Pinkfresh Studio: Holiday Vibes & Free Cut File Inspiration!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back to the Happy Arty Days blog! 
Today I am sharing some Christmas inspiration with the gorgeous Pinkfresh Studio: Holiday Vibes collection! Infact, for today's post I am using this collection with one cut file & one photo to create two different, but very beautiful scrapbook layouts! 
The cut file being featured is a Pinkfresh Studio one called: 
Jingle Bell and you can download it for FREE HERE. 
Here's my first layout, 

Merry, indeed! 
Such a happy moment on Christmas Day morning, in front of the tree! LOVE this photo, and you can see why I needed to scrapbook it twice - once for her album, & once for his! Too adorable! 
I have used the 'bell' section of the cut file as a frame for this darling photograph, and then paper pieced the bow with the B-sides of pattern papers VERY MERRY, & CHRISTMAS CHEER. I also embellish the bow with a snowflake EPOXY STICKER for added dimension & interest! For my page design, I use the Jingle Bell as both my focal, and central point of the layout. I 'build' around the bell with all my embellishments - keeping to a circular design to compliment my sweet photo. 
You'll also spy a few fussy cut shapes from pattern paper CHRISTMAS CHEER - including the presents, and those oh-so adorable bunnies! 
Here's a closer view for you....

The sweetest! I foam mount the 2 bunnies to make them a little more noticeable & also because they're kinda like my two cute characters in the photo! Love them so!
How fabulous are the COLOR DIPPED WOOD ALPHA STICKERS which I use as my subtitle Fa La La?! The inclusion of these alphas & the WOOD EPOXY BUTTONS really adds some warmth to my otherwise cool & crisp color scheme. 
Such a simple way to maintain balance in the design!  

As well as cute fussy cuts, there's also some beautiful DIE CUT EPHEMERA supporting this Christmas photo. I just adore the Merry tag, & had to use it as my layout title. To help it 'pop' I used thick foam dots for added dimension, as well as a natural twine bow for added interest. 
Did you spot those super cute PUFFY STICKERS?!! 
I have used three on my layout, and adore them all! 

For finishing touches, I add a sprinkling of ENAMEL DOTS to fill a few gaps in my circular design. So good! 
Crisp.Clean. White Christmas perfection! 

As I mentioned earlier, both my layouts feature the same photograph & cut file, but have quite a different look. Here's my second take on using these same items....

Isn't this lovely?! 
Again, I've kept to a clean look, but softened this one with the inclusion of gray in the color scheme. The layering of pattern papers, MERRY CHRISTMAS and CHRISTMAS CHEER also enhances the gentility of the design by breaking up all the white space. To compliment the gray, I've also edited my photo to black & white which creates the false sense of a whole new look! I've also opted for a vertical design which contrasts greatly to my previous layout.
Let's take a closer look....

Like my previous layout, I have used the bell design to act as a frame for my darling photo. However, this time I paper piece the bow with the reverse side of pattern paper LET IT SNOW.  That soft blue is just divine! I adorn the bow center with that sweet WOOD EPOXY BUTTON and embellish the left side of my photo with that perfectly coordinating CHIPBOARD STICKER jingle bell. Love!
Speaking of coordinating, I selected lots of circular embellishments to partner with my round photo. You'll spot ENAMEL DOTS, WOOD EPOXY BUTTONS, DIE CUT EPHEMERA & even an EPOXY STICKER! 

The Jingle Bell cut file is all kinds of awesomeness! 
Love how it looks when it's backed with pattern paper LET IT SNOW for the bell, & MAGICAL FOREST for the bow! To add a lil interest, I adorn this bell with a foam mounted DIE CUT EPHEMERA sentiment, as well as a WOOD EPOXY BUTTON.  
Such a great point of interest! 

I use those fabulous COLOR DIPPED WOOD ALPHA STICKERS for my title, as well as that sweet Noel DIE CUT for my subtitle. So lovely! 

And there you have it!
One photo, one cut file, one amazing Holiday Vibes collection = 2 beautiful Christmas layouts! 
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my creations today 
& feel inspired to get creating this Holidays! 

Merry Christmas! 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Bloom & Grow with the Midnight Collection!

Hi Creative Friends!

Welcome back for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio awesomeness! 
Today I am sharing a super pretty layout with the divine MIDNIGHT collection! 
I just adore this gorgeous collection, and it's fast become my favorite collection of 2018! 
From beautiful patterns, sweet florals and a beautiful colour scheme this collection has it all! 
But enough of the chatter, here's my next layout with MIDNIGHT.... 

"Bloom & Grow"

Sigh! Isn't this just the prettiest?!!
It's no secret that I love ALL the floral things, and this is exactly why! So very beautiful!
If my layout looks a little familiar to you, you'd be correct! I'm actually taking inspiration from my own monochromatic layout from last month. 
It's called, "Our Happy Story" & looks like this......

Just divine! You can revisit this layout and blog post HERE
So sweet! 
You can see why I just had to create a pink version too! 
Highlighting just one colour, and creating monochromatic magic with the MIDNIGHT collection is really beautiful & so effective! 

For today's variation, I rotate the design, and opt for a more floral and feminine look! 
I feature the remaining half of the large mandala die from the LARGE DIE CUT & BACKING KIT (from last month's layout) and spray it in my favourite shimmering pink colours. I try to mimic the colours & tones from the 'Love This' die cut that features in the embellishment cluster in the top right hand side of my layout.  I just love how this turned out! 
A bright pop of colour, and with such depth, it allowed me to back the die with a busy pattern paper and not get 'lost'. Speaking of that floral paper, it's actually the reverse side of CV-MN007 INKY DEPTHS - yes, the paper I used to back my original design last month! #useallthethings! 
I think I need at least 20 sheets of this paper - it features both my favorite colour (indigo blue) and pretty florals!!! 
So I'm totally crushing on INKY DEPTHS! 
 You'll also note that I foam mount this floral backed, half LARGE DIE CUT & adorn it with gold sequins from our past HELLO LOVELY collection. Before I adhere it to my white cardstock base, I use the same shimmering pink sprays & the packaging technique to create a softened mixed media base. I do this where the half LARGE DIE CUT, and the vertical paper strips on the right, will be positioned. I then tuck a few floral ACCESSORY STICKERS, CLEAR STICKERS, DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces & even floral CHIPBOARD ACCENTS alongside & beneath the LARGE DIE CUT rim. Amongst these florals, I also add my CLEAR STICKERS title Bloom & Grow, as well as some journaling with the typed ACCESSORY STICKERS. 
I select the gem like DIE CUT EPHEMERA as an unlikely, but very pretty, frame for my sweet ballerina photograph. I foam mount 2 CHIPBOARD ACCENTS blooms onto the rim of the LARGE DIE CUT. Next, I foam mount & layer my framed photo onto them. Lots of foam mounting in this layout to create dimension and clearly defined layers! 
Definition is important with so many pretty details! 
It really is a beautiful page for my darling girl! And such a happy moment to document! This photo was taken of her trying on all the Bloch Pointe ballet slippers for the first time - such a milestone moment for her! 
As we move across the page, you'll spot that softened mixed media layer. It is followed by a half inch strip of pattern paper CV-MN007 INKY DEPTHS (reverse side), and a 1 1/2 inch strip of pattern paper CV-MN009 SOPHISTICATED (reverse side also).  I love how these paper strips anchor my layout, and in particular, that LARGE DIE CUT.

Let's take a better look....
Stripes are always for the win, & I just LOVE the ombre pink stripes in pattern paper, CV-MN009 SOPHISTICATED! Over this pretty paper, I foam mount that gorgeous terrarium DIE CUT EPHEMERA, tucking a few die cut blooms beneath it. I add the Love This sentiment DIE CUT with thick foam tape too! 
For finishing touches, I scatter a few more of the HELLO LOVELY gold sequins! 

And there you have it!
 Beautiful layers, all the pink and lots of florals for my beautiful girl! 
I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating with the gorgeous MIDNIGHT collection! 
(& maybe try some monochromatic magic too!)

Thanks so much for visiting,
til next time,

Holly Jolly Holiday Hop!

Hi Friends! 

Today I am super - dee - duper excited to share that I am participating in the 

YouTube Crafters

Holly Jolly Holiday Hop

Join me and some of the BEST creatives in the papercrafting industry as we share some 
Holiday Cheer on our channels! 
There's so much fun to be had, & even this FREE Holly Jolly Cut File to download....

SO awesome, huh?!! 

Here's a sneaky peak at the layout I've created for this fabulous hop....

"Holly Jolly"

Isn't this just adorable?!!
I've combined my favorite Shimmerz Paints, 
Pebbles: Cozy & Bright collection
 and the FREE Holly Jolly Cut File to create this super cute layout! 
Want to see more?
Stop by my channel HERE to start the hop, and see how this page came together! 

Thanks so much for watching! 
I hope I inspire you, & that you enjoy the hop! 

Merry Christmas!

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Elle's Studio: December Inspiration & New Releases!

Hi Everyone! 

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio awesomeness with the December new releases - Yay!!!
As always, I have a couple of layouts to inspire you with too -
but first, here's what the exclusive December Kit looks like....

So awesome, huh?
And let's not forget all the incredible Add-ons available this month....

Whoa! Those stamps get me everytime - SO good!
And last, but by no means least, this month's printables and digital cut files....


*** You can shop ALL the Elle's Studio new releases HERE ***

Now for some inspiration using these fabulous new products!
First up is this cool kid page,

"You Super Star"

Other: Twine, & Staples.

Super star, indeed! 
What an awesome boy page - and how incredible are those gold Acrylic Stars?!!
Simply STUNNING!!! 
Let's take a closer look....

This is definitely the good stuff! 
So many fabulous layers and details beneath and around my sweet boy's photo! 

You'll spot that I have used both the Large Gold Acrylic Stars & the small acrylic ones from the Acrylic Christmas Tree set. 
How terrific are those Puffy Stickers?! LOVE!!!

Those cork shapes are such a fantastic embellishment! 

Next up, I have a Winter Wonderland delight....

"Hello, Winter"

Oh how dreamy & divine! 
This truly is a Winter Wonderland! 
Let's take a closer look.....

Where to begin? So much gorgeousness here!!! 
But, if I had to pick favorites, those stamps, wood veneer snowflakes and the Winter Puffy Stickers are hard to beat!


If you have Winter memories to document you just can't go past this kit! 
Seriously, loving it all!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, 
I'll be back later in the month with more December Kit inspiration!
til then, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Pebbles: Cozy & Bright Christmas Layout!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more Pebbles Christmas inspiration!
This week's theme post for the DT is all about documenting a Christmas Tradition in your 'home' country. For those of you who don't know, I'm an Aussie girl and spend most of my days at the beach! And Christmas is no exception! But before we get to the big day, we have quite a few traditions that we like to participate in.
 The festive season doesn't officially start for us until the Christmas Pageant (think Christmas Parade) has occurred. 
So, for today's post, I am documenting my children participating in the Christmas Pageant. Yay!
Here's my layout.....

"Pageant Day"

Isn't this the sweetest?! Such a bright, happy & adorable page!! 
Best part? It's super simple and easy to recreate - here's how....

Start by trimming the reverse side of pattern paper Tis The Season (candy cane stripes) on an angle. I made my paper strip 3" at the widest end and 2" at the shortest point. Attach to the top of the white cardstock background. Repeat this process, but this time use the candy canes pattern of Tis The Season, and reduce all measurements by one inch. Layer over the top of the stripes paper & glue into place (as shown above).

Take your square photograph, and tuck a Cozy & Bright Tag beneath it. Add a a few layers of torn white tissue wrap to the back of the tag. This torn paper adds both dimension and interest to the photo cluster.

Foam mount the photo cluster onto the top right hand side of the layout, & embellish with a few Die Cuts.

I just adore that cookies n cocoa Santa - so super cute!

Embellish with more Die Cuts, as well as some fabulous 6" x 12 " Accent Stickers.

Add a 1/2" trim of pattern paper, Tis The Season (reverse side) to the very base of the page

Embellish with those amazing Decorative Brads.

Add some Puffy Stickers - they make everything look awesome!

Create your title (& xo subtitles) with the Cozy & Bright Maggie Thickers. So cool! Love these amazing candy cane print alphas!

Build on your title work with a Decorative Brad!

Continue to embellish with stickers, brads and die cuts until your happy!
And Voila! An adorable page that is oh-so easy to create!
Here's a few close ups for you......


And there you have it! 
Cozy & Bright - perfect for documenting the Festive Season!
I hope I've inspired you to get creating with this amazing new line!

Happy Holidays, Friends!

The Cut Shoppe: Flutterby Butterfly Love!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more cut file inspiration, with my latest layout for The Cut Shoppe!
Today I am sharing a very pretty page with the fabulous Flutterby cut file! 
I just love butterflies, & pop them in a wreath and well, I'm one happy creator! 
Here's what I've made with this file today.....
"Hello, Sunshine"

Sigh! Isn't this just lovely?!
The Flutterby digital cut file is just so intricate and oh-so-beautiful!

Absolutey divine! 
You can find this incredible file in The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store HERE. 

Let's take a closer look at my layout....

I've teamed that amazing Flutterby file with the beautiful Pebbles Jen Hadfield: Along The Way collection & I think you'll agree that this is perfect combination!
You'll also spy my fave Shimmerz: It's Mint To Be as an accent color.
I love the white on white look, & regularly cut our files in white cardstock to use on white backgrounds. I really like how this creates a clean and fresh look to layouts, and allows the cut file to be supported with bright pops of color - without being too busy on the eye! 

I've backed half of the butterflies with that soft pink polka dot paper, gluing them perfectly into place. 

The other butterflies are backed a lil differently! I have traced the remaining butterflies with pencil onto that pretty golden yellow paper, cut them out and semi attached them to the Flutterby cut file. I love how they create that layered wing look! 

I've also dressed the Flutterby cut file with lots of pretty embellishments including die cuts, stickers and dots. 

To ensure my photo isn't lost amongst all those beautiful butterflies, I pop it into a frame before layering it onto the Flutterby file. Pretty! 
Such a gorgeous layout for my gorgeous ballerina! 
I think you'll agree that the Flutterby digital cut file is a must have! 

I hope my layout has inspired you to add the Flutterby to your TCS collection today!

Thanks so much for visiting,