slight drop shawdow to make them pop out of the back ground!


 Motherly Love by Egle (FairyMouseMom)

From Egle:

For this technique...I used the "charcoal and chalk" effect.


Haunted Mansion Holiday by Kristianne (MamaK321)


Photo before & after


From Kristianne:

I blurred the center photo to focus on the pumpkin-scarecrow and soften the crowd of people around the base. I also used the Burn Tool after blurring, to darken the edges, further drawing the eye straight to the scarecrow. I also blurred a bit on the side of the photo with the full shot of the building.


Draws Me In by Karin (mayerkt)


Photo before & after


From Tracy:

Karin used a depth of field extraction with a pinch twist. The result is quite stunning!



Here's a look at some of the great products used in this reveal and available at our Digital Shoppe.











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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Scenic Route Sonoma Reveal 16 comments

Creating Family & 'Be Yourself' Layouts

Do you find yourself drawn to the same manufacturers or products when you scrap? I think everyone has their favorite companies, types of products and embellishments that help provide inspiration and get the creative ideas flowing. For me, I find that I'm constantly p...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Imaginisce Snowy Jo Reveal 13 comments

highlighting papers you are sure to want for Christmas!

Inspiration:  I'm not sure about you,  but I have so many Christmas pictures that I need to get scrapped before Christmas rolls around again!  I seem to get a little overwhelmed with all of the pictures I've taken that I have a hard time getting them all ...

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Themed Paper 13 comments

Have fun with themes AND without!

How many times have you seen themed paper, such as Halloween or Snow paper and thought, "Wow, I love that paper, but we don't get snow ?" Well in this reveal you will see how you how can use the paper the way it is intended to be used, and also in...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Digi Double Inspiration 15 comments

...looking for scrapbook inspiration, come see what we've got this week!

Have you ever just LOST your scrappin' mojo and have no idea where it went? Well, a good place to go looking for it is in ACOT's wonderful gallery packed FULL of AMAZING LO's you can use for inspiration! The Digi CT picked 2 faboulous LO's to inspire us and look at w...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Make a Digital Quick Page 7 comments

Learn how easy it is to create a digi Quick Page

Quick Pages are pre-designed layouts with a space to add your own photos. Using quick pages is a fast and easy way to complete layouts when you are pressed for time or want a set of pages to coordinate, for example if you are creating a memory ...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Layouts...BEAUTIFUL layouts 12 comments

CT Spotlight layouts for September

The talent in our gallery is simply amazing! So many scrappers, so many beautiful layouts to inspire us all to scrapbook, too! The Creative Team here at A Cherry on Top feels privileged to bring you some of the brightest stars in our gallery this ...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pink Paislee's Vintage Moon 17 comments

Check out this fun and colorful scrapbook line!

Pink Paislee created another gorgeous line of patterned papers called Vintage Moon.  The colors are magnificent shades of medium blue, lemon yellow, burnt orange, ivory and black.  The fun patterns and distressed look make it a must have for every scrapp...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

PINK PAISLEE goes PERFECTly with FLOWERS!!! 11 comments

Quick and Easy Paper flowers

QUICK TUTORIAL: Easy Paper Flowers

Objective: How to make paper flowers in a snap with just a few steps

INSPIRATION: I've been loving the distressed look on my layouts and cards lately, so when I got these pretty and fun PINK PAISLEE Pop ...

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Everyday Memories with Tristann 10 comments

Featuring the Ambrosia line by BasicGrey

As scrapbookers we work hard to capture special memories.  Opening gifts on Christmas morning, fireworks on the 4th of July, birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries are covered in great detail.  But all too often we forget to capture those everyday memori...

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Fresh and Lovely with Danielle Young 4 comments

CT Reveal Focus on Danielle Young Designs

Our CT Reveal this week is a Designer Focus on Danielle Young.  Her digital goodies are exquisite.  Check out what our CT has managed to create with Danielle's products and the products that they used:

Lil Pumpkins by ICanHasCherryOnTop...

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Un-Framed! 5 comments

The Digi CT demonstrates ways to put the focus on photos without using frames.

Frames. We love to use them, and I know I personally have scores of them in files on my computer. Cluster frames, round frames, vintage frames...I love frames! And using frames is an easy way to ground your photos. But not the only way! This week ...

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Summer Crop Class Tutorials

Get inspired, learn something new

Our Summer Crop was a great success! Our fabulous Creative Team taught some fun and informative classes. Be sure to check these out:

Exploding Box

Learn how to make an Exploding Box from this class taught by Jess.

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