Monday, July 18, 2016

Scrapbooking Sketches by Heather Leopard to get your creative mojo going

Hey everyone.  If you love working with sketches you're in luck today!  I was looking though my scrapbook files and realized there are several sketches that I never posted on my blog.  I'm not entirely sure why but I don't think sketches necessarily go out of style so I thought I'd post them here.
And I have a question for you, two questions actually. Please leave you answers in the comments.

  1. Do you prefer to have a sample project to look at when working with sketches? 
  2. Do you prefer my b/w computer generated versions or colorful hand drawn sketches, like the ones below and HERE?
I've had several requests to bring back the Sketchy Scrappers posts so I'll start doing that in August, okay?  In the meantime, link up any projects you make using these in the comments.

You can always find all my sketches by clicking the sketches tag HERE or on the right hand side bar of my blog..  

Heather Leopard's scrapbooking sketches for Gossamer Blue

Heather Leopard's Other Scrapbooking Sketches


Heather Leopard's scrapbook sketches for Creative Scrappers. I was asked to create more mixed media type designs.

That's it until the next installment of Sketch Scrapper.  Between vacations and these sketches, that should keep you plenty busy, right?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Amazing Summer Adventure | Silhouette CAMEO stitching holes tutorial

As a Contributing Designer for, I was super excited when Shimelle asked me to create a summer layout. So excited that I created Silhouette CAMEO stitching holes tutorial.

When I think of summer, the things that come to mind are bright cheerful colors and sandy beaches so naturally, I made that the focus of my layout.  I didn't just want to include a nod to summer, I wanted to scream SUMMER!  I knew I had to go with a big, bold title so I went to my trusty die cutting tool and pulled out 6 bold colors that coordinated with Shimelle's Starshine collection and went to work.

To get started, I created the entire design for my layout in the CAMEO software, including my photo and layering around my photo.  I created the letters using Franklin Gothic font in varying sizes between 460 - 525.  I simply enlarged the letters, overlapped them and scaled them up and down until I liked the look.

For this next step you have many options for practically perfect holes for stitching but I'm going to talk about two of my favorites. The first one is to draw the design onto your paper using your CAMEO and sketch pens, then poke the holes yourself.  The second option is a little more complicated but well worth it if you ask me. Take a look at how I added dots onto my letters in the image below. Here's how to create stitching holes using your Silhouette CAMEO...

I first saw a tutorial on this where someone used "o"'s instead of period (.) but there were several more steps involved, including using offset, ungrouping and deleting. Using periods is much, much easier.  My friend Majken gave me the tip and I can't remember who she said used a "." instead of an "o" but it's great and helps eliminate several steps.  So, let's go....

Usually when I want to stitch a cut file, I skip steps 1 - 3 but you have to do steps 1 - 3 this time because you can't add text to text.

1. 1st step is to create a png or jpeg of each of your letters.  Separate your letters and use your favorite snipping to to do a screen capture.

2. Import the png or jpeg back into your Silhouette designer. This turns it into a "shape" instead of editable text.

3. Trace each letter and release the compound path / ungroup them.

4. This is where you'd normally start if you were using a cut file. Using a text box and Times New Roman or some similar font, type in dot after dot after dot until you've filled up an entire row or two of dots. I prefer using a period for my dots but others use an "o". The actual number doesn't matter because you can add more dots to an image in step 6

5. Change the font size to 24 or 36.

6. Click the "Select" Arrow in Silhouette and then double click the text box.

7. The text box turns to a green outline and you will see circle with a plus sign inside.  Click the circle and hold it down while dragging it to the cut file. In my case, that's the "S".

8. Your image will look similar to this.  If there aren't enough dots to cover the entire image, just click in the text box and add more. It's as easy as that.

9. Repeat until everything you want to stitch has dots for holes.

10. Cut your files as you normally would.  A few of my holes were just barely hanging on so I'll be using the double cut option next time and recommend you do that as well.

11. Put a good movie on and stitch away!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Me, Myself & I

I am thrilled to be returning to the JustNick Studio design team.  I absolutely LOVE working with Nicole's cut files.

I love using quilt-inspired designs on my projects so my first instinct when I saw the new July files was to use the Quilted Background.  I used the Gossamer Blue July Main Kit, which is available NOW with tons of amazing add-ons.

This layout you see here was not my original plan.  Let me walk you through the thought process of how one thing led to another...

I decided that I wanted to use the file to piece together a background, instead of cutting it out of one piece and using it as an overlay so I cut 4"x4" squares and placed them next to each other across and down the CAMEO mat.  I cut each piece out and as I was pulling it all off the mat, I was really digging the leftover 4"x4" pieces so, onto the paper they went. I kept the other pieces and I am sure you'll be seeing them on another layout VERY soon.

Next, I laid the squares down, overlapping each other and angled just a bit.  The rest was easy - I added some layers behind and above my photo, added embellishments and mist splatters and then added my title.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Good Life

Hi everyone, did you know Just Nick Studio offers a cut file freebie every month?  You really should take advantage of free cut files every chance you get, okay???  This month, it's the Tic Tac Toe Background. Here's how I used it on a layout.

I chose to break the background elements apart to use as accents for the page instead of a background. This is easily done by Releasing the Compound Path and/or Ungrouping. Once everything was ungrouped, I scaled the elements to the size I wanted. Then I cut some out of the background paper and some out of complimentary pattern papers to layer on top.

I added some stitching around the squares that I cut out and added as an embellishment as well as around the lines that I cut out of the background paper so it could have definition to it.
In the end, this background file is a great take on the classic grid design!

Get the Tic Tac Toe Background for free until June 30, 2016!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Natural Beauty | Pink Paislee

Summer has started out with a bang.  We sent our kids to their first ever summer sleep away camp, which they LOVED, BTW!  While they were gone we decided to re-decorate their rooms so it's been crazy busy. Our littlest now has a french cottage / cafe and the oldest has a super fun loft bed with curtains and gone are the little girl pink walls.  I'll be posting before and after photos soon.

In the meantime, I'm back with my 5th project as the Pink Paislee guest designer for the Outfitters collection. And I still have 2 more to come.

I’m all about using every last bit of a collection so I chose to use the paper strips from the bottom of the pattern papers. I simply cut each strip into smaller strips and then mixed and matched them at a diagonal across the page.

I stitched each of the individual small strips in either a straight stitch or zig zag.

I framed the photos with layers of instaframes, acetate, paper, leaves and flowers that I watercolored.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Dare to Dream

Hello everyone.  Oh how I am loving the Gossamer Blue June kit and add-ons.  It's jammed packed with fun summery collections.  I was drawn to the feathers in the Fancy Pants goodies included in the kit and so I thought, why not create a fun dreamcater?!?!  Then, Nicole from JustNick challenged a few of us to use 4 or more cut files for our project.  She makes that easy peasy with her amazing designs. This is where Gossamer Blue and Just Nick Studios come together to make one!

Cut Files used: Dreamcatcher 1PolaroidsShattered AlphaScript FontSweater Weather

How to: Use the Dreamcatcher 1 file as a guide to create a stitching path. Stitch the Dreamcatcher with embroidery floss.  Add stitched lines for the hanging feathers. Add splatters of color to the inside of the dream catcher as well as below with the feathers. Cut feathers and adhere to the page. Create the title using a combination of the Script Font and Shattered Alpha font. I welded the script font together. After I cur the word "DREAM" from the shattered alpha cut file, I ungrouped and deleted the shattered parts. Then I used the internal offset option to cut the perfect fit for the shattered alpha letters and adhered them to the back. Cut a polaroid frame. Add layers and your photo and done.  I'll be adding journaling under the photo.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dreams Are Born | Pink Paislee

Hello friends.  I'm sharing my 4th project for my guest gig over on the Pink Paislee blog.  This one was created with one 12x12 pattern paper, 1 sheet of cardstock, ephemera and watercolors.

How to: Start by adding color to white cardstock.  I chose blue watercolor. Set aside to dry.  Write your quote in your die cutting software.  Size the quote to dominate the page,  leaving room for photos.  Cut the quote and place it on the layout.  Add photos, overlapping the photos with the letters is you like.  Stitch the letters in place. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Camp Party Invitation and Wilderness Cake | Pink Paislee

Hello friends.  I'm blogging projects 2 and 3 of the 7 projects I created for my guest stint over on the Pink Paislee blog.

THE PLAN: These projects were created for a beginning of summer back yard celebration.  My girls are off at camp this week so I created these to help amp up their excited, as if they weren't excited enough.  Anyway, I created an invitation for them to join us in our back yard, where my plan was to hang huge burlap banners and cute little paper rosettes for the fence from the Outfitters collection, have dinner outside and surprise them with a cake and milk, served in milk bottles with cute little straws and banners created from this collection.

Back yard camping party invitation

REALITY: So I created the card, all the banner, rosettes, little flags for the straws, found the cutest plates and napkins, baked a 4 layer cake and created all the a cute little props for the top of the cake. I was all set to celebrate. Then it rained and rained and rained for 3 or 4 days straight and we flooded...again. Thank goodness we didn't have water damage but the opportunity for the cute outdoor party was lost.  In the end, we had the party inside but I didn't have all the wall space I had planned for.  The kids loved it anyway and drank from the milk bottles and ate their cake.

Banner: The one thing that inspired this cake idea was the "camp" banner. It was all one piece connected together but I wanted to string it on little sticks so I cut them up and stitched them like you would garland.  Then I tied them to the sticks.

Teepee / Tent: I wanted to create a fun scene to celebrate summer camp so my next idea was a teepee / tent.  I cut it using a Silhouette cut file and added sticks that I gathered from outside.  Then, I decorated it with feathers I cut from a paper that had oars all over it.  I simply cut the little oars into the shape of feathers and then added slits on the side to give it a feathery effect.

Fire: There's a camp fire sticker in this collection so all I did was adhere it to white cardstock and had a campfire immediately.  If only it was that easy when we went camping.

Trees: I cut these using a 3D Christmas Village cut file I had.

Fox: My husband goes hunting every year and there's a fox that has come by every year since it was a baby.  They named her Georgette and the girls love seeing photos of her every year so it just made sense to include a fox on the cake.

Although the rain may have put a damper (pun intended) on my party decor, we still enjoyed the cake.  Now my girls are off at camp, hopefully having the time of their lives!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Adventure Awaits | Pink Paislee

OMG, I am guesting for Pink Paislee today.  It's a dream come true for me.  I got to play with the new Outfitter collection and I gotta say, I was a little scared at first because 1. we don't do a lot of camping and 2. I didn't get very many papers or embellishments but I'm always up for a challenge.

Over the next week, I'll post details of the 7 projects you can see now on the Pink Paislee blog.  How fun is that to say?!?!? Let's get started....

Adventure Awaits

How to:

  1. Duplicate triangles in the Silhouette software and replicate it to fill the page.  This is good so you can make sure you'll fill the page evenly.
  2. Using multiple patterns (I used 7), cut the triangles from each pattern.  I cut my paper into 6x6 bits and cut 4 at a time on the CAMEO.
  3. Cut a full page of white cardstock triangles.
  4. Please them down on the page in random order, adhering with just a bit of glue.
  5. Stitch continuous lines across the page along the border of the triangles. Then stitch across the other side.
  6. Add tags and frames for the base of the photo.
  7. Add photo and additional embellishments.
  8. Add the title and strips for journaling.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Every Day Always This - True Story

I am so happy to share my final project as guest designer for Elle's Studio this month. My first project was a mini album but today I’m getting back to my true love, traditional scrapbooking.

Supplies: May exclusive kit, Little Moments 6” x 6” paper stack, Little Moments bits and pieces, Little Moments cutouts, Little Moments journaling tags, Days of the Week acrylics, Good Stuff puffy stickers, letter and number stickers- black

This page was inspired by the background paper. The little hearts reminded me of dandelion seeds, so I decided to scrap these photos of my daughter making a wish with her dandelion. I’m a big fan of fun backgrounds so I decided to scatter flowers throughout the page.

I cut flower petals from various patterned papers found in the 6” x 6” paper stack and arranged them around the page.  I adhered them together in the center using a bit of liquid adhesive.  Once dry, I stitched circles in the middle. Some are covered with larger tags and embellishments, while others are small enough to reveal the stitching.

I layered bits of journaling tags, vellum, puffy stickers, bits & pieces and more under and around my photos. I even cut the center out of the “love this” insta-frame journaling tag and popped one of my photos through it. My title is a combo of the “true story” acrylic and alphabet stickers. And last, but not least is a little note to my daughter.

To re-create this, all you need is a few coordinating patterns, scissors or a die cut machine to cut leaves and it will come together in no time!

Thanks again to Elle's Studio for having me this month!