Saturday, August 01, 2020

A Cherry on Top August 2020 Blog Hop

Hey Cherries! Welcome to our monthly blog hop! Today the A Cherry On Top design team's theme is "Hitting the Books." We have all created a back-to-school and/or book themes scrapbook layout to share with and inspire you.

I used the new Bro & Co collection by Simple Stories and I am OBSESSED! 
You can find the process video on my YouTube Channel.

I love this collection so much for my two boys! It has some snark and some whimsy and it totally gets me as a boymom. Traci Reed, the designer is a boymom. She totally rocks it and this is proof!

Blog Hop particulars:

You should have arrived from Erica's blog.
This is the last blog on the hop! Congrats! You made it!

You must comment on all 5 blogs to be entered for a chance to win a $10 credit to the A Cherry on  Top store.

Here is the entire blog line up

I had already scrapped the only two years of Back-to-School photos my family has amassed so far, so I chose a book them for my layout. I am an avid reader since childhood, and I'm so proud that my oldest son is following in my footsteps.

I used this bookshelf cut file from Paige Evan's Facebook group, and isolated a single shelf. I cut it on my Cricut Air. I backed the books with the packaging introduction page from the Simple Stories Bro & Co collection kit! I only needed the tiniest slivers of paper, and the example patterns on that packaging paper worked perfectly.

I used the backside of the cut apart sheet to border the page. It was so hard cutting into the cut apart sheet, because the 3x4 cards are so awesome (don't worry, I have another on the way!) but I adore this plaid paper! I sewed down the inside and outside of the border.

I embellished the page with cardstock stickers from the collection pack as well as die cut ephemera sold separately.

I created the background with a few different Shimmerz sprays. I had to do some mixing to get the perfect, muted, autumnal shades from the collection. I love that the colors are not primary for young kids, since the collection is geared towards teens.

My title is "My Afternoon is all Booked," and it works perfectly for the photo and story! My son went through a phase of asking to go out on our front swing and read after he came home from school, and it just melted my heart. I  had to tell the story of how it reminded me of me reading out on a huge rock at my childhood home.

I hope you are inspired by this blog hop to incorporate some of our ideas onto your own page about Hitting the Books!

I'd love for you to comment with one of your favorite books, as I'm always looking for new ones to read. I love the Harry Potter series (obvi) and Little Women is one of my favorites. But my current read is fabulous - Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. I have also blown through the Ruth Galloway murder mystery series this year by Elly Griffiths, which I highly recommend.

Thanks for hopping along! All of the links in this post are affiliate links, which cost you nothing to use, but I would greatly appreciate your support! 

Good luck on winning the blog hop & thanks for visiting!

xoxo, Natalie


  1. Love this page. It reminds
    me of my childhood - spent
    many hours reading. thanks
    for sharing.

  2. Great page! I love your stitching, paper and embellies. That photo is adorable!!

  3. Wow ! you really put a lot of details into your page. Bright colors and your great plaid base page set the tone for all Boy Joy. And like Mary Holshouser, this page reminded me of my own childhood.

  4. Awesome page. Love that cut file! I am one who always got yelled at by my dad during the wee hours, when he caught me reading under the covers with a flashlight!
    I love all books by JD Robb (the In Death series), Lee Child, Baldacci....I could go on and on. All time fave book: Anna Karenena!

  5. Oh fabulous page and
    love the book cut file!
    Carla from Utah

  6. I’m loving the “punny” title ideas on this blog hop! And I like the primary colors here

  7. Love your stitching and mixed media. I have that collection and have not even opened it up yet.

  8. Great use of primary colors!

  9. Love your style and how you used the Bro& Co! Great process video, too. So clever that you backed the cut file with the cover sheet for the collection!

  10. Awesome layout using that collection. Love the primary colors and the cut file. Great tutorial too.

  11. Kayla Stefaniak03 August, 2020 23:21

    I love how your use of mixed media and sewing adds texture to your layout. As a fellow boyMom, its very refreshing to see a masculine layout that still has some whimsy in it.
    I love Liane Moritary! I devoured 9 perfect strangers in the matter of days and just finished her "3 wishes". So far this year, my favorite read has been "where the crawdads sing". Couldn't put it down! Thank you for sharing your cool layout!

    1. Congrats, Kayla! You're the winner of the blog hop!
      I also ADORED where the crawdads sing!!! I"m reading Moriarty's Big Little Lies rn.