How to Create a Clean and Simple Beach Layout

Hello and welcome!  Shelly with you today sharing a Clean and Simple beach layout.  Dew Drops make the perfect bubble accents on water layouts!

Early Morning and Sunset – South Mission Beach, San Diego, California

Make it:





  • Layout base – (2) different patterned papers cut to 5×12 and 7×12
  • Photo size – 3-1/2 x 5 (bordered) – mat with a 3rd patterned paper




  • All die cuts and stickers from the “Voyage” collection – use foam tape to create dimension with some of the pieces


And the finishing touch – – Dew Drop water bubbles (or vintage fish net floats!)

With beautiful photos, sometimes less is more.

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How to Embellish Images with Dew Drops

Hi Guys,
It is Karen here today to bring my layout with stamped embellishments.  I took inspiration from my little niece’s cute dress to make this layout.   The little bee is visible which is why I stamped and fussy cut numerous chubby bees to embellish the layout.

Unfortunately, the little watermelon embroidered design on the dress didn’t make it in the photo so I added a sweet chipboard watermelon slice instead.


  • Trim a piece of polka dot paper 1/4″ and attach to a coordinating color leaving a narrow border.
  • Use a fancy edge punch to cut a strip of scrolled lacy border onto white card stock.
  • Create a 4″ border with paper strip and attach to the lower edge of the layout.
  • Matte 2 photos together with a narrow border of yellow card stock.
  • Adhere to the photo block to the center of the layout.
  • Use black ink pad to stamp bees onto white card stock, color yellow, and fussy cut.
  • Add clear varnish to the bee’s wings and set aside to dry.
  • For the title, add a scrolling sentiment along the bottom edge.
  • Attach a Round Black Dew Drop to create the bee’s head.
  • Adhere a random scattering of Black Tear Drops as faux watermelon seeds.
  • Finally, attach Yellow Tear Drops as the faux juicy lemon pulp.


Sunflower Seeds Tear Drops

Black Dew Drops                                                                                     Black Tear Drops

Supplies:  2 photos (4×6″)
pattern papers / borders
cardstock (yellow & white)
bee stamp (Stampendous)
black ink pad / yellow marker
lace edge paper punch / craft knife
chipboard embellishment / sticker word
liquid adhesive (Best Glue Ever – ScraPerfect)
transparent medium (Glossy Accents – Ranger)
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How to Make Cute Mini Strawberry & Bee Embellishments

It’s Karen here…to show you how I transformed Tear Drops into cute strawberries & bees.  All you need is a fine tip permanent marker and Tear Drops.  I used them to embellish a double page scrapbook layout and I can’t wait to see how they could be used on cards.  Please share your creations with us on The Crafty Nest Facebook Page.

             Red Tear Drops                             Black Dew Drops


                                        Yellow Tear Drops                    Yellow Dew Drops                                           

1. Matte 6 photos with black card stock leaving a narrow border.  Matte the focal photo with a white scalloped edge border. Add a scalloped edge frame to a 4×4″ photo.
2. Position the photos in an overlapping row with gentle angles. Add a large embellishment cluster in the left corner.

(TIP: Before I adhere anything to the background paper, I stage the layout without adhesive.  When a large section of the background paper is going to be covered by photos, I remove the pattern paper that will be behind them.  This allows you to make good use of your supplies.  I rescued two large sections of paper to be used for other projects by carefully marking with a pencil the outline of the section that could be cut away with a craft knife.  I wound up making some flags from the excess paper which were used as embellishments.  This would not have been possible if I had adhered everything to pattern paper when I first began to plan the layout.)

(after – attached the pattern paper to white cardstock for added stability)

(4×10″ paper section for another project)

3. Use a permanent black marker to draw seeds onto red tear drops.

4. Use green card stock and a paper punch to cut some small flowers. Fold small daisy flowers in half to create a leafy cluster. Adhere to the top of each strawberry.
5. Adhere Yellow Round Dew Drops to the centers of small white paper flowers. Adhere, small clusters with strawberries, leaves, and white flowers.

6. Create bees: Use a permanent black marker to add stripes to yellow Tear Drops to create bee bodies. Add 2 clear Tear Drops to form the wings. Add a round black Dew Drop for the bee’s head.

7. Adhere the bees to the layout. Odd numbers of embellishments are more pleasing to the eye. (example: 1, 3, 5)

A Closer Look:


Other Supplies:
7 photos (4×6″)
patterned paper
thin permanent black marker
small white paper flowers
green & black card stock
leafy branch paper punch / mini daisy paper punch
liquid adhesive
scalloped edge frames

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FUN at the Playground – Scrapbooking

Welcome back to the Blog! I hope you are enjoying your summer. These guys! My grandsons, bring me so much JOY. This scrapbook page is a 12×12 layout of them playing at a nearby playground.

There’s a lot going on here, but I’ll give you some shortcuts and tips.


Robin’s Nest Dew Drops (red and teal)
Computer and printer
12 x 12 background paper (Colorbok)
Photo paper
Aqua Cardstock
Natural colored Tag (3×5″)
Red Marker – IMPRESS Dual Marker #4 Poppy Red
Red Pepper dye ink pad – Adirondack (Ranger Ink)
Red ribbon
Skeleton leaves (green)
Red glitter glue (Stickles by Ranger Ink)
Cutting tools and adhesives


1. TITLE: Using a simple office program, (I use LibreOffice) select the “draw” option (verses writer or spreadsheet option) and create a digital Title.  Format your document to 12×12 size and insert TEXT BLOCKS and arrange them.  There are four text blocks:
a. “FUN” uses Impact (font) at 150 pt, bold with a drop shadow.
b. “@” is Arial Black (font) at 48 pt, bold. Although you can type in the heart shapes, I couldn’t get it centered where I wanted it.
c. “the” is Liberation Sans (font) 48 pt, bold.
d. “Playground” is Agreloy (font) 88 pt, not bold.
e.  The tool bar on the left has options for shapes, find the heart shape, create 2 approximately
1 1/2″ square.  Change the “area” color to red, if that’s not your default. The second heart with “the” inside it is rotated 45 degrees. Find this under “Position and Size” when you right click the image, then select “rotate”.

*YOU CAN SKIP ALL THAT! You’re welcome to use this image for your title, if you’d like to create this layout.

2. Print your title onto the background paper.

3.  Because I selected a colored background paper and really wanted the hearts to POP, I printed the title again on photo paper, cut them out and placed over the hearts printed on the background. Bright white card stock will work just fine, too. I used the red marker around the edges so no white of the paper would show.

4. Print photos and matte them on aqua card stock.

5. Adhere the matted photos to the background paper. The first photo only has adhesive on 3 sides, so I could tuck the tag behind it with journaling, names and dates.

6. Ink the edges of your tag, attach the red ribbon and journal to your hearts’ content.

7. Adhere the skeleton leaves to the left of the title. (I used Craft Bond, spray adhesive). Embellish with three aqua Dew Drops. 

8. Draw flourishes onto the background paper, lightly with pencil.  Use a liquid adhesive to adhere Dew Drops along your guidelines. Accent a few curves with red glitter glue. Let dry completely.

I hope you give it a try! I enjoy printing my scrapbook page titles directly onto the background paper. You always get the font and color you want. I don’t have good luck with alphabet collections. (smile) Printed titles can always be embellished, too!

With all of the fabulous Dew Drops colors available, you can really make this project your own creation. I selected red, because of the red in the photos.

Thanks for stopping by!
Craft on!

You can also find me at: BCDesigns, 

How to Embellish a Sweet Baby Layout

Hello Friends, It’s Karen today here today to share an easy way to embellish a sweet baby layout. Cutting balloon shapes out of vellum paper really enhanced the appearance of realistic depth to the layout. When embellishing a layout, I always select the placement of the largest embellishments first and continue to embellish in decreasing sizes. Therefore, Dew Drops are the last finishing touch for a layout as they are the smallest embellishment.

I will warn you now, there is an over-abundance of cuteness ahead!
(FYI: I wanted to mention that I do not adhere pieces as I go. First, I design the layout so nothing is ever glued in place until the layout is complete. I learned not to be too eager to adhere things in order to avoid “Scrapper’s regret.”  I learned the hard way when I attached photos and then discovered my tittle wouldn’t fit in the space I left for it.  I do not attach the photos so my layouts are constantly evolving as I select and position coordinating embellishments.)
1.  Adhere 3 photos in a column about 2″ from the left edge.  (TIP: Rescue the paper underneath where you plan to put the photos to use for future projects.  I chose to cut out some of the balloons
and then use them as embellishments.)
 2.  Attach a scalloped strip 1/2″ wide along both sides of the photos.
3. Cut some balloons from the excess background paper or use a die cut or balloon paper punch. Also, cut some from vellum because the semi-transparent layer will add a realistic appearance to the layered balloons. Cluster some balloons together and have some overlap the photo.
4. Embellish with small circles in various sizes.
5. Add a random scattering of confetti like Dew Drops. Use various sizes and different shades of pink for added interest.  Finally, create a title with chipboard letters partially overlapping the photos.
A Closer Look:
Other Supplies:
pattern paper / vellum
scallop border strips
chipboard alphabet
3 photos (4×6″)
liquid adhesive
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Cropping in the Time of Covid-19 (a scrapbook layout)

Hello and welcome – Shelly with you today sharing a scrapbook layout that is the first of several I will  be creating to document my experiences during the Covid-19 Pandemic.


I decided to create this layout about the last crop I attended before we were hit with lockdowns, shut downs and mandatory mask wearing – we were doing the “6 ft social distancing” but we were blissfully unaware of what was to happen the following week!  So I kept the tone of this layout bright and happy.

Supply List:

Original Dew Drops
Mini Dew Drops
Tear Drops
Diamond Dew Drops
PhotoPlay Paper “You had me at Paper” collection
ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever
Tattered Angels Mists

Lots of layering, die cuts and stickers

I often decide after a layout is all glued down that I need some drips and sprays – so I just use a piece of scrap paper to mask off where I do not want the paint to hit

Now kick this layout up a notch with Dew Drops!

I like to dump out the Dew Drops and spread them around until it looks pleasing to my eye….


Mix in a few sequins, too

Thanks for stopping by the blog today – have a creative week!

How to Embellish a Fun Summer Layout

Hi Crafty Gals,
Karen here…to share how I embellished a fun Summer layout.  I placed the Dew Drops to appear like bubbly clusters.  I used numerous colors and various sizes to create movement and placed a few of them over the photos to add more depth to the layout. Let’s go!


1.  Cut a 4×12″ strip of solid cardstock and then die cut a floral design into the corner. Adhere it vertically along the left edge of a patterned sheet of 12×12″ paper. Add a narrow strip of coordinating paper at the junction.

2. Matte the photos with coordinating card stock and decide their placement. Mark the area that will be covered by the photos lightly with a pencil. Remove the photos and carefully cut out any images from the background paper that can be used as embellishments. I removed a section of flowers and leaves and fussy cut them.



3. Adhere the photos to the layout and attach a strip (3×12″) of complementary patterned paper along the lower edge.

4. Next, add some of the rescued paper embellishments partially sticking out from behind the left photo. 

5. Add a variety of seashell stickers scattered underneath the photos.

6. Cut a 1 yard piece of plastic cording. Wind it into loose circles (5-6 times) to form a simple frame. Secure with a small bit of wire and place over the right photo. Use a needle and thread to sew a basting stitch along the edge of a strip of tulle. Gently pull the thread to gather the tulle and secure and add it to the top right of the frame.  Cut two daisy shapes from tulle netting and use a needle and thread to cinch the middle to give added dimension to the faux flower. Adhere a gem in the center and finally, attach it over the paper flower cluster.

7. Lastly, adhere a scattering of Dew Drops in bubble-like clusters around the layout. Use 3-4 colors of Dew Drops in various sizes for added effect.  (pink, blue, clear, pearl)

TIP:  To avoid disappointment and frustration, place Dew Drops on the layout without adhesive to practice the arrangement.  When you are satisfied, adhere them replacing the loose Dew Drops one at a time.  Alternatively, take a photo of the layout before you move anything so that you can refer to it when you are ready to glue everything into place.

A Closer Look at the Details…

Other Supplies:
pattern papers & card stock
liquid adhesive
2 photos (4×6″)
floral die
tulle / needle & thread
plastic cording
sticker embellishments
craft knife

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How to Make Tiny Details on your Scrapbook Page POP!

Hello and welcome!  Shelly with you today, sharing another recipe layout demonstrating how Dew Drops always add that finishing touch your scrapbook layouts!


Tiny details like bullet points can become a focal point of your layout by using Dew Drops – for this smaller scale (8×8) layout, I used Mini Dew Drops in Red.



Details for layout:

-White Cardstock Base 8 x 8
-Patterned Paper 7 x 8
-Recipe 6 x 4
-Recipe Mat 7 x 5
-Photo Play “What’s Cooking” Paper Collection


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How to Make Perfect Rain Drops with Dew Drops

Hello Girls,
If you need to create faux rain drops, go grab your Tear Drops.  They will make the perfect accent for your Spring-time projects. What do you do when you don’t have nice fancy shoes to wear with your pretty dress?  Well if you’re my niece, you grab your brightest little rain boots.  I created this layout totally around her cute rain boots.  (Apparently, for a couple of weeks these were the only shoes she would agree to wear and would even wear them in the house!)


1.  Trim off 1/2″ off 2 sides of a piece of pattern 12×12″ paper. Next, adhere it to a solid sheet of 12×12″ leaving a 1/4″ narrow frame. Add decorative border strips to the top & bottom edge.

2.  Matte 2 photos with coordinating color and adhere them to the layout at the extreme edge. Select a 3×4″ pocket card with a appropriate sentiment and adhere it between the photos.

3.  Embellish with die cuts & stickers. Add glossy varnish highlights to embellishments.  (owl’s eyes)

TIP: To stretch your supplies, make sure you rescue any paper that will be hidden underneath large sections such as where the photos will be. The raindrop paper was double sided with a cloud pattern so by rescuing it from the bottom layer, I was able to fussy cut the clouds and use them as embellishments.

Before gluing the layout together, use a pencil to lightly mark an outline of the main components to designate which sections of paper can be removed with a craft knife.  Simply stage the layout and take a photo of the placement of all the elements so you can reassemble it easily without frustration.

4. Use a white gel pen to add subtle details to the die cut umbrella and clouds.  Finally, add various tones of blue tear drops to appear as the raindrops.

A Closer Look:

Other Supplies:

  • 2 photos (4×6″)
  • patterned paper
  • embellishments- owl, umbrella, border strips, sentiment
  • tools- liquid adhesive / craft knife / white gel pen
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How to Use Dew Drops in 3 New Ways of Scrapbook Layouts

Hello and welcome to the blog – hope you are faring well during the current world madness and using lock down and quarantine time to relax and feed your creative soul!

Shelly with you today sharing a scrapbook layout with 3 different techniques using Dew Drops.  This layout features our newest family member – Sugar, but who really goes by Tiny Cat and more recently Puddle ( because she is getting a little pudgy and when she lays down, she turns into a puddle) and isn’t she a beauty!

Technique #1 FLOWER CENTERS:

This is a no-brainer!  Dew Drop Originals and Minis make PERFECT flower centers for ANY medium!

Use one or multiple – same color or contrasting color – it is a nice sparkly, dimensional touch to any flower embellishment.

For this layout, I created layered flowers using stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations and used green mini dew drops for my flower centers.

Technique #2 TONE ON TONE Dimension:

I love popping a Drew Drop of the same color onto parts of my layout for some added “oomph!” and  a little extra surprise.  Black Dew Drops on a black background is a great, subtle design choice – check out my black stripes!


Technique #3 SPOT LIGHT  Color from your photo

There is no denying the single, striking feature of my photo is my cat’s different colored eyes – that one crazy blue eye!  I have not used any blue in this layout – instead, I have popped some blue Dew Drops in strategic places on the layout to make you really notice that blue eye!

Machine stitching is another favorite technique to add texture to a layout

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Have a creative week!