Say Cheese for Christmas | Simple Stories

Hi friends! I’m back on the blog with you all today with my first layout as a part of the Simple Stories Design Team. With Christmas fast approaching I couldn’t resist scrapbooking a photo from several years ago when my kiddos were quite a bit smaller! I immediately fell in love with the ‘Say Cheese Christmas’ collection. There are so many cute elements to this range and I knew it would be a perfect match for my photo.

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I chose to work with a white background for my layout, just so all those Christmas colours would really pop! I did however add a double border with papers MAGICAL HOLIDAYS and SWEET MEMORIES. A strip of BEST CHRISTMAS EVER and MAGICAL HOLIDAYS were also added throughout the middle of my layout. Using a punch and red cardstock from my stash I added a fun border to the top and underside of these pieces.

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Lately I have become quite a fan of using larger sized photos in my layouts. This photo measures 6”x 8” and I have backed it with both some white and red cardstock. I also cut the ‘Hello Santa’ title from a Simple Stories cut file. You can find it in the Silhouette store HERE. Since my photo was a little on the dark side it help make the title really stand out.

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Using some of the adorable die cuts and stickers I have created some neat clusters supporting my photo.Some of them were added with foam tape so that they added some height and dimension to my design.

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A cute tag was created from more red cardstock and layering the tree die cut over the top. It was finished off with a cute string bow.I also added some printed journalling strips which completed my overall layout.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Kylie.

Extra Ordinary | The Cut Shoppe.

Hi friends! I’m back with you all today to share a new layout for The Cut Shoppe I have been working on. I fell in love with the ‘Extra Ordinary’ cut file from the store and couldn’t resist using it for a male themed layout. I have worked with the Kaisercraft ‘Workshop’ collection which was a perfect match for my theme.

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I decided to work on a white background for my layout but did add a lovely navy toned border. Using my sewing machine I added a stitched border which gave a lovely texture to the edge. With a stamp from my craft stash I have also added some ‘paint stripes’ to my background with a denim blue ink.
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Once I had cut out my cut file, I used several papers to back it. I chose a dark steel grey paper to back the title so that it really stood out from my background.
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Once I completed backing my cut file I added some foam adhesive to the back of it before adhering in place.This was so it sits up from the background of my layout for height and dimension.With my photos in place I also added a few die cuts from the ‘Workshop’ collection.
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To finish I also added a small sub title phrase to the lower right hand side.This also gave a nice finishing balance to my layout.
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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Kylie.

Truly Grateful Pop Up Cards | Pink Paislee.

Hello everyone! I’m back with you all today sharing a pair of fun and colourful cards. Pop up box cards aren’t something new but they were for me, having never created them before.There are a gazillion tutorials for these and  I really wanted to try some using the gorgeous ‘Truly Grateful’ collection, designed by Paige Evans with Pink Paislee.. These cute cards have a wonderful dimensional result to them and are loads of fun to make!

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The box for this card is created from a 6″x 12″ piece of card stock scored and folded to create a ‘box’. I’ve lined each side as well as each flap with some of the lovely papers and rounded the corners a little too.

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I did lots of fussy cutting of flowers and leaves from paper 2 to create my bouquet jumping out from my card. I layered several clusters together rather than use individual blooms.Inside my box are 3 strips of paper adhered through the centre, kind of like ‘bars’. The secret to having the flowers look like they are ‘floating’ is the clear plastic strips they are attached to. I have cut strips of plastic half an inch wide and at various heights to add my flowers to and stick to each paper bar. The plastic is quite strong, similar to the plastic you find in your clear stamp packs.

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Once you start adding in all your strips of plastic with embellishments attached, it really is like building a little bouquet. I use strong double sided tape to attach my embellishments to the plastic strips as well as to my box and love how my Butterfly and Sun look like they are floating in this first design!!

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Now I know what you are thinking…’How on earth do you post something like that?’ That’s the magical thing about these cards. Thanks to their unique construction they will actually fold completely flat, allowing you to put them into an envelope. When removed they will spring back into place.

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Once I had made one I just had to make a second.I found them really addictive to create!

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I love being able to tuck in some of the phrase die cuts to my card and have used lots of flowers from the die cut pack for this design. I really think you could adapt these in so many different ways too.

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Thanks for taking a look at my cards today! I hope they give you some inspiration for your own creating!

Kylie.

So Beautiful | The Cut Shoppe.

Hello friends! I’m back with you today to share a new layout for The Cut Shoppe. It features the lovely Diamond Cut, cut file IN STORE today!

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I chose to work with a white background for my layout so that the coloured papers backing my cut file would really pop. I’m using the gorgeous ‘Unforgettable’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  and chose several varying papers to fill each square.A 1 x inch strip of paper was added to each side of my layout for a little extra colour.

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I wanted the diamonds to be a main feature of my design so have added my photo to the lower left corner of my page. A small floral cluster was also added to the opposite corner, giving a nice sense of overall balance.

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The lovely floral die cuts were added over my cut file with some foam tape so that they had some height and dimension.

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The diamond background gives a lovely stand out finish to my layout, almost like a lattice effect. I loved being able to add so many different coloured papers to back each square.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Kylie. xx

‘Pure Bliss’ layout | Hip Kit Club.

Hello my lovelies! I’m back with you today with another layout created for the Hip Kit Club. My assignment for today’s project was to use the main kit and card stock kits only. I have used the September 2019 kits. I’ve also used a lovely wreath cut file designed by Kim Watson that can be found in the October 2019 cut files.

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I used my funky wave trim board to cut my border pieces of paper.I really loved the soft pink and aqua tones together. My wreath was cut with white card stock and I have embellished it with some pretty little leaves I cut with a punch from my stash. I tucked them in neatly around my wreath and I had added some machine stitching through each of them first for texture.

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I used the layered Dear Lizzy ‘She’s Magic’ stamp set from the main kit to create some pretty blooms. These were fussy cut out and added under my photo.I have used foam tape to adhere my photo so that it had height.

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The big white alpha stickers ,(again by Dear Lizzy), in the main kit were perfect for adding a nice big title to my page.

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To finish my layout and create balance I added a small cluster of embellishments to the left side. I created a small tag and layered more flowers in and around it.The silver string for the bow I tied was from my craft stash.

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I’ve also filmed a short process video that you can check out on my YouTube channel HERE

Thanks for stopping by today!

Kylie. xx

 

Living The Dream | Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Hey friends! I”m back with you on the blog today, with a new layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. My theme for today’s project was ‘Think Pink’……..um yes please! So with that in mind I couldn’t go past creating with the beautiful ‘Unforgettable’ collection. There are so many pretty pink elements in this range as well as lots of flowers so I had no trouble bringing my completed work together.

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I decided to work with a white background and used the UNSCRIPTED paper as a border piece. Using some paint from my stash I created a simple watercolour background by painting some stripes with a wide paint brush and finishing with some random splatters. Some machine stitching was added around the border for texture as well.

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A special feature of my layout is the beautiful heart wreath cut file I used which was designed by Cut To You. You can find these freebie cut files in store HERE. I backed the frame with some of the STORY TELLER paper.

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Since I had so much colour going on in my layout my photograph was printed in black and white. I added it to my background with foam tape so that it had some dimension and height. I then proceeded to add lots of the lovely floral die cut elements in and around the base of my layout.

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Some die cuts were adhered flat to my background and others with foam tape, again for giving lots of dimension to the overall finished result.

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Thanks so much for checking out my layout today! I hope you have enjoyed seeing it and it gives you some inspiration for your own creating.

Take care,

Kylie xx

This Moment Layout | Pink Paislee.

Hello friends! I’m back with you today to share another new layout I have created, this time working with the beautiful ‘Again and Again’ collection by Pink Paislee.My inspiration for this layout actually came from many of the gorgeous floral papers in the range. I wanted to create a style of layout with lots of pretty blooms and textured borders.

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Paper 2 was a perfect choice for my main background to which I added some torn borders of papers 4 and 8. I distressed these a little further once they were adhered in place just by curling and scrunching the edges a little with my fingers.

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One of the main focal points of my layout was the lovely Floral Heart cut file designed by Paige Evans. I backed it with many of the pinkish toned papers from the collection and have adhered it with double sided tape on a tilted angle to my background page.

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Using lots of the gorgeous die cuts I created a layered stack in behind my photo and added one of the gold paperclips for effect. It was at this stage I begun fussy cutting lots of blooms from the opposite side of paper 2. I also created some leaves from paper 7 using a punch from my craft stash.Each were layered in around my photo neatly and I decided at this point that I needed something extra to balance the colour. Using paper 9 (the same paper my Floral Heart cut file was cut from,) I cut some swirls from a die in my stash and added some in and amongst my floral blooms.

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To complete my layout I added some of the mini alpha stickers as well as some of the larger alpha Thickers from the new Together for Christmas collection for my title.I also added some gold mist spray splatters around my title as well as the top left hand corner for balance.

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have enjoyed reading about my latest project and it gives you some inspiration for your own creating!Until next time,

Kylie.