Happy Anniversary | Blog Hops with Heart

Blog Hops with Heart celebrated our one year anniversary in January…AND we missed it! But it is better to celebrate late than to not celebrate at all, so for our hop this month we are creating anniversary themed projects! You would have come from Amie Kiger’s blog if you started at the beginning of the blog hop, but you can still make your way around the entire hop by clicking the link at the bottom of my post.

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

For my project today I thought it would be fun to document older photos of my husband and myself from when we were dating. We went on our first date 15 years ago and these are some of the first photos we had taken as a couple. And seriously, 15 YEARS?! How does time go by so quickly?! We were 18 years old and fresh out of high school when we went on our first date. We worked at the same restaurant (I was a waitress, he was a cook) but we had known each other since we were little….growing up in a small town will do that for you! We ran in different circles in high school, but knew each other and would say hi in passing. Mutual friends set us up on a double date and the rest is history. Andy hasn’t aged a bit, but I sure have! HA!

The photos I planned on using were taken before digital was a thing or at least before it was popular. I didn’t have the negatives and jpegs of these photos don’t exist so I snapped photos of the photos to convert the images to black and white using Picmonkey. This way the photos are cohesive and flow together well on the layout. The originals are a wide range of colors and never would have mixed well together without converting them to B&W.

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

For my title I used the chipboard sentiment, Happy Heart, from the Crate Paper-Maggie Holmes-Chasing Dreams Collection. The sentiment is large and large pieces can sometimes be a little overwhelming to me. It can be tricky finding a place for these large pieces on a layout, but because my photos are so small I needed large elements to help fill the page.

I started with a black polka dot patterned paper from Maggie Holmes Gather Collection. I also grabbed a few die cuts from the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans & white Baker’s Twine from CTMH. After I had all of the main elements I went to work putting the layout together.

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

I positioned the title just slightly off center on the Maggie Holmes patterned paper. I added three strands of white Baker’s Twine above and below the photos and used my CTMH mini stapler to secure the strands to the page. I then added a couple floral die cuts from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart Collection. For a little added dimension I also added a floral sticker from the Oh My Heart Thickers sheet.

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

For final touches I added a few dipped wood veneer hearts from Pinkfresh Studio and an adorable puffy bird sticker from Hip Kit Club that I’ve been hoarding! I heated embossed the dates on vellum using white embossing powder and adhered the date to each photo. Vellum can be a bit tricky to adhere because pretty much all adhesive shows through, but I’ve found that using my Xyron Sticker Maker does the trick!

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

I did record a process video for this layout and will be posting it soon! Be sure to check back or subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss it!

Thanks for joining us on our “{Oops We Missed Our} Anniversary” Blog Hop. Now it is time to head to Becca Whitham’s blog and I have no doubt she will WOW you!

-Kelly

Boo! | The Cut Shoppe

Hi crafty friends! I have a new layout to share for The Cut Shoppe.

The Cut Shoppe | Wicked Fun & Ghost Town | Kelly Janes

Halloween is right around the corner and I love Halloween scrapbooking products. I think a large part of my love for the product is I forget year to year what is in my stash so it’s always like looking at fresh new product! Ha!

The Cut Shoppe

I mix a lot of old with new for this layout. My photo is of Aidan and was taken a few years ago at a Halloween themed NICU reunion. He was all about Batman at that age so his costume was an easy choice. To help highlight the photo I chose the bat image from the Wicked Fun Cut File. I used the Pattern Fill feature on my Cricut Explore to add the text print to the cut file. To help add a something extra to the bat I added orange watercolor and black hand stitching.

The Cut Shoppe | Wicked Fun & Ghost Town | Kelly Janes

I used one of the patterns included in the Ghost Town Digital Collection for my background and also a couple of the pumpkin ephemera pieces. Have I mentioned how much I love the option of printing my own paper and embellishments?! The Print Then Cut feature on the Cricut Explore just makes it so so easy! I added multiple Halloween pieces from my stash including products from Crate Paper, Simple Stories, Recollections and the new CTMH Jeepers Creepers Collection. There are other products on this page but my Halloween stash is quite large and quite old so a lot of the products are no longer in the original packaging making it difficult to know the manufacturer’s name.

The Cut Shoppe | Wicked Fun & Ghost Town | Kelly Janes

This layout was SO fun to put together! I’ve put together a process video that also has a Cricut Design Space tutorial showing the Pattern Fill feature!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Kelly Janes

POW!

Hey, hey! I have a fun boy themed layout for you today for The Cut Shoppe!

The Cut Shoppe | Hero Up

The Cut Shoppe | Hero Up

For my layout today I started by cutting the POW portion from the Hero Up Cut File on a scrap piece of pattern paper to use as a mask. I then sprayed Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine onto the white cardstock. After the Color Shine was dry I added hand stitching using black embroidery floss to let the starburst and letters pop! After the stitching was complete I cut the POW portion of the cut file again on a transparency to add a little more visual interest to the layout.

Here you can really see the shine from the Color Shine!! Love it!

The Cut Shoppe | Hero Up

I then started working on my photo cluster. I have been on a serious scrappy stash bust lately! I’ve been buying all the things from the new collections that are being released and I’m feeling a smidge guilty about the stash I’ve been hoarding collecting. I think after a few more layouts using older products I’ll feel better about all of the shopping I’ve been doing recently! HA! The pattern paper is from an older CTMH collection, Super Heroes, but all of the other products have lost their labels. I did add a couple flair buttons. The “It’s a boy thing” is from Feed Your Craft and I believe the star flair is from A Flair For Buttons?

The Cut Shoppe | Hero Up

I’ve put together a video so you can watch the process. The video also contains a Cricut Design Space tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out The Cut Shoppe for all of the fun cut files that are available! New files are added every other Thursday!!

Kelly Janes

AHSC #168

I’m back again with another card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

AHSC #168

For my card I used a white cardstock base and then cut a white panel using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangular Die. I then used a Heidi Swapp sunray stencil and Mustard Seed Distress Ink to create a sunburst on the panel. Next I mixed white modeling paste with retired CTMH Sky Re-inker. I wanted to create a sky scene so I scraped the colored modeling paste along a cloud stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop on a scrap piece of cardstock. Once it was dry I fussy cut out the clouds and then scattered them around the panel. I used Thin 3D Foam Tape for a little added dimension. I absolutely LOVE the texture of the clouds! I used a sentiment from the CTMH Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Stamp Set in CTMH Black Ink and I finished the card by adding a scattering of mini pearls.

AHSC #168

Now head to Atlantic Hearts to enter your papercrafting interpretation of sketch #168.

AHSC168

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly