August 27, 2012

Sneek peek

Hi ladies! Hope all is well. I just wanted to pop on here to give you a little sneek peek of the September kit by SFTIO! I must say, it is a BEAUTIFUL kit! Be sure to check out the website September 1, 2012 for the full reveal~
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Zva Creative August DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to join us for our August Blog Hop! We are happy to have you join us and hope you enjoy all that we have to share with you along the way!

The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! Leave a comment there for a chance to win an extra prize package just for visiting the blog and telling us that you stopped by! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was will be sharing a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project. If you like what you see you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.


Supplies: Patterned paper: Glitz Design, Patterned transparency: Hambly, Staples: Tim Holtz, Ribbon (leaf): May Arts, Burlap: May Arts, Flower: Zva Creative, Pearls: Zva Creative, Spray mist: Clearsnap, Corner rounder: Creative Memories, Stapler: Tim Holtz, Butterfly punch: Jenni Bowlin, Font: Cordia New, Digital die cuts: Labels: Glitz Design designd by Jessica Sprague for Digital Crafters, Pretty in Pink Collection, www.jessicasprague.com , Adhesives: Creative Memories.

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, August 27th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, August 28th.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 29th on Zva Creative's blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! To increase your chances of winning:

* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.

*Hop over to Zva's blog and leave a comment there to tell us that you made it there!

This marks the end of the blog hop. I hope you've enjoyed the hop!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on September 24th for our next Zva blog hop!

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August 19, 2012

Dear Scott Mini

Hello! I hope all is well with you! Today I am just going to share a quick and easy mini album that I created for my sister. A few months ago, I came across some post about her relationship with her boyfriend and thought it was so touching so I wanted to create something that she will always have to remember these precious times. I hope she found her soulmate because it's not easy to find that special person you want to be with for the rest of your life but she is SO happy with Scott and I am truly happy for her.








  • Supplies:
  • Zutter: Bind-it-All
  • Zutter: Owires in Antique Brass
  • Other:
  • Creative Memories: Cardstock
  • Webster's Pages: Papers
  • Webster's Pages: Trims
  • Webster's Pages: Jewels
  • Webster's Pages: Acrylic heart
  • Wesbter's Pages: Flower
  • Creative Memories: Heart Punch
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August 14, 2012

Family fun with Nicole Martel

Hello! Today I would like to share two of my most favorite layouts that were just recently published in Scrapbook Trends Create Magazine. Notice how I followed the same design for both of these? I usually have a difficult time scrapping 4x6 photos so when I came up with this design for my first layout, the second layout came together within minutes!


Supplies:
Glitz Design 'Happy Travels" patterned paper
Glitz Design "Happy Travels" Rhinestones
Glitz Design "Happy Travels" Cardstock stickers
Glitz Design "Happy Travels" Epoxy stickers
Glitz Design Teeny alphas

Other:
Heart border punch: Creative Memories
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Adhesives: Creative Memories
And here is my second layout. My momom always worries that Edward will not remember her... and I am constantly telling her that he will because he is always asking for her. He is her first great grandchild and she absolutely adores him as much as he adores her.

Supplies:
Glitz Design "Pretty in Pink" patterned paper
Glitz Design "Pretty in Pink" Rhinestones
Glitz Design "Pretty in Pink" Whatnots
Glitz Design "Pretty in Pink" Cardstock stickers
Glitz Design "Pretty in Pink" Epoxy stickers
Glitz Design Teeny alphas

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August 11, 2012

Why did you do it?

Hello ladies. Today, I’m going to share with you my thought process when I created this layout for SFTIO. As soon as my kit arrived, I immediately started going through the kit to see all of the beautiful papers and embellishments that I would be working with.

I fell in love with the gray and white chevron paper by Hambly and the cloud vellum papers by American Crafts so I pulled them out. Initially, I was going to use the gray cardstock with these patterns but felt it was too much gray so I added in white cardstock and added a little mist to add a bit more color. Like all of my layouts, I cut the chevron paper down to 8 1/2X11 and the white cardstock down to 7 1/2X10 inches (using my favorite corner rounder by Creative Memories to punch the top left and bottom right corner) and matted them together.

After I finished prepping the base of my layout, I used a scrap piece of paper to write out my journaling to prevent me from making errors on the actual layout then I printed two photos that I wanted to use.

I cut a piece of the chevron paper to use as my background for one of my pictures and tucked a tag beneath the other photo. I love the Polaroid patterned so I decided to cut one of the patterns out to use as an embellishment and journaling mat on my layout. I also layered a few pieces of paper behind the photos to make it more interesting.

I added a black title directly onto my photo to save space and added the gorgeous die cut flower (after picking it apart) to the left side of the layout so everything is horizontal. I pulled some pearls from my stash to use with the flower since it looked lonely. I love how this layout turned out. It has such a peaceful feeling to it, doesn’t it?

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August 5, 2012

Let's get sketchy

Happy Sunday ladies and gents! Hope all is well. Today I want to share a fun layout I created using the August SFTIO Kit. Since this month's emotional theme is "Escape" I decided to scrap a photo of me in Costa Rica, zip lining 345 feet in the air. Gosh, it was FUN! I can't wait to go back to Costa Rica.

Here's the sketch. Feel free to use it on your next project!


And here's my layout :) Doesn't this look fun as hell? I can assure you, it was after I stopped thinking about the bad things that could happen... like the line breaking with me 345 feet in the air...


If you haven't ordered your kit, you might wanna do it soon before it sells out. I wouldn't want you to miss out on this fun kit :) Yes, I'm gonna enable you. hehe.
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August 4, 2012

Hectagon fun with Nicole Martel

Hello everyone. Hope you're in for a fun weekend! Today I would like to share a fun layout that I created. I used lots of product from the Afternoon Muse Collection. The first thing I did was spray a little mists on the cardstock and then I used the Afternoon Muse Corner stamp for the top right and bottom left of my layout.

I created my own unique background using several patterned papers, whatnots and my hectagon punch by Creative Memories. I love whatnots, but sometimes I find them hard to use the entire thing, therefore I prefer using bits and pieces from them. While I was trying to place the hectagons on my layout, I thought of a way to make it easier on myself. I punched the shapes and adhered them to cardstock and once I was sure I had the shapes where I wanted them, I trimed the outer edge and adhered it to the base of my layout.


I hope I inspired you to try using your stamps and punches to create a fun layout of your own. Thanks for visiting and please come again.

Happy Saturday,
Nicole

Supplies:
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Patterned paper
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Whatnots
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Glitzers
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Acrylic stamp

Other:
Creative Memories: Hectagon punch
American Crafts: Thickers
Pink Paislee: Tag
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mists
Baker's Twine: May Arts
Webster's Pages: Trim
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August 3, 2012

Celebrating 25 years of memories

Hello everyone. Did you know that Creative Memories is celebrating 25 of memories this year? It's true and they just announced that they will be celebrating for at least another 25 years! Creative Memories is how I got started scrapping and I'm so honored to be on their design team. It has been a wonderful experience and I hope it doesn't end anytime soon! I just found this on their website. I enjoyed reading their beliefs and I think you will too.


Hope you have a great weekend!
Nicole
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August 1, 2012

August SFTIO Kit

Hello ladies, can you believe another month has passed already? What the heck happened to July? I can't believe it's August already. But I'm excited because it means that it's time for a new SFTIO Kit!

How do you escape reality when things get stressful? Need a few ideas, come check out the new layouts that the DT has created based on this month's emotion.

Paper from the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, Pink Paislee Prarie Hill, Cosmo Cricket Twenty-Three lines add trendy chevrons, polaroid images and kites and beautiful color in tones of pink, coral, cement, blue and orange.

Join us and ESCAPE...
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My little Nemo

I'm seriously sad right now! So this morning Pete saw Edward's first Halloween costume in the closet and put it on him. I can't believe that over 2 years later, it still fits him but it does and it made me want to cry because he's growing so fast! But, it also made me smile because he's so cute and fun at this stage...

So here are some pictures from his first Halloween at 8 months old.



 

And here he is at 2 1/2 wearing the same outfit, running around in the yard in his NEMO costume, after he actually watched NEMO this morning. We must have watched NEMO like 5 times these past few days. He loves him.



I must admit, he makes a cute little NEMO and I love watching him have fun. Wiping tears and smiling now.
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