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A New Travel Layout – And Big Announcement!

Today I’ve got a fun new travel layout to share with my readers…and an announcement about something that I hope you’ll love as much as I do!

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I’ve been working hard behind the scenes around here on a big project that I’m finally ready to share with you all today!

Nally Studios logo

My eagle-eyed followers may have noticed a new logo for Nally Studios appearing on some of our social accounts. It was past time for the old logo to be refreshed but it never got to the top of my “to do” list before now. But this occasion bumped it to the top of the list…

Nally Studios is now on Etsy!

So why an Etsy shop? My scrapbooking has become increasingly focused on travel-themed layouts in recent years. I’ve struggled to find things (especially destination-specific items) that match my style. It has left me frustrated creatively, to say the least. I realized that if I was struggling, there must be others searching as well.

So the Nally Studios on Etsy digital shop was born! Through the shop, I’ll be offering a variety of travel-themed SVG files, and eventually other things possibly as well.

One of the things I’m most excited about is designing pen drawing files. I’ve always loved the pen feature on my Cricut but so few designs are available of that type. My first pen drawing file is already available in the Nally Studios shop – it’s an architecturally proportionate design of the Eiffel Tower! The details have been simplified to allow for shrinking it down to use on smaller items like cards and tags, but the architectural outline is correct to real life.

Eiffel Tower pen drawing by Nally Studios on Etsy

And it comes with a background outline so you can cut it out!

In case the Eiffel Tower didn’t give it away, the first release is Paris themed. In addition to the Eiffel Tower, there’s also a selection of Paris-themed titles. Click here to see them all!

I have been enjoying playing with my new designs, and I hope you do as well! Here’s a peek at what I’ve been creating with some of them:

Paris eiffel tower pen layout

Supplies Used:

This layout is super easy to put together with the new Nally Studios SVG files. I imported the two SVG’s and set up the pen file in the upper left of the page. Then I sized the “Paris” title. I ran my Cricut machine to do the drawing on the background paper (if this makes you nervous, do it on a separate sheet of cardstock and use the background mat that is included to cut it out and then glue it to the background.) Then I cut my title out and glued it down.

I cut a 4.5″ x 12″ piece of natural cardstock for the photos. Four 3″ by 4″ photos fit perfectly on it! Then I made the two journaling blocks by just quickly trimming paper scraps and writing on them. Voila! My page is finished!

Since my style tends towards a vintage look, I personally tend to prefer the copper Cricut pen to get a gold look on my pen projects. The copper is a bit deeper, warmer, and has more depth than the brighter “gold” one. On this layout, the copper was an almost perfect match for the real Eiffel Tower!

I hope you love what you see at the Nally Studios shop! I look forward to sharing more releases soon. To make sure you don’t miss them, sign up for our shop mailing list!

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A Spring Travel Layout with Authentique’s Dreamy Collection!

We don’t get much resembling spring here in Florida, so it seems a waste to buy a collection that is spring themed. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t get the itch to use create some projects with spring colors.

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Authentique’s new “Dreamy” collection was the perfect solution to that dilemma this year! It’s filled with spring shades, and pretty butterflies and flowers. But the flowers aren’t spring bulbs and the rest of the  designs are various geometrics and graphics. This means the Dreamy collection is usable for a wide range of topics, such as gardens, babies, and cute kids.  Authentique Dreamy collection

I did decide to pair Dreamy with spring blooms for this first layout. These spring bloom photos are from a college spring break trip to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Authentique Dreamy spring layout

Supplies Used:

These photos obviously have a lot of color in them. That meant I had to be careful what other colored elements I used with them or it would both drown them out visually and end up looking like a circus.

I decided to use a very neutral blue print for my background and then use more bold prints to create pops of color in certain areas.

Authentique Dreamy spring layout

I used full sheets to plan the general concept of what colors I wanted where. Then I measured the areas that I wanted to fill and cut pieces. The idea was to fill some of the white space without making it feel crowded, and to balance photos in other areas of the page.

Authentique Dreamy spring layout

I actually ended up cutting that flower piece twice. After I cut it I decided that I wanted to create the title on it with a pen in my Cricut Maker. So I set up the cut shape in my Cricut Design Space and added the text.

Before I glued down all the paper blocks, I inked the edges of all of them to help the layered patterns stand out from each other.

Authentique Dreamy spring layout

I no longer have a record of the exact dates of the trip, so I just put the year and “spring break” on the date label. I decided to use the black label because it was the perfect size and added some black to balance the dark photos to the huge expanse of light color in that bottom corner.

Authentique Dreamy spring layout

I had some awkward blank spaces I wanted to fill – above the title, a square area in the center of the layout – but I didn’t want to be heavy handed about it and compete with the photos. I settled on creating these white and gray stamped flowers as a subtle fill for the areas. I highlighted the title block by using foam tape to apply the flower there.

Authentique Dreamy spring layout

Even though I’m a simple scrapbooker, the patterned paper blocks by the top two photos looked a bit bare to me. I selected chipboard embellishments to add to them. The chipboard adds some dimension, and the sentiments add a touch of journaling as well. Authentique Dreamy spring layout

Want to see more Authentique Paper layout fun? Drop by our sister site Chasing Dust Bunnies to see a travel layout I made with their beautiful new travel collection, Quest!

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Scrapping with Photo Play Paper’s new Belle Fleur collection! [Giveaway]

Today I’m playing with the gorgeous new Belle Fleur collection by Becky Fleck for Photo Play Paper…and I’m giving one away to a lucky Scrapbook Update reader, too!

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As soon as I saw the Belle Fleur collection from Photo Play Paper in the Creativation sneak peeks, I knew I wanted to use it to scrapbook some pictures of my daughter! It was perfect for this favorite photo of my daughter modeling a fascinator I made for my Chasing Dust Bunnies website. (Click here to visit Chasing Dust Bunnies and learn how to make it!)

Beautiful layout with Belle Fleur collection

Supplies Used:

To learn how I made this layout, including how I used my Cricut Maker machine and the new Mod Podge Ultra spray, watch the video below:

So, now that you’ve seen how much fun I had playing with the Belle Fleur collection, who wants to win one of their own? Thanks to Photo Play Paper, I’ve got one of these beautiful collection kits to give away to a lucky reader!

Photo Play Paper Belle Fleur Collection Pack

How To Enter: All you have to do to have a chance to be the lucky winner is leave a comment on this entry before 3:00 AM US eastern time on Monday, February 25th, 2019. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. Sorry, US delivery addresses only.

Best of luck to all who enter, and happy creating!

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Scrapbook Layout | Beautiful Life – Notre Dame de Paris

As I mentioned in my last article, I have Paris on the brain lately…and part of the reason is that I’ve been busy creating scrapbook layouts from one of my Paris trips the past couple of years! This Paris scrapbook layout of Notre Dame showcases one of my favorite photos from my 2017 trip.

Paris scrapbook layout Notre Dame Cathedral using Tim Holtz products

It’s been awhile since I created a layout that had this many elements on it (and no stamps)! I really went to town digging in my Tim Holtz stash for this one, since so much of his stuff is perfect for a historic city like Paris.

[Disclosure: Some links in this article are advertiser links or affiliate links that pay this site a commission when a purchase is made after a click. The label maker was provided to me by Dymo to use in a previous sponsored post, but has since become a go to tool for me because I just really like using it.]

Supplies Used:

There were so many beautiful paper sheets in the Tim Holtz Memoranda pad that would have worked with this 5″ x 7″ photo! It was a hard decision but I ultimately chose this paper design because its yellow tones work with the yellow sunrise that I wanted to highlight in the photo. And the yellow is the perfect contrast to all the gray tones in the photo, making the photo pop off the background.

But this pale paper had a problem with the photo. The pale sky just kind of melted into the pale paper. A few strips of dark Tim Holtz “French” Design Tape under the top of the photo fixed that. And it had the added bonus of providing a way of “grounding” the photo on the background.

Paris Notre Dame layout construction

Next I started building my main embellishment area. I used some of the 6×6 paper designs from the Memoranda pad to create two tags. The small one is die cut and the large one is hand cut because I wanted an extremely specific size. I chose the reddish pink paper for the large tag to highlight the pink in the sky. The blue-gray tag highlights the cathedral itself.

A piece of design tape and a hole reinforcer on the large tag help tie the two tags together by moving the blue-gray color across to the pink tag.

Paris Notre Dame layout construction

The title is cut from yet another color, a shade of coral or blush pink that is also in the sky.

I didn’t want to layer yet another paper design element over the tags. So I typed my journaling on the computer and then printed it on inkjet vellum that could go invisibly over the large tag. A few Tim Holtz Adornaments finished the tag area by filling in some awkward white space.

Paris Notre Dame layout construction

Underneath the tags, I got out my trusty labelmaker to make a kind of sub-heading for the page with the cathedral’s name. Right above that I used a date stamp to put the date on it. (Tip: Check the year on the stamp when you use it! It says the year of the last layout I did. Ooops!)

The layout was a bit right side heavy, so I wanted to fill in some space in the bottom left corner. I used some of the Memoranda paper and a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die to create a texture layer in that corner. Then I put a Compass Coin on top of it! This added to the travel theme, created some more visual weight in the area, and also balanced the metal color of the elements on the tags.

Paris Notre Dame layout construction

This is a lot of elements but it was easier to assemble than it sounds. Because almost all of the elements in this layout are designed by Tim Holtz, they coordinate easily!

I have several more layouts in various stages of completion from this same trip…I can’t wait to share them with you all!

Notre Dame scrapbook layout

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Project | Mixed Media Layout with 49 & Market Patterned Paper

Ever since I first saw 49 & Market at Creativation last year, I’ve been dying to try out their beautiful papers. I finally got around to ordering some of their beautiful goodies, and this is the result!

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49 & Market Remember layout

One of my favorite things about 49 & Market – besides their beautiful vintage design – is the nice heavy weight of their paper. I couldn’t resist putting it to the test on this layout. So I hauled out the texture paste for a mixed media technique.

Supplies Needed:

To get started on this layout, I mixed some texture paste with some Tattered Rose Distress re-inker until I got the color that I wanted. Then I spread the paste through my Mini Damask stencil in several areas of my Vintage Artistry paper, and let it dry.

49 and Market Flowers

Once the background was dry, it was time to create the centerpiece of the layout! First I matted the photo with gray cardstock and adhered it to the center of the page. Then I carefully began arranging my 49 & Market Seaside flowers around the bottom left of the photo, starting at the corner and building out from there.After attaching all the flowers, I went back added the foliage and other elements around them.

Although I don’t normally use one on my scrapbook layouts, I used a hot glue gun attaching the flowers. It is a good way to attach large items like this that don’t have a flat bottom. It also holds firmly almost instantly, allowing me to work quickly.

49 and Market stamp for title

I felt a large title was a bit much for this layout along with all the other large items. So instead I chose to use a 49 & Market text stamp at the top of the layout. It provides something of a title but without being too dominant visually.

Strip Journaling

This is a really old picture and so I don’t remember a lot about the day it was taken. Because of that, there was no real need for a large journaling space on the layout. Instead, I just used paper strips (one of my favorite ways to journal). This gave me just enough room to provide the who-what-where-when with no need for the detail I forgot long ago.

I’m so happy to have this photo in my album now, and I can’t wait to play with more 49 & Market!

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Telling A Story With A Must-Scrap Picture

Every so often one of these pictures comes along that you know you just must scrapbook. For me, this relatively ordinary looking image of my daughter is one of those pictures. There’s a story behind this snapshot!

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Our daughter has always had really long hair. But recently, it had become very dry due to her medical treatments. Her hair being so dry led to really nasty tangles that were virtually impossible to get out, especially since one of her autistic sensitivities is having her hair brushed. Many battles were fought and tears shed. We finally decided that long hair was not worth the trouble and reluctantly took her for a haircut.

We weren’t prepared for the result…our little girl grew up right before our eyes in just a few minutes! She adores what she calls her “Taylor Swift hair” and there’s no more tears when it comes time to do her hair!

A couple of days later, I had her model a t-shirt for me that I’d made for a website project. My normally awkward and shy in front of the camera child flashed a rock star smile and posed like a pro. Where did this grown-up kid come from?

I’ve been dying for a reason to use this Portrait of a Lady collection that Graphic 45 sent to me, and this seemed the perfect reason! It’s even covered in roses, and Rose is my daughter’s middle name. The pink on the t-shirt was a bit bright for this collection, but since this image isn’t about the t-shirt, I just printed the photo in black & white. Problem solved!

Hello Beautiful scrapbook layout

Supplies:

Patterns like the large roses are gorgeous but can be visually overwhelming. I prefer to use them in small doses, like this vertical strip that takes up 1/3 of my layout. The roses are carried over to the right side of the layout in the borders of the two cards that I used on that side, to create balance.

The secret to layering visually busy papers is to create the pattern version of contrast. Layer a pattern with a light base over a pattern with a dark base (such as the pink text paper in the photo mat being layered over the rose pattern). Or layer a more open pattern over a more dense pattern (such as the green text paper that is over the tan background pattern). And of course you can layer different sizes of patterns to create visual contrast, as well.

Hello Beautiful scrapbook layout

To enhance the visual divide between busy patterned papers, I like to ink my paper edges. Sometimes I just barely run an ink pad along the white edge of the paper to darken it. Other times, such as on the photo mat on this layout, I shade more in from the edges to create more of an edge.

What’s your favorite trick for working with busy patterned papers?

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