Saturday, May 20, 2017

So Macho - Paper Issues

Happy Saturday everyone!

I am back today with a masculine layout to share.  Recently, while I was putting my layouts into albums, I noticed that I scrap my daughters way, way more (I mean, really, WAY more) than I do my son, or even my husband. I decided I had better do something about that, so I created this layout using the awesome My Mind's Eye Hey Mister collection that I purchase from the Paper Issues on-line store.

The Hey Mister collection is so perfect for scrapping all of your guys, no matter the age. I just love the weightlifter guys and knew I had the perfect photo ... My son and his friends showing off their muscles.


I used a variety of the journal cards from the collection to create my background. They aren't just for pocket pages! There are lots of fun die cut ephemera pieces as well. I love the foil accents on some pieces, like the tab I place above my photo.


I added some fun puffy stickers and enamel dots too. The title was made using a digital cut file from JustNick Studios called Handcut Letters.



My layout design was inspired by a sketch over at Creative Scrappers. I did take a lot of liberties with the sketch though.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Science Guy - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a scrappy confession. I've been very bad about scrapping layouts of my son. He doesn't like having his picture taken. He doesn't post selfies of himself all that often. It was quite evident that his sisters get lots more attention on my scrapbook pages when I was putting my latest layouts in albums. So for a little while I thought I would concentrate on scrapping the photos I do have of him. These were from Christmas a year and a half ago.



I used this awesome JustNick Studio background cut file called Weird Science. When I first saw it, I thought of these pictures I had of my son receiving a bartender chemistry set for Christmas. He loves math and science. He is currently working his way through college as a bartender ... so of course he needed a bartender chemistry set.



I used the Simple Set Alphabet for my title. I like the whimsical feel to this font.



I backed the negative space with pattern papers from the Shimelle Little By Little collection. The circle patterns in the paper drew me in. I knew they would be perfect with all the circles in this background cut file, plus the primary colors are great for scrapping my science guy.



Here are the cut files I used today...




Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy the rest of your week.
~Marcia

Monday, May 15, 2017

Grandma's House - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends!

Marcia back today with my first Paper Issues layout for the May Issue Mom-O-Grams.

Suggested ideas: create an altered paper project, use letters in a fun way, add a monogram, anything about Mother’s Day or grandmothers.

I went with the Grandmothers theme. Every year my mother-in-law takes a picture of the grand kids at Thanksgiving for her Christmas card. I thought it would be fun to scrap one of these photos.


I used the gorgeous Wild At Heart collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studios which is available in the Paper Issues online store. Use my coupon code MARCIA20 to save 20%.

Here are some detailed shots...



Link up your take on the Mom-O-Gram issue and you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!
~Marcia

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Friends Become Our Chosen Family - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends. Happy National Scrapbook Day!

 I am here today with some scrappy JustNick Studios inspiration and a FREE cut file! I love using circle frames around my photos. Floral Ring 2 is a new digital cut file, so I thought I would use it to showcase a photo of my besties. I have been reorganizing my scrapbook room and came across these pretty papers from the Pink Paislee Take Me Away collection by Paige Evans. I didn't have any coordinating embellishments, so I combined it some rub-ons from Chic Tags ( I miss them bunches! ) and some brads from the We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard collection. I love how the black brads help create a visual triangle with the title. I thought the Simple Stories washi tape from the Love & Adore collection went really well with it too. Yeah for using some stash!



To add dimension to my layout, I layered some more flowers on top of the Floral Ring. These are from the Stems For Stephanie digital cut file.





I used one more cut file today. I just love this title, Friends Become Our Chosen Family. These wonderful women really are like family for me. They were neighbors but most have moved away, still we get together at least once a month.



Here the cut files I used today...







If you are interested in watching my process video, here it is ...



Thanks so much for stopping by. You can grab the FLORAL RING 2 cut file for FREE using the code: RINGFREE at checkout until midnight on May 7, 2017 only!

More free cut files are coming later today, so be sure to stop back at JustNick Studios.
~Marcia

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bubble Blowing Fun - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I have an awesome layout to share today using some fabulous JustNick Studios digital cut files. This one has a photo of my daughter at 15. She had just learned how to blow bubbles with her bubble gum. Of course, after learning how, she was chewing gum and blowing bubbles all the time. I thought it would be fun to use lots of circles in my design to put the emphasis on the bubbles. I selected the Protozoa Background and selectively backed only a few of the circles.



I used a sheet of acetate to back my cut file. The acetate sheet had lots of colorful circles on it as well. I created my title by mixing the Outline Alpha  and the Script Font digital cut files. I backed the outline alpha letters with a marbled pattern paper that reminded me of bubble gum.



Here is a closer look...



I framed my photo with the Round and Round cut file, adding even more circles to my design.





Here are the cut files I used today ...






Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to check out what's new in the JustNick store.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hey Gorgeous - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I have a sweet layout to share using one of the newest cut files in the JustNick Studio store. When I saw the gorgeous new Butterfly Background 2 digital cut file I could not wait to use it. I love the delicate butterflies. This cut file is perfect for Spring photos, but I thought it would also be lovely with a photo of my adventurous daughter. One of the things I learned early on in trying to photograph children was that I had to keep them in one place long enough to snap a few photos. I used props like this ladder. The adventurous ones didn't think twice about climbing up it. My daughter Colette has not lost her sense of adventure yet, 25 years later. I am using the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Wild At Heart collection.



Here is a better look at those amazing butterflies...





To form my title, I combine the Hey speech bubble from the Girl Power digital cut file with a rubber charm with the word Gorgeous. This was cut pretty small. If you are having difficulties cutting items with your electronic machine try cutting it twice. I find I can get a better cut with a so so blade if I cut it twice.






Here are the cut files I used ...





If you are interested in watching my YouTube process video here you go ...


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Check out all the new cut files in the JustNick Store.
~Marcia

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Faith - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today for some layout inspiration with the beautiful Simple Stories Faith collection. This collection has some gorgeous pattern papers along with faith based die cuts and verses and can definitely be used for scrapbooking and cardmaking in addition to Bible journaling.

For my first layout I Have No Greater Joy, I am not scrapping a religious photo but the photo goes well with the biblical verse I chose to use for my title. I used one of my favorite pattern papers for the background. I didn't want to cover too much of the paper up, so I die cut a larger title and used a single photo in the lower corner.


The negative space of my title is backed with white cardstock and to emphasize the word Joy, I backed it with a pretty floral pattern paper. Then I added the die cut words using a script font in navy over the top. Mixing fonts and colors in a title adds interest.


I kept the embellishments to a minimum, using only the chipboard sticker butterflies, enamel dots, and a couple of stickers.


For my second layout I really wanted to scrap some photos from my nephew's baptism. In I Am A Child Of God, I used a big sun die cut to symbolize God's grace. I love how bright and happy this turned out.


I added texture by machine stitching the yellow sun rays. The Grace chipboard sticker adds dimension as does the butterfly.


I love this cute little sheep Bits & Pieces die cut. The verse was perfect for my baptism photos too.


Under the photos you can see one of the Faith collection's washi tapes with words of inspiration adorning it. Isn't it beautiful! I embellished with some chipboard sticker flowers, decorative brads and enamel dots.


The 3x4 journaling card makes for a perfect title.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Supplies Used:
Item #7700 - Faith Collection Kit

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hello Spring - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today kicking off a week of  JustNick Studio Spring inspiration. When I think of Spring I think of Sunshine and Flowers. Two things that after a long cold and snowy winter are like a breath of fresh air. So my layout today features sunshine and flowers ...



I started off by creating my background, using the Let It Shine Background digital cut file as a stencil to create my sun rays. Some stitching on the rays adds some definition and texture.



I add a little green to the bottom of my layout background for grass. A perfect setting for those Delicate Florals...





When it came time to choose a title, I could not resist using the new Hello Spring cut file. I backed the title with some of the same papers as I used for the flowers.



I am so happy with how this layout came together.



Here are the cut files I used today ...




If you are interested in watching my process video, here it is...


I hope I brought some sunshine to you on your Monday. Have a great week!