Red, White & Anything But Blue | Blog Hops With Heart

YAY! It’s time for a new Blog Hops with Heart Blog Hop! If you started at the beginning of the hop you would have come from Amie Kiger’s Blog, but if you’re starting here you can still make your way around the entire hop by clicking the link at the bottom of my post. This month we have a color scheme hop. Red, white and anything but blue…and I cheated! HA! There’s a tiny bit of blue on my project, but the girls in the hop promised not to kick me out!

12x12 Disney themed scrapbook layout using Simple Stories Say Cheese I & Say Cheese II + other Disney themed items

Red is not a color I gravitate towards when scrapbooking, so I thought this month’s theme would be a bit challenging. I tend to only use this color during the Christmas season and even then the color is not my favorite.  BUT blue is a color I love and tend to use various shades of blue on a majority of my projects. So, as I was thinking about what to scrapbook, I immediately thought of our Disney photos since Christmas just didn’t seem like an option since it is summer right now! (I have to be in the Christmas spirit to scrapbook Christmas photos. Are you the same way or do you scrapbook your Christmas photos year round?)

I printed a couple 2.5″ x 3.5″ photos from our 2010 Disney trip using my Canon Selphy Printer. I then went into my Simple Stories Say Cheese stash! I haven’t purchased the newest Say Cheese III, but I still have quite a bit of the Say Cheese I & Say Cheese II.

12x12 Disney themed scrapbook layout using Simple Stories Say Cheese I & Say Cheese II + other Disney themed items

I started with the Say Cheese Believe Patterned Paper for my background. I then added a layer of white gesso to the center to prime the patterned paper for the mixed media. Next I added a splash of color to the background using the packaging technique with a combination of Shimmerz Paints No Yoking Coloringz, Mandarin Mai Tai Coloringz, and a Mango Gelato to help add shading.

12x12 Disney themed scrapbook layout using Simple Stories Say Cheese I & Say Cheese II + other Disney themed items

I started working on embellishing after the mixed media was dry. This is where the cheating happened! HA! I backed two of the Say Cheese II Chipboard Frames with my photos. These frames have just a tiny, tiiiiny bit of blue. I had originally grabbed the red frames in the set, but it was just too much red because of the red in my photos.

12x12 Disney themed scrapbook layout using Simple Stories Say Cheese I & Say Cheese II + other Disney themed items

I finished my title using the chipboard word ‘Memories’ from the (discontinued) Queen & Company Magic Collection. I tucked a couple stickers from the 12×12 Say Cheese Cardstock Sticker Sheet and (discontinued) Simple Stories 24/Seven Collection above the right photo. I used a yellow ampersand flair button, a couple chipboard Mickey hands, and a few yellow chipboard stars from my stash. I also grabbed a yellow heart metal clip from my stash, but couldn’t quite find a way to use entire clip. I really only wanted to use the rimmed heart, so trimmed off the metal clip portion using my Tim Holtz Mini Snips! Those shearers are amazing and will cut through almost anything!! Using my CTMH Mini Stapler, I added a couple ephemera pieces from the retired CTMH Magical Collection under the right photo.

12x12 Disney themed scrapbook layout using Simple Stories Say Cheese I & Say Cheese II + other Disney themed items

I felt like I needed to tie everything together and I thought a hand stitched circle was the best option. At this point in the layout adding hand stitching always intimidates me. What if I don’t like it? I’ve taken all this time to create the mixed media background, have all of my embellishments mapped out on the page, and I’m forced to start over if I don’t like how it turns out.

So to take a little pressure off I created a circular template using my Cricut Design Space and cut it on a scrap piece of paper. I used the paper circle as a way to test the waters to be sure I would like a circle on the background. I also cut circles at different sizes to determine how large I wanted the circle and used the template to center the circle on the 12×12 background. After the holes were pierced,  I went around the circle the first time using white embroidery floss, but it just blended in too much. So I stitched around the circle a second time using white embroidery floss and I also mixed in a few strands of red embroidery floss to add just a pop of color to the stitching. All in all there are 12 stands of embroidery floss in that hand stitched circle which added great texture and dimension!

12x12 Disney themed scrapbook layout using Simple Stories Say Cheese I & Say Cheese II + other Disney themed items

12x12 Disney themed scrapbook layout using Simple Stories Say Cheese I & Say Cheese II + other Disney themed items

For final touches I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter for my journaling and a few splatters of Black Heidi Swapp Color Shine. I also trimmed a portion of the Say Cheese Border & Titles Strip Elements Patterned Paper to the top and bottom of the layout along with a faux washi strips that I fussy cut from one of the Say Cheese 4×6 cards & the same Borders & Titles Patterned Paper.

12x12 Disney themed scrapbook layout using Simple Stories Say Cheese I & Say Cheese II + other Disney themed items

Now you can take a look at my process!

I hope you’re finding inspiration as you’re making your way around our hop! Next up is the amazingly talented Stephanie Davis!

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My Favorites from The Cut Shoppe

I mentioned in my last blog post that The Cut Shoppe Design Team has closed.  I thought it would be fun to reminisce and share my favorite top 5 favorite layouts that I have created over the last year! Each of these layouts has a YouTube Process Video. Just click on the photo to be taken to the original blog post where you will find the process video along with a detailed description of how these layouts were put together.

 #1 Love Lives Here

Pinkfresh Studio Dream On

 

#2 Fun Magic

 

#3 Happy Adventure

 

#4 XO Valentine

#5 Elevator Usie

12x12 Scrapbook Layout using The Cut Shoppe Brush Up Alpha Cut File and Selfies & Usies Cut File. Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart Patterned Paper #21

I know I said I was only going to post 5 layouts, but I had a hard time choosing so I’ve included a bonus layout!

#6 Happy Memories

12x12 Design Team layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Washi Love & Follow Your Heart Cut Files, American Crafts Shimelle Little By Little Collection, Pink Paislee C'est La Vie mirror word, elements from Heidi Swapp and a lot of hand stitching

I so enjoyed my time on The Cut Shoppe Design Team and want to thank all of you for your comments, likes and love during my time on the team. I’m still going to be creating so stay tuned for more layouts and process videos!

Seeing The Characters | The Cut Shoppe

Hey friends! I’m back today with my final layout as a Cut Shoppe Design Team member.

12x12 Cut Shoppe Design Team layout using the Spiral Scallop Cut File as a guide for the hand stitching. Maggie Holmes Bloom patterned paper and Pink Paislee-Paige Evans Oh My Heart & Take Me Away Collections.

I started in Cricut Design Space by uploading the Spiral Scallop Cut File. I knew that I wanted to hand stitch this design so I converted the image from “cut” to “write” in Design Space. I used the “contour” feature to delete the half moon shapes in the center of the scallops. I then duplicated the image and using the “contour” feature I removed the circles from one image and the scallops from the other. Next I sized the images so the scallops were touching the circles and “attached” the image. By making these changes it will allow for more room to place my title on my layout! I then used my .03 Black Cricut Pen to draw the image on a sheet of pink patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Bloom Collection.

12x12 Cut Shoppe Design Team layout using the Spiral Scallop Cut File as a guide for the hand stitching. Maggie Holmes Bloom patterned paper and Pink Paislee-Paige Evans Oh My Heart & Take Me Away Collections.

After the image was drawn on the Maggie Holmes patterned paper I used watered down white acrylic paint and a paint brush to add white splatters to the background. I then used pink embroidery floss in various shades for the hand stitching. I added the hand stitching in an ombre pattern by starting with the lightest color in the center.

12x12 Cut Shoppe Design Team layout using the Spiral Scallop Cut File as a guide for the hand stitching. Maggie Holmes Bloom patterned paper and Pink Paislee-Paige Evans Oh My Heart & Take Me Away Collections.

After the hand stitching was complete, I trimmed my photo into a circle using my Creative Memories Circle Cutter! <<Who still has this?! I find that I use mine a lot even though I have circle dies! I think it has something to do with the transparent template that just makes it so easy to use! After the photo was ready I added multiple die cuts from the Pink Paislee – Paige Evans Oh My Heart Collection. I also added a few white acrylic hearts that I found in my stash and a suede bow from the Pink Paislee – Paige Evans Take Me Away Collection.

12x12 Cut Shoppe Design Team layout using the Spiral Scallop Cut File as a guide for the hand stitching. Maggie Holmes Bloom patterned paper and Pink Paislee-Paige Evans Oh My Heart & Take Me Away Collections.

For the title I grabbed Thickers from the Pink Paislee – Paige Evans Oh My Heart Collection. This photo, which is my favorite photo of all time, was taken in 2010. It was our first trip to Disney World and we had just arrived at Magic Kingdom. I think Aidan’s two year old heart was ready to burst with excitement when he saw those larger than life Disney characters for the first time. I love everything about this photo…Aidan’s facial expression and the fact that he was able to experience this moment with my dad (Aidan’s best friend!)! I was careful how I trimmed my photo and where I placed my embellishments because I wanted to be sure you could also see the way Aidan is holding my dad’s hand. The details of this photo melt my heart!

12x12 Cut Shoppe Design Team layout using the Spiral Scallop Cut File as a guide for the hand stitching. Maggie Holmes Bloom patterned paper and Pink Paislee-Paige Evans Oh My Heart & Take Me Away Collections.

Now you can take a look at my process video which includes a Cricut Design Space 3.0 Beta tutorial!

In case you missed it Ashley has decided to close TCS Design Team, but The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store will remain open so head over there to check out the cut files! There is a sale happening this weekend! Use the code HAPPY4TH from July 1-4 and receive 50% off your entire purchase!

I want to thank Ashley for having me this past year! It has been such a joy creating with her designs and I’m going to miss being a part of this team!

Use It or Lose It Blog Hop

I’m so excited to be joining my favorite blog hop group for the Use It Or Lose It Blog Hop! You may have come from Amie Kiger’s Blog, but if you’re just starting here you can still make your way around the entire hop by clicking the link at the bottom of my post.  This month we are focusing on items that have been in our stash and putting them to good use.

12x12 Scrapbook layout using the Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit, Shimmerz Paints No Yoking Coloringz, and Freckled Fawn enamel dots.

I am using products from my stash, but they haven’t been in my stash very long. I decided to take a slight spin on this hop and use a photo that has been in my stash for a long time! I typically print my photos at home using my Canon Selphy Printer, but for years I ordered my prints online. So needless to say I have a large stash of photos that still need to be scrapbooked. This particular photo was taken in 2013 from a vacation we went on in Grand Haven, Michigan.

12x12 Scrapbook layout using the Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit, Shimmerz Paints No Yoking Coloringz, and Freckled Fawn enamel dots.

I used one of the beautiful floral watercolor patterned paper from the Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit for my background. I wanted to add just a little more color to the layout so I grabbed my go-to yellow No Yoking Coloringz from Shimmerz Paints. I added a yellow wash around the floral image using the packaging technique.  I did use Clear Gesso on the background before applying the yellow mist. I was a little concerned how the yellow would mesh with the floral image but it ended up being exactly what I wanted! Sometimes you just have to take a risk, but it does help that there are two of each patterned papers in this kit! HA! I’m usually a little more daring when I know I can start over!

12x12 Scrapbook layout using the Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit, Shimmerz Paints No Yoking Coloringz, and Freckled Fawn enamel dots.

12x12 Scrapbook layout using the Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit, Shimmerz Paints No Yoking Coloringz, and Freckled Fawn enamel dots.

I then backed my photo with a piece of vellum. I thought about adding a layer of white cardstock or additional patterned papers layers but I didn’t want to distract from that gorgeous flower!! I then grabbed a few acetate words from the Reflection Scrapbook Kit plus a sticker with the word ‘smile’ and positioned them next to the photo for my title. Aidan was so little here! That baby tooth smile just about melts my heart!!

12x12 Scrapbook layout using the Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit, Shimmerz Paints No Yoking Coloringz, and Freckled Fawn enamel dots.

I also positioned an acetate butterfly to the layout. Acetate can be tricky to adhere because the adhesive will show through, but I’ve found if I use my Xyron Sticker Maker that the adhesive is not noticeable.  I also grabbed another sticker from the sticker sheet included in the Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit. The yellow color on both of the stickers blended in beautifully with the yellow Shimmerz mist. For final touches I added a few more accents from the Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit including  wood buttons and a wood veneer origami hummingbird (or is that a crane?! either way it’s cute!). I also placed a few green enamel dots from Freckled Fawn on the layout and a few splatters of Black Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

12x12 Scrapbook layout using the Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit, Shimmerz Paints No Yoking Coloringz, and Freckled Fawn enamel dots.

Now you can take a look at my process!

I hope you’re finding inspiration on our Use It or Lose It Blog Hop! Now it’s time to head to Becca Whitham’s Blog! She’s sure to impress!

-Kelly