Friday, May 17, 2019

To Be Free Digital Scrapbooking Templates, Layout Inspiration and a Free Printable Card


Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

I've got a few new templates in the shop this week.  They will give your pages an artistic touch with some seriously fun flair.

Keep reading to see page inspiration, check out Aimee Harrison's newest collection, To Blossom, grab the free printable and scroll through our helpful tutorial to get your printable just the way you want it.


 To Be Free

No, you are not going crazy if you think you've seen this page and template before because if you follow us, you have.  This was offered for free in the previous Love For Layout Template train.  It's also why I'm offering a coupon for the Kreative Design Studio this week as well.  Use code: 2BFREE in the shop and you'll get a discount.  (For some reason I was not able to select which item I wanted to discount this time, so everything will get the discount.  Hint, hint...)

Let's look at some more pages from me and my awesome team.

 to Be Free

Aimee has a new collection out that's just full of spring time magic.  I used the new templates for two pages that are so differing, you might not believe they come from the same collection.

These are my cherry trees that everyone said won't grow.  Keep that in mind when you're set on an endeavor.  I'm the stubborn type that just has to try anyway.

 to Be Free

See what I mean about the moods of To Blossom?  The above and below pages both use it.  I went a bit with a pinky feminine side above and below I used more impact and contrast.  If this template also seems familiar, I offered a free, very similar template years ago.

 To Be Free

Can you recognize Tammy's work or her darling photo subject?  She's a great one for the jaw dropping pages.  The goodies are so beautiful and you can find them at the Sweet Shoppe.

 To Be Free

Hilary did a really cool, artsy page, too.  The black background is a great backdrop for her goodies from the Urban Fairy.

 To Be Free

Kaye has also worked her magic.

 To Be Free

Jarmila made a pretty, natural feeling page that is fresh and exciting using BooLand goodies.

 To Be Free

Kay designed a mellowly muted masterpiece!

To Be Free

More bold fun from Hilary and Shabby Miss Jane.

 to Be Free

Here is a closer look at Aimee's, To Blossom collection.  My first page matches her sassy looking previews so well. The other page shows off the more natural side.  I love collections that offer this kind of versatility.

 Free Printable Card

You can do so many things with today's new freebie.  Consider making a pretty poster for your house or use it as a wall paper for your phone or computer.  You could use it on a page with the rest of Aimee's collection.  You could also use it as intended and give it to someone special.  I thought this sentiment was really lovely.

Let me show you a few ways to go hybrid with this.

You can open up a new document and size and place the card, just how you will want it to print.  Look closely at how I juxtaposition the card on my blank page.  When I print it, I'll be able to fold it in half and just cut to perfection on the right side and bottom.  I also sized it for easy sending via snail mail.

Another option is to position your card so that it open left to right rather than top to bottom.


You could simply resize the card to your desire and print on rigid paper. It doesn't have to open at all.  You could just write on the back.  

Here's how to do that in PSE:

click on the image prompt as shown, click resize, choose image size


enter your desired size (consider your envelope) If you need an envelope, we've got a free template and a tutorial.


Print out on good paper.  Glossy or slightly glossy paper often gives the best results.  If you've got a template to make envelopes, you can use Aimee's coordinating papers and customize.  I LOVE that!


Aimee's collections make THE best hybrids.  I've got two other tutorials using her cluster frames packs and her borders.  I made these with a magnetic back for on my mom's fridge (coordinated to match her kitchen) since she lives an ocean away from the boys.  Find out how I did it by clicking on the image.

 hybrid idea

You can make gorgeous book marks using Aimee's border backs and they scrap up incredibly fast, too.  Find out how by clicking on this image.  These will be so fun to give out at the book club.

 another hybrid idea

Thanks so much for hopping over here.  I hope we inspired you and that you'll peruse our blog further and visit our shop, Kreative Design Studio and use that coupon.

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Happy International Scrapbooking Day Celebrate With a Fun New Technique and Freebies!

Welcome to our second blog celebrating iNSD!

Yesterday we showed off our newest goodies as well as new goodies from other digital designers.  We also shared a lovely, free quick page for you using our newest collection, Optimism.  If you missed that, head on back there and check it out.  There are pages and pages to inspire you.



Months ago...I started a perfect page project.  Essentially, I took a digital page, ripped the page into individual pngs, put those pngs on a page(s), printed the pages and cut them out.  If I had a cutting machine, I certainly would have used it for the project.


My digital page provided the perfect example as well.


One of the most important things to remember if you are going to use this technique, is to make sure your elements or embellishments you are using on your page, will go through your cutters nicely or if you're a fussy cutter like me, use elements that will cut easier.


I had a few decisions to make at this point.  I could have easily just placed this colored drop on the black background for the black outline, but I preferred the black out line around the gems rather than the white. You could color in the white, but it might take longer than cutting!



My mother recently sent me this glue stick.  I typically use the "scrapbooking" glue pen from Elmers, but she sent me this one.  She knows I like that tiny tip.  This glue was very different.  It wasn't very forgiving. Meaning I had to be very careful to get my gems just right, but it didn't leave my paper so wet and bubbly which I thought was awesome and it did dry clear.


So I slowly started cutting out the gems and placing them on the black background.  You might want to place a few first, then glue them down.  It really was easy.  Plenty of room for mistakes.


Don't worry at all about that bit of white that shows up.  I'll show ya what to do with that.


All finished and it didn't take too, long.  When you've got all of the gems placed where ya want, grab a black marker and simply dot over the white spots and around the edge if you lost some ink by cutting, like I did.  I'd have loved if I used a more rigid paper when I printed.  Consider doing the same for yourself if you attempt a project like this, too.  That bit of unevenness in the center will be covered up with our picture, later.



We will be sure to bring you the page when it is finished.  Why not give it a try yourself?  I live in the black hole of scrapbooking that is Belgium.  Products are not at all easy to find.  I have to drive over an hour to get to a hobby store that has some scrapbooking products in it and shipping typically costs more than my products I order so I rarely ship.  Leaving digital kits, that I either create myself or print out are an only good option for me.

Here's a really fun post with a lot of links to other tutorials.  I'm showing you how to turn a digital page into a traditional one using cuttables or rather turning png images from a digital template and or kit and cutting them out and using them traditionally.


 tutorial

From this digital page....


 tutorial

To this traditional one.  Full tutorials are provided.

Here is a link to our most popular project to date, our paper dress.  It has been featured internationally in a French scrapbooking magazine.  You will also find a tutorial and link to the template.


 Paper Dress

If you are a fan of cuttables, we've got more new ones in the shop.  Add interest to your scrapbooking backgrounds with these fun frames and geometric shapes.


 cuttables

 cuttables

I've also put a huge collection of quotes in reference to Autism that might interest you.


 Autism Cuttables

Here's a look at one of my favorite printables kits I've got in the shop, My Muse.


 My Muse Printable Scrapbooking kit

Go to this blog to see how to use our or any printable kit.  Here's a tiny sample and there are several more examples if you follow the link.





If printables are your thing.  This blog has a lot of free ones.  Use the search box and see what appeals to you.  My excuses for the blogs where Blogger has deleted the photos.  I've contacted them, but they've obviously not remedied this problem.

I've just added a special deal to the shop.  Spend $15 and save $5 with coupon code NSD2019.


Here's a year long project we did last year.  52 Reasons Why I Love You.  The links are STILL live so you can do the project and all of the cards are FREE!



If this is something that could be useful in your house, you can also get it free.  Click on the image to find out more.

 free Pokemon door hanger


Here are some more free ones from my gal Jodi from Throwing Some Scraps Around.


 freebie

 freebie

Check out how I update my cheap journal for around $2!



Nothing like a touch of bling and elegance!




We'll be back with more traditional and hybrid scraps.  Keep your eyes out!  Joining our newsletter and or group will help you keep track of all our events, new items, tutorials...we only visit your inbox once a week.

Thanks so much for checking out The Cherry.  Happy scrapping!

Friday, May 3, 2019

International Scrapbooking Weekend Has Arrived! Join Us For Freebies and Scrappy Fun!

Happy International Scrapbooking Weekend!

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.  We in the scrapbooking realm feel one day is not nearly enough to celebrate the joy of scrapbooking so we extend it a few days.  There is just way too much to cover in one day and for many of us, scrapbooking is an excellent creative outlet.  Scrapbooking means a lot of different things to people.  I've got an unending sea of creativity that needs to be released. Along with others, I have also found the therapeutic need for scrapbooking as well.  Whether it be digital or traditional, this is what we need.  A super way to express our thoughts that might not come out so well verbally.  Memory keeping is often about cherishing special moments in our lives.  Even the everyday.  Especially, the everyday!  It's really, really good for us to remind ourselves of that spectacular view.  That extraordinary smile.  Those warm, tender eyes that sparkle and melt our hearts.  A loved one that is forever in our hearts, but we're no longer able to hold.

My newest part of our One Word Wonders is dedicated to scrapbookers, artists and creative beasts that are dealing with mental difficulties.  This collection totally resonates with me in many different ways.  I have two boys with Autism.  I suffer from Acute Anxiety Disorder (though not as bad as previously) and well, who doesn't deal with mental garbage on a frequent basis?!

 Optimism Scrapbooking Kit

Optimism isn't always easy to maintain.  For many people the grey, black and dark days are difficult to escape.  We might often feel like we are drowning in our blue days.  Sometimes we feel like we can't get further down.  Even rock bottom is something we can look up to.  We are by no means alone with these thoughts.  Our thoughts are tough to overcome.  It is essential that we always refer back to optimism even if it seems ridiculous.

This collection embraces those grey, dark days and or feelings that may overwhelm us, but it offers a bright side.  The optimistic side that we can never let slip away.  The collection offers a wide variety of design papers, elements, journal cards, graphics and a template that can be used in an assortment of projects on your list.  No mental issues needed.  It has a very masculine side to it so scrapping up the men in your life will be absolutely no problem.  Let's take a closer look.

 Optimism Digital Backgrounds

I've never worked so many hours on a collection and still love it after it's completion.  Hehehe...I often can't wait NOT to look at it for a few days, but I want to still scrap with this one.  I tried all kinds of different techniques for the papers and experienced with some new skills on the elements, too.  The underlying tone is definitely on the dark side with the splash of bright to keep you feeling energized and lively.

 Optimism Digital Elements


Allow me to show off some of my own pages along with those of my incredibly talented team.

 Optimism

This first one is my page.  I wanted to show you how you can simply add to the template for you page.  I changed out very few elements, clipped in a few papers, did some journaling and added crazy cat eyes.  Don't they match my hair perfectly?!  Hehehe...Go crazy with either the guy or girl template.

 Optimism

How about the intensity of those eyes?  That's my son JJ.  His Autism is rather heavy.  He needs assistance with every aspect of life.  That puts a lot of pressure on my husband and I and we suffer physically and mentally from both of our boy's Autism and the symptoms that comes with it.  If you feel like this, know you are not alone and don't be afraid to express or vocalize those feelings.  It is a lot to deal with.


 Optimism

Do you recognize my gal, Tammy's page?  She also has to deal with a pile up of mental garbage and Autism plays a big part in her life as well.  Her expression says it all...beautifully.  More goodies found at The Lily Pad.

 Optimism

Super scrappy sister, Hilary also has a son with Autism.  We are always there for each other when help, advice you, feel free to join our group AuSumness.  We also have a blog with tips, tricks and frank commentary.

 Optimism

Pow Wow, right?!  Cindy is totally knocking it out of the park with her take on the template.  She used goodies from Paula Kesserling and Little Butterfly Wings.  Find them at The Lily Pad.

 Optimism

Another page from Hilary.

 Optimism Template

Danica's page is so awesome!  Love the glasses and vivacity of this page.  Also with goodies from The Lily Pad.

 Optimism Template


Here's a totally different take on our template.  Our gorgeous scrap subject from Tammy.

Find the collection at Sweet Shoppe Designs.  


 Kreative Design Studio


Take the time to scrap yourself.  You might be surprised how many of us want to know more about you and learn more of who you are.  You might even surprise yourself when you dig enough to find those qualities in yourself that really are special.

I had to split up the kit to get it to fit in the Etsy shop and the template is enormous.  I've given a link on a clickable page.  Contact me for any hiccups you might encounter. 

Below, is the free sampler I gave to newsletter subscribers.  They get a free sample of the One Wonders, every other month.  If this sounds appealing, sign up today.  I keep them short, they only come out once a week and I spoil my subscribers with freebies and scrappy news.


I've also got some new templates in the shop.  Since our first set of planner style templates went so well, I've designed some more and trust me, they are equally if not a little more fun to use.  I've got a few comments from some scrappy sisters saying how much they love them.  "They scrap so fast and easy!"  "My page came out so great!"  "They are so unique."  Let's hear what you think!  I've got most of the shop on sale at 40% off so you can totally added them to your stash.  The sale is this Friday through Monday and there won't be another for a long time.

 Planned Again Templates


 Take a look at the gorgeous pages from my team and myself.

 Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

Find the goodies at The Lily Pad.

 Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

Awesome scrapbooking goodies from Throwing Some Scraps Around.

 Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

Find the stash at the Sweet Shoppe from Kristin Cronin Barrows.

 Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

I told Jenni that I wanted to keep flipping through her awesome book.  Don't you?! Yip!  Find the goods at Sweet Shoppe Designs!

 Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

Goodies from Clever Monkey Graphics

 Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

Some pages just make me squeal!  EEK! Tammy's page, certainly does.  I often envision how the pages are supposed to look like and this one certainly hits the mark.  Wow, right?!

 Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

I bet you can guess where these gorgeous products come from?  SSD

Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

Uh, huh...SSD, again!

 Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

I love Ella's traditional feel of her beautiful page.  Who wouldn't want to crap that adorable face?  This kit looks pretty amazing, too.

 Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

It looks like The Lily Pad is the place to go for artistic goodies.  Such a super page with our new Planned Again templates.

Planned Again Scrapbooking Templates

When a busy creative team member scraps more than 2 pages in a pack, you know it's a GOOD pack!  Another thing that might appeal to you with these templates is how they translate according to your style.  My page, is the next one and I gave it a more traditional appeal.  While the page above Tammy's is very artistic.  Cindy is such a super scrapper.

 Planned templates

I love the name of LouCee's new kit, Gulls Just Wanna Have Fun and I love the gulls even more.  I had to put one on the stage.  He's adorning my planner of our trip to the south of France.  These pages might look like they took hours to design and some might have, but this style of template is certainly a huge time saver.

 Gulls Just Wanna Have Fun

 Kreative Design Studio
I've just added another coupon of spend $15 and save $5! Code: NSD2019

You mightn't guess who the designer is of this amazing collection.  It's Key Lime Digi Design.  Sandy is back with flavor and it's bacon.  Hehehe...At first glance of the preview, I was frankly shocked.  I didn't know where to look first because it all looked so fascinating and then I started scrapping and scrapping and scrapping and before I knew it, I was looking at my most favorite page to date.

It took me awhile to find the perfect pics that would go with, When Pigs Fly.  I found these exceptional pictures of my youngest wearing... a ... hat!  He never wears them.  In fact, we are also not allowed to wear them. Not only that, he sat for a tiny photo shoot!  I ran to the window after my time was up, but I did not see any winged swine.  Hehehe...The possibilities with this kit will have you loving KLDD.

 When Pigs Fly by KLDD

Take a look at all you get for an unbelievable price!

 Pigs Fly

If you are not a member of our group, then you haven't seen the new 
collections and collaborations from Made By Keuntje.  Here is April Fresh and some recent pics I took of the spring flowers growing in our lawn.  I don't wanna mow and I hardly need an excuse.

 GingerScraps

 GingerScraps

Dana paired up with Jana from Two Worlds to design a collaboration that's a lot like our very own, Optimism, but with their own special flair.  I used my Jovial templates which are on sale right now, too!  If you are one of the many with a cart/wishlist full of goodies from our shop, Kreative Design Studio, now is the time to make your purchase.  The shop won't be on sale again for months and mama needs a new pair of specs!  

My adorable doggie and his excess of hair also done with a twist.


Here is a look at everything we are doing this weekend. I'd so love for you to join us!


The flash freebies will come available when YOU and our other fans in the Facebook Group answer questions and work together to unlock the freebies.  Trust me!  They will be worth it. I asked what you wanted as flash freebies and I chose three of YOUR choices.  Come on over Saturday and help us!

Sunday's Recipe Challenge will start after I've had my coffee Sunday morning.  Hehehe...Will go live, in the group, as an event and when you do the challenge, with any kit you like and post your page in the group and or album dedicated to the event, I'll send you a link to a fabulous, free template!

Grab the goods while they are on sale at 40% off!!!


 Kreative design studio


Now, ya know I have to offer my loyal blog readers a lovey freebie in celebration of iNSD.  I've designed what I think is our fan's second best freebie choice and that is a quick page.  Pop in your pic or pics and you've scrapped!  Isn't that just the bee's knees?!


 Free Quick Page with Optimism


You can add more goodies from our collection if you like and put your very own stamp on our quick page.

I'm coming back tomorrow for a traditional blog, if all goes well.  I've got a lot of gluing to do in the mean time.  Speaking of time, I'm so thrilled you popped by. Enjoy this fabulous weekend and as always, happy scrapping!




To Be Free Digital Scrapbooking Templates, Layout Inspiration and a Free Printable Card

Welcome to The Cherry On Top. I've got a few new templates in the shop this week.  They will give your pages an artistic touch w...