Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Crate Paper | Everyday Is Mother's Day

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Mother's Day is almost here, and the Crate Paper Design Team is sharing Mother's Day projects this week on the Blog.  I know that all of us appreciate our mothers and celebrate Mother’s Day one way or another. I must admit though, that almost every year, I forget to take a photo with the kids on Mother’s Day. I know…such a horrible confession from a scrapbooker! But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have plenty of photos of me with the kids, or as a family. That led me to use a photo of all of us together, which was miraculously taken last year on Mother’s Day on a trip to Niagara Falls.



Even though there is one day set aside each year as Mother’s Day, I think it’s definitely okay to use a photo from any time throughout the year on a mother themed layout. If you are a mom, then you are a mom all year long…and you have a mom of your own, who is also a mom all year long. So don’t feel like you can’t create a Mother’s Day layout, if you don’t have a photo taken specifically on Mother’s Day.


When I thought about what I wanted to do for the design of this layout, I kept thinking hearts. I wanted to do something interesting in the background, so I decided to browse Pinterest for ideas. I came across a super cute quilt design, which was perfect for including several patterned papers from the Bloom collection. I followed the quilt design and chose neutral patterns from the Bloom 6x6 paper pad that I cut around 1.75x1.75 inches. Then I chose various shades of pink from the 6x6 paper pad for the heart shape.



For the next step, I placed all of the squares onto a White cardstock background, following the pattern of the quilt design. Once I had all of the squares in place, I machine stitched around the heart shape with Black thread. This helped add to the quilt feel of the layout and made the heart shape stand out a bit more.

I layered my photo, title and a few embellishments from the Bloom collection over the heart design. I love the Gold Happy Thickers, so I used those for the title of the layout. Next I added a few wood veneers that I painted with acrylic paint and one of the Fringe Hearts to add more texture to the layout.


I hope I’ve inspired you today to create your own mother themed layout, whether you’re using a photo of you with your kids or a photo of you and your mom. And remember, you don’t have to use a photo specifically taken on Mother’s Day. Look through some of your photos taken over the years, and I’m sure you will find the perfect photo or photos for your layout!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Snapshots Digital Scrapbook Collection by ME!!

I've always thought it would be fun to design my own Scrapbook Collection, and I've been thinking about it for a while now.  I don't have the resources to create a printed collection, but since I own and design for The Cut Shoppe, I decided to just go for it and create the Snapshots Collection as the first Digital Scrapbook Collection in The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store!


The Snapshots Collection is a full digital downloadable collection.  This collection is perfect for your everyday photos and can be used for masculine or feminine layouts.  Here's a look at everything included in the Snapshots collection.

10 Digital/Printable 12x12 Patterned Papers:


5 DIGITAL/PRINTABLE SOLID PAPERS:


1 12x12 DIGITAL/PRINTABLE JOURNALING SHEET (3X4 & 4X6 SIZES):


2 DIGITAL/PRINTABLE ALPHA SETS:



1 DIGITAL/PRINTABLE CUT APART SHEET:


1 DIGITAL/PRINTABLE EPHEMERA PIECES SHEET:


Here are some of the great benefits of a Digital Scrapbook Collection:

*  You can use the collection with your digital or hybrid scrapbooking, or print the items on your home printer.

*  Because it's a Digital Collection, you never have to worry about running out of any of your favorite products or having space to store physical product.  Just use or print, when needed!

*You can easily resize the collection images.

*Use the papers and embellishments with the Print & Cut feature on the Silhouette Cameo for designing and cutting.

The Snapshots collection is now available for purchase in The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store.  With your purchase you will receive all pieces of the collection in two Zip folders and a PDF file is also included as one of the downloads. 

There is a giveaway on The Cut Shoppe Instagram, so make sure you head over to tag a friend for the chance for both of you to win the Snapshots collection!!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pink Paislee | Sugar & Spice

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It's Flowers week on the Pink Paislee Blog!  If you love using flowers on your layouts, then you definitely need to check out the projects created by the Design Team this week.  I knew I had to use the gorgeous flower patterned paper in the Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans, and fussy cut the flowers for my layout.


I've had a floral ampersand pinned to my Pinterest boards for a while, and it inspired the design for this layout. I also cut a large floral die cut on my Cameo, to layer behind the ampersand.  I cut the ampersand from cardstock and then layered the fussy cut flowers over the shape.  Once all of the flowers were in place, I machine stitched around the ampersand to add a bit more definition and texture.



The die cut floral background was a perfect way to separate the ampersand from the polka dot background.  I also added pop dots behind the ampersand to make it stand out and add dimension to the layout.

 

Since I placed the ampersand in the center of the layout, I decided to use the Paige Thickers across the center of the layout to create the title “Sugar & Spice”. And I thought it would be fun to alternate my photo with one of the embellishments from the chipboard sheet. I also wanted to add another pop to the flowers on the ampersand so I used several of the colored Fancy Free Buttons in the center of the flowers.


Flowers can be used in so many different ways on your layouts and projects!  I hope I've inspired you with some ideas for using flowers on your next project!

 
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hip Kit Club | What If You Fly

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Today I have a new layout to share for Hip Kit Club, using the April 2016 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits!  I took inspiration from our April Mood Board. I wanted to fussy cut those cute butterflies from the Crate Paper patterned paper, included in the April Main Kit and the April Paper Add-On Kit. They were just the right size, to add them to the open spaces of the April In the Stars cut file. And I had several other open spaces on the cut file, so I added some of the Simple Stories heart wood veneers from the April Embellishment Kit.



I also wanted to use a lot of Yellow on the layout, inspired by one of the Mood Board images, so I pulled the Oh Yeah flair button from the April Embellishment Kit and some Shimelle stickers from the April Project Life Kit


For a finishing touch I placed a My Mind's Eye enamel dot in the center of each star, around the die cut, to make them stand out a bit more.  And I also have a new Process Video to go along with my layout!  You can check it out on my YouTube channel.



I love finding different ways to use the Kit products with cut files each week! I hope you've been inspired to use your April Hip Kits!

Before you go, check out the info. for the Hip Kit Club National Scrapbook Day Crop!  This is an annual event and we have so much fun every year!!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Flair for Buttons | Celebrate Spring

Last year, I didn't get a lot of photos from Easter weekend onto layouts.  This year, I'm trying to use some of the 2015 photos and make sure I document some of our 2016 photos, too.  The Hello Spring Flair set is perfect for spring photos, and I still had several left over from the recent AFFB and The Cut Shoppe product swap.  I chose three buttons from the set, and decided that the Happy Place collection from Fancy Pants would coordinate well with the Flair and the colors in my photo.


I chose the Happy Place collection based on the color scheme, even though I knew I didn't have a lot of embellishments left after using it so many times.  So I decided to do a less is more look on this layout.  The Flair Buttons from the Hello Spring set were the perfect substitute for the lack of embellishments I had to go with the collection, and I also mixed in several die cuts.

 
I wanted each of the Flair Buttons to have their own spot on the layout, so I welded several messy circle die cuts together to create the die cut background.  The smallest circles on the die cut were just the right size for the Flair.  And I made sure to adhere a contrasting patterned paper behind each of the small circles, so the Flair buttons would stand out.

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of ashleyhortondesigns.com. I do receive compensation and material product from A Flair for Buttons to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.   

Next time you have a collection that you want to use that's short on embellishments, take a look at your Flair Buttons, and find coordinating colors or designs.  And if you're interested in picking up the Hello Spring Flair set, you can visit the A Flair for Buttons shop and find it HERE!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Hip Kit Club | Hello, Hello

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Happy Friday!  I'm here to share a new layout for Hip Kit Club, using the April 2016 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits! I love that the April Kits kind of include a mini kit filled with Pinkfresh Studio goodies. I used some of the Pinkfresh Studio papers and embellishments from the April 2016 Main Kit, with one of our free April cut files for this layout.


I started by cutting the Hello title cut file from one of the Amy Tangerine papers from the Main Kit and the April 2016 Paper Add-On Kit. Once I had the cut file ready, I adhered it to the Pinkfresh Studio background paper and then placed several of the Pinkfresh Studio acetate words around it. I like the way the acetate words and cut file balance out the heart pattern at the top of the background paper.


I added a few more Pinkfresh embellishments around my photos and mixed in some Simple Stories wood veneers from the April 2016 Embellishment Kit. I felt like the page needed just a little extra something to complete it, so I fussy cut a few butterflies from one of the Crate Paper, Inc. patterned papers and placed them around the layout.

  
So if you're looking for a way to mix the Hip Kit Club cut files with the products in your Kit, I hope I've inspired a few ideas for you to try on your next layout!  And if you would like to see more on how I put this layout together, you can check out my Process Video on YouTube!


Hope you have a great weekend!!

 
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pink Paislee | Altered Embroidery Hoop

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I love Thickers, but always have letters left over in all of my packs.  This week the Pink Paislee team is sharing ideas for using Thickers on your layouts and projects.  I wanted to create an altered embroidery hoop using the letters from the Paige Thickers in the Fancy Free collection, that never seem to get used.  I have a tutorial to share, showing how I used the embroidery hoop and Thickers to create my altered project.

   

Step 1: Select an embroidery hoop that fits the size of your project and a patterned paper you would like for covering your hoop.



Step 2: Loosen the outer ring of your embroidery hoop and remove the inside ring. Use a pencil to trace around the outside hoop or cut a circle on your electronic die cut machine to the same dimensions as your embroidery hoop.



Step 3: Decorate your patterned paper circle before adding it to the embroidery hoop. I used the Paige Thickers from the Fancy Free collection to create a textured background over my patterned paper. 



Step 4: Once you are finished placing all of the Thickers there will be some that overlap the edge of your circle. Use small scissors to carefully trim away the excess Thickers.



Step 5: Add adhesive around the edge of the embroidery hoop. Carefully adhere your patterned paper circle over the top side of the hoop. Then you can put the two hoops back together.

 
Tip: You could also add your patterned paper on the bottom side of the embroidery hoop to create a recessed design.


I loved using an embroidery hoop for this project!  I hope I've inspired you to find fun ways to use those unused Thickers, in your next crafty project!


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