Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jingle All the Way

Simple Stories and Thermowen have teamed up this week (this includes prizes) and I am here with a fun way to use up those itty bitty scraps you've been hoarding. You know what I'm talking about...the ones that are a bit too small to do much with but you just love Simple Stories sooo much that you can't bear to throw them away!?!? Anyway, I challenged myself to use them up and I thought I'd pass the challenge along to you.  Take a look at what I created using the new Cozy Christmas collection.

I love this photo of my daughter holding her gigantic stocking that's filled to the brim with little goodies. I knew I had to create a re-create a jumbo sized stocking for this page.
How to:
  • Using your favorite stocking cut file, enlarge it to fit the page. If it has circles already, move to step 2. If not, draw circle cut lines. Cut your stocking.
  • Cut another stocking the same size but this time without the circles.
  • Next, place your stocking with circles cut out over the offset stocking and draw the circles so you know what areas to cover with your scraps.
  • Remove the stocking with the circles and add shimmer using glitter spray from Thermoweb. If you forget this step, just do what I did and cover your pattern paper with the circle cut-outs.

  • Take your scraps of varying shapes and sizes and line them up in whatever way they fit. You may have to trim a bit here and there.

  • Once you've placed all your scraps, place the stocking with circles cut out over the background. Stitch around the stocking and around each circle. Adhere or stitch to the page.
  • Add the stocking trim at the top and embellish to your liking.
  • Add your photo in the upper right side of the page or you can layer it over part of the stocking.. I chose to place it where it is to ensure it remained a key focal point on the layout vs. getting lost by mixing in with the stocking.

  • Add your title in an open space on the stocking.

Many thanks to Therm O Web for the wonderful adhesive and glitter spray and to Simple Stories for the amazing Cozy Christmas collection.
Now head over to the Simple Stories blog, leave some love for me and ENTER TO WIN an awesome prize from Therm O Web.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Twinkle Toes & Tutus

Hi everyone! I am up on the Gossamer Blue blog today with a fun, new Pattern Play. This month, it's all about shapes. 

Geometric shapes are oh so hot and add a fun twist to scrapbook pages. If you look through the gallery, you will see some great patterns featuring many trendy shapes. Today, I thought I'd embrace the shape and create some nested circles to use as my background.

How to:
  1. Cut eight 1/2" wide circles offset from each other with a 1/2" between each circle. I created a Silhouette cut file and you can download it HERE. Simply download the file and open it up in Silhouette. You can cut all the circles out of the same paper or simply cut one at a time with different papers, like I did.
  2. Once your circles have been cut, lay them over solid sheet of cardstock and space them out to your liking. 
  3. Choose a 3"x3" circle photo for the smallest circle in the middle of the layout.
  4. Adhere all circles to page with just a little bit of glue.
  5. Machine stitch over each circle. 
  6. Add your title along the curve of the circle.
  7. Add embellishments randomly over each circle.
  8. Journal around the circle to your liking.

I chose to add a sense of energy & motion by adding a second set of geometric shapes (arrows and triangles) all going the same direction.

I didn't want to break up the circular pattern by adding a title that is square to the page. I also knew that my title was long so I used a combination of small and large font alphas. I lined the bottom of the small alphas to the inside top of one of the circles and repeated the same process with the large alphas. I still need to add the journaling. You can bet I will be journaling in the white space along the curves.

That's all for me today. I hope you've enjoyed reading along with me and I especially hope to see your take on this month's Pattern Play in the gallery.

Thanks for stopping by and please enjoy your day!

Supplies: September Main kit, Main Add-on, Main Add-on 2

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Apple of My Eye | Chicakaniddy Crafts Guest Designer

The American Crafts Blog Hop and my Giveaway can be found HERE.

Hi friends! Guess what? I'm guest designing this month for Chicakaniddy Crafts. When Heidi asked me to be her first guest for the new Scrumptious collection I wrote back with a big ole YES! Have you seen the Scrumptious collection yet?

It's really great for everything fall related like Thanksgiving, apple picking and raking leaves. Of course, being in Texas, there aren't any nearby apple orchards and our leaves fall in the winter. You know what else this collection is good for though? Back to school layouts. It has a wonderful mix of  papers and embellishments with a BTS focus.

My little sweetie was soo excited to start Kindergarten. She's been counting down the day that she gets to go to the big school with her older sister for over a year now. She's the apple of my eye and teachers like apples and she was wearing an apple dress soooo why not use apples on the layout?

How to:
  1. Download the free Silhouette cut file I made and choose your favorite apples. Enlarge them to fit 3 or 4 across and down, whatever you like.
  2. Cut them out of your favorite papers, leaving a few spaces on your layout for your photos.
  3. Add fun patterns and embellishments to each apple. The die-cuts, brads and enamel bits from the Scrumptious collection are perfect for this.
  4. Add your title and journaling to complete the page.

I placed my title and journaling in two of the apples because well, there just wasn't going to be room for it anywhere else.

I'll be back in a couple of days with another layout or you can see them both HERE today.

And I'll be back on the Chickaniddy blog later this month with one more project.  Thanks again, Heidi, for having me.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014/15 American Crafts Blog Hop | Undoubtedly Beautiful Everday

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Hi friends! I am excited to be returning to the American Crafts family for a 3rd year. I still absolutely adore each new collection and it's truly a DREAM COME TRUE!

To kick off the new team, we are doing an American Crafts 2014-2015 Design Team Blog Hop. This year's team is much smaller but packed with inspiration.  As you make your way through our 6 blogs, my hope is that you'll be inspired to create your own masterpieces.

Undoubtedly Beautiful Everday by Heather Leopard
Supplies: American Crafts Shimelle collection from Gossamer Blue September kit

How to: Cut 4 - 5 large triangles and adhere them to the background paper with the centers touching.Stitch through the centers. Doodle around the inside edge to help them stand out from the background. Print 2 - 3 photos in a small circle shape. Pick out several sentiments that are round or close to round. Add layers behind each center piece, like ruffled paper, strips, distressed circles, hearts, etc.Add a title in an open area and journal around the outer edge.

You know what I love about blog hops, besides all the creativity and inspiration??? The giveaway.  How about a little #SUMMER in September? I have many papers and embellishments that have hardly been opened/used but I have used some of it. I would love to gift a #SUMMER RAK to you. 

TO ENTER...just follow me on Instagram (@heatherleopard). I share some family realted stuff but I also share sneak peeks of new projects and full scrapbook pages. I am also cleaning/purging my scrap room and there will be lots of giveaways and items for sale on Instagram so head over now and just click Follow.

Don't have the Instagram app? Sign up now 'cause it's soo fun to see what everyone is sharing. Don't have a smart phone? No problem. Just leave a comment below to be entered.

You have until Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm CST to enter to win. Winner will be announced on Saturday, September 6.

Here is the full hop list.  Make sure you go through the entire hop, leave a comment on each blog, then visit the American Crafts blog to win a fantastic prize!

Next on the hop is Nicole Samuels

I hope you have a great day today!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Forever Bloom

When I got the assignment from Paige to use machine stitching on my layout, I was SUPER excited.  I chose to mix it with some interesting cutting so I thought about it, designed the cutting file and went to town with my concept. Here's the finished layout.

Supplies: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Daydreamer collection, Cutting file by Heather Leopard. Download the cutting file HERE.

How to: I designed the cut file (you can download it HERE) so that the triangles can flip up and down and don't actually detach from the page. Then I flipped them up and down and added photos behind 6 of them. I machine stitched around the outer perimeter of the entire design. Then I cut smaller triangles out of pattern paper and machine stitched through the middle sections to secure the triangles up and down so that the photos can always be seen.

I also added hidden gems under some of the triangles that can only be seen if you lift them up. This is where I have the journaling and some other patterns.

I created the title by hand. How to: cut a strip of paper ever so slightly larger than the width/height you'd like your letters to be. Then cut the letters out with your scissors and trim as needed. I was not looking for anything uniform so I just went to town with my scissors. Stitch and embellish as you wish.

If you download this file to use note that the triangles at the top should not be cut with the main triangle design in the middle. If you choose to use them, these should be cut with coordinating papers and they fit within the triangles from the main design.

Thanks for stopping by today. You can see this along with my stitched card on the American Crafts blog.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Here We Go

Happy #ThrowbackThursday

I'm back today with another sports-themed layout I created back in March. Biking is definitely a sport, just ask my dad, who entered his first race this past fall. He trains by biking 100's of miles each week. I think his PR is 58 miles. He rides a recumbent bike and that has worn off on my girls. He bought two for my daughter, who struggles on a regular bike but whips us all on her trike. And just recently, he won a $$$ recumbent in a Facebook contest so now she's really riding in style. Anyway, here she is riding her old trike around the cul-de-sac.

Supplies: Combo 12x12 paper (366804) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Sidekick 12x12 paper (366813) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Duet 12x12 paper (366817) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Pair 12x12 paper (366821) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Companion 12x12 paper (366824) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Thickers Twins Foam Stickers (366837) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Remarks Accent & Phrase Stickers (366840) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Remarks Us Tiny Matte Puffy Accents (366842) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Adhesive badges flair (366906) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Teammate Icon Embroidery Stencil Kit (366848) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Thread Kit / Spools (366864) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Mixtape Washi Tape (366839) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Studio Calico Mr Hueys Mist – Lemonade, Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Primrose

My girls like to race to the middle of the cul-de-sac, where there is a single little street reflector. That's the spot that they race to. You want to ride over it first. We have a ball doing this from the starting line, which is the division line between sections of concrete.

I used the tiny washi tape from the Amy Tangerine Plus One collection to create racing stripes across the page.

Still loving the brush script words and phrases. They make the perfect bold title for this page.

This is definitely one of my more simple page and sometimes it just makes sense to be that way.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Scrappy Blog Tour

Hi everyone! I was soo excited when one of my fave scrappy friends, Paige Evans, tagged me to participate in a Scrappy Blog Tour. If you know Paige, you know that she is a whiz when it comes to creating amazingly unique layouts. She constantly has me saying, "why didn't I think of that?". I've had the pleasure of working with Paige for a few years now and treasure the friendship we've formed.

As part of the scrappy blog tour, I will do a little Q&A and then tag three scrappers who inspire me. Afterall, it's all about lifting fellow crafters up, right? I just wish I could list more than three!

What am I working on right now?
I just received my September Gossamer Blue kit and their new Gramercy Road collection so I had to dive right into those. I usually work on one thing at a time but I couldn't resist pulling it all out when it arrived.

How long does it take me to create a project?
I work full time and devote the evenings to my family so I work on my projects at night when they go to bed. It's a great way to wind down from a busy day. That means that it often takes me a few days to complete a project.  I actually like it this way because it allows me to step away and come back, often with a fresh perspective.  When I do go to a crop, I try to plan as much as possible in advance but it still takes me a few hours. I do a lot of mixing and matching and piecing and sewing so it gets pretty involved but I love the process!

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Pattern papers, sewing machine, my Silhouette CAMEO and paints/mists/gelatos. My kiddos love to create with my watercolors too.

How does my writing/creating process work?
I tend to start with the collections that I want to work with vs. the photos. After I've pulled out all the embellishments and papers (and take a big ole whiff of them 'cause I like the way they smell), I look through each piece to get a feel for the patterns and colors and usually immediately know what photos I want to scrap. I think I'm probably backwards from how everyone else in the world does it but it works for me.

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Once I've chosen the collections and photos I want to work with, I usually have a good idea of what I want to do for my layout but inspiration is all around and I love to soak it in. Thankfully my phone has a camera so I can often be seen snapping photos of things that inspire me while I am out and about. Or I'll rip pages of my magazines. I also turn to my favorite blogs (not all are scrap blogs), Pinterest and online galleries because there are just soo many talented scrappers out there who inspire me.

What is my signature style?
Color, lots of color. And layers around my photo(s). You'll also find some sort of sewing (usually machine, sometimes hand stitching) on 99.99999% of my projects! And probably the biggest thing...I definitely use plenty of pattern paper. My most favorite thing to do is mix and match patterns to make big statements on my pages. Sometimes they are more subtle than others but you don't usually find a lot of white space on my projects.

Stay up to date on what I'm working on via Instagram and here on my blog.

And now for the three scrappers I've're it!

Lilith Eeckels - I am drawn to Lilith's light and airy designs, incredible ideas/techniques and her amazing style, both in scrapping and in fashion!

Alex Gadji - not only is she the sweetest tour guide and a sweetheart, Alex loves to add color and incredible details to her projects. She always has the most brilliant ideas!

Kim Jeffress  - I love this gal's bright and cheery attitude. Kim is a master of integrating colors and combining the most absolute perfect embellishments in all the right places. Her projects rock my socks.

Stop by their blogs today for some amazing inspiration and again next Monday to learn more about them and to see who they tagged.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Makalawena | Gossamer Blue Pattern Play

Aloha everyone! If you saw my post earlier this week, you may have seen that I just got back from Hawaii and had the most wonderful vacation with the family.  Waiting on my door step when I got back was the incredible Gossamer Blue August kit. I immediately dug into my box to find so many summer papers and embellishments, mixed and matched to perfection. Once all the post-vacation dust settled, I gathered up a few of my favorite photos and got a little creative for this month's Pattern Play on the Gossamer Blue blog...

I set out with a plan to mix various 2x2 pieces of pattern papers with a 5 - 6 photos. Once I started placing papers and photos, I doubled the amount of photos to 12. These are my top 12 photos from this particular day at the beach and I couldn't not include them all. The hardest part of this entire layout was sizing the photos so that I could cut them in the diamond shape.  TIP: in order to cut my photos as a 2x2 diamond, I printed them as 3x3 squares, keeping the subjects mostly in the center or slightly offset so I could have some of them running off the page.  If you have fancy photo printing software, you can also create the shape and place your photo in the shape, which is much easier since you can see the diamond outline and size your photo right in the software.

I intentionally left a lot of space in the middle for an offset, funky design and I love the amount of white space it left me. 

Of course I couldn't leave that white space well enough alone. I had to fill it with mist, embellishments and the title but I LOVE it. I chose to scatter the embellishments throughout this space. Why get all symmetrical when I've gone this far already??? I got soo lucky that the title fit perfectly along the row of photos and paper. I didn't pre-measure and really lucked out. If you try this, you may want to design your pattern with this in mind.

Of course, practically all of my projects include machine or hand stitching and this grid style layout  is no exception. 

I made an effort to use patterns and embellishments that would not draw attention away from the photos. I hope you like the design and how I mixed the photos and the papers together. Who's ready to give this one a go with me?!?! Stop on by the Gossamer Blue blog.

Gossamer Blue August 2014 Main Kit, Main Add-on, Main Add-on #2, Life Pages Add-on #3

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ACE | Sports Layout

The weeks are just blazing by these days. Between a MAJOR product launch I am leading at work, back to school coming up and enjoying the last bits of summer with the kids, I just don't like how fast it's moving. Then we have the girls' birthdays and then the holidays begin. What the what???

Anyway, it’s #ThrowbackThursday so as I mentioned last week, I’m here to share some layouts I created earlier this year that haven’t been featured on my blog yet. I should be all caught up in a couple of months. LOL

I created this sports themed layout for an American Crafts feature in April. When I think of the Day Dreamer and Plus One collections, “sporty” isn’t what first comes to mind but after looking at each of these collections a little closer, they actually worked perfectly for the sports photos I wanted to scrap.  


My daughter played volleyball with the Texas Tornados for about a year. We are soo proud of her for trying a team sport. She usually likes solo activities so this was a great thing for her.  They played in tournaments and even won 1st place. I got a few shots of this particular tourney and loved this photo of her. 

The girls do a lot of chants during the game so I thought it would be fun to feature one of their favorites as part of the title.

I simply cut the letters out on my Silhouette CAMEO and then stitched a huge ACE on the photo, using the Amy Tangerine stitch letter template.

I'll be back next week with another sports themed layout....

Love Notes 12x12 Paper (366764) – Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer, Companion 12x12 paper (366824) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Counterpart 12x12 paper (366807) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Date 12x12 paper (366811) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Duet 12x12 paper (366817) – Amy Tangerine Plus One, Twosome 12x12 paper (366820) – Amy Tangerine Plus One

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunshine, Sand & Smiles

Aloha everyone! I just got back from a wonderful vacation in Hawaii and I'm already wishing I was back in the tropical wonderland. Upon my return, I was eager to jump in and start scrapping our vacation photos with the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection. The rainbow of colors and the gradients just epitomize the bright, sunny days we spent on the beach. We were lucky enough to spent our second week in Hawaii with friends who live there. They took us to all the local stops, which included secluded beaches that we had to ourselves, like Makalawena. My oldest daughter claims that the sand is "angel soft" and she couldn't be more right.  It was the perfect sand for drip castles...

I was looking at this collection and I knew I wanted to scrap these photos with it but I didn't have a design in mind. As I was looking through all the great pieces of the collection, I was drawn to the SN@P! Pockets and SN@P! Cards. They inspired this offset grid design and it all just fell into place.

The cards are great by themselves but it's a fun part of the creative process to dress them up with embellishments. I also cut little strips to use as a border on the top, bottom and left, adding enamel dots for dimension.

This cute little journaling card fits perfectly in the SN@P pocket. Simple Stories is just cool like that!  You can also see the "HELLO" SN@P! Cut card. I love that it has the word pre-cut. You can leave it as it or do what I did and back it with solid or pattern paper. I added a die cut and sticker on top to dress it up a little more.
So who else is scrapping their summer photos with me? Are you doing individual layouts, a mini album, Pocket Pages or something else? I have a gagillion photos from this trip so I think I will do a combo of individual layouts mixed with Pocket Pages but I'd love to know what you are doing.