Thursday, October 01, 2020


 Hello! Happy October! This month, Scrap the Boys is hosting another fun challenge... For this month's challenge, feel free to dig out your Halloween pictures from last year...OR...if your son is like mine...he doesn't need to wait til Halloween to dress up. It's a normal thing for Edward whenever we go out in public and spot a Face Painting Booth. :)

Click here to get inspired by the team's projects for this month!
For the background, I sprayed a variety of spray inks down and then covered them up using white acrylic paint to mute the colors down a bit.

I used several chipboard embellishments from Studio Forty to embellish this layout. I especially love the clear paw prints stickers. 

Also, I used a few stamps from Studio Forty to frame the photo. Then I cut the leaves and mountain from patterned paper to use as embellishments. 

I'm liking it! I had to work on this... It took awhile before I was completely satisfied with it. Sometimes, I create layouts in minutes and takes an hour. It just depends on my mojo.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020


Hello everybody. Nicole here. I'm sharing this layout I created using the Gaia Kit! For more inspiration, visit Clique International's blog! I love the fall...and I think it's safe to say Fall is officially here and I can start scrapbooking my fall photos from last year. :)

Studio Forty is one of my favorite companies. I love how fresh their collections are. They are unlike any collections I see on the market. And the color palette is so serene! I fussy cut the flowers from patterned paper to layer it with the tag and chipboard. Then I stapled the string in the position that I wanted it to stay. It drives me crazy to have the string dangle on the page.

I cut several pieces of cards from the cut-apart sheet to create a fun mats for the photo and staggered them down the layout. Then I added a few embellishments and stamping!  

There are a few of these kits left! Grab them before they sell out. Click here to purchase yours today. It's a lovely kit and the patterns and embellishments are perfect for scrapbooking those fall moments with your friends and family. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020


I'm excited to share my very first layout I created using the beautiful Nordica collection. Since we didn't get much snow in the last few years... I decided to use an older picture of Edward playing in the snow. It's one of my favorites! He LOVES the snow. 

To create this layout, I used three notebook size patterned papers and adhered them to cardstock. For the bottom paper, I had to cut it down a little using my straight trimmer. I really like the grid paper with the animals! I decided to add several embellishments and stamps withing the grid.

I stamped "Magical" on a piece of patterned paper using the Simple Alpha Stamps, colored them in with a light blue marker and cut the image into a banner to place across the journaling card. I added a chipboard embellishment and a snowflake stamped image with a gem in the center to add dimension. 

I stamped the blue tree next to the wolf from the Woodland Stamp Set and added the Chipboard using Foam Squares. Then I added a few Sticker dots (my favorite!).

I cut the scalloped edges from Artic Patterned paper to create a fun border for the bottom of the layout. 

What do you think about this collection? If you haven't seen the full collection, click here to grab yours today!

Sunday, September 27, 2020


Hello! I just gathered some of my pictures that I have snapped here and there during the Pandemic. Vicki Boutin's "Let's Wander" collection worked perfectly for this layout! And I finally used my typewriter for a change. :) Initially, I was going to share this layout in April, but it got picked up for publication so I held off on sharing it. You can see it in the Fall Issue of Creative Scrapbooker!

This layout is a bit busy, something different for me... Normally, my layouts are much cleaner than this...even with paint and ink. But I had a lot of things I needed to say on this layout and it looks good...I think.

I used a cut-apart sheet from Citrus Twist Kits to help tell my story. They offered it as a freebie a week ago and I took advantage of it!

I'm a bit rusty when it comes to using my typewriter, but it turned out OK... I got the words down on paper and that's what matters.

Loving the chipboard pieces on this layout. They are very pretty, especially the gold stars.

I included additional journaling by hand on the left-side of the layout to fill in the white space.

Products Used:
Kraft Cardstock: My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
Puffy sticker alphas: Citrus Twist Kits
Wood veneer stars: American Crafts
Jewels: American Crafts
Stickers: American Crafts
Washi Tape: American Crafts
Clear Stamps: Citrus Twist Kits
Mini Stapler: Advantus
Ink: Catherine Pooler
Coloration Spray: Art Anthology (Raider)
Adhesives: Creative Memories
Markers: Altenew
Other: Typewriter

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Thursday, September 24, 2020


Nicole Martel on the blog with you today. I've been wanting to play with this adorable Poly-Canvas Zip Case for sometime now. I'm always trying to think of new techniques that can be applied with Artesprix's sublimation markers and blanks to keep my post interesting. I don't like sharing the same techniques over and over again. Today, I'm going to share how I created this bag using a stencil!


Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1. Place the Poly Canvas Zip Case on a piece of plain copy paper and trace the outline using a pencil to determine the area that you have to work on. Then, use a stencil to trace the images within the rectangle.

 Step 2. Color in the images using the Pastel Sublimation Markers. Do not worry about erasing the pencil marks. The pencil will not come through the canvas after it comes out of the heat press.

Step 3. Using the Artesprix Heat Tape, tape your blank down to your design.

Step 4. Turn your heat press on and set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and the timer for 45 seconds.

Step 5. Create your sublimation sandwich. Cut two pieces of Protective Paper to cover your project on the top and bottom. Place a small piece of protective paper inside the canvas to prevent the ink from bleeding through the canvas. Place it inside the Heat Press (making sure the zipper is placed on the outer edge of the heat press) and close the machine. The Heat Press will beep indicating that your project is finished!

Step 6. While wearing protective gloves, lift the handle and remove your Poly-Canvas Zip Case. Place it on the Protective Project Mat and give it about 2 minutes to cool down. Gently remove the paper to reveal your vivid design!

Step 7. Glue desired embellishments onto the bag and allow the glue to dry.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!