January 23, 2017

Little Memories

Hi all! Today, I am sharing a layout I created using a sketch by Creative Scrappers. I've been feeling like my layouts are looking the same... And when this happens, I turn to sketches! I love Creative Scrapper's sketches because Kristene Davidson creates the best sketches with awesome designs. Her sketches make it so easy to scrap. Here is the sketch that I used for my layout. For this layout, I used Pretty Little Studio's Marigold collection. It's still one of my favorite collections.


This year, I am going to try to incorporate more journaling on my layouts. I need to get back to telling my stories, rather than just scrapping pretty layouts. I enjoy sharing my stories... I want to be able to look at my layouts down the road and read my precious moments in life. Back in October, we went to visit my sister at college. It was a beautiful Saturday morning; a perfect day for carving pumpkins outside on campus. We had so much fun. :)



I cut several strips of patterned paper and adhered them to the base of the layout. Then I created a photo collage using PicMonkey and printed the photo on 4x6 photo paper with a white border. I hand cut the labels from the Marigold cut-aparts and used Ali Edward's "Little Memories" stamp and American Craft's "what a day" stamp. I also stamped on the tab using Ali Edward's date stamp. My favorite stamp.




Pretty Little Studio Marigold Papers/ Begonia 8x8, Blazing Star 8x8, Dill Flower 8x8, Orange Rose 8x8, Wax Flowers 8x8, Vintage Die Cut/Red Poppy. Wisteria Word Flags, Tabs/Catmint, Labels/Lantana
Thanks for stopping by today!
-Nicole
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January 22, 2017

Story Kits

I've been scrapping all day and it feels good! Most of the time, I am creating layouts for Pretty Little Studio, Just Nick Studio and Clique Kits and I love it. But sometimes, I like using what I like from my stash. This year, I really want to get back into journaling more on my layouts so I subscribed to Ali Edwards' story kits again. I subscribed for a year and then I took a break for a year because I never used her kits! So far, I have been using them which makes me happy because her kits really help push me to tell my stories!

Today, I scrapbooked three layouts and they all included a good amount of journaling. Here are the two layouts I created using Ali's Numbers and Surprise kit with a few other embellishments from older story kits. For the first layout, I just focused on 38 things about this 38 year old woman. Just random stuff... whatever came to mind, I listed it.

 
 
And of course I had to scrapbook a layout about the Women's march in Washington, D.C. and all over the world that happened yesterday! I wish I could have gone!! WOW... Women kick ass.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you haven't seen Ali's story kits, you should check them out! Click here!

-Nicole
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January 21, 2017

Mixed Media

Happy Saturday friends! Since I am running low on my February Clique Kits stash, I decided to scrapbook a mixed media layout so I pulled out my American Crafts scraps, leftover chipboard and rub-ons and got to work. Normally, I am NOT a pink person, but my sister Jamie is actually wearing pink feather earrings in this photo so I was inspired to use my new magenta paint from Shimmerz Paints! For the background, I used an old wood mount stamp by Tim Holtz and Altenew's inks in the colors of Ocean Waves, Frosty Pink and Sea Glass. The stars were made from a screen stencil from Studio Calico. LOVE THEM.

 
I used some other stamps from Glitz Design, Cosmo Cricket and Pinkfresh Studio to decorate the background. This was such a fun layout to make.
 

The butterflies are rub-ons. LOVE the quality of these rub-ons. I used several between this layout and a few others and the rub-ons did not break and they blended with the cardstock nicely. The sticker words and puffy stickers were leftover from my December Kit.

 
Thank you for stopping by today!
-Nicole
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January 20, 2017

Create

Hi everyone. I don't know about you, but I love the February Clique Kit. It is chock full of beautiful embellishments. And the patterns and colors in this kit are truly delightful. I love hounds tooth patterned paper. And I especially love that it has blue in it mixed with purple. GORGEOUS.


Obviously, I love butterflies. In fact, I cannot get enough of them. They are so pretty. I might have gone a little overboard with the embellishments on this layout. How can I not when there are so many gorgeous chipboard and stickers to choose from.




Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole
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The Nice List

Hello everyone. Hope you enjoyed the holidays. We had a wonderful holiday. Edward was so happy on Christmas. He loved all of his gifts. Normally, I do not scrap my Christmas photos. I have such a hard time scrapping Christmas, but Pretty Little Studio's Tinsel Town collection is too cute not to use! I just love it so much. For the background of the layout, I used the 6x8 patterned papers! No trimming needed... just add adhesives to the back of the papers and adhere them to the base of your layout. I tried to use only colors in the photo. The black patterned paper really looks good on this layout. I just love it. Most of the time, I hand-journal my story, but since I had a good amount to write, I decided to type it up in a word document and print it on plain cardstock. That way, I save space on my layout.



I added some vellum tape at the bottom base of the layout with some stickers. Lots of layering on this layout. Love it.
 
 


Isn't the Santa die cut adorable?? I think he is the cutest Santa I have ever seen. Rosey cheeks and all.
 

 
I added the "Be Merry" cut-apart with some heart stickers and a tab at the top of the photo with a vellum strip and die cut star.
 
 
Pretty Little Studio Tinsel Town Papers: Tinsel Town 6x8, Polka Dot Paper: Simple Stories, Stickers/Heart Warming, Tabs/Jingle, Die Cuts/Twinkle, Vellum Tape/Fruit Cake, Frames/Noel, Cut-Apart/Nice List, Mini Snowflake
 
Thank you for visiting today!
-Nicole
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January 14, 2017

Naughty

Happy Monday everyone! I have a fun layout to share with you using the Tinsel Town collection. I had these fun photo booth photos from a company dinner party from late November and thought they would make a fun layout using the "naughty" cut apart. This layout is so fun; it totally brings a smile to my face.


I love the die cuts in this collection, especially, the tags! So fun.
 


 
I used the Coal Alphas/Numbers to make the photo booth photos pop. I tried to bring more black into the layout from the photo strips. The Cut-Apart label is from the Summer Vibes Collection.



Lots of layering and yummy embellishments on this layout!

Pretty Little Studio Tinsel Town Paper/ Paper Gift Wrap, Frosted Glass, Journaling Cards/Figgy Pudding 4x6, Oh Deer 3x4, Tags/Merry, Frames/Noel, Die Cuts/Twinkle, Cut-Apart/Nice List, Mini Snowflake, Alphas/Coal, Acrylic/Twinkle/Lime & Mint, Sticker Words/Nice List, Tabs/Jingle,Vellum Tape/Fruit Cake
 
Thanks for stopping by today!
 
-Nicole
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January 9, 2017

Snow much fun!

We got some snow on Saturday. A whole 1"! LOL and by the looks of these pictures of Edward playing outside, you would have thought we got a foot of snow. He wanted to build a snowman and have a snowball fight but this was not that kind of snow... it was like dust.



However, that didn't stop him from trying to make a few snowballs to throw at mommy. Instead he just started slapping the snow on me. lol


And here he comes... again. LOL. This lasted about 15 minutes and then he got cold. Did I forget to mention it was 20 degrees outside? COLD.





I am glad I let him go outside for a few minutes. He had snow much fun!
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January 8, 2017

February Clique Kits Mood Board

Happy Sunday everyone. Today, I just wanted to take a moment to share this inspiring Mood Board from Clique Kits for February. Aren't you inspired? I love the feel of this Mood Board. I was definitely inspired to scrapbook a layout about myself this month. Also, wait until you see the exclusive acrylic! It's never too late to subscribe. Be sure to follow us on Instagram because this week, we will be sharing several sneaks of the Bee You kit.




Here are some sneaks to get you through the week. Also, we are having our monthly Instagram hop NEXT Wednesday. And if you haven't done so, feel free to visit our gallery for January. The Design Team really rocked the Hey, Sugar kit. Please join us!



 
Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget about the Instagram Share happening this Wednesday. Click on any of these links in Instagram to be inspired!

#Click_Connect_Create
#Cliquekits
#CKJanuary2017
#CKHeySugar
#CKPepRally
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January 6, 2017

04/29/2017

Hi everyone. I have another layout to share with you. Yes, another "Love" layout. I apologize now. I figured I better get a head's start on creating layouts for my sister using her engagement photos before she starts throwing hints at me. I am surprised she hasn't asked me yet. LOL.



The January Clique Kit is the perfect kit for scrapping engagement photos. For this layout, I used the "Love" cut file from Just Nick's Shop. You can purchase it here! I love scrapping in a grid. It's super easy to do and it's so much fun decorating the squares with bits and pieces of embellishments found in my stash or kit. :)

 
I stamped the 04/29 on the back of a scrap piece of paper and created my own little banner so that I could use the "2017" flair. That is the date these two little love birds are getting married.


I love the little word label printables that came with the Clique Kits. They make great fillers for just about any project. I can always find a good use for them.



Products: Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd., Crate Paper, Printables: Flair: Clique Kits, Wooden Enamel Dots: Banner Die cut: Crate Paper, Digital Cut Files: Just Nick Studio.
 
Thanks for stopping by today!
-Nicole
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January 5, 2017

The Story of Today

Happy New Year everybody! What are your goals for this year? This year, I want to focus more on story telling on my layouts. I do this now, but not as much as I'd like. Initially, I did not plan on using a summer collection for this layout, but the Summer Vibes looks so nice with the photo! I used a pencil to lightly trace lines across the journal card then I used a pen to journal. Once I had my journaling in place, I erased the pencil lines and drew lines free-handed. The die cuts and stickers really helped pull this layout together along with the cut aparts.  


Here are a few close-ups:
 

I really love the acrylic shapes in this collection, especially, the little heart. And one of my favorite things to do with cut apart banners is staple them onto the layout. I added the chipboard heart and stamping from my stash.



Pretty Little Studio Summer Vibes Journaling Card/Pinapple Punch 4x6, Let's Go Outside 3x4, Die-Cuts/Aloha Words, Summer Vibes, Stickers/Flower Crown, Stickers/Summer Stars, Vellum Tape/Festival, Acrylic Shapes/Summer.
 
Thanks for stopping by today!
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January 2, 2017

One Little Word

 
Happy Monday everyone. For the past few years, I've been wanting to take Ali's One Little Word workshop. I love the concept behind her workshop. It seems a little personal, but I think this class would be a great way to help me improve on myself... I am excited to begin this class. I was able to talk my friend Gia into taking the class too. I can't wait to see what she does with this class. I've already completed my first lesson of the year. Each month, Ali uploads a new lesson with prompts to get your ideas flowing. I love how Ali says, "You will only get what you put into this class". There is work involved... I am going to share my first lesson with you. As I was doing the lesson, I realized how personal this lesson can be... I didn't like writing down my "REAL" feelings... But that's the whole point of the class!!!

 
 


My word this year is MOMENTS. This year, I want to focus on those special moements and sharing my thoughts and feelings in the form of stories. I want to share some of the conversations I have with my son that makes me laugh. And we have so many serious conversations... I want to get them down too. I want to focus on myself... on not snapping at him as much when I am tired or stressed. Sometimes, I am too tired and all he wants to do is talk non-stop and I just snap. I don't like this part of me and I am working on having more patience with him. It's funny how one little word can have so many parts to focus on.




And there it is... my journaling. Opened wide open for everyone to read. I bet there are many women out there who can relate... I am not perfect and I am human. It's hard being a working mommy. I am looking forward to the next lesson in February!
 
Thanks for stopping by! If you are interested in signing up, it's not too late. Click here!
-Nicole
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January 1, 2017

Top 10 layouts of 2016

Hello all. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today, I am sharing my top 10 favorite layouts of 2016! I can't believe how quickly  2016 flew by. WOW. Seriously, I blinked and now I have an almost 7 year old. Things have been really good in my household and I am thankful for my family, friends, health and my faith! Hope 2017 is even better than 2016! We've been due for a decent year for a long time coming.

These are my very favorite layouts and I hope you enjoy looking back through a few of my precious memories from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Capturing life today
 
 
Captured
 
 
Heart
 

Explore
 
We do
 
 
Oh snap
 
Hello XOXO
 
 
Adventure
 

 
Beautiful
 
 
Holla
 
Thanks for visiting today! You can see my Top 10 favorite layouts from previous years here.
 
Enjoy!
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