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Friday, May 31, 2019

Echo Park: You & Me  


Hi everyone!  Ashley here today with a new layout, using the beautiful You & Me collection from Echo Park.  You may be thinking, it's not time for Valentine's Day, but this collection can be used for any love themed layouts throughout the year.  And, since this is a collection kit, it was a fun challenge creating my layout with only patterned papers and stickers!

When I scrapbook, I usually love to pile on the embellishments and use chipboard, ephemera, puffy stickers, sticker sheets, etc.  So, I had a challenge ahead of me, using only the patterned papers and stickers from the EP You & Me Collection Kit.  But with a bit of fussy cutting and adding a cut file, I was able to create a layout with the exact look that I love to have on my projects.



I started the layout with a full page cut file.  This automatically adds interest to my background and brings in color and pattern.  Since there are no ephemera packs with the collection kits, I decided to create my own.  Fussy cutting is a great way to get extra embellishments from your papers.  And I even fussy cut from the sticker sheet, to make one of the stickers work for the title of my layout.



When I fussy cut embellishments and work with stickers, I like to create dimension in my clusters.  Adding a bit of foam or foam adhesive behind your fussy cut pieces can make a big difference.  It keeps everything on your layout from being flat, and adds interest and variation in the clusters.  I also like to place embellishments on my layouts in groups of three.  Odd numbered embellishments add a great visual appeal to your projects and you can place them to create visual triangles on your layout.  This helps guide the eye around your project.



You can see how easily my layout came together, in this process video on my YouTube channel:



I hope you've been inspired today, with some fun ideas for putting your patterned papers and stickers to good use!  And don't forget to check out some of the awesome Collection Kits in the A Cherry on Top store!!


-Design Team Member Ashley Horton



Posted by Rachel Kent

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Planner Punch Board  



The Planner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers is a game changer for your planner! This tool punches papers up to 12 inches and can be used with popular planners on the market. Any size or style! You can easily punch homemade dividers, photos, ticket stubs, or any other documents and add them to your planner. A reference chart and instructions are included. 



The Planner Punch Board comes with standard hole punches, and you can buy the disc and spiral punch inserts separately:





Posted by Rachel Kent

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Keep it Simple with a Grid Design  

Keep it Simple with a Grid Design

How often do we get lost in the intricacies of design with our layouts and forget the purpose of them?  For me, this is a common situation, and I find the grid design to be an excellent answer to design overwhelm!  Whether you choose a basic four square grid like the one below or a larger grid, this linear design is simple but effective, especially if you have multiple photos.  For this layout, I used the gorgeous new Pinkfresh Studio line, Joyful Day.




Simple, linear layouts take the guess work out of your creating and give you a plan.  You still have creative freedom to play, but the “plan” guides you through the process more quickly!  Often, when your creative mojo is stagnating, a quick, planned layout like this one can spark your imagination.  Keeping the “plan” simple helps you find the accomplishment in a finished project and encourages you to continue creating!

With this layout, I began adding layers to the background, defining the border of my grid area.



I sectioned each of the 4 quadrants to use them as miniature layouts with two small 4 inch doilies and two die cut wreaths to define a back ground for each quadrant. 



I began building layers from there, being aware of the balance between the diagonal areas.  Two photos of my daughter and baby niece create an equal shape on the diagonal. The ephemera wreaths backed with patterned paper bring bright pops of color to the opposite diagonal.



Then, I embellished them simply and colorfully to contrast my mostly black and pink photos.  This contrast makes my photos pop off of the page!  I love that effect.  In the end, my layout is quite simple, but charming and lovely nonetheless…plus created in half the time of my normal layouts!




What do you think of the grid design? Is this an option you have tried?  Such a quick and fun way to scrap!

-Laura Alberts

ACOT Design Team



Posted by Rachel Kent

Friday, May 17, 2019

Double Page Layout

    Hey friends! Natalie here with a fun take on a double page spread. I no longer use post bound albums, so I don't often make the traditional double page spread, you know with the same background paper and continuous design flow. However, I definitely ...
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Monday, May 13, 2019

New Tool For Mixed Media Backgrounds

    A Fun New Tool For Mixed Media Backgrounds!   Hello Hello Everyone! This month I decided to play with a new tool. I saw Rachel playing with a silicone wedge on Instagram and I wanted to try my hand at creating layout backgrounds too! The tool was easy t...
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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Cherry Box 5 comments

The Cherry Box

We are so excited to launch our new monthly subscription box! Inside our signature red box you'll find an assortment of crafting goodies hand-picked by our team. From paper and stickers, to adhesive and i...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Meet May 2019's Guest Designer

papercrafting inspiration featuring products from bella blvd, pebbles, dear lizzy

Screenname: CarrieG


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