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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ideas For Multiple Photo Layouts From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

A member from a fan club I'm in commented how difficult it can sometimes be to come up with ideas for multiple photo layouts.  I couldn't agree more and thought right away, that I'd come up with a helpful blog.  If you would also like to be a member of that fan club.  You can request to join here:  (It is from A-Manda Creation.)

Why multiple photo layouts?

One, photo layouts are great for featuring a particular photo.  When you really want that photo to stand out and be on it's own.

For both traditional and digital scrappers, multiple photo layouts are great for saving pages.  If you eventually want to print out your book, then you'll save a lot of cash by using multiple photo layouts. When paper scrapping in a traditional scrapbook, you only get a couple of pages and if you insert too many extra pages, your book isn't very balanced and it's difficult to close, if you can close it at all.  Yes, I'm guilty of this, too.

Kit from Paty Greif Digital Designer.

You may only have a couple of pictures of a particular shoot and perhaps the quality of pictures or picture isn't all that great.  So you don't want too much focus on it.  Then multiple photo layouts would be great here.

 Kit from A-Manda Creation

Kit From A-Manda Creation

Keeping balance is probably the most difficult task.  Next, being cropping and sizing multiple photos to fit just right on your page.  Of course, a double paged layout would be a great escape, too.  When you are traditionally scrapping, you need to get that crop right the first time.

Kit from A-Manda Creation

Consider a template with multi photo options like the one above from Lissy Kay Designs.

I wanted to show off as many pictures as possible of the stunning views from the Penon in Spain.  Of course, I could never leave off embellishing.  So, I used a couple of smaller titles in the form of word art.

Kit from Amanda Creation

One more huge shot with that awesome view and some smaller photos showing the treacherous journey.

Kit from A-Manda Creation

Let's take a look at some more examples of multiple photo layouts.  The Cherry On Top on Pinterest has many more examples you can check out as well.  I've Pinned examples, templates and even FREE templates with multiple photo usage.

Frame up your favourite photos of family.  Consider the balance in this layout.  The clusters and word art help keep the symmetry.

Kit from the Master Scrapper Challenge

Then you have an insane amount of photos like this digital scrap, which was a real blast to make and we received a lot of nice comments, too.  Not only did we have to use a ton of pictures, but we also had to do a lot of journaling with this Master Scrapper Challenge. Shoo!  It really took a lot of tweaking to get it just right.

Here are some traditional scrap examples with extreme photos.

Go squares or circles.  I found the circles were much more forgiving and more flexible.  That layout above took forever.

And now for something really awesome. I'm leaving you with some free multi photo templates that are offered around DigiLand for the moment. They are certain to inspire.

Happy scrapping!

 free template

 free template download

 free template

Thank you for hanging out with The Cherries.  Feel free to visit older blogs with more freebies.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Free Christmas Photo Booth Props From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

I'm back with more fun, free photo booth props.  This time, keeping the season in mind.  I nabbed a couple of these goodies from and changed them up a bit with Photo Shop Styles from Mommyish.  The top hat is a template from Key Lime Digi Design that you can have a lot of fun with.  I kept it simple, but you can go all out.


Download, print on rigid paper/card stock, cut, tape or glue dot to some thin dowels, sticks, balloon stems...Then find some fun models and take your shots.


Everything on this blog is for personal use only.  You may only share the links.

I'd love to see some pictures using these.  I'm waiting until my kids are in decent clothes.  Hehehe...

If you don't have a Facebook account and would still really like these, leave me a comment and I'll hook you up with a link.  As with anything, as long as I still have it available.

Thank you for checking out The Cherry.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

7 Days of Awesome Sandwiches

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

I'm diving into sandwiches today.  Belgians eat a lot of sandwiches.  For the most part, lousy sandwiches. Despite the fantastic butcher shops full of delicious meats and salads.  It boggles the mind.  The Cherry is here to remedy that and indulge our audience with the most delectable samiches on the planet.  If you know of a better one, then hit us up with the link, Man!

Mexican Chorizo, Garlic Shrimp Burger:

Warning!  THIS is a serious sandwich and quite possibly, the most beautiful food blog I have ever seen.  This sandwich is edible art and it won't be made in less than 10 minutes, but it will be worth the work.  Consider this recipe as the ultimate gift for your favourite sandwich lover.  It will be an excellent demonstration of your love for that particular recipient.  Give me a call, when it's ready!  You're drooling...


Brie, Prosciutto, Arugula Caramelized Onion Sandwiches

Wow!  Another gorgeous blog with delicious eats.  That is one beautiful sandwich.


Baked Egg Boats:

This recipe is a lot easier and with everyday ingredients that you may already have at home.  Keep your bread in mind.  Make sure it's fresh if your looking for the healthiest manner to eat bread.


Roasted Garlic Steak Sandwich:

Here's another fabulous sandwich recipe.  There are some store bought sauces which will save you time and there is a marinade, too.  Keep that in mind if time is not on your side.


Big Kahuna Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich:

Another awesome samich recipe.  This one has a marinade so keep that in mind if your short on time.  It also suggest a lot of sugar for the  marinade.  The pineapple should add a sufficient and surely healthy does of natural sugar.


Shrimp Po'Boy

If you ain't never had'a Po' Boy than, Honey!  Make this your first.  This recipe will whip right up.  Ya just need a little bit of time to make the sauce, but it's very easy.  Mmmm.... mmmmm....  Shrimp can be a bit pricey.  I buy frozen shrimp that I have to peel to save money.  I cut the bag open, then fill it with hot water from the tap and drain when the shrimp is thawed and peel.  It doesn't take long for the shrimp to thaw.  But he time you prepare the sauce, they will be ready.


Now, get a hold of yourself.  The next one is my own recipe and it's also whipped up in a snap.  You could cook two chicken breasts or grill them and add the wing sauce. I used left over chicken and shredded it, but you could always cook two chicken breasts in the slow cooker along with your favourite hot wings sauce.  Our's is Texas Pete.  Another alternative is to melt butter and add hot sauce until you get just the right flavour .  

I made my own blue cheese dressing because there ain't none better, it's really easy, healthier and made to your taste.  You can see my sauce is nice and thick and I really heaped it on.

I toasted the wheat bread.  Half of the family prefers white and the smarter half prefers brown.  hehehe...

I definitely need to brush up on my photography skills.

Now, you're set with an awesome assemblage of fabulous sandwiches.  Some easy and some a bit labor intensive.  You choose the one best for you and your family.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Free Beauties From Throwing Some Scraps Around and The Cherry On Top

Hey there, Cherry Fans!

Welcome back.  We are putting Throwing Some Scraps Around back into the spotlight.  Jodi has an absolutely, gorgeous new kit in her Etsy store.  Melancholy is jaw dropping dreamy.  Rich, luxurious colours and textures that can be used to enhance any creative devour you have in mind.

Here's a closer look.  The image is linked to Jodi's shop.


Here are the two layouts I designed with Melancholy.



Here is a frame cluster I designed with Melancholy.  It's currently available on The Pixel Loft blog.  Click on the image to go there and download the freebie.

I designed another freebie and it is available on her blog.  Find it by  clicking on the image, below.

 TSSA blog

A quick page is also available at the Throwing Some Scraps Around Facebook Page.


If you are loving her work so far, then check out another recent kit and the layouts I created with them.  There's another freebie found on The Pixel Loft's Facebook Page you can download, too.


The colours in this kit are really amazing.  It certainly does Sparkle!

 TSSA pinteret

 tssa pinterest

 TPL on FB

Thanks for hanging out with the Cherries!  Make sure ya do it a'gin!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tips For Preparing Food For Picky Eaters, From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

Are you dealing with picky eaters in your home?  We have two boys with Autism. Our youngest has sensory issues.  Especially, texture in food.  This makes eating a challenge.  Perhaps your kiddos are scrunching up their noses to anything healthy? 

Eating should be fun.  Keep it light, make it fun, relax.  Let them make a mess and really enjoy their food.  It will really help with the process.  As soon as we stopped with all of the bickering shouting,demands, etc, they began eating better.

(JJ was nonverbal and it took us a while to figure out that he wanted to wear his hat while eating.  Definitely worth the exchange to eating a good meal.)

Follow these tips to help your picky eaters perk up to good food.

DON'T GIVE UP: It took us years and we still struggle a little with changing habits.

DO NOT FORCE FEED:  This is THE most important rule when feeding your child.  Consider a few things.  One, prepare yourself.  That's right!  Your child may not like whatever it is you are going to serve them, so prepare yourself for their reaction.  You may have slaved over the stove for the last hour preparing, but deal with it and deal with positively.  Have something they do like as back up, but nicely encourage them to TRY it.

You may say something like, "I'll give you something different if you just taste this, first."  Then leave it around because sometimes they do like it, but don't want to admit it, which brings us to our next tip.

Remain Positive:  Don't turn around and make them feel bad.  Just ignore them and smile at your success.  Don't rub it in their face or even scold them for finally eating the food. Don't make them feel guilty for not eating something.

Keep it simple.  By all means, keep the food simple with little to no salt or sauce or mixed together, casseroles and chunky soups are things a lot of kids do not like. Plain pasta (maybe a bit of butter), yogurt, fruit, raw or cooked veggies with nothing on them.  Nuts, bread...all plain if you have to.  Think about what a child needs.  Mostly veg and fruit, grains, a bit of meat and fat and that's it.  Even dairy and grains can be debated on their health benefits after a certain age.

It's a control thing.  Kids pretty much have very few things that they control.  Eating, sleeping and going to the toilet are all things they control and they can manipulate us through these things because let's face it, these thing are REALLY important.  Let you child have guided control of these three things and you will see a turn around.  

Give them choices.  This makes them feel in control.  You may have to say, "It's up to you.  You have a choice."  Choices can be a few different foods that they may not like, but they choose one over the other.  Choices like mentioned above.  By trying a food they do not typically like, but receiving something they do like as another choice.

Don't let them leave the table until it's finished.  Give really, really small amounts in the beginning and work up to an appropriate serving.

Use routine, especially when it works.  We drink water with every meal.  They don't get a choice and they can't leave the table until it's finished.  The end.  Stand firm on the things that are really important and left the small stuff slide for the time being.  We are made mostly of water and water is really important.  Get them started early and start off with small amounts.  Use fresh squeezed lemon or lime if you have to, but do it.  Drinking water is essential for our health and it's a super example, too.  Find out more about the benefits of drinking water here.

Consistency: Keep the same rules about eating.  Like drinking water, staying at the table until it's finished and trying new things.  Trying, not necessarily eating, if that works best for you kids. Just  touch on their finger or lips. We have also implemented the, "No eat/No Games" rule.  This has helped us BIG TIME!  

Positive Reinforcement: comes in many forms.  You may read things about not offering dessert or punishing a child for not eating, but you can take a different take on this.  Dessert works sometimes.  I think it's a great way to reinforce good eating habits, but don't do it every day.  It won't work after a while if you keep doing in.  Neither will giving them small toys for doing it.  You have to totally mix all of these things up and use it only when necessary.  Verbal encouragement, high fives, hugs and kisses are always great ways to positively reinforce good eating habits.  Do this A LOT.  Kids love when they make their parents happy even though they might not show it.

Be reasonable.  Take this slowly and remember that your children don't have to love everything. Also know, that this could take years, but it's all worth it.  Allow them to eat with their fingers.  There is a time and a place.  My boys are 8 and 9 and still eat most things with their fingers, but they know to use utensils at restaurants and with company.

Distraction:  This totally works for us, but not all of the time.  We often try to engage them either in conversation or play (if they are younger) while eating.  This worked amazingly for us.  They are distracted from what is in their mouth and after a couple of bites, they no longer need distraction.

(Toys at the table helped us tremendously.)

We are daling with Autism all of the time.  In the beginning we allowed them to drive around the table with their car and when they cam to us, we put a scoop of food in their mouth.  We let them walk around and play while the food was on the table, just so that they ate.  Of course, they grew out of all of this.  They ate and they ate healthy.  For us, that was more important than sitting behind the table like little adults.

Be the example:  Teach them that trying is fun and let them taste everything and then talk about what they tasted and ask why or why they didn't like it.

(If they ask, let them try.  It will encourage them to try again.  Just a taste!  Hehehe...)

Judgement:  Use your best judgement.  If you can see that your child is miserable while eating the food, then by all means take it away and try again another time.  Look at their eyes, their mouth and don't make them continue if they really are suffering.  They may not want to try something else later if you make them eat it.

Here are some more simple tips to get your kids to eat healthy food:

*Let them put salt and or pepper/condiments/honey on it.  (Monitor, of course.)

*Introduce fruit with honey or even sprinkles on it and with each time you serve it after, use less and less, until you don't need any more.

*Let them cook.

*Give them a choice of what to eat.

*Make fun shapes with food.

*Mince veggies and fruit and put them in muffins, breads and sauces.  (This works amazing and they get used to the flavour, too.)

*Display food on fun, new or non traditional dishes and cups.

*Use non traditional instruments to eat with, like chop sticks, huge spoons, tiny forks or even tooth picks.

*Serve food on a stick.  Veggies, fruit, meat...

*Give them something to dunk it in.  Honey, dips, ketchup...

*Keep it simple.  Really simple.  

Stay patient and calm.  It will come.  If we could do it with our Autistic, sensory children, you can do it, too!  We wish you the best of luck.  

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Leave some tips for our readers, that work for you.

We will be back with recipes that most kids love.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mega Freebie Hook Up From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

Today, I'm here to hook you up with MEGA FREEBIES!  I've chosen an array of freebies for all kinds of different tastes, both literally and figuratively.  We've got some free recipe cards mixed in there as well.  Hybrids of varying sorts and digital freebies that you can use for just about anything.

The Cherry On Top is in cahoots with Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to get all of this awesome free stuff out to our fans.  I work with countless designers and creative team members that supplies us with more freebies than we can keep up with.  TCOT shares these different freebies on all of the above social media outlets.  So, it's really important for you to follow them all.

Let's dive right in there and see what we have.  

The Pixel Loft and The Cherry On Top is providing these FREE printable tags. I used some CU from Lou Cee. Head over to The Pixel Loft's Facebook Page and become a fan today so that you can download the many free goodies every single day.


Another free frame up using Paty Greif Digital Designs and The Cherry On Top can also be found at The Pixel Loft.  Get ready for freebies, coupons and giveaways, every week at The Pixel Loft.  There are a lot more, different freebies found on The Pixel Loft's Pinterest, too.  Head over there and check out all of the free goodies, too.


The Pixel Loft loves to publish your layouts and creations.  Who doesn't like looking at a fantastic designs for inspiration or a smile?  So they challenged their fans to use the free frame up and share what they've made.  Here are two examples.  I think this frame up would make an awesome Christmas card, don't you?

The frame up was designed to be shrunk, enlarged, turned or angled.  Whatever you need it to do!

Here is another TCOT free, printable download.  It is designed with Boomersgirl Designs, goodies. (Lori has a lot of freebies on her FB and blog.)

Click on the image to get to the link. 


This will link you up with our Facebook Page, where we seriously post at least a half dozen if not more, freebies.

 Tcot @FB

The next four free downloads are all from The Cherry On Top.  Click on each image to get the links.  *Most of the freebies here are for personal use only.  When you see Commercial Use, then you can get permission to sell anything you might make with it.

The first one can be printed and turned into a stunning Christmas card either on paper or pixeled.


This freebie is a paper stacker.  Designs something in the middle and print or keep digitally.


We've got several different hybrid/printable downloads for Thanksgiving.  Some could be used any time.  Click on the image to see all there is to download for free.


Design this lovely mini scrap book with the free printable or use them as tags with the cut out frame for pictures to insert whom is receiving your gift.  Click on the image to get to the link and download this beautiful freebie as well as view a tutorial with its many uses.


Here are five, free recipe cards for you.  I often blog about food.  Healthy, fast, easy cooking food.  I'm providing recipe cards for Cherry Fans for easy usage.  You may also decide to make a mini book from them and give them as gifts.  You can click on each card and download immediately or follow the link through to see more recipes.



This one you'll find on our very popular, 20 minutes or less menu.



Here are some really fabulous freebies found very recently.  They won't last forever.  So, head right over and download before they are gone.

First, a fabulous free template from Digilicious Design.  Click on the image to get to the Sweet Shoppe and download for free.  You may find a ton of other free goodies if you look for them.  Hint, hint...

 TPL on Pin

I just downloaded this one today.  It's from Gingers' Scraps N' Pixels and you can find it on her blog.  Click on the image to get there.  I love the colours.  She's got these Tea Cup Fairies for free every month and you can purchase the ones you've missed at Go Digital Scrapbooking.


We are going to leave you with a free Commercial Use link.  Commercial links never last long.  So grab them while the get'n is good.  Some are up for only one day.  

This one is from The Studio.  I highly recommend hooking up with them.  They have freebies everyday, CU included!  Get the newsletter for sure.  It's well worth it.  Check out this link and look for even more freebies on it.

 The Studio

If you are looking for more FREE CU goodies then check out these links.

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You are now officially hooked up to some seriously mega freebies.  Enjoy and visit us again for more fabulous freebies.