Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Heceta Head

I love going to the coast, it's my happy place. One of my favorite places to go is Heceta Head, with this pretty lighthouse and fantastic tide pools. It's in a protective little cove and just feels like home to me. The Land Ho file was just perfect for this shot of my husband and me next to the lighthouse. I even gave the scribble waves a try and they cut out perfectly! Tall Type always makes a statement and I love the beach house effect I was able to get using the wood, backed with distressed sea foam blue. The Kitschy Cursive was the perfect companion alpha. I few clouds from from Happy Clouds finished off the piece.

I hadn't meant to use so many files on my page, but with so many awesome files to be found in the shop, how can you stop at just one when there are a number of designs to help tell your story? Stop by today and find some inspiration!

Monday, June 27, 2016


Such super fun colors this week at CSI, they reminded me of the colors found on the Quetzal, a beautiful bird that we found in Costa Rica. We spent a good part of one morning hunting them down. This requires a guide, who is informed of sightings by local farmers. The farmers agree to let us come onto their land to seek out these beautiful birds. In exchange, they get a kickback from the guide. It's a great solution and gets the local people involved in providing places for these animals. We sat, very quietly, for great lengths of time, but were rewarded with being able to photograph these 2 gorgeous creatures.

Evidence used: metal, grid pattern, rectangle letter stickers, buttons, and solid background

Testimony is something I thought was amazing, and it sure was, and it starts with a letter sticker.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Fly Home

Welcome to a new month of fun cases at CSI!

This week is sketch week and some really pretty colors that reminded me of the birds flying in for the night along the river at Sierpe, in Costa Rica. It was just a stunning ending to an amazing day. We saw so many different, cool animals, all day long. As the sun began to set, all of the egret and ibis flew from all corners to this one stand of bamboo to settle in for the night. It was a spectacular sight.

Evidence used: lace, something transparent, wood, and pearls.

Testimony is using a prompt from Visual Journals, "As the day fade, the egret come home to roost. Sierpe, Costa Rica 12.2015"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

You & Me

Today I am using the super fun giant ampersand, from And Love, and I just love the statement it makes. You AND me. I am better with you. We are a force of one. And. Since I'm all about the statement, I cut it out rather large to become the centerpiece of my layout. I love how the hearts from Spring Fling go so seamlessly with the hearts in the ampersand. I used 2 of the 3 rows for a little banner to bring balance to page. Finally, the Open Letter Alpha was the perfect alpha to cut the rest of my title from because I could tailor the background paper to reflect the individuals represented.

Stop over in the shop and pick up And Love today and make your statement!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hello Hello Cabana

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today I am using the new Snapshot collection.

Isn't this a super fun collection? I love the fun colors and patterns. I liked the look of the triangle paper, with it's black borders and bright colors. The colors really pop so I chose Hip2BSquared and cut it out in black, mimicking this look. I backed the cut with various paper from the collection. I used some leftover strips to add fun pops of color to the top and bottom. The Hello Hello card became the perfect title piece.

Stop by the shop and pick up Snapshots, you can use it over and over again. The possibilities are endless!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

NSD - Mad About You

Happy National Scrapbooking Day! Ashley at The Cut Shoppe is offering an awesome free cut file in honor of our day. Be sure to stop by the blog to add to your library today. Also, be sure to use your sale code to get 50% off in the store!

I just love the fun circles cut and decided to show you one of my favorite ways to color a cut design. I simply pressed my cut into inks that had been spritzed, but you can also drag your cut out through the ink, letting the colors mix. It has so many possible looks and is fun to do!

First I cut the design out of plain white cardstock. I chose a few distress ink. Here I chose masculine, earthy colors. Lay everything out on a silicone mat, we are going to need something to squish the inks on to.

Choose your first color and stamp the pad right onto the silicone mat. Spritz with some water and press a section of the cut out design directly into the ink. I simply pressed down, being careful not to move it much because I like the variety in coverage

Repeat with the next color and press the section of the design that is just under the first

Finish with stamping and spritzing with the last colors, pressing in a new blank section of the design.

I used the same technique on one of my favorite layouts, but with bright and fun colors.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

To Live

I needed a title page for my Costa Rica album and this giant sentiment from Quick Quotes is just perfect. I cut it out of black card stock and pop dotted it up to give prominence to the quote. The photo is one I took from the airplane window and I just love all the arrows on the paper that point to it. Who needs a ton of embellishment when you have such a statement piece as this one? I simply added a few wood bits, some spatters and string for texture, a compass, a plane, and a fun pop of color in the flair. It was truly scrapping done easy.

Be sure to stop by the shop to add some pizzaz to your next story.