Friday, 14 December 2018

Fringe Christmas Tree - Step-By-Step for My Creative Scrapbook

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing step-by-step I create every month for the blog of My Creative Scrapbook! I'm a huge fan of Christmas kits and the MCS December Main Kit is absolutely stunning! It's filled with the Simple Vintage Christmas collection from Simple Stories. I decided to put my fringe scissors to good use and create a "fringe Christmas tree". Here's the layout I created:


Here's how I created this page: for one of my other December layouts I cut out the Christmas Tree (one of the free MCS December cut files) and for today's layout I used the left-over negative of the tree: 


This is the cut file I used (which you can find HERE scroll down):


Next I just cut 10 strips of paper, 2" wide and using my fringe scissors I cut them for approx. three quarters: 



To determine the order of the colors & designs of the tree, I placed them on top of the tree, changing them around until I was satisfied and only then I cut them to the right size:


I turned the white cardstock around and adhered the fringed strips to the back of the tree, starting at the top. I used both a bit of liquid glue and scotch tape to adhere them. 


When I turned my white cardstock around again it looked like this:


I really love the fringed look of the tree! 


I adhered the white cardstock on top of the red cardstock and as I love stitching on my layouts I used my sewing machine to stitch both around the layout as well as around the tree:


Now I just had to add my photo and embellish! The December Main kit contains many die-cuts, chipboards & stickers, so embellishing is easy! I also typed a few lines of journaling, cut them in strips and added them at the bottom of & below the tree.




This is it! Hope you like my page! Here's a photo of the kit I used for this page, the December Main kit:


For more details about the December kits hop over to the MCS website and for more photos of projects created by the design team with the various kit, please visit the Design Team Gallery.

Thank you so much for stopping by and wishing you happy crafting!

xx Monique

Friday, 7 December 2018

12 Days of Giveaways - JustNick Studio - FREE SNOWFLAKES CUT FILE!



Hi friends! Have you seen the "12 Days of Giveaways" at JustNick?! Nicole is giving away 12 cut files and today it's already the 7th day and it's my turn on the blog to share the project I created with today's free cut file!! 

Today's free cut file is this awesome snowflakes cut file: "Snowflakes 5": 


I decided to use one of the snowflakes as the background for my layout (the one at the bottom left side) and created this page using an older collection from Bella Blvd:  "Christmas Cheer":


Here are a few close-ups of my page:

I cut the snowflake from the "Daily Details" sheet, a sheet full of different colored snowflakes and love how it turned out. 




I love background cut files and often use a "normal sized" cut file and enlarge it so I can use it for my background, like I did here.


If you like the "snowflakes 5" cut file too, then be sure to hop over to the JustNick shop to grab this free cut file!!

Enter the code: SNOW5FREE at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 7, 2018.

No purchase necessary. Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given.The design will still be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.

WIshing you a wonderful day and happy crafting!
xoxo
Monique

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

My Creative Scrapbook December Kits & 2 Christmas Layouts

Hi everyone! It's time for the reveal of the December kits at My Creative Scrapbook! This month I received both the Main Kit as well as the Creative Kit and I couldn't be happier, as I totally adore all Christmas collections!! 

Here's a layout I created with the December Main Kit, filled with the "Simple Vintage Christmas" collection from Simple Stories:


I love the chipboards in this collection and all the different red papers!! 

 

And here's a photo of the December Main Kit:


And here's also a layout I created with the December Creative Kit, featuring the "Cozy & Bright" collection from Pebbles Inc. : the photo is of my youngest insisting I buy this illuminated reindeer (which, of course I did):


Pebbles Inc is one of my favorite manufacturers and I so adore this collection!! 




and here's the photo of the December Creative Kit:


If you want to see all the other projects created with these kits then hop over to the DT gallery! If you want to read more about securing a kit for yourself then visit the MCS website.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hugs,
xx
Monique

Monday, 3 December 2018

Guest Designer for Jillibean Soup!

Hi friends! I was so thrilled when I was asked to guest design for Jillibean Soup for the month of November! They sent me the wonderful Garden Harvest collection and I had a great time creating lots of projects with it. Today I thought I'd share the 3 layouts I created, with some tips & tricks as well.

Layout 1: Choose Joy


and a close-up:


Supply list:

Jillibean Soup: 
Patterned Paper: Garden Harvest/Plant the Seeds, Plow the Field, Reap the Grain, Water the Goods, Harvest the Crop, Bite Sized Bits
Pea Pod Parts: Garden Harvest
Coordinating Cardstock Stickers: Garden Harvest
Epoxy Sticker Sheet: Garden Harvest
Adhesive Sequins: Teal Plum Sequins

Other: white cardstock, machine stitching, color mist, inkpad, date stamp, Silhouette Cameo, foam adhesive

Designer tips: 
1. Use all the scraps and left-over bits of a collection to create one last layout. Layer all the left-over pieces of paper and place your photo on top. I even used a large left-over piece of paper, the negative of the circle that was cut from the Garden Harvest/Water the Goods patterned paper and used this as a frame on my page. 
2. Use foam adhesive to adhere some of the pea pod parts to add dimension to your page. 
3. Add shiny adhesive sequins to the center of the flowers on your paper for extra awesomeness.

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Layout 2: Something Tells Me


And 2 close-ups:


Supply list:

Jillibean Soup:
Patterned Paper: Garden Harvest/Plow the Field, Harvest the Crop, Bite Sized Bits
Pea Pod Parts: Garden Harvest
Coordinating Cardstock Stickers: Garden Harvest
Epoxy Sticker Sheet: Garden Harvest
Baker’s Twine: Party Playground

Other: white cardstock, color bloom spray mist, inkpad, date stamp, black pen, machine stitching, butterfly punch

Designer tips: 
1. Use a kitchen bowl to draw two large circles (the smaller one inside the other) and use your sewing machine to stitch these circles in two different colors. 
2. Use a hand punch to punch lots of butterflies to place around the edge of the smaller circle. 
3. Use a large brush and an ink pad to add color to the white cardstock.

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Layout 3: Blessed


And 2 close-ups:



Supply list:

Jillibean Soup: 
Patterned Paper: Garden Harvest/Plant the Seeds, Plant the Seeds, Plow the Field
Pea Pod Parts: Garden Harvest
Coordinating Cardstock Stickers: Garden Harvest

Other: white cardstock, color mist, color bloom spray mist, ink pad, date stamp, machine stitching, Silhouette Cameo, PixScan mat

Designer tip: Use the Silhouette PixScan mat and a mobile phone to scan and cut the flowers and leaves from the Garden Harvest/Plant the Seeds patterned paper with a Silhouette cutting system. Hand cutting will do too of course.

Find the original post on Jillbeans blog HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look!
Hugs,
Monique

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Grateful for JustNick & Funny Friends

Hi friends, today I'm on the JustNick blog with a Thankful (or rather, Grateful) layout using the brand new "Retro Hip Background" cut file.


And this is the Retro Hip Background cut file:


When I saw this cut file I new I wanted to use it straight away. I love background cut files, they are always so versatile and can be used for any and every layout you want to create.

This week's theme for the DT to use is "Thankful", but as I also wanted to use the new Crate Paper Christmas collection "Merry Days" that had just arrived at my doorstep, I chose to combine the two and created a Thankful/Christmas layout. 

I have this great group of friends that I love to spend time with and every year for the last 10 years or so, we get together on a Sunday in December to spend the day scrapping, talking, eating and be merry. I'm so grateful to be able to call these girls my friends that I decided to do this Thankful layout about them. 

Here are a few close-ups of my page:





I just love Christmas collections and this one is no exception! This is the first Chrismas layout I created this year and I think the Retro Hip Background cut file is a perfect match for my page!

Thank you so much for stopping by the JustNick blog today and don't forget to check out the JustNick store for this and more background cut files!


Saturday, 17 November 2018

A step-by-step tutorial & the November Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook

Hello friends! After a busy week (both my daughter and I are now a year older :) ) I thought I'd share this step-by-step of one of my layouts I created for My Creative Scrapbook with their November Main Kit. I absolutely adore this month's kit with all the "Along the Way" goodies from Pebbles Inc. and had such a great time playing with this kit.

For this layout I chose a photo of my daughter reading one of her just bought books while on vacation in New Orleans last summer. Except for the November Main Kit I also used some of the free MCS November cut files. Here's what I made:


And these are some of the free cut files for November, you can find them HERE (click and scroll down):


I started by selecting the three designs I wanted to cut and selected & traced these on my Cameo:


I cut the flowers from the "Sweet Sentiments" paper and the leaves from the "Parkway" paper:


I placed them haphazardly on my white background cardstock in a way I thought I might want them: 


I chose two colors of spray mist from my stash and used these to add some drops on the white cardstock: 



Next I chose two different papers to mat my photo ("Window Box" and "Porch Swing"):


Once the photo was matted I placed it at the top of the cut flowers and tried out several of the gold foiled words for my title and lots of die-cuts to add to my page:



Once I decided which word I wanted to have for the title and which die-cuts and stickers I wanted to use, I started adhering everything. Except for glue I also used my trusted sewing machine for this.


Once I was done, I decided the top of the layout was still too bare and added a few extra elements: 


After this I considered my layout finished! Here are a few more close-ups: 





Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek at my design process. Hope you like it!! 

For more information about the kit and how to secure one for yourself click HERE

Wishing you happy scrapping!
xoxo
Monique