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Monday, June 17, 2019

All Heart + Free Cut File 0 comments  


When I saw the All Heart collection from Crate Paper I knew I had to pick it up from A Cherry On Top. This was the perfect collection to document my girl and create some fun projects. Today I want to share my first layout using this collection. I wanted to showcase some of the different papers from the 6x8 paper pad so I thought using a cut file would be the perfect way to do that. I used the Haphazard Hexagon cut file from The Cut Shoppe. I cut it out on some American Crafts white cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. Once it was cut out I backed it with a few different papers from the All Heart collection.



Once the cut file was backed I added some foam adhesive to the back and adhered to a piece of white card stock. I printed my photos at home with my Canon selphy and used the Pic Frame app to create the size and shape of my photos. I added some puffy stickers from the All Heart collection along with some of the ephemera pieces.



I like to add floral pieces tucked behind my photos on my layouts. I used a couple epoxy hearts from Scrappin Happy Studio as well for a different texture on my layout.



To finish off my layout I added some black splatters using india ink and used my WRMK typewriter for my journaling. Here is a look at my completed layout using the All Heart collection from Crate Paper.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

-Design Team Member Erica Thompson


Posted by Rachel Kent


Friday, June 14, 2019

Heritage Photos - Tips & Tricks 0 comments  


With the recent passing of both my grandparents, I've had the hard task of going through their belongings. I've acquired a collection of truly amazing heritage photos in the process. Photos I want to preserve but also scrapbook and document about. 

As I've been going through these photos and starting to document them, I've discovered a few tips and tricks along the way and thought I would share them with you.

1) Scan and digitize your photos! Some of my originals are in serious rough shape.. many are from as early as 1930. For the originals, I want to preserve them, so I purchased simple archival save sleeves and boxes to store them in. To digitize my photos I simply used my iPhone 8 Plus and snapped a nice, close up photo of the photo. The great thing about today's technology is that this gave me a high resolution copy of the photo easily. You can also then pull your photo into Photoshop to touch up any squidgy bits or lighting issues.

2) Journaling - many of my photos were taken way, way, way before I was born, so keep the journaling to vital statistics and how the people in the photo are related to you. Maybe a small sentence that says how you feel about the photo (ex: I love my grandmother's dress in this picture). We are often told to journal more than the who, what, where, but with photos like this, the who, what, where is the info everyone will want. 

3) Choose products carefully - your photos will look odd paired with bright, modern, fresh, products. I like to use soft, light colors to offset the harsh black and white colors in most heritage photos and choose products with a vintage feel. For this layout I chose products from Prima's Fruit Paradise collection because many of the icons and designs "felt" like the right timeframe of the photo. Notice the products are vintage in feel, but not grungy looking or dark. It's hard to strike a good balance in this regard but I feel like this collection does it beautifully! 



You can see my process in my video here:




I'd love to hear your tips, tricks, ideas, and product suggestions for heritage photos as well... I still have quite a few here to scrapbook!

- Design Team Member Sarah Mishler


Posted by Rachel Kent


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Layout with Echo Park You & Me 0 comments  


Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share a layout I created with the Echo Park You & Me collection and a few leftover pieces from the Cherry Box.


I wanted to create a page that documented my daughter’s love for dance and the You & Me collection, while created for relationships, was also perfect for this love, the love of dance.  The background I chose was busier than what I would normally choose, but with the black leotard I wanted to bring in some frilly touches.  By using the large oval doily I was able to bring the attention to my pictures and not the background.



I chose to fussy cut some flowers from another page in this collection to layer under my sticker continuing to add to the frilliness of the layout.



A little fussy cutting, trimming the stickers, and pulling off layers of flowers (from the Cherry Box) were pieces I used to assemble the next floral grouping.  Notice those little dots, my new favorites, Nuvo Drops!



My final touch was created in the visual triangle of the yellow ticket, my title.  I chose the blue PinkFresh Studio alphabet to complete another visual triangle of blue while bringing in another touch of frill with the beautiful script of these alpha stickers.



I love being able to create a complete layout from one collection so I never hesitate to pull out my scissors (or Fiskar finger knife) to alter the items to fit my need.  Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have been inspired to create! 

-Design Team Member Wendy Antenucci


Posted by Rachel Kent


Saturday, June 8, 2019

DIY Shadow Print Tote 0 comments


Is it possible to have too many totes? Of course not! This DIY shadow printing tote is an easy summer craft! I love how it turned out with only using a few items ...

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Fun with Fussy Cutting 0 comments


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

No Pun Intended 0 comments


Have you seen the

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Welcome Art_Teacher - Our June 2019 Guest Designer! 1 comments

papercrafting inspiration featuring products from photoplay, simple stories, authentique

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Color Pour Tutorial 0 comments


Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share some messy gorgeous art with

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Lumi Shadow Printing Tutorial 0 comments


Here is a fun summer craft for you or the kids! Design a canvas pouch using sunlight, any flat object, and dye ...

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Echo Park: You & Me 0 comments


Hi everyone!  Ashley here today with a new layout, using the beautiful

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Planner Punch Board 0 comments


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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Keep it Simple with a Grid Design 0 comments

Keep it Simple with a Grid Design

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Double Page Layout 0 comments

Hey friends! Natalie here with a fun take on a double page spread ...
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Monday, May 13, 2019

New Tool For Mixed Media Backgrounds 0 comments

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Cherry Box 4 comments

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