October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween friends and family! Yesterday, mom, Jamie, Edward and I drove down to College Park, Maryland to visit Aunt Katie. Katie's having a tough time this semester so we thought we'd do something fun this weekend to get her mind off of mid-terms.

Initially, we were going to go to the fall festival in Germantown, but since we got a late start, we decided to carve pumpkins instead! We had fun too. And it was BEAUTIFUL outside.

Here are some of my favorites from our time with Aunt Katie.

Priceless. Somehow, Edward managed to spray pumpkin guts all over Aunt Katie and Michael. :) HAHA, Look at Michael's face.

This was Michael's first time carving a pumpkin. He did good! Nothing like making your first carving BIG. This was a big pumpkin.

Notice how big the pumpkin is compared to Edward's head. hehe


Don't worry, as soon as I have some Halloween pictures, I'll be sharing them! :)
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October 30, 2016

Best Day Ever

Hello everybody, it's me again. I decided to play with my paints, watercolors, and mist for this layout. I have the most fun when I am getting messy. Unfortunately, because of how much time it involves, I don't do it enough. For this layout, I misted and painted on a variety of large tags that I purchased from Ali Edward's shop. LOVE these BIG tags. Don't they look good against the vellum and transparency? I matted my photos with pieces of patterned paper from the Woodland Collection and then once the paint and ink was dry, I added a few die-cuts and cut-aparts.

I was inspired by this sketch by Creative Scrappers! Kristine's sketches always gets my mojo going.

Here are a few close-ups so you can really see everything up close. I totally love everything going on here.



  • Pretty Little Studio Woodland Paper: Leaves 8x8, Rose 8x8, Clover-Yellow 8x8, Vellum: Rose-Yellow, Cut-Apart: Word Flags/Woodland, Die-Cut Tags/Bloom, Stickers/Bloom/Clear
  • Pretty Little Studio Here + There Transparency: Hello 8x8.
  • Other products: Large tags: Ali Edwards, Watercolor paint: Shimmerz Paints, Paint: Jillibean Soup (Aqua), Ranger: (white, yellow), Ink: Clearsnap, #lovethis stamp: Cosmo Cricket, Twine: May Art, Nuvo-Tonic Studio, Veneer: American Crafts.
Thanks for visiting today!

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October 28, 2016


Hello everyone. I am really enjoying the November Clique kit. Seriously, it's so pretty! For this layout, I wanted to tell a story using a moment in time. And I used my own hand-journaling. I practiced on a plain piece of paper first and made the lines using a pencil... then I traced it with a pen and erased the marks to avoid making any mistakes.

I love the kraft tags in this kit. And actually, I cannot get enough of them. You'll be seeing them again on another layout. I promise. :) For this layout, I included lots of layers. I used the tags to trace several different tags using the patterned paper from the kit. The marble paper is my favorite! Notice how I pulled the background out by adding the marble tag tucked behind the kraft tag?

For this layout, I included lots of layers. I used the tags to trace several different tags using the patterned paper from the kit. The marble paper is my favorite! Notice how I pulled the background out by adding the marble tag tucked behind the kraft tag?

Thanks so much for vising today!-Nicole
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October 26, 2016

October Clique Kits Blog Share

Hi everybody. It’s Nicole here, wishing you a fabulous Wednesday! Welcome to the October Pep Rally. This month, we hope to inspire you with the "Sapphire" kit. This kit has lots of products from Pinkfresh Studio and we added a few exclusives this month that really compliments the kit!
For our challenge this month, we went with anything goes with an option to use the sketch from our monthly challenge. Click here!

The Pep Rally, for those of you who are new to the Clique, is our monthly subscriber and design team blog share typically held the third week of the month and participants earn product credits-yes, free stuff to do what you love-who can beat that? It's out with the old, in with the new time at Clique Kits when we (hopefully) have all killed our kit from the previous month and have lots to show off, and we start to chat and hype the excitement for the coming month’s kit. In other words, we party! We don’t leave out our guests-there is always a prize for a hopper who comments on each post and likes and shares on social media! Just leave a new comment for each like and share for a separate entry in the random drawing for this month’s prize. One lucky person will win this month’s Sapphire kit! Get the word out and have your friends join our Pep Rally because they might end up with this gorgeous kit at their doorsteps!

Here’s today’s line up:

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia Lau https://giaaloha.wordpress.com/
Nicole Martel https://nicolemartel.blogspot.com
*Magali Le Luc- http://blogladybird.blogspot.ca/
*Melissa Elsner- http://theprofoundbrunette.com
*Enza Gudor- https://creativefindingsblog.wordpress.com/
*Nathalie DeSousa- http://tachita55.blogspot.ca/
*Caroli Schulz- www.carolinaschulz.com
Maryam Perez http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/
Dani Brown-California https://danibscraps.wordpress.com/
Sara Mishler https://sarascrapsblog.wordpress.com/
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/

* Design Team Members on Kit Duty

Feel free to hop in any order, if you get lost, you can always come back here to find your place. This month, I decided to play with the printables that came with the kit. I normally forget about these! I've been printing them before I use my kit now... that way I can incorporate them on my layouts. I kept this layout pretty simple. I used my Shimmerz Paint Coloringz and watercolor paints for my background with some stencils. Totally fun! The stamp and camera sticker were part of the October add-ons and the thickers were available for sale in the shop a month ago. So glad I snagged them because I love them.

Here are a few close-ups:

And because I loved this kit so much and my creations with this kit, here are a few other layouts that I created this month.


Now, hop along and see what our design team and subscribers have been working on. Your next stop is Magali. Don’t forget to check out the gallery on the website landing page featuring our Varsity Team (design team) projects using the October kit and check out the Monthly Kit page for all the details about next month’s amazing Clique Kit "Swan Lake". Take care!


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October 25, 2016

Darth Vader

Hello everyone. Nicole here with a fun Halloween layout! What are your kiddos going to be for Halloween this year? I think Edward is leaning towards something Minecraft related. He is totally addicted to that game.

Last year, he was Darth Vader and he totally rocked his costume! Well, at least I think so, but naturally, I am bias since he is my cutie. For this layout, I used Bella Blvd.'s Alex collection since I didn't have any Halloween themed papers. I used the Web cut file from Just Nick Studio for my background and LOVE how it turned out. So cool.

Products: Patterned Paper: Stickers: Die Cuts: Bella Blvd., Digital Cut file (web): Just Nick Studio
Here are a few close ups:

I really like the bold font in gray. It works perfectly for this layout! And the cute little plus sign sticker tab.

I love layering a mixture of tabs at the top of my photos. It adds so much to a layout and it's a nice way to pull the layout together, especially when you have multiple photos. And a girl can never have too many arrows when it comes to little boy layouts.

Thanks for stopping by today!
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October 24, 2016

Clique Agenda: Wander

Hello all. Nicole here with a fun project to share with you. I finally got a chance o get messy with this travelers notebook. Have you gotten yours yet? I think there's one more in the shop if you are interested. Snag it now, (here) quick, because it might be gone by the time you get finished seeing what I did with mine.


I am relatively happy with how this turned out. However, I did make a mistake. I did NOT apply gesso to the travel notebook BEFORE I applied the paint which means that it didn't take long before the paint started to peel off the notebook. So before you do anything with yours, do yourself a favor and apply gesso to your travel notebook right now.

I added some scraps in the supply case to have on hand whenever I feel the need to decorate a page. I love blue so I gathered a few blue pieces of embellishments. :)
I used lots of acrylic paints and watercolor paints to decorate my travel notebook inserts. I love the acrylic paints by Ranger. The colors are so vibrant. I used watercolor paints by Prima and Shimmerz Paints as well.


For the folder insert, I decorated it with blue and green acrylic paint. Once dried, I used a paint dabber to make little white circles on the cover. Then I painted a thicker word and applied it to the front of the insert.


Thanks for visiting today!
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October 21, 2016


Hi all. Today, we are featuring Pretty Little Studio's Number Tags on the blog. I have had these number tags in my stash for some time and have yet to use them. Initially, I thought they would be great to use for a list on my layout or action photos, but never took the time to use them. So instead, I decided to use a row of numbers at the bottom of the layout to represent Edward's age right now. I LOVE the adorable photos I took at the pool this summer. That smile gets me EVERY time. :)

For this layout, I decided to use the fun Scribble Circle Background cut file from Just Nick Studio's shop. This digital cut file cut so nicely. And I am so pleased with it. Doesn't it look great in the background. Perfect for this summer layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Products: Pretty Little Studio Let's Go Travel Journaling Cards/ Pittsburgh 3x4, Panama 3x4, Bingo Cards/Bahamas, Number Tags, Stickers/Traveler Words, Merry  And Bright Journaling Cards/Clear/Countdown
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October 17, 2016

November Clique Kits Mood Board

Happy Monday everyone. Today, I just wanted to take a moment to share this inspiring Mood Board from Clique Kits for November. Isn't it lovely? Be sure to follow us on Instagram because this week, we will be sharing several sneaks of the Swan Lake kit.

And before I go, here is a sneak of something I have in the works for the CK blog!

Thanks for stopping by today!
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