Tuesday, 24 April 2018

CELEBRATE!

Hi everyone! Because of the beautiful few days we've had here in The Netherlands I haven't felt like scrapping, but have been reading my book sitting in the sun in the garden instead. Bliss! 

However, as I hadn't shared this layout yet I still have a page to show you! This one was created with the April Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook. It turned out a little busy ...


and a few close-ups:




Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 

xoxo 
Monique

Saturday, 14 April 2018

He's 18!! Pebbles Patio Party - My Creative Scrapbook

Hello friends! Last week I got to share my step-by-step tutorial for this layout on the blog of My Creative Scrapbook and I thought I'd share it here as well.

I used the April Main Kit to create this page. I totally adore all Pebbles Inc. collections and was so very happy Pam included lots of the Jen Hadfield Patio Party collection in this kit!

Here's the layout I created and I thought I'd show you how it came together:


As the photo is one of my son celebrating his 18th birthday I wanted to create a special page, a very festive & happy one. After a bit of thinking I came up with the idea of creating garlands and placing them over the entire page.

I got started and using this very handy punch I punched a whole lot of little flags:


I used a few strips of paper cut from two different sheets only. As the sheets are double-sided I had more than enough different patterns to choose from.

Next I decided where I wanted the garlands to be on my page and using a pencil & ruler to draw thin lines:


I used a tiny bit of glue to adhere the flags, but left white space where I wanted to place the photo later-on:


Using my trusted sewing machine I stitched the flags into place:



Before continuing on my page I erased the pencil lines. The photo and embellishing came next. I matted the photo twice, added one of the Thickers words and chose a few die-cuts & a card and adhered these all.


I wrote the journaling along the lines of the garland, included a date stamp and added a few paint drops and I was done!

Here are a few close-ups:


I adhered some of the die-cuts with adhesive foam dots:


And I chose some of my favorite die-cuts, like this awesome flamingo:



This is it! Hope you like it!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Wishing you happy scrapping!
xx
Monique

Friday, 6 April 2018

PARTY! - Pebbles Patio Party - My Creative Scrapbook April Main Kit

Hi friends! Today I thought I'd share this layout created with the Pebbles Patio Party collection from the April Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

I just adore this collection and was so happy it was included in this kit, now I could finally scrap this photo of my youngest celebrating his birthday with his friends:


I particularly love the sheets with the tags and the cards and of course all the die-cuts! Don't you just love the flamingo and the balloons?!


And how about these stacked flowers!


The matching Patio Party Thickers are just perfect!



Thanks for taking a peek at my first layout created with the MCS April Main Kit. I'll share the other pages throughout the rest of the month. However, if you can't wait that long you can also hop over to the DT Gallery and have a look at all projects from all DT members created with this kit and the other 3 April kits from MCS.

Here's a quick look at the kit:


For more info about the kit please visit the My Creative Scrapbook website.

Thanks again for stopping by and wishing you a fab weekend!
xx
Monique

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

My Creative Scrapbook - April Main Kit Sneak Peeks and lots of Pebbles Patio Party Mini Cards

Hi everyone! It's time for the April sneak peeks from My Creative Scrapbook! Here are the peeks into the April Main Kit ... 


Have you recognized the products in this kit? Here's one of the projects I created with it, I'm sure you'll recognize it now: 



Yes, a lot of the kit consist of the Pebbles Patio Party collection. I really LOVE that collection ... it's so colorful and the designs are so fun! The full reveal of the kit is tomorrow, April 5. If you want to see what's in it then stay tuned! 

These cards were created using only one single sheet of Patio Party paper: "From Me To You" and lots of cardstock scraps in random colors.

Here are a few more photos:




If you want to see the sneak peeks of the other 3 April kits, please hop over to the My Creative Scrapbook blog.

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a fab day!
xx 
Monique

Sunday, 25 March 2018

I'm not perfect, but, I'm the perfect me - My Creative Scrapbook tutorial using the Silhouette PixScan Cutting Mat

Hi everyone! It's time for yet another quick tutorial! Here's one I did for My Creative Scrapbook this month. I decided to use the Silhouette PixScan Cutting Mat, which I bought about 2 years ago, but never used before!

This is the layout I created with the March Main Kit and the globe digital cutting file, which is one of the MCS March digital cutting files:


Did you ever have the chance to play around with the PixScan cutting mat? I found it so easy to use! Wish I had known that before, I would have used it sooner! However, I found I had to upgrade to a later version of the Silhouette software, so now I have 4.1 (but I think V3 will do as well). 

Here's how I did it: 

1. As I wanted to cut out many of the butterflies from the Simple Stories "Choosing Happiness" paper and I'm not very good at hand cutting I decided to give the PixScan cutting mat a go. I adhered the paper on to the mat (it has to fit within the lines of your mat) and took a photo with my mobile phone from the entire mat:


2. As I took the photo with my iPhone, I just emailed it to myself and then saved it on my computer. Next I opened my Silhouette software and fed the PixScan cutting mat into my Silhouette:


3. As soon as my Silhouette programme opened I clicked on the PixScan button, in version 4.1 it's on the right side, and clicked on "import PixScan image from file". I selected the photo I just took on my phone (the one above, where you can still see a bit of the floor of my room) and clicked on it. As soon as it finished uploading my screen looked like this:


4. Next I clicked the “trace” button (in V4.1 also on the right hand side) and clicked on the "Select Trace Area". I selected the entire shape, but released the compound path to delete the butterflies I didn't want. When I had done that my screen looked like this:


5. And that was it! I sent it to my Silhouette and the butterflies from the "Choosing Happiness" paper were cut out perfectly!!


(I always place a book before and behind my Silhouette so the mat doesn't fold.)


Beautiful right?!


Because I was using my Silhouette anyway I decided to also cut one of the MCS digital cutting files, the globe:


I added a little bit of yellow distress stain to my white cardstock background:



And as soon as that had dried I got started on building my page: I used a photo of me with one of my best friends:


Most of the butterflies I cut out were adhered in one large cluster on the right side of the globe:


I gradually filled my page with more embellishments (chipboard stickers and other stickers):


These Hampton Arts butterfly stamps, also from the MCS March Main Kit, were also just perfect for my page!


The journaling and (machine)stitching came last.


I just love the result and will definitely use the PixScan Cutting Mat more often.


and a few close-ups of my page:




Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope I've been able to inspire you a little and you feel like scrapping with the MCS March Main Kit as well!

And last but not least the photo of the My Creative Scrapbook March Main Kit:


Hugs,
Monique

Saturday, 17 March 2018

My Creative Scrapbook March Sketch

Happy Saturday everyone! Thought I would share the March sketch from My Creative Scrapbook and the layout I created with it, using the MCS March Main Kit featuring the I Am collection from Simple Stories.

I used a photo of my friend and I walking the dog (if you look real close you'll see her - the dog I mean, lol):


And a few close-ups of all the yumminess in this kit:




And this is the sketch we used:


Thanks for stopping by again today! If you want to have more info about My Creative Scrapbook hop over to their site


xoxo
Monique