How to Use Dew Drops to Create an Easy Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout with Impact

 Hello and welcome! Shelly with you today sharing a quick and easy mixed media scrapbook layout.

Using so many elements in white really make the small amounts of color stand out.  The white on white also highlights the different textures.

What I used:

  • White Tear Drops
  • White Textured Cardstock (base – 8×8)
  • Ranger Opaque Texture Paste
  • Ranger Ink – Dylusions Stencil – Teardrops – Large
  • Colored Pencils
  • Patterned Paper for Photo Mat – Lawn Fawn “Really Rainbow” 6×6 pad
  • Colored Alphas – American Crafts
  • White Foam Alphas – American Crafts

Make it:

  1. I started by trimming my 3-1/2 x 5″ photo, leaving a very wide border
  2. Adhere photo to patterned paper, tear one edge and adhered to base
  3. Using stencil and texture paste, add tears drop around matted photo and let dry thoroughly
  4. Add title
  5. Once dry, use colored pencils to lightly scribble on tear drops
        6. For the finishing touch, add white Tear Drops to layout.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today – have a creative week!

How to Embellish an Adorable Swimming Layout

Hello Friends,
Karen here… to share how to embellish an adorable swimming layout. I created a underwater scene where the photo merges & blends into the blue paper. Dew Drops serve as perfect bubbles that add the feeling of realistic movement in the water. Use multiple sizes of Round Dew Drops in various shades of blue to bring your scene to life. So go grab your photos of the kiddos or grandkids and get ready to create your own underwater world. Follow me & let’s dive in!

The Robin’s Nest Supplies: 

Pool Dew Drop

Sea Glass Tear Drops

Raindrops Dew Drops



  1. Carefully tear along the edge of teal blue paper and adhere the strip near the lower edge of the striped paper.
  1. Attach the photo on the left side of the teal blue paper tucking it underneath the torn edge.

(TIP: Select blue paper that best matches the color of the water

so that the photo appears to blend into the paper.)

  1. Cut & crop two photos into circles. Adhere them slightly overlapping in the upper right corner of the layout. Add some chipboard flourishes to bring a sense of movement by mimicking splashing water.

    4.  Embellish the layout with fish and appropriate summer accents.

(TIP: Use embellishments to camouflage less than ideal photos.  When I noticed that
the inner tube was going off the edge of the photo, I used a fish overlapping
the edge to disguise that little bothersome issue.  I wanted to create
a blended scene where the photo merges into the blue paper.)

  1. Finally, adhere round Dew Drops to appear as bubbles and Tear Drops to mimic splashes.

A Closer Look:

Other Supplies:

3 photos

striped & teal blue scrapbook paper

circle paper punches or metal dies/die cutting machine

embellishments – flourishes, fish, beach ball

liquid adhesive

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How to use Art Canvas on a Scrapbook Page

Hello Crafty People!

This was my “LIVE” for today. Grab a snack or a cuppa and watch me create a scrapbook page using the Art Canvas Seahorse as an artful embellishment. Here’s the finished scrapbook page.





Art Canvas – Seahorse and dew drops – Robin’s Nest
Art Chalks – Color Z Chalks
Alcohol Markers – Spectrum Noir (CT3, CR1, CR2, GB5)
Spray Sealant (clear, gloss) – Krylon
Copper Stickles – Ranger Ink
Water based blue ink pad -Adirondak Earthtones Stonewashed
Background paper – Colorbok
Shell Stickers – K&Company
Palm Tree Sticker – Jolee’s by You
Misc: photo, solid cardstock for matting photo, scrap cardstock for template, photo copy for mask,
adhesive, PC to print title, cotton balls
1. Photocopy the canvas art, may need to use a darker setting.  Cut out the copy to use as a mask for the background technique. Adhere to the canvas over the original picture with sparse dots of a dry adhesive.
2. Create a wave template from scrap cardstock. Place on the canvas approximately 1″ from bottom. Using a cotton ball apply the darkest blue chalk over the edges of the cut out waves. Continue to move up in 1″ intervals and repeat applying the dark blue chalk.
3. Using a clean cotton ball, apply the darkest turquoise chalk to fill in the rest of the white areas of the background.
4. Leave the mask in place and lightly spray with sealant.
5. Using all colors of alcohol inks, randomly color the entire seahorse. Don’t be blocked in by the geometric designs, by having multiple colors in one block, the results will be super!
6. Out line the entire seahorse and all the geometric shapes within, with copper Stickles. Using the Stickles as an adhesive, adhere the small round black dew drop in place for the “eye”. Set aside to dry.
7. Create a word processing document, change the size to 12×12 and create a title “Life’s a beach”. The font used is “Lovely Home” size 80pt. Double check printer orientation and print directly onto the 12×12 background paper.

8. Adhere the canvas to the background paper.

9. Select your photo and matte with turquoise cardstock, adhere to the background paper as shown.
10. Embellish further with Palm tree and seashell stickers.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you’re inspired to get crafty today!
Craft on!

How to Embellish Pattern Paper with Dew Drops

Hello Ladies,
It’s Karen here to share how to embellish pattern paper with Dew Drops. I used Neon Pink Mini Dew Drops to embellish a cute cupcake design in the paper to add an adorable touch to a little girl’s layout with her two Grandmothers. This is such a quick and easy way to add a dimensional touch to a fairly simply layout. Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard working & underappreciated Moms, Stepmoms, God Mothers, Foster Moms, and Grandmas.

Supplies:  Neon Pink Mini Dew Drops

Directions:  1. Adhere some coordinating decorative stripes along the lower edge of the layout.


2. Round the corners of the photos. To include journaling cards that can be discreetly hidden
and removable when desired, form a pocket by adhering foam tape behind
 the edges & lower portion of the back of the photos.
3.  Adhere the photos overlapping at a gentle angle.  Next, insert the journaling cards.
4. Adhere a variety of sizes of white heart embellishments.
Use iridescent glitter glue to accentuate the hearts.
5. Add Dew Drops to embellish the cherry cupcakes on the lower border edge.


Other Supplies:
2 photos
scrapbook paper
border strips
journaling tags
glitter glue liquid adhesive
corner rounder

A Closer Look:

If you would like to see more of Karen’s wonderful creations,
visit her blog at Art & Soul.
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How to Embellish a Photo with Dew Drops

Hey There,
It’s Karen here to show you how simple it is to embellish a photo with Dew Drops. Make a faux frame of Dew Drops along the edge of the photo. You can create various looks by changing the closeness of the Dew Drops. I chose to space the white round Dew Drops about .25″ apart in order to reflect the design on the background paper.

White Dew Drops

1. Trim .25″ off 2 sides of patterned paper. Matte the trimmed paper with white card stock.

2.  Mimic the design element on the scrapbook paper by creating a similar circle frame. Snip 2″ along the edge about every 1.25″  Next, matte the sliced circle with blue card stock.  

3.  Crop 2 photos into circle shapes. Adhere the large photo onto the blue and white circle.

4. Then, adhere the photo to the layout.

5. Place the photo onto the layout and lightly mark with a pencil the area of paper that will be hidden behind the photo and can be removed. Cut out that section with a craft knife. Carefully cut out any elements in the paper that can be used to embellish the layout.

6. Create a cluster in the upper right corner with a small circle photo.  Add a large title and summer embellishments.

7. Finally, adhere white Dew Drops with liquid adhesive along the edge of the large photo.

Other Supplies:
photo 8×10″ & 4×5″
patterned paper
white & blue card stock
circle punch
embellishments: title & flip flops
liquid adhesive
If you would like to see more of Karen’s beautiful creations,
visit her blog at Art & Soul.
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How to Make Simple Cherry Embellishments

Hey There Everybody!

Happy New Year!…It’s Karen and I’m here to show you how to create simple (& cute) cherry embellishments with Dew Drops. It is so easy to add them to cards or scrapbook layouts. My little niece was wearing the cutest cherry dress which inspired me to develop her layout around this theme. I simply added Dew Drops over the design of the background pattern paper for a quick eye catching detail. The great thing is that even if you don’t have cherry paper, you can still form cherry clusters with Dew Drops and simply add the stem with a pen. Don’t forget, if you make your own cherry inspired project with Dew Drops please share it with us on The Robin’s Nest Fan Facebook Page.

TIPS: I suggest when you are planning a project, look at the patterns within the papers to see if any of the small designs can be accentuated with Dew Drops.  A quick money saving tip to stretch your supplies is to use the clear Dew Drops because they can be glued over any color background.

1.  Assemble a border strip along the lower edge 3×12″ with coordinating paper. Add a 1″ strip along the bottom edge. Also, add a narrow .5″ scalloped strip along the top edge.

2. Carefully crop the faces from your photos by cutting your photos into circles using various size metal dies and a die cutting machine. (set them aside)

3. Cut out scalloped edge circles to matte each photo and adhere the photos to the center.

4. Adhere a cluster of 3 photos overlapping in the lower right corner.

5. Adhere the circular photos lightly overlapping.

6. Add chipboard accents and embellish the layout with faux cherries. Bring attention to the pattern in the background paper by attaching pink Dew Drops over the cherry designs and add green Tear Drops over the leaves.  Use clear drying liquid adhesive to attach the Dew Drops.
A Closer Look:

Other Supplies:
6 photos (4×5″)
liquid adhesive
pattern papers
circle & scallop circle metal dies
die cutting machine
navy blue card stock
border strips
chipboard embellishment
If you would like to see more of Karen’s wonderful creations,
visit her blog at Art & Soul.
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How to Make a Frame with Dew Drops

Hi There,
It’s Karen here today… to share how I embellished a frame for a little boy’s scrapbook layout. I created the frame using Black Diamond Dew Drops placed in a row to highlight the featured pocket card.  I used Silver Dew Drops as faux brads so they appear to be attaching the ribbon flags and also to embellish the little car’s hubcaps.  Let’s take a look!

Other Supplies:  plaid paper, black card stock, twill ribbon, liquid adhesive, black ink pad,
black embossing powder, heat gun, rubber stamps (car theme)


1. Matte 3 photos with coordinating card stock leaving a narrow border.

2.  Adhere a 4″ strip of brick background to the top of some ledger paper.  Add a 1″ border paper strip along the lower edge of the layout to make a street.

3.  Stamp and heat emboss some car themed embellishments with black embossing powder.

4. Select a 4×5″ pocket card and adhere the stamped edge to the top and bottom edge of the frame. Next, adhere black diamond Dew Drops in a line to form the edges of the frame.

5.  Arrange the photos and pocket card in an overlapping cluster and adhere.

6.  Cut 3 strips of ribbon and cut a notch out of one end to create a flag. Attach a cluster of 3 flags to the central photo. Carefully fussy cut some individual bricks and the stamped car image and adhere.

7.   Attach the bricks randomly on the background to create realistic dimension.

8. For the finishing touch, add Silver Dew Drops to appear as faux brads securing the ribbon flags, as well as, embellishing the little car’s hubcaps and along the top edge of the frame of the pocket card.

A Closer Look:





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How to Make Simple Minnie Mouse Embellishments with Dew Drops

Hello Crafty Ladies,
Make your own unique Disney inspired embellishments with Black Dew Drops. Two small round above a large Dew Drop is a simple way to make the iconic Mickey/Minnie Mouse silhouette that is instantly recognizable. This is an economical way to add Disney charm to your layouts without the expense of buying costly stickers or die cut embellishments.


1.  Adhere a piece of scalloped edge white card stock to a piece of black 12×12″ card stock.

TIP: You may notice that I removed a large bit of paper from the center of the scalloped sheet. It happened to be a double sided paper with a pretty pattern and since that area would be covered up, I could remove it and stretch my supplies further. Next, I carefully marked the area lightly with a pencil which could be removed. Then I used a craft knife to rescue that section of paper for use in a future project.

2. Cut a sheet of polka dot paper 10×10″. Next, create a frame by applying black glitter Washi Tape half overlapping the edge and then fold the remaining half to the back.  Repeat on all four sides or for an alternative, simply matte the polka dot paper with black glitter card stock leaving a narrow edge.

3. Crop the photos and then matte the main focal photo with coordinating card stock. Attach the two photos clustered together near the right lower edge.

4. Carefully trim around, the remaining head-shots. Adhere them to the layout. By tucking them behind other photos, it appears that the subject is peeking out.

TIP:  When you select a photo to fussy cut find an image with the least amount of fine details.
To prevent undue frustration, avoid profiles and those photos with intricate strands of hair.
My subject was wearing a hood which made it an ideal choice since there was no detailed hair
or delicate ears to carefully trim around.

5. Cut 3 circles (1.5″ & 3″) from black card stock and adhere them together to create a simple mouse silhouette. Add the subject’s initial letter to the center of the embellishment. Next, create 3 bows by using a needle and thread to gather a piece of tulle. Cinch it securely to form a small bow and adhere a gem to the center.

6. Attach some black Dew Drops to a sheet of glue dots. Assemble the tiny mouse silhouette using 1 large round and 2 small round Dew Drops. Adhere them to the layout randomly at slight varying angles to create a confetti like appearance.

TIP: To avoid disappointment, practice the placement of the Dew Drops before applying the glue dots. Also, take a photo of the layout so that you can refer to it when gluing the Dew Drops into the mouse head formation.

7. Add 3 additional medium circle embellishments to complete the layout.

A Look at the Details…

Other Supplies:
4 photos (4×6″)
pattern paper / scallop edge paper /card stock (black & white)
black glitter card stock, circle punch, chipboard alphabet
pink tulle, needle & thread
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If you would like to see more of Karen’s cute & inspiring projects,
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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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