December 7, 2017

4/29

Happy Monday baddies! I've been having so much fun playing with this month's "Joie De Vivre" kit and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. There's so many different things you can create with this kit! I don't know how Wendy does it... she's da bomb! For today's layout, I used a photo from
Pinterest to inspire me!


When I first came across this image, I immediately thought of using the frames in the kit. I decided to make my first Christmas present! I will be framing this layout for my sister.

 
For the bottom of the layout, mixed some blue watercolor paint from the September kit with the gesso then gently painted the gesso and paint over the screen. LOVE how smooth the Bad Girls Couture gesso is! It's so nice.
 
 
I let the gesso dry overnight. Then I used the Wax Paste to paint the corners of the Prima frame.
 
 
I added the brass clock from my stash then framed the larger frame with the flowers. The butterfly is a Prima stamp I have in my stash. I used markers to color the butterfly then I glued a silver pearl to the center of the butterfly. I stamped the 4/29 on to patterned paper then I cut it into a banner using a pair of scissors.
 
 
Here is a closer look of the screen print. Isn't it beautiful?!
 


I cut the key out from the stencil package to use as a die cut for my layout. I added some wax to a little copper heart charm I had in my stash then stamped the xoxo onto paper to add to the charm.



What do you think? I hope my sister likes this as much as I do. A lot of love went into this layout.
 
Thanks for visiting today!

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December 4, 2017

Let's Explore

Hi everyone! I finally got a chance to use the Wish You Were Here collection. I've had it sitting on my desk for about a month now and didn't really have any photos to go with it... but then I started going through the papers and embellishments and the ideas started flowing! Love when that happens...


I kept this layout pretty simple, focusing on the adorable photos and journaling. If you're an 8 1/2"x11" layout scrapbooker, the 6"x8" paper packs are perfect. They fit nicely on an 8 1/2"x11" background with a nice trim. I used a few journaling cards and a die cut frame to frame the collage of photos.



I used the mini word stickers and cut-aparts as sub-titles for my layout. Then I cut the journaling tabs from the cut-apart sheet to use for my journaling.





Pretty Little Studio Wish You Were Here 6x8 papers, Stickers/On the Go Word, Frames/Travel Plans, Journaling/On the Road, Cut-Aparts/Off the Grid, Expedition,  Die-Cuts/Fernweh,
 
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November 28, 2017

Fussy cutting-this is one crabby layout

Hi everyone! The November Bad Girls Couture kit has been such a fun kit to work with. I've been doing a lot of fussy cutting lately. I love looking through my patterned papers for fun little patterns to use as die cuts on my projects. It's super easy to do and it helps me save money on embellishments! Most of the time, I cut the patterns out using a pair of scissors, then I use foam squares to adhere them to my projects.
 

This layout has quite a bit of fussy cutting and lots of layering. I cut the tag from the cut-apart sheet to help frame my photo. The crab, celestial sun, boat and "the seashore" word flag were all cut from patterned paper. I stamped the "love this" rectangle onto patterned paper then cut it out using scissors to add another layer to the photo. The green and brown paper behind the photo is actually the packaging from the Prima flowers that I decided to recycle onto the layout! I am all about recycling... My husband thinks I am nuts... I may be... just a little nuts and crazy, but a fun one! haha



Since this is a beach layout, I added some torn paper at the bottom to make it took like ripped tides...
 


I cut the "Remember" title using my Silhouette Portrait to complete the layout. This is as about a junked up I could manage considering I tend to be more of a simple scrapbooker. :) I hope I was able to inspire to try fussy cutting on your next project. I find that it can be very therapeutic!
 
Thanks for visiting today!

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November 27, 2017

Fixated on you

Happy Monday friends and family. Today, I didn't get much done. All I wanted to do was scrapbook. Oh, and my two new stools came in the mail today so I spent some time putting them together. One for my scrap space and the other for the spare bedroom. And the best thing about them is that they are teal. I am loving everything teal lately.

Today, I scrapped for me... no assignments; just for fun. I love this photo of me with my sisters on Thanksgiving day so I decided to use some Pinkfresh Studio papers and embellishments. Seriously, you can't go wrong with their collections.

 
I used a pink felt flower from Prima to make the die cut leaves pop.
 
 
I love the butterfly die cut and stitched heart die cuts. SOOOOO pretty. I adhered them to the layout using a foam square.


I kept this layout pretty simple. LOVE the tags in this collection with the stitching. Seriously, a new favorite of mine.


Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole
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Holly Jolly Mini

Happy Monday all! I have a mini album to share with you. I can't believe I am saying this, but I am looking forward to winter! It's been so hot... We had 85-degree weather in October. That just seems crazy to me.

I used Heather's Holly Jolly collection and Ashley's Tinsel Town to create this adorable mini. I created the circles using Creative Memories' Circle Cutting System. Love this tool. I cut several circles from patterned paper and photos then adhered them to the back of each one, altering between patterned paper and photos. This mini came together pretty quickly once the papers and photos were cut. Then I added a hole at the top of each page and used a piece of ribbon to bind it together. Once everything was bonded, I added the embellishments throughout the album.




I find that mini albums look better with great photos and little embellishments that do not take away from the photo. Simplicity at it's best.


 
I added a few tree stickers and die cuts to help frame the photo.
 


I used foam squares on the back of the banner stickers and adhered it to the center of the page. I tend to use embellishments with word sentiments throughout my albums to save space and to help tell my story using a few words and photos.


 
Here's a page with transparency, stickers, die cuts and vellum tape. So much fun!
 

 
This one classic photo. I love it. :)
 

 
Naturally, I ended the mini album with a smile!
 


Pretty Little Studio Tinsel Town/6X8 Paper Pack, Stickers/Jolly Ol St Nick/Clear, Stickers/Traditions, Stickers/Remember, Vellum Tape/Holly Jolly, Stickers/Magical Words, Wonderland/Stickers/Snow Cream Vellum, Tinsel Town/Die-Cuts/Twinkle, Stickers/Heart Warming, Stickers/Twinkle, Vellum Tape/Fruit Cake
 
Thanks so much for visiting today!
-Nicole
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November 23, 2017

#Freemoment

Good morning and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Before, I head out to moms to enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner, I would like to share a layout with you. I did not realize how much of the November Bad Girls Couture Kit I had left... I was in the mood to scrap so I pulled out my scraps and just started scrapping; for me... for fun! Edward was in school and I had off. It was wonderful! LOL He wanted to play hookie and stay home with mommy, I told him, "no, you got to GO!"

I love teal and yellow together... I know it's a weird combination, but for the longest time, my scrap room included these colors. Anyway, here's my layout. I wanted to make it a little funky so I added the Hambly Screen Print from the October kit! I save my scraps to re-use because you just never know when you're gonna need them! Hence, don't throw away your scraps.

I used different scraps of patterned paper to add to the funkiness of this layout. Then I fussy cut the flowers from the Prima Paper to use as part of my frame. Also, I tore a piece of cardboard from the flower pack to help save some trees!
Here is a closer look at my journaling at the bottom of the layout.




So, where are you eating today? Who's cooking? Try not to stuff yourselves... LOL... I know, it's very hard to do.

Thanks for visiting today! Be safe!
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November 18, 2017

Altered Wooden Box

Hi everyone. Nicole here, with a fun project! I've had this little wooden box sitting on my desk for quite some time now with plans of altering it some way... However, I wasn't sure exactly what to do. I've never altered a wooden box before. So I grabbed the supplies I had on hand. Gesso, Blue Color Bloom Mist, Prima Mould from the October Kit, Wax Paste, a stencil and a metal heart.



Before I did anything, I coated the wooden box in gesso. The Bad Girls Couture Gesso is fab!! It went on so smooth; totally easy to work with. Once the gesso dried, I used a stencil and Shimmerz Pasteez to create a fun design for the bottom of the box. I did not actually spray the bottom with the Color Bloom until the stencil dried. For the top of the box, I formed my Mould using Paper Clay, added a coat of gesso along the front of the box then placed the Mould on top of the Gesso very carefully. I did not wait for it to harden for 24 hours... I simply pressed it on top of the box so it would stick to the gesso. It cracked a little when it finally hardened up, but that just adds to the charm. I used a tiny paintbrush to add some color within the grooves. I coated the metal heart with gesso. Once it dried, I added some color to it. Then I used the Wax Paste and a paper towel to add color to the top of the Mould and the latch. LOVE how this turned out. I am so happy with how this project turned out. It was not as hard as I thought it would be and it was very therapeutic for me.





I noticed that the bottom paste was sticking to my metal desk because the house has been so hot... so I came up with  a better solution for the bottom! I coated four metal knobs by Prima Marketing Inc. using the Wax Paste. Once dry, I used Gesso to adhere the knobs to the bottom of the box so the box would stand on my desk. :) I am crafty like that! My 7 year old son saw the box and commented on how pretty it looked. I smiled and said, "thanks, babe!"




What do you think? Are you ready to see what you have available in your house to alter? I am already looking to alter a few frames and wooden objects in my house! Thanks for visiting today! I believe we still have a few subscriptions to Bad Girls Couture! I love the kits because each month, you get something new... technique related that you can use for several projects.

Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole
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November 15, 2017

Plan Like A Bad Girl!!



Friends! I have some exciting news to share with you. Bad Girls Couture is now offering planner kits and they are LUSH! This kit is filled with everything to get your plans started... Click here to see the full kit!

I've been playing with mine and LOVE it! My favorite part of this kit besides the adorable charm is the dividers that can be colored! SWOON. I used watercolor pencils and stamps to create this fun spread! I used a marker to color the girl's lips. Oh, and isn't that stamp (tattoo) on her shoulder badass?!!


I decorated the dashboard with a few bow clips and magnetic clips to add color. The "Bad Girls" tag was actually cut from the Bad Girls Post Card that I received with the fist kit!


I tucked a few altered tags behind the dashboard to make it fun. And I seriously cannot get enough of the adorable charm!! This kit just screams BAD GIRL!!! Wendy did a fantastic job putting this together.




I actually use my planner for plans... not just art. :) :) I jot down reminder notes, grocery list... whatever my heart desires.


Isn't this adorable. I am still working on a few more pages. Once they are complete, I promise to share them!


I used a variety of washi and stamps for this spread. For the "Don't forget to fly" stamp, I used markers to color it in. LOVE this stamp I bought a few weeks ago.



So, what do you think? You need this kit right!? Especially if you're a bad girl like me. :) Don't wait long because they will be flying off the shelves! Click here to get yours today.

Thanks for visiting!!
-Nicole
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These are the momements

Good morning! There's not much going on around here; same ole, same ole. LOL, however, I do want to share this layout I created using lots of products by Pinkfresh Studio. They are my favorite... Love the quality of their products and their designs.

I've had the Escape the Ordinary collection sitting on my desk for a few weeks now, but didn't really have any pictures to scrap. I don't like using the same pictures over and over again... I try to use recent photos on my projects unless I am scrapbooking for a magazine call that requires certain themed photos.

My sister Katie posted these adorable photos this weekend and I couldn't wait to scrapbook them. She is finishing her last year at University of Maryland. So proud of this girl... She is beautiful inside and out. I love her spunkiness, her beauty and her personality. She's smart and crafty like me too. And she's the baby of the family. :)

 
I LOVE butterflies so naturally, I had to use this adorable butterfly die cut. I love the black and gold. It's looks so striking on this layout.
 

Not much to journal by hand on this layout... since it was a fall photo shoot. And since I always like to have some type of journaling on a layout... I decided to use the word sentiments from the die cuts to tell the story for me.


Another favorite element I like to use on my layouts is stars. I love stars... I cut the stitched gold star off the tag to use on this layout.


I felt that the top right photo was just hanging and needed something... so I added a few epoxy sticker triangles and another star using a foam square.


I have to agree... Life is better when you're laughing! Never forget that... no matter how many curve balls life throws at you.

 

What do you think? Isn't she adorable? I can't believe I managed to add four photos on to this 8 1/2"x11" layout!

Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole
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November 13, 2017

Fabric Mini Book

Happy Monday! I've been anxiously waiting to share this little mini album with you! I just love the October Bad Girls Couture Kit. Have you checked out their kits? They are fabulous! I was inspired by these colors and the kit has a few of these colors in a deeper hue. I added a touch of gold to make these colors pop!
Pinterest Inspiration

I used the packaging from the 7gypsies tins as inserts for the mini book. This mini album is 3"x3". I love making this size mini because it's super easy and it works great for those of you who can't seem to throw your scraps out. Hey, I am not picking on you... I am the same way!



I used gesso to adhere the fabric to the packaging to use as theand back of the mini book. I cut several pieces of patterns from the Prima Paper to use as inserts and photo mats for the mini.



Once the gesso was somewhat dry, I used scissors to cut the excess fabric from the edges.



And because I am always looking for ways to save trees and recycle... I cut the little words from the packaging to use as embellishments for the mini album.


 
Here are my little pages.
 



 
Here are a few close-ups:
 














I used my Bind-It-All to bind the pages together. I can't remember the last time I used it. I finally dusted it off and put it to good use.


 
I used a little piece of transparency... sparingly. I am hording the rest.
 

 
The photos are all 2"x2" (maybe a little smaller).
 




And here is the cover. Nothing too fancy... I wanted to keep it simple!



Remember, the next time you are about to throw those scraps away... you can maybe make a little mini book instead! They make great gifts.

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