Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fill Your Heart with Love

Hello LOVELY Pebbles friends! Heather Leopard is here to share a LOVE filled scrapbooking layout using the My Funny Valentine collection.
LOVE Scrapbooking layout, free cut file and tutorial from @heatherleopard and the #MyFunnyValentine collection by @pebblesinc #pebblesinc #valentines #diy #cutfile #love
This girl of mine fills my heart with all kinds of sweetness so I thought it was only appropriate to express that in a layout.  This layout combines a free cut file, fussy cutting and lots and lots of fun embellishments.  I've included a tutorial on how to re-create this fun page.
LOVE Scrapbooking layout, free cut file and tutorial from @heatherleopard and the #MyFunnyValentine collection by @pebblesinc #pebblesinc #valentines #diy #cutfile #love
  • 2 pieces white cardstock
  • 3 patterned papers
  • Small embellishments
  • Free Love Cut File by Heather Leopard
  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • pencil
  • Sewing machine (optional)
LOVE Scrapbooking layout, free cut file and tutorial from @heatherleopard and the #MyFunnyValentine collection by @pebblesinc #pebblesinc #valentines #diy #cutfile #love
Cut the heart out of white cardstock. This will be your overlay.  Place the overlay over the 2nd piece of white cardstock and lightly trace the inside of the heart so you have a guide for placing your embellishments.
LOVE Scrapbooking layout, free cut file and tutorial from @heatherleopard and the #MyFunnyValentine collection by @pebblesinc #pebblesinc #valentines #diy #cutfile #love
Start filling your heart with embellishments.  You may have to move them around a bit so just lightly add them to the inside of the heart you drew.
LOVE Scrapbooking layout, free cut file and tutorial from @heatherleopard and the #MyFunnyValentine collection by @pebblesinc #pebblesinc #valentines #diy #cutfile #love
Once you've filled your heart, secure everything down and erase any pencil marks you can still see.  These will be covered up but we want to avoid any dark marks from peeking through.
LOVE Scrapbooking layout, free cut file and tutorial from @heatherleopard and the #MyFunnyValentine collection by @pebblesinc #pebblesinc #valentines #diy #cutfile #love
Next, cut the L, V, and E. Adhere them to the page and stitch down the center of them.  Also, stitch around the heart to your liking.
LOVE Scrapbooking layout, free cut file and tutorial from @heatherleopard and the #MyFunnyValentine collection by @pebblesinc #pebblesinc #valentines #diy #cutfile #love
Add a few layers to frame your photo.  I used different sized squares and even cut a frame  to tuck behind the photo.
LOVE Scrapbooking layout, free cut file and tutorial from @heatherleopard and the #MyFunnyValentine collection by @pebblesinc #pebblesinc #valentines #diy #cutfile #love
Lastly, add embellishments and mist splatter to the page.  I used fussy cut flowers, puffy stickers and sequins for my around the page embellishments. So there you have it...a love filled layout, literally and figuratively!
LOVE Scrapbooking layout, free cut file and tutorial from @heatherleopard and the #MyFunnyValentine collection by @pebblesinc #pebblesinc #valentines #diy #cutfile #love

Friday, January 20, 2017

Let it Snow! | Snowflake Garland Cut File

I hope you're staying nice and warm wherever you are!  My family and I just made it back from a winter ski break. It snowed quit a bit while we were skiing and my youngest daughter kept singing "Let it snow". My girls wanted to bring snow home with us but since it will melt here in Texas, I decided to make some DIY snowflake decor with the song we heard sang on repeat.

This project is really fun and easy to create with just a few supplies.  I keep this white frame up in my house year-round and just switch it up throughout the seasons.  It's versatile enough to match almost any decor so it's my go-to when creating something fun for the house.

To create this you'll need the following supplies:
  • white cardstock
  • background patterned paper
  • snowflakes punch or cut file - you can download the one I created HERE
  • garland and faux pom poms - also included in the cut file above
  • alphabet letters
  • glue dots
  • liquid adhesive
  • paper trimmer
Once you've punched or cut everything out. you literally just have to assemble everything. Easy peasy!

I knew this would have to be multi-dimensional since the alphabet wouldn't fit behind the frame. At first, I was going to adhere the garland and the snowflakes to the background paper and place all of that behind the glass but it really flattened everything out a bit too much so the only thing I have behind the glass is the patterned paper. Once the paper was in position I added the garland and snowflakes, moving them around to ensure I had enough space for the sentiment. Once I liked how everything was positioned, I adhered them to the glass using glue dots. The circle "pom-poms" were adhered with liquid adhesive.

Next, it was time to add the alphabet Thickers to fill in the empty spaces!

So there you have it, a reminder of our day on the slopes with my youngest singing at the top of her lungs and a nice reminder that Winter is upon us as we are snuggled warm inside the house.

Pebbles Supplies:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Snow Wonderful

Hi everyone.  Heather Leopard is here doing what I love most...playing with background cut files! This one in particular is the Nordic Background. I used my Scrapbook Circle Everyday Stories December kit and a few snowflake embellishments from Hip Kit Club I borrowed from my friend, Majken.

I altered this cut file just a tad, removing the x's that are part of the cut file so that I could hand stitch them instead.  Then I enlarged it to cover the entire page, removing the lower portion since that was going to be covered by patterned paper. Let me walk you through how I did this...

First, I separated the cut file elements and removed the x's. leaving only the snowflakes and diamonds.  Then, I traced the outline of one of the snowflakes and offset it just slightly, making it a tad bit larger than the background cut.

Then I cut the outline of the snowflakes out of different patterned papers and....

adhered them randomly behind some of the snowflakes to the back of the large cut file. Then I hand stitched the x's back into place.

I didn't have enough variety of the blue-ish patterned paper so I pieces of packaging for the back of the letters.

That's just my way of using cut files (like Nordic Background) to make unique layouts.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top Ten of 2016 | Blog Hop

Hi everyone.  I hope you are all ready for the New Year but before we go there, I'm participating in a Top Ten Blog Hop with an amazing group of ladies.  You are sure to be inspired with all sorts of amazing ideas AND I hear there's several opportunities to WIN PRIZES along the way.

I'm giving away two $10 gift certificates to Paper Issues.  Read more about it at the end of my post.

Without further ado, here's a few of my fave layouts from the year.  I chose to limit it to all layouts but you can see more of my favorite projects here and on Instagram.

Wild & Free

Grateful Heart + Free Cut File

Embrace Life

I hope you are enjoying this hop and that you are soaking up all sorts of inspiration!  

I'm giving away two $10 gift certificates to Paper Issues.  Here's how to enter:
  • Giveaway #1: Follow me on Instagram @heatherleopard and leave a comment on the Top Ten Post. Tag a friend in the comments for bonus entries - 1 per friend you tag. You have until December 31, 2016 at midnight CST to enter.
  • Giveaway #2: Follow me here on my blog and leave a comment on this post. You have until December 31, 2016 at midnight CST to enter.
Now, it's time to visit a sweet, talented friend of mine, Rebecca Keppel.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DIY Mini Christmas Pinatas

Ho, ho, ho and Merry Christmas..  I'm so excited to show you these mini Christmas pinatas I whipped up.

 I created these for us to just have around the house as part of my Christmas decor but as I was making them, I couldn't resist the urge to fill them with candy.  I'm giving it only a few days before I break down and give them to the girls as a nice little treat.


  • cardstock (I suggest matching to the main color of the patterned paper you choose) 
  • patterned paper - NOTE: Please see the supply list at the bottom of this post for actual patterned papers used. I substituted 2 of the papers shown above. 
  • paper trimmer (to cut the paper strips) 
  • fringe scissors or regular scissors to make the fringe 
  • shaped box cut files (I searched high and low for 3D pinata files with little success so my simple solution was to use Christmas shaped box files) 
  • adhesive 
  • sticky dots 
 Let's whip up a few DIY mini Christmas pinatas. First, the Christmas tree.....

  1.  First, fold the cut out shape into the box form. Put them together to form the box.  You may chose to fill them with treat prior to putting them together.

2. Cut 1" strips of Christmas tree patterned paper.  Then cut small fringe from the bottom up leaving approximately 1/4" uncut at the top.

3. Wrap the fringe around the tree.  You may have to cut at the sides to keep your lines straight but you can't tell once you put it all together. Add sequin or enamel dots as decorations.

Next is the ornament...  

I used a circular box cut file and then modified it to create the topper for the ornament.

Create your box by adhering the ends of the paper strip together.  Adhere one side of the ornament to the circle. Next, fill the ornament with any treats or leave it empty if it's for home decor like me. Then adhere the other side of the ornament.

  Cut your paper strips into fringe as per step 2 above.

I added the fringe around the sides first and then I decided to add a circle underneath the fringe so that the red ornament would not show through the fringe.

I added fringe layers on top and then embellished with sequins. I added a coordinating pattern as the ornament topper.

 And last but not least, the candy cane...

I found a cute candy cane shaped box in the Silhouette store and made a couple of cuts.
Then it was just a matter of rolling the bottom portion into a tube and adhering it.  The top part was a bit tricky because you had to roll it while also adhering it at the right angle but it worked out good in the end, once it was covered in fringe.

Fill it with treats or leave empty like I did since it's part of my home decor.

So there you have it, folks. The most adorable DIY mini Christmas pinatas I've ever made and yes, these are the first mini Christmas pinatas I've ever made.

American Crafts Textured Cardstock 12"x12" - Leaf 
American Crafts Textured Cardstock 12"x12" - Crimson

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holly Jolly DIY Home Decor

Happy Holidays, everyone!  I hope you're enjoying this holiday season. I just love the holiday spirit - the excitement, the baking, the decorating, especially DIY decorating!
DIY Christmas Decor made by @HeatherLeopard using the #HollyJolly collection from @PebblesInc
I thought I'd offer a tutorial to walk you through the process of creating this cute Santa display. 

Gather the following supplies:
  • Trifold frame - I got mine at one of the big box stores in the fall decor
  • 6 different pattern papers from the Holly Jolly collection.  See my supply list at the bottom of this post.
  • Circle for the base of your wreath
  • Die cuts (not pictured)
  • red clothespins (not pictured)
  • Foam Dots
  • 2 of your favorite photos.  You can use this to display cards as well.

Cut oval shapes in two different sizes  out of the pattern paper. I cut approximately 10 large and 8 small out of each paper.

Fold each shape in half to give it leaf-like dimension.

Adhere the larger leaves to the circle, alternating them and pointing them away from the sides. It's okay if you can see the base of the wreath.  You'll soon be covering this up with the smaller leaves.

Once you've created your base layer of leaves, start adding the smaller leaves to the top, alternating them and paying close attention to ensure you don't layer the same pattern on top of each other.

  Your finished project should look similar to this.  You may have to re-bend some of the leaves as they may have flattened out during the process of adhering them.

  Add a sentiment to the top, using foam dots. Then loop paper around the top of the wreath so that it appears like it is ribbon. Hang from a red clothespin to the middle part of the frame.

  Hang your photo on the left side and add die cut embellishments.

  Repeat on the right side.

Display this fun DIY frame in your home's entryway as a welcome to guests or on your mantle.  From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!