Tuesday, January 21, 2020


I love using cut files as my title and today I want to share how I made my own in Silhouette Studio! It was really easy to do and I love how it turned out! I started by opening up my Silhouette Studio. I wanted to type out the letters X and O so I selected the text tool (Letter A) on the left panel. Move the cursor to the grid and type out your letters. Next open up the Text Style window on the right hand side panel and pick your font. You can also adjust the size here as well. Next I wanted to created an offset so that I could back this cut file. I highlighted the letters and then clicked on the Offset window on the top tool panel. I knew I wanted two of each letter so I highlighted them again and hit Ctrl+Right Arrow to duplicate the letters to the right. Now you are ready to send it to the machine to cut! I cut my letters out on some white textured out cardstock.
I backed the file with some beautiful papers from the Love Notes 6x6 paper pad and added foam squares to the back of the file. I picked out the Secret Admirer 12x12 paper as my background. I placed the cut file down to the center of the page. I added my two photos to the inside of the O's and love how it turned out! To embellish my layout I used some of the pretty floral odds & ends and also added some chit chat pieces. Here is a look at my completed layout using the new Love Notes collection. Check out my process video down below or; CLICK HERE to view it on my YouTube channel.
 Thank you so much for stopping by.

 Doodlebug Products Used:
 Love Notes Collection

 Other Products Used:
 Silhouette Cameo
 Therm O Web

Monday, January 20, 2020


Who remember making a mixtape? I remember it very well. When I first saw the "Love Notes" Collection, I was drawn to the cute little cassette tapes right away. It reminded me of my high school days. I grew up listening to the radio and trying to record the song that was playing in my cassette tape. You have to remember that I was in high school and recording songs in my cassette is a lot cheaper than buying an album.
 I had so many emotions going through my mind while creating my Valentine's Planner Set Up. I was also reminiscing so many memories. I chose the 12x12 cardstock with the colorful mini hearts. I then added washi tapes on the top and bottom border.
 I played around with the odds & ends since you have so many to choose from. I knew from the start that I wanted to use the cassette tapes doodle pops and the rest just came into place.
 I folded the hearts to give it that 3D effect. I also added hearts and music notes sprinkles. There's no right or wrong way to decorate your front page, just have fun with it.
 I stuffed my planner pockets with more odds & ends, playing with the pieces until I found the ones I want to use. I hope you can see the "our Song" is the main focal point, which goes very well with the theme I was aiming for.
Here is my "before the pen" weekly layout. I haven't decided if I want to use it for memory keeping or to write love letters to my husband every day for the month of February. I think love letters is very romantic and very sweet.
 You can see that I placed more cassette tapes and music notes stickers throughout my layout.
 I used the pink bubblegum teensy type stickers to add the days.
Thank you for stopping by. Stay tune to my next blog to find out what I have decided to use my weeks for the month of February.

Saturday, January 18, 2020


I *heart* the new Love Notes collection and I want to scream it to the rooftops! It is full of lovely colors and little elements that made me jump to my craft desk to create these tiny banner embellishments (I guess I am still in my miniature phase if you remember the micro mini junk journal I shared a couple of weeks ago).

Each of these ended up measuring 1 3/4 by 2 inches. The base is created with patterned papers from the 6x6 paper pad and gold paperclips (from Staples). I cut 1 3/4x4 strips that I folded over the paperclips, adhered back to back and hand-cut into a banner shape.

The next step was to decorate each of them. I created layers with paper, doilies, washi tape or die-cuts. I then mostly combined stickers from the Mini Icons pack, oftentimes adding foam dots under for extra dimension. But I also played with textures by adding buttons, sequins, stitching or twine...

They make me so happy!

They can be used as embellishments into a planner, on a layout, into pockets. Or if you are able to part with them, they would make a cute little Valentine's Day gift for a friend.
I can't pick a favorite, can you?

Friday, January 17, 2020

LOVE NOTES Layout | with Caroli

Last year I experienced several changes in my life, all good changes which helped me to become a better and happier person. Self love is one of the things I learned last year and is what I wanted to document on this layout. 

I went for a super simple design, cutting the word "self" from a sheet of patterned papers and filling the spaces with different things.
I used patterned paper from the 6x67 inches pad for filling some of the letters, the patterns are smaller so they fit better fot this purpose.
I also created embellishment clusters using the Odds & Ends packages and some Doodle Pops and Shape Sprinkles here and there. Machine stitching looks nice around the letters and gives more texture and volume to the project.

I wanted to use photos in a creative way here, so I used one for filling one of the letters of the word. I chose a photo that fit in the letter I wanted to fill, I think the effect is pretty. 
Also, I printed the same photo in a smaller size and cut it as a circle to add a special detail.

Journaling is always something special for me, and here I backed one of the letter with a sheet of patterned paper with a very subtle patter, his way I was able to write my journaling over it.

Finally, for my title I cut the word "love" using my electronic cutting machine and free font "Learning Curve".

It's a all over the page design with lots of little details, different levels, machine stitching around the letters, it's very simple but special at the same time.

I am very happy with how this layout came out and what means to me, I am happy I am able to love myself a bit more everyday :) I hope you like this idea and maybe try something like this or use it as inspiration for a self love project. 

Thank you for checking on us, have an amazing day! 

Thursday, January 16, 2020


Who doesn't love flowers?! I love flowers and that's why I was so excited to see the "I pick you" Odds & Ends set from the Love Notes Collection. Included in this set are 94 die-cut cardstock pieces with images of flowers, leaves, stems, and hearts which make them perfect to create a layout full of beautiful floral scenes.

You probably already know, but if not, one of my favorite things to incorporate into my layouts is lots of dimension and what  better way of doing this than adding some hand-stitching.

What I did was to select a bunch of pieces from the Odds & Ends set and punched some holes around them. Next, I searched in my stash for some embroidery thread and I selected the ones that were closer to the actual color of each of the pieces I was going to stitch. 

After some time, when the stitching part was done, I created a cluster on the left corner of the page where I put the flowers, and since I cannot finish a layout without adding some Sprinkles, I added a few of them around the page.

To add some extra fun, I also took some die-cuts from the "Love Notes" Odds & Ends and used the "So Sweet" from the Chit Chat set as my title.

And that is it for today! I hope you liked this project and I inspired you to create something new! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll be really happy to answer them.

See you!

Doodlebug Products Used: 
Love Notes Collection

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Cherry, bumblebee and pistachio.  These Doodlebug colors just make my heart happy... especially when they are all together!  Another thing that makes me happy?  The new Love Notes collection of course!  
For today's project, I created a heart-shaped mini album using white card stock and 6x6 Love Notes (and petite prints) paper.  
Once I had all of the papers layered together to make six double-sided pages, I started the really fun part ... embellishing!  I love how there are two of the flower clusters in the odds & ends package. This allowed me to place them back-to-back over the album edge on the cover and first page! 
The matching flower cluster on this page is from the icon stickers, and I used sprinkles throughout the album to add a little shine!
The pink mat in the photo above is actually a 3x3 doodlebug card that lifts up to reveal pictures or journaling inside.  
The little notebook on the cherry page above is from the mini icon stickers, and the scallop "love you" circle is from the this & that sticker sheet.  I'm pretty sure I used something from every embellishment source in this collection!
I had so much fun with this sweet little album and I hope these pretty colors and embellishments have inspired you to be crafty today!!  What will you make with Love Notes?

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Doodlebug Supplies Used:
Love Notes Collection
Roses Are Red Shape Sprinkles
6579 Sending Love DoodlePop
6581 Tweethearts DoodlePop
6574 Lots of Love Sprinkles
5829 Valentine Assortment Sprinkles

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Is there anything as pretty as hearts and flowers? Not in my book! This is why I adore the Love Notes collection. These are some of the prettiest flowers and motifs ever and my girly side was so happy to be able to create with them. For today's project, I decided to design a set of notebooks that I could house in my planner. You can never have enough notebooks. I decided to create little covers for each of my Travel Planner notebooks. They are cute enough to carry around on their own! Here's how the set of three turned out.
Aren't these colors amazing? The mix of pinks, red and yellow are just perfect! These are such a wonderful pick me up for this time of the year! Looking at them just make me smile.

They were really easy to make. First, I chose patterned papers that I wanted to use. I knew that I wanted to use the flowers as my embellishments, so I chose polka dots and stripes as my background. Since the notebooks are 8.25" high, I cut the paper to 8.25 by 12" long.  I folded the paper in half and slid the notebook inside. Then, I folded the flap over the edges of the notebook. This holds the cover on the booklet. The nice part is that they are easily removable and I can add a new cover when I want to. I finished each cover off with a strip of paper that I cut with scalloped scissors. I added some trim and a border sticker, as well. I love how it gives the set a cohesive design.

On this first notebook, I added a sticker from the This and That sticker sheet. Next, I added some floral die cuts. I added them with foam adhesive which gives them a pretty layered look. I used some heart shaped sprinkles, too.
This next notebook uses the heart shaped flower wreath die cut. I added it with foam adhesive and placed another heart shape die cut in the center. More shape sprinkles finished off the look.
This last one is my favorite. I created a spray of flowers using the die cuts from the I Pick You pack. I layered them together and added some foam adhesive to several of them. Then I finished them off with the sprinkle dots. I love how bright and fun it looks!
As you can see, these notebooks were quick and easy to create. I'll be carrying mine in my Daily Doodles TN, but they could easily be used for teacher gifts or for anyone who enjoys planning and list making.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my floral notebooks today! Happy Creating!

Doodlebug Supplies:
Love Notes Collection
Other Supplies:
Craft Trim
Hot Glue Gun

Monday, January 13, 2020


Valentine's Day is just a month away... what better way to celebrate than to get crafting with the new Love Notes Collection!  This collection is just so cute!  The colors, the icons...everything!  As soon as I saw the little mailbox in the Odds & Ends pack, I knew I had to make a 3D version.  Take a peek...

This fun little mailbox can be used to hold little love notes (the opening is 1.75" wide...the Mini Love Notes fit perfectly!) or a treat!  The finished box size is approx 2.5"W x 3.25"H x 2.25"D.  I added the birdie from the Tweethearts Doodlepops and a love note from the Odds & Ends package.  The heart in the top center is from the new Heart to Heart Shaped Sprinkles.  Here are some close-ups...

Now for the fun part!  The SVG I created for this project is available exclusively in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop here, so you can make your own mailbox to give!

If you make one, be sure to post it and tag Doodlebug Design on Facebook and Instagram.  We love to see your creations!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek.

Doodlebug Products Used
Love Notes Collection
Dot Stripes Petite Prints Collection
Beetle Black Sprinkles

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