Home Sweet Home

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Hey there! I'm  sharing this layout on The Cut Shoppe Blog today. I used the Mid Century Modern cut file. Don't you think it's perfect for a photo about a home? I do! I came across this old photo of me in my first apartment. All I could think about was this cut file.

I really like layers on my pages. paper, embellishments, all of it. I wanted to layer the cut file, but didn't want to back it with other papers. I found if I used the 'offset' feature on the Silhouette, I could create an edge to place around the cut file. This gives it the appearance of layers!

Pairing cut files with the right papers makes all the difference for me. In this case, Pink Paislee Auburn Lane had the right vibe. It's part fall, part family, part cozy at home. This page is everything I wanted it to be.

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I have a lot going on and a lot to share. If you can't find me here, you can find me on Instagram @thebeachygal.  See you again soon. 

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Welcome Home

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hey there! I have a fun project to share on The Cut Shoppe blog today.  I wanted to make my son came feel special when he arrived hime from his first year in college.   I used a couple of cut files to create a cool banner!

As I've already mentioned, I love using products in different ways. No standard banner shape for me today!  I used the star from the Boys Rule cut file to create the base. I backed it with white so it could be seen better. The Open Letter Alpha is one of my favorite fonts in the shop. It's so whimsical and perfect choice for me here. I added family and home sentiments from my stash to lightly embellish each piece. This was fun and easy and now hangs in our kitchen!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have a lot going on so come back again soon!

Go Litely

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hey there! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today featuring this page I made for the June Gloom challenge. 

Now see, I'm one of those people who scraps about everything. The good, bad and ugly. So I was not afraid of this challenge. But, when I do scrap about the not so fun or in this case, gloomy side of things, I always try to find a way to brighten the situation with color and always, always with humor. Take it from me, gloomy doesn't have to mean dark and blah!

Today I used the colorful June Pontoon Kit to tell a little story about a hospital adventure we had while attending my grandfather's funeral. Yep. That really happened. I won't tell you why we were there. Nobody wants to hear that part! If I was gonna scrap this, it was gonna be funny, and silly. Because it was not at the time.

I cut apart, then grouped by color a bunch of the hexagons. Why? Why not. I embellished some of them with a variety of Nuvo Drops. Each group them became the backdrop for the photos.  A few pieces of Shimelle Sparkle City ephemera and A Flair for Buttons finished this off.  Really. It was that easy. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view. Ive got a few ideas brewing. Come back again to see how they shake out. 

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Love That Smirk

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hey there! I've got a project on the A Flair for Buttons blog today that I made for the Paper Issues Boys Will Be Boys challenge. 

Did I hear boys? Oh this challenge is right up my alley. I chose the Pretty Little Studio Bohemian Dreams collection for this today, using it to back the die cut heart that came in the June Pontoon kit. Wow this collection is amazing. I love the bright colors and fun patterns. Using a larger die cut means I don't need to use a lot of embellishments. I layered a few die cuts. then added, you guessed it: flair!

I chose pieces from 3 different sets, Hashtag boy, Hello Summer and Epic flair. The turquoise  and yellow pieces fit right in. I love the Live Out Loud piece. It ties all the colors together.

Oh this child of mine. He has the best grin in the world. And he knows how and when to use it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Hope to see you back again soon.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hey there and good morning! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today sharing this little number for the Take 5 Challenge!

I know this is one of everyone's favorite challenges! What's not to love? Choose your own design, photos, and products. Well, kind of right? Take a look at this month's list!

Today I started with the May Fishin' in the Dark Kit . Have you  tried our kits yet? Umm, hello? This one is right up my alley. Red, Blue and yellow. Yep. I can do anything with those colors!   I cut a bunch of the papers into strips, layered 'em up, then stitched 'em down. I mixed in a few ephemera pieces from the May Summer Camp Swag Bag to create layered embellie clusters. Whee! They coordinate! Brilliant! 

Anyway, the end result is this...  The color Red, The color Blue, Ephemera, Hand Journaling, and Layers and a bonus Metal brad, so its a Take 6 for me today! 

This is my view most days. Gears and his iPad by his side. Always. Sometimes he plays by himself for hours. Other days he only wants me to play with him. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I'll be back again soon with more to share.

Take 3

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Hey there! Happy June! I'm up on The Cut Shoppe blog today sharing this project I made using The Big Screen cut file.

I love a good grid and thought it would be fun to create one using the film strip. I cut it 3 times, removing the word "action" afterwards, then I flipped them vertically. I thought about filling one of the squares with my photo, but what fun would that be.  Instead I backed the squares with pattern paper, and placed my photo overlapping two of the filmstrips. The rest was easy! A few embellishments fill some of the squares and I was finished. 

I think it's fun to use products in fun and different ways than they may have been intended. I challenge you to do the same! Share what you make with us in our Facebook group

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon to see my next project!

Summer Is Coming

Friday, May 24, 2019

Hey there! I'm up on The Cut Shoppe blog today with this project featuring the Summer is Coming cut file.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I love summer. Let me tell you, signs of summer are everywhere! One of my favorite things to do when its warm is to sit in the backyard in the morning, drinking coffee while listening to the birds sing. So this cut file is perfect!

I used AmyTangerine Stay Sweet papers to cut and back the file. I love using patterned paper to cut and back files! I added an extra strip of paper behind the line to add more color. My photo fit nicely tucked over and under some of the letters. I really love when a cut file is a little bit of everything: title, focal point and embellishment. It makes a layout come together so easily.

Of course my finishing touch is A Flair for Buttons. They add a bit of dimension and tie all the colors together. I used the Hello Spring and Watercolor Designs 1 today.

There you have it. Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I have so many ideas and not enough time. Come back again soon to see what's next on my list!


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Hey there! It's Sunday and you know what that means...It's Scraplift Sunday with Paper Issues. I'm  sharing my lift of Angie's page on the  Paper Issues blog today.  

I love the diagonal design in Angie's page!  You know what else I love? Crate Paper All Heart ! It's so inspiring! All the flowers, photos and girl power?  I just can't get enough. I started with the Wild paper as the background. I used one of the cut apart papers to create my diagonal design, filling in spaces with the Ephemera,  6x12 Stickers, and  Dreamer Thickers . I couldn't think of a better way to use the Girl Boss and Lovely Words A Flair for Buttons flair!  Seriously, this couldn't have been any easier. 

I've been really feeling like I need a boost of confidence. I chose a lot of these powerful words to remind me that maybe I don't. 

Thank so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back agin soon, I've got more to share!  You can get Crate Paper All Heart in the Paper Issues shop for 20% off your purchase when you use DEVRA at checkout. 

Here & Now

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hey there and good morning! Today it's my turn on the Paper Issues blog. I am sharing a project for the May Flowers challenge. You'd think this would be easy right? Wrong! Too many choices! Do I use photos of flowers? A cut file? Flower embellishments? Ot should I just make it easy and use floral paper?  See what I'm talking about?!?! Well, I couldn't decide, so I just used a lot of flowers!

I started with my photos of our recent visit to the tulip fields. So, boom. Flowers. They are so pretty. How do I want to highlight them on my page? Well, how about Cocoa Vanilla Happiness? The colors are bold vibrant and there are gorgeous flowers throughout this collection. I started by fussy cutting the flower wreath from the So Fresh  paper. Then I cut it apart before gluing it down. Gah! Yes. I did! The rest was easy after this. I just stuck a few stickers and ephemera around the photos and it was pretty much done. Oh, but I should tell you. One go my favorite new products right now are the Vicki Boutin Watercolor markers. I used them to create all the splatters. They are so much fun! Well, there you have it. May flowers. I made it way harder then it needed to be! 

I love our annual visits to see the tulips. The colors are amazing. Really, just seeing so many flowers in one place is truly spectacular. This year, I paid attention to the color. It was a mostly gray day. Maybe that's why they stood out to me so much. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've got some more projects to share so com back again soon. You can get Cocoa Vanilla Happiness and so much more in the Paper Issues shop right now. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Hey there! I'm up on The Cut Shoppe blog today sharing this page I made using The X File. This is file that has been around for a while. I've never used it, but always wanted to. So here it is. 

I love circles don't you? They are so easy to use on layouts. They make everything happy! This cut file has the added bonus of the X in the middle. I was thinking 'X marks the spot' kind of goes with my son's first time hitting golf balls with his Grandfather.  

Today I cut the file out of patterned paper from the Echo Park Good Day Sunshine collection. I decided to back only some of the circles. I didn't want it to look too busy. I like some of the open white space! I used a few embellishments to finish it off, including A Flair for Buttons flair. I love how this cut file is both background and embellishment too!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have more to share so stop by again soon!

Stay Mine

Friday, April 26, 2019

Hey there! I'm on The Cut Shoppe blog today. I used the new Shining Star cut file. I had so many different ideas in mind for it. I decided to keep it simple, combining it with Amy Tangerine Stay Sweet creating this soft but bright layout. Look how fun this is!

I knew I wanted to place my photo inside the star. In order for it to fit, I altered the cut file by removing the inner star before cutting. After cutting, I filled the spaces with several different patterned papers. I love all the different sized spaces! I embellished in a few areas, finishing it off with some tonal stitching, just to keep it interesting! This really is a very easy cut file to use. I may use it again with one of the other ideas I had!

This guyI hope he  is growing, learning and changing so fast right now. The one thing that isn't changing is how sweet he still is.  I hope he stays that way forever.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've got some things coming up some come back again soon. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hey there! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today sharing my project for the Sewing Bee challenge.  I went bright and colorful for this one. Shocker, I know. Want another shocker? I love to sew on my pages! 

I'm always looking for different ways to add stitching. Today I cut the Concentric Dotty Circles cut file, sewing with a long vertical stitch.  I chose to stitch each ring in a color that matched the Cocoa Vanilla Happiness collection. It's so pretty!!! Pink and blue and aqua and orange! And flowers! I love, love love how this turned out. 

I used the reverse side of the Sprinkles paper, laid the stitched circles over it. VoilĂ , a beautiful center piece for my page.  I layered several Ephemera die cuts and 6x12 Accessory Stickers . Oh and I used  frame! Haha another shocker! Again, trying something a little different, I tore some of the Expressive paper tucking it under the circle in the same places as the embellishment clusters. I tore the background paper and tucked some under there too!  I even snuck in a few splatters with the Vicki Boutin watercolor markers, Those things are fun!

This is a photo of my sister and I taken at our cousin's wedding several years ago. It's not often we are together and dressed up! I wanted to make something pretty for such a special photo. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I hope I gave you a new idea to try. Head over to the Paper Issues shop to pick up Cocoa Vanilla Happiness and so much more. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase.  Join us in our  Facebook group, where you can find this and all of our April Challenges.  We love to see what you make!  See you next time!

Think Happy

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hey there! I'm on The Cut Shoppe blog today with this layout featuring the new Butterfly Wings cut file. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't planning on using it. I love this cut file. It's beautiful. My first thought was, 'but it's not me'.

Well, I sure proved myself wrong on this one. As soon as I got my hands on the Crate Paper All Heart, all I could think of was this cut file.  To me, the butterfly is inspirational. The papers are so feminine. They work harmoniously. Pink, flowers, butterfly. Boom. 

I used only patterned papers today. I cut the butterfly out of a small pink pattern, then backed it with 3 other papers. Varying the size of the patterns kept it from being too visually overwhelming.  I fussy cut a few flowers layering them over the printed ones, then added few stickers and sentiments, That's all.  Since the butterfly itself it the focus of the page, it didn't need much embellishing! It's too pretty to cover up anyway!

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. Check out this file as well as this weeks new releases and so much more in The Cut Shoppe. Come back again. I've got ideas coming to paper soon!