Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sketchy Shenanigans | A Cherry on Top DT

 *Originally written for the A Cherry on Top Blog*

Every week in the Cherry Crafters’ Facebook group, a new sketch is posted to boost your inspiration to create and last week’s sketch was a stunner! I knew I had just the photos for this one. The Pagemaps sketch only called for one photo, but in typical Laura-style, I just had to change it up and get FIVE on the layout instead!

I used two 3×4 photos and three 2×2 photos for this sketch showcasing my daughter’s preschool artwork and of course, a sweet photo of the artist herself! Using Amy Tangerine’s Picnic in the Park collection to capture the bright, happy colors from all of the craft projects in the photos, I stuck pretty close to the sketch in design.

In the top right cluster, I used an EK Success Notebook punch for the top border, then tucked in a journaling spot and a few pieces from the ephemera pack and 6×12 sticker sheet. I absolutely adore the tiny camera amidst the florals here!

Underneath the photo grid, I added a short title to acknowledge what year in school she was in and the date on a small cluster at the bottom left. Because there were so many photos and so many bright colors I kept the embellishing pretty simple! My favorite pieces in this collection were the tiny puffy stickers, which I added all over the layout to give it that extra pop of interest!

I hope this sweet layout inspires you to take a new look at sketches and see how you can change them up to fit your photos! To see this layout come together, check out the process video below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 17, 2020

"Stay Colorful" | Happiness Collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio DT


Hey y’all! Laura here with a bouncy, energetic layout featuring my darling girls enjoying their favorite outdoor activity, jumping on the trampoline! I decided I wanted this layout to have just as much energy as these two  bunnies! Using the stunning Happiness collection’s 6×8 paper pad to back this sweet heart wreath cut file from Paige Evans made a super easy background when layered on this mixed media styled Sprinkles patterned paper.

In the top right corner, I tucked in a tag, ticket, and a heart behind one of the sweet little word phrase banners for a cute cluster. As a bonus, this adds a journaling spot amidst the business to add a quick reflection on the twins’s favorite activity. In the bottom left corner, I added a floral/heart cluster with my title phrase banner, “Stay Colorful,” which came from the ephemera pack.

To add a bit of detail, I stamped some teeny tiny hearts as well as some Nuvo drops and splatters around the outside of the wreath. In random places, I tucked in clear sticker hearts for a fun, peek-a-boo effect. This layout is such a fun, happy, bouncy design that perfectly matches these two wild bunnies jumping around!

I hope this cut file layout inspires you to look at your patterned papers a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can use every little scrap up in a new way. If you’d like to see the Stay Colorful layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

"Happy Times" | Happiness Collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio DT


Hey y’all! Laura back again and this time to spread some Happiness! When I saw these two photos, the first thing that popped in my mind was to make a quilt pattern. Inspired by my lovely grandma, I cut several of the papers from the 6×8 paper pad with a 1 inch hexagon punch and then puzzled the pieces together to create a quilted flower effect. Such a fun design and so easy to make!

Once I punched all of the hexagons, I cut out small 1 inch square papers to use as a base and then taped each individual hexagon piece into a simple flower design. It doesn’t really matter which piece starts in the center, I changed up each of mine a little bit from the others. It’s a lot of fun to play with quilted designs!

To add a bit of movement along the page, I added fussy cut butterflies all throughout the quilted flowers and even created little Nuvo gold trails behind them, this gives the appearance of movement! Plus, I added clear stickers underneath clusters and butterflies to give it the appearance of depth. This works because the butterflies’ wings are popped up just a bit.

I hope this quilted floral layout inspired you to look at your patterned papers a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can use every little piece up in a new way. If you’d like to see the Happy Times layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below!

Thanks for watching!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

August 2020 ACOT Hop

Welcome to the August Blog Hop for A Cherry on Top Crafts! This month our design team focused on the theme of books and/or school! With the new school year just around the corner, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to scrap reading/education related pics!

These two photos of my youngest son are some of my favorites of him reading. He was not really a fan of books for a long time, but once we started homeschooling and I introduced him to the magic of illustrated encyclopedias (he LOVES non-fiction, it turns out!), he was hooked! My favorite part of this layout is the gold puffy shapes that I used behind my photos and to hold my journaling. I thought it was clever to create a shelf underneath with them!

I used mainly the Office Hours collection from Pinkfresh Studio, though the puffy gold pieces came from Simple & Sweet, which has been discontinued. I loved this book shelves paper and just had to use it for my background, but the title came from my some himself! I asked him to come up with a book pun and this was what he said, “Treat Yo’ Shelf!” I have to admit, that one cracked me up, and I had to add it in!

If you’d like to see this layout come together, I’ve included the process video below!

Thanks for stopping by!