Manic Diecut Monday: Ruling scrapbooking with an Iron Fist

Thanks for joining us on another episode of Manic Diecut Monday. This time we are talking manual die cutting. Like I said in our last episode, the advent of electrical die cutting machines have added other options to this secret hip subculture of scrapbooking. But there is nothing like going Old School. For my layout share today, I pulled out my cuttlebug and dies from Papertrey Ink, Ellen Hutton, WPlus9, Impression Obsession just to name a few. Wrapped my fist around the Cuttlebug handle and kept turning until I had scrappy happy on a page.

Embrace Life Cover

What inspired the die cutting on this page was the vibrant floral paper from the Fancy Pants Summer Sun collection. Those scribble circle flowers in particular was the theme I wanted to enforce. So I dug around my die collection and pulled out the Scribble Flower Die Cut from Ellen Hutson and the Scribble Dies from Papertrey Ink. And since Scrapbook Therapy does work- I used a coping mechanism of tone on tone for the background and layered the scribble dies cut in white cardstock on the white cardstock background. The entire layout was then mounted on a 12×12 corrugated white paper from Fancy Pants.

Embrace Life 2

Embrace Life 1

I hoped you enjoyed this episode of Manic Diecut Monday and get inspired to pull out those old dies for some scrappy fun. Thanks for stopping by. More to Come. Celia!


Title: embrace LIFE. Cardstock: Fancy Pants (White Corrugated Paper); American Crafts (Fountain); Coordinations (Bright White); Stampin Up (Blushing Bride); Neenah Classic Crest (Gray).  Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs-Summer Sun (Just Beachy, Summer Floral, Gold Foiled Paper, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: WPlus9 (Fresh Cut Florals); Stampingbella (Jane Girl); Technique Tuesday-Ali Edwards (It’s Ok). Die Cut & Punches: Impression Obsession (Tulip Set, Layered Floral Set, Pine Pair); Memory Box (Leafy Foliage); WPlus9 (Fresh Cut Florals); Ellen Hutson (Bold Blossoms, Bold Blooms). Papertrey Ink (Circle Scribble); Martha Stewart Crafts (Heart Confetti). .Embellishments: Fancy Pants Designs-True Friend (Patterned Photo Frames, Label Stickers); Studio Calico (Clothespin); Gossamer Blue (On My Desk); Bella Blvd (Little Bits-Punch); Starform (Glitter/Gold); Freckled Fawn (Enamel Dots). Inks and Color: Stampin Up (Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait); Versamark (Watermark); Simon Says Stamp (Gold Embossing Powder).  Picture: May 2008. Layout Completed: September 2015


You’re Not the Boss of Me: Fancy Pants November Sketch

I am sucker. I can admit it gleefully and happily. I cannot get enough of the Fancy Pants collections. The Meology collection is a perfect example of a mix of typography, florals and graphic design that leads to scrapbook magic. Like most of the 2014  Fancy Pants collections, the Meology collection had Brag Cards which worked perfectly with the November Sketch challenge. I added some interest to the top portion of the layout with a slant to highlight the black/white typography. Paired up some Copic colored florals with a flower punch and to unite the floral brights on a diagonal.

The Sketch:

Fancy Pants November Sketch Contest


The Layout:

She is Me Cover  She is Me4



Title: She is Me. Cardstock: Stampin Up (Primrose Petals), American Crafts (Ocean, Evergreen). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants- Meology (Oh Snap!; In Her Words Attitude, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Stampin Up (Secret Garden). Die Cut & Punches: Stampin Up (Secret Garden, Bird Builder), Martha Stewart (3 in 1 Hydrangea). Embellishments: Fancy Pants- Meology (Sticker Fundamentals, Patterned Envelopes &Folders, Brag Cards); Freckled Fawn (Enamel Dots); Doodlebug Design, Inc, (Sprinkles-ladybug); My Mind’s Eye (enamel dots); Misc. (brad). Markers: Copics (R21, R22, R24, RV23, RV25, RV29, YR12, YR15, YR16, YR27, B0000, B000, B00, B01); Wink of Stella (Fine Glitter Dust). Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot); Momento (Tuxedo Black); Stampin Up (Old Oliver).



You’re Not the Boss of Me: Scraptastic July Sketch Challenge

I wanted to pop in to share the layout I did for the July Sketch Challenge with my Scraptastic July Kit. I stuck pretty close to the actual sketch this time around with only a couple of design deviations that actually work better for my pictures, patterned paper and embellishments.  This sketch is probably one of my favorites I have done so far because it just allowed me to incorporate all of my favorite layout design elements.


The Sketch:



The Layout:

Story of Today cover

Story of Today detail 1

Story of Today detail 2

The rose floral stamps are an older Die-Namics die and stamp set that I recently discovered and it has quickly become one of my favorite to incorporate in my crafting. I have some other Wrapped Up Wednesday ideas that these stamps and dies will be making another appearance so stay tuned. Thank you for stopping by. More to come. Celia


Title: Story of Today. Cardstock: American Crafts (Black); Project Life (Midnight Edition); Neenah Classic Crest (Cream); Stampin Up (Lost Lagoon). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants-Burlap& Bouquets (Fresh Bouquet, Chic Burlap, Together, 6×6 paper pad- Floral Wreath, Vision, Variety, I Heart You, Love Arrows) Stamps: Stampin Up (Beautiful Bunch); Technique Tuesday (Today Banners); Kelly Purkey (Calendar); Papertrey Ink (Clip Tips); My Favorite Things (Contemporary Roses); Blinks of Life; Hero Arts (Brush). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Design Studio (Carta Bella Banners #33147, 3×4 Journaling Card with Scallop Overlay #46843); Stampin Up (Fun Flower); Die-Namics (Contemporary Rose, Layered Leaves); Memory Box (Tabbed Pocket, Bitty Blooms, Bitty Blooms, Arched Stems); Impression Obsession (Layered Flower Set); Technique Tuesday (Banners); Papertrey Ink (Memory Clips); EK Success (Swiss Cheese). Embellishments: Jillibean Soup- Cold Avocado Soup (Flashcards); Chic Tags- School House (Journaling Tags); Studio Calico- South of Market (Alpha Stickers), Wanderlust (Mini Clothespin). Markers: Stampin Up (Bashful Blue). Inks: Stampin Up (Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Crisp Cantaloupe, So Saffron, Hello Honey); Momento (Tuxedo Black).

Flower Power: Colored Pencils

The great thing about paper crafting is being able to color! Now, staying in the lines is a must but not so hard when you have beautiful floral stamps (Heartfelt Creations.. swoon) and matching dies.  So for this Flower Power segment I played with colored pencils. Not quite the Crayolas from my childhood but a selection of Prismacolor artist pencils.  My amateur Copic abilities have been highlighted on more than one occasion on the ole blog. Practice definitely makes perfect when blending with Copics. Colored pencils with the magic of gamsol is an altogether different story, even I can come across as a blending professional. A couple of swipes with the colored pencils in two shades blended with gamsol really set off the flowers in this layout. Another great effect of colored pencils is the more muted effect  that works better with the color profile and cream tones of the Fancy Pants Design papers in the As  You Wish collection.

This layout is one of my favorites- it is the perfect pairing of floral prints, stamping and paper layering.

Destionation Cover

Destination Detail 1

Destination Detail 2

Destination Detail 3

Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia


Title: this is my destination. Cardstock: Stampin Up (Primrose Petals), American Crafts (Ocean, Evergreen). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants- As You Wish (Dreamer, Today, 6×6 paper pad-Dictionary, World Travels). Stamps: Heartfelt Creations (Striped Sun Kissed Fleur, Flowering Carnations 1 and 2); Stampin Up (Petite Petals); Kelly Purkey (Let’s Go); Impression Obsession (Cover a Card Fluff). Die Cut & Punches: Heartfelt Creations (Sun Kissed Fleur); Spellbinders (Carnation Creations); Studio Calico (Heart Geotag); Stampin Up (Petite Petals, 3/8 circle punch), Silhouette Studio Design (8-petal flowers #17645, 3d chrysanthemum #43491); EK Success (Scalloped Scallop; Mini Punch Flower; ½ Circle punch); Marvy Uchida (5/8 Circle punch). Embossing Folder: Quickutz. Embellishments: Fancy Pants- As You Wish (Sticker Fundamentals); Studio Calico (Wood Veneer); American Crafts (Mayberry- Chalkboard Stickers); Basic Grey (What’s Up- Flair, Basics- Enamel Dots); My Mind’s Eye (Cut & Paste- Enamel Dots); Twine + Ink (Enamel Dots); October Afternoon (Woodland Park- Tidbits); Simple Stories (Snap Collection- DIY stickers). Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pine Needles); Momento (Tuxedo Black); Prismacolor pencils.