Friday, July 21, 2017

Awesome Scrapbooking Inspiration and Freebies With The Cherry On Top

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

As you may have read, I'm blogging only once a week this summer with some surprise pop ups here and there.  My connection in our vacation house makes uploading a nightmare.  Like 1990's slow.  Ugh!  Hehehe...  Our other social spots are still hopping, though.  Make sure you're following us and keeping up with all of this scrapbooking goodness and freebies.

I've got another blog full of scrapbooking inspiration and links to all kinds of different freebies, too.  I just posted several on our Facebook Page along with some activities to keep the kids busy this summer.  My guys love all of those mix and mash and make something cool like play dough, slime, silly putty...We've got a board dedicated to keeping the kids free from boredom which makes life a lot easier for you.  Check it out, today!

Designers we're checking out today are, Made By Keuntje, Throwing Some Scraps Around, Aimee Harrison, LouCee Creations, Heartstrings Scrap Art and Party Greif Digital Designer.  Summer fun is in store with bright, fabulous colours, splish splashing, outdoor adventure and well...see for yourself!

I LOVE using bright colours for my pages and projects and made By Keuntje certainly has them in her newest kit, Tropical Escape.  Eek!  That's me and the hubs at our place in Spain.  Nothing like a refreshing cold one on the balcony overlooking the Med!  That's nearly as good as scrap therapy!  hehehe...

I thought Dana's Starbursts templates matched perfect with this kit.  Layer it up, add some fun splatter and by all means a flamingo.  They are all of the rage this season.  I'm digging that for a few reasons. Kits and collections don't always consider supplying a nice selection of varying shapes and sizes and flamingo are that nice long and tall shape that a lot of designers forget to put in kits.  Tip:  The ever handy and ever present stitch and ribbons is a good replacement, though.

 Tropical Escape

I did a double pager with multiple photos, several times with this terrific kit.  Here's my second page using a template from Heartstrings Scrap Art.  Tip:  Masks are so great to use.  Especially, if you have zero blending skills like myself.

 Tropical Escape

Oh, look!  Another double pager with Tropical Escape and I used two, new templates from Throwing Some Scraps Around.  They are so gorgeous and versatile.  Take a look how I used them in the next two pages.  I actually took the cutout paper from one template and replaced the other cut out on another template because I liked it so much.

On this first page, I used one paper behind the flowers and I kept my small clusters similar to the other page to give the double layout a cohesive look.  Carefully placing the water splash to cover JJ's goods!  Hehehe...

 Take Me Away Templates

I SO LOVE this page, too.  See how I used different papers behind each flower?  Lends a lot more colour to my page as well as interest.  I often blog about the different way to change up templates and I'll confess again that I sometimes delete nearly everything on a template and use it more as a sketch. Something to just get me started.  Actually, the only thing from this particular template that I kept the same, were the photo spots.  I even matted them to bring out more colourful rainbow fun.  This was the cut out paper I took from the template above.  You just gotta love the flexibility of templates.

 Take Me Away Templates

Made By Keuntje has a Fan Group on Facebook.  There you can show off your beautiful pages, participate in monthly challenges and grab freebies, my favourite!  Here's July's challenge, free template.

 Made By Keuntje Free Template

You know me!  I can't leave anything alone.  I changed it up, as usual and I used MBK's kit, XOXO yet again.  The colours are so dramatic and the kit has a lovely natural feel that seems to add texture and depth.  Mmmm...

This is the page that started the photo reel rage.  I designed several templates that you can purchase in our shop, but this particular page is a Lissy kay Template.  She's got a lot of awesome full template pages using photo reels.

See what I mean about that natural touch?  Tip:  Photo reels are mega awesome when it comes to getting multiple photos on one page. SIXTEEN pictures are on this one page.  Photo reels are also great when your photos are not.  Hehehe...Tip:  You can use one photo and just crop the person or image you want over and over.

 Photo Reel Templates
Photo Reel Templates from The Cherry on Top

I've got several blogs dedicated to photo reel templates.  Check out this one where I used my templates to design a mini FULL of photos.  Here is a tutorial and a free example so you can try it out. Here, I scrapped with photo reels, traditionally.  There are several tutorials on these blogs.

Here's MBK's XOXO on another page using our 57 Chevies templates.

 57 Chevies Templates
57 Chevies Templates from The Cherry On Top, XOXO from MBK

 57 Chevies Templates
57 Chevies Templates from The Cherry On Top

On to LouCee Creations newest collection, Pool Party.  The colour palette is much more extensive then what I used here.  Tip:  If you are ever overwhelmed by a kit or collections extensive colour palette, pull out the ones that work for you and your page.  

I used a free template from our blog roll, Love For Layout Templates.

 Pool Party

Aimee Harrison Designs has another lovely collection out with coordinating templates, Heirloom Chic.  I used June's free template from Alexis Design Studio for my page and Aimee's Heirloom Chic.  You can get July's free template, still.

 Heirloom Chic

As you may know, Aimee loves freebies almost as I do.  She has them on her Facebook Page, blog, newsletter and often lets me host them here, too.  Enjoy this free cluster and consider following Aimee on her social spots where you can get even more freebies.

 free cluster
 Free Cluster with Heirloom Chic

Sticking with Aimee Harrison and going back to her gorgeous collection with Heartstrings Scrap Art, At The Sea Side.  I just LOVE this collection, including Bryony's lovely templates.

These pics at the beach are just splendid.  I decided to crop in my photo of the beach in my title.

 At The Sea Side
 At The Sea Side, HeartstringsScrap Art and Aimee Harrison

I used another one of Bryony's templates, A Little Bit Arty and matched it up with Feli's new kit, My Dream Garden.  These were such an awesome surprise to see when we visited our vacation home in Germany.  I didn't know what they were until a friend posted a picture of her peonies.  I have two fabulous bushes.  The flowers were enormous!

 My Dream Garden
 A little Bit Arty Templates from HSA and My Dream Garden from Feli

Here's a view from the house, over the river and onto the mountains where the wine grows.  A nifty little house boat was passing when we took the shot.  Cool, eh?!  This pic was taken in the spring and now this view is so lush and gorgeous.

It was a neat treat working with Feli's kit.  I have a lot of Feli's Commercial Use in my digital stash and it's always so splendid to work with.  How could I possibly resist all of this purple?

 My Dream Garden
My Dream Garden from Feli

I've got another freebie for you, today.  Our monthly calendars are a hit.  Use them as your desktop or print them out.  As always, Throwing Some Scraps Around is supplying the goodies to design these lovely calendars.  Check out Jodi's membership plan and follow her social places to keep up with her new releases and gorgeous goodies.

Right click to download your desk top calendar and remember all of our freebies are for Personal Use Only.

Free Desk Top Calendar, Throwing Some Scraps Around's Inner Calm

This was last weeks freebie featuring Paty Greif's newest collection which is taking longer than expected to hit her shop.  Download the free template and wait until that kit is released.  Keep in touch with us and we'll let ya know when that is.

 Free Template from The Cherry On Top
 Free Template from The Cherry

Our blog and social places are FULL O' FREEBIES.  Scroll through previous blogs, check out our freebie boards on Pinterest and get free downloads nearly every single day at our Facebook Page.  Our group is THE place to be.  We give exclusive freebies, sneak peeks, the ladies share off their beautiful pages from designers all around DigiLand, you can ask scrap related questions and join us in scrap chatter.

I'd like to thank you for checking out The Cherry and invite you to return.

Happy scrapping!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Free Scrapbooking Template, Free Word Art, New Releases and Much More

Howdy, Happy Scrappers and welcome to The Cherry On Top.

Since I'm on "vacation", I'm only blogging once a week this summer.  I actually just change houses and this one has an excellent view, but all of the work is still the same.  Maybe worse because I have to get the yard back in order.  Hehehe...

I have got one doozy of a blog, today.  Seriously, make sure ya have a bit of time to leisurely scroll though all of this scrappy goodness.  It's going to be SO AWESOME!  I've got a LOT of freebies from me and around the web, pages and pages of inspiration from our team and lively chatter in between.

Enjoy today's blog and as usual, I'll be holding you hostage until the end where you can find the link for today's MEGA AWESOME, FREE TEMPLATE.  Hehehe...

 Paty Greif's shop

My gal Paty is back in business with her very own store and some absolutely fantastic new collections.  Take a peek at what I've done with them and fall in love all over again with Paty Greif. We are still waiting for this collection to hit the store. Keep your pants on!  Hehehe...


My boys just love Spain.  They had so much fun at a little fair they put up, on the beach, right down from our apartment.  Lovely weather and a chance to punch Peppa Big in the face!  Hehehe...They were in heaven.

Unicorns is a collection full of magic!  Rainbows, a lot of glitter, gorgeous flowers and adorable unicorns that you will want to take home or make a part of your digital stash.  Think printables with these, peeps.  I'm thinking I'll design some coordinating planner printables if Paty doesn't get around to it first.  So keep your eyes peeled if you're into planner inserts.

Here's another new release from last week from Paty, Owl You Need Is Love showed off with our fabulously popular, Luv U 2 Pieces templates.

 Luv U 2 Pieces

Moving on to another fabulous designer, Kim Cameron Designs.  She's got a nifty new kit out as well.  Coastal Breeze is full of Kim's usual goodness with a touch of realistic elements this time to soften up your pages and give them a naturally beautiful feel.

 Project Simple

If you're a Cherry follower, you may recognise the basic layout of these next two pages.  I'm using our Project Simple templates.  They are epically versatile and SO EASY to use, too.  I'm feeling bit guilty at the 7.5 minutes it took me to do the page above, but I LOVE it so much.

Tip:  Merge the desired photo spots then drag in your photo of choice.

I added a large-ish cluster to fill in all of that gorgeous blue sky and added a simple sentiment, scrapped fast and so can you with Project Simple templates.

 Project Simple Templates

The spaces in Project Simple templates can be used for journal cards, photos, papers and elements.  There is so much you can do with them.  I had so many photos to show off on our trip to the beach, that I needed all of those glorious spots for my pictures.  My pictures are typically the star of the show with my embellishments adorning them and adding interest.

 Project Simple Templates

Isn't this kit great?!  Mmmm....I always love a beach kit!

 Coastal Breeze

Here's a few more pages with another one of Kim's kits, Big Blue...

 Big Blue

Big Blue
template and kit from Kim Cameron

Have you still got 4th of July celebratory photos to scrap?  Check out Kim's patriotic kits.  She's got a few in her shop.  Here's one, All American BBQ.  Ya don't have to be American to appreciate it.  Hehehe...It's full of festive, colours and embellishments for any picnic or outdoor celebration.


This is how I used the free word art.  That's my hubs and his new toy.

 All American BBQ

Let's look at some more freebies shall we?  This is a double freebie!  I've used a free template from our totally legendary blog roll for Love For Layout Templates.  Hehehe...(I'm borrowing my kid's epically demonstrative adjectives.)

 Free Template
Blessed from MagsGraphics and Free Template from Neverland Designs

This is a free kit from MagsGraphic Designs you can grab in GingerScraps forum.  It's so bright and fun and can be used for any kind of page you wish to design.

 Free Template

My gals did such a great job playing with my template, don'cha think?  Hilary is an absolute star of a Creative Team Member.  Just look at her fantastic page.  Full of live, brilliance and summer fun.  Of course, a kit from Flergs will always make your pages super pretty, too.

 free template

Did ya see our newest collection in the shop?  Dog Daze is nearly complete in it's entirety.  I've got so many different packs for you to use with your precious pooches and pups.  We had a blast in our Scrap N' Chat where the ladies who participated received a free portion of this kit as well as a free template.  Join our group so ya don't miss out on these great opportunities for exceptionally wonderful free stuff.

 Dog Daze Scrapbooking Kit

One of my number one Cherry Fans, played along in the Scrap N' Chat and made such a fun page with the kit and coordinating template.  Ha!  What adorably funny pictures!  Thanks, Ruth for sharing!

 Dog Daze Templates

Here's a few other template packs in the shop and some inspiration to go with them.

 Nautical Niceties

Another amazingly talented Creative Team Member is Cristiana.  Look at her incredibly beautiful page.  Eek!  A real squealer!  Hehehe...

 Nautical Niceties

Check out a few other super freebies around DigiLand and if ya don't want to miss on daily free stuff then by all means, follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, our Page and especially, our group on Facebook.  It's turning into a great community of chatter and inspiration.

Studio Manu has absolutely gorgeous designs.  Check out her blog, Facebook and the newsletter that is always full of really amazing freebies, all of the time!

 Studio Manu Freebie

 Studio Manu Freebie

Go follow Designed by Gabrielle and keep up with her lovely designs and freebies from My Memories.  How gorgeous is this?

 Designed By Gabrielle

If ya follow, then you know I'm crazy about Aimee Harrison Designs.  She's also a very generous freebie giver as well as stunningly talented.  Looks at some of her latest freebies.  These first two you will find in her newsletter.  She also puts up a monthly free mini on her Facebook page and often has some freebies on her blog, too.

 newsletter freebie

 Newsletter freebie

 free template

Here are a couple more freebies from my awesome scrappy sisters, Jodi from Throwing Some Scraps Around and Dana from Made By Keuntje.

They've got a beautiful, new collection out, You're My Lil' Boy.  I went nuts with it already.  Click here to see our inspiration with the kit and get these nice freebies from Jodi and Dana's fan group.  The images are linked up for you.

Freebie from Throwing Some Scraps Around

 Freebie From Made By Keuntje

Here's another Commercial Use freebie from Made By Keuntje.  It will be on her blog TOMORROW.

 Made By Keuntje Freebie

That was one huge blog full of greatness!  Thanks so much for dropping by The Cherry.  We hope you do it, again.

Happy scrapping!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Free Dog Inspired Scrapbooking Mini From |The Cherry On Top, But You Have To Be Fast

Welcome, Scrappy Sisters!

I'm on vacation so I'm keeping the blogging to a minimum, but still scrapping like crazy and designing fun designs and freebies for now and the future.

Today, will be this week's only blog and it is going to be one packed FULL of inspiration and I'll remind you about the free mini kit that you can acquire through our Facebook group when you join in on our Scrap N' Chat event, there.

I've got your favourite designers on tap, again.  LouCee Creations, Key Limi Digi Design, Throwing Some Scraps Around, Kim Cameron Designs, Made By Keuntje, The Cherry and even a few more!  

Grab a cup of something de-lish and enjoy the show!

I'm starting off with one of my favourite pages I designed this week.

This layout uses LouCee Creations newest release, A Pirate's Life.  I pulled out just a few of the colours from Lou's mega that totally blended with my enormous picture of my oldest son.  This layout was a breeze to scrap, thanks to Made By Keutnje's and Throwing Some Scraps Around FREE template.

It's rather simple in it's basic designs with just a few paper layers and some nice, oversized clusters.  I love focusing on my photos.  Especially, when they turn out this nice, which is a rarity.

 A Pirate's Life from LouCee Creations

Here's a peek at Lou's Mega.

 Free Templates from Made By Keuntje and Throwing Some Scraps Around

And a look at those free templates.  You'll have to hop around a bit to get them, but they are totally worth it.

We'll keep looking at Jodi's and Dana's goodies, shall we?  This time, they've got a fabulous, new collection, You're My Lil' Boy.  Take a look at the amazing scrapbooking goodies and templates you can get.

 Made By Keutnje Template

Here I am showing off my 80's lady selfie with a REAL camera.  My gsm is usually dead and buried at the bottom of my purse.  It's also one of those with...with...buttons!  Hehehe... My bill is like 2 Euros a month!  Hehehe...I refuse to join the Zombie Apocalypse of the head up the phone, continuously.  Hehehe...

 Made By Keutnje Template

The collection is just so awesome, I did a matching double pager.  I had quite a few photos from this session.  We were waiting in the car forever for my hubs who was at a wine tasting!  Hehehe...My little guy wanted nothing to do with the camera, as usual.

The colours are quite different and they look fantastic!  A kind of vintage touch to them a hint of nature, too to warm it all up.

 You're My Lil' Boy

I loved the word art so much, I wanted to feature it along with a cute pic of the boys.  Look at JJ's face!  He rarely gives me such a sweet smile.  I'll cherish this one!

Tip: Scrapping a beautiful page can go really fast when you enlarge the photos as well as the embellishments, like I did, above.  I even designed one cluster and simply copy pasted it into the other corner with just a few adjustments.

Moving on to Key Lime Digi Designs...

 Teddy Bears Picnic

Sandy has a few new goodies in her shops.  There are three packs that make up Teddy Bears Picnic.  The colours give such a lovely natural feel to the kit, softening and warming it up.  Especially, those soft, fuzzy bears adding a touch of whimsy cuteness.

My oldest is leaving his current school and is off to another.  His friends are really going to miss him.  They all came running over and gave him a huge group bear hug on his last day.  Awe....How sweet?!  Liam is the one in the light blue jacket.  He resembles me slightly.  Hehehe...

 Free Template

Friday's are about the freebies and I don't want to leave you totally hanging.  The image above is from our huge roll of free templates.  Click on the image to make sure you got all of them.

 Grill Master from Aimee Harrison
 free template from Miss Fish Designs and Grill Master from Aimee Harrison Designs

This is another page designed with Miss Fish templates freebie from the blog and FB hop.  I used Aimee Harrison Design's newest collection, Grill Master. I've certainly got one of those in the house. Thank goodness.  He's showing off his new toy, a smoker!  Mmmm...

 Grill Master

We'll take a look at a few more templates from Miss Fish Designs and a few new kits and collections.

 Faded Blues from Kim Cameron Designs

The next two pages were designed with Miss Fish Template's Stars N' Stripes.  Above, I used Kim Cameron's new kit, Faded Blues.  There is a lot of denim and lace in this kit that you are going to love.

Liam looked so cute in his denim overalls and sun glasses.  It was fun layering up all of these strips and that splash of red adds a nice pop.

 Owl You Need Is Love from Paty Greif

Paty Greif is once again back in the digi scrap world.  This time she has her very own store where you can find her newest collection, Owl You Need Is Love along with a few of her other collections.

I paired up Paty's new kit with Miss Fish's Stars N' Stripes templates and my sleeping beauty.

I just love these night time backgrounds with the fun, bright embellishments.

 Owl You Need Is Love
Owl You Need I Love from Paty Greif

Here is a bit more from these TWO collections and one of my own templates from Outline Odyssey.

 Outline Odyssey

That's my niece and the rest of her family.  What a fun picture and shown off so nicely with Paty's smashing collections.

I ditched all of my outlines and simply used the layered, centred basis of my template.

 Luv U 2 Pieces

Definitely a favourite page of mine, is this one from Owl You Need Is Love and my templates, Luv U 2 Pieces.  The puzzles pieces are from Snickerdoodle Designs and they add a nice subtly to the page. That's my JJ happy to see the camera.  Yay!  I really think this one turned out super sweet!  I'd love to see what you can do with our more challenging, Luv U 2 Pieces templates.

 Luv U 2 Pieces

Don't miss out on the opportunity to get a free mini from our Dog Daze Collection.  Currently, this collection is in our shop.  On Saturday, we will be giving away a few  pieces from the collection in our Scrap N' Chat event in our group on Facebook.  Join me and my scrappy sister friends for dog talk, sharing photos, downloading the links as they are posted and scrapbooking with the goodies.

Our Scrap N' Chats are done within an hour and everyone who makes a page and shares it in the group, will receive an exclusive freebie from the collection.  We'd just love to have you join us!

All of the details are on this preview, below and in the event, of course.

 Join This EVENT for the FREE MINI KIT

Here's another freebie we have on offer, on this blog amongst the many.  I just posted it the other day because a few ladies really wanted to scrap lift my page I designed using our Love YourSelfie templates.

 free camera png

Thanks so much for checking out The Cherry.  We post free stuff nearly every single day in our group and on our page.  Make sure you're following!

Happy scrapping!