Freebie Friday and New Goodies From Throwing Some Scraps Around


Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

I didn't put any new templates in the shop this week.  I'm saving them up for Cyber Weekend.  So stay tuned for those.  They are so festive fun!  I'm showing off what we did put in the shop last week and some new inspiration from new and older templates that will inspire you.  Throwing Some Scraps Around also has a new kit in her shop and I've got a pretty page with a free template to show off.  There's a few freebies, too.  So keep on reading.

 Got Your Back Templates

I dig the new templates.  They are the perfect way to show off your favourite designers awesome papers.  Look what Michal did on this fabulous page.

 Got Your Back Templates
Got Your Back Templates and JumpStart Designs

Last week, I had the fans hopping around collecting all of these free goodies.  Did ya miss that?  Jump over to Friday's blog from last week and find out how you can get all three parts.


How's about some gorgeousness from Tammy and The Sweet Shoppe?  She scrapped one of our templates from 57 Chevies.


Find them in the shop.

 57 Chevies Templates

Jodi from Throwing Some Scraps Around has a new kit out, Sparkle.  It's so super great for wintery pics.  There enough elements to scrap any kind of pic you'd like.  The colour palette is also very suitable for masculine and or boy pages.

I used a free template from Mommyish's newsletter.  

 TSSA Sparkle
Sparkle from TSSA and Mommyish Free Template

Last year I offered free calendar goodies all year long.  This little guy was a part of those freebies.  If you'd like to check that out, click here.

 free word art

Speaking of free templates. Did you get this one from Gingerscraps?

 free template at Gingerscraps

If you are all about the free stuff, you've GOT to follow us on Pinterest and join our page.  We post free stuff nearly every single day.

Thanks for checking out The Cherry!









What Else Can Ya Do With Project Life Cards?


Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

We're continuing a project we started last weekend.  You can grab the second part of the tutorial right here, the first part here and check out the video showing you how to perfectly size and print your photos to fit in the pockets.

The Project Life cards you see here are still free on the blog for a limited time.  Click on the image to get to last Friday's blog where you can get the link.  You can also find out how to hop around our social spots and grab the rest of this coordinating  mini scrapbooking kit. All free!

 Free Project Life Cards

I've also got a free template on hybrid Saturday's blog.  It's in png format so you can use it digitally, traditionally and hybrid style.  Click on the image to get to the blog for the download.

 free template

I'm just uploading a little video on how to get the perfectly cropped pics for in your pockets.  It only took me a couple of minutes with PSE.  If you need the template for the pics follow these directions:

1)  download the free template pictured here

2)  open the template in your scrappy program

3)  crop the style of card you want, rounded edges or typcial

4)  shrink your card of choice just slightly

5)  double check that the insert will fit by placing it over the original template

These are what I made.  I've got the finished result down a bit further.  You can use these for so many things.  I've made a mini for my mom.  You can put them in your agendas and or planners to store goodies if you leave a bit of space on one side.  It's also the perfect size of a door hanger.  Cut out a big hole at top center and you're set.



Here's the rest of the tutorial for you.

We left off where you needed to just finish up your project with pics and our favourite part, embellishing!



There's my photos, perfectly cropped and printed thanks to the video and previous tutorial.


Are you like me and try to scrimp and scrape every scrap possible?  I have very limited supplies and no shops around to buy lovely scrapbooking and paper  products for projects so I have to be resourceful as possible.  I fit all of my photos on some left over, black card stock that a friend brought for me from the States.  Use your paper cutter and if you like, your corner punch to round the edges of your matting.

Most of my book has a black outline so black matting seemed most appropriate.  Check it out first and make sure your matting goes with your photos.



I got so lucky to find such a perfectly matching, old paper in my stash.  These are just discount store goodies and they are pretty terrible, quality wise, but when that's all you can get...Make do with you have, right?  It doesn't have to cost a fortune to be pretty and if you use your own "good" adhesive, it'll be fine.

See how I cut out a flower and a leaf from paper.  Of course, I tried to get a flower as close to the edge as possible.  Hehehe...  Trying to save that paper.  I inked around the edge of my flower and leaf so it matches the rest and gives a touch of contrast to my background paper.  A nice gem in the middle of my flower and a few of those nifty clear dots along the bottom of my photo.  The paper is already pretty busy so I didn't feel the need to over embellish.  Like I would EVER over embellish?!  Hehehe...


I'm going to be totally honest with you...I didn't mean to put the holes in the center of my backing.  I wanted to put holes in the center of my photos and I thought it looked totally redundant to do both.  Ha!  My original plan was to punch holes in the corner of the backing, not the center, but it looks totally ok, right?  Hehehe...  I  might have been able to embellish over the holes, but meh.  This is ok.


There's my book all finished.  I want to send it through the mail, so I don't want to put too many goodies on there.  I'm pretty sure my mom is mostly concerned with the photos, after all. Always consider who is receiving the gift and how much they will appreciate your efforts, if you care that is.



There is the other side.  There's more space for more photos and perhaps a touch of journaling, too.  You could even turn your matted photos into pockets if you needed more space.

If you don't know much about Project Life, we got a few blogs here with Project Life pages.  Check it out on Pinterest and I'll show ya a couple of things you can get at a great shop like Scrapbook.com.

You get a book similar to a traditional 12x12, like the one pictured here.

 Scrapbook.com

You can use sleeves similar to these pictured here and use purchased or hand made cards and your photos to go to into the small sleeves.

 Scrapbook.com

Here's an example of what some purchased cards look like.  I like the standardisation in Project Life, but once you start looking around, you'll see that it really is quite limitless with what you can do.
 Scrapbook.com


I'll be blogging again about different ways to use Project Life cards.  Ever since I designed a few and printed them out, I really start liking project life.  I do think it's a mega easy way to scrap, if you just wanna scrap fast and don't care about all of those embellishments, but you totally can take Project Life to stunning, artistic levels.  Stay tuned to The Cherry and see how we do it!

Above, you'll see our Trolla Bolla Project Life cards.  I blinged them up so I can traditionally scrap them in future.  Ya know, I'll be sure to share the project with you.

Thanks so much for stopping by The Cherry.  We've got a gallery in our Facebook group, if you ever want to show off any of your paper, hybrid or digital projects.  I'd so love to see more traditional and hybrid pages there.

Happy scrapping!



Cool Alternative Idea For Using Project Life Cards and Free Ones

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

I've got a bit of scrapbooking inspiration for you, today.  I also want to show you what you a bit from yesterdays blog, because it's mega awesome and I thought of a nifty idea with what you can do with our free Project Life cards from yesterday.  I'm providing you with a free template, just incase you can use it.  This project can be done totally traditionally and or hybrid style.  You choose!  Ya gotta love choices.

How about these fabulous colours?!  I just love it on my youthful page with my youngest son.  The templates are new and from Made By Keuntje. JJ went to the zoo with his dad a few weeks ago and was in 7th heaven.  He went twice with his school, but never got to go where he wanted to go and they never stayed very long.  So he missed a lot.  This time my hubs let him be in charge and they were there for over 5 hours.

 Briar Rose Templates
Briar Rose template from MBK and Thankful from Throwing Some Scraps Around

 MBK templates

 Thankful kit

These were the templates we put in the shop yesterday.  They are super for the paper lovers!  Look at all of those fabulous layers.  Your pages are going to look fantastic!

 Got Your Back

I scrapped this page up in under 15 minutes with the new templates and my free mini.  Give it a try!

 Got Your Back Templates
Got Your Back templates and Choose Joy freebie

My gal Laureen went scrappy crazy with my templates and I could not be happier with her pages.  They are SO beautiful.





Shelly is new on the team and gave our templates a sweet boyish touch.  I love the boy pages.

 Hey Mister, Pretty In Green

Jodi also scrapped a fun page with her rocking hair and cutie pie.

Winter is here kit from TSSA

I'm giving away a fabulous, free mini scrapbooking kit around my social spots.  I'm so thrilled about the lovely reaction it's gotten so far.  Thanks to all of your for your beautiful comments.  It certainly is encouraging.  Grab the free cards from yesterday, the papers from our Facebook Group and the ellies from the newsletter.  I'll be sure to put the links back in next week's newsletter incase you sign up late.

social spots freebies


For everyone who post anything using the free mini, Choose Joy and posts it in the group, I'll send you the link for this free word art, too.


Now, for my idea on an alternative use for these or any Project Life cards you have in your scrappy stash whether it be digital or traditional.

I've designed this template in both straight edge and cornered in case you need it.  Click on the image or below it to get the free png template.  I've put it in png so you can use it digitally, with your cutting machines or traditionally.

 free template

Here's the start of my project.  You'll get the idea and you can go from there.  I'll finish up the project and get it in our Traditional Tuesday spot.

I went through my card stock stash, looking for coordinating papers to go with my new, free Project Life cards.  I was pretty impressed with my find.  Hehehe.. I thought I'd show you what I got together. I matched as closely as I could, the colours from the cards.


There are three different ways you can go about with the basis of this project.

1)  use your cutting machine with our pngs and your paper choice

2)  trace around our templates, once you've downloaded them and printed them out

3)  keep your lines straight, use your paper cutter and use a corner punch for a perfect cut


Tah, dah!  There is the base of your page.  I've inked around my card and my background paper.  I like the black contrast.  I used my slimmest double sided tape for around THREE edges of my card to create a pocket.

I plan on inserting pictures into the pockets and using ribbon to pull and push the photos in and out of the pocket.  You see where this is going...Decide on how you want to bind them or other ways you can use them.


If you followed our tutorial on how to make your own journal or agenda, these will totally fit in there. I would adhere your new pocket page onto another larger paper, repeat your inking process, leaving enough room for your holes, to make an insert in your journal/agenda.  I've got how to do this in the original tutorial, too.


I'll make a cover to fit over these new pocket pages and more than likely bind them in the corner with a hole punch and a ring, like I did the journal you see here.

Here are a couple of items that you can purchase on line that will help you with this and many other craft projects you have in mind.   I love this mixed set of metal rings.  I use these more than any other fastener.  Click on the image to get to CreateforLess where you can find tons of craft goodies at Cherry price.

 createforless


This is exactly the kind of book I used for my project and several others.  By clicking on the image, you'll hop over to Scrapbook.com where they have an awesome selection of craft supplies.

 scrapbook.com

What a nifty blog for today.  I'm so glad you stopped by.

Consider our fun, free coordinating mini and showing off what you make with it.

Happy scrapping!


New Freebies and New Scrapbooking Templates

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

Man!  When you get back from vacation, there is so much to do.  Ya get so far behind, right?! Geez, ya wonder if it's all worth it.  Hehehe...Since I didn't blog as much the week I was gone, I'm making up for it with three coordinating freebies.  One here, one in the newsletter and another in The Cherry group on FB.  Hop around our social spots and join our nifty community.  We share our pretty pages, ask questions and have a lot of laughs in between.  We'd love to have you join us!

Today, I've put some new templates in the shop.  Got Your Back templates are all about the background.  How about these?!  So awesome for your scrapbooking kits with awesome papers.  I've merged some of the layers so your scrapbooking will go a bit quicker. Think about your scrapbooking kits with the prettiest papers and use our templates to scrap your fabulous photos.

Keep scrolling to see some jaw dropping inspiration, see what ya missed last week, download our new freebies, get a look at the other freebies and check out some of our shared links for other free digital scrapbooking goodies around DigiLand.


 got Your Back Templates

I scrapped up this page with Aimee Harrison's gorgeous kit, Sweater Weather.  Theses cozy colours are so hot, they are cool.  Hehehe...All of this luscious texture and a natural vibe that will look great with any kinds of photos you want to scrap magnificently.

 got Your Back Templates
Got Your Back Templates and Sweater Weather from Aimee Harrison

Cassie scrapped up a lovely, bright page with an adorable little princess.

 Got Your Back
Got Your Back Templates and Fall Faves by Amanda Yi and Melissa Bennett

I just love Tammy's pages.  She makes my templates look SO good!  Hehehe...She added an outline to the circles, which I wish I would have thought of.  This is a new kit from WendyP Designs.

 Got Your Back Templates
Got Your Back Templates and WendyP Designs kit

Rachelle did another double pager.  Ya know the templates are pretty good when you get double pages.  Hehehe...What a great, vivid kit and some really cute pics.

 Got Your Back Templates
Got Your Back Templates and JumpStart Designs

 Got Your Back Templates
Got Your Back Templates and Jump Start Designs

Dana from Made By Keuntje also did a double pager with bold-acious kit from JoCee.

 Got Your Back Templates
 Got Your Back Templates and kit from JoCee

 Got Your Back Templates
Got Your Back Templates and kit from JoCee

Does Rae just do magic?!  What a splendid page.  So soft and pretty.

 Got Your Back Templates
Got Your Back Templates and Winter White from River Rose

Here's what released a few weeks ago and another new page from Anita.

 Flourish #2 Template

I love the witchy twist to the template and those eyeballs. 

 Flourish #2 Template
Flourish Template #2 and kit from Paty Greif

This was last week's templates.

 Magical Memories Templates

And another gorgeous page from Dana.

 Magical Memories Templates
Magical Memories templates and kit from Flergs

Here are a few scrapbooking freebies I found around DigiLand

 freebie from Aimee Harrison
If you'd like to join the group as well, click here.

 Kristin Aagard
Kristin Aagard Has been giving away free templates for her newsletter subscribers!

Here is your new freebie!

I've designed a tiny collection for newsletter, blog and group fans that all coordinate.  Hop around our social spots, join our newsletter and gather all of the lovely, free goodies.  I just love the way the project life cards turned out.

 Free Project Life Cards

The elements are for newsletter subscribers.  Click on the image and sign up.  Next year is going to be so awesome for newsletter subscribers!  I have it all planned out and you will not want to miss.

 Newsletter Sign Up
 newsletter freebie, sign up here

These papers are going to be available in our Group on Facebook.  Look for the Pinned post.  It won't be free for long, so jump over there and grab them.  I'd love to have you join us in the group.

 Group Freebie

Doesn't it look so simply pretty?

I'm hoping to get my project finished for Tuesday's Traditional Scrapbooking blog of which there will also be a free template!  But now, I want to scrap these pretty cards. Hehehe...Fingers crossed.  I blogged 5 tips on how to scrapbook fast this week.  If you missed it, click here.

Thanks so much for checking out The Cherry.

Happy scrapping!