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Friday Wrap Up with Cathy

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I have really enjoyed this past week working with the Jellybean Soup –  Hardy HodgePodge Collection. The colours, patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers, words, phrases, all in one package made it so easy .

For project #1 . The patterned papers are from the collection, as well as the word sticker “family”, the die cut frame with stars and camera is from the Silhouette Studio.

For Project #2 …the patterned papers are from the collection, as well as the letter stickers and word stickers. The stencil “Skyline’ is from the Scrapbook Nerd store. Please see the blog post below for  information as to how the stencil was used in this layout to achieve the watercolour look.


Project # 3 – The triangles were fussy cut from patterned paper in the collection. Don’t you just love those die-cut words used for the title (also part of the collection) ! Sticker words and hearts.


Project #4 These 2 bold patterns work great together to pop this happy Family photo!

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy Crafting! – Cathy

Watercolor Look with Stencils

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Today I have a simple way to use your inks and stencils to achieve a watercolour effect on your layouts or cards. I will be using the Jillibean Soup – Hardy Hodge Podge Collection for this tutorial.

To start gather together some ink pads, paper towels, craft mat, a stencil, and a water bottle mister.

Stamp ink pads on stencil , when happy with amount, colour, and placement , add the water spray directly to the ink and stencil.

Place the ink side down on your paper, and lightly press down on the stencil to adhere the ink.

Set aside to air dry now is a good time to clean your stencil, use a baby wipe or simply place under the tap and run water till clean.

When dry add your photo, papers, embellishments etc.

This technique looks more like watercolour than stamped ink and gives you a less defined image.

If you are looking for a new way to use a stencil give this a try !

Happy Crafting !   – Cathy A

Friday Review of Cathy’s Projects

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Collection Pack by Jillibean Soup – Chit Chat Chowder

With all 4 of my projects this week I tried to pick embellishment techniques that are super easy for everyone.

On project #1 the happy face has a pop dot used for added dimension. I also substituted a button for the letter O for added dimension as well as visual interest.

Project # 2 stencils with gelatos so super easy to do (see my below in the scrapbook nerd blog for more information)

Project # 3 has the look of splatter (I used a stamp!) it doesn’t get any easier.

This layout has…..paper ripped edges, sand paper edge, and inked edge. Another super easy technique is just to add pop dots or foam tape to die cuts (your own or pre packaged) as I did with the embellishments in the top left hand corner.

The papers in this collection are so easy to mix and match and suit so many occasions you really don’t have to work hard to make your photo’s stand out as special, some easy techniques are all  you will need!

Happy Crafting …….. CA

Gelatos with a stencil? Yes!

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Stencils are my scrapbooking weakness, I just cannot resist them. So rather than fight it, I look for ways to use my stencils to justify my collection, and I have stumbled on yet another medium in which to use! Gelatos! and the best part this is so easy.

Items needed:   Crafting mat, Gelatos, sponge, stencil, and some tape.

Place and tape down your stencil on your paper. Begin by colouring the Gelato directly on the stencil. Pick up the colour from your stencil with your sponge and using a circular motion add the colour to your paper.

Continue until you are satisfied with your result. With this stencil I lightly shaded the yellow with a coral to reach the colour I was looking for.

I also added a second smaller stencil with a likeness to the first stencil design and used  a different colour of gelato using the same above procedure. Now I am ready to place my photo, paper and embellishments.

Here is my finished layout, I love the intensity of the colours by using the Gelatos, I will definitely be using this technique more often (I have plenty of stencils to try 🙂 from my collection)

Thanks for looking!

Happy Crafting……….Cathy

Cathy’s Friday Review

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This week I created layouts with Crate Paper’s – Cute Girl Collection . This collection is for     girl’s of all ages! The papers are a good mix of subtle and bold patterns, geometrical, floral, pocket cards, and some black and white patterns. The embellishments in the collection are adorable, a large selection of stickers , resin hearts (I loved these!) and some larger 2 dimensional wood veneer.

For my first two layouts, I started out with a sketch from SN and made a Dance layout for each of my daughters.


Next I cut up the pocket card sheet and used it to embellish a layout of my sisters and I attending a nephew’s first art showing! I even made us into art by placing a frame surrounding us!

For this layout I started with a bold large floral paper, and then used a subtle geometrical pattern in a pink to accent with the floral colour. I fussy cut a few banners from the black and white papers to coordinate with the main colour in the photo’s.

I cut the top background papers on the bais, layered some black and white word and patterned papers behind the photo’s and used some for a border across the bottom.

For this layout , on a piece of darker pink cardstock I used a heart stencil and texture paste , a dry stiff brush with little paint, ink splats and dots to create a background to highlight my photo. A mix of floral, subtle geometrical, and a cute kitten face paper to create large corners. A black and white photo with layers of black and white behind. Lots of love and hearts on this one!

I hope this mix of photo’s and layouts shows you just how versatile this collection is . It really is for Cute Girls ! of any age!

Thanks for looking!………and Happy Crafting


Pocket Card Layout

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Working with Crate Paper – Cute Girl

I have noticed that more and more Collections are including 1 or 2 plus,  pages of pocket cards. When I am working with a group of photo’s I will often make layouts with my favourite photo’s and add a pocket page or 2 of additional photo’s and it is really nice to have the corresponding cards that match my papers and theme. But what happens when you aren’t using pocket pages!? I am trying to work those cards into my layouts…

I have fuzzy cut them and used the words and phrases, I have cut the cards to mat or add layers to my photo’s , I have fuzzy cut the cute elements and used pop dots to create embellishments, what I haven’t done is simply use them as pocket cards without the pocket to make a layout.

On this layout I simply started with plain cardstock, added some cards and drew the pockets around them, I tried to make it look like stitching. To create some visual interest I added some stickers, paper strips, a brad, chipboard frames , and a few hand drawn lines on 2 of the pocket cards.

This layout came together super fast and I am thrilled with my result. How do you use pocket cards?

Thanks for looking,

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Photo Play’s – Cooper & Friends with Cathy

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This week I am sharing the layouts I created using Photo Plays – Cooper & Friends Collection. This collection has fun papers that reflect life with a furry 4 legged family member. My furry buddy is Nevada, we adopted her about 10 years ago from the Humane Society, and she is a constant companion in pretty much all we do. Along with the colourful papers there is stickers and die cuts that show the funny moments and love that a dog adds to your life. Be sure to pick up this great collection to showcase your 4 legged family member .

Project #1 Love Paw from the silhouette store, cards, tag, sticker from the collection.

Project #2 Little strips of words are a card from the collection I cut up, die cuts and paper from collection, striped brown paper from my stash

Project #3 Patterned paper from the collection. Tag is explained in my tutorial on this blog.

Project #4 Patterned paper and die cuts from the collection.

Project #5 Patterned paper and word die cuts from the collection, white bubbles from the silhouette store,  alpha’s, cardstock, vellum paper backing can be found in the Scrapbook Nerd online store.

Project #6 Patterned Paper, stickers, die cuts from the collection, cardstock, alpha’s from the Scrapbook Nerd online store.

Thanks for looking

Happy Crafting!


Stitching Card Pattern on a Tag

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Photo Play – Cooper & Friends Collection 

I enjoyed pulling out my silly dog photo’s and using the Cooper & Friends collection to document some of Nevada’s antic’s. Our little furry girl is a big part of our family and she has her share of photo’s to be scrapbooked! These papers are the perfect addition to showcase  your precious photo’s of your furry buddy!

I love the look of sewing on a project, and I had a cute, easy, pattern of a dog that I have used on  cards before, so I put it on a tag to add to this layout.

The products you will need, the pattern with instructions, embroidery needle, thread, scissors, tape, foam board and a tag.

Line up the pattern over the tag and punch the holes.  if you are using ink or mist etc do now and let dry before you start to sew. Follow the pattern instructions , for this one basically it is ….. with about 18 inches of thread in the needle start  from the back and thread up through, tape the end of the thread to the back, across in a straight line pull needle down and through, one hole to the left up and across down, one hole to the left up and across down, continue until you have completed the circle, tape thread end to back and cut thread. Be sure to pull the thread tight but not so tight that you bend the tag.

Continue with the pattern instuctions, upon completion the back will look like this.

For the eyes you could use threaded beads, or you could colour in the eyes. I chose to use very small black rhinestones .

Add any embellishments and add to your project!

I have made cards with this technique, but never before thought to add to a layout. Take a look at what you do when you make a card is there something that could be used for a layout? Pinterest has tons of free patterns for this super easy stitching to be used for cards or layouts .  Why not give it a try?

Thanks for looking!

Happy Crafting!

Cathy’s Friday Reveal

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This week I had the pleasure of working with the Pink Paislee – Paige Evans – “Take Me Away” Collection. I especially liked the ombre water-colour like papers and found them to make great backgrounds. The chipboard stickers had a lot of variety and some gold – so pretty and great for adding a little dimension to a layout. Likewise the painted wood veneer shapes.  I liked the pocket cards with their great colours, beautiful framing , super sayings and fonts.

Below is a small sample of these fantastic pocket cards.

Layout #1 –  Those pocket cards love ’em! The ombre paper background, great starting place to build your layout, Chipboard (see the little gold heart) and shaped painted wood veneer.

Layout #2 – Again those pocket cards love ’em! and the ombre paper background. Beautiful floral chipboard and papers.

Layout #3  Ombre paper background, paper strips from the collection, pretty chipboard heart.

Layout #4 – Paper from the collection used for Title , chipboard saying and leaves in the top corner , painted wood veneer shape embellishments.

Layout #5 – Fuzzy cut paper for the bottom border . Chipboard , painted shaped wood veneer all from this gorgeous collection! TAKE ME AWAY!

Thanks for looking!

Happy Crafting !

Overlay! Underlay?

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Happy New Year!

For my 1st post for 2017 I have found myself a different way to use photo Overlays. Now normally you would use a photo overlay on top of your photo …..well I used it behind my photo and I am quite pleased with the result.

These 2 photo’s show you how a photo overlay can change the look of a photo

Working with the Pink Paislee, Paige Evans, “Take Me Away” collection. This is my layout with the overlays used behind and beside a photo. I like the way it shaded the paper in the background and yet highlighted the photo’s.

Happy Crafting!

Thanks for looking!

Cathy A