Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beach Therapy, Mini Scrapbooking Album With Just One Piece of Paper

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

I've got a fast, easy and inexpensive paper/hybrid project for you.  I'm using this totally awesome collection, Beach Therapy from FayETTE Designs.  You can find it at Pickleberry Pop.

Keep reading to see our step by step tutorial on how you can build a fantastic mini scrapbooking album on just one piece of paper.  All you need is your software, your digital goodies, printer, paper, scissors and glue.  You don't even need fantastic paper.  In fact standard paper or lighter weight paper might be even more ideal.  I was stunned at the quality of print FayETTE's designs delivered.  I used standard printer paper and I forgot to use my "fine" print selection because I was so excited to see the result. Hehehehe....and it still turned out fabulous!

Here is what the collections looks like.  I fell in love with the journal cards and knew right away what I wanted to do with them.  I understand that not everyone finds as much time as I do to scrap.  So, I look for projects that you can finish with an hour.

 Beach Therapy

Let's get started with the tutorial.  It's really a breeze!

I chose a format that would print easily on any printer.  On my Brother printer, it is Internation/ A4, but there is also an American selection.  I want my mini to fit on a standard piece of paper just for the ease of it all.

I slid in SIX of the cards without having to adjust the size of the cards where 3"x4", I think.  They fit so nicely on my format.  If it doesn't fit on yours, select all six and adjust them at the same time so they are exactly the same.  Centre them nicely on your page as shown.

For me, the easiest way to get my photos on a digital page is to create a template for each image or photo.  To do this, click on your layer "background" and duplicate it, then size it or cookie cutter it to the shape and or size you need.  Do it for each image you want to insert, as shown below.  (Not sure why my first photo spot is looking like that.)This technique will save you from all of the cropping and recropping and sizing you may have to do before your photo is just right where you want it, the size you want it.  Once you've inserted all of your photo spots, drag in your photos, command G or select "create clipping mask"from the layers in PSE.

The next, if you so wish, is to get the same elements from the card and place them exactly or slightly larger as they are on the originals.  You can see I've done the big, orange crab.  I also put a shadow under it to keep the dimensional effect.

Go around from card to card, playing and sizing the elements.  (I'll eventually change that palm tree card.)  Take note of the last card.  It's one that I changed up a bit so my photo would fit better.  I moved the fish and put a more fitting text banner over the existing one.

There it is!  I've changed out the top middle one where I could clip in a larger photo.

Here is where it may get tricky.  In order to just be able to fold the bottom row under and glue, you'll have to click on the all of the items in the bottom row and change it both horizontally and vertically.  Keep reading to see what I mean.

If you look to the right, you'll see I've highlighted everything on the bottom row.  I click on one of the boxes in the marching ants field and then can right click and choose, "Flip Layer Horizontal".  It will appear like you see below.

Tip:  You won't be able to read your text easily, backwards.  So you know it won't turn out right when you flip it.

Once you've changed it horizontally, also change it vertically with the same method as explained above.  You can see below, what I mean.  See now, how you can easily read backwards?

This is a much better example.  I HAVE to learn how to increase my screen shot images.  Hehehe...

This is what it looks like, printed out.  The colours are not that much different than the image above!

I highly recommend pre folding or soft folding everywhere you need a fold so that when you glue the layers together, it goes automatically into place and you only need to add a bit or pressure and perhaps make a few slight adjustments.

Tip:  I used a glue stick because it is more dry.  If you use liquid glue on thin paper, it may appear wobbly or bubbly from the wetness.

This glue stick dries very quickly and doesn't leave my paper, too wet.

I tried so darn hard to cut my edges just right and I still messed it up!  Hehehe...  You could always just cut off all of the white edge to remedy this.  

Tip:  The edges may not match up 100% perfect.  Be sure to check both side of your paper when cutting this close.  (It's why I goofed up mine.)

Here is the other side.  Pretty cool, right?  Made in a flash, with little materials and a super result.

Check out what else I made with this beautiful collection.

Here are a few more layouts with other collections from FayETTE Designs.

From the FREE 2 BE Collection

 free 2 be

And my favourite collection that I've worked with so far, Sunshine On My Shoulder.

If you like FayETTE's designs as much as I do and you want a sample, I've got a freebie on a previous blog.  Click any image to see the collections and get the freebie.

 Free download

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Our newest exclusive freebie is this template to make either digital or hybrid bows like these.
 free template

Happy crafting!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Freebie Friday With Throwing Some Scraps Around and a Free Digital Template

Welcome to Freebie Friday with The Cherry On Top.

I've got my gal Jodi at Throwing Some Scraps Around back in the spotlight with a beautiful kit and some new templates all coordinating to make the collection, BFF's.  See her new templates and grab a tiny free one from me.

I've scrapped up some lovely pics from friends of ours and their lovely girls.  This is also an example of Jodi's new templates.  Gorgeous, eh?!  Keep scrolling to see more layout love, Jodi's templates and grab that freebie to try out, if you never used a template before.  I've also got several links to help you find out how to use digital templates.  You won't believe how easy it is!


How ya liking that view?  I'll be there as you read this!  I can't wait to see those mountains, again.  This is another layout with Jodi's template.  I turned this layout into my personal, profile picture.  It's a great excuse to scrap yourself if you're so inclined not to do.  Hehehe...


This is the BFF kit and a template from Heartstrings Scrap Art, A Little Bit Arty 5.


Jodi's blog,  Facebook Page, Facebook Group and all of the layouts above and this preview is linked up to her shop +.  Her prices are really amazing.  You have to check them out and see for yourself.

Here is your little free template to try out.  I've included shadows for you.  In PSE, you can copy the shadows.  Click here to find out how.  I've got several blogs dedicated to helping beginner digital scrapbookers and of course, I provide tons of freebies as well as links for even more free digital stuff.  This way you can started for no cost.

 free template to try

If ya love it at The Cherry, then you have to join our group on Facebook.  We have such a blast there and I've got two exclusive freebies for the group, already for the week.  Head over and join us.  It's a super place to show off your lovely layouts, paper products and get inspiration.  Some of the ladies who post there are just amazing.  You'll see all different levels of expertise.  There is so much to learn and we have a lot of fun along the way.

Come back for a visit tomorrow and check out my really fast easy, hybrid mini.  You can have a super cute accordion mini made in about an hour from start to finish!

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Christmas In July Sale At The Digital Scrapbooking Studio and Freebies

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

How's that for Throwing it back on Thursday?  Ha!  My parents in front of our tree with their best polyester.  Hehehe...  I chose a Christmas photo for today's TBT, because we are looking at Christmas goodies that are on a super promotion at The Digital Scrapbooking Studio.

I cringe just a little at Christmas in July.  Not because I don't love Christmas, but it's been really chilly here in Belgium, all summer and spring and I'm still trying to get over the winter blues.  Hehehe...I absolutely love scrapping up Christmas pages and other products and projects for Christmas.  Many of us crafters have even begun starting our calendars, mini albums and gift ideas for Christmas.

What better time than to take advantage of huge sales on Christmas products at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio!  I've seen product as low as .50 cents and $1!  Choose from a huge variety of kits and commercial use, many under $5.  These are my kind of prices.  Hehehe...And maybe you'll be done with your gifts, ahead of time.

Christmas in July sale at the  Digital Scrapbooking Studio.

Keep scrolling to see some layouts using goodies from the current and month long promotion.   That's not all!  I've also got links to the freebies I promoted when these kits first came out.  I've also got links for more fabulous free stuff from the Studio's super newsletter and from the forum where they are in the middle of a Christmas In July Challenge fest.  I had a blast last year in the forum and you'll love it, too.  There are so many freebies to be had.

 Dazzling Christmas

Above is an absolutely stunning collection from WendyP and Key Lime Digi Designs, Dazzling Christmas.  Dazzling, indeed!  Such a luxurious colour palette!

Below is Aimee Harrison Designs, Comfort and Joy.  Another dreamy colour combination.

 Comfort And Joy

More gorgeousness with Over The Fence Designs', Glitter and Glass.  If you note, I didn't even use Christmas or winter pics, that's how versatile this kit is.

 glitter and Glass

Heartstrings Scrap Art has several templates to choose from at unbelievable prices, too.  This is from Patch Works.  Click on any of the images to get to that collection.

 Patch Work Pieces template from Heartstrings Scrap Art

Another favourite collection you can find for an unbelievable price is 12 Days of Christmas from Vero.  I designed a template so you can also make boxes like this and insert any digital papers you like.  Of course, you can also use it for traditional projects.  Click on the preview of the freebie, a bit lower.

 free template

 12 Days of Christmas

 free template

Oh, My Dear!  What an adorable kit from LouCee Creations.  I designed this template and put in one of my favourite photos of my boys.  I've also got the links from the free frame cluster pictured here.  Scroll further to get it.

 OH, My Dear

This is the freebie from previously.

 free download

There is also Commercial Use on promotion at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio for the Christmas in July sale, like these nifties from Manu Scraps.

 commercial use sale

If you are subscribed to the newsletter from the Studio, you received this free Commercial Use along with two other lovely freebies.  Click on the link below to see the newsletter and consider subscribing to one of the best newsletters for Digital Scrapbooking.

 free commercial use

Here's another freebie from the newsletter.

 free download

Here's your freebie from The Cherry thanks to the generosity of Over The Fence Designs.


Remember all of this lovely free stuff is for Personal Use Only.

Thanks so much for popping by our blog.  It's full of sweet freebies and inspiration.  We invite you to take a stroll through past blogs and consider following us here, on Pinterest or joining our fantastic, new group on Facebook.  We get into some lively chatter, share all kinds of free stuff, including exclusive freebies and show off our lovely layouts and projects.  We'd love to see ya there!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Traditional Scrapbooking Tuesday

Welcome to Traditional Tuesdays with The Cherry On Top.

I'm in the middle of so many huge projects, both digital, traditional and personal.  I'll start mixing things up again, once the kids are back in school.  Not that this album isn't full of inspiration and fun.

Take a look at the newest page from my Trier, Germany mini album.  See the other pages we've done so far as well as a different scrap from a previous blog.

Last week, I was feeling guilty for having such a simple page.  You definitely shouldn't beat yourself up for not spending hours on one page or using dozens of embellishments.  Do what feels right to you.

This week my page is again, super simple, but I truly love it.  This chipboard font is so awesome.  If you have problems keeping your letters straight, stagger them.  It also helps save space.  My photo was light, so I backed it on dark paper.  I added my letters, then a simple flower with a coordinating button.  In my Pizza Box, was an elaborate design with these various beads you see in my layout.  Although, it was all connected, I clipped out the parts that worked for my page.

My final steps were adding a smaller, similar flower, smaller, similar button and another piece of the beaded design.  Can you imagine how fast I got this done? time wasn't even an issue.

If time is the reason you are not scrapping, then perhaps you should reconsider your scrapbooking methodology?  Peruse Pinterest and search out layouts and sketches that are clean and simple and only include a few steps.  Pin those to an inspiration board.  When you do finally make time to scrap, hit up your board for the basic design, grab your coordinated scrapbooking collections of paper and embellishments because those are truly time savers and get to work!

Here are a few other pages from the mini.  These veneer frames are great.  Ink or paint them if you like.

Repeating elements is a super way to keep your pages looking similar and connected.

Scrapbooking doesn't have to cost a fortune.  Clip out images from papers and use them as embellishments, that can often be very costly.

Repeat patterns and elements on pages throughout your album to keep up the cohesion.

Here's a 12x12 page I recently made.  I've had to hang it in the hall for now because the boys loved it so much.  I'll soon blow off the dust and put it in a sleeve and they will forget until we bring the book out, again.  They can go through our books a million times, noticing something different and feeling different emotions each time.

What does scrapbooking mean to you?  The memories you want to continue to cherish?  Those young, smiling faces you want always in your heart?  The feel of that paper under your fingers or the therapeutic aspect of making time for yourself doing what you love to do?

Make the time to scrapbook.  Make the time to do what you love because you deserve it.

Thanks so much for letting  The Cherry be a part of your day.  We invite you to scroll through our blog and join our Facebook Group for fun chats, inspiration, games and exclusive freebies.
Happy scrapping!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Free Paper Bow Template From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to Hybrid Saturday with The Cherry On Top.

I went absolutely nuts making these paper bows with digital scrapbooking paper.  This way I could completely customise my bows.  I've been wanting to make the template for these for months.  There are loads of templates on line, but I couldn't find any digital versions.  If you go to our Cutting Templates boards, you can find more examples similar to this one.  There are hundreds of ideas.  You can get a free printable version of one of these bows on Aimee Harrison Design's blog.

Once I finally committed to the project, I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was and once I started playing with the individual pieces, I could get the template just right.  You can make them as small or large as your printer will allow.

This is a mega easy project the you can whip up in under 30 minutes and we provide you with a free template.  You also need very limited supplies.  The template, computer/software, printer, paper, scissors or cutting machine, adhesive of your choice and if you want traditional elements, grab some of those.  Pearls and bling would look awesome.

Keep reading to get the free template and see the process.

I used the template several times and placed all of the different bows on one sheet to save on paper.

Print out your filled in templates and start cutting.  These shapes cut very, very easily.  Your elements, if you choose, might be difficult.  So, keep that in mind before you add them to your sheet.  The square gem was a breeze, but the butterfly, not so much.  Of course, if your lucky enough to own a cutting machine, this won't be an issue.

The piece that looks like a pair of glasses needs to be folded in ward.  Line up the bottom with the top as closely as possible before gluing.

I found the piece to wrap around the middle redundant.  If you want to use a different color or paper for it, then it's ok.  It also isn't necessary to use if you are going to put something over the top of it.

This is a great example of how your bow will look if you don't line it up just right.  The tape you won't see because I'm placing something over the top.  I used tape because I used very rigid, 300 weight paper for my bows and glue does not do the trick.  A good glue dot might work, but glue dots do not lend for much room for error.  Keep all these things in mind when choosing your adhesive.

This is one way you can use the two ends of the bow and here is what it looks like with the square jewel. An actual jewel or gem would look fantastic, too.

This is just one way you can use the ends of the bow.  Keep scrolling to see an alternative use.

Another print out, cut out and ready to be folded.  Isn't the owl adorable?

This time I put the ends of the bow like this.  I did trim off a bit of the inside edge for a clean fit.

Here's an example of a bow all with the same papers for each piece of the template.  I really like the way it turned out.

I loved this one, too!

Can you tell I pushed in the top of the bow to give it a more round effect?  When you use very rigid paper like I did here, you might put in folds.  You can see on the left loop, what I mean.  If you use lighter weight paper this will not be a problem.

This is what the template looks like, once you fill it in with your papers and if you decide to add some elements from your digital stash.  I used Aimee Harrison's new collection, Give It Your All.  It's also a feature from Freebie Friday.  If you missed that one, you've missed one awesome freebie.  Keep reading to get the link for yesterday's blog.

In this image you can see my layers, to the right.  It is a very simple template.  I also put my elements in place so I get the perfect size, then I moved it over because I didn't want it printed out like this.

This is what my page looked like when I had all the bows I wanted.  Print, cut, fold, glue and that's it.    Not sure how to use digital templates?  Check out our blog on just that.

There you have it.  A very easy project requiring little computer expertise and limited supplies meaning limited cost, too.  That's what we're all about.  Fun, fast, easy and inexpensive.

Go to our group and get the free template.

I used the same collection on Friday's blog.  You can grab a beautiful free frickie there!  Look in our side bar for yesterday's blog or scroll if it is an option.

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Here are some other projects from the blog you may have missed.

A free tag for on a bottle.

 free printable

Mega, free templates.

 free templates

 Our monthly, free planner inserts.
 free planner inserts

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