Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dog In Waiting

What?! Two layouts posted in one month? What's going on here?

This layout was based on Laura Whitaker's sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

I love using sketches as my jumping off point because it reduces my process time significantly. ONLY three hours this time. ;)

This was so much fun to make because (a) I loved the photo, (b) I loved the doggie papers and embellishments I've been collecting, and (c) I loved the sketch.

Thanks for looking!

Materials: pawprint stencil - homemade, dog papers - Bella Boulevard and Doodlebug. Wood veneers - Jillibearn. Journalling block - Evalicious

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Need for Speed

(Cue the "A Team" theme song...) I love it when a plan comes together.

I recently (well, *last year*, but I moved house so haven't had a chance to play) acquired some of the newer Evalicious line "On My Way."  When I get new goodies, I leave them on my desk for a bit until something clicks about how to use them.  Organizing my stash, I came across the Pink Paislee "Cedar Lane" line and, wouldn't you know it, they have very similar colour schemes. We haven't had any big travels or road trips lately, but the pup *does* love a car ride to the dog park.  A plan was borne.

The new epoxy stickers are gorgeous... see the heart above? They're so nice and shiny.

Mixing in a few of the original woodgrain puffy letters.

While moving house, I acquired an old Remington Portable 5 typewriter. It's SO much fun to type on these journaling cards with it. :) I really need to work on the accuracy of my typing, though. No delete key!

And I'll leave you with this pic of Remy the bernedoodle, in heaven with her hair blowing in the breeze... it sure is a dog's life!

Supplies: Evalicious On My Way embellishments, Pink Paislee Cedar Lane 6x6 paper pad

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Machine stitching on a layout - with embroidery floss!

I LOVE the look of hand stitching on layouts, but it takes me FOREVER.  So, I started googling "machine sewing with thick thread."

So, the problem with trying to machine sew with embroidery floss (well, ONE of the problems) is that you can't thread the thick thread through the needle. Let me introduce you to "bobbin work."  In a nutshell, the top thread is normal sewing thread, and the thick thread or floss goes on the bobbin and you work the page upside down. 

Technical information about how to do this can be found here:

I decided to give it a shot, take one for the team, and do a sewing experiment. Very little risk for me as I hardly ever use my 20 year old machine for anything except scrapbooking these days.

I loaded the bobbin as per instructions in the link above. I held the feeding floss in my hands and used my fingers for tension. Once loaded, I popped it into the bobbin case.


And it's definitely true that you need to test the tension. The first one I tried (at "0" and "1") just looked like a piece of string stuck to the page with thread around it. It had to be set quite tight (like "8") before it looked decent. Excuse my scrawl, but the numbers do refer to the tension setting. Your results may vary. I also set the stitches as long as possible to better mimic hand stitching.

The photo above shows the underside of the paper after sewing.  I found that I quite liked the look of it with the high tension. For perspective, I would normally sew on fabric with a "3" or so, but the tension needs to be high so that it pulls the floss into the paper.

Once I knew it worked, I set down to business... making a layout. I used a Scrapbook Generations sketch that had lots of stitching on it. I stitched first, because it has to be done on the back side of the paper. Some planning needs to be done here if you want to try anything fancy.  After I sewed, I pulled the ends through to the back of the layout and taped them down.  And here's the finished look:

The stitching on this layout took about 5 minutes. Yes, you read that correctly!  A couple of closeups:

Next time, I might make the tension a little higher, even, but overall, I think I've got a winner!

Materials: buttons, puffy stickers, wood veneer - Evalicious, patterned paper - basic grey, sketch - Scrapbook Generations

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Magnet fishing

This is a story of how a layout evolved.

I had some photos of my son magnet fishing, but needed good embellishments. Do you know what shape the Silhouette Studio store is missing (as of today, anyways)? Magnets! Luckily the tracing feature came to my aid.

After I had traced out the original shape, I split it into 4 different colours so that it would end up looking nicely 3D.

I also had some great older Little Yellow Bicycle paper that I had been saving up for a good boy page.

But then I needed a plain background behind the photos so they didn't get overwhelmed. I happened to be at a crop with lots of shopping. As luck would have it, the new Carta Bella release had some great light grey gear paper. The perfect shade to match the LYB, plus great texture.

And things just fell into place after that. Some Crimson Thickers, some gears that were crop freebies layered with Spellbinders gear die cuts (dies borrowed from a fellow cropper)... et voila.

Materials: Little Yellow Bicycle - Fern and Forest Boy Collection, Carta Bella - Work Hard Play Hard Working Gears, Thickers - Crimson

Monday, April 18, 2016

Whoosh.... that was time flying!

Aaaaaand, I'm back. :)

I wanted to share a technique I started using last year. I had super great intentions of blogging what I had created with some foil and my laminator, but, well, that didn't happen... until now!

Lots of people have seen or tried the Heidi Swapp Minc tool that allows  you to create stunning foiled embellishments. Or maybe you've done the same thing as me and just bought a cheap laminator and laser printer? Either way, prepare to have your mind blown with print and cut foil like this!

Start off by making a title. You can make it directly in Silhouette Studio (fill with black), or, in my case, I did it in Adobe Illustrator in order to take advantage of the cool glyphs in the fonts. By the way, I used Desire for "Frigiliana", and Karmela for "market."

Once you are happy with your words, click to show the registration marks, and make sure that none of your titles are covered by those marks or in the non-printing/cutting area.

Now, add the offset. This is necessary for these titles because the font lines are so delicate. Change the line colour for the offset. I made mine orange. You'll see why in a moment.

Now, here comes the trick to the success of this process. You want to cut the outline of the offset, but NOT the words. To do this, you need to go into the ADVANCED cut settings. For my titles, the cut line of the words was black and the cut line of the offset was orange. So I unselected the black line so that it wouldn't cut.

Now, you're ready for action!  Go ahead and print to your laser printer. If you can darken the black or make sure you're not going light on the toner in your settings, do it. It'll make the foiling better.

And once it's printed, go ahead and cut it on the Silhouette.  Once the pieces are cut, go ahead and foil it!

And here are those titles in action, both using the Heidi Swapp Mint Green foil.

I will have to toot my own horn a bit and say that those titles look better in person than photographed. The pictures don't do the pretty shininess justice.

Thanks for looking!

Frigiliana uses mainly Fancy Pants Office Suite, Evalicious paper clip, some Heidi Swapp paper
The Market in Malaga uses mainly Pink Paislee Atlas
Credit to Scrapbook Generations for their sketches

Monday, May 11, 2015

My new font love... Sabella

If you've been reading my blog, you know about my font love. Well, today, I have a new love. Sabella.

I bought this font in a bundle from (it was a great deal, btw, and I have big plans for some of the brush fonts). I couldn't wait to start using it. Because it's an OpenType font, there are lots of contextual alternates and ligatures to make for BEAUTIFUL titles on the Cameo.

Here's the one I made for my most recent post over at

The c and the s are both alternate characters, so have that extra swoosh to make it look really cool. I'm also addicted to three layer titles. :)

And here is how it looks on the layout:

Props go to for having awesome sketches, from which this layout was inspired.

Evalicious Supplies:  puffy letters and puffy stickers, wood veneers, snipsnip labels and tags

Other Supplies:  Sketch - Scrapbook Generation, patterned paper - WRMK Notable / Noteworthy, cardstock - Bazzill Basics, font - Sabella from

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Marquis de Larios

So, here's the REST of the story... (aka: what I did with the title file I made on my last post)...

 I'm working with some of the new Evalicious "This Way" travel themed goodies this week for a contest being held on Instagram (go check it out NOW, if you haven't already... you could win a $30 eGC... @ronascraps).

I used the one page sketch from the March 2015 edition of Create Magazine (published by Scrapbook Generations as my jumping off point. A new sheet of Echo Park paper (Jack and Jill) matches the Evalicious line so perfectly.  Another of life's little joys--when I find a new line of paper that matches my goodies).

The flourish was super skinny, so I ran the Cameo on the slowest setting and was veeeerrrry careful pulling it off the cutting mat.

The sketch called for a row of tickets, but I'm more of a cluster girl myself, so I grabbed a ticket die, and cut a few dies out of cardstock and faux-cork paper.  I did cut thin strips of actual cork to create a border for the white interior.

This was a fun layout to make, and came together super quickly (...uh... once the title was done).


Other Supplies:  Sketch - Scrapbook Generation, patterned paper - Echo Park Jack and Jill - Jack, Fancy Pants (The Good Life-Labeled), Washi tape - Little B, cork - Quickutz, tickets - Tim Holtz die and stamps, ink - Ranger, cardstock - Bazzill Basics