My little nature escape for DOODLEBUG DESIGN design team

Sunday, November 21, 2021

New collection cuteness is coming up... 

After Halloween and before Winter and Christmas, it is always fun to scrap some more Fall photos. I had a fun photo left to scrap that I took a few years ago when taking a walk in the forest, and wanted to use a lot of die cut trees from the new collection, called The Great Outdoors. 

Here's what I came up with...

So as I said, I wanted to use all the trees from one of the Odds&Ends die cut packs, the colors were sooooo gorgeous!! I started by placing them on a white cardstock sheet, checking how I would use them and how many I could fit. Then I stitched trough all of the tree trunks using brown embroidery thread and I distressed the edges with my scissors after cutting off a bit of the white borders.

To have a base to place my trees on, I ripped pieces of three different patterned papers and layered them one on top of the other, starting with the lightest one. On top of that, I adhered one of the green scalloped Paper Frills, which reminds me a bit of grass. 
After placing and adhering all of my trees, I stitched a few zig-zag and straight lines from left to right to add some detail to the bottom. 

For my background, I wanted to add some matching color behind the trees. So I used my watercolors and added a lot of water and then the same colors as the trees. I let it dry for a few hours.
I matted my photo with some patterned and tissue paper and added it to my layout, placing it behind one of the trees. Behind the photo, I added a cloud and sun die cut. 

Then came the embellishing part. I added Jewels, Cute Clips in the shapes of flowers and stars, Odds&Ends die cut flowers, enamel ants and two super cute animal die cuts, an eagle and a bear.

For my title I used one of the Chit Chat word die cuts, saying "Nature" and I backed it with some yellow patterned paper. I also used Alpha stickers two write the rest of the title. 

I really love the colored trees in this layout and how they stand out so much and make the layout so vibrant and alive.
By adding stitched and distressed details, the layout has so much dimension, I LOVE it.

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you very soon,

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Doodlebug Products used:

The Great Outdoors collection

Sunshine Alpahs

My Type Alphas

Other products used:

Brown embroidery thread

White cardstock



Fun at the park layout for Doodlebug Design

Monday, November 8, 2021

After two projects using HAPPY HAUNTING, I went back to the FUN AT THE PARK COLLECTION. I'm super excited for the new collections to arrive at my doorstep, but until then, I wanted to created another layout documenting my visits at Disneyland and using the adorable Doodlebug cutfiles.

To start, I needed to decide which cutfile/s I was going to use. I decided to go with the ice cream one, the cute Minnie bow and the sun. The ice cream is just too cute and with the added bow, it's just to die for... LOL :)

So I let the machine cut out all of the pieces and then I assembled everything, after putting some color around the edges of each piece, with my Distress Oxides. I love doing this when I don't stitch around the border, to give my little characters more dimension and interest. I also went in with my fine tip white jelly pen, to draw the highlights.

Usually, I never use ripped strips of patterned paper on the sides of my layouts, but I absolutely wanted to use this white and black striped paper and since I couldn't use it as a background, I decided to go with the strips... and, I LOVE IT!!! :) I adhered them to a light pink sheet of cardstock, distressed the edges even more with my fingers and then added some pieces of red and white dotted washi tape. I went over the strips with my sewing machine, using pink and orange thread. 

For the background, I had started with something completely different. I used one of the patterned papers from the collection. The one with the colorful confetti. I added gesso in the center and some pink color and created this colorful mess... Well sometimes colorful messes are cool and beautiful, but this time, it was a real mess... :) I didn't want to use that, so I used a simple pink cardstock sheet and added pink and orange to it with my Gelatos. 

I backed my photo on some pieces of patterned paper and then added my big embellishments, as well as my photo, to the layout. For the ice cream and sun, I used two layers of fun foam, to make them stand out a lot. 
Then I went through all the embellishments from the collection and added the popcorn cart Shaker Pop,  enamel popcorn, popcorn stickers, enamel stars and the title. I used the Abigail alphas underneath the photo and hand-cut out the letters to write FUN, on top of the ice cream. 

I'm so in love with the way it turned out!!! :)

So now, run and go grab your amusement park photos to scrap some memories with the adorable FUN AT THE PARK collection and cutfiles! :)

See you soon, 

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Doodlebug products used:
Fun at the park collection
Abigail Alphas
Pink Cardstock


Other products used:
Thread in orange and pink

Friday, October 22, 2021

I like all things spooky and when it comes to October, I could scrap Halloween layouts and mini albums every day :) I love the new Doodlebug Halloween collection, called Happy Haunting, and created my very first layout yesterday. I like the bright colors and I love that there's some pink in the collection. :)

For this layout, I went to the Silhouette store and chose two of the older Halloween cutfiles from Doodlebug, the pumpkins and the ghosts. First, I let my machine cut out all of the pieces, then I assembled all the parts of the pumpkins and adhered them to some white cardstock. I hand-stitched around the whole design, using color-matching thread. To give the pumpkins more detail and dimension, I added shadows and highlights, using Distress Oxides and a white pen. Then I cut the design out, leaving white borders. 

For the background, I did some easy mixed media. First I added color using my Gelatos and a baby wipe and then I added some stars with a stencil an my Distress Oxides. To finish, and make it more interesting, I splattered white paint on top and let everything dry.

For the ghosts, I just added some color around the edges with my Oxides and then adhered them to some vellum using foam squares and ripped the paper around the ghost, leaving a distressed, transparent border.

I knew that I wanted the pumpkins to be on the bottom of the page but I didn't really know, where I was going to place my ghosts.

After some playing around, I decided how I wanted to place the photo and the ghosts and then I started going through the die cuts and stickers to find some more things to add. 
I really love the naked, spooky trees in the background and the little bats, flying around... ;)

To top the layout off, I added some colorful stars, a worm sticker and a cute little shaker pumpkin on top of the other pumpkins. LOVE IT! :)

I hope you like how the layout turned out. Thank you so much for stopping by and see you soon! :)

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Doodlebug products used:

Happy Haunting collection


- Pumpkins - Pumpkin Spice 

- Ghosts - Pumpkin Party

Other products used:

Embroidery thread

Distress Oxides

Star Stencil


Monday, October 11, 2021

What a fun new collection to work with!!! 
I was so pleased when I saw the new Doodlebug collection. I have many theme park photos that I want to scrap and this collection is just perfect for it! :)

So for my very first layout with FUN AT THE PARK, I wanted to scrap some photos I took two years ago, when I visited Disneyworld in Orlando. I had this cool photo of myself, dressed in black and red with the castle in the background and I thought that it was, of course, just perfect for this collection. 

So I wanted to make a Mickey head, because I'm wearing Minnie ears on the photo. I started by drawing half of the shape on a white sheet of paper. Then I folded the paper and cut it out, so that the shape of the head would be symmetrical. I traced it on four different patterned papers from the collection, cut them out and then cut out the inner part, so that the shapes would only be frames of around 1cm thickness. Then I took them to my sewing machine and sewed around them with matching colors and using a gold thread for the black head.

For my background, I used blue gelatos and a baby wipe to create this hazy and soft base for my mickey head. I also added blue and gold splatters. When that was completely dry, I started adding my shapes. I adhered the black and blue ones using liquid glue and putting them directly onto the paper. Then I added the yellow and the red ones, using foam squares. 

I matted my photos on a white with polka dots patterned paper and adhered them to the layout first thing,  to be able to see exactly where I had the space to put my embellishments. I went through the die-cuts and the stickers and chose popcorn, birds, a coke bottle, ice cream, a Minnie bow, a sun, a camera, a palm tree... to add to the frame. 
I also used a castle to put on the inside of the frame. It matched my photos so well :)

Then I created my title, using a Chit Chat die-cut and some alpha stickers in black and red. 
To finish this layout, I added stars, enamel dots and jewels all around the Mickey head frame and then I also added some tangled thread in three places. 

I hope you like the layout and are excited to start working with this super fun collection. I LOVE it... even though there's no pink in it and that means A LOT!!! :) 

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you soon!

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Doodlebug products used:

Fun at the park collection

Shin-Dig alphas

My Type alphas

Other products used:

Blue gelatos

Blue and gold ink sprays

Colored thread


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Are you ready to document October and Halloween?? Well, as much as I hate preparing and thinking about the next season and holidays, while I'm still enjoying the one I'm in at that moment, I think Summer is officially over and I'm ready for Fall and Halloween.

So I decided to create a cute mini album using the new collection, Happy Haunting.

I wanted to include different sized pages, using the tags included in the collection and the tag cut-apart patterned paper. I cut the paper apart, chose the tags that I wanted to use and went through the rest of the die-cuts to see what I wanted to add. Then I also cut out some rectangles from the 6x6 paper pad. 
When I had all my pages, I put them in a specific order, so to have a good mix of different sizes. I stitched some of the tags and papers with my sewing machine to add some texture and then I also added pompom  trim to the bottom of a few of them. 

I attached them all to a black metal ring and then I started with the cover. 

For the cover, I used the amazing green and purple metallic chevron sugar coated cardstock. LOVE THEM!!! I just cut out a long rectangle, folded it in two places and that was it! :) I pierced two holes into the spine to attach the ring to it and the album was basically done.

Then came the good part... the decorating!

To decorate, I went page by page, going through all the embellishments and adding die-cuts, stickers, enamel shapes, jewels, doodle pops, paper frills... I adhered a lot of embellishments using foam squares and tape to create a lot of dimension. 

Here is a look at all of the pages... have fun! :)

I think it turned out sooo cute! :) I loved adding jewels or googly eyes to the little characters. The blank pages and spots are for photos of course and I plan to add photos from when we'll visit Disneyland Paris or Europa-Park in Germany for Halloween. 

On the cover I created a little spooky scene, using a haunted house and some cute characters. I used magnets behind the cat to close the album. It was the first time I tried that and I love how it turned out. 

To make the album even more special, I created a dangly tassel, using all kinds of beads and charms in the colors of the collection.

I hope you like how it turned out and are inspired to create one too!

Have fun and happy HALLOWEEN!!!

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Doodlebug products used:

- Happy Haunting collection

Other products used:

- Beads and charms

- Clasp

- Pompom trim

- Metallic ring

- Magnets

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