Monday, April 29, 2024

TKS 2 Stick It Down Layout

I got 12 photos on this two page spread! You know I love getting lots of photos on a page so you know I’m happy about that! I used a sketch by Stick It Down as my starting point. Check out their Facebook page for more sketches.

Here’s the sketch:

And here’s what I did with it:

The red piece is cut at 11x11" and placed near the inside edges of the two pages. The patterned paper with the words is cut at 5x11"; both turquoise strips are 1/2" each.

I was able to get 12 photos on this layout spread which makes me so happy. I don't normally put titles on both sides of a two page spread, but it really worked for this one. The photos on the right side were in response to a "Walk with a Buddy" challenge that we did and the other side just needed one! 

I use the Print/Cut option in Design Space for the titles, I cut out stars & walk icons with my Cricut and the foam fingers and smaller sentiments were stamped & die cut.

Be sure to check out the video for all the details!

Also Design Space for the file if you want the titles & stars. There are other "marathon" type things on this file that I will probably use for other layouts for our Second Annual TomKat Strut.

Friday, April 26, 2024

TGIF; Thankful Friday #315

It's Friday people! Thank goodness. What am I thankful for this week? Books. I've always been an avid reader - I love books but there are some that resonate a little more.

I'm reading a book now called Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt and I've only just started but I love it already! One of my coworkers let me borrow it after she read it. 

Let me know if you've read it. I hope it continues to be as good as the parts I've already read.


Thursday, April 25, 2024

Mr. and Mrs. Layout

This is a quick layout share showing how I embellished this two page spread. I've said it many times that when I attend crops, I don't always finish layouts.  Mostly because I don't bring everything to complete them - can you imagine? You'd have to bring your entire scraproom with you!

I was so happy to find this die for these streamers since they are perfect for finishing this layout spread and I can see myself using it a lot for more!

Watch the video on how I completed the title & sparkly embellishments using the Cricut, Sizzix die cut machine and circle punch!

The base of the layouts were created before I started assembling the album for my nephew and his bride. I bought the patterned paper pad from Hobby Lobby and the paper matches perfectly with their Navy & Orange color scheme. (you can scroll back to see more layouts of the wedding)

Most of the flowers are from Design Space as well as the Mr. & Mrs. title. Glitter paper is from CutCardStock and the streamer die did not have a name but I purchased it from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in March from Tall Mouse. I was so excited to find it! Of course I can make this with the Cricut but with the fine "strings", it can be hard to do.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Upcycled Trays

If you peek at my blog or any of my social media accounts, you know that I create all sorts of crafty things. If asked, I would say paper crafting is my fav but I love upcycled projects too! The thrill of making something different is so cool. I love it!

With that in mind, I hope you like this upcycled project as much as I do. I had these three trays in my craft room for who knows how long. If I'm being honest, I don't even know where they came from! I decided to upcycle them by spray painting them white/black and adding some vinyl.

Before I did that, I cleaned each tray with soap & water and lightly sanded them before spray painting.

All designs were created in Cricut Design Space. Although I don't partake or celebrate 420, I do have some family that do so I made these especially for them. Whether they use the trays as intended or as a decorative piece to hang, it's up to them.

Watch the video as I give advice on weeding (no pun intended) out the skinny lines of the Taurus design.


Saturday, April 20, 2024

Sketch n Scrap Layout Sketch#295

Using sketches is one of the best things when you're experiencing a creative block. I love this sketch from Sketch n Scrap because even though it has the horizontal line for photos, you can easily turn it to accompany vertical photos - like I did!

Now, this can be neat and tidy like the sketch or I could really mix it up and create something completely different but somehow be inspired by this sketch. I pretty much followed the sketch with the exception of turning it on it’s side.

I scrapbooked this one photo that my daughter and I took during the 2022 superbowl. We didn’t care about the teams but were looking forward to the halftime show!

I gathered football papers and created the title on my Cricut using the print/cut function. The stars were also cut using the Cricut. 

Watch the YouTube video to see how this was put together.

Cutting Dimensions:
Tan football word tone on tone paper was cut at 7x12"
Football laces at 4x12"
Football field is approximately 5x9"
I used the Print then Cut function on the Cricut for the title
Stars were cut with the Cricut as well as the banner shape.

Friday, April 19, 2024

TGIF; Thankful Friday #314

TGIF and Happy Thankful Friday! This week I am thankful for the weather. It's a beautiful Spring week with temps in the mid to high 70's. Hubby put up a new canopy in the backyard; the plants are blooming and we're spending more time outside.

We spread some wildflower seeds in a planter box so hopefully they start to grow since so far none of the seeds that I planted are growing - with the exception of the cilantro. I'm very excited and thankful that they are sprouting because my son always told me to plant some. He said they were easy to grow AND of course, we'd use them.

The giant pumpkin plant is still alive and there are blossoms on it. Crossing my fingers that we get one for Halloween. I don't think it's getting enough sun, but we'll see.

How about you? What are you thankful for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Toucan Cap; PCC Project

This is probably one of my favorite projects I’ve made this year! I used the Tropical Toucan E4562 cut file from Printable Cuttable Creatables for the emblem/patch and the baseball cap/gift box was downloaded from the Jennifer Maker website. 

Once all the pieces for the toucan were cut, I layered them before adding adhesive. I like to do this to avoid putting adhesive on the wrong side and to know where to place the pieces. This is especially helpful when there are tiny pieces.

I used liquid glue with a fine tip to get to those small pieces! Once the cap was assembled and the toucan, I used dimensional adhesive and more liquid adhesive to attach it to the cap front.

Some close ups and different angles:

Be sure to go to the PCC blog for lots of inspiration and to the website for amazing cut files!  Use 3SONS15 for 15% off your purchase.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

You Had Me At

This is a pink on pink on pink card and I love it! What a great way to recognize your bestie than giving her a Lucy & Ethyl inspired card! I stamped & colored the images with alcohol markers and added some white gel pen marks here and there.

I love the idea of them taking a selfie specially since that was definitely not something that someone would have done back then. Can you image, Lucy taking some wacky ones!

This card was created using random stuff on my desk - yes, this is another card from the Card Making Frenzy Series on YouTube. Make sure you check out the video:

Friday, April 12, 2024

TGIF; Thankful Friday #313

My mama's in town. That makes me thankful! We didn't do a whole lot. I'm working so I couldn't take time off but we still go to do some things.

Monday = the eclipse
Tuesday = started our new floors so we went out for dinner
Wednesday = cemetary visit (there was live music there)
Thursday = crafts in the backyard
Friday = drive to the Bay Area to see my nephew & niece

She'll come back in a few days and hopefully I'll be able to take some time off so we can really hang out!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Card Making Frenzy Last Round

So much fun creating these cards and I still have stuff to make plenty more! I decided to stop the Card Making Frenzy series just because I'm ready to either toss or put away those pieces on my desk. I can't believe I made 25 cards just from scraps left on my desk! Here's one of the cards with a really easy fun fold:

If you are ever in a stump, I highly recommend playing around with this idea. I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't put things away!

Be sure to watch the final  YouTube processing video to see three of the cards and a flip through of all the rest of them!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Bubbles Layout

This is one of my favorite things to do when creating a layout without a specific theme. Gather all things pink (in this case) and just layer and layer stickers, die cuts, etc

I went through my die cut embellishments and just had fun with them. This layout used three small photos of my granddaughter using her bubble machine. 

Left side and right 

I used patterned papers from CTMH and no solid cardstock!

See the YouTube process video:

Friday, April 5, 2024

TGIF, Thankful Friday #312


his was a short week since we had Monday off and I took today off as well. We're on a road trip to Indio, CA for a family vacation. So, my foot has been hurting all last weekend and through the week so I'm really thankful that it's getting better and better as the new weekend is approaching.

That's what I'm thankful for this week. Healing...

What about you? What are you thankful for this week?

Sketch n Scrap Card Sketch #263

I'm working with another great card sketch from Sketch n Scrap. It's funny because when you first look at card sketches, you're first thought might be...hmmm that seems too simple. But then you also get to do WHATEVER YOU WANT with it.

Here's the sketch:

And here's what I did with it:
I used paper scraps that are on my desktop. I have them organized by color in a container to make it easier to use them. This is a double sided paper and mixed with a red scrap was perfect!

I also had the colored lobster that was just left on my desk looking for a home!

A stamped sentiment and an enamel heart are the finishing touches for this nautical birthday card.

I liked this sketch so much that I created a second card.  This one has a curse word so don’t check the YouTube video if you’re sensitive to it.

Check the video here:

And be sure to click over to the Sketch n Scrap blog and/or Facebook page to see more sketches!

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Christmas Cards Layout

On this fun layout, I included all the photo cards we receive for Christmas as well as any handmade cards we receive. I think these cards are fewer and fewer each year which is sad. 

The main focus of this layout is to get them in my album so I wasn't too worried about any of the normal parts of a layout...title, journaling, embellishments, etc.

This is the final page of my 2021 scrapbooking album! It's good to get another year completed and now I'm off to 2022!

What do you do with your photo cards? Do you add them to your album?

Check out the YouTube video to see how I gutted my paper and how I took advantage of a flip flap in order to see both sides of a card.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Feeling Groovy

The theme for April on the Printable Cuttable Creatables blog is RETRO. There are so many choices of cut files for this theme that I had a hard time deciding. But I did and I decided to use the Feeling Groovy T333 file for my project.

This is a pretty easy cut file and like most of the cut files on the PCC site, has many different ways you can cut it out. Your choice will depend on your project and what type of products you will be using.

I have decided to make a groovy card using the Feelin Groovy sentiment as the focal image. I stamped the card base using a tie dye stamp set from Hero Arts & some bright fun ink colors; added the sentiment along with some fun twine and then finished with some sparkly Stickles for sparkle.

Check out the YouTube process video to see how I put this together.

The PCC Blog is full of great projects and inspiration for you. Be sure to check it out! Use code 3SONS15 to get 15% off your purchases.

Products Used:
Tie Dye Stamp Set by Hero Arts
Ink Pads: Brocade Blue, Orange Rave, Yoyo Yellow, Gable Green, Cosmic Grape
Black Licorice splatter by FSJ
Black cardstock from CutCardStock