Saturday, March 18, 2017

We Love Summer Scrapbook Layout- FREE Cut File

Written by Megan A. Marshall

Hello Lovelies!
I hope everyone is having an awesome day.  This week I worked on my first layout using my cricut.  Lol, my first cutting experience wasn't the greatest.  Yeah... I'm still not 100% satisfied with my cutting machine, hopefully it will change once I have more experience with it. 
I've been wanting to make a layout like this forever.  As you may know I'm horrible with an x-acto knife, so I had to wait until I bought a cutting machine.  I'm absolutely thrilled how it turned out.  Lol, next time I will pick and choose which triangles I want with special pattern paper.  For the rest of the layout I will back with ONE piece of pattern paper (8.5"x11).  It will be a much faster process and I think it will be just as cute. 

I used white butterflies in various sizes starting from the bottom left to the upper right.  This helps give the layout motion.  Your eyes start on the bold picture and works its way down the butterfly path to the journaling portion of the layout. 

I LOVE using my vintage typewriter for my journaling, especially on a layout with a busy background.  It helps it stand out and it keeps a cohesive look in my scrapbook.  Sometimes I add additional journaling on the back of my layouts in my own handwriting.  If I'm really in the mood to write, I might add a little tidbit about the day I created the layout. 
 Lol, Pok√©mon Go was a big thing summer 2016.  Alfredo and I went on a ton walks hunting, but this particular day we went on one of the hottest days of summer.  :p

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

LHTsketch and Giveaway

Written by Megan A. Marshall

Hello Lovelies!!!
Oh my goodness, I am absolutely thrilled to announce our very first LHTsketch challenge.  If you are not familiar with sketches let me share the details.  It*s not difficult, I promise.  :)  A sketch is an outline or draft to help inspire you to create a scrapbook layout.  Sketches are awesome because they help you use your supplies in fun and creative ways.  I especially enjoy sketches because they add interesting layouts to my scrapbook. 


Ok, so I*m going to walk you through our first sketch.  Everything on the sketch is a guideline, put your own spin on it.  So if you are not feeling the giant star, just switch it out for another embellishment.  Maybe you don*t have arrows in your stash, substitute it for something else.  If you have two smaller photos, place them next to each other.  You can also rotate the layout to accommodate portrait photos.   It*s your layout, make it your own.  <3

How to play

Starting the first of every month there will be a new sketch and the challenge will end three days before the end of the month, March 1-29 for this month.  Create a layout inspired by the LHTsketch and post your creation on instagram with the hashtag, #LHTsketch.  If you don*t have instagram you can play along in the "Little Hot Tamale and Friends Facebook group:
On March 31, some of the layouts will be chosen to be featured on the Little Hot Tamale blog, and one layout RANDOMLY chosen for a digital LHT collection of your choice.  :)  Btw, an Easter collection is coming soon. 

Inspiration projects from the

Little Hot Tamale Creative Squad

Gina Vingiani

Little Hot Tamale
Megan A. Marshall

Marietta Macasadia

I'm A Cool Mom

Virginia Villasenor

If you decide to play along this month, don*t forget to use #LHTsketch on your post because I want to see all of your awesome layouts.  I hope you have an amazing week!