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Yearbook: Summer Fun

Hi! It’s Donna here sharing another layout using the August “Malibu” kit, exclusive cut files and printables.

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I always get stumped when it comes to scrapbooking multiple photos in a layout. How do I make it work without making it too crowded? How can I make the design interesting?

Then an idea occurred to me while staring at this.

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Create a folding mini-album! It’s not a unique idea and has been used several times but it’s fun so why not do it once in a while.

 

I used a piece of 12×12 cardstock and folded 4 times. The width and height depend on the sizes of your photos. I adhered in place the last fold/panel.

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I used foam tapes to create a space so I can insert another photo underneath.

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Fun and interesting way to add multiple photos in a single spread.

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I also made this tassel so the mini-album will stay folded.

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That’s all from me today! I hope you like my project as much as I do! ❤

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting,

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Art Studio: Summer Chillin’

Hello!
Donna here today with my second project using the August “Malibu” kit featuring Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection

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I also used this super cute exclusive cut file designed by Inna Moreva (July 2017 cut file – Sunshine) from the Digital Shop

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and exclusive printables (Main kit and TN printables) you can find in the Digital Shop as well.

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.

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  • 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.

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  • Add another color to the edges, spreading the diluted color with your fingers

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  • 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).

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  • Once the base is dry, adhere the Sunshine cut file backed with patterned papers. Use foam tapes to add dimension to the cut file.

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  • Start embellishing

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And this is how my layout turned out

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I added some fun details like this wavy flag and clusters of sequins and stickers.

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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.

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The holographic embellishments are so pretty in person!

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That’s all from me today but I will be back in a few days to share another project with you all.

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting,

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Geek Lab: Mermaid (in the bath tub)

Hello! Donna here for my first layout using the August “Malibu” kit featuring Summer Lights by Pink Paislee

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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.

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1. Figure out where you want the photo. Then place the scallop stencil on the white cardstock and brush watercolor randomly.

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2. Use a piece of plastic to spread the watercolor while it’s still wet.

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3. Flicker the brush to create splatters. The farther the brush, the bigger the splatter will be. Let it “sit” for a few minutes.Donna-CKMalibu-Layout02-tut4

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.

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This is my finished layout

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I cut out the ombre pink hearts and scattered them all over the page. I mounted some with foam tape for dimension.

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I mounted the framed photo with foam tape as well and tucked some messy thread and sequins under it.

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Some more close up images

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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.

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,

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Clique Agenda: June 2017 Monthly Spread

Hello, CK friends!

Donna here sharing my last post for this month of June using the Aquarelle kit.

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as well as some of the exclusive printables in the kit

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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.

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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.

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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).

–Before the pen–

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–After the pen–

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I hope you liked my project today!

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,

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Geek Lab: Shine Like The Stars

Hello, everyone!

Donna here with another layout I created using the June kit “Aquarelle” featuring the gorgeous collection Wild at Heart by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.s254461307115203172_p1805_i1_w1200

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

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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.

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I used a couple of the journal cards as mats to the photo and a couple of the frames as well.

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I used the canvas star as a base and clustered a few die cuts and flair on it.

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That’s all from me today! Don’t forget to check the store for some fab deals!

Happy crafting,
xoDonnaxo

 

 


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Yearbook: Smile

Hello!

Donna here today to share my second project using the June Kit “Aquarelle”.

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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.

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Before showing my layout, I want to share how I “weed” through cut files especially intricate ones like the Floral Crown cut file.

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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).DSC_6535

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!

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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.

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This rubber charm is just so pretty!

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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!

Happy crafting,

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Yearbook: You go girl

Hello!

It’s Donna here for my last project using the April “Jellybean” kit.

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Here is my scrapbook layout I made for today

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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.

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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.

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I doodled randomly as well using my PITT pencils.

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I used mists/paints to create splatters. You can find similar products in the store especially the April Product of the Month Acri-Tonez Shimmerz Paints.

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I maximized the remaining doily from the kit by cutting it in half.

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That’s all from me today!

Happy crafting,

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