Friday, May 24, 2019

Wishful Thinking Scrapbooking Templates, Cap N' Gown Graduation Mini and a Free Printable Graduation Card

Welcome to The Cherry on Top.

We're back with a fun, new set of templates, page inspiration, a new mini scrapbook kit perfect for the end of school season and a new free, printable card.

The templates and the freebie were both requests.  I hope they will be happy with the results and you, too.  I loved the idea of this multiple photo concept with the cool skewed angles.  Very different and there are so many ways you can use them.  Let's see!

 Wishful Thinking

I liked using the spaces for papers.  I scrapped up this really fun page with our Optimism collection and even added some extra spots because I just couldn't get enough of these great pictures of my boys.  They looked to be having so much fun and WITH EACH OTHER!  Hehehe...That is often a rarity due to JJ's Autism.  He's not a fan of hugs and close contact with most people.  Mom and dad are ok, though.  Thank goodness because we all know how important physical contact is.

 Wishful Thinking

I did the same for my next page using a bright, tropical themed kit from Kristin Cronin Barrows.  You can get it at the Sweet Shoppe.  That's some fun family of ours enjoying a lovely repressing beverage of sorts in who knows where because they go EVERYWHERE!  Hehehe...Egypt, name it and they will go.  sometimes with friends and sometimes with each other.  Can't even imagine!

 Wishful Thinking

Hilary did the same with her page.  Great to show off your pretty papers, right?!  This is a lovely collection from JoCee.

 Wishful Thinking

Here the photo spots are used exactly for that!

 Wishful Thinking

This one has a lovely mix of papers and photos using the spots.  That's Lou's newest kit, Gulls Just Wanna Have fun.  Find it at Gingerscraps.

Wishful Thinking

I'm totally digging the traditional feel of Dagi's page.  Great pics and sign usage.

 Wishful Thinking

You know Jarmila is going to put her special touch on her page.

 Wishful Thinking

And Ngoc always scraps so beautifully, too.

 Wishful Thinking

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As you can see, I left you a few layers on the camera template I bought from GS Creations so you can customize your camera if you like the suggestion.

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Tammy was the lady who requested this particular style and she knocked it out of the park, right?!  Lovelies from the Sweet Shoppe.

 Wishful Thinking

With Dorian's request of a graduation card, I had to actually go out and buy stuff because I didn't own anything that I could share with you.  I scoured the internet for awesome graduation goodies and found next to nothing so I started a little kit just so I had something and thought I'd put it in the shop in case you needed a more mature graduation kit, too. I kept the colors so that they'd fit with anything.  In this mini you get papers, Ellies, a card and a template.  Not bad for just 2.99, right?

I was not thrilled with my shopping experience at all until I went to Etsy.  These other sites made it very confusing, having to sign up and pay monthly fees.  Whilst at Etsy, I could just pay for exactly what I wanted, got my automatic download, the end.

 Free Printable Graduation Card

Here ya get a better look at everything.  Click the above image for your free card.

Cap N' Gown

Cap N' Gown  Cap N' Gown
The papers will make a great addition to your paper stash.  With the tiny designing and basic, elegant colors you can use them a lot.  So I scrapped up my lovely nephew and got so lucky.  Look at the colors!  I had no idea what his colors were, but boy was I pleased.  Hehehe...

 Cap N' Gown

If you are interested, I made a video of how to make a quick page in PSE also upon request.  It's so easy and it only takes a couple of clicks.

I had a totally different kind of card on last week's blog.  If you missed, scroll back and grab it.

Thanks for stopping by The Cherry.

Happy scrapping!

Friday, May 17, 2019

To Be Free Digital Scrapbooking Templates, Layout Inspiration and a Free Printable Card

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

I've got a few new templates in the shop this week.  They will give your pages an artistic touch with some seriously fun flair.

Keep reading to see page inspiration, check out Aimee Harrison's newest collection, To Blossom, grab the free printable and scroll through our helpful tutorial to get your printable just the way you want it.

 To Be Free

No, you are not going crazy if you think you've seen this page and template before because if you follow us, you have.  This was offered for free in the previous Love For Layout Template train.  It's also why I'm offering a coupon for the Kreative Design Studio this week as well.  Use code: 2BFREE in the shop and you'll get a discount.  (For some reason I was not able to select which item I wanted to discount this time, so everything will get the discount.  Hint, hint...)

Let's look at some more pages from me and my awesome team.

 to Be Free

Aimee has a new collection out that's just full of spring time magic.  I used the new templates for two pages that are so differing, you might not believe they come from the same collection.

These are my cherry trees that everyone said won't grow.  Keep that in mind when you're set on an endeavor.  I'm the stubborn type that just has to try anyway.

 to Be Free

See what I mean about the moods of To Blossom?  The above and below pages both use it.  I went a bit with a pinky feminine side above and below I used more impact and contrast.  If this template also seems familiar, I offered a free, very similar template years ago.

 To Be Free

Can you recognize Tammy's work or her darling photo subject?  She's a great one for the jaw dropping pages.  The goodies are so beautiful and you can find them at the Sweet Shoppe.

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Hilary did a really cool, artsy page, too.  The black background is a great backdrop for her goodies from the Urban Fairy.

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Kaye has also worked her magic.

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Jarmila made a pretty, natural feeling page that is fresh and exciting using BooLand goodies.

 To Be Free

Kay designed a mellowly muted masterpiece!

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More bold fun from Hilary and Shabby Miss Jane.

 to Be Free

Here is a closer look at Aimee's, To Blossom collection.  My first page matches her sassy looking previews so well. The other page shows off the more natural side.  I love collections that offer this kind of versatility.

 Free Printable Card

You can do so many things with today's new freebie.  Consider making a pretty poster for your house or use it as a wall paper for your phone or computer.  You could use it on a page with the rest of Aimee's collection.  You could also use it as intended and give it to someone special.  I thought this sentiment was really lovely.

Let me show you a few ways to go hybrid with this.

You can open up a new document and size and place the card, just how you will want it to print.  Look closely at how I juxtaposition the card on my blank page.  When I print it, I'll be able to fold it in half and just cut to perfection on the right side and bottom.  I also sized it for easy sending via snail mail.

Another option is to position your card so that it open left to right rather than top to bottom.

You could simply resize the card to your desire and print on rigid paper. It doesn't have to open at all.  You could just write on the back.  

Here's how to do that in PSE:

click on the image prompt as shown, click resize, choose image size

enter your desired size (consider your envelope) If you need an envelope, we've got a free template and a tutorial.

Print out on good paper.  Glossy or slightly glossy paper often gives the best results.  If you've got a template to make envelopes, you can use Aimee's coordinating papers and customize.  I LOVE that!

Aimee's collections make THE best hybrids.  I've got two other tutorials using her cluster frames packs and her borders.  I made these with a magnetic back for on my mom's fridge (coordinated to match her kitchen) since she lives an ocean away from the boys.  Find out how I did it by clicking on the image.

 hybrid idea

You can make gorgeous book marks using Aimee's border backs and they scrap up incredibly fast, too.  Find out how by clicking on this image.  These will be so fun to give out at the book club.

 another hybrid idea

Thanks so much for hopping over here.  I hope we inspired you and that you'll peruse our blog further and visit our shop, Kreative Design Studio and use that coupon.

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Happy International Scrapbooking Day Celebrate With a Fun New Technique and Freebies!

Welcome to our second blog celebrating iNSD!

Yesterday we showed off our newest goodies as well as new goodies from other digital designers.  We also shared a lovely, free quick page for you using our newest collection, Optimism.  If you missed that, head on back there and check it out.  There are pages and pages to inspire you.

Months ago...I started a perfect page project.  Essentially, I took a digital page, ripped the page into individual pngs, put those pngs on a page(s), printed the pages and cut them out.  If I had a cutting machine, I certainly would have used it for the project.

My digital page provided the perfect example as well.

One of the most important things to remember if you are going to use this technique, is to make sure your elements or embellishments you are using on your page, will go through your cutters nicely or if you're a fussy cutter like me, use elements that will cut easier.

I had a few decisions to make at this point.  I could have easily just placed this colored drop on the black background for the black outline, but I preferred the black out line around the gems rather than the white. You could color in the white, but it might take longer than cutting!

My mother recently sent me this glue stick.  I typically use the "scrapbooking" glue pen from Elmers, but she sent me this one.  She knows I like that tiny tip.  This glue was very different.  It wasn't very forgiving. Meaning I had to be very careful to get my gems just right, but it didn't leave my paper so wet and bubbly which I thought was awesome and it did dry clear.

So I slowly started cutting out the gems and placing them on the black background.  You might want to place a few first, then glue them down.  It really was easy.  Plenty of room for mistakes.

Don't worry at all about that bit of white that shows up.  I'll show ya what to do with that.

All finished and it didn't take too, long.  When you've got all of the gems placed where ya want, grab a black marker and simply dot over the white spots and around the edge if you lost some ink by cutting, like I did.  I'd have loved if I used a more rigid paper when I printed.  Consider doing the same for yourself if you attempt a project like this, too.  That bit of unevenness in the center will be covered up with our picture, later.

We will be sure to bring you the page when it is finished.  Why not give it a try yourself?  I live in the black hole of scrapbooking that is Belgium.  Products are not at all easy to find.  I have to drive over an hour to get to a hobby store that has some scrapbooking products in it and shipping typically costs more than my products I order so I rarely ship.  Leaving digital kits, that I either create myself or print out are an only good option for me.

Here's a really fun post with a lot of links to other tutorials.  I'm showing you how to turn a digital page into a traditional one using cuttables or rather turning png images from a digital template and or kit and cutting them out and using them traditionally.


From this digital page....


To this traditional one.  Full tutorials are provided.

Here is a link to our most popular project to date, our paper dress.  It has been featured internationally in a French scrapbooking magazine.  You will also find a tutorial and link to the template.

 Paper Dress

If you are a fan of cuttables, we've got more new ones in the shop.  Add interest to your scrapbooking backgrounds with these fun frames and geometric shapes.



I've also put a huge collection of quotes in reference to Autism that might interest you.

 Autism Cuttables

Here's a look at one of my favorite printables kits I've got in the shop, My Muse.

 My Muse Printable Scrapbooking kit

Go to this blog to see how to use our or any printable kit.  Here's a tiny sample and there are several more examples if you follow the link.

If printables are your thing.  This blog has a lot of free ones.  Use the search box and see what appeals to you.  My excuses for the blogs where Blogger has deleted the photos.  I've contacted them, but they've obviously not remedied this problem.

I've just added a special deal to the shop.  Spend $15 and save $5 with coupon code NSD2019.

Here's a year long project we did last year.  52 Reasons Why I Love You.  The links are STILL live so you can do the project and all of the cards are FREE!

If this is something that could be useful in your house, you can also get it free.  Click on the image to find out more.

 free Pokemon door hanger

Here are some more free ones from my gal Jodi from Throwing Some Scraps Around.



Check out how I update my cheap journal for around $2!

Nothing like a touch of bling and elegance!

We'll be back with more traditional and hybrid scraps.  Keep your eyes out!  Joining our newsletter and or group will help you keep track of all our events, new items, tutorials...we only visit your inbox once a week.

Thanks so much for checking out The Cherry.  Happy scrapping!