Friday, April 28, 2017

Scrapbooking Freebies Every Friday

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

This Freebie Friday, I've got a tutorial, some new templates in the shop, inspiration, a peek at some freebies that will be available for iNSD and your favourite, links to freebies.

 Scatter templates

I've put a few new Commercial Use, layered templates in the shop.  I thought I'd show off the different ways you can change them up.  They are a super substitute when your favourite scrappy kit doesn't include scatter or you want to customise your scatter to fit your page perfectly.  Of course, if you are a template designer, you'll definitely want to add these to your stash.

Check out just a few ways you can alter the templates and start thinking how you are going to use them.

Hmm...I'll have to work on better images.  Thank goodness all of the crud from my computer screen doesn't show up!  Hehehe...  Let me explain...Bring up your template in your favourite scrap program that allows use of layers.

Choose the layer you wish to work on and if you like, add an effect.  I chose Mommyish beaded styles.  You get a neat glossy, 3D effect, totally changing the flatness of the template.  

There!  All three layers were layered using the chosen beaded effect.  You can see there are a lot to choose from in this style from Mommyish.

Many designers have glitters in their collections.  Some have glitter paper.  You can use either to pimp up your templates.  I used some glitter styles from Just So Scrappy.  This would look nifty on a Halloween themed page.

Back to more styles from Mommyish.  These were switched up by using felt styles.  There are six different styles to fit your desires.  I used two different ones to add more texture and dimension.  Consider adding some splatter underneath.  That would look super!

This scatter shows off more Mommyish styles.  This time puffy styles.  Look at all of the options!  18!  She's got a few different puffy styles in her shop to choose from. I think I have all of them.  Hehehe...

I recently bought some Water colour styles from Mommyish and couldn't wait to try them out.  There are 8 styles and I liked this one best.  You gotta love all of the choices and different ways to change up your templates.

Mommyish is my go to gal for Commercial Use goodies.  Especially, for styles.  If you want to try them out, head over to The Lilypad and check out the Free Commercial Use Club.  Then look through Leah's shop.  She has great promotions and tutorials.

These are cork board styles.  Look at all of that fantastic dimension and texture! My, what styles can do?!

Another style that's been in my stash that I just tried out are Kraft styles from AHartline.  They gave a nice, soft textural feel.  I used it for some papers in my freebie for Saturday's hybrid.  Come back tomorrow to grab those.

Check out how I use the templates.

 Clever Clusters Templates

I needed a variety of scatter to use in the templates I design for you and I wanted to be able to use them for Commercial Use as well.  I simply change out the colours when I use them like this.  Easy peasy!  If there are a few pieces of scatter you don't want, crop or use the marquee tool to ditch them.

I've got new, fabulous templates ready for you, but there is a catch.  They are FREE!  Hehehe...  Get these Cluster Queen templates for free when you purchase anything from our Kreative Design Studio shop at Etsy during iNSD weekend May 5th-May 7th.  I'll send them to you in a separate e-mail.

 heart scatter templates

Here are some more scatter I've got in the shop.  I used the plain hearts with red glitter.  They looked awesome!  Remember this one?  It's still live on the blog and it's free!

 free template

I've got a sneak peak for you!  Eek!  The Cherry is going to be one hot spot for International Scrapbooking Day.  Here are just a few of the freebies I'll be giving exclusively in various social spots.  There will be even more including full templates and hot freebies from other designers as well as kicking sales that don't get better than for iNSD.  Next Friday's blog is going to be epic!  Hehehe...I'll be offering a freebie from each designer I work with, sharing the links for their own freebies as well as their amazing promotions.

Make sure you are following us here, FacebookPinterest and Instagram.  You won't want to miss all of the action and fabulous free scrap stuff.

Have you seen our win it promotion from our shop?  I'd love to see what your favourite items are and maybe you'll win one, too!

These will be your freebie for tomorrow.  I've got some recycled jars I use for tea that I need to label. We'll see you here, tomorrow too!

Let's move on to the freebies that are now available.

 free kit from Designs By Helly

If you are a fan of The Cherry's page on Facebook, then you may have seen this fabulous freebie.  It's all linked up to Design By Helly's blog.  You certainly won't want to miss that one.  I have no idea how long it will be live.

 freebie from Eudora Designs

How is this for a gorgeous freebie?  Eudora often has fabulous freebie that we share with you.  You might seem them posted if you follow our Pinterest board, Free Digi Scrap Stuff.  If you missed this one, check for more.

My Scrappy Sister Andrea, recently shared this fabulous freebie in our group.  I downloaded it just the other day and haven't tried it out yet.  It's been available for quite awhile.  You may want to check your stash to make sure you don't already have it, but I thought it was well worth sharing.

Here are the latest Commercial Use freebies you can find at The Lilypad.  From Just Jamie and...

...Mommyish.  I think I'm all caught up.  I post them to our Free CU board on Pinterest.  Hop over there and check out some other freebies you may not have.

One thing I have to give all of our wonderful readers is, your patience.  Hehehe...Our blogs are often a bit lengthy, but we hope all of this inspiration, free stuff and overall content is worth it.

See you tomorrow for Hybrid Saturday.  If you missed, I posted my last page in that purse mini along with all of the pages, in one spot for our Traditional Tuesday blog.  Scrap fast, inexpensively and beautifully with The Cherry On Top.

 Mini pages with Webster's

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

How To Delete Fonts

Welcome to a special edition from The Cherry On Top.

I recently heard that having too many fonts in your PSE (Photoshop Elements) can totally slow down the program.  I've seen it myself and when I cut back on styles and brushes as well, the program ran much smoother.

The idea is to install your styles, fonts, brushes as needed.  I leave a couple of favourites, but I have to admit, my program is running a lot better and faster now that I have fixed this.

Another scrappy sister inquired about the slowing of her program and I suggested this, but she didn't know how to do it and I totally forgot.  So typical!  Hehehe...I went immediately to the net and found NOTHING.  Ugh!  Talk about a time suck!  I asked on my personal Facebook and got a reaction from a designer friend with the solution.  Yay!

The best part is, it is so easy.  Double yay, yay!  Hehehe...

I and she have a Mac so the directions are different than that of Windows.  There were a few tutorials out there for Windows, but I could find none for Mac.

Ready?  Here we go...

Go to your Applications folder.  (Mine is a blue folder with a litter "A" designed from a pencil, paint brush and ruler.)

Double click on Font Book.  (It's a grey book with a big letter "F".)

Check that out!  All of the fonts that you have installed will come up. 

Click on the font you wish to discard. Another window will pop up.

Choose "Remove....."

How easy is that?!

Apparently, there is a way to get rid of ALL of the fonts you don't want. Even the ones that come with the program. I'd love to ditch all of those foreign languages and I did find an explanation.  It was extremely lengthy and it's possible that you could later have problems, but I'll hit you up with the link:  (This is Microsoft only)

Here is a video on how to get rid of fonts in Windows when the other way is not working.

I hope we were able to help you.

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Last Page of Maya Road's Mini Album with Webster's Pages Warehouse Box

Welcome to The Cherry On Top's Traditional Tuesday.

We are finally showing off our very last page to finish up this album.  Though, I still have to choose, size and fit all of my photos.  Yikes!  I also have to decorate my cover/purse mini album which is usually my favourite part.  We'll show that to you when we get there as well as the easiest way to get tiny photos onto these little pages.

On to our last page.

I sometimes feel bad when it only takes a couple of minutes to design a page, but scrapbooking isn't always about pages that take hours to design.  You can just as easily love a page that is simple, inexpensive and quickly put together.

Remember, when you have awesome products that you love, your pages will come out super.

Check out how easy this is!  Trace your chosen paper around your page template, cut and adhere.  Don't forget those holes.  Another thing you should decide, in the beginning of your project, is how you want to juxtapose your pages in your album.  Some of my pages will appear upside down because of the way I designed the page.  If that would drive you nuts, then make sure you consider this in the beginning.

I found a fabulous cluster on one of the papers from my Webster's Warehouse box and used my fussy cutting scissors around it.  It just didn't fit, but still looks great.  I slightly bent around the very edges of my cluster to make it look more like it's coming off of the page.

Then I chopped off the excess of this word strip and layered it up on a coordinating scrap piece of paper to give more colour, dimension and balance to my overall look.

If you are wondering what happened to the other half of that pink flower, I tucked it under my cluster to add more colour.  Then clipped out another flower cluster from my paper and added it to the top for more balance and another splash of colour.  Use double sided foam tape to lift your layered word strip off of the page.  That's it!

Here's my page from last week.  Simple and fun!

Another really fun page!

I'll show off the rest of the pages so you can see them all in one place.

Use the gem strips in the warehouse box for mega wow!

All of these materials are from the Warehouse box.  Making it so easy to coordinate the pieces and have pretty pages.

I just love this page!  Fold the wings gently to make it look like your butterfly has life.  Maybe add a couple of liquid dots.

THIS page is pretty sweet, too.  I just cut out the bike from a paper and traced around it with glitter glue.  There are a lot of liquid dots on this page to make an exciting border across the top.  Fussy cut those kites to add even more interest.  Use more glitter glue on the strings and ribbons of the kite to show them off and send them high off of the page with large glue dots.

You could keep it very simple.  Three, different coordinating papers, separated with ribbon.  Add a few matching flowers and more liquid dots for a finished page.

Another great one with very few elements used.  Two coordinating papers, one fabulous flower, more clipped word strips, a touch of decorative ribbon and a few gems. Voila!

The simplicity of this page is staggering!  Three different papers cut to perfection and layered.  One cut out from the paper packs.  Webster's mega awesome ribbon and another inexpensive paper flower to top it off.

Ink around the edges of your elements and papers for a polished page.  Using the same kind of flowers throughout your book will lend a cohesive feel.

Cut out your favourite clusters from the papers and or add a bit of bling with dimensional types of adhesives.

Layering always looks so super.  I used pearls throughout my mini for more cohesion and more of the same flowers in different colours.

Keep your wording generic if you're not sure what photos you are going to use on the page.

I finished with this fun page.  All coordinating papers, with a touch of contrast.  More gems to make the balloons stand out.  A bit of textiles for softness and pretty, little flowers with coordinating bling to round it all off.

That's it!  The pages are finally finished and after 4 years!  Even a super scrapper like me can take forever to finish an album.  So don't beat yourself up if things are being dragged out.  Scrapbooking should be an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

Thanks so much for following our progress on this soon to be fabulous mini.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Free Coloring Pages

Welcome to hybrid Saturday at The Cherry On Top.

I've got a special guest today and she's sharing her new, free colouring page a long with other information to grab even more.  I've got a free colouring page for you, too.  I posted a while ago, but perhaps you've missed it.

Keep reading to get your colouring page.

 Free Coloring Page

Ania from Sunshine Inspired Designs is celebrating the launch of her first coloring book.
She's hosting a Launch Party Event for her Dreaming Of Florals Coloring Book in Sunshine Inspired Designs facebook community starting April 24th and would be delighted to see you there. You have to join the group to participate. Find the event here. During the event she'll be giving away free coloring pages from the book and hosting contests and giveaways.

The Dreaming of Florals Coloring Book has 30 single sided flower patterns and provides hours of stress relief through creative expression. This coloring book includes 5 starter coloring pages to inspire you to create your own coloring page, a color wheel page, and a page to make your very own color chart. This book is perfect for beginners as well as expert colorists. "Dreaming of Florals" includes designs that are detailed enough to guide you, but sparse enough to allow your own creativity to shine. The Print version of the book is available in 2 version 8.5x11 coloring book and 5x8 coloring journal and you can find both of them available for purchase here.

This book is a perfect gift for flower lovers. Flower images range from lilacs, roses, and sunflowers to poppies, water lilies, succulents and more. You will also find a few creative florals. The book includes a digital .pdf edition for unlimited printing, plus 5 additional floral patterns.
You can purchase the printable .pdf version of the book or single printable images from the book if you prefer to print them yourself in her Coloring Store.

For updates and 2 free pages from the book join My Coloring Newsletter

Today, she has an exclusive freebie available for 2 weeks. It will expire on May 8th.

You can find Sunshine Inspired Designs at:
Check out some more of her pages.

Here is the colouring page I designed using Paty Greif Digital Designer goodies.  click on the image to get to the full sized download.

 Free Colouring Page

There are so many places to find colouring pages.  I even have a Destress board on Pinterest that you can follow.

Thanks for coming in for a peek.

Happy colouring!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wish List Give Away and Freebies For Friday

Welcome to The Cherry On Top's, Freebie Friday.

Every Friday we give you a blog full of pretty pages, some of the best and newest digital scrapbooking kits and collections and we share several freebies found around the web and or from The Cherry.

We've got several new template packs to show off, loads of inspiration, an awesome new kit from Throwing Some Scraps Around and an announcement for a give away.

Keep reading to get inspired and find out how you can win some free products from our Etsy shop.

 Shabby Chic Templates

Looking Back is Throwing Some Scraps Around's newest collection.  I used my Shabby Chic templates to show it off.  I thought the combination was just perfect.  My hubs took some funny pics of me with HIS new hat and my all time favourite beer, served fresh from the tap in the Leffe Cafe on the beach, here in Belgium.

The colours are just so soft and splendid in Jodi's collection.  I always fall in love with her goodies.

 Shabby Chic Templates
There's the Shabby Chic templates, all linked up to our shop.

 Looking Back
 Here's a peek at Jodi's elements in Looking Back.

 Looking Back

If you don't find the time to scrapbook, but love the results, then you should consider quick pages like Jodi's.  Clip in your own pictures and you've scrapped!

 freebie from Throwing Some Scraps Around

Jodi has a beautiful freebie for you.  Click on the preview to grab it.

 Dazzling Diamonds Templates

We've got more new templates in the shop.  Dazzling Diamond templates are definitely a challenging bunch of digital templates.  If you are a seasoned scrapper, these templates might still give you a challenge.  Do you dare?  We'd love to see what you design with our designs.

 Dazzling Diamond Templates

Check out Hilary's cheeky page.  I love the colours and touch of silly.

 Dazzling Diamond Templates

Dana took the challenge and scrapped up a beautiful layout.

 Dazzling Diamonds Templates

This page of mine, I did a long time ago with LouCee Creations collection, Babushka.  I loved it so much, I turned it into a template.  If it looks familiar, I had given this template away awhile ago.  There have been a lot of changes and now I also have PAGE format, but you have to request it because Page files are usually too large for Etsy upload requirements.  It's such a bummer and I hope they change this soon.

 Dazzling Diamonds Templates

Magalie scrapped some fun birthday photos.  You can use them for any pictures you have in mind.

 Dazzling Diamonds Templates

 Here's another one from Dana from Made By Keuntje.

 Dazzling Diamond Templates

Magalie is making me thirsty!  What a fun page!

 Dazzling Diamonds Templates

Robin scrapped up some knitting work and one cute little, squishy face.  I love this layout.

 Dazzling Diamond Templates

Check out what Theresa did with the template.  She kept all of the diamonds the same colour.  I think it looks super.  If this template looks familiar, it was also a recent freebie on the blog.  Double check your scrap stash.

 Fly Me To The Moon

Heartstrings Scrap Art has a super nifty kit, Fly Me To The Moon releasing today.  Check out her shop, too.  Bryony has really awesome templates, too.  By means of this page, you are also getting look at some new templates coming this Digital Scrapping Day!

Fly Me To The Moon

I've got a series of templates coming with this ripped paper look. I just love it for dimension and texture.  I'm such a fan of boys in mind kits and collections and when you pair it up with a vintage style colour palette, how could I possibly resist?!  Hehehe...

 Fly Me To The Moon

Total fabulousness, right?!

Bunny Biz Templates

Here are some other recent releases from The Cherry On Top.  Fun Easter themed templates that can also be used as quick pages.

 Love YourSelfie Templates

Love YourSelfie templates are a hot item in the shop.  Make your digital stash sizzle by adding them to your template repertoire.

Now, check out how YOU can WIN one of your favourite items from our shop, Kreative Design Studio.

I'd like to do this periodically.  So stay current with your wish list.

 Freebie from Key Lime Digi Design

We are moving on the the freebies and I've got a lot for you, today.  Check your stash to see if you've got them all.  Here's a freebie from Key Lime Digi Design.  You can get the link in the Fan Group.  I've linked up the preview for you.  Join us for the fun there.

I played with the Great Egg-Escape from Key Lime's lovely kit that coordinates with the above freebie.  This is also a glimpse at a future template.  Keep your eyes out for them!

 Heartstrings Scrap Art freebie

Here's a really sweet freebie when you sign up for Heartstrings Scrap Art's newsletter.  Actually, Pickleberry Pop is having a store wide freebie giveaway for the designers there and their newsletter recipients.  I have already blah blah'ed about this promotion via my page on FB.  If you are not following us there, you are missing out on several freebies posted nearly every day.

Super scrappy sister, Andrea has this freebie on her blog.

 freebie hop from The Lilypad

How is this for something lovely?  There are even more to be found when you click on the preview.

 freebie hop from The Lilypad

Check out Gingerscraps Welcome Wagon for freebies, too.

 freebie hop from The Lilypad

Cutie Pie Scraps always has nice freebies on her blog.

We've always got so much going on at The Cherry.  Our page is full of digital scrapbooking freebies, craft ideas and so much more.  In our group we share layouts, free stuff, super promotions to spare your wallet, we get into some lovely chatter and I give exclusive freebies to the members there.  Hit up our Pinterest for several boards full of free stuff and other very inspirational boards.

Thank you so much for checking out The Cherry!

We will back tomorrow with free colouring pages and more.

Happy scrapping!