December 31, 2017

Cake Traditions

Hello friends! Nicole here with a fun, mixed media layout I created for The Awesome Ladies Project. I must admit, I was unsure of what to create for the Tradition theme this month. Normally, I am not big on traditions. Any traditions that I've tried to follow in the past, I've failed them miserably. One tradition that comes to mind is the Elf on the Shelf. When mommies all around the world were trying to come up with fun, mischievous things for their elves, I was alongside them, but after two years of doing this, I got bored.

Last year, my son asked why Yummy never left the same spot... LOL. So, we will not be doing anything with Yummy, our elf this year. I am just going to forget about it; I refuse to stress myself out over that little doll. Having said this, I was still unsure of what to scrapbook for this month's post and then it hit me. Every year, I pay my friend to make Edward a really awesome cake! Usually, it includes Edward's favorite character or toy for that year. And so far, he has loved every cake for the past 6 years.



For this layout, I splashed some orange, blue and green mists on to the white cardstock. Then I took a few pieces of paper towels and smeared the mist with the paper towels to create a fun background. I painted some blue paint on to a lid and used it as a stamp for the background. I figured it would make a nice frame for the photos!


I used a fine tip pen to hand journal my story at the bottom. To help make this layout more fun, I added some floral rub-ons and stickers onto the collage of photos.



What are some of your traditions? If you're having a hard time thinking of a tradition, dig deep... you might find one or two!

Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole

December 29, 2017

Throw kindness around like confetti

Happy Friday everybody! I've been playing with my goodies from 7 Dots Studio again and since I have plenty of it, I gave their December Challenge a try. The challenge was to use three colors. This was tough, but I barely managed to pull this one off. I love how pretty this looks with the browns, blues and yellow.


I used the circle stickers to embellish the bottom of my layout then used a black fine-tip pen to create a faux stitched look.


I used a foam square to pop the heart off the photo a little bit then placed the star die cut below it just for fun.


I folded a few flag banners in half then stapled them to the top right-side of the photo to help pull the frame together.


I added a few more layers of stickers and die cuts to the left-side of the photo with a bit of faux stitching.


I cut a square sticker in half, diagonally to create photo corners for the layout.



If you have some 7 Dots Studio papers and stickers, the challenge is still open! Why not try something new for a change? I enjoyed this challenge very much.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hello... I love you...

Hello, it's me again! Two months ago, I had to give Hamlet up to a farm. This was a hard thing for me to do, but he needed to be on a farm with other pigs... He became too aggressive to handle. I researched Pig Sanctuaries up and down the east coast looking for a good place for him. I wanted to find a farm that would treat him well. After being on Whispering Rise Farm's wait list for some time, they offered to take him. Sure, I cried a lot...not going to lie, but it was the best thing for Hamlet. And I cried making this layout too. My heart is still a little broken.

 
I really like the peach and teal colors on this layout. It really makes the layout pop with the orange giraffe. I decided to use the hello journal card for the title of my layout.
 
 
I used the cut-apart labels to hand journal my story below the photo. Then I used the I love you cut-apart flag as a sub-title on the bottom of the photos. And I can never get enough of those sticker words...
 
 
I added a few more cut-apart flags at the bottom.
 
 
Pretty Little Studio Beautiful Day Patterned Paper/Park Bench, Rose Dots,  Cut-Aparts/Good Stuff, MyEveryday Flags, Park Bench, Picnic Labels, Journaling/Right Now 4x6, Stickers/Hello Words/Mint, Die-Cuts/Colorful Blooms
 
Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole

December 27, 2017

Top 10 Blog Hop 2017

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the top 10 blog hop! You should be arriving from Irit Shalom's blog! And if you've lost your way... here is the list of participants! I can't wait to hop along and see what everyone's favorite projects were for 2017! There are lots of amazing artist participating!! Be sure to comment along the way. One lucky girl will be receiving a small box of goodies from me! There might be lots of stuff from Ali Edwards... just saying. :)

Here is the blog hop order for today!


Every year, I share my top 10 layouts that I created during the year. It's always fun looking back at my favorites throughout the years and seeing how much my work has changed... for the better, I think! :) This year, it was tough for me to pick my favorites. There are so many of them that I love, but I managed to pick just 10 and here they are!


Best Ever


Tough


Fun


Happy Place


Sand


Live for the moment


Trouble


OH BOY


Hello Sunshine



We love this

Thanks for visiting today! Your next stop is Carolyn Johnson! If you would like to see my top 10 layouts from 2016, click here To view 2012-2015, click here.
-Nicole

December 24, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Merry Christmas Eve friends and family! Is everyone all ready for Santa? My seven year old whispered in my face this morning (while I was still asleep) at 8am. asking if today was Christmas. It was really, really cute... I said, no so then he left.

A few minutes later, he comes back into my bedroom and this time, he can't contain himself... he is so excited, he can barely whisper... LOL. And he says to me, the elf left me a present on my chair!! I had to use to crackers to move him from my chair LOL!! He knows that if he touches the elf, the elf will lose it's magic. I love how excited he is this year. Can't wait until tomorrow!!! It's going to be magical!

Today, it's been quiet in my house. Edward's been on his computer playing Terraria and I've been scrapping! I was in the mood to scrapbook Edward's snow pictures from a few weeks ago. Since I had some papers and stickers left from Creative Memories' Glacier collection, that is what I used! This collection is so pretty... I just love it. If you want to order it and need an advisor, look up Lisa Greger so you can order yours today!!

 
I used a few foam squares and an enamel dot to make the sticker snow flakes pop off the page. And I love the blue and white striped border sticker. I cut it down a bit to use as a fun border for my strip of photos.
 

I added a few more stickers at the bottom of the layout to make this layout more wintery! I placed two trees at the bottom of the base then used a few foam squares to make the light blue tree pop off the page. And because I couldn't help myself, I added the cute little bird wearing snow boots. :)


I cut the "Wonderland" sentiment from one of the Mat Packs and cut a "v" at each end to create a banner to place below the "Winter" mat. Then I added another snowflake to keep the top half of the layout from looking too flat.


Once everything was placed down, I grabbed a black fine-tip pen and ruler and hand-journaled my story. Love how clean and pretty this layout looks with the black and white photos!

 
Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole

Christmas Baubles

Good morning girlies! There's nothing much going on these days. I've been feeling run down lately. This month, I wanted to do something different so I decided to make paper ornaments using scraps from Bad Girls Couture's December 42nd St. Soda Shoppe Kit! This kit is so bright and cheery, I can't get enough of it. While looking through Pinterest, I came across this link on how to create Christmas Baubles so I thought I'd give it a try! It's something different... so I thought, why not!

 

To create these two ornaments, all I needed was two sheets of patterned paper, a 2" circle punch, pink string and LOTS of glue dots! Don't look too closely... somehow, some of my images ended up up-side down. Maybe, the next time I create these, they will be better. :)


 
This is my favorite ornament. I just love the colors! Don't mind the upside down hearts!
 

 
Thanks for stopping by today! Are you all ready for Santa? I am all ready to see a BIG smile on Edward's face tomorrow morning.

December 21, 2017

Adventure

Good morning friends! Today, I am sharing a simple layout using a few photos from the fair a few months ago. Ashley's Wish You Were Here collection was perfect for this layout!
 
 
To begin, I placed three 3"x3" photos across the base of the layout. The middle photo is slightly smaller to prevent the photos from running past the edges of the layout. I added a die cut frame to the center photo to make the collage of photos pop.
 
 
Then I added a few cut-aparts, stickers and diecuts to complete the layout. The arrow pattern below the photo collage was actually cut from the 3"x4" journaling card.
 
 
For the top of the layout, I used a cut-apart and a die cut heart to even out the design of the layout.
 
 
Pretty Little Studio Wish You Were Here Cut-Aparts/Expedition, Luggage Tags, Die-Cuts/Stop Here, Frames/Travel Plans, Journaling/On the Road, Stickers/Follow Me Arrows, On the Go World.
 
Thanks so much for visiting today!
-Nicole

December 17, 2017

Meow


Hi everyone. I decided to participate in 7 Dots Studio's November-December challenge! The challenge is to scrapbook your pets and I just took a very cute photo of Jess and Toby the other day so it was perfect!




I decided to use the Hazy Days collection for this layout since the colors matched the colors in the photo. I love the film strip chipboard so I used that to create a fun grid for a variety of embellishments!

 
I added some ink and Bronx wax paste to the chipboard stars to add a little shimmer. Then I cut the negative part of the star from the die cut sheet to make the star pop. LOVE it! I hand-cut some sticker squares in half to create photo corners. The little camera was an acrylic stamp that I stamped onto a scrap piece of paper then cut the image out using scissors and adhering it to the grid using a Gluedot.
 
I kept this layout pretty simple, focusing on the cute little kitties. :)


Thanks for visiting today! If you would like to participate in the challenge, there's still time. The challenge closes on December 19th!

-Nicole

Happy Memories

Happy Sunday everybody! I finally found some time for myself today... to do what I love. I scrapbooked a few projects for Pretty Little Studio then I broke into my new box of goodies that I purchased from 7Dots Studio! I've been eyeing up their product for awhile now and finally went ahead and ordered lots of paper, stickers, chipboard and stencils! I just love the grunge look of their papers!! Seriously, they are much more beautiful in person.

I played with their Hazy Days papers and stickers. Oh, and let's not forget the stencils. The quality of the stencil is nice! I was pleasantly surprised. I will be buying more from this company, regardless of the shipping time from Poland. The wait was so worth it!




I added a 1/4" border around the layout using a fine-tip black pen. Then I used some teal Prima Ink and the circle stencil to add some more color to the background. I knew that I wanted to use some of the stickers that looked teal so I wanted to bring that out a bit with the yellow and red.


I used some of the stickers from the Hazy Days collection to create a fun border for the left-side of my photo. I layered the 3x3 photo with a few pieces of patterned paper then adhered it to the side of the border strip.


I used foam squares to layer the star die cuts together to add dimension to the layout. Then I stamped on the label "Happy Memories" and adhered it next to the star to pull the photo frame together. To complete the layout, I hand-journaled my story at the bottom of the layout.



Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole

December 15, 2017

Archie Mini Book

Happy Friday ladies!! Our December Bad Girls Couture kit reveal is TODAY and I just love the 42nd. St. Soda Shoppe kit. I love using bright colors on my layouts/projects. They make me so happy, but what made me even happier this month was receiving the adorable mini album that Wendy made by hand using Archie comic books!! AH, IT IS SO AWESOME. I wanted to hoard mine, but Wendy made me use it. :) I am not sure what she used to glue the pages to the chipboard pieces, but it's nice and sturdy. Nice job Wendy on making such a one of a kind piece for this month's kit.

I decided to use the gold thickers throughout the mini. The gold looks so pretty against the album pages. And I am not a big gold person...but it looks pretty... and masculine. For this album, I decided to focus on the silly, happy photos of my son. He is ALWAYS happy... he's such a happy kid.






 
For the inside, I used some cut-apart labels and word stickers from my stash to help tell my story. I wanted to keep this mini simple, focusing on the photos. ;0
 

 
I love these crazy pictures of Edward. He asked me to do a photo shoot before his soccer game and I captured his personality PERFECTLY.
 



 
That smile...I can't get enough of it. Yes, there's pink in this album. Who says you can't use pink, flowers and butterflies in a boy's mini book? It's perfectly OK.
 



 
What do you think? Are you ready to try making one of these? I just love how this turned out. This little mini is going into a baggie then into Edward's baby box.

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