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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Decorate a 12x12 Album 1 comments  

By Jessica Harvey



I've always wished there were prettier 12x12 albums. They are large and hold beautiful scrapbook pages, so why can't they themselves be a piece of art? After all, you typically see the album on the shelf more often than the pages inside. I was in need of a new album so I thought I would decorate one! I got a Modern D-Ring Album 12"X12" which has heavyweight chipboard covers that offer a smooth surface for customizing with paper and embellishments.

Key Lime - Modern D-Ring Album 12Chestnut Modern D - Ring 12 x 12 AlbumBlack - Modern D-Ring Album 12


I started by grabbing 4 sheets of 12x12 paper that I wanted to use for the front, back, and inside covers. I chose to use pages from the Vintage Artistry Everywhere from 49 and Market because I liked the theme of travel for this album. 49 and Market pages are so beautiful to work with and have a layered look that I love.


I wanted to make sure that these pages would adhere well, so I used a generous amount of Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to stick the pages down.


Next step, gesso! I wasn't a fan of this lime green spine and I knew I wanted more of a mixed-media look, so I decided to paint it. Gesso (or primer) is an important first step when you are adding paint to anything. It has a grittier texture than regular paint which allows the paint to hold onto it. Gesso also has a binder in it which allows it to stick well to a wide range of surfaces. I also painted over the edges of this album with gesso as well.

Super Covering Primer - StamperiaSilverwhite Short Handle 1 Inch Edge Wash - Silver Brush Limited


Once I had all of the fabric covered, which took 2 coats of gesso, it was time to start painting. I wanted a very subtle rainbow of colors that would fade into each other. To create this effect I painted with a Blending Tool that was first loaded with white paint and then lightly picked up a touch of color. I made sure to also paint over the sides of the album as well.

Mini Ink Blending Tool - RangerBluebell Effectz Creamy Matte Acrylic Paint - SizzixCreate Happiness Welcome Home Allegro Paint Kit - StamperiaSedona Dina Wakley Media Acrylic PaintTitanium White - Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint 4oz


I wanted to use some of the Fabric Tape from the collection I'm working with to go over the spine. Although this tape is sticky, I wanted to be sure it would stay permanently and not move around so I glued it down with wet glue.

Vintage Artistry Everywhere Fabric Tape Assortment - 49 And Market 


I debated leaving my album at this stage but decided to add some embellishments to the cover. I used pieces from the Ephemera BitsRub-on Transfer Set, and Filmstrip Frames.

Vintage Artistry Everywhere Ephemera Bits - 49 and MarketVintage Artistry Everywhere Filmstrip Frames - 49 and MarketVintage Artistry Everywhere 6x8 Rub-on Transfer Set - 49 And Market


Here's a look at the finished album! I debated covering the album with Mod Podge to protect it better but decided it wasn't necessary. But this is a step that you could add if your book gets flipped through often. 

Let me know if you would decorate an album like this! It was a pretty quick project and I love the results. Now it's time to organize my scrapbook pages and add them in here!

Posted by Jessica.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Scrapbook Layout  

By Suzanna Lee

Good morning Cherries! Suzanna here today to share with you a color-blocked rainbow layout created using the new Blooming Wild collection from Paige Evans. The color blocking was inspired by the squares of Paper 15. I then went with a tone-on-tone approach to each block using the ephemera I had ordered from ACOT along with fussy-cut bits of various patterned papers.
Here’s my creation;
Both the top and the bottom of the page have a strip of striped patterned paper which pulls all the colors together, along with a black cardstock strip. I felt the black grounded the page and provided some balance to the black in the photos.
There is a row of colored blocks above and below the photos. Each one slightly askew from the other to break up the grid-like effect that having same-sized squares would create. Tone-on-tone embellishments in the form of either chipboard frames, fussy cut flowers, ephemera, Thicker phrases and/or flowers and bits from the tiles of shapes. I love the texture this adds to the page.
Another way to pull the page together is the use of the rainbow-colored "radiant" as a title or subtitle in the middle space of the page, beside the St Paddy's Day photos.
I love all the bright colors in this collection! If you know me, you know these are right up my alley! I hope you are inspired to add some of this collection to your ACOT and create a beautiful rainbow!

Thanks for stopping in today! See you back here next time.



Products Used:

Radiant Phrase Foam Thickers - Blooming Wild - Paige EvansBlooming Wild Journaling Ephemera - Paige EvansBlooming Wild Mini Frames - Paige EvansBlooming Wild Collage Tiles - Paige EvansPaper 24 - Blooming Wild - Paige EvansPaper 22 - Blooming Wild - Paige EvansPaper 10 - Blooming Wild - Paige EvansPaper 15 - Blooming Wild - Paige EvansBlooming Wild 12x12 Paper Pad - Paige EvansBlooming Wild Holographic 6x8 Paper Pad - Paige Evans

Suzanna Lee

My name is Suzanna and I live with my family in Glen Allen, Virginia. My husband, Michael, and two kids, 19 yo Nikolas and 15 yo Mia, are supportive of my memory keeping and the main subjects of my work. Along with our 2 fur babies, Jasmine and Luna. I have been creating and documenting for a long time, over 20 years. My main focus has always been creating 12x12 layouts but I also like to work in a travelers notebook, create pocket pages, and my new obsession, a memory planner. I’ve been filming process videos and sharing my process on YouTube since 2016. 

See more from Suzanna on her GalleryInstagramFacebookand YouTube

Posted by Jessica.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Father's Day Card  

By Channin Pelletier

Hello crafty friends! It’s Channin here and today I’m creating a bold and graphic Father’s Day card featuring several products from Waffle Flower Crafts.


To create this card I first ink-blended the front of an A2 top-folding white card base (4 1/4” x 11”; scored at 5 1/2”) with the Sunburst Stencil and Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide. I then rotated the stencil and ink-blended again but this time with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide


Next, I die cut an A2 panel (4 1/4” x 5 1/2”) of white cardstock with the largest die from the Nesting Stitched Ovals Die Set. I then put the oval aside and adhered the remaining portion of the panel to the card front with foam adhesive.


Next, I die-cut a trophy and a #1 out of white cardstock with the die from the Trophy Cup Die-n-Stencil set. I then ink blended over the trophy and the #1 die cuts with the coordinating stencil and several Distress Oxides (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, and Fossilized Amber). I then adhered the #1 to the trophy and then I adhered both to the card front with foam adhesive.


Next, I stamped a sentiment from the #1 Dad Sentiments Stamp Set in Versamark ink onto black cardstock. I then poured white embossing powder over the sentiment and then heat set with a heat tool. Next, I trimmed the sentiment down to a strip and then finished the card by adhering the sentiment to the card front with foam adhesive.


I hope you enjoyed my card. Thank you so much for stopping by!




Channin Pelletier

Hello! I’m Channin Pelletier and I live in sunny Arizona with my husband and our two sweet daughters. I’m a long-time stamper and paper crafter. I actually started paper crafting back in junior high by carving my own stamps from erasers to make handmade cards and scrapbook pages. However, over the years, cardmaking has definitely become my favorite crafty hobby!  It’s difficult for me to nail down my style, I’m a bit of a chameleon! I love clean and simple designs, coloring flowers and critters, and even constructing interactive cards! But overall I love trying to come up with designs that are unique or unexpected!

I’d love it if you would check out my YouTube channel, BlogGallery, or follow me on Instagram!!

Posted by Jessica.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 320

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

Show us what you can do with this week's sketch!


Post your finished project (layout, card, art journal, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 320 Pr...

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Create Happiness Art Journal

By Jessica Harvey

Today I'm sharing this art journal page I created using the April Cherry Box! This is such a pretty box to create with. There are so many flowers and other embellishments to create a scene with, which is what I decided to do with this page! The 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

100 Day Art Journal Continued!

By Jil Larson

Those of you who read my blog post earlier this year about my 100 days of working in a small art journal during 2022 might recall that I’m close to having 100 journal pages, but I’m not quite there yet. With eight to go, I knocked out four recently, using som...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Distress Oxides - Technique Tuesday 1 comments

By Natalie Dill


We are focusing on our favorite mixed media products this month on Technique Tuesday! In today's video, Natalie shares her favorite mixed media product, Distress Oxides! She's inking her stamps creating an ombre effect and using them to create a wat...

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Monday, March 20, 2023

Drink Some Tea & Make a Card with Me!

By: Emily Moore

Hi all! It's Emily again and I'm back to show you 3 lovely cards featuring April's Cherry Box! April's Cherry Box is full of dreamy Stamperia products including the Create Happiness Welcome Home 12 x 12 paper pad,  Bicycle & Flowers Ephemera (that have adhe...

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Using Smaller Paper Pads for Memory Planning

By: Jennie McGarvey

Hello! It's Jennie McGarvey and I'm still so excited about my memory planner and love sharing it with you. Creating it brings me such joy and I love using all of the supplies in it - including 6x6 patterned paper pads. 

This week, I pu...

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

You Are Some Kind of Wonderful Scrapbook Layout

By: Sara Mishler

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today. I hope you are all doing well and can smell the spring breeze in the air. I still think we *might* have a couple more wintery days on the way but we're definitely heading in the spring direction here in west...

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Friday, March 17, 2023

Happy St. Patrick's Day From ACOT! 11 comments

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we wanted to share some of the green and gorgeous projects that our Cherries have been sharing in the Project Gallery! We love seeing all of the creativity shared in our gallery! Check out our St. Partick's Day theme<...

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Tranquility 49 and Market Quad Folio Mini Album

By Jessica Harvey

Welcome back to the Cherry Blog! Today I'm sharing an album I made using the Vintage Artistry Tranquility collection with a 49 and Market Quad Folio. This album is filled with beautiful spring colors and images that would be perfect for documenting phot...

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 319

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top


Show us what you can do with this week's sketch!


Post your finished project (layout, card, art journal, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 319 Proje...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Easter Wishes & Bunny Kisses 1 comments

By Natalie Dill

Hey Cherries! Natalie here today using the new Blooming Wild collection by Paige Evans to create a bright, layered, Spring page.


I paired this collection with the Over the Rainbow textured cardstock from Doodlebug. I created three...

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Mixed Media Frame - Technique Tuesday

By Jessica Harvey


This month on Technique Tuesday we are focusing on our favorite mixed media products! In today's video, Jess is embellishing a picture frame using chipboard, moulds, metal embellishments, and one of her favorite mixed media products, wax!

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