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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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Project | Travel Pocket Album Pages with Simple Vintage Traveler by Katie Pertiet

Travel is always one of the big themes of the winter show, and it’s also one of my favorite scrapbooking themes! Today I’m trying out another one of the new travel collections to make it into my personal stash – Simple Stories Simple Vintage Traveler by Katie Pertiet.

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Many of my loyal readers may remember that I’ve been gradually plugging away at a pocket scrapbooking album of my 2014 trip to Germany for the Creativeworld trade show in Frankfurt, and the day I spent touring in Heidelberg during that trip. As soon as I saw the new Simple Vintage Traveler SNAP Cards that Katie Pertiet designed for Simples Stories, I knew they would make some great pages to help finish my album!

(Click here to view the other pages from my album.)

Katie has long been one of my favorite designers in the industry, since the days when I was hoarding the products she was designing for Autumn Leaves, so I couldn’t wait to use it when I heard she had a new travel collection coming!

Simple Vintage Traveler Snap Cards

The Simple Vintage Traveler SNAP Cards pack contains 48 double-sided cards in various standard pocket album sizes. For those wanting even more pocket card designs, the paper collection also contains three cut-apart sheets featuring 4×6, 4×4, or 3×4 card designs on one side.

Travel Album Discover Side Streets

Supplies Needed:

I started this two page layout with a pile of what seemed like random photos from my time in Heidelberg’s alt stadt (old city). Two of them were vertical, so I was just going to use the page on the right to hold those and arrange the rest wherever. But then I discovered as I shuffled my photos around that it seemed like three of them did have a theme. They were all views of the city’s narrow side streets. I decided to separate those out onto a page together, and do two single pages instead of a double page spread. But only one of those photos was vertical, messing up my plan for using those two vertical pockets on the page protector on the right side!

discover Heidelberg

The solution was to try a technique I hadn’t attempted before but often admired in other people’s pages: spreading a large photo out over several pockets! I reprinted one of my photos in a 6″ x 8″ size. Its composition worked perfectly to allow it to be cut to fit across 3 pockets without slicing anything critical.

I arranged several of the other photos around it, and was left with just enough room for a title and journaling card.

discover title card

My title card is a 4×6 card from the Simple Vintage Traveler SNAP Cards set. I added some strips of the Simple Vintage Traveler Washi Tape to it to make a background for my title. Then I cut my title out of a sheet of paper from the 6×8 paper pad. I used a pre-designed title on my Cricut Maker. All I had to do was resize it to the size I needed, load my machine and hit go!

To adhere my title, I sprayed the back of it with new Mod Podge Ultra. The amount of handling needed to adhere a die cut with other adhesives has frequently damaged them when I’ve been working on projects. The Mod Podge Ultra spray is a no contact method of applying adhesive, so it reduces the chance I’ll damage the item! Then I can just gently pick it up and lay it in place. And it will adhere without a lot of pressing in place – another way to avoid tears and creases in delicate parts of the die cut.

Simple Vintage Traveler journaling card

For my journaling card, I added a few pieces from the Bits & Pieces die cuts collection to it. Before adhering the stamp, I trimmed a bit of the white off. Then I used the paper distresser on it to give the edges some dimension similar to a perforation.

Even the pen I used for my journaling carries a piece of the story of my trip with it…it is part of a set of Pigma pens that I bought at the airport in Frankfurt on the day I flew home!

Side Streets Heidelberg

The other page in this two page layout went together quite quickly once I had figured out that the photos had a theme. Normally I like to use a 4×6 card for a title but this pocket page has a 3×4 card in the top left. So I made a mini title card!

Side Streets Title Card

I started by fitting the title on the card. (Only I could come up with a title that uses up all the E, S and T stickers on a sheet!) Because the title filled in all the white space on the bottom left, I wanted to fill in the top right to balance it. So I stamped the compass stamp. For similar reasons, I put the Explore die cut on. (That item I raised on foam adhesive for some dimension.)

The final touch was the journaling card for this page. I had a big empty vertical 4×6 slot to fill in my pocket page. But the SNAP pack’s cards were all designed horizontal. So I needed to make a card.

Side Streets journaling card

I started with a 4×6 card base cut from a sheet of paper from the 6×8 paper pad. Then, I layered a 4×4 card from the SNAP pack over it. I wanted to make the card appear a little more “finished”, to fit in better with the other items. Covering the seam at the top with washi tape helped. Then I added a piece from the Bits & Pieces pack to the bottom after using a craft knife to cut off the white edge from it.

I’m really excited to be making progress on this album again, and I can’t wait to make more layouts with this collection! Watch for more pocket page and 12×12 pages coming soon with it!

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Make a 25th Anniversary Album with Cricut Maker!

Every wedding anniversary is special, but the big ones are even more special! Last year, my husband and I celebrated a quarter century of married life. I decided that milestone called for a special 25th anniversary album – and it was the perfect project for my Cricut Maker!

25th Anniversary Album

[Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cricut. Cricut and Plaid provided some products used in this post. Some links are affiliate links that pay this site a commission when a purchase is made after a click. This site participates in the Amazon.com affiliate program.]

My album combines basswood with a gorgeous paper pack by Natalie Malan. Its minimalist design lets the memories in our photos take center stage.

Supplies Used:

I started by cutting out the wood parts of my album, four of my pages. (Since I knew I wanted to paint them, they needed time to dry later in the process.) I used 1/16″ thick basswood bought from a craft store, but you can save a few steps because Cricut sells Basswood now that is sized perfectly for using on the Cricut Maker! This means you won’t have to waste time cutting your pieces down to the size of your mat. And they even sell 11×11 sheets, much wider than I could find locally. This means you can increase the size of your album over what I made if you’d like!

Cutting wood on the Cricut Maker is simple if you remember two things. First, you have to slide the white rings on your machine’s roller over to the right, out of the way of your wood. And second, you need to use painter’s masking tape to fasten all the edges of your wood down to your strong grip mat. Other than that, just pop in your knife blade and then the gear that you can see above it (in the tool slot on the right below) does all the work!

Cricut Maker cutting wood

After I cut my wood I out, I wanted to give it a little color so it wasn’t bare. But I also wanted it to still look like wood! (If you’re going to have the ability to cut wood, you want to show it off!) The solution was to use Plaid FolkArt Pickling Wash. By using the Cottage White color, it created a whitewash effect that still let the grain of the wood show through. (Click here if you’d like to see another project made with Pickling Wash that makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift!)

Plaid Pickle Wash

While my two coats Pickling Wash dried, I started to cut the elements for my album’s cover. For this, I got out my Cricut Portable Trimmer and some Cricut Pink Pearl Pastel Premium Vinyl. I didn’t want to waste a single piece of that gorgeous vinyl so I cut a perfect size piece to put on my mat for making my cover frame!

Cricut Trimmer

In case you were wondering if a machine with the power to cut wood can still cut intricate details…I used my fine point blade with the pink pearl vinyl to cut the cover frame.

Cricut Maker cutting vinyl

And this was the result – perfect, intrictate detail, even on the spots that were almost too tiny for my weeding tool to poke into! Even with all this detail, though, the weeding tool from my Cricut Basic Tool set made quick work of removing the waste areas.

Weeding Cricut Vinyl

After adhering the pearl vinyl frame, I cut a photo to fit inside it and adhered it. The number “25” was cut from Matte Adhesive Foil. Inside the album I used regular vinyl, but for layering over the pearl vinyl on the cover the thicker foil I think looks better.

25th Anniversary Album

In addition to the wood pages, I cut several more from paper. The inside pages of the album were scrapped just like mini versions of regular scrapbook pages. I designed several layouts in Cricut Design Space, and then duplicated and modified them to fit my photos and title elements on each page.

25th anniversary album

Since calligraphy is far from my area of expertise, I used my Cricut Maker’s pen feature to create pretty lettered dates for each page of my 25th anniversary album. (Tip for using the pen: Don’t forget to “attach” the text layer you want to write to the paper layer you want to write on!) When I use my Cricut pens, I use the reverse side of the Cricut cardstock. That side is smoother, and gives better results with the pens.

Cricut Maker with pen

To tie the pages of the album together, almost all of them contain the same three elements: the floral patterned paper, a white date block, and a silver vinyl title element. As you can see in the sampling of the pages below, I did deviate from this pattern in creating the page about my daughter’s birth. I thought she deserved a special highlight! But even in doing something a bit different, I still stayed with the white cardstock, black pen, and the same pink pearl vinyl from the cover, so it fits right in.

25th Anniversary Album

25th Anniversary Album

25th Anniversary Album

25th Anniversary Album

It’s way overdue, but thanks to Cricut Maker we finally have an album for our 25th wedding anniversary! I can’t wait to share it with family and friends.

What occasion could Cricut Maker help you make an album for?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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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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Make a Decoupage Bracelet with Mod Podge Ultra

Love Mod Podge? Then you’ll be really excited about this new product announcement by Plaid at Creativation 2019. New Mod Podge Ultra is coming…and it’s a spray!

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About Mod Podge Ultra

Mod Podge Ultra is available in two finishes, gloss and matte. And it comes in two sizes as well: 4oz and 8oz. It’s the same Mod Podge you know and love  – water clean-up, dries clear – with a few added bonuses. The spray Mod Podge Ultra shows no brushstrokes, dries non-tacky, and can be used on indoor or outdoor projects. And the hold is super strong, enough to hold and seal mosaic tiles and other heavy items!

Plaid Mod Podge Ultra

The ability to spray on a thin coat of Mod Podge Ultra sounded like the perfect way to do decoupage, so I decided to give it a try on a wooden bangle project!

How to Decoupage a Bracelet with Mod Podge Ultra

Supply List:

I started out by sanding my bangle with a very fine sandpaper. Then I painted it with some Plaid Multi-Surface paint in Wicker White. Painting the bangle meant that I didn’t have to worry about covering the entire surface of the bangle. It also kept the wood grain from showing through the decoupage paper’s design.

Decoupage Bracelet Step 1

Once the paint was dry, it was time to play with the Mod Podge Ultra! I tore up some pieces of collage paper before I started to make the decoupage work easier.

Mod Podge Ultra for Decoupage

The decoupage work went really fast! To see the Mod Podge Ultra in action, and how easy it made my project, watch the video below of the decoupage process:

(or click here to visit YouTube to watch the video)

After the initial layer of Mod Podge Ultra decoupage on my bracelet was dry, I applied a second coat of spray over the entire bracelet. This layer will serve as a sealer, since a bracelet is an item that can get some wear & tear.

Mod Podge Ultra decoupage bracelet

Although I specifically tore out and placed just this Paris postmark separately from the other designs, it doesn’t look pasted on. The white background of the collage paper has basically vanished and the designs are all melded together. The torn edges blend seamlessly into the background too, held in place with the coat of Mod Podge Ultra.

Mod Podge Ultra decoupage bracelet

Looking closely, you can see that there are no brushstrokes from the Mod Podge Ultra spray. (There are a few visible from the acrylic paint layer.) And the Mod Podge provided just the right amount of dampness for the collage paper to be worked over the bracelet’s curves with no wrinkles!

Mod Podge Ultra decoupage bracelet

I loved my first experience decoupaging with Mod Podge Ultra! I can’t wait to try using it for more types of projects, and to wear my new bracelet, too!

Mod Podge Ultra decoupage bracelet

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Always & Forever card with Stamperia

Love is in the air because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…I couldn’t resist making a vintage style card to send some love for the holiday with some fabulous Stamperia papers!

Disclosure: Scrapbook Update is a participant in the Amazon.com affiliate program. This article contains affiliate links that pay this site a commission at no cost to the user if a purchase is made after a click. Stamperia provided the paper to me as an editorial sample.]

Always & Forever Card

This deceptively simple card design is centered around the technique that creates the butterfly. Once the butterfly is complete, the design comes together extremely quickly.

The beautiful paper designs by Stamperia add so much detail and design that if used well they make the design super simple! The dramatic patterned paper for the butterfly creates so much color and “pop” in that element, while the base paper has a faux collage that helps create depth with no effort.

This design is very flexible for a variety of occasions and holidays. Simply switch out the sentiment and you can have a birthday card, a Valentine’s Day card, anniversary card, or a card for almost any other special occasion!

Supplies Used:

Even though it is one of the last items attached to the card, I recommend starting the card by making the butterfly first.

The butterfly was made by stamping it with embossing ink on patterned paper, and then embossing it with copper embossing powder. Then it had to be cut out. I fussy cut my butterfly, but your hands will definitely thank you if you just buy the matching die for the stamp!

embossed butterfly

Once the butterfly is done, then it’s time to make a background for it!

I cut a base for the card front out of one patterned paper. Then I cut a strip for the top from another paper. Using my waterbrush, I drew a line with lots of water where I wanted to create the torn edge. Once it was soaked in, then I carefully tore along the line to create the distressed bottom edge of the top border. The torn edge was inked with Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy ink once it was dry.

butterfly card step 1

I have always been nervous about stamping on directly onto a project in progress. But since I got my Tim Holtz stamp platform I do it all the time! I used my platform to stamp the sentiment on the card front. With the platform, I was able to stamp several times to get a clear, dark impression.

butterfly card step 2

Next the tearing and inking process was repeated for a piece of paper in the bottom left corner of the card front. After that base was in place, I layered an image over it of a woman that I cut from a sheet of paper in the paper pack. I also tore and inked the edge of the image for an aged look.

butterfly card step 3

Finally it was time for the big butterfly to be layered on! Now the design really comes together. The butterfly physically connects all of the elements in the design. It actually touches each one, except the sentiment.

But…my card still feels like it is missing some detail. It’s not finished yet!

butterfly card step 4

I love to use small embellishments like buttons for just that added little spot of embellishment on my cards and layouts. I frequently reach for the 28 Lilac Lane products created by my friend (and very talented designer) May Flaum as the perfect way to do this. [Disclosure: I’m the former social media manager at Buttons Galore, which manufactures 28 Lilac Lane.)

28 Lilac Lane Dusty Rose bottle

With a few buttons, pearls and beads added, my card feels so much more complete!  This extra step only takes a few minutes (plus some drying time for the PPA Matte adhesive that I highly recommend for using to adhere them) but it makes a big difference!

always & forever butterfly card

Now if only I could keep my husband from reading this post until Valentine’s Day, I’d have the perfect card ready to go for him!

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