Traci Reed Hybrid DT | Dad Jokes TN Collection | Father’s Day Mini

I am so excited to be sharing a Mini Album after what seems like forever! This time around I’m sharing a mini I created for my husband for Father’s Day this past Sunday. I used the super hilarious revamped TN collection designed by Traci Reed, titled Dad Jokes.

Here’s a look at that collection which you can purchase at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

This collection, like all the other Traci Reed collections I’ve shared here, are completely digital and can be downloaded right at home and printed in your own personal printer. Not to mention, you can make as many copies as you’d like from now until forever!

With that being said, I printed this fun filled collection at home and decided that I wanted to create a special mini album to gift to my husband on Father’s Day with some of my favorite photos of him and our son.

It came together incredibly quickly and I loved that all of the journaling came directly from the puns and jokes through the embellishment pieces and journaling cards.

Here is a look inside the entire mini (enjoy!!):

To create the base pages I simply trimmed the TN papers to 4×6 and stitched them back to back so that each page had color and I had no white pages. Then, like I mentioned before, I only used the embellishments from the printables to decorate each page and photograph.

Sooo simple!

Gifting a mini or card with this collection will not turn off those macho men because it’s rugged and hilarious! Trust me, I’ve proved it: my hubby was laughing at each joke every time he flipped the pages. Score!

So, I hope that this mini has inspired you to not only pick up this super rad collection, but also make a quick mini album for your dad or partner in parenting.

That’s it from me today, I will be back with more scrappy inspiration very soon. I Until next time, stay crafty, cuties!

Larkindesign CT | June Release + 8 1/2 x 11 Layout

Happy Monday lovelies! I am back today to share a look at the June digital collection release at Larkindesign. This month’s collection is titled Lovin’ The Sun and it’s here right in time for summer! Which, by the way, I feel it crawled up on me this year, where did time go?

So, as always, I am sharing a quick look at the collection itself and later in this blog post I am sharing one of the three projects I created using the collection this month. If you are loving what you’re seeing stop by the Larkindesign Shop to purchase the collection here.

Here is a look at what is included in the collection this month. There are 12×12 sheets, 3×4 and 4×6 cards, the printable elements, plus a super awesome additional printable elements with pure florals (my fave, EVERY TIME!).

This is just a quick look at the collection, but you can find more awesome images on the shop.

Now, I am also sharing a fun 8 1/2 x 11 layout that I created using the patterned papers and one of the journaling cards to document my son’s first toddler encounter at the beach.

Here it is:

Since there was no cut file this month, I decided to use this sunbeam one designed by Paige Taylor Evans which I purchased from the Silhouette shop. The cut file itself was cut in a 12×12 format but I just cut the extra hangover around my whole page so that it fit perfectly.

I then went ahead and stitched every single one of the white sunbeams. This part took me about an hour, but I think you guys know how much I love my stitching, so it was more pleasure than anything!

After I finished all the stitching I went on to use the extra pieces from the cuts to measure and cut the patterned papers. I used a total of three patterns and repeated them in clusters of three, if you pay close attention you can see how they’re repeating.

I made sure to add more texture and dimension by popping the colored sunbeams on foam dots. I love the raised look that separates the strips from the solid white back!

Next I added my photo which, as I mentioned, was my cute one year old totting around the beautiful Pacific coast!

To embellish the photo I used two of the washi strips from the cut apart elements to the top and bottom of my photo. I also added stitching to those, and it created an awesome frame.

Then for my title I used the journaling card that had the quote: the ocean is calling. And my gosh, it goes so perfect! I backed that with a tag and added a small journaling spot under the title using the green label.

I wasn’t quite finished, though. I felt as though the top left side of my page was too bare, so I added a binder label in a new way by attaching it towards the inside rather than it sticking towards the outside.

I really love this look!

I also added a stamp sentiment using my newest roller stamp from the Crate Paper Heare + There collection.

My final touch was popping some enamel dots in a range of colors that match the patterned papers.

And that is it!! I love how this layout turned out.

I hope that I have inspired you all to create a fun summery layout using this gorgeous collection! Don’t forget your stitching!

That’s it from me today, I will be back very soon with much more scrappy inspired. Thanks for stopping by and stay crafty! Xo

In The Scrap DT| June Challenge: Scrap-Lift Steffi Reid

I am back today, friends, to share the June challenge that is live on the In The Scrap blog!

This month was a really thoughtful and unique challenge as it focused on one specific scrapper and taking her unique designs to scrap lift them. Here is the challenge this month::

It’s such an awesome challenge not only because we are showing love to this specific scrapbooker, but she also has such amazing designs every. Single. Time.

So, I chose one of her layouts that inspired me the most and scraplifted it. Here is my take on this challenge:

The layout that I scraplifted was a full sized image with gorgeous stitching and bits if embellishments scattered around so magically on the page. I couldn’t step away from this one.

So, I decided to pick out a photograph that would best match up and chose one of a photograph I took not too long ago of a precious blooming tree full of purple flowers. Here is that original image:

So, I printed it out on a full sized 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of photo paper ( I could have totally printed this out on card stock, too!) and got to stitching and decorating it to end up with this:

I feel like I really like this awesome technique of embellishing straight onto a photograph, although I didn’t have a human as my subject.

But, I still kept to the aesthetic and added stitching, tiny floral embellishments, and one circle element.

I basically added a bit of 3D pop to this amazing tree that brightened up my day through its beauty.

Here are some extra closeups to take in all the itty bitty elements I added to my photograph:

The supplies I used were a small mix of cut out flowers from the Simple Stories I AM collection. The stickers I used were from the Pebbles Patio Party collection. Both are springy and beautiful!

So, friends, will you take on this month’s challenge?

You can visit Steffi Reid’s blog here to find all of her amazing inspiration (its AHMAZING!!) and pick yourself a layout to scraplift. Don’t forget to tag In The Scrap on Instagram to be entered to win a fab prize, too!

Well, that’s it from me today. I will be back very soon with more scrappy goodness to share, but until then, stay crafty my friends! Xo

The Cut Shoppe DT | National Scrapbooking Day: Stitching With A Cutfile Challenge

Hi there! Can you believe National Scrapbooking Day weekend came and went already? Yep, this year’s #nationalscrapbookingday fell on Saturday the 5th of May, and it was amazing!

I, for one, had half of the day to myself and I literally dedicated it all to scrapping! Plus, I had the honor of joining The Cut Shoppe for a challenge! I also joined with Citrus Twist Kits and their challenges on their Facebook page. You can find a separate post sharing the three projects I made that day.

I was so excited to be participating on the fun with The Cut Shoppe team this year. The fun ran from Thursday until Sunday. I took part of Day 2’s challenge: Stitching with a cutfile! 

So today I am actually going to be sharing the full spread here in my blog, but before I do that, I invite you all to visit the TCS blog first to find all of the awesome inspiration that came from this weekend. Although the giveaways are already closed, you can still try some of the challenges!

So, here is my take on The Cut Shoppe’s NSD challenge, Stitching With a Cut File:

You guys! I really hope you like my take on the challenge. I decided to go stitch-crazy and I created a full stitched background of the gorgeous cut file!

I’m literally stitched the whole background using a gorgeous cut titled, Wood U Be Mine, which you can purchase on the TCS Estsy shop. And, here is the background all stitched up:

I think it’s stunning!! It took me about a whole 6-8 hours of stitching, but I managed to finish it within two days. I really wanted to see the finished product, so you bet I hurried my little crafty butt up!

Now, here’s a look at the back, cause why not share the hot mess? Hahaha.

It isn’t perfect at all, but the results are worth all that hard work! I’m sure you can tell better on this back photo how I changed up my colors of thread to create a fun ombré effect.

It’s very subtle in the color changes, but you can totally see the shift in those pretty colors. And… So. Much. Texture.

So, after admiring the finished page I knew it was time to partially cover it. I brought out some cute Paige Evans supplies and created a fun cluster with a photo of my 3 month old son, at the time:

The big “love” word is from Dear Lizzy, but the rest of the supplies were from the Turn The Page and Pick Me Up collections. It was literally sooo easy to finish the layout portion of this layout, because the stitching was giving it so much life!

Here are a few more close-ups:

So, friends, that is it for this super awesome stitching layout share!

I hope you have enjoyed it, and that I have inspired you all to go stitch away a whole entire background!

Will you take the challenge? If you do, I would love to see your projects, so tag me on Instagram or leave me your links below!

That’s it from me now! I will be back very very soon! Stay crafty, cuties.

Larkindesign CT | Using Digitals: ONE Template, TWO Projects

Welcome, everyone! I sent out a post on my Instagram asking my followers what kind of tips and tricks they would like to learn when it comes to using digital scrapbooking products in hope of starting a short series here on my blog to teach the tips and tricks of Digital/Hybrid Scrapbooking. I have yet to read your responses, but I am here to launch this series and share how I came up with TWO awesome projects using only ONE digital template created by Theresa Moxley of Larkindesign.

So, as some of you might know if you visit my blog often, that I am currently on two teams where all I receive are digitals. I mentioned this in my Insta post, I had to be honest, and that was the fact that I never imagined myself taking this road in the many many roads to choose of paper crafting. I always thought that I would stick to my paper loving projects, and even though I still do, I have been loving this new phase of my paper experiences and that it DIGITALS.

You guys, I can’t rave enough about the amazing flexibility that comes from digital scrapbooking products. You can use it all on your computer OR you can print it all off in the comfort of your own home and get crafty with it physically. It’s all up to you and you don’t just get one option, nope, you always have those two to choose from.

So, today I am here to share with you some awesome templates that will be releasing at Larkindesign and how I used them to create a digital layout and then how I printed that one and created a final physical project. These are the templates available for purchase at Larkindesign here:

These templates were created by Theresa to create awesome and simple layouts straight on your computer using Photoshop!

If you are interested in viewing a whole process of how you can use them on your own computer, I would highly recommend that you watch Theresa’s full tutorial here.

This was the tutorial that I watched before getting crafty on my own digital project. So enough teasing, here it is:

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As you can see, this is definitely a digital layout. The photos, the text, and the numbers were already placed there as part of the design. All I had to do was come in to add my own personal touches like the colors of the numbers, the text explaining my story, and the photos. Now, it’s not exactly perfect, as you can see my photos are a little wonky and seemed a little too stretched.

However, I am still so happy that this could be quickly done! I also love the fact that I was able to add text, as I normally don’t include much journaling in my normal layouts. I think I would love to keep creating these digital pages when I feel like including more stories to go along with my photos.

So, once I was finished with this layout, I decided I would print it out. The template itself is formatted to print on 12×12, but I simply changed the settings so that the full image would print on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet. Once I had the physical printout of this sheet I cut out the objects to add them to this awesome striped paper from the April “Sweet Chicks” collection.

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This paper, also a digital, was simply printed on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of card stock in my own home printer. Once I knew I wanted to use this as my base for the layout I wanted to create, I added stitching to each of the lines and even included some pieces from the cut apart sheet (also part of the April collection!) to add a little bit of interest and dimension.

So like I said, I cut the photos from the digital printout and the numbers and turned them into a physical layout! Here is the full spread:

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It’s the same photos, and numbers, but done up! I used a cute “Good Vibes” title from some of my Dear Lizzy stash, and added the Easter word which I also cut out of the main template.

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I added the photos together and didn’t even have to back them because they were already sitting atop the pink from the template.

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Finally, I added to numbers to the same bottom corner after I stitched around them and added a few more embellies all around my page using whatever fancied me at the moment. Those penants, tho!

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TWO layouts, ONE template!!

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So now I want to challenge you to give these awesome templates a try! Whether you’ll keep them just as is digitally and print them to add straight to your books, or you print them and redecorate as your heart desires, these templates are the perfect tool for that!

Now I will ask you the same question I asked my followers on Instagram, what other things would you like to learn about digitals?

There are so many ways to work with them, and I would love to be able to guide you all along the way. If you have any questions or topics you’d love for me to touch on, leave me a comment below!

As for now, I will leave you with this and I will be back very very soon! Stay crafty, cuties.

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