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Friday, November 28, 2008

Silhouettes 8 comments  

Layouts featuring silhouettes extracted from photos.

For most layouts the photos are the focus. The subject, the composition, the color and just the memory of that day. Then some photos show such great movement or a fun shape that allow them to be highlighted as a silhouette.Not sure how to do it, it is easy. Simply extract the object you wish to silhouette, then choose a color or paper to place on the layer above your object. Then while your color or paper is hightlighted in the layers palette make a clipping mask. Your color or paper should then merge with your extracted object. You can use your silhouette as the make focus of you page or as a back-up element to support your theme. Check out these cool examples by the creative team.

"A Boy and His Blankie" - CT Reveal by Karin (mayerkt)

Karin's layout features her son and his favorite blanket. The shot of him holding up his blankie is perfect for a silhouette and the handwritting font really brings the layout together

"He Can Fly" - CT Reveal by Janell (janello)


Janell says "This reveal was so fun, because this isn't something I would normally do, but I really love the way it turned out." 

"Special" - CT Reveal by Egle (FairyMouseMom)

Egle did a fanastic job of extracting herself right down to her earrings. It looks great how she kept what she was leaning against normal.

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" - CT Reveal by Diana (dianagirly)

Diana's layout is simple but so meaningful, can't you just see it framed and hanging on her son's wall.

"I Love Soccer" - CT Reveal by Laura (Art_Teacher)

Laura says "It was much easier than I thought...just extract my fuzzy girl from a photo and fill the extracted picture with black. Evidently, since I use Microsoft PhotoDraw, I had an advantage over those using Photoshop, because I could just fill my picture using the paint step. Usually, my simple program doesn't have advantages over Photoshop! LOL! Then, I extracted her soccer ball from the photo and placed it in front of the silhouette."

"Sunshine" - CT Reveal by Kristianne (MamaK321)

Krisianne's silhouette really shines, by showing each little lock of hair and by having it pop out of the frame just a little.

"Aloof" - CT Reveal by Cassandra (Mommybruno)

Cassandra says "This is actually a two-step process, since you have to do a photo extraction, and then turn that extraction into a silhouette. I decided to use a picture of Stuart that I really liked, but was too blurry. Made for a great silhouette, which I then paired with a cat quote I like."

"Elephants and Grandchildren" - CT Reveal by Marcia (m1218p)

Marcia says "I thought the warm fall colors worked well for a masculine page. The photo I extracted was full of warm emotion and the colors were right on mood as well."

"Boyhood" - CT Reveal by Sara (Keling)

Sara says "Oh, this was a fun, but challenging LO to create! But I knew just the picture that would work perfectly with it - one of my boys overlooking a small lake/pond at a nearby park."
Sara's layout shows very well how you can layer other elements on top of your silhouette to add more depth.

"Little Pumpkin" CT Reveal by Angie (nun69)

Angie says "it's all about shilouettes! I LOVE the way this turned out...I added the original picture in the LO as well so you could see where the shilouette came from...I then took the shilouette and did a mirror image and sorta joined them together on the bottom right...."

"Saddle Up" - CT Reveal by Sarah (davsar)

Sarah chose to pair her silhoutte with other photos which helps her layout have good balance. It also shows how a shadow can really make your silhouette pop.

"A Sister I Love" - CT Reveal by Glenda (bamablue)

 Glenda's layout shows how a silhouette does not have to be black. The aged and textured cream paper looks just beautiful!

"Ballet" - CT Reveal by Amanda (mkcdaisy)

Amanda's layout shows a great way to use bright busy paper. The silhouettes layer over the bright paper beautifully in a way a regular photo could not, it would just get over taken by the paper.

"Pride" - CT Reveal by Ronny (Smiley-Scrap8)

Ronny used the silhouette in her layout as more of an element to support her other photos.

Posted by Smiley-Scrap8

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Little Yellow Bicycle's Magic Christmas Line 22 comments  

Wonderful Tradtional Christmas Line

For this month’s reveal, I got to work with Little Yellow Bicycle’s Magic Christmas. First off let me start this by saying, I am just a little intimidated by Christmas photos. For some reason I have a hard time scrapping them and usually only do one a year. Well, with this line I did FIVE. You heard me right, FIVE. And trust me, for those that know me, this is a major feat. 

The LYB Christmas line has so many papers and accessories to choose from, that even though I used a ton, I still have so much left. Amazing papers with foil, felt and raised accents, right on the page. It was almost hard to cut them or even cover them up.
For this page I used their amazing die cut paper. I backed it with red paper in some areas and then placed the whole sheet on white. The colors literally jump off the page. I knew right away, I could not cut this gorgeous paper up. So, I finally decided to use smaller pictures, so the pictures AND the paper could be seen. I then used the rub-ons which included sentiments that perfectly matched my photos.
Some of the accessories that are included in the Magic Christmas line are transparency frames, photo mats and die cut snowflakes! What makes this even more special is there was a TON in each package. The snowflake package had TWENTY FOUR snowflakes. I think I will have enough until I get back to a warm state, you know in a decade or so. LOL Oh and did I mention this line also has ribbon and felt!!!
Seriously so much to choose from in wonderful traditional Christmas colors, that I guarantee you if you purchase anything from this line, you will not be disappointed!
Other layouts created using this line:
Products used to create these pages:

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Basic Grey 18 comments  

Granola line - not Just for Boys!

Basic Grey - Granola line - Not Just for Boys!!

The first time I saw this Granola by Basic Grey, I KNEW I would love it!  If you've been in my gallery, you've probably noticed that I tend to scrap using a lot of neutral colors, and my favorite color is blue.  I was a bit worried however that I would be limited to just boy layouts using these papers.  Since I don't have my own kids yet, my scrap subjects are pretty diverse.  Some of my favorites are layouts about my cats, my boyfriend, and friends' weddings.  Recently I've been taking photos for some of my friends though, and this first layout showcases one of the portraits I took of my friend Sarah's son.  I really liked how the colors in this line play off the outdoor portrait and match so well with the blue and brown in the photo. 

To be a Boy

Last month we went to my friend Rob's wedding in Long Island, NY.  The bridesmaids were wearing navy blue dresses, and so I wanted to use some of this line for wedding layouts.  Even though the photos didn't show the navy blue, I knew the color scheme would fit right in with what I've already created for them.  I wanted to put focus on the 5x7 I took during the ceremony, so I used the color version of that photo.  I converted two of the smaller photos to black and white because I didn't want the gold color to overpower the shades of blue in the layout.  I love how many chipboard shapes were included in this line because I like using a lot of embellishments when I scrapbook.  To add a touch of elegance, I also added some KaiserCraft pearls to this layout.  I was SO EXCITED to see that KaiserCraft has a new line of pearls called 'Basics' because the 99 cent price can't be beat!!

Just Married

I really loved how the wedding layout turned out, and so I decided to use this line again when I took Jess's Mini Maze Album Class during ACOT's CSI Crop.  The small size of this album makes it just right for a brag book or small album to carry around.  Since Lindsey and Rob just got married last month, I know a lot of their friends and family have been asking to see wedding photos and thought this would make a great gift for them!  I found that the element stickers were perfect for embellishing the pages since I wanted to keep the inner pages flat.  I used the bulkier embellishments (chipboard and pearls) on the cover for some dimension.  I am so excited about how this album turned out and love that I only used one piece of cardstock for the inner pages! 

Maze Album - Ordinary Miracle


Below are two of the pages from within the album.  You'll see that I used the lyrics from their wedding song as the journaling inside.  When I'm creating gifts, I like to be pretty generic with the journaling so that I know the recipient will feel comfortable showing them off!  All of the pages to this album are shown in my gallery.

I had a lot of leftover chipboard and element stickers, so I chose to use up some of my scraps making cards.  The KaiserCraft pearls are a quick and easy way to dress things up and make everything look classy.  I distressed my edges to add a little bit of extra dimension. 

Card - Bend When the Wind Blows


Card - Thank You

I've been wanting to make a keychain to hold our spare house key for awhile now.  The Bazzill Chips were just the right size.  First I painted the chipboard, then adhered the chipboard stripes.  I used pop dots to adhere the flower and then dressed things up with pearls and some of the velvet ribbon

Keychain - Spare

Lastly, I couldn't resist using the last of this line to scrap these cute photos of my friends' cat, Static.  She's just growing out of her kitten stages and is one crazy girl!  I love how these papers and chipboard go so well with her coloring and can't wait for them to see this layout of her!  Seriously though - who would have thought boys, weddings, and cats all from the same line?!

Wild Cat

Below are all of the different products used:








Posted by katarria

Friday, November 21, 2008

Meet digital designer Jeanelle Paige... 6 comments

see the many layouts created with her designs!

This week, the digital team  is highlighting designer, Jeanelle Paige! Here's a few facts about this wonderful woman:

1) Who is in your family and where do you live?
I live in Upstate NY. I have 4 kids ages 10, 8, 5, and 4. The oldest is a ...
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

THANKFUL for these Spotlight Layouts! 9 comments

November Creative Team Spotlight

Every year, around November 1, people start to think about the upcoming holidays and start to count all of the blessings they are thankful for. The Creative Team at A Cherry on Top is no exception!

We are thankful for an awesome website wh...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I'm in HOG HEAVEN!!! 19 comments

Sassafras Lass Hog Heaven and Fawned of You Too Lines

Have you ever chosen a line of papers that pretty much just scraps itself? I can honestly say, that that is how EASY I found it to scrap these fabulously fun and pretty papers from Sassafras Lass! From the playful patterns in the papers to the awe...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Give a Piece of Yourself for the Holidays 8 comments

Featuring the BasicGrey 2009 Calender Kit

The Holidays are here and finding the perfect gift can be a challenge.  This year why not give a piece of yourself?  Making gifts for the Holidays makes them one-of-a-kind and adds a personal touch you don't get with a store bought item.  When you make a gi...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Year In Review Hybrid Album 1 comments

This class will teach you how to make a hybrid accordian album using freebie quick pages designed especially for this class. With special thanks to Liz from Sweet Digi Scraps for allowing the use of her wonderful products.

To download the freebie head he...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

November Crop Classes 2 comments

Crop Class notes and instructions

Make a Scene, by Diana

Home decor -- learn how to use crackle paint, mod podge and vinyl quotes with Diana.  Continued...

Envelope Album, by Angie

Learn how to create a...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

"Give Thanks" Mini Maze Album 3 comments

With inner pages made from a single sheet of cardstock!

This mini maze album is incredibly versatile and you won’t believe how quick and easy it is to put it together! The beauty of the inner pages is that they are made out of a single sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock. The album can be embellished to work with any th...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Crop Class - Kaiser Accordian Frames 2 comments

Handcrafted Gifts

Class: Kaiser Accordian Frames - Handcrafted Gifts



Inspiration: My friends & family are always asking to see my layouts and crafts.  My original idea was to create one long set of frames for the mant...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

You Can DIG-It for Free

Using GIMP to create a basic digital page

Class Title:  You Can Dig-It for Free

Objective:  To create a basic digital layout using GIMP and free downloads.


GIMP - go to GIMP's website ( and press the large, orange download button displayed...
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Holiday Card Class 1 comments

featuring the Cricut

The holidays are quickly approaching and my to-do list is getting longer and longer. I've always loved to send homemade holiday cards, but I've always tried to find a way to make a beautiful card while being mindful of the time commitment. One of ...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Basic Grey's Urban Prairie 19 comments

A playful, vibrant and hip line!

I have always been a Basic Grey addict and they have been one of my favorite companies since I started scrapbooking.  Every CHA, they always have me in awe and there is a line or two that I can't wait to own.  After seeing the new releases from th...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Using Masks in Scrapbooking and Paper Crafting 3 comments

Objective:  To learn how to use a "mask", or reverse stencil


I am going to introduce you to the technique of masking.  It is a fairly simple technique, and it adds so much to any scrapbooking proj...

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