April 21, 2017

Live for the Moment

Hi everyone. Nicole here, with a fun technique! A few weeks ago I wanted to find a way to use the Butterfly cut file from Just Nick's Studio's shop, without having to actually cut the image. I did not want to have to peel the cut file from the cutting mat. I was feeling lazy. LOL The first thing I did was open the image in the Silhouette program. Then I changed the color of the image to a teal color using the Fill Color icon.

Then I clicked on the print button at the top of the screen and selected my color printer.

I printed the butterflies on the "Dream On" paper to add a bit more color! I love how the circles and butterflies blend together.

I love the teal, orange and gray together. It's such a beautiful color combination. It really makes this layout pop.
A few close ups:
Once I had the photo adhered down, I splashed a few drops of spray ink onto the layout. I tucked a die cut piece behind the speech bubble clip to add color. What do you think about the flair in this month's kit? I love that font!

I hope your visit today was inspiring! Thank you for taking some time out of your day to stop by!

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April 20, 2017


Hello scrappers! Lately, I've been trying to use my stamps. I have so many stamps just sitting on my desk, barely touched. I need to make more time for them. Do you ever have that one photo that you know exactly what stamps you want to pull out to use with the layout? That happened to me with this layout. I remembered that I had the pie chart stamp from Pretty Little Studio's Oakley Avenue collection and knew that I wanted to created a fun background for my layout using the stamp.

I used the pie chart and heart stamp to create a fun background for my layout using orange and red ink.

At the last minute, I decided to use a blue marker to color part of the stamp images to make them pop.
I love the fun stickers, cut a-parts and tabs in this collection. And the colors are so pretty.

Pretty Little Studio Oakley Avenue Clear stamps/Cedar, Cut-aparts/Hello Fall, Journaling/Oakley 6x4, Stickers/Fall Words, Die Cuts/Orchard Words, Tabs/Woodgrain, Vellum Tape/Fall in Love

Thanks for stopping by today. If you love the stamps, they've been marked down in the shop! Get yours today before they sell out here.

Have a wonderful day,

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April 18, 2017

Lens of Joy

Hello everyone. I am currently taking Ali Edward's Lens of Joy class and I am learning how to take photos differently... different angles etc. I am not too good with taking photos of things so that is something I am working on. This year, I am focusing on taking a few different scrapbooking classes to learn more techniques. I am taking Ali's Hybrid class as well. These are great classes!! I am learning so much from my scrapbooking idol. Not sure why it took me so long to take her classes... Well, I know why, money and time... but I am doing it this year. Go me!

Honestly, I can't keep a plant or flower alive to save my life, but I've managed to keep these air plants alive for over three months now! That is AMAZING. LOL

I took this shot with the flash off and love how the colors look in this photo. Hamlet normally does not let me take pictures... I had to do the baby talk thing to get him excited. Whatever it takes to get a good photo. Shortly after, he yanked my new blouse off the closet door... not nice.

I took this shot of me... such a raw photo. I like it because I am not wearing any makeup and it's so natural...

I do not know what these flowers are called, but they are gorgeous! I spotted them in Uncle Pat's garden.

I love this shot... This Sunday, Grace and Edward decided to take a walk in the stream down the hill behind Uncle Pat and Aunt Chaddie's house.

Disregard the messy desk... Jessica feels the need to sit right where I am working... every. single. night. AHHHH
I took this selfie the other day. :)
Today, on my way to pick Edward up from school, I thought my street looked soooo pretty so I grabbed my cell phone and shot this photo.

Thanks for visiting today! If you haven't check out Ali's Lens of Joy class. Check it out. It's such a great class and I am learning more ways to document my daily life. :)
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Hello Love

Hi everybody. Nicole here with a fun mixed media layout. Every once in a while, I like to get messy and when I say messy, I really mean it. By the time I completed this layout, my fingers were stained purple and teal. What a pretty combination!

For this layout, I used the Kaleidoscope cut file. This looks so pretty inked up.

I decided to use the digital cut file as a stencil and embellishment for my layout.

I used Clique Kit's April kit to decorate my layout once the mist was dry.

I used a few floral stamps by Altenew complete the layout. The layout looked like it needed more so I pulled out my stamps and started stamping and cutting the images from patterned paper.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a great week!

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April 10, 2017


Happy Monday friends! Today, I am sharing a layout I created using the Marigold Collection. I wanted to create a layout with softer colors and felt that this collection would be perfect. I love the softer color pallet of this collection. It looks so serene. For the base of my layout, I added a few pieces of patterned paper and a few journaling cards. I love journaling cards; In fact, I can't get enough of them.

I used the jounaling carnations bookmark tags to journal on. I trimmed the white space around the tag using scissors.

I stamped "You are my fave" on to the tab and tucked it behind the top-right side of the photo. It's a little crooked, but that's OK. The metallic star journaling cards are from the "Here comes the sun" collection.

Pretty Little Studio Marigold Papers/ Blazing Star 8x8, Begonia 8x8, Journaling Carnations Bookmark Tags, Tabs/Catmint, Stickers/Watercolor Summer Words, Journaling/Hollyhock 3x4 cards, Flair/Day Lily Buttons, Here Comes the Sun Journaling Cards/High 5, Woodland Stickers/Monarch Butterfly,

Thanks for visiting today!
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April 5, 2017

Oh boy

Happy hump day friends! We are halfway through the week and I am here today to share this adorable layout of my toothless little boy. For months, Edward has asking why he hasn't lost any teeth while his friends have and I had no real good answer for him, other than his time will come.
Well, that time has come and now he is toothless! He finally lost his first tooth, just a month after he turned 7. And he is so proud. LOL

For this layout, I used the String Circle cut file. I've been wanting to try this cut file out for some time now. Awhile ago, I tried cutting it, but this cut file doesn't cut too well with a portrait due to the small lines so I decided to use my sketch pen! A girl can still have fun... right?!

While going through my stash, I came across Jillibean Soup's "Cool as a cucumber" collection. I love how well the colors in this collection goes with the silly photos! The string circle really makes this layout pop. I just love it...

I wasn't quite sure where I was going to include my journaling so I decided to add it to the bottom left-side of the layout. I used a roller stamp to make it more interesting.

Thanks for visiting today!

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April 4, 2017


Hello friends. After being sick for almost a week with the flu and Strep throat, I am finally feeling alive again... what a rough week it was. I've been itching to use Ali Edward's story kit, Eat for a layout. This past fall, while Edward and I were having pizza for lunch, I gave him my phone and asked him to take a photo of me with my pizza (I mean, ours...). He did a great job! Takes after his mommy. So proud.

We love pizza in my house. I am pretty sure we could eat it every night if we could, but MOD pizza isn't cheap and mommy can't afford that. And, making it at home is NOT the same. Right? You pizza lovers know exactly what I mean. Frozen pizzas simply does not cut it.

I had Amy Tangerine's On A Whim 6x6 paper pad full of pretty papers in my stash and since the paper pack had a patterned paper with pizza, I thought it would be perfect on this layout! I love how the acrylic "eat" embellishment looks on this layout.
And the wood veneer fork! I decided to use red ink to change the color of the fork to make it pop blend better with the layout. Oh, and because I didn't quite have enough pizzas on this layout, I added the adorable rubber pizza embellishment to my journaling card! :)

And now, I am ready for some pizza. I am hungry after creating this fun layout. HAHA. Thanks Ali Edwards for creating the best story kits. I enjoy receiving them each month and challenging myself to share at least one story each month using this fabulous kits.

Thank you for visiting today!

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April 3, 2017

Hello Friends

Happy Monday friends! Today I am sharing a layout I created using the "Let's Go Travel" and "Summer Vibes" collection. I had a few scraps of this collection on my desk and rather than recycle them, I decided to use them for my layout! I do not like throwing pretty paper away. LOL

I used a light blue marker from Altenew to color the little hearts at the top of the layout. Rather than color in all of the hearts, I decided to select a few random hearts to make the layout pop. It makes you look, doesn't it? I love it.

Here are a few other close-ups:

Pretty Little Studio Let's Go Travel Paper/Charlotte, Venice, Summer Vibes/Love Summer, Let's Go Travel Tabs/Tahiti, Stickers/Geo Tags, Shipping Tags/Cheyenne, Number Tags/Norway, Die Cuts/Arrow Alaska, Cut-Aparts/ New York Notes, Here+There Die Cuts/Bonjour Words, Other: Circle Cutting System: Creative Memories, Thickers/American Crafts

Thanks for visiting today!
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March 25, 2017

Let's Be Lazy

Good morning everyone! I am back with another mixed media layout. For this layout, I decided to play with a variety of embellishments and printables using the April Clique Kit! I used the Pink Paislee and Bella Blvd. papers for my base. Then I printed this month's printables on white cardstock and hand-cut the images using a pair of scissors. Once I had the squares adhered and my photo mat adhered to the bottom of the grid, I splashed some mist on to the layout. Once dry, I added the embellishments and photos.

I just love the pretty colors in this month's kit. And the printables from this month's kit really compliments the kit so well. The circles at the top was a last minute decision. I love this patterned paper from Paige Evan's collection and knew that if I didn't use the left-over scraps from this paper, it would go in the trash... so I hand-cut them and added them at the top of the layout to create a fun border for the layout. I used one of the Clique Kits exclusive journaling cards to hand-write my journaling.

And here is my layout. What do you think? I love scrapping in a grid. It's so fun and super easy!!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Have a wonderful weekend!
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March 21, 2017


Hello everybody. Today, I am sharing another layout using the gorgeous "Blooming Hearts" collection. I just love this. For this layout, I drew my inspiration from the photo. I love the angle of the photo so I decided to use the fun triangle journaling card. And I used the black and white striped card from the tire rim. I decided not to use any flowers on this layout, however, I did add a touch of pink!
I wanted to keep this layout pretty simple so the focus remains on the photos and journaling. This layout was super quick to make. I simply added a few journaling cards for the background, adhered my collage of photos that I created using PicMonkey and added a few embellishments here and there.

Pretty Little Studio Blooming Hearts Journaling Cards/Love You Everyday, Our Story, Vellum Tape/Adore, Stickers/Words from the Heart, Cut-Aparts/Lovely Circles, With You Word Flags, Die Cuts/Picture Perfect, Soul Mates, Flair/Just Saying, Wonderland Stickers/Snow Cream Vellum
Thank you for visiting today!
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