Saturday, 17 February 2018

Valentine's Day Cards - Pretty Little Studio

To promote the release of the new XOXO collection Pretty Little Studio had a little Insta Hop on Valentine's Day and I had the pleasure to join in! As I don't have the new collection just yet, I used the "Here Comes The Sun" and the "With All My Heart" collections. I did however have free XOXO cut file and created a couple of Valentine's cards for my family with it:


Here are the cards photographed separately:





You can grab the cut file for free until the end of February! You'll find it in Pretty Little Studio paper shop


Thank you so much for stopping by! Wishing y'all a fab weekend!
xxx
Monique

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!! - 2 layouts from My Creative Scrapbook

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! For today I've got two layouts created with the fabulous February Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook! This kit features the "Love Notes" collection from Photo Play Paper (designed by Becky Fleck) and contains so many cute designs (I totally love cute!) This photo is us quite a while ago:


and a few close-ups:



And here's the second page, which I already shared on Instagram, so maybe you've already seen it. My daughter and I on our birthday:


The cut file is also from My Creative Scrapbook! You can find those HERE (after clicking on the link scroll to the bottom of the page).




And here's the photo of the Creative kit from this month. I was soooo happy I got to play with it too. Normally I only get the Main kit, but this month I had two to play with!


If you're looking for more information about this kit or about one of the other three February kits from My Creative Scrapbook then please hop over to the My Creative Scrapbook website. If you want to see what everyone created with the kits, please visit the DT Gallery.

Thank you so much for visiting!!
xoxo Monique

Friday, 9 February 2018

My Creative Scrapbook February Main Kit - First Layout and Tutorial

Hi everyone!! Have you seen the February kits from My Creative Scrapbook?! They are amazing!! This month I received not one, but two kits to play with: the Main Kit and the Creative Kit!

Today I'm sharing a layout I created with the MCS Main Kit, which is filled with the "Forever My Always" collection from Pebbles. I did a little step-by-step using the February Main Kit and also two of the February digital cut files, the "xoxo" and the "love you more". You can find the MCS cut files HERE (click and scroll down).


Although most months the MCS cut files are .studio files, sometimes they are .pgn files. For those of you who want to learn more about how to use .png files I thought I would start with sharing how to use these .png cut files in your Silhouette. Then later-on in this post I'll also share how this page came together. 

First I downloaded the February cut files on my laptop, opened my Silhouette software and opened the .png cut file in my Silhouette. : 


I clicked the “trace” button in the top right corner and clicked the "Select Trace Area". Next I selected the shape I wanted to cut:


In the vertical row on the right I “unclicked” the “High Pass Filter” and moved the “Threshold” to the right, i.e. to 100%. I clicked the “Trace” button (also on the right of your screen) and the black images got red lines. I was now able to remove the black images and only the red outlines (the cut lines) remained:


 I clicked on the cut file and draged the corners to the desired size:


And that’s it, you’re done! Very simple, right?

Now on to the next bit, how my page came together. After cutting two cut files I grabbed my kit, selected a photo and got to work:


From the Pebbles "Love Labels" paper I cut a 3" strip and adhered this at the top of the white cardstock. I cut another strip of only one row of words and from the Pebbles "Be Still My Heart" paper I cut one row of hearts and adhered these two strips at the bottom of my page:


The huge XOXO cut file got two pieces of white cardstock behind the "O" and was also placed at the top of my page, half over the Love Labels paper:


Using my tiny attacher I stapled the "Love U More" cut file on the bottom of my Polaroid shaped photo and placed this on top of the XOXO:


From Pebbles "Love Notes" paper I cut the xoxoxo and the pencil and adhered this below the "love u more" together with a Pebbles flower die-cut:


Next came the rosette on the right side of the photo and die-cuts and sticker at the bottom of my page:


Using another die-cut and the black Thickers from the kit I added "U & I" below the photo:


Of course I just had to use the gold foil Thickers as well and chose the word "friend" and adhered this on the left of the photo. A little "s" sticker from the AC sticker sheet made this word complete. These tiny letter stickers were also adhered at the bottom of my page as well as the red/white striped sticker strip below the photo:


Last but not least came the hand journaling, the date stamp, a few drops of Glimmer Mist (own stash) and a bit of machine stitching:


And I was done! Hope you like it! Here are a few close-ups of my page:





If you're looking for more information about this kit or about one of the other three February kits from My Creative Scrapbook then please hop over to the My Creative Scrapbook website. If you want to see what everyone created with the kits, please visit the DT Gallery.

And here's a photo of the My Creative Scrapbook February Main Kit:


Thank you so much for stopping by today!

xoxo
Monique

Friday, 2 February 2018

Love You!!

With the January Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook I scrapped this page about my dear hubby. I really loved the b/w photo that was taken at his work and just had to use it. The Carta Bella papers were ideal for it!


I hand cut the large heart and then machine stitched the inside and with a brown pen doodled a line around it. The "you are my happy" stamp is from a Jillibean Soup stamp set, really love it! 





The January Main Kit was truly an fabulous kit (but that's what I always say about MCS kits, lol, that is because they really are!).

For more information about the kits hop over to the MCS website and to see more DT pages created with the various kits please visit the DT gallery.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a fab weekend!
xxx
Monique

Saturday, 20 January 2018

My Creative Scrapbook January Sketch

Hi everyone!! Feel like scrapping today and in need of a fun sketch? Why not use the January sketch from My Creative Scrapbook (created by Laura Whitaker). Here's what I created with it using the January Main Kit from MCS.


If you look at the sketch you can see I strayed a bit from the original sketch but I think you can still see I used it as inspiration. 


Here're a few close-ups:




The colors in this kit were just perfect for this photo of our family! 

For more DT pages created with this sketch in mind hop over to the MCS blog

And remember to share your page using this sketch at the fb page "My Creative Scrapbook Inspiration Central"! You never know when Pam is watching and you can be a lucky winner to some fabulous goodies!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xoxo
Monique

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Read Many Books - Step-By-Step - My Creative Scrapbook January Main Kit

Today I thought I'd share my January tutorial for My Creative Scrapbook. When I received the MCS January Main Kit I was so excited!! This kit with the "Welcome Home" collection from Carta Bella is just perfect for all those photos I take around the house daily! I just couldn't wait to dig in! So here's what I created!

For today's layout I used this photo of my daughter sitting outside in our garden in the September sun reading yet another book. As I'm a huge book lover myself I love it when I see my kids reading and often can't resist to take a photo.

I thought I would show you step-by-step how this page came together. 


I started by choosing one of the MCS January cut files and decided not to cut it out, but to replace the blade with a (gold colored) sketch pen and draw the file:


I wanted to color the image in the same shade as the "Gather" paper, while also matching my photo:


In the top left corner you see the "Gather" paper I used for reference:


Some of the colors turned out too bright so I used a bit of kitchen paper to absorb the water and with it some of the color. 

Next I chose one of the 4x6 journaling cards and placed my photo on it. I matted the photo & the 4x6 card and placed this on yet another piece of paper (both from the "Gather" paper: the front and the back). 

I adhered this on the right side of my layout, right in the middle. I glue my papers and photos with only a minimum of glue so that afterwards I'm always able to still slip photos or papers under it. And that's what I did here: the card with the basket with books and the tag (both from the Carta Bella ephemera package) were both added to the right side of my photo. 


Now I started embellishing my page a bit more: the "Home Sweet Home" sticker was adhered above my photo, the sticker with the vase and the flowers was added to the bottom left corner of my photo, the die-cut with the "home" text was adhered on top of the tag and the die-cut banner pieces were adhered under my photo with some 3D adhesive foam dots. 


As I love many embellishments on my layouts I added the "happiness" sticker on top of the card with the basket with books and the "home" sticker below, a chipboard piece with books on the bottom of my photo and a chipboard pot with herbs on the right side of my photo.


The layout is almost done, but I still need a title. I used the Thickers from the kit for the word "read" and the smaller letter stickers from the Carta Bella Cardstock Stickers for the words "many" and "books" and because I saw another books sticker on this same sheet of stickers I just had to add that too! 




Last but not least, I stamped the date below the chipboard pot with herbs, used my tiny attacher to staple a piece of ribbon on to the 4x6 journaling card and added a few drops of paint.... and I was done!


I really love this page of my daughter. It really fits her! 


Here's a photo of the fabulous January Main Kit I used. If you haven't seen the other kits for this month yet then please hop over to the My Creative Scrapbook website HERE


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope I've been able to inspire you a little. 

xoxo
Monique