December 20, 2014

Celebrate today

Hi everyone. Hope all is well. I've been crazy busy lately. I haven't had much time to scrap these past few weeks, but here's a layout that I was able to squeeze in using lots of goodies from the Clique Kits store. I am love with Shimelle's collection. Really. It's such a great collection for documenting my life stories. This layout is full of layers and bright colors. It makes one fun layout wouldn't you say?

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Stickers: Die cuts: American Crafts, Enamel dots: Basic Grey, Rubons: My Mind's Eye, American Crafts.


December 17, 2014

December Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hi everyone. Welcome to the Pep Rally for Clique Kits! Here's a layout that I created using the December "Echanted Meadow" kit. Seriously, I love this kit. At first I thought it was a bit girly, but once I dug into my kit, I fell in love with the die cuts and the papers. Such a fun assortment of goodies in this kit! I especially love the Echo Park paper. I had a lot of fun with Heidi's papers too.

I took this photo of my best friend Mischelle and I over 6 years ago and it's still my absolute favorite photo of all time. We've been friends for 16 years! She has never left my side even when I had a baby and my other friends left... She waited until I could hang out again... Such a true friend. We joke all the time that we will grow old together and end up in the same nursing home playing poker and calling strippers to our room. HAHA. Those will be the days! HA. I'm laughing as I sit here thinking about it.
Look closely and you will see how I used the adorable stamp set from the Sweet Shop Store. And I love the puffy alpha stickers from Evalicious!
I just realized something... I totally went back time on these. My next layout is an oldie too. I never scrapped this photo of Edward and I. He was not quite one yet when my family and I took him to the Baltimore Aquarium. I totally had fun with this one! Lots of paint, mist and stamping! Oh and I used a template to stich my heart. Isn't this such a fun layout?
I hand cut the flowers from the patterned paper and stamped the little diamond images onto white cardstock and cut them out to make my own leaves!
 Everyday life can be stressful-it's not about the ups and downs, its about how we respond to them! Here are some ideas to challenge yourself with this month...
Do you make lemonade when life hands you lemons?
  • Sometimes mistakes and "fails" turn to something even better or unexpected in our projects ! Have you made something ugly into something beautiful? 
  • Everyday life looks a little different for each of us, but we have in common our hobby which teaches us to cherish our memories- with all their beautiful imperfections!
 Thanks for stopping by today. I really appreciate it. Your next stop is Marcia. Enjoy!

December 15, 2014

Top 10 Scrapbook layout for 2014

Hello everyone! Can you believe that 2015 is almost here? Where has the time gone? Today, I just wanted to share with you my top 10 "favorite" layouts of 2014! Just looking at these layouts makes me very happy! I love going back through the past years and looking at my older favorites. I can definitely see how my scrapbooking gets better and better each year that goes by. I've also made a huge effort to use more COLOR photos on my layouts. Last year, I think that more than 80% of my layouts included a black and white photo. And yes, while that's OK, nothing wrong with that, I think that color photos make the layouts look more real. I have to say, 2014 was a much better year than 2013. Things are getting better in the Martel household.


December 14, 2014


Yesterday, I didn't really feel like decorating. It's been a really hard week for me. We had to put Daisy down... but the little guy has asked me every day this week if we could put the tree up and I didn't have the heart to tell him no... so we did it together. And I have to say, it made me happy doing it.

I even was brave enough to put my beloved babies on the tree this year. I swallowed the lump down my throat and smiled knowing they were together now up in heaven.

Here's one of the Ninja turtle ornaments that Aunt Jamie and Edward made together.

Edward was so excited when he saw "yummy" his elf in the box... he said, "look, it's a smurf guy! We learned about him at school." Very cute.

This is the first time in ever that I decided to put up a fake tree. Mom wasn't using hers so I thought I'd give it a try. No, it's not the same as a real tree, but it's safer!

December 11, 2014

Do you want to build a snowman?

Hi everyone. Nicole here with another fun layout! Edward was so excited this year when we got so much snow on the East Coast. He didn't know what to do with himself. He totally cracked me up by making a snowman out of snow, a strawberry, candy eyes and a whopper! He is so clever. HAHA.

The "Enchanted Meadow" kit really works great with the snow pictures. I love the blue, pink, orange and lime together! So very pretty. Kudos Clique Kits for creating another fabulous kit that is so versatile.

I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out my little die cut star at the bottom and I free hand-cut my triangles at the top of the photo. Also, notice at the bottom how I used a tiny strip of patterned paper as my border? I didn't have any washi tape that went with the colors so I made my own little strip and it worked great. Also, I hand-cut some of the polka dots from the patterned paper and adhered them all around the layout to make them pop!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!