September Guest Designer + freebie time! September 18, 2015 07:00 3 Comments

I would like to welcome our September Guest Designer, Heather Leopard!


 Learn more about Heather:

I have enjoyed capturing and documenting memories as far back as I can remember but it was the birth of my children and my desire to capture candid photos & stories for them that reignited my passion for scrapbooking. I love to scrap the little details and daily adventures of my children and strive to capture the essence of whatever it is they are doing in a particular moment in time. My signature style includes lots of pattern mixing, matching, and layering in fun and unique ways. I design for American Crafts, Bella Blvd and Gossamer Blue and manage social media for Scrapbook Circle kit club. 

I was born and raised in the Lone Star State and currently live in Cypress, Texas with my family – hubby, 2 daughters, 1 bonus son, and 2 rescue dogs. I also lead marketing initiatives for a major computer company.

Heather dove into the store and chose some cut files and check out what she made for us!


Here is what Heather had to say about this project:

I love butterflies on a scrapbook page so when I saw this butterfly cut file I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  My little girl recently cut about 10” of hair to donate and I really wanted to document this incredibly sweet act of kindness.  It just so happened that she was wearing a butterfly dress and it just so happened that the new Pinkfresh Happy Things coordinated so well and Nicole’s butterfly file was just begging to be used. 


 To create this layout, I cut the file out of white cardstock. I hand stitched the background to the pattern paper and then I cut the file again offsetting it so it would cut the butterflies smaller than the original. I wanted to be able to see the pattern paper around the butterflies. I used watercolors around the stitched edges to accentuate the colors in the background paper. Once dried, I adhered the butterflies to the page, added my photo, title and embellishments.  I will journal her story later this week once I get my thoughts together on what I think of her generosity.

I asked Heather what her favorite types of cut files were and she said backgrounds! She mentioned that she had some mermaid photos to scrapbook, so I created this cut file for her to use:


Here is what Heather made with it!


 It’s inevitable every year that we go to the beach, Little Miss asks to be buried in the sand so she can pretend she’s a mermaid.  She often makes little ocean friends, like crabs and turtle out of sand to pretend with. When Nicole asked said she’d design a free cut file of my choice I knew it had to be ocean themed and the scales were PERFECTION.  I chose to use the background for 2/3 of my page, leaving the top 1/3 more simple to help balance the page. 


I chose a more labor intensive design for this page but the great thing about background cut files is that you can back it with one or many patterns. I used papers from a 6”x6” paper pad with smaller patterns to fill in the scales.  I simply laid the paper behind the background cut file, traced around the outer cut, hand cut each piece and then adhered it to the back. Then I added photos, embellishments, the title and a cute little quote about being a mermaid.

Would you like this cut file!!! How about for FREE??

Just use the code: SCALEFREE at checkout to get this design for free until midnight CST on September 30, 2015!

No purchase required.

Thanks so much to Heather for joining us today!! To follow Heather and all her scrappy adventures go to:

Instagram: @heatherleopard


Pinterest: @heatherleopard