Friday, September 28, 2012

Hybrid/Vintage Friday

Hi Nesters!  Cheryl here again and I've got lots of FREE things to show you today!!

One of my very favorite sites on the whole wide internet is Free Vintage Images.  This FREE site is run by a wonderful woman named Pamela who so generously collects, catalogs and then GIVES away the most awesone  FREE vintage images.  I don''t know why she keeps GIVING these away except that she's just so darned nice!!

It would take me ten or more posts to show you all of the images I've collected from her plus all of the projects I've made with her images.  What I REALLY love about Pamela's site is that not only are the images free, they're free in every sense is the word.

So, let me show you a few of the cards that I've created using just a few of these wonderful vintage images.

This has to be one of my favorite images and I didn't even have to color her in!!  Exactly how did I get her?  When you find an image on Free Vintage Images that you want, you first click on it and it will enlarge.  After you do that, right click on the image and "save to" your picture files.

So, you've got an image that you love ~ so what now?  Well, now you have to print it out.  How's the best way to do that?  I wait until I have several pictures to print so that I can fill up a sheet of cardstock.  Almost always, I print my images out in "wallet" size.  That's either six or nine images, depending on your program.

After you have them printed out, cut them apart with your cutter.  Set aside the images that you'll use at a later time.

Here's what my card looks like and then I'll break it down a little more:

I used a piece of dotted swiss cardstock for the front of my card.  The piece of paper that the image is matted on is a piece of digital paper too.  It's a piece of Cosmo Cricket digital paper that I printed out and cut to the size I wanted it.  I printed it out in a 3 1/2 x 5 size.  Here's another picture:

I just added some vintage looking embellishments and some tickets and a little strip of 97% Complete from 7Gypsies.  It says, "I love you just the way you are."

Aren't these little girls just adorable?  Free image again ~ saved and printed in the same way.  I double matted this one and added it to a plaid card that almost matches the plaid on one of the little ones.  I distressed the edges on this one a bit.  Here's another picture:

Cute, huh?  And SO easy!  Look at this amazing photograph:

Here's what I turned this free vintage image into:

Here's another picture, because I want you to see the writing:

"You never know when you're making a memory" ~ isn't that beautiful?  Isn't that what photography and creating beautiful things is all about too?   Aren't we lucky to be engaged in this wonderful hobby where we can keep all of these memories alive?

Thanks so much for giving up a little of your precious time to stop by and see what I was up to today.   As always, if you'd like to share anything with us, vintage creations or just conversation, come on over and join us at the Craft Your Nest Facebook Group Page!

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend and "Happy Crafting"!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I have to say that I have always loved Autumn. There are so many things to love. Apple Picking, the Pumpkin Patch, slightly cooler weather, the start of school (for some), Halloween and so much more.

Today I want to share a few layouts I have created to celebrate my family's love of Fall.
And hopefully you can take away some inspiration to create your own Autumn pages!
This layout is actually a scraplift of Scarlet who used to be one of the owners over at Studio Calico kit club.
We are so lucky to have a great Farmer's Market close by that runs from May until end of October. And honestly my favorite time to visit is in the Fall. In fact, I created more than one layout about our Farmer's Market.
This was a two page spread about one of the reason's we love going to the market. Buying pumpkins! And I just had to do a spread about Evan buying his first pumpkins with his own money :)
Here is another two pager. This one from a trip to the Pumpkin Patch with the kids.

Same trip to the pumpkin patch but just one page. And also using a sketch by Kelly Purkey from one of her sketch classes.
Here is a two pager that I created when taking Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life class at Big Picture The photos were actually taken in August when my son decided to start decorating for Halloween just a bit early. But since it is a fall holiday, I am including it :)
I love apple picking and this layout! It has older photos, but I still enjoyed scrapping them all these years later!
Another layout with older photos. My son who is now ten carving pumpkins with Mike :)
I am especially proud of this layout. It was my first official publication in a magazine ever! Scrapbooks Etc...last October. My son with his spooky Halloween ghouls.

And last but not least...

an Autumn layout I recently created for Crafting Ireland magazine.

So as you can see, there are many different ways and ideas for Fall that you can scrapbook. I would love to see any layouts you have created with a Fall theme. Link up here or on our Facebook group page if you would like to share!
Happy Fall!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Scrapbooking in a Pinch

Happy Monday!  I can't believe that this is the last Monday in September...these last few months have absolutely flown by!  It feels like my family has been away from home as much as we've been home this summer, and sometimes it's a struggle to find time to get even the basic chores done - not to mention scrapbooking.  Today I want to share a video post with how I scrapbook in a pinch; time is not always my friend, and I have to find ways to scrapbook in minutes instead of hours (but a girl can dream...).

With just a few products and about half an hour, I created this 8.5 x 11 layout of my youngest:

As you're watching the video,please excuse the background noise from my boys in the background...that's actually quiet in our house.  :)  

How do you scrapbook when time is at a premium?  I'd love to hear your tips and tricks!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Hybrid Scrapping Part 3

Hello again!  It sure does seem like Fridays roll around fast, doesn't it?  I promised to give you some more hints about hybrid scrapbooking and cardmaking this week.  I even promised to give you some FREE information!!

First of all, if you ever need something that you don't have, like a certain kind of stamp, for instance, just "Google" whatever you're looking for.   Last January, I wanted to make a card with a cute snowman on it and I didn't have any in my stash.  (I had used up every single cute snowman in my Christmas creations and I wanted to make a January snow card.)  So, I "Googled" "free digital snowman stamps".  I looked at several different links and ended up looking on  Look what I found:

Is that not perfect?  Of course, like I told you last week, you have to make sure that the image you are going to use is copyright free and that you are permitted to use it.  This stamp was perfect to use because right below the stamp, it gave the instructions on how to download it and save it to your file.  That's when you KNOW it's okay to use!

All you have to do is click on the image and "right click" on your mouse and "save it" to the file you want to save it to.   Here's the same snowman after I saved it to my files:

Now you're ready to resize the image and print it out.  Here's the card that I created with this free image:

This piece of swirly red paper was the perfect backdrop for a frosty snowman and a few snowflakes.  I used "Snow Writer" on my snowman and also sprinkled him with glitter.

After I got him colored, covered with "snow" and glittered, I fussy cut him out and attached him to my card.  I even bent his arms out for added dimension.  I also added tiny black beads to make his eyes look a little bigger.  I punched out the snowflakes, added glitter and a rhinestone in the center and added the blue rhinestones to match his scarf and hatband.

There are so many free images out there ~ it's absolutely endless!!  Who doesn't love FREE??   I have even found patterned paper free on the internet.  (I didn't have any St. Patrick's Day paper last year and I was asked to be a Guest Designer and do something for St. Patrick's Day, so I found some great paper on the internet.  But, hey ~ that's for another post, isn't it?  LOL)

Thanks for stopping by today and if you'd like to share anything digital or hybrid, leave me a message here.  You can also upload any projects that you'd like to share with us over on our Facebook Group Page, too.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

One Word Titles

I am a huge believer in the less is more philosophy.
Which I think is why I tend to be more of a "simple scrapper" most days.
And there are days when I believe in keeping my titles short and to the point using just one word.
In fact, sometimes one word can make quite a statement!
For this layout, I just had a simple question that I'm not sure even I have the answer. But the topic is just something that I think about often. Why can't we just let kids be kids? Why don't adults see the harm they do at times? And why are children usually the ones to suffer as a result?

I actually created this one for Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life class. It was the first time I ever used an enlarged photo on one of my layouts. And to me, the one word title was enough!
I really wanted to use this cute little die cut title card on a layout, and finally got the chance with this photo :)
One of my favorite trips ever. And the title page for an album I am creating with my thoughts and feeling about it.
Can I just say how much I loved using a sling! I will always be happy I have this photo :)
And I know I used this layout for my post last week, but it falls under the category :)

So my challenge to you - Create a layout or card using just one word as your title.
When you do, link here or post to our Facebook page so we can see your beautiful work!
Happy Creating!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Crafting on the Go

Happy Monday Nesters!  

I just got back from a family vacation at the beach (which was a special blessing because my Mom was so sick earlier this summer).  In our family, vacations are a time for relaxing, and one of my favorite ways to unwind is to scrapbook.  So, I brought along my "travel bag" of scrapbook supplies.  A few mornings I got up early, and while most of the family was still sleeping, I took over the dining room table at our condo and scrapped.

The layout I shared last week I actually created the first morning of our vacation.  Today's page I worked on over a couple mornings in the middle of the week:

When I'm traveling, I take a limited amount of product.  Sometimes this means that I have to be creative with my supplies (since my husband doesn't feel that 100 packs of Thickers are an appropriate use of space in our minivan!).  

For this layout, I mainly used the Echo Park This & That Charming Collection.  However, the included alphabet stickers just weren't working for the title of the layout.  I had three packs of Thickers with me...a gray set, a newsprint set, and the Studio Calico Heyday mistable set.  I actually had one bottle of mist, but it was a blue that did not match the colors on my page.  So I turned to my other color option - a Stampin' Up! marker.  I used the brush tip of the marker to color in the Thickers and my title was born.  :)

Going back to my limited product, I want to share what was in my bag:
  • a couple old Scarlet Lime kits
  • three Echo Park Collection kits
  • an October Afternoon Collection kit
  • two ink pads and a blending tool
  • three journaling pens
  • white + kraft cardstock
  • a handful of photos
  • foam squares and glue dots
  • my ATG (it's huge, but I love this thing!)
  • a bottle of spray mist
  • tweezers
  • ruler
  • paper trimmer
  • a couple random small embellishments that fit into a mini zip-lock bag (buttons, chipboard pieces, wood pieces)
And that's it!  I got a thirty-one Cindy Tote last year for Christmas, and I've adopted that as my "crafty" travel bag.  If it doesn't fit into the tote, it stays at home!

How about you?  Do you craft away from home?  If so, how do you carry your supplies when you travel?

P.S.  I've included lots of links in this post, including a few to online retailers.  These are not affiliate links and neither I nor this site will receive any compensation if you decide to buy from those links - they're for informational purposes only.  :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Another Hybrid Friday

Hello and happy Friday!  Last week, I told you that I was going to have a little-mini series on hybrid scrapbooking, cardmaking and other projects.  I got a great comment on last week's post from Gale, who said the following:

"I love looking at hybrid projects! Other than journaling and printing some patterned papers, I haven't done much of it at all. I've been collecting tons of digital elements though, so I need to start. Love the layouts!"

This is exactly why I decided to do this series.  I think most of us "collect" freebies that we see when we're surfing the web.  We aren't sure if and when we'll ever use them, but we keep them anyway.  I did that for the longest time.  I saved and collected digital images that I just liked.    I love Gale's comment and I'm pretty sure there are lots more of you out there that do the same thing.

Today, I want to share a hybrid tag that I made.

I bought these little girls as part of a digital kit called  Sweet Spot Designs by Kay Eflin.  I absolutely fell in love with them because they reminded me of the cute paper dolls that we used to play with.

I've created a collage just so you can see how the original images looked.  

I only used two of the images on my tag.  I colored them in and cut them out and attached them to a tag that I already had decorated with Echo Park, Graceful, patterned paper, chipboard embellishments, flowers and buttons.  

Here are a couple of close-up photographs that I took to show the dimensions.  I put the little girls on with pop dots and also put some of the embellishments on pop dots.

Here's one more photograph:

One thing I'd like to add is that I always print my digital images out on fairly heavy weight cardstock if I'm going to be cutting then out (like I did here.)  I wanted these little girls to be sturdy enough to hold up on the top of the tag.  There have been a few times when I've printed the images out on plain colored patterned paper, but it's been very rare.  

Getting back to where I started, with a comment from Gale, keep collecting anything free that you see as you're surfing around on the internet.  NOTE:  Be sure that it's "given freely" - and that there's NO copyright seal on it.  Sometimes, they're given freely, but the artist would like to be given credit if you use it.  They often stipulate that it's "for personal use only".  I'm totally OK with that!  ALL you have to do (here's another tip) is when you "save" the file (the image) - just include WHO the artist is.  (For example: vintage boy in blue_mary jones).  I just made up a file name and artist/owner name, but you get the idea.  If you don't do that at the time you download, trust me ~ you'll NEVER remember where you got it or from whom.

When I'm "out and about" on the internet and find something that is ok to save (under the guidelines I've given you in the previous paragraph) I right click and "save as" then name the file and artist; then save it in my "Downloads" file.  Later on, I transfer it to whatever "picture file" I want to save it to.

I'd like to close by going back to Dawn's post on Monday about Crafty Deals.  One of the things she shared with you was a FREE digital kit from Persnickety Prints.  I get all of my digital layouts printed there and they have sent me a few free digital "appreciation kits".  I haven't used the one that Dawn showed you, yet, but here's a layout I created, using their Sun an Sea kit:

How cute is that for being FREE???  It's cute even if it wasn't FREE ~ but like I said last week, FREE is good!!!  This is my grandson, Asher, taking his very first boat ride on the 4th of July.  This kit was absolutely perfect for this picture and subject and this is a digital layout, not a hybrid one.  I even pulled the photograph into the layout, digitally.  

To get a free digital kit similar to this one, all you have to do is go to the Persnickety Prints Facebook Page, "like" them and you can get the free kit that's on their page.  (Again, it's not this kit, but it's just a cute ~ it has birds and owls on it!)

Come back next week and I'll try to de-mystify hybrid scrapping for you a little more.  I'm also going to share another favorite place to get free images, and show you some cards I've made, so you don't want to miss it!  Keep on collecting things and put them where you can find them.  I'm also going to be sharing with you how I keep my files "straight".  I have soooooooo many digital files and had to figure out a "system" that worked for me.  If you don't, you'll go crazy trying to find things when your digital files collection gets as huge as mine is.  But we'll work on that down the road.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next Friday.   As always, if you have any comments or questions, leave them here or join us over at the Craft Your Nest Facebook Group Page.  I hope I've given you the incentive to try something hybrid and if you do, come on over and share it with us!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Challenge Accepted :)

If you saw this post last week, you will remember that my challenge was to write a letter to use as journaling on a layout. I am happy to say that my friend Shalini did just that!
She wrote a beautiful letter to her daughter. You can see her post about it here and get a closer look at her letter which is so, so touching.
I got to know Shalini several years ago at an on-line scrapbook site that is no longer open. Cropper's Cottage. I met so many wonderful women there that I thankfully am still in contact with because of facebook :)
But I am also a long time reader of Shalini's blog as well. She is one of those women who is literally beautiful inside and out. And her posts always make me think, teach me so much about her culture, and give me DIY ideas for projects. She has recipes on there and beautiful photography from her travels and everyday life. She is a mom and wife so I can relate to her stories about life with her daughters and husband on so many levels.

Thank you for joining in on the challenge, Shalini!
And I owe you a little RAK for playing along :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Crafty Deals

I'll be the first to admit - I'm a couponer.  I'm always signing up for email lists for coupons for everything from groceries to restaurants to - of course - scrapbook goodies.  I'd like to share a few of my recent favorites with the Nesters.  :)

The best deal is from Persnickety Prints.  They are offering this adorable digital kit for FREE if you like their Facebook page!

For more awesome FREE Persnickety goodness - including digital kits, tags, and photoshop templates - check out the Freebies page on their site (hint: scroll all the way to the bottom and sign up for their newsletter to get a bonus digi kit!).

Up next is the fabulous Heidi Swapp and her newly opened digital shop.  She's offering 25% off your entire order until September 14 if you enter the code HEIDI (all caps) when you check out.  Her shop has digital versions of most of her lines revealed at the CHA-Summer show, plus some extra goodness, including this kit with art prompts:

I posted last week how we're already decorated for fall at my house, so it should come as no surprise that I'm already prepping for Halloween.  I've got a couple Halloween deals to share with you today, starting with this half-price sale from SEI:

From now until September 14, SEI is selling blank canvas totes for $2, and all their Halloween iron-ons and tumble-dye colors are half-price!  They even have how-to videos on their site if you're new to the products.

The other Halloween deal is from Paper Coterie.  They have some really cute new Halloween printables (including cards and posters) and they are running a 40% off sale on all Halloween products until September 23 when you use the code SPOOKY.

I think this pumpkin poster is my favorite:

My last deal is from The Confident Mom.  Susan is offering her 2012 Weekly Household Planner for only $5 during the month of September.  I started using her planner earlier this year after starting (and failing) many other cleaning routines in my house.  This one is - by far - my favorite!  I love that the tasks are broken down into small pieces, so you don't feel overwhelmed on any one day.  My boys are able to help with many of the chores, and my house has never been cleaner (you can ask my husband to verify this one!).  

That's it for my Crafty Deals: September edition.  If you find these deals helpful, please let me know, and I'll make this an ongoing series.

Before I sign off, I want to clarify that I am not receiving any compensation (money or otherwise) from Persnickety Prints, Heidi Swapp, SEI, or Paper Coterie; these were just deals that caught my eye this month.  Craft Your Nest is an affiliate with The Confident Mom, and we do receive a small commission from any Weekly Planners purchased through our site (which helps to pay for web-hosting).  I just want to be transparent with our Nest Chicks!

Ah, the memories...

Most of us scrapbook - at least in part - because we want to preserve our family's memories. If you're like me, there are some photos and memories that get pushed to the side for one reason or another.  Personally, I have a tendency to scrapbook newer pictures as they get printed and the older ones sometimes get forgotten.  

This week I'm going to share a layout based on a photo that I took over 4 years ago.  My husband took a voluntary transfer/promotion when his company built a new facility in Georgia.  This is a picture I took on our first trip to visit our new city.  It's been printed out since 2008, just sitting in a basket of photos in my craft room.  This week, I finally decided to scrapbook it:

Here's a close-up of some of the journaling:

My challenge to you is to scrapbook an older photo or memory.  I'd love to see what you create; you can post your work to our Facebook page.

I'm actually busy making new memories with my family this week (I'll share details soon!).  I will be back later today with a second post sharing a few deals that I've been accumulating in my email inbox!

Happy crafting, Nesters!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Hybrid Fridays

Hello Nesters!   Cheryl here to chat a little about "hybrid scrapbooking".  Are you intimidated by the term "hybrid"?  Don't feel alone ~ a lot of people are.  I read once that even if you do some journaling on your computer, print it out and add it to a paper layout, you've created something "hybrid".  Well heck, I've been doing that since I started scrapbooking.  In today's environment, it's SO easy to go hybrid because of the plethora of digital products on the market.  I'm going to show you that you don't need Photoshop OR to a knowledge of digital scrapbooking to create hybrid projects.

For the next few weeks, I thought I'd talk about hybrid projects and give you some ideas to try on your own projects.  I have two paper layouts that I'm going to focus on this week and they're definitely hybrid pages.  I'm on the Design Team at Sketches4All and we have sponsored challenges throughout the year.  The sponsors provide the Design Team Members with product and we have to come up with examples that will hopefully entice the members to buy these products from our sponsors.

One of our themes was "Make a Fall Project" and our sponsor was The Cutting Cafe.  As you probably know, Regina's images are digital.  You buy them, then download them, then print them out.  Regina gave us the images she wanted us to use.  There were several sizes of Fall Bingo Cards, in colors and black and white.  She also wanted us to use her digital frames around some of them.  Everything else was up to us.  Here's one of the layouts I created:

As you can see, I used five fall colored Bingo Cards.  After downloading them and printing them out, I cut them out, inked the edges then attached them to the digital frames that were in the same set.  How cute do they look on this fall layout?  All I did was add a few more embellishments and some journaling tags.  That's one example of what to do with "digital downloads".  Here's another layout I did for the same challenge:

This time I printed the larger black and white Bingo Cards.  I added them in a random fashion right onto my paper layout.  Don't they look striking on the green background?

If this seems just too easy to really be hybrid, it's not.  I absolutely love using digital images and even print my own digital paper if I can't find specifically what I'm looking for in my stash.

If this interests you and you want to ask me any questions or want me to explain anything, just leave a comment here.  We'd also love for you to join our Craft Your Nest Facebook Group, if you haven't already.  We're always talking over there and I'd be happy to hear your ideas.

I'll be back next Friday with another project that I created using the fall images from The Cutting Cafe.  You don't want to miss any upcoming Fridays either, because I'm going to be sharing some free hybrid ideas with you!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Write a Letter :)

Keeping things short and sweet this week :)
This is one of my recent layouts that includes a letter to my daughter reminding her not to grow up too fast.
I want to challenge you this week to use a letter to someone as your journaling. It can be a letter of love or something you just need to get off your chest. It can be to a friend, family member, or even someone you struggle with.
Use this letter as a chance to say what you really feel :)
If you do take my challenge, please link up here or come share with our Facebook group (link top right) Deadline is next Wednesday, September 12th.
I will be giving away a small prize package of some MME goodies to a random participant! :)
Happy writing! :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

We Heart Fall

When you live in south Georgia, fall is a very welcome season.  Autumn has always been my favorite time of year, but especially now, when the end of the hot + humid days is in sight.  In fact, we pulled out our fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving decorations this weekend.  I refrained from putting out jack-o-lanterns and "happy halloween" banners, but our house is now full of pumpkins and acorns and maple-flavored candles (yum!).  In keeping with the theme, I'm going to share a quick and easy project that I completed with my boys.

I homeschool my three boys, and I'm always on the look-out for projects that are kid-friendly.  Even if you don't homeschool, this is a craft that can be completed in well under half an hour, so it would be great as an after-school or weekend project!

All you need are a couple sheets of paper, a heart punch, a pumpkin (or apple or acorn) sticker, an alphabet (I pulled out both stickers and rub-ons and ended up going with the rub-ons), and a frame (I got mine on clearance last year after halloween).

First, cut the background sheet of paper to fit your frame (mine was a 5 x 7):

Next, punch your heart (we punched a few different sizes to compare with the alphabets):

The boys and I tested both the stickers and rub-ons, and ultimately the rub-ons won.  The stickers were just a little too tall for my taste; the boys didn't like that the stickers were multiple colors.  Before rubbing down the letters, I did a quick spacing check:

We originally went with the skinnier heart, but after adhering the rub-ons, it looked too skimpy, so we went with the larger-sized heart.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but the heart is up on a couple pop-dots.  The pumpkin is from a 3-D sticker sheet I also bought on clearance last year:

Note: Make sure your test your frame if you're planning on using dimensional elements.  They fit fine under the glass of the frame I purchased, but I know that's not always the case.  (If a project doesn't fit under the glass, I've been known to frame it on top of the glass, so there are ways around this one.)

And here's the finished product once again:

Are you doing any fall crafting with the children in your life?  I'd love to see what you're creating; please share on our Craft Your Nest Facebook group!

Have a great Labor Day Monday!

Images by Freepik