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Friday, June 28, 2019

Simple Stories: Scrap Smaller 90 comments  


Hey ACOT fans!  It's Ashley, and I'm here today with a new layout in my Traveler's Notebook using the Heart collection from Simple Stories.  I have always been a big fan of 12x12 layouts, but the Traveler's Notebook size has become a favorite too.  I love that I can create layouts in one notebook, and not have to worry about storing 12x12 albums!  And the smaller size is super cute, too!!


I recently picked up the Simple Stories Heart collection from the ACOT store.  It has a sympathy/remembrance theme, but you can also use it for everyday layouts.  I thought it would work great on a masculine layout.  I used the teal grid side of the My Heart patterned paper as the background for my TN layout.  I cut two pieces at 4.25x8.25 to fit inside the TN insert.  Then I decided to create a cut file to layer over the background.  I went with hearts because it's one of my favorite shapes, and I love backing them with patterned papers.  I backed most of the hearts with papers from the 6x8 paper pad.  And, I am sharing the Heartbreaker Cut File that I created for my layout, as a FREE DOWNLOAD:




Once I finished backing the cut file, I machine stitched down the center of all the hearts, before adding it to the background.  I decided to change my photo black & white, because I knew it would create a nice contrast with all of the colors in the background.  Then I finished my layout, by adding some ephemera and chipboard pieces clustered on the sides of my photo.  



Even though I am working with a smaller size in the Traveler's Notebook, I love that I was still able to incorporate my favorite elements and techniques into the layout.  I used a cut file that I backed with a mix of patterned papers, added texture with machine stitching, and brought in dimension with chipboard pieces and a bit of dimensional foam behind my photo.  Have you tried this fun size yet?  There are some awesome Traveler's Notebook products in the A Cherry on Top store, like notebook inserts and fun Traveler's Notebook covers.  Make sure you stop by to check them out, and take a look at the Simple Stories Heart collection while you're there!!


The Cut Shoppe


Posted by Rachel Kent

Friday, June 28, 2019

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #144 Winner!  

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Week 144 - Sketch Challenge Winner:

scrapbooking sketch challenge

Congrats to Krystle!  You were randomly selected as our winner!

You'll receive 1000 Cherry Reward Points!

100 POINTS to all other entrants just for playing!

  Krystle used this sketch from Becky Fleck as inspiration:

Sketch Challenge - Week 144:

View more of the great submissions HERE!  Be sure to check out our other Contests & Challenges!

Guest Designer Call

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Summer Layout + Free Cut File 3 comments  


Good morning! I am delighted to be guest blogging for A Cherry on Top today and sharing a scrapbook page I designed for this amazing store!

I have owned a Silhouette Cameo for years but only recently discovered (and started using!) background cut files. This technique can be time consuming, but the results are always stunning. There are many designers offering beautiful background cut files but for today’s layout, I created my own in the Silhouette Studio software. I am also offering the file for download to all the A Cherry on Top customers! You can find a link to the file below.



I cut these awesome stars from Bazzill textured white cardstock then backed each one with pattern paper from Simple Stories’ Sunshine and Blue Skies collection. This new collection is perfect for scrapbooking summer, beach, and resort photos! The lush pastels with bold pops of navy and green perfectly compliment my Omni Resort Orlando photo. I also used the Sunshine and Blue Skies sticker pack to add florals, labels, and word stickers.

To add a bit of shimmer and shine to my layout I used glitter puffy Thickers and gold foil stickers from Crate Paper’s Wild Heart collection. The enamel dots are from Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds collection.



Creating this layout took longer than expected because my Silhouette was acting up and wouldn’t cut the cardstock all the way through. After spending four days troubleshooting, I want to offer a few tips on making clean cuts with your electronic die cutting machine:

  • Replace your blade and/or mat if your machine isn’t giving you clean cuts. This was my issue and a new blade and mat solved the problem immediately!
  • Make sure your blade is set to the correct number before cutting. I tried this cut file with my blade set at 1 and of course the blade didn’t cut all the way through the heavy textured cardstock.
  • Use washi tape to secure your paper if you are using a light hold mat. The washi tape will ensure your paper won’t move, plus it’s easy to pull up when your cut is finished.
  • Double check your settings!

Star Background Cut File: (Personal use only)




Make sure to download the Star Background cut file I created and post your layouts in the gallery! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

-Guest Writer Erin Taylor (Check out her Instagram for more inspiration!)


Supplies used:








Posted by Rachel Kent

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mixed Media Layout 1 comments


Hi friends! Natalie here today with a mixed media layout inspired by the gorgeous ephemera from the Kaisercraft Paradise Found collection. 



Here is my YouTube video. I show my entire mixed media process and the conc...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #144

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Week 144- Sketch Challenge:

NOW 1000 Cherry Reward Points Awarded to WINNER!

Show us what you can do with this sketch! Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, e...

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Monday, June 17, 2019

All Heart + Free Cut File


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...

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Heritage Photos - Tips & Tricks 1 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 doc...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Layout with Echo Park You & Me


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 t...

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

DIY Shadow Print Tote

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. I used one magenta Inkodye packet leftover from my canvas pouch project. I prob...

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Fun with Fussy Cutting


One often overlooked technique in paper crafting is fussy cutting, but it’s one of my personal favorites!  It’s a great way to get the most use out of your patterned paper as well as get bang for your buck (because pap...

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

No Pun Intended


Have you seen the No Pun Intended collection from Photoplay Paper? The stamps and dies are seriously adorable and the papers are a must have. I was so excited when my box arrived from A Cherry On Top with all the new goodies! I pulled out 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

Screenname: Art_Teacher

First name: Laura

My craft supply 'must have': Patterned paper!

What inspires me to create: Nobody in my family is a scrapbooker. I have a...

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Color Pour Tutorial


Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share some messy gorgeous art with American Crafts Color Pour!  When I first saw this system introduced I was totally in love, the colors, the marble look, and everything always looked wonderful…  So I wanted to find o...

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Lumi Shadow Printing Tutorial

Here is a fun summer craft for you or the kids! Design a canvas pouch using sunlight, any flat object, and dye. This inkodye by Lumi is specifically formulated to develop its color when exposed to sunlight. So whatever you put on top of the pouch, that part with...

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