Scrapbook Layout, Scrapbooking

Scrapbook Layout with Free Cut Files

Hey, everyone!  I wanted to give you a quick peek at my latest scrapbook layout.  This is a layout from the scrapbook album I made for my daughter and my new any-day-now grandson.

I was completely inspired by Paige Taylor Evans Silhouette cut file with the moon and stars.  You should totally check out the Paige Evan Silhouette Store page because her designs are AMAZING and beautiful and always inspiring.  Her Silhouette Store page is here. Then go check out her blog, where you can grab some inspiration for layouts.  I LOVE one of her latest layouts where she used embroidery thread and a heart cut file.

I grabbed a generic crescent moon from Google images (one of those licensed as free and editable) and got to work in Silhouette Studio.  I used the Magnolia Sky font and love the way it came out.  I made two versions of this file and they’re both available to you to download here:

To the Moon and Back 1

To the Moon and Back 2

After I cut the file, I grabbed a piece of my go-to white cardstock – Bazzill Smoothie in Coconut Swirl.  Starting at the bottom, I used Distress Oxide inks and a round Ranger Blending Tool with one blending sponge and created the background.  I used Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, and Black Soot.  Since I used the same blending sponge for the whole project, I got a really smooth blend from color to color.  When I had all the colors on, I went back in with a clean sponge and blended one more time from bottom to top. This may have been overkill, but I liked the way it took away any leftover blending lines.

The rest of the layout is from my stash and it’s old enough, I couldn’t even begin to tell you where most of it came from!  I used silver sequins for stars, a couple of old cut aparts around the photo mats, and some water-lily die cuts as my only embellishment.  I didn’t want to take focus away from the photos or the moon, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.

As a final touch, I slipped a scalloped circle that I cut out with a EK Success punch behind the photo mats.  This will give my daughter a place to add the date and journaling when she adds pictures after the little guy is born.

Quick Tip Tuesday, Scrapbooking

Project Life App and PicFrame App Review Using the Canon Selphy 910

Welcome to Quick Tip Tuesday! Although this may not become a weekly feature of my blog and YouTube channel–I would like to have a weekly feature, but best laids plans of mice and women, you know–I am going to add it as a monthly feature, at the very least.

Today’s video was a request from a subscriber regarding what apps to use to print pictures on the Canon Selphy.  I’ve tested a lot of collage-type photo apps and discovered two that work well for me, once of which stands out upon comparison and will become my go to.

PicFrame has 36 layout possibilities. You can choose to round the corners on your photos. You can add color and patterns to the collage borders. Unfortunately, you can’t remove the borders, so you cannot print photos without the collage border.  It’s a big downfall for me.

Despite that, PicFrame was my favorite collage app until I realized that the Project Life app, which I probably won’t use for actual scrapbooking very often, also gives its users the ability to print photos in about 19 configurations ranging in size from 12″x12″ (assuming you have a wide format printer or are planning to have your photo printed elsewhere) to 4″x6″ to 6″x8.” Each size (except the 12×12) has multiple layout options, allowing for 1 to 6 photos per collage. None of the layouts have borders between photos, which is exactly what I wanted.

All of which brings me to today’s video in which I test these two apps with the Canon Selphy.  The Canon Selphy is an amazing sublimation printer and I absolutely love mine.  But I do know some users have taken issue with the way the Selphy crops photos during processing, and I’ve found I often face the same issue. The Project Life app, with appropriate settings, changed that for me and I ‘m even more happy with the Selphy than I was before.

Please let me know in the comments if you have another favorite app to use with the Canon Selphy.

Watch the review video here:


process video, Scrapbook Layout, Scrapbooking

Scrapbook Layout Process Video Using Faber Castell Gelatos and Liquitex Gesso

After a brief hiatus, I’m happy to show you  my latest layout process video!

I love doing mixed media layouts because it lets me just play with products and see where it takes me. When I do layouts like this, I’m not trying to adhere to a sketch (a process I also love) or scraplift someone else’s layout, which I often do when I’m not feeling terribly inspired. But this type of mixed media layout is a different creative experience for me.  I pick my medium, background, color scheme, embellishments, and just start building layers. It’s very unstructured and I usually like these layouts far better than those I create with a specific plan.

Many of the products I used are listed below, as is the process video.  Thanks for visiting!