Christmas layout ideas

Christmas is on the horizon and I’m busy planning for the holiday. I realized that I had photos from last year hanging around that I hadn’t scrapped yet. So why not tackle those now and share some tips and tricks with you on some festive elements you can add to your Christmas layouts?

In this video I show three ways to use Nuvo drops as embellishments for layouts.
1) Spell out words with the liquid.
2) Create little ornaments to sprinkle around your page.
3) Create frames for photos. (How-to details in the second video)

I love the shine the drops add to this layout. It totally reminds me of frosting on cookies! And that is a bonus tip. You can create some die cut gingerbread or sugar cookie style cutouts and then “frost” them with Nuvo drops!

In that first video I mentioned having already created my frames. In this second video I show you a kit build and then toward the end of the video I feature how to create these frames. Since creating this video I’ve realized that if you create your frames on a nonstick craft sheet instead of parchment then you are likely to get a smoother end result. However the craft sheet can be harder to see through (depending on your brand) and will make working a bit harder.

Vicki Boutin Storyteller Collection

Ok. If you could hear me right now, you’d hear a squee of happiness. I am in LOVE with the Vicki Boutin Storyteller collection. Let me tell you all about it with this video that walk you through most of the collection.

Next up, let me show you how I added some goodies to this already abundant supply to create scrapbooking magic. Included is a tutorial on upcycling fabric into scrapbook embellishments!

And I’ve dug in and created one mixed media layout (so far!!). Check it out.

I’ll be back later with more video goodness.

Deja Vu take 2!

Well here we are in November and that means I got to work on new kit builds for the month. First up I have my kit build based on Shimelle’s Best of Both worlds project. Her inspiration had a definite fall vibe. I didn’t go there. I went directly the the Vicki Boutin Storyteller pieces in her kit and planned my kit based solely on that collection. She what I used in my video.

My second kit for the month is my Counterfeit Kit Club challenge and this is where the Deja Vu comes in yet again. Last’s months CKC challenge used an inspiration piece which was all too familiar with me and I talked about how I approached that kit build here. Well, this month the CKC projects features an inspiration kit that I actually own. So I needed to think outside of the box again. This isn’t a bad thing for me. In fact that is part of what I really love about the CKC challenges. It gets me to look at my supplies differently, which exercises my creative muscles!

Be sure to watch to the end of the video as I show a unique way to use Nuvo drops to create embellishments! (PS I have a template for you if you want to try this technique for yourself. Download it directly right here.)

Deja Vu

In October the Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit build inspiration piece for the month was the Shimelle Best of Both World kit from last month. I did create a kit from the BOBW project already! So I took a second look at a familiar inspiration piece. I took this project in a different direction and created a smaller kit with richer tones and a teen vibe.

Here is a comparison of the two kits.
Kit #1: A softer color palette with more whimsical icons.

Best of Both Worlds Kit, September 2020
Pattern Papers
Best of Both Worlds Kit, September 2020
Embellishments

And here is kit #2 I created from the same inspiration image this time around. This has a richer color palette with bold pops of black, a smattering of sparkle, and a teen vibe icons.

BOBW Kit is live

Hello All. I’ve got my Best of Both Worlds kit build for October 2020 live on YouTube today. I was away camping this weekend and while I filmed the video before we left I couldn’t get to editing it until we came home.

This kit is on the larger size. It mixes and matches elements of fall, cozy home themes and rustic textures.

I plan to be back in a week or so showing the copper heat embossing embellishments I will create as layering elements for my layouts, so stay tuned for that video.

And here is the gist of the kit in photo format.

Pattern Papers + Cardstock
Embellishments including stamps, copper embossing powder, twine, cork, crepe paper, stickers, die cut ephemera, and cutaparts.

HKC Unboxing + Project

My September 2020 Hip Kit Club unboxing video is up. The kit is filled mainly with the Crate Paper Marigold collection. Along with an unboxing I always show a process of a project using the supplies. This way the videos aren’t just about buying stuff, but about putting your stuff to good use! This time I talk about the rule of thirds in design. Then I give some advice on avoiding a mistake that I made in my design process.

SCT Sampler Kit, September 2020

I played with my SCT Sampler Kit for the month of September to create a slimline card. I haven’t done a slimline card in a long while so it is fun to see this card size on a hot trend this year.

This months kit included a stencil from Echo Park so I am getting a little inky. And if you watch to the end of the video I have an envelope making tutorial using the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. Links to products are in the video show notes if you want more information.

And before you head off, here is a peek at the final card & envelope.

Counterfeit Kit Layout Prompt #1

Today I’m back with my Guest Designer post for the first layout challenge that the Counterfeit Kit team has for September. If you haven’t seen the kit I built from supplies on hand for this project, please check it out. The layout prompt this time is to use a grid. I’ve got two examples for you.

First off here is my layout process video featuring a central grid block of pattern papers used to highlight a single photo.

Next up I have a grid built using stitched bakers twine on an embossed white cardstock. The grid is expanded in areas to accommodate larger elements like a big title block and inked highlighting of the embossed words on the paper. Check it out.

I hope you enjoyed my examples of using a grid. Don’t forget to check out the full time design team’s takes on this project.

Guest Designer – Misty Murphy – YOU ARE HERE
Cindy: http://cindyscreations-cinmfoster.blogspot.com/ (This month’s host designer)
Jolene: http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com/
Leslie: http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com/
Tara: https://kryptonite72-rambles.blogspot.com/

Shimelle’s BOBW

If you don’t know Shimelle, then you are missing out. This perky scrapbook designer has a depth of knowledge of design principles and shares them in a way that is easy to understand. In the past she would create a scrapbook kit and post it to a shopping site. The beauty of the project is that you didn’t have to buy ANYTHING if you didn’t want to, or you could easily customize the kit to buy. And that is why the project was called Best of Both Worlds or BOBW! You get the best of a designer coordinating products for you as well as the best of customizing to your taste. And zero commitment to any of it.

BOBW is back and I will be playing along and sharing my journey. She reveals her kits on Facebook lives and talks about the next month’s kit. Here is her September reveal and then my take on this kit.

Counterfeit Kit Guest Designer

I’m was very happy to be invited to be the guest designer for September 2020 over at the Counterfeit Kit group. What they do is offer up a pre-made kit as inspiration and then participants build their own kits from their stash at home.

I love doing this project and I show you my thought process on my YouTube channel. So please check out my video! And since the group has a trend of naming their kits I shall call this one School in the Woods.


And if you prefer just the basics in visual format, I’ve got you covered. I used the inspiration of school, woodland, and fall themes as well as a softer primary color scheme with a dash of green to build this kit. Here are the still images…

KIT AS A WHOLE

JUST THE PATTERN PAPERS

EMBELLISHMENTS
ENAMELS & WASHI

ALPHAS
HOW I STORE MY KITS

Don’t forget to check out all the Master Forgers (the ongoing design team at CKC) for their takes on this month’s inspiration. Here is the hop list:

I’ll be back on the 4th, the 12th and the 18th with more goodness from this kit and challenge inspiration!