Welcome to The Cherry On Top.
As you may have read, I'm blogging only once a week this summer with some surprise pop ups here and there. My connection in our vacation house makes uploading a nightmare. Like 1990's slow. Ugh! Hehehe... Our other social spots are still hopping, though. Make sure you're following us and keeping up with all of this scrapbooking goodness and freebies.
I've got another blog full of scrapbooking inspiration and links to all kinds of different freebies, too. I just posted several on our Facebook Page along with some activities to keep the kids busy this summer. My guys love all of those mix and mash and make something cool like play dough, slime, silly putty...We've got a board dedicated to keeping the kids free from boredom which makes life a lot easier for you. Check it out, today!
Designers we're checking out today are, Made By Keuntje, Throwing Some Scraps Around, Aimee Harrison, LouCee Creations, Heartstrings Scrap Art and Party Greif Digital Designer. Summer fun is in store with bright, fabulous colours, splish splashing, outdoor adventure and well...see for yourself!
I LOVE using bright colours for my pages and projects and made By Keuntje certainly has them in her newest kit, Tropical Escape. Eek! That's me and the hubs at our place in Spain. Nothing like a refreshing cold one on the balcony overlooking the Med! That's nearly as good as scrap therapy! hehehe...
I thought Dana's Starbursts templates matched perfect with this kit. Layer it up, add some fun splatter and by all means a flamingo. They are all of the rage this season. I'm digging that for a few reasons. Kits and collections don't always consider supplying a nice selection of varying shapes and sizes and flamingo are that nice long and tall shape that a lot of designers forget to put in kits. Tip: The ever handy and ever present stitch and ribbons is a good replacement, though.
I did a double pager with multiple photos, several times with this terrific kit. Here's my second page using a template from Heartstrings Scrap Art. Tip: Masks are so great to use. Especially, if you have zero blending skills like myself.
Oh, look! Another double pager with Tropical Escape and I used two, new templates from Throwing Some Scraps Around. They are so gorgeous and versatile. Take a look how I used them in the next two pages. I actually took the cutout paper from one template and replaced the other cut out on another template because I liked it so much.
On this first page, I used one paper behind the flowers and I kept my small clusters similar to the other page to give the double layout a cohesive look. Carefully placing the water splash to cover JJ's goods! Hehehe...
I SO LOVE this page, too. See how I used different papers behind each flower? Lends a lot more colour to my page as well as interest. I often blog about the different way to change up templates and I'll confess again that I sometimes delete nearly everything on a template and use it more as a sketch. Something to just get me started. Actually, the only thing from this particular template that I kept the same, were the photo spots. I even matted them to bring out more colourful rainbow fun. This was the cut out paper I took from the template above. You just gotta love the flexibility of templates.
Made By Keuntje has a Fan Group on Facebook. There you can show off your beautiful pages, participate in monthly challenges and grab freebies, my favourite! Here's July's challenge, free template.
You know me! I can't leave anything alone. I changed it up, as usual and I used MBK's kit, XOXO yet again. The colours are so dramatic and the kit has a lovely natural feel that seems to add texture and depth. Mmmm...
This is the page that started the photo reel rage. I designed several templates that you can purchase in our shop, but this particular page is a Lissy kay Template. She's got a lot of awesome full template pages using photo reels.
See what I mean about that natural touch? Tip: Photo reels are mega awesome when it comes to getting multiple photos on one page. SIXTEEN pictures are on this one page. Photo reels are also great when your photos are not. Hehehe...Tip: You can use one photo and just crop the person or image you want over and over.
Photo Reel Templates from The Cherry on Top
I've got several blogs dedicated to photo reel templates. Check out this one where I used my templates to design a mini FULL of photos. Here is a tutorial and a free example so you can try it out. Here, I scrapped with photo reels, traditionally. There are several tutorials on these blogs.
Here's MBK's XOXO on another page using our 57 Chevies templates.
57 Chevies Templates from The Cherry On Top, XOXO from MBK
57 Chevies Templates from The Cherry On Top
On to LouCee Creations newest collection, Pool Party. The colour palette is much more extensive then what I used here. Tip: If you are ever overwhelmed by a kit or collections extensive colour palette, pull out the ones that work for you and your page.
I used a free template from our blog roll, Love For Layout Templates.
Free Template, Pool Party from LouCee Creations
Aimee Harrison Designs has another lovely collection out with coordinating templates, Heirloom Chic. I used June's free template from Alexis Design Studio for my page and Aimee's Heirloom Chic. You can get July's free template, still.
Free June Template from Alexis Design Studio, Heirloom Chic from Aimee
As you may know, Aimee loves freebies almost as I do. She has them on her Facebook Page, blog, newsletter and often lets me host them here, too. Enjoy this free cluster and consider following Aimee on her social spots where you can get even more freebies.
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Sticking with Aimee Harrison and going back to her gorgeous collection with Heartstrings Scrap Art, At The Sea Side. I just LOVE this collection, including Bryony's lovely templates.
These pics at the beach are just splendid. I decided to crop in my photo of the beach in my title.
At The Sea Side, HeartstringsScrap Art and Aimee Harrison
I used another one of Bryony's templates, A Little Bit Arty and matched it up with Feli's new kit, My Dream Garden. These were such an awesome surprise to see when we visited our vacation home in Germany. I didn't know what they were until a friend posted a picture of her peonies. I have two fabulous bushes. The flowers were enormous!
A little Bit Arty Templates from HSA and My Dream Garden from Feli
Here's a view from the house, over the river and onto the mountains where the wine grows. A nifty little house boat was passing when we took the shot. Cool, eh?! This pic was taken in the spring and now this view is so lush and gorgeous.
It was a neat treat working with Feli's kit. I have a lot of Feli's Commercial Use in my digital stash and it's always so splendid to work with. How could I possibly resist all of this purple?
I've got another freebie for you, today. Our monthly calendars are a hit. Use them as your desktop or print them out. As always, Throwing Some Scraps Around is supplying the goodies to design these lovely calendars. Check out Jodi's membership plan and follow her social places to keep up with her new releases and gorgeous goodies.
Right click to download your desk top calendar and remember all of our freebies are for Personal Use Only.
Free Desk Top Calendar, Throwing Some Scraps Around's Inner Calm
This was last weeks freebie featuring Paty Greif's newest collection which is taking longer than expected to hit her shop. Download the free template and wait until that kit is released. Keep in touch with us and we'll let ya know when that is.
Free Template from The Cherry
Our blog and social places are FULL O' FREEBIES. Scroll through previous blogs, check out our freebie boards on Pinterest and get free downloads nearly every single day at our Facebook Page. Our group is THE place to be. We give exclusive freebies, sneak peeks, the ladies share off their beautiful pages from designers all around DigiLand, you can ask scrap related questions and join us in scrap chatter.
I'd like to thank you for checking out The Cherry and invite you to return.