Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Sunny Days || Step-By-Step for My Creative Scrapbook

Hello friends! Today I've got a quick step-by-step tutorial which I made for one of the June layouts I created using the wonderful June Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook. This month the Creative Kit features the "My Favorite Summer" collection from Echo Park Paper. This is such a perfect kit for all summer vacation photos! 

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


For this layout I cut out one of the free subscriber cutfiles using my Silhouette and placed this on a white cardstock sheet. Using 6 different colors of Distress ink and a soft brush I colored over the cutfile like this:


If you want to know which colors of ink I used:


By this time I hadn't decided yet which of the cut file results I was going to use, the colored cut file or the negative. I just loved them both:




In the end I decided to go with the negative. I matted the cardstock with a sheet of red patterned paper:


I chose two vacation photos from our summer vacation in Greece and some of the awesome die-cuts in this kit:


I machine stitched around my layout and over some of the die-cuts:


I decided I needed a few light blue clouds and because they weren't included in the kit I created them myself. I penciled one around a chipboard cloud I did have and hand drew the other. Then hand cut and sanded them: 



I placed them above the photo on the right using foam adhesive for one of them. Next I placed a chipboard kite over the clouds and a "summer" sticker on top.


I wrote a little bit of journaling above the photo on the left and below the photos and stamped the date. After adding a few enamel dots (from my stash) and some paint drops I was done! Hope you like it!


Here are a few close-ups:





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

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Smile Life Is Good || Pretty Little Studio

Hello friends! Today I'm here to share another Pretty Little Studio layout created with the brand new Wildflowers collection! I'm so in love with this collection! Love everything about it!

For today's layout I chose a photo of my son with his two cousins. Here's what I made:

My favorite paper in this collection is this one with the stitching and the hearts on the right side. Isn't it awesome?!  

Here are a few detail photo's. On the left side of the photos I added a flower die-cut, two flags and a circle die-cut. 


On the right side of the photo I added a tag with text print (the piece of ribbon is from my own stash) and a leave die-cut:


Above the photo I placed this large "Smile, life is good" die-cut. Behind this die-cut I added a rainbow die-cut. Love all the rainbows in this collection! 



Below the photos I adhered a transparent word sticker and I placed a scalloped border and two labels.


As always I machine stitched on my page using black thread, which is a better fit than white thread I decided. Really loving the result.

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

Friday, 27 May 2022

Woohoo! You did it! || Tutorial for My Creative Scrapbook

Hello friends! Today I've got a step-by-step tutorial which I made for one the May layouts I created with the awesome May Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook. This kit is so fun and happy! It features the "Celebrate" collection from Simple Stories and is just perfect for every photo you took when celebrating! Not just birthdays! I created three graduation layouts and one birthday layout with this kit. 

Here's the layout I created the step-by-step for. My son's graduation last year: 


This kit came with a star stencil which I used to create a festive background:


I used a soft brush and the blue (tumbled glass) Distress Oxide and yellow (scattered straw) Distress Oxide to color the stars. To begin I colored the stars entirely yellow and then I went in a second time and gave all the yellow stars on one side a bit of a blue touch:



Next I punched a load of flags:


And using my sewing machine I sewed them all together:


Next I decided where I wanted my photo and one of the journaling cards I loved. I also wanted to use one of the large foam stickers that were included in the kit: 


With my tiny attacher I stapled the garland in place. First the left and right corners and next in the middle: 



I really love that because I stapled it in place it's still loose enough to move left/right/forward/backward. 

When I had added a few more embellishments and machine stitched around the page and on top of some of the cards, die-cuts and stickers and I was done! Here are a few detail photos of the finished page (the enamel dots are from my own stash):






This is it. Hope you like it! 

Here's a photo of the May 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


Thursday, 12 May 2022

Round-Up April Creative Kits My Creative Scrapbook

Hello friends! I realized that I haven't shared all the layouts I created with the April Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook here on my blog. You can always find all my layouts on my Insta account if you're looking for them! Link in the top right side of my blog. 

I so loved the April Creative Kit with all the Spring and Easter goodies from Echo Park! 




For more information about the kits from My Creative Scrapbook please visit their 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.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day! 

xxx Monique

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Happy Planner Spread || Pretty Little Studio

Hello friends! Today I thought I would share the planner spread I created for Pretty Little Studio using their "Grateful Heart" collection. Last October my only daughter moved out of the family home and although I knew it was coming, I still found it a difficult time. It goes without saying that I had to document this, so I decided to create a spread in my Happy Planner:


The photo on the left is taken the day my daughter and her partner received the key to their appartment and the smaller photo on the right is taken 4 weeks later, after painting and decorating. Not all furniture had arrived, but enough to create a "home".


Here's a close-up of the page on the left. I fussy cut the floral wreath beneath the photo from a 8" x 8" paper sheet. 


And a close-up of the page on the right:


I love all the coffee and books embellishments in this collection, they are exactly what a page about my daughter needs. 



The floral die-cuts are perfect too! 


The "home" die-cut is from an older collection, just as the die-cut phrase "You make me happy when skies are gray".


Except for the die-cuts I also used some vellum washi tape and cut apart words. I really love this collection with it's many different embellishments and wonderful colors.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget to visit the Pretty Little Studio shop for this collection or one of the many other collections. 

Here's a list of the Pretty Little Studio products I used:




Stickers | Little Things


Vellum Washi | Lucky