It’s Donna here once again with another project using the August “Malibu” kit
For today, I am going to share how I decorated the month of August using this colorful and fun kit.
Remember my first post, where I used acetate to make a stencil out of the Scallop cut file? I used that stencil again here in these planner pages.
I love this patterned paper with lots of holographic images. I used some of them as well as some of the printables (Main kit and TN printables) to embellish the squares in my monthly spread. I used a piece of Post-It Note to measure one of the squares and used that as a stencil.
AND these leftovers from the ephemera pack make great templates/stencils too.
These photos were taken before I wrote anything so they’re still clean and pretty. Ha!
Second and third-week pages
(I used a mixture of distress inks and watercolors)
Of course, a handmade paper clip is a must. I made 3!
I recommend using a strong adhesive for a sturdy hold. I used felt cloth as backing to the paper clips.
I hope you liked my project! Would love to read your comments!
First off, here is a step-by-step tutorial how I created the layout:
You will need two cardstocks – 1 for the cut file and 1 for the base where you will adhere the cut file. Adhere the negative part of the cut file to the other cardstock, set the ‘good or positive’ cut file aside.
Using a piece of plastic (any will do, just make sure it’s clean), spread watercolor (or any medium you prefer, diluted in water) to the surface. Start with one color first and build up the layers one after another.
Add another color to the edges, spreading the diluted color with your fingers
While the base is drying (or you can use a heat gun to help it dry faster), use different patterned papers as backing to the Sunshine cut file (I used a pencil to trace the floral parts of the cut file and cut manually with scissors).
Once the base is dry, adhere the Sunshine cut file backed with patterned papers. Use foam tapes to add dimension to the cut file.
And this is how my layout turned out
I added some fun details like this wavy flag and clusters of sequins and stickers.
Different heights added interest to the overall look of the whole page. Here, I used different thickness of foam tapes to adhere the photo and other embellishments like stickers and word arts.
The holographic embellishments are so pretty in person!
That’s all from me today but I will be back in a few days to share another project with you all.
Hello! Donna here for my first layout using the August “Malibu” kit featuring Summer Lights by Pink Paislee
I used the August cut file “Scallop” as a stencil. Instead of paper, I used an acetate (A4) and run it through my Silhouette Cameo machine (I selected “Stencil Material” in the material type option). This will ensure I can use the stencil over and over again! How cool is that?? Cutting just took a bit longer than usual but it’s worth it.
1. Figure out where you want the photo. Then place the scallop stencil on the white cardstock and brush watercolor randomly.
2. Use a piece of plastic to spread the watercolor while it’s still wet.
3. Flicker the brush to create splatters. The farther the brush, the bigger the splatter will be. Let it “sit” for a few minutes.
4. Then, use a tissue to blot off the excess water. Your background is ready to be used! I love how the scallops look like rainbow waves.
This is my finished layout
I cut out the ombre pink hearts and scattered them all over the page. I mounted some with foam tape for dimension.
I mounted the framed photo with foam tape as well and tucked some messy thread and sequins under it.
Some more close up images
Would love to hear what you think of my project today! Just leave a comment if you have any questions and will happily answer them as much as I can.
First, let me show you one of the tricks I learned along the way. I’m sure I am did not come up with this original idea but I will share it anyway. I use a template as you see in the image, to cut the tiny little squares in my monthly spread.
It’s not really perfect but the difference is not that noticeable, so it’ll do. First, I measured one of the squares and used this tag (it’s quite sturdy so it can be used over and over again) as a template.
Use a pencil (so you can erase afterward) and trace around the area you want to cut. I keep this template nearby so it’s ready when I need it.
Here is how I decorated my monthly spread for June using the kit. (Note: stamp used from my stash and not included in the kit).
Donna here with another layout I created using the June kit “Aquarelle” featuring the gorgeous collection Wild at Heart by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.
First, let me show you how I used one of this month’s cut files and the canvas star.
I remembered I have these metallic acrylic paints and thought I’d use them for this project. I combined green and blue metallic acrylic paints to color the cut file. Then used a gold paint marker to color the middle part of the cut file. I also used a pink metallic acrylic paint to color the canvas star. After it has dried, I used gold embossing powder (brushed embossing ink randomly first) and set it with a heat tool. I like the sparkly effect afterward.
Here is my finished layout
I cut 3 strips of patterned papers and adhered to the left and right sides. I used the same acrylic paints to splatter colors onto the white cardstock. Just a few to add subtle colors.
I used a couple of the journal cards as mats to the photo and a couple of the frames as well.
I love the effect of the metallic acrylic paints!
I used the canvas star as a base and clustered a few die cuts and flair on it.
That’s all from me today! Don’t forget to check the store for some fab deals!
One of the things I love about the monthly kits is their exclusive cut files and printables. You can find all of them here.
For my layout, I used one of this month’s exclusives. The Floral Crown cut file.
Before showing my layout, I want to share how I “weed” through cut files especially intricate ones like the Floral Crown cut file.
I use a spatula like the one in the image to lift each cut carefully. I find this very helpful especially when I use a new mat (it’s super sticky compared to mats that have been used several times already).
I love how my layout turned out with the cut file and fussy cut flowers and butterflies. The watercolor effect in the Wild at Heart collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio is just beautiful!
I lined up the series of photos in the middle and I used scraps of thin cardboard to add a bit of height to them. I also added some messy threads under the photos.
This rubber charm is just so pretty!
That’s all from me today!
I hope you liked my project today and don’t forget to check out more cut files and printables in the store!
It’s Donna here for my first project this month using the June 2017 kit, “Aquarelle”.
Today, I’m gonna be sharing a spread in my A5 planner. I use this planner mostly for DT/CT stuff and a little bit of memory keeping. I like to use the small cards to write my daughter’s daily shenanigans.
I usually keep everything pretty simple so I have plenty of space for writing down stuff. I like that this month’s printables has a mini-calendar as well as cute flowers and circle elements.
I used the vellum paper in the kit to decorate the bottom part of the pages like I usually do with washi tape. I fussy cut the butterflies from one of the papers and lined them up as seen in the image.
Here is an after-the-pen photo… after I ruined it with my handwriting… ha!
I wanted to use the “You go girl” word art cut file so bad but I was stumped which photo to use (adding that my printer isn’t working yet so I had to choose from the ones I’ve already printed). I try to remember the stories behind each photos and I decided to use this one photo of my daughter slumped on the floor with lots of Hello Kitty shoes. We were there to buy shoes but it’s not the kind we were looking for at that time. She wasn’t even two yet when this was taken and she knew what she likes already and kept on saying “Kitty” while gathering ALL the HK shoes she can find. So I focused my journaling on how I wish she grows up to be a strong-willed individual who knows what she wants in life.
Good thing I cut the word art already before my printer broke. But I used a plain white cardstock. Since the Silhouette studio software is still crashing when I try to open on hubby’s computer, I had to use my good old scissors to cut around the paper that I used as backing. I did this twice since I wanted to use this colorful Bella Blvd paper and the polka dot Paige Evans paper as well. I adhered the white cardstock first and carefully cut around it, alternating my scissors and sharp cutter. Then I adhered it again on the polka dot paper. I used a thin cardboard to add a bit of height to the big title.
I love the colors in the kit but I need some black to somehow “balance” the look I’m going for. So I used the b/w bag which stores the embellishments in the kit. And then I used the polka dot vellum paper to make a little paper clip bow.
Hi! Donna here for the third time in a row this week and I hope you’re not yet tired of me. For today, I am sharing how I setup my first two weeks of April using the Jellybean kit. I used my A5 Prima planner which is my planner for all my design team stuff.
I started by coloring the alpha stickers with watercolor. This is pretty fun to do, just color the letters you want to use so it’s not that messy. Let it dry first before unsticking the alpha stickers so it won’t tear.
Then I cut a strip of patterned paper and adhered to the inner edges of the insert where you cut the holes. I also used watercolor to add some colors to one of the doilies I used in my spread.
I turned one of the flairs into paper clip as well as one of the flowers in the pack
I also made use of the journal cards as you here in the image below.
Notice the stamped words? Since I don’t have a nice pink ink available, I used watercolor instead. (The little one decided she likes to turn the poor stamp into teeny tiny pieces.. RIP to my one and only pink ink lol!). Just a bit of water, almost dry brushing watercolor onto the word in the stamp (like coffee and love) and gently stamp on to the surface. The stamps I used were by Latina Crafter.
That is all from me today!
Thanks for dropping by!
(Note: Date stickers not included in the kit. It’s a digital file I printed and cut with my Silhouette Cameo)