Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Friday

I was really challenged by Mary Jo's post Wednesday about her Project Life pages.  Honestly, I haven't been too keen on Project Life, but I was challenged enough to look and see what was available in digital scrapbooking.

You're probably familiar with Echo Park's "Photo Freedom" but did you know it was also available in digi?  Look what I found and bought.

Aren't these awesome?  I have to admit that I haven't done anything with it yet and hopefully, I'll have at least the month of May done by next week.  I have some great pictures that I'd like to use.  The thing I like about Project Life is that you can start right now.  You don't have to go back to January ~ you can start anywhere you want to.  When I broke it down and started thinking about it like that, it started making more sense to me.  I also just got Photoshop 11 and as always with PSE, there's a "learning curve".  I didn't think it would be that different from PSE 10, but it is.  Anyway, hopefully I can get it all figured out by next week.

Mary Jo also has an awesome giveaway that she posted on Wednesday.  Here's the picture of what she's giving away.

Neat stuff, huh???  Go check out her post and maybe you'll be the lucky winner.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to keep checking our Facebook Page.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Project Life and Giveaway Time!

I finally decided to give Project Life a try, but am just doing a Summer version.
I think it will be a great way to document all of our summer activities.
Here is my title page...
I am keeping it simple and really making it my own I think. My plan is to just use summer lines by Simple Stories. Some weeks I will have a two page spread, and other weeks will be just one page. I am also planning on throwing a few regular layouts in there with favorite summer photos to keep it interesting. We are now into our fourth week of summer here and I am really enjoying keeping track of what we have done so far with photos and my little notebook.

I will be doing a small series about my Project Life album throughout summer. So look for more pages, ideas and tips in the upcoming week.
I also have a board on Pinterest devoted to Project Life HERE.

And now that our new Facebook page is up and running HERE, I think it is time for a giveaway!
I have some goodies from the new Cameron line by Elle's studio including a stamp set, enamel dots by Teresa Collins and some fun retro journal cards by American Crafts to share with one lucky winner!

Please leave a comment here for a chance to win. If you haven't liked us on Facebook yet, you will get an extra entry into the drawing for doing so. If you already "like" us, let me know in the comments as well and you too will get an extra entry!

You have until next Tuesday, July 2nd at 6pm central time to enter. I will be announcing the winner on Wednesday, my regular posting day. :)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Featuring: Mandi

Last week, I posted a sketch challenge (I'm leaving it open until the end of the month if anyone else wants to join!).  Mandi accepted the challenge and posted this adorable layout on our Facebook page:

Didn't she do a great job?  I love the happy colors and the adorable photo!

If anyone else is interested in joining the challenge, all you have to do is create a layout or card based on this sketch:

Then link your project as a comment on the blog or on our Facebook page.  I'll randomly choose a winner on July 2 for a small prize from my stash:

I apologize for the poor picture - it's been raining here + my new camera has not yet arrived.

And one more may know that I am an Independent Consultant with Close to my Heart (here's the Facebook page - I'd appreciate it if you "liked" me).  In July, CTMH is running an amazing promotion, and I wanted to let y'all hear about it early!  Starting July 1, you can purchase the Workshop on the Go Canvas Art Kit for only $19.95 (it normally retails for $39.95). 

I have a feeling that these will sell out quickly, so I wanted to give the Nesters advance notice.  :)

Have a great one!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summertime Cards

I've got my "Card Chick" hat on today.  I thought I'd share two of my newest summer themed cards with you.

I used an image from QKR Stampede for this card.  It's called "Little Boy".  I just love the fact that the little boy is holding a frog in his hands.  It's probably a "gift" that he's brought back to show Mom.  

The patterned paper and embellishments are from Echo Park.

Here's a "cool cat" card that I made using Momento papers.  The "cool cat" is a digital stamp from Eureka Stamp is called "Cool Cat With Shades".  The two round sentiments are from The Cutting Cafe.

Have you made any summer themed cards?  We'd love to see them on our new Facebook Page!  You can share them with us on FB and I'll feature them here in my regular Friday posts.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Layouts by Pam

Last week on THIS POST, I shared some sketches I had found on the internet through The Paper Bakery and Paper Secrets via Ashley Horton.
I love the pages that Pam came up with based on those sketches.
Pam used the sketch by Juliana Michaels from The Paper Bakery to create this fun page, and then linked it up to their blog for the challenge.
And here is her page using the sketch from Paper Secrets which is also a Pagemaps sketch.
So fun to seeing you try these sketches, Pam!

Our very own Dawn has a post up from yesterday with a sketch of her very own creation that you can see HERE. Her challenge also includes a giveaway!

And Sketch 6 by Juliana Michaels is up at The Paper Bakery. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but really love the design and plan to work on it this week. I didn't get around to any sketches last week like I had hoped, but am saving them in my sketch binder to work on eventually. I actually have a board on Pinterest for sketches. But I have a binder from sketches I have printed up, too. I love sketches!
Here is the sketch by Juliana.

If you do try this sketch, make sure you link it up on their blog on the right column HERE, because there is a chance to win a prize if you do. :)

And last but not least, if you haven't had a chance yet, please head on over to our new Facebook Page and give us a like. The group is going to be gone at the end of the month and our main focus will be the blog and the page. You can find it HERE.

See you next Wednesday with a little giveaway of my own! :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sketch Challenge

Welcome to a new week, Nesters!  Dawn here, and today I've got a little sketch challenge to celebrate our new Facebook page!

I created a very simple sketch for you to play with:

I'll be posting my take on the sketch later this week, but I'd love to see what you do with it!  I think this one is versatile enough for an 8.5x11 page or even a card.

As extra motivation, I'll randomly choose someone who posts her project on our Facebook page to win a small prize from me (right now, I've got a Studio Calico mask and stamps from Close to my Heart + Unity pulled out, but I'll probably add something else before I'm done!).

I look forward to seeing what you create!

Friday, June 14, 2013

What's Your Style?

Hello Nesters!

This week, I'd like to talk about "style".  We hear a lot about "style" in regard to paper crafting and we're often asked to describe our "style".  Do you think you have one?  I really don't think I do.  The reason I don't think I do is because my work swings from one end of the spectrum to the other.  

Here's one of the cards that I just created.  I love vintage and I scrap the vintage look quite often, but I'd get so bored if that's all I ever did.

I actually scrapped pretty heavily in the vintage fashion when I first started seriously scrapping, but quickly discovered that the world was full of so many different kinds and colors of paper and embellishments.

Here's a layout I just completed that's at the opposite end of the spectrum.

This layout is brightly colored and very whimsical.  

Here's a new layout (from the same photo shoot) that's somewhere in between.

So, what's your style?  Do you have one or are you like me ~ all over the place?  We'd love to see hear from you on this subject and see some examples of your work.  We just started a new page on Facebook and we'd love for you to "like" us and chat with us there.  Of course, we still love comments here on the blog!!  

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Cheryl ~

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Kit Me!

One of the reasons I started this blog was as an encouragement to use up my stash.  I've posted before about purging my scrap room (and in a few weeks, I'm hoping to do another purge...but I'll get to that in a minute), but I still had a ton of product left over.  And I don't know about you, but sometimes having too many choices is way more difficult for me than having just a few.  So I have all these amazing supplies, and they just sit there because I don't know where to start.  (Please tell me I'm not alone in this!)

This is where kits come into play.  I recently subscribed to Studio Calico after taking a few year break from kit clubs.  I like the variety in their kits, and I really like the way they'll break up embellishments so there's just enough for a few pages, but not so many that you end up adding to your stash (aka, where scrapbook products go to die).

I'm a bit pokey getting through the kits, but I'm actually using them, which is more than I can say about some kit clubs I've belonged to in the past.  And as I was working on a layout last week, it hit me - I need to start kitting my stash (and here's where I'll bring it back to my next purge).  

In my free time (haha!) this summer, I'm going to create my own kits.  At the same time, I'm going to do another purge.  If I don't like a product enough to kit it, I'm not keeping it.  I want to use my stuff, not just let it sit around and collect dust (because, honestly, who likes dusting?).

With a kit, I just dump everything on my desk and work exclusively from that pile (note: this also appeals to the lazy side of my's a win/win).

Due to another personality quirk, I then want to use up everything on my desk surface, which encourages me to scrap.  It's a beautiful cycle. 

Here are a few layouts I've created using the same Studio Calico pile:

The little word embellishments started life as pins (you can see the holes in the bottom where the stick pin used to live).  I used pliers to pull out the stick and then misted + painted these accents:

I even made a rare-for-me double-page spread:

I used a Basic Grey acetate photo frame as an embellishment:

As a way to use up some scraps and speech bubbles (which are just not my style), I created this layout:

The solid colored circles used to be the speech bubbles.  I used them all on this page!

I also created the layouts featured here, here, and here from that same pile (and I'll probably make another 2 or 3 pages before I'm done!).

How do you feel about kits?  Do you belong to any kit clubs?  Do you make your own kits from your stash?  I'd love to know what helps motivate you to create!

One last thing - in an effort to keep Craft Your Nest as streamlined and user-friendly as possible, we're making a change to our Facebook presence.  We have a brand-new Facebook Page!  We will be phasing out the current Facebook Group at the end of the month, so please take a moment to like our new Page...a little birdie told me there may even be a giveaway or two happening there.  :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Just wanted to share a few fun sketches I found on the net recently.
If you are a sketch junkie like I am, you may want to give them a try.
This fun sketch is over at The Paper Bakery. I love all of the banners!
I found this sketch on Ashley Horton's blog, and the layout she created with it is darling!
Don't you think? :) She was a guest designer for Paper Secrets this month and the sketch is originally from them!
And here is the most recent sketch from the October Afternoon blog. It was actually inspired by an image on Pinterest. I love grid designs and really want to try this sketch!

If I do try any of the sketches, I will be sure to share my projects with you next Wednesday! And if you try one, let me know here or on our Facebook group page. Would love to see it!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

More "Sweet Girl" Cards

Hello Nesters!  It's no secret that I love Echo Park paper ~ both "real" paper and embellishments, as well as digital.  I recently bought the Sweet Girl collection and showed you some new cards that I made last week.  I made two more today and wanted to share them with you.

Here's the first one, "You are so cute".

The rainbow patterned paper was just perfect for the background of my card.  The banner is from a sheet of matching stickers and the embellishments are matching chipboard.  Here's a close-up of my card.

I stuck the words directly onto my card, and the flower and kitten are attached with pop dots.  Here's one more view.

The kitten is so cute with his little ball of string.

This card is "Sweet Girl".

The little dresses are from a sheet of matching stickers, so is the wheel and the "Sweet Girl".  The wheel and sentiment are attached with pop dots.  The three little flowers are matching chipboard pieces.  Here's a close -up.

I just love the totally different dimension stickers take on when attached with pop dots.  Here's one more close-up.

These cards, as well as all of the other EP Sweet Girl cards are all going to Send A Smile 4 Kids.  Here is a picture of my cards that are getting ready to be mailed.  I hope these cards will brighten some child's day!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sweet On Each Other!

There is a new "issue" up on the The Paper Issues blog. The sponsor this time is Doodlebug Designs,
and they are giving away two prize packs to participants.
I created this layout for the new issue...

 using the "Fruit Stand" line.
You can check out the new issue HERE. And you can also link up any projects using Doodlebug product or a "fruity" theme.
Hoping some of our Craft Your Nest friends will join in! :)
Please let me know if you do, so I can leave you a comment on your blog!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

This is How I Do It

Hello Nesters!  Anyone else having Montell Jordan running through their minds?

Dawn here, and today I'm going to share my process with you in pictures (I'm still lamenting the death of my camera, and still researching new ones).  Warning: this post is really picture heavy!

I've been working on using up the April Studio Calico kits.  Today, I'm going to share two layouts I've made, and I'm going to walk you through one of them.

Almost always, I start with my picture(s), and then I decide on the size of my layout.  I'm typically a 12x12 scrapper, but lately I've been enjoying the 8.5x11 pages.  Next, I choose the paper:

I'm kinda random when I choose paper...if I think it may work with the photo, I grab it.  I also don't measure my paper.  I typically use my thumb to mark where I want to cut it and go from there.  

I start with what I think will be my "base" piece and cut that first:

I keep building from there:

I knew I wanted the brown paper as my photo mat, but then it needed some color, so I cut the orange dot paper.  I also added the hexagon vellum under the alphabet paper:

There was a teal blue in my son's shirt, so I brought that in with some strips:

At this point, absolutely nothing is glued down.  I took a moment to glue down the paper (but not the photo):

This part of the process goes pretty quickly for me.  It's the next step - adding embellishments - where I get indecisive.  :)

I started by adding a few things to opposite corners of the photo.  At this point, I adhered the photo with foam dots.  I also knew I wanted my title to be in the upper-righthand corner of the photo, so I started to place that:

Once I had the title down, I knew the layout needed something in the opposite corner, so I added this sticker with foam dots:

I was just about finished, but when I looked at the layout, it needed a little something:

I fixed that by adding a bit more of the border strip to the top left corner (you can see that I made a mistake when writing the date, so I just added a small piece of paper to cover it):

And here is the completed layout:

A few detail shots:

The wood piece in the middle photo is one that I shared with you last week.  The "tab" in the bottom photo is actually a slide frame from Basic Grey that I tucked under the picture.

I didn't stop at one layout's another I created using the same products:

Yes, I am a little bit in love with the wood-patterned star stickers.  :)

Here are some close-ups of this one:

Again, I used some of the wood pieces that I created last week.  I still have a couple left over, so you may see those in a future project.

What have you been up to lately?  Anyone else vary the size of her layouts?
Images by Freepik