Sunday, 13 June 2021

Be You (step-by-step) | My Creative Scrapbook May Creative Kit

Hi friends! For My Creative Scapbook's blog I created a step-by-step for my "Be You" layout using their May Creative Kit. When I saw this kit I fell in love straight away! The Flower Garden collection from Carta Bella is so very beautiful, with it's soft colors and wonderful designs! 

I already knew which photo I wanted to scrap and I thought this collection was just what I was hoping for. In the photo you see my one-of-a-kind daughter, who is always up for silly and funny actions. Here she decided to act like she was cycling on the bike drawn on the tarmac (this indicates that this strip of road is a cycling path, of which there are many in the Netherlands!). 

As the photo was taken in April this Carta Bella spring collection was perfect! Here's what I created:

I started my page by displaying the items in the May Creative Kit (so beautiful!):

As I had already decided on a circular design with lots of flowers, I collected all the flower and leave punches I own:


And for the next quarter of an hour I happily punched a pile of flowers and leaves:


Using a round plate and pecil I drew a circle on a sheet of white cardstock and started arranging the flowers in a circle:


I started with the larger flowers, followed by the middle sized flowers and then the smallest flowers. I left an empty space where I wanted to place the photo:



When the circle with flowers was done I added the photo with a journaling card on the right side of it. I added a strip of paper below the photo and the journaling card and a chipboard die-cut with two flags on the left. A few lines of handwritten journaling and a few drops of paint and I was almost done:


Last but not least I machine stitched the flowers with two circular rows:


And now my layout was finished! Not a terribly complicated design, but the result is really fun. 

Here are a few more close-ups:





Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I've been able to inspire you to create many pages with this kit! If you do, don't forget to share them with us! We have a special facebook page where you can show us what you've made, it's called My Creative Scrapbook Inspiration Central. Hope to see you there! 

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 a wonderful day! 

xxx Monique


Sunday, 30 May 2021

A Hug in a Mug | Pretty Little Studio layout

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing another Frosty and Friends layout which I created for Pretty Little Studio. This time I chose not to scrap a snow & ice layout, but instead I used a photo of my daughter enjoying her coffee. Love this versatile collection! 

Here's my page:


For this layout I used my Silhouette to cut this beautiful heart cut file (from Peartree Cutfiles) from a sheet of white cardstock and used it as a stencil. I placed the heart cut file on another sheet of white cardstock and with four different colors of distress oxide stamping ink and a soft brush I colored over the heart cut file and next removed it. Loving the result! 


Next I matted my photo and chose the 3x4 journaling with the cup and the text "A Hug in a Mug" and placed this on the left side of the photo. The word "love" is another die-cut I adore and very much wanted to use it. I placed this over the journaling card. 


Below the photo I added a few rows of "stitches" stickers and machine stitched over them:


At the top of the photo I placed a pink bracket card with the date stamped on it, a heart die-cut and a little word flag. 


Above the journaling card with the mug I placed a die-cut frame, another word flag and a sticker with a row of stitches (how I love these stitches stickers!).


And because we have a cute puppy of our own, I just had to add the little doggie peeking out next to the photo. 


I so so so love the Frosty collection! The collection is so versatile, you can use it for so many occasions and so many different kinds of photos! 

I hope I've been able to inspire you to give this collection a try. Don't forget to share your project with us if you do! 

Here's a list of the PLS products I used:




Brackets | Oh What Fun


Journaling | Hug in a Mug 3x4

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. 

You can find more of my work here: Instagram / Blog / Pinterest


Thursday, 13 May 2021

Lovely Day | April Creative Kit | My Creative Scrapbook

 Hello friends! 

Yesterday I posted my first layout created with the Bunnies and Blooms collection from Simple Stories, which is featured in the April Creative Kit from the kit club My Creative Scrapbook. I love this kit so much! 

Here's the 2nd layout I created sofar: 

For this layout I decided to use a photo of myself (which I almost always regret as soon as I'm done, lol).

Here are the close-ups:


Really loving the chequered background paper! 

Here's the photo of the April Creative Kit once more:

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

For more information about this kit (and the other 3 March kits) 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 a wonderful day! 

xxx Monique

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Easter Layout with the April Creative Kit | My Creative Scrapbook

Hi friends! 

Last week the postal services finally decided to deliver the April Creative Kit at my address! Yay! I was in a hurry to receive this kit as it contains the Bunnies and Blooms collection from Simple Stories, which I adore!! (of course, when you're wishing for a kit to arrive real fast then it takes ages and ages!). 

Sofar I've created two layouts with this kit and today I'm sharing the first one: Easter:


For this page I've used a strip of 3 small photos. Here are 3 close-ups of the layout:




This is it! Hope you like it! 

Here's the photo of the April Creative Kit:


Thank you so much for stopping by! 

For more information about this kit (and the other 3 March kits) 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 a wonderful day! 

xxx Monique


Saturday, 1 May 2021

Winter | Pretty Little Studio, Frosty Collection

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing my first layout created with the new "Frosty" collection from Pretty Little Studio. I was so happy when the Frosty collection finally arrived in my part of the world. I couldn't wait to get started! But as I work in an office during the week I had to wait for the weekend before I could play.  

Last February we had a few days of very cold weather here in the Netherlands and in no time at all all ditches, ponds and canals were frozen over. We sooooo loved it and the kids quickly went to find their ice skates. 

For Ginny, our dog, it was the first time she saw snow and ice and although at first she didn't know what to think, it didn't take her long to decide she loved it!! 

Of course I took lots of photos and the Frosty collection is really perfect for them! Here's what I made:


For the background I chose the "Winter" sheet and added blue and pink stamping ink (distress oxide) with water and a stamp from my stash. On top I machine stitched two strips of patterned paper (the blue checkered sheet from the 12" x 12" paper pack and the top sheet of this same pack). I matted the larger photo on a piece of patterned paper and adhered this photo as well as the smaller photo on the strips of paper. 


Next I added die-cuts and stickers and machine stitched around the entire page. The white cardstock word "winter" was cut with my Silhouette but all the rest is from the Frosty collection. 

Isn't this a super cute collection?!! I adore it! Here are a few more close-ups:




I had such a fun time creating this page!!

Here's a list of the PLS products I used:

Frosty and Friends collection

Paper Pack |  Frosty 12" x 12" double-sided

Die-Cuts | Sugar Cookies, Snow Friends, Snow Flake Kisses, Warm Heart, Snowy Labels

Brackets | Oh What Fun

Stickers | Fruitcake Stitches (clear), Marshmallow World Words (color)

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. 


Saturday, 3 April 2021

Summer Vibes | Pretty Little Studio

Hello everyone! For my blogpost on Pretty Little Studio's blog I created a summer layout featuring the Chasing the Sun collection. I'm totally ready for the winter to be over and am really looking forward to warmer and sunnier days and so I decided to create a sunny layout for today's blog post. 

Here's what I made, a layout with my 3 kids from way back when they were still little. 


I started this layout with a sheet of watercolor paper, a little background stamp, yellow distress oxide ink and lots of water. Next I colored the cut file with another color distress oxide and water and adhered this on top. I matted the phtoto and placed this partly under the cut file. 


I created two clusters with embellishments on my page, one in the bottom right corner of my photo:


 and one in the bottom left corner of the cut file:


At the top of my photo I added a couple of word stickers and two more die-cuts:


I had such a fun time creating this page and was so glad I made the decission to create a summer page. 

Here's a list of the PLS products I used:


Paper Pack |  Chasing the Sun 8x8


Shipping Tags | Fireflies

Stickers | Summer Vibe Word

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. 

You can find more of my work here: Instagram / Blog / Pinterest


Monday, 29 March 2021

Shine Bright a step-by-step | My Creative Scrapbook March Creative Kit

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a step-by-step for this colorful layout which I created with the My Creative Scrapbook March Creative kit, which features the Norbert's Birthday Party collection from Photo Play Paper. I really love all the bright colors in this kit and thought what better way to use them than for a rainbow? 

So here's what I made, a layout of my daughter's birthday: 


I started with displaying the kit:


Next I selected the papers I wanted to use and using a circle cutter I cutted 8 bows: 



I adhered the bows at the bottom of the background cardstock using just a tiny bit of adhesive and used my sewing machine to adhere them for "real":



Next I matted the two photos and placed these on the rainbow, adding a tag on the left of the photos and one behind the right photo. I also added two stickers: the black light bulb between the photos and garland above the photos:

A few more embellishments followed: stickers on the photos and also below the photos, journaling above the top bow and a two sticker words above the journaling. The word stickers above the garland and a piece of twine in one of the tags:


At the top of the page I added a strip of dotted paper with two die-cuts in the left corner:

After adding a few drops of yellow paint I was done. Hope you like it! 

Here's a photo of the March Creative Kit, isn't it fun?!

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.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to take a peek at my layout!

Wishing you a wonderful day! 

xxx Monique