Fast Layout > Using a Background Cut File

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Happy Ground Hogs’ Dag!!  Jody here today.  Although I don’t take much stock in a ground hog determining whether or not I continue to freeze my butt off, it’s still a cute yearly tradition here in the U.S!!  

Today, I’m sharing a layout I literally put together in 20 minutes!!  We all need layouts like these for busy, busy times!  I shared a couple sneaks of this on the SMS Instagram a few weeks ago and today I’m excited to share it with you all. I started with a FREE cut file (found on the Free Cut Files page here) cut out on American Crafts white cardstock and paper from Pink Paislee/Paige Evans, Take Me Away.  I chose the Flurries Background cut file I designed and simply layered it over my Pink Paislee paper.  I added a Chantilly Lacy 8 inch doily, some Pretty Little Studio Hello Heather papers and my photo, then adhered that onto my background.  I also added some craft foam under my photo to pop it up a little.  

One other tidbit I’d like to share is my struggle to actually use cut files!  Crazy right?!  My scrap studio is no longer in the room, or even the same floor as my computer which causes a problem obviously.  So, to solve this dilemma I have been cutting files while I’m doing other things at my computer like checking email, working on taxes (UGH help me now LOL), etc.  It’s pretty easy to get my cut file set up cut, and then let it run while I’m working on other tasks.  I just wanted to share that with you all since I’m sure I’m not the only one that faces challenges like this.  So now, I have several different cut file background and others ready to go whenever I want to sneak away for 10 minutes to create in my space!!

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I simply added my title, which are cardboard Thickers from American Crafts (maybe from Dear Lizzy or Amy Tan??) and Foam Thickers from the Pink Paislee Take Me Away collection.  Finally I sprinkled some Amore sequins in a few areas.  I called it good in 20 minutes you guys!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  I hope you are inspired to pre-cut some background cut files and have them ready to go for creating some super quick layouts!!    

Remember, there a couple very cool things going on this month!  First, we have our team up with Accent Scrapbooking!  The Sparklers hopped yesterday so be sure to check that out if you missed it!  Kareen from Accent Scrapbooking and I also hosting a month long challenge group over on Facebook.  The group can be found HERE you guys!!  Join the group and check out all the inspiration!  Kareen and I are giving away some awesome prizes!!! Check out the graphic below and have a great day!!

XO  Jody

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Gather-LGS + SMS Team Up Wk 2!

I’m loving all the projects that have come out of our sketch swap with Let’s Get Sketchy!  They most certainly challenge me. When I’m not thinking it up in my own brain it feels more difficult.

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I started with a hot pink Basic Grey paper. I love how it brings out the pink in that bouquet of flowers. I dripped some Vibez in Blushing Bride to add some interest to the paper. I opted to create my focal point with four 3 x 3 pieces, one picture and 3 squares of patterned paper. I made sure those squares coordinated without being too busy – I hoped to avoid that as best I could with this page. #SpiegelmomScraps #sequins #LGSketchy #shimmerzpaints #cratepaper #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #papercrafting #lawnfawn #sketchchallenge @wordsandpaperscraps @LGsketchy @shimmerzpaintsI cut square and rectangular scraps from various pieces of paper, mostly from the “Gather” collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper & paired it with some ephemera from Pink Paislee  “C’est La Vie.” The vellum came from my stash. I cut out everything before I adhered anything down. It was so important to play around with placement in order to get the balance correct#SpiegelmomScraps #sequins #LGSketchy #shimmerzpaints #cratepaper #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #papercrafting #lawnfawn #sketchchallenge @wordsandpaperscraps @LGsketchy @shimmerzpaintsI wanted to incorporate some peachy-orange into my page and so I used some Dazzlers in Coral Me Crazy on a paper scrap. Once I knew where I wanted all my pieces, I adhered them down. I added some stitching to a few pieces to create dimension. I put pop dots on the backs of my 4 center pieces to ensure they stuck out well. I then layered that chipboard word, also from the Gather collection, on top. #SpiegelmomScraps #sequins #LGSketchy #shimmerzpaints #cratepaper #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #papercrafting #lawnfawn #sketchchallenge @wordsandpaperscraps @LGsketchy @shimmerzpaintsTo finish off my page, I added sequins from the shop, a few plus sign chipboard pieces, and puffy gold pieces by Lawn Fawn. Those little phrases are some of my favorite embellishments ever. Occasionally, Crate Paper comes out with new ones and I absolutely adore them!#SpiegelmomScraps #sequins #LGSketchy #shimmerzpaints #cratepaper #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #papercrafting #lawnfawn #sketchchallenge @wordsandpaperscraps @LGsketchy @shimmerzpaints

I love how this page turned out! For some reason, it seems almost like it’s a little “burnt” around the edges. I hope you’ll play along with some sketch challenges, we’ve got 2 more this month!

-Rachel

Unforgettable – August Challenge

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I’m SO thankful I managed to squeeze in some scrapping inspired by this month’s challenge before August ended (WOW it has flown by).  Thank you, Lisa for the inspiration. I realized after it was too late that I forgot one portion of the recipe – the doily. In case you missed it:

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3 embellishments – doily, sequins, banner, 2 colors from the mood board, 1 sketch

My husband and I keep a journal with a running list of all the things we want to do. Of all the things, traveling some place where we can see the Northern Lights is at the very top. I thought it would be perfect to scrap this for this month’s Bucket List Challenge.

I started with some amazing constellation inspired paper by Basic Grey (an older collection) and used a speckled stencil in combination with my Shimmerz Dazzlers texture paste in Spun Sugar. It resembled a perfect smattering of stars..swoon. I layered some sequins over top to of the texture paste to draw the eye in. I then added a few pink and blue paper scraps and some vellum + star patterned acetate paper. I really couldn’t get enough of the stars for this layout!

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I used my Silhouette Cameo for the first part of my title, and combined it with a Project Life card. For some reason I forget to utilize my Cameo – but I love the versatility it provides titles. The banner was made by threading some light pink string through punches from a glassine bag and a few sequins from the Shop. The mix I used, Wedding Bells went perfectly with this mood board inspired layout.

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I finished this layout off with a few Heidi Swapp puffy stickers and stitched-on acetate stars. Oh, and of course a handful of sprinkled sequins. I really believe sequins have a place on every craft project ever.

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Thanks for checking out my latest project! Hopefully one day I’ll have a chance to scrap my own pictures of the Northern Lights. Does anyone have a view of this gorgeous phenomenon from their home? 

-Rachel

Cheers Girls!

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Hello everyone!  Jody here again with another layout using metal dies to create the look of using an electronic die cutting machine.  Last weeks layout used the circle stitched die set from Kaiserkraft, which I just LOVE!  It’s different than the other stitched dies on the market because the stitches are on the circle that is die cut out, and not on the negative part, or circle punched in the cardstock/paper.  You can see the faux stitching on my die cut journaling circle.

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Instead of using just one type of Kaiserkraft metal die, I used a couple! I used the Nesting Stitched Circles and the Icons metal dies to create my layout, along with the fabulous Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection, sequins from the shop, 2 glassine bags and some Amy Tangerine Thickers words.

To create this look on your page, you’ll need a couple things:  A Big Shot or similar die cutting machine and your favorite metal dies!  Since a 12×12″ sheet of cardstock or paper won’t fit through a Big Shot, you’ll need to cut your cardstock or paper down to either 6×12″ or 5.75×5.75″, as I did today.  I wanted to mount them onto a piece of white American Crafts Cardstock to really help it pop.  I easily could have left my paper 6×12″ but I wanted the faint look of the grid in the background so I cut them down to  5.75 by 5.75″ so the white cardstock would show around the edges of my layout.  To get the placement I wanted, I simply played with where the die cut circles to be on my layout.  After I had those placed where I like them, I added the Kaiserkraft Icon dies as accents.  Tip: When running the metal dies through my Big Shot, I used a small piece of washi tape to keep them in place. 

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After I had everything die cut out, I create some shaker windows with glassine bags and sequins.  This was super easy to do! I used a large glassine bag for the two circles on the upper right of the layout and a medium glassine bag behind the largest circle.  To keep some of the Magical Ocean sequins stuck throughout the circle (so they didn’t all fall to the bottom) I opened up the bag and drizzled some tacky glue inside. Then, I just poured in the desired amount of sequins to fill the space.  This next step is pretty technical.. I smooshed around the sequins until they were inside the circle where the peaked through the die cut window.  Super technical right! LOL!  To finish it off, I folded the glassine bag over and sealed it with some tacky glue as well and then adhered it to the back of the 6×6″ Fancy Free paper.  I repeated this for the other die cut circle using the Spring Blooms sequin mix.  

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For the other two sections, I used the super cute Icon dies to create the design elements and backed them with scraps of Pink Paislee Fancy Free papers to compliment the messy layers behind my photo. I used both the negative space from the Icon dies and the die cuts they punched out.  Using dies is a great way to get so much more out of your papers and really stretch your stash!  Just think of all the possibilities!  

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 I’m so happy you stopped by today to check out the blog!  Remember to follow SpiegelMom Scraps here using Bloglovin’, on Instagram and Facebook!  Today, I’ll be contacting the remainder of the new Design Team members I’ve chosen and giving them the good news!  This was so difficult you guys!  There were a ton of wonderful ladies who applied and I really appreciate all the time you took to submit your applications!  If you weren’t chosen this time, please feel free to email me with any suggestions for improvement for next time! Sometimes, it’s just a matter of photography which can easily be improved with some tips!   Again, thank you SO much everyone and I’ll see ya’ll very soon!

Hugs! Jody

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Cards, tags

Hi all it’s Anna Sigga here and I have a quick and easy card to share.

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I had just finished a layout the other day, and I had some leftovers on my table. So I decide to create challenge for myself and only use what was on my table. I was not allowed to add anything extra to my stash to make this card.

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I used the Love Beads sequins mix (only the white ones), Peachy Sherbet sequins mix (the stars),  Pinky Pie Pink mix and a White Lace Paper Doily from the shop.

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I would love to see your what-is-on-my-desk challenge card too!

#HSCaptureLife: Day 11 ~ Today Was Totally Happy

Hello everyone! Welcome to my new blog subbies!! It’s great to ‘meet’ you here. I’d love to know how you found my blog and where you’re from!! Don’t be shy!! Please share in the comments!

Today I’m sharing another layout, inspired by Heidi Swapp’s Capture Life prompts. This layout is inspired by Day 11: Today was totally ______. This day was totally happy for sure! Abby & I planted flowers while our big girls were at school. We had a blast digging in the dirt, even if we were a bit chilly.  Some of the flower pots (not pictured here) were also for my Girl Scout troop’s bridging ceremony in June so this was extra special for us!!  In scrapbooking, and in life, the truly important things are these little everyday moments. Scrapbooking these moments is what I live for.  We live to remember!  Our lives are always crazy busy: soccer, school, gymnastics, Girl Scouts (2 troops), religious education, school, work and let’s pray we all stay healthy!! Treasuring these everyone moments means the world to us!

I still have some fabulous partial Clique Kits left that I’m trying to kill, while mixing in embellishments from my stash & my shop. These next several months I’ll be doing my best to kill various kits I have on hand & destash my stash!! We are close to breaking ground on our new home & the less stuff I have to move the faster I’ll have things back up & running in our new home!! Challenge accepted!

This layout uses Heidi Swapp’s bold & beautiful September Skies line along with some newer Heidi Swapp chipboard pieces from my LSS, a white doily, Freckled Fawn paper clips & a couple washi tapes. I also loosely followed this sketch! Below you’ll find a link to my process video for this layout on YouTube.

    

You can also watch my process video for this layout HERE!!  You’ll also see my using my FAVORITE new adhesive runner, the EZ Runner Grand!  This thing is smooth as butter and super easy to refill!  If you’d like to see a real life comparison between the EZ Runner and the Scotch ATG you must check out THIS VIDEO!!  The EZ Runner is half the weight and the refill just drops right into the tape fun.. No more wrapping adhesive around anything!!  

Thank you for much for spending your time with me today.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my layout and have been inspired to capture your every day moments and document them!  Accept the challenge and get started today!

Until next time, do something creative today!

~ Jody

Heidi Swapp and sleeping kids

Happy Father’s Day everyone!  I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weekend with, or remembering, those special guys in your life!!  

These past few weeks have been super busy with making more new embellishments for my shop to kick of July!!  A few of them will even be brand new for my Scrap Party Blog Hop July 10-17th!!  I cannot wait to show them all to you!!  I hope you’ll join my Design Team along with some very special guests! Check out my event page for more info!

In the mean time, I’m popping in to share a quick layout just for fun! I dove into whats left of a 2014 Clique Kit, featuring Heidi Swapp’s September Skies line, and created this layout about our daughter Hannah sleeping.  There’s something I love about checking on our girls when they’re sleeping.  They are so sweet and precious to look at and it makes me to grateful to be their mother.  After tucking them in I went back to check on them like I always do and found Hannah with a sponge roller in her hair. The next morning I asked her about it and she didn’t remember doing it, blaming Abby.  Hmmm, we’ll never know how that mysterious sponge roller ended up in Hannah’s hair, but it’s one of those precious memories I wanted to save forever!

Overall this layout is pretty simple.  I painted over part of my background with some gesso and then layered some of other Heidi Swapp papers under my phone of sleeping Hannah.   You see more about adding gesso and paint to your scrapbook layouts in THIS VIDEO and participate in a fun challenge with Create*Craft*Share, hosted by Scrappin’ Madge!

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Here are a couple close ups.

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I added some Heidi Swapp stickers, Studio Calico silver star rub-ons & black Mr. Huey’s for my final touches and called it a day!  This layout only took about 35 minutes to create and I worked on it for about 10-15 minutes at a time over a couple days.  It’s the best way to scrapbook for this busy Mama!

Have your given “15 minutes to scrap” a try yet??  If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences, challenges and successes!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!  Remember, do something creative today! Your heart will love you for it!

~ Jody