Monday, 7 November 2022

Hello Pumpkin || Pretty Little Studio

Hello everyone. Today I'm sharing a layout created with the new Ginger Snap collection from Pretty Little Studio. The more I use this collection, the more I love it! I'm a Fall person and this collection is right up my alley!  

For this layout I chose a photo my youngest son with his panda (from quite a few years ago) and printed it twice. Here's what I made:


I used the paper "Old Fashioned" for the background of my layout. Loving the border! This paper already has so many designs on it, the layout didn't need much more. 


When I have a new collection to work with I really have trouble cutting into the beautiful papers. This collection was no exception. So I decided to use the packaging of one of the packets of die-cuts to mat the photos with. 

When I started on my layout I sorted my supplies in piles "definitely want to use" and "maybe want to use". And although this animal portrait die-cut isn't of a panda, he is black and white and super cute so he went on the pile I definitely wanted to use. Isn't he super cute?! 


Here is a photo on the entire cluster on the right side of my photo:


Loving all the Fall leaves in this collection! 

And here's also a photo of the cluster on the left side of the photo:


Isn't that large number 2 awesome?! 

For the title I used one of the many large word die-cuts:


There are so many journaling die-cuts in this collection and they come in all shapes and sizes. I chose this half round journaling card and wrote a few lines about my son feeling not well the whole week and my daughter buying him a panda. So sweet!


This collection also contains a few sheets with word stickers. The stickers I used come from two different sheets. 

After machine stitching here and there and adding a few paint drops I was done! Thank you so much for stopping by our blog and please don't forget to check out this new and fabulous Ginger Snap collection in the Pretty Little Studio store

Sunday, 23 October 2022

HOME is where your puppy is || step-by-step for My Creative Scrapbook

Hello friends! For My Creative Scrapbook I wrote this step-by-step tutorial using the colorful October Creative Kit. This month the Creative Kit features the "My Happy Place" collection from Doodlebug Design.  

This is the layout I created the step-by-step for:



For this layout I started with a strip of paper measuring 6.5" x 10" cut from the sheet called "Garden Girl". With a pair of fringe scissors I cut a fringe row at the bottom of the paper: 


Using a pencil I curled the fringe to add a little more interest: 


Next I cut a strip of paper measuring 2" x 11.5" from the sheet called "Mint To Be" and on both the left and right side I cut "fish tails". I placed this strip of paper on top of the colorful paper with the fringe:


I printed a large photo (5 3/4" x 7 3/4") of my sons with our our puppy, matted this and placed it on top: 


On the right side of the photo I created a little cluster. I definitely needed the journaling card "Home is where your puppy is"! 


At the top of the layout I added more word die-cuts:


On the left side of the photo I placed some die-cuts and at the top of the page I added more die-cuts as well:


After adding two more word stickers and a die-cut, some machine stitching and a stamped date my layout was finished!  


Here are a few close-ups:




Hope you like it! 

Here's a photo of the October Creative Kit I used: 


For more information about this kit (and the other 3 kits of this month) please visit the My Creative Scrapbook website and if you want to see the photos of all projects created by the design team with the various kits, please visit the Design Team Gallery.

Wishing you all a wonderful day! 

xxx Monique


Monday, 17 October 2022

Story of today || Pretty Little Studio

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a layout created with the brand new Ginger Snap collection from Pretty Little Studio. I totally adore this collection! The Fall colors are my all time favorite! 

For this layout I chose a photo my Cocker Spaniel with her favorite toy of the moment and printed it twice. Here's what I made:


I used watercolor paper as a base for this page and used two colors of Distress Oxide ink mixed with water to add color to the background paper. I matted this white watercolor paper on sheet of plaid paper. 


 My favorite item in this collection must be the banner with the owl. I'm so in love with this!


In the package with the banners all banners come in two sizes. For my page I used the largest one. 


Here are a two more close-ups, one of the cluster on the right side of the photos:


And one close-up of the title on the left side of my layout:



I machine stitched around the layout with some brown thread and also over some of the die-cuts to add a little extra texture. 

This is it! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and please don't forget to check out this new and fabulous Ginger Snap collection in the Pretty Little Studio store

Sunday, 25 September 2022

Home is where the heart is || Step-by-step for My Creative Scrapbook

Hello friends! Today I've got a step-by-step tutorial which I made for one of the layouts I created using the beautiful September Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook and one of the free subscriber cut files. This month the Creative Kit features the "Farmhouse Summer" collection from Carta Bella Paper/Echo Park Paper.  

Here's the layout I created the step-by-step for:


I started with displaying the products I had left over from the kit after creating three layouts already:


For this layout I cut out one of the free subscriber cutfiles from Pearttree Cutfiles called "Heart of the Home" (it's an old one from September last year) using my Silhouette and placed this on a sheet of dark green patterned paper called "Simple Summer Flower". I chose a photo of my daughter and her partner in their brand new home (and my youngest, as we were visiting):


From all four sides of the patterned paper I tore off thin strips of paper using a metal ruler to get distressed edges:


Next I matted the photo, but before adhering I distressed the edges of this paper as well:


I decided to hand cut some of the flowers from the "Blessed Blooms" paper:


Loving the soft colors of these flowers!


I filled the hearts of the cut file with the red chequered paper called "Fresh Picks" and already loved the result. The flowers and the house itself I left as is: 


After arranging and re-arranging my photo I came to the conclusion that I needed another small photo to place above my original photo. I printed one of our Cocker Spaniel, who was also visiting. 


I decided to place the green base of my layout on a sheet with small flowers, which is the B-side of the sheet called "Multi Journaling Cards". 

After adding lots of embellishments, my layout was more or less done. I just had to add some machine stitching and to write a few lines of journaling with a white pen. 


And that's it! 
Here are a few close-ups:




Hope you like it! 

Here's a photo of the June Creative Kit I used: 


For more information about this kit (and the other 3 kits of this month) please visit the My Creative Scrapbook website and if you want to see the photos of all projects created by the design team with the various kits, please visit the Design Team Gallery.

Wishing you all a wonderful day! 

xxx Monique

Monday, 19 September 2022

LOVE LOVE LOVE || Pretty Little Studio

Hello scrappy friends! I haven't yet shared this layout created for Pretty Little Studio with the beautiful Wildflowers collection. For this layout I chose a photo of me with my Cocker Spaniel enjoying a coffee break during a delightful soft spring afternoon walk. Here's what I made:

I used watercolor paper as a base for this page and used Distress Oxide ink mixed with water, to color the paper yellow. I matted this white watercolor paper on sheet of lilac ledger paper. The card with the stitched hearts on the left side of my photo is a 3"x 8" journaling card

Here are a few close-ups: 


Those large word die-cuts are my favorite kind! 


The little scalloped borders come from a card with 11 punch-out borders in different colors and are perfect to add a bit of interest to your page. 


I machine stitched around the layout twice and also over some of the die-cuts which adds a little extra interest. 


This is it! Thank you so much for stopping by our blog and please don't forget to check out this new and fabulous Wildflowers collection in the Pretty Little Studio store

Monday, 22 August 2022

Destination || Step-by-step My Creative Scrapbook

Hello friendss! This month I received the My Creative Scrapbook August Creative Kit featuring the Let's Go collection from Simple Stories, which I totally adore! I just love all travel collections and this one is definitely this year's favorite! As I just got back from a vacation to the south of France I had photos a plenty! 

Here's one of the layouts I created with this wonderful kit:


And here are a few photos of how this layout came together. Using a plate I drew a circle on a sheet of white cardstock.


I chose the tangerine colored map paper (called "Pack Your Bags") to mat the white cardstock with. From all 4 sides of the cardstock I tore off a small strip of paper. Using my sewing machine I stitched the cardstock on top of the patterned paper. Except for the sides I also stitched the circle, twice. Next I distressed the sides of the cardstock. 


I printed & matted a large photo of my kids just returning from an afternoon filled with swimming and jumping in the river. I decided I wanted the photo on the left side of my layout. 


Now all I had to do was to fill the circle with numerous stickers, die-cuts and chipboards.


This month's Creative kit is filled to the brim with embellishments; I had a hard time choosing and not just including everything! Below the photo I wrote a few lines of journaling and stamped the date. 


Last but not least I added a few drops of yellow ink.


And now I thought I was done, but when I put the layout out of sight for a while and looked at it a day later I decided it wasn't quite right. So I pulled some of the embellishments off and rearranged them, just a little. For example, the car wasn't right where it was, it was just too high and then there were too many die-cuts above the word "destination". So after a bit of pulling and tearing my layout now looks like this: 


What do you think? Do you like the first version better? of the second? Would love to know! 

Here's a photo of the August Creative Kit I used: 


For more information about this kit (and the other 3 kits of this month) please visit the My Creative Scrapbook website and if you want to see the photos of all projects created by the design team with the various kits, please visit the Design Team Gallery.

Wishing you all a wonderful day! 

xxx Monique