Ok guys, I am LOVING the way that Jessy uses her Silhouette and cut files! She has such a great eye for using these large cut files and incorporating them into her backgrounds! Lots of times when I use cut files, I cut smaller pieces and then I use them as a sort of embellishment on my page. Jessy has opened my eyes to going BIG with the cut files and using them in a bold way!
Be sure to check out Jessy's blog to see the full layout and to get the steps and supplies she used to create it!
Thanks for the inspiration Jessy!!
I'm loving the June kits at Studio Calico! There are lots of things that I can't get enough of... like gold doilies, butterfly die cuts, glitter stickers and so much more!!
Here are some of my sneak peeks of the projects I created for this month's design team reveal...
Don't be fooled by the fact that I did all girly projects this month! There are plenty of things to create boy or masculine themed pages and cards. It's just that I gravitated toward the pinks and the girly stuff so I went with the inspiration and that's what I created!!
If you aren't already a subscriber and you want to make sure you get first dibs on the kits, sign up now by subscribing to one or all of the main kits (scrapbook, card or project life)! Remember that subscribers get to purchase 12 hours early before the regular reveal!
I will be back at reveal to share my full layouts and cards along with tips about the techniques I used!
Hi there! I have a layout to share with you today along with some tips for using lots of embellishments!
This layout uses my latest collection of products, Styleboard, and is packed full of my favorite embellishments from the line!
This layout is definitely a little bit more busy than you may be used to seeing from me but I love how it turned out. Sometimes as I start gathering things I want to use for a scrapbook page, I wind up with too many things on my desk! Do you ever do that too? But then I always struggle with wanting to use it all because it's all so cute and I can't decide what to leave out!
On this layout I decided to just go for it because I wanted to use all of my favorite things from the new collection and I couldn't help myself! Here's a few tips for making it work when you have lots of embellihsments and you don't want to leave any of it out!
1 >> Remember Contrast - it's important to think about contrast when you start adding things onto your page. If you don't have contrast between the embellishments and the background, they will get lost really easily. For example, you can see that the cork doily really pops against the pink/white background and the white flower also contrasts against the colored papers as well. If I had used a blue or pink flower, it just wouldn't have worked as well.
2 >> Cluster Embellishments Together - the best way to keep a heavily embellished page from getting too crazy is to cluster your embellishments together instead of scattering them all around the page. Here you can see that I clustered many of my things to the right of the photo and they are all touching and layered together. Visually this brings the eye to that section of the page and makes it feel like one area of interest instead of each of those things feeling separate.
3 >> Use a Good Sized Photo - if you are going to use lots of embellishments, it's best to use a photo that isn't too small. If I had used a wallet sized photo here, it would have been lost and the focus would be drawn away from Emily. By keeping the photo to at least 4x6 or larger, you will help balance everything out.
I hope you enjoyed my tips for using lots of embellishments on your scrapbook pages! If you follow these three simple steps, you can go ahead and pull out a bunch of your favorite things and have fun layering all of the cuteness on there!
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You guys! I am SUPER excited to announce The Phone Photography Project 2!!!
The original Phone Photography Project class was OUTSTANDING and SO well attended, which makes me thrilled that there is a part 2 and I was honored to be asked to be a part of this one as well!!
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28 days of photo tips, app tutorials and iPhone awesomeness
Would you like to take better photos with the camera you always have with you - your smartphone?
Get ready to transform your mobile photography in a brand NEW interactive workshop, The Phone Photography Project 2, starting July 17. Twenty expert iPhoneographers have collected their best tips, tricks and tutorials for phone photography, and they're ready to share it all with you inside a private online classroom!
With practical tips for mastering lighting, composition, editing and more, this workshop will give you the tools you need to create impressive photos you'll be proud to share online, in your home or in your scrapbooks!
Check out The Phone Photography Project 2 class page to see the complete list of instructors and a list of EVERYTHING this class offers!
You do NOT want to miss out on this new phone photography workshop so sign up now!!
Hope ou will join us!
Amanda has done it again -- amazing me with her crafty cuteness and new ideas! We have all seen handmade paper flags before but I don't know that I have ever seen any this cute!! What a fun idea to add four flags to each stick instead of just one! How's that for multiplying the cuteness factor? These DIY paper flags would be so fun to use as Amanda has done here, or as a birthday cake topper or even on your next scrapbook page or card!
Hello!! I am so excited to share my first project with you as part of Maggie’s Design Team. I have been having so much fun playing with all of her beautiful products.
I am always thinking of creative and easy ways to brighten the day of those around me. Today, I would like to show you a quick way to create a gift of thanks or a little gift to bring your friend the next time you meet for lunch.
Using a variety of Maggie’s Style Board pattern papers, I started by cutting the paper in strips. I love playing and using different widths and lengths when cutting paper. At the end of the paper I cut a triangle shape in different directions to give the paper a flag look.
Once I had all the paper cut out, I laid the strips out and gathered them in groups of four. Using the Maggie Holmes roller stamp I picked one of the papers to stamp. I just love the variety of all the cute sayings all on one stamp.
Using a small bamboo stick as the base, I folded over the straight edge of the paper and attached to the stick. I am still getting use to using a roller adhesive, so I will be honest with you; I used my hot glue gun to attach the flags to the stick.
To finish the project off, I planted a succulent in a vintage mug and stuck the paper flag inside. This is a great project to use all of all your left over scraps. I am always saving the smallest scraps. I hope this project inspires you to use your paper in a different way. Thanks for letting me share with you today!!!
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Happy Paper Flag Crafting!!
Today I have a darling layout to share with you created by Kim!! Kim is one of those scrapbookers that inspires me with every single thing she creates! So many times I find myself in awe over her creative brilliance and she does things that I would never think of! Thank you Kim for inspiring us with this fabulous scrapbook page and for always making me want to try new techniques!!
I love pulling together some of the older collections and the Flea market collection was one of my favorites! This layout began with the stitched heart in the middle showcasing some of the gorgeous papers. Then I just went from there layering all sorts of cute hearts. Some I cut by hand others I cut from a template. I love using hearts on my layouts because there are so many fun things you can do with them!
I LOVE how kim added the gold label maker stickers to separate labels and then stitched around them! Her attention to the little details when she scrapbooks is simply awesome!!
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Hi there! Today I have a layout for you that shows you just how easily you can mix the Maggie Holmes collections! Many of my favorite colors are seen throughout all of the product lines, which makes combining them really easy!! You will also find that you can add some of the tones from the newer collections in with the older ones like I did here by adding in the peaches from Styleboard to the Flea Market papers.
If you are like me, then you have a tendency to hang onto (or hoard) some of your older favorite products! But then it really is a shame to not use them once all of the newer stuff comes out! And that's precisely why I made an effort to design my collections so that you could mix and match them together!
Here I created the base of my page with papers from Flea Market. I did a colorblocking technique where I cut different pieces of some of my favorites and then adhered them on the background next to each other. I honestly created the page base quite a long time ago and then set it aside to work on another project. I sort of forgot about it until recently so I decided to pull it out and finish it off!
This is where the newer products come in. Now that I have all of the Styleboard products in hand, I wanted to play with them on this page and see just how well the two collections worked together! I love the result and hope that you will also give it a try!
I have been wanting to try my bow craft die with the cork paper from this line for a while and I am thrilled with how well it worked! The die cut right through the cork so easily!! TIP >> I added a thin adhesive paper backing to the cork before running it through the die cut machine. The cork can be a little fragile so I definitely suggest this step if you are going to cut it or manipulate it like you have to do when you put the bow together! I left the backing on the pieces and then assembled the bow and I like how the backing adds the perfect amount of stability I was looking for!!
One of my favorite products from the Styleboard collection are the prize ribbon standouts! I especially love customizing them by adding different things to the centers. Here I added a cork seal and then Emily's initial with the gold & kraft typewriter style alphabet.
I would love to see your layouts where you mix and match my collections so if you have any posted you can link them here in the comments! Or you can always tag your posts on instagram with the #maggieholmes tag and tag me as well @maggiehdesign. Also, I have a Pinterest board where I pin others' projects using my product lines and I would love to include yours if you link me to them!
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Wow! Jessy has an amazing layout to share with us today! I ADORE what she did with the background and how she cut out all of the xoxoxo's and then put different patterned papers behind them! She even created a cut file that you can all download so you can get the same effect on your pages!! Thanks Jessy!
Hello everyone! I'm thrilled to be here with my first project for Maggie Holmes Design. I've been a HUGE fan of Maggie's collection. Just love every paper & embellishment that she has designed. The colors and designs suited my style very much.
Today I would like to share with you a layout I created of my darling daughter. She is a bright child with beautiful personality. I wanted to resemble all her traits into this layout. So I thought of playing with tons of colors would be a good idea.
I chose to use a diagonal design on the layout. I wanted to be able to feature the patterned papers in the Maggie Holmes Signature collection and thought that this would be an eye-catching way to do so.
To create this layout, I designed the 'xoxo' cut file in the Silhouette studio. I used my faithful Silhouette Cameo to cut. Next, I cut short strips of paper to adhere at the back of the cut that spelled 'oxox'. So when you turned it over it will be spelled as 'xoxo'. Once I am done with all the paper strips, I backed the negative with another piece of white cardstock. That way, it will only emphasise the xoxo with the patterned papers.
The final touch was to layer the fabric frame, photo overlay and a few cardstock die-cuts & stickers as well. To finish the page, I also sewed the xoxo letters at both sides of my layout just to create a fun look. I am very pleased with the final result and hope you like it too!
>> FREE Cut file for the Silhouette <<
Click HERE to download the XOXO cut file that Jessy created!
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The winner of the giveaway that I hosted here on my blog for the Styleboard products prize package is.....
Welcome! I'm off to check out your work, ladies and I can't wait to fall in love with all your projects!
Congrats!! Email me with your information and we will get a goody package on its way to you!!
Thanks to EVERYONE that entered and for all of your love and support to the new gals!!
ALSO >> the other design team members will be posting the winners of their giveaways on their blogs this week as well, so be sure to check them out to see if you won!!