SCT Magazine: Scrapbooking with Metal Dies

Hello, my paper peeps! Today I am up on the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine blog and YouTube channel with a Technique Tuesday video. I love to die-cut! Today I am showing you how you can use metal dies in your scrapbooking. Check it out!

Creating titles and embellishments using metal dies is a great way to customize a scrapbook page to coordinate with your photos. The best part is that you can achieve different looks with each die set simply by changing the colors and patterns of the paper you use to cut the designs.

Today I used bright, cheerful colors to create a Disneyland Main Street on the following scrapbook page. You can see the Process Video by CLICKING HERE if that is something you are interested in.


I fell in LOVE with the Sunny Lanes Homes 1 and Sunny Lanes Homes 2 die sets the minute I saw them pop up in the store. Today I am using them on this layout to showcase these photos of my family posing on Main Street in Disneyland. Aren’t these dies PERFECT for this?! I know, right?

Before starting my page, I used the Little Clouds stencil, a Jumbo Sponge Dauber, and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to add clouds along the bottom of my Mint cardstock. The clouds make the perfect background for building my Main Street scene!

Next, I used both sets of the Sunny Lanes Homes dies to cut out each piece for the houses using solid cardstock colors. I chose to use a mixture of colors from the SherbetFloral, and Playful 6×8 Pads from

Each building die features indentations on the main piece. I used alcohol markers in coordinating colors to darken the embossed designs, bringing out the brick details. Then, comes the FUN part! Putting each of the houses together. They come together just like a puzzle. The intricate details of each house make me smile!

Next, I lined all of the houses up along the bottom of my layout creating a colorful Main Street scene. I added tiny white flower accents using the Sunny Lane Florals dies. This die set features flowers in various sizes, perfect for accenting any type of project!

I also used the Happy Little Sentiments stamp to add a phrase strip across the bottom of the yellow house.

I used the Nested Flag Banners dies and the Sunny Lane A2 Paper Pad to frame each of my three photos. I stitched around the edges of each banner using my sewing machine, punched holes in the top, then strung them together using baker’s twine.

It’s time to add my title to the top of the page! I used the Basic Bold Uppercase dies for the word ‘Main Street’ and the Modern Lowercase dies for ‘Memories’. 

I wanted the word ‘Main Street’ to stand out, so I added an offset shadow layer behind each letter by cutting them again with navy cardstock from the Playful 6×8 pad. Dots of White Pops of Color on each letter created a marquise sign effect. SO CUTE!

Finally, I fussy-cut tiny butterflies from one of the Sunny Lane A2 papers to sprinkle around the page. They add that perfect ‘magical’ finishing touch!

Creating your own titles and embellishments using metal dies is so much FUN! And the best part is that you can use them over and over again, creating different looks with different colors and patterns. I’m already dreaming of using the Sunny Lane Homes 1 & Sunny Lane Homes 2 dies to create a gingerbread Christmas village this winter!

If you’d like to see a scrapbook process video of this page, be sure to stop by the SCT Magazine YouTube channel!

Have fun creating!



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I’ve been making a point to dig into my stash lately and put a few older supplies to good use. Today I am sharing a layout with a 2017 Jillibean Soup collection called Farmhouse Stew. The warm woodgrain planks combined with the bright ‘B’ sides were perfect for this layout of my husband and I staying at the Wilderness Lodge and Disney World for our 20th wedding anniversary.


I wanted a collection that had the bright colors of Disney World, but the outdoorsy feel of the Wilderness Lodge. This Jillibean Soup collection fits the bill perfectly! I focused on using the ‘B’ sides of the paper, for the base design of the page.

After selecting the collection to work with, I shopped my stash for embellishments with the same colors. I used chipboard frames from Freckle Fawn, teal puffy phrases from Elle’s Studio, and wood veneer hearts.

I dug deep into my stash for the letters for my title. This Heidi Swapp chipboard set is one of the very first alphabet sets I ever purchased when I started scrapbooking and it’s high time I got them used up! I used to use brown A LOT when I first started scrapbooking, but now I only reach for it occasionally. The brown letters look great with the woodgrain background on this page.

I added a brown cardstock scallop across the top of the page to repeat the brown color of the chipboard letters.

My favorite part of this page was fussy-cutting the floral clusters, then adding die-cut flowers and leaves over the printed design to give it more dimension. The flower comes from the Spellbinders ‘I Dance’ set currently on the market. I added a brown-orange gem to the center of each flower as a sparkly accent.

I added a sprinkling of wood veneer hearts around my fussy-cut butterflies. The hearts work well since this is an anniversary layout.

I matted each photo on its own patterned paper, simply because I liked how each photo looked with those colors.

I used up these bright Freckled Fawn chipboard frames from my stash by cutting them in half and tucking them behind the floral clusters. I love the pop of pattern and texture they add!

This page turned out so pretty and it was so much FUN to make. I especially loved adding the die-cut flowers and leaves to the fussy-cut floral clusters to make them feel more ‘alive’ and dimensional. Flowers are ALWAYS fun to work with!

Wishing you a happy day!


Jillibean Soup ‘Farmhouse Stew’ collection (2017)
Solid Cardstock: Simple Stories Color Vibe
Chipboard Letters: Heidi Swapp
Wood Veneer Hearts: Unknown, I think they might be from Felicity Jane?
Chipboard Frames: Freckled Fawn
Teal Puffy Phrases: Elle’s Studio
Gems: KaiserCraft
Flower Die: Spellbinders ‘I Dance’ Die Set

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Simple Stories Flea Market: Delightful

Hello, friends! I’m back again today with another Simple Stories Flea Market layout. Even though this collection is all about vintage flea market finds and being at home, I’m going to use it for an outdoorsy layout today.


This memory is from that dreadful COVID year of 2020. My kids had been home for over a month and were starting to get a bit stir-crazy from the monotonous day-to-day routine. My daughters decided to shake things up a bit by hanging our hammock in the forest next to our house. They spent HOURS out there talking, reading, scrolling on their phones, and just spending time together. It was a great way to find a silver-lining in being stuck at home.

The tag paper in each of the Simple Stories collections is one of my favorite papers. You can use the tags as is, flip them over to the back to use as a journaling or title block, or simply tuck them behind layers on your page as design elements. I’ve added three of them to the top of this design.

I layered together several little bits in the top-right corner of my main photo. Here you will find Journal Bits, a phrase sticker from the 12×12 Sticker Sheet, and foam hearts from the Foam Stickers. A snippet of the scallop border sticker (Cardstock Stickers) peeks out from behind the right edge of the photo for added interest.

I added more Journal Bits layered on the left side of the salmon library card, then added Floral Bits and two camera stickers to the left edge of the small photo.

More Floral Bits, as well as a sprinkle of Enamel Dots, adorn my Foam Sticker title. LOVE all the texture with the different types of embellishments here.

The candy colors and sweet florals of the Simple Stories Flea Market collection have been so refreshing and fun to play with this week! I hope you have enjoyed seeing my projects with this beautiful set of products.

See you again real soon!


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Simple Stories Flea Market: Good Stuff Layout

I recently picked up the Simple Stories Flea Market collection and am loving the girly pink and teal color scheme. Today I am sharing my first layout with this collection. Let’s take a look!


My daughter was so excited when her Church Primary Class teacher invited her and her classmates to help out at her upcoming wedding reception as servers. My daughter has always wanted to help out at a wedding and now was her chance.

Since she was serving cake and clearing plates at the wedding, I thought the plate icons would make a fun embellishment for this scrapbook page about this event.

I fussy-cut several different plates from the Oh, Yes Please paper and grouped them along the bottom of my design. I also used a journal block from the Journal Elements paper.

On the right side of the photo, I layered together a couple of tickets from the Journal Bits. I stamped the date on one of them, then added staples as accents.

I used the ‘Good Stuff’ phrase from the Foam Stickers for a quick-and-easy title. The bright pink color repeats the color of my daughter’s dress in the photo.

A few Floral Bits interspersed between the fussy-cut plates break things up a bit. I also added some foam hearts (Foam Stickers) and clusters of enamel dots for texture and dimension.

I love the way all of the circular plates look along the bottom of this design. This would be a fun design to repeat with punched patterned paper circles or even flowers.

Thanks for coming by today! I hope you found some inspiration for your next scrapbook page!


Hip Kit Club Date Stamp from January Pocket Life Kit

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