February 21, 2018

Happy birthday Edward!!!

I just wanted to take a moment to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my handsome 8 year old! My joyful, mini me... I just love your sassy, goofy and funny personality!! I couldn't ask for a better son. You are my life... and I LOVE being your mom.










I love you Edward Zane!!!
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February 17, 2018

Simply Fabulous

I've been itching to use the Let Your Heart Decide collection by Pinkfresh Studio for a week now and just when I found some time to scrap, my ink runs low. I really thought I had some...but I do not have magenta ink. Sigh. Since I had no ink, I decided to look through my older photo albums to find a favorite...that has not been framed and I found this photo. I love this photo and I do not think I have ever scrapped it. I think this collection compliments the photo so well! What do you think?



I used a few chipboard pieces from Paige Evan's Pick-Me-Up collection. I am a sucker for butterflies and chipboard words.


I used a ruler and pen to hand-journal my story at the leftside of the page to help fill in the white space.


Honestly, I never know what to do with wood veneer embellishment... I have such a hard time using these on my projects. I decided to stick the heart above the journaling... without the heart, it felt too naked.

 

Have you seen this collection yet? It is my favorite collection from CHA 2018! I just love the color palette, patterns and the sentimental die cuts... so pretty.

Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole
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February 16, 2018

hey

Hey everybody! I've been meaning to share this layout I created last week using Vicki Boutin's latest collection and a few of her art crayons and acrylic paint. I love how pretty the background looks! I used a few different shades of blue and a purple for the background. Then I used some turquoise acrylic paint for the edges.


I had some chevron chipboard from 7 Dots Studio that I have been hording... I decided to ink them up to use on this layout. Don't they look pretty! Prima's chalk ink is my favorite. I just love them. I added some orange/gold rub-ons at the bottom of the layout just for fun.


I used a die cut to hand-journal my journaling then added a epoxy sticker and orange jewel to pull out the orange from the flower rub-ons.


Isn't this rub-on flower cluster beautiful??!! I love it so much. I used the "hey" die cut for my title by adhering them to the layout using foam squares.




Thanks for visiting today!
Nicole

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February 15, 2018

You are my happy

Good morning baddies!!! We are sooooo excited to share the February kit with you. If you love mixed media kits, this kit is perfect for you! This month's kit includes Crate Paper, a chipboard album by Maya Road, Prima Marketing stencil and flower, a variety of vintage fabrics. And last, but not least, Bad Girls Couture's molding paste. Our molding paste is premium quality made in the United States and it works well with stencils. What do you think?! Are you ready to get your scrap on?!!



Before you go, check out this layout I created using the kit. I love using circles on my layouts, especially when I am working on a mixed media layout. They add so much impact to a layout. I used Creative Memories Custom Circle System, but you can use a bowl and pen to trace a circle around your layout. Before I traced the circles on the cardstock, I covered the paper using white gesso. Once the gesso dried, I splashed a few colors of mists and paint onto the cardstock. Then I traced the circles once the paint and mist dried. I used the pink Glimmer Glam paint and a paintbrush to paint another circle around the circle to add more color.

 

I love the packaging of the flowers in this kit. The flowers are adhered to a hard plastic sheet that has doilies on it! It was too pretty to throw away so I cut a few of them out to use on my layout.

 

I cut a piece of doily in half and tucked behind the bottom of the photos. I used the chipboard frame to frame the picture of my sister and used foam squares to adhere the "You are my happy" chipboard to the bottom of the frame.

 

I added a few jewels, metal stars and buttons from my stash to decorate the circle. The chipboard hearts were part of the kit. I added a few other pieces of chipboard to the layout to help frame the photos nicely.

 


Thanks so much for visiting today! We hope you love this month's kit as much as we love it!! If you love what you see, subscribe today, here!
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February 14, 2018

Together

Happy Valentines Day ladies!! I decided to create a layout using hearts that I traced on to patterned paper by hand then I cut them out. I used the heart cut-out as a template for all of the hearts including the photo. I was in the mood to do something different... I like the design! I used a few papers and stickers from the Tales & Dreams collection. I just love the colors and patterns in this collection. And it totally works for a Valentines theme layout.

 

Here you can see the original heart and the hearts that I cut.



Initially, I had planned on creating a few more hearts and scattering them down the center of the page, but then I decided to just create a cluster of hearts. Keep it clean and simple. I used the die cut words and mini word stickers to pull the heart photo in with the hearts which helps pull the viewer's eyes directly to the photo.

 

Here is a closer look at the die cut and stickers.



I used a pen and ruler to hand-journal my story. Then I added two heart stickers above the journaling to fill in the white space.

 

And just for fun, I doodled around the top heart to make it slightly different from all the others.



Pretty Little Studio Tales & Dreams Paper/Follow Your Path, Lost in the Dream,  Die Cuts/Rainbow Vibes, Stickers/Itty Bitty Hearts, Stories & Tales

What do you think? Think you're ready to try cutting shapes for your next project free-handed? This is a great technique for those of you who do not own a die cutting machine. :)

Thanks for visiting today!!
-Nicole
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February 6, 2018

Me


Hi everyone! I am participating in 7 Dots Studio's challenge for February. I love this mood board and was immediately drawn to the top right photo... the browns and white so that is the image I used for my inspiration for this layout! I used the Writer's Block collection (LOVE).


This is an older picture of me... but I love it. I think I was about 23 :) I used several pieces of patterned paper to mat the photo. Some papers were torn to give the layout a rough appeal. I totally love the alpha paper. SOOOO COOL.


I used some tags, sticker words and die cuts to embellish the layout. I cut the title from my scraps to use  on this layout.





There's still time if you want to participate in the challenge! Hope you have a fantastic week!
-Nicole

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Capture


Pinterest Inspiration

Good morning! I am excited to share this gorgeous, multi-photo collage layout with you today! This picture got me in the mood to print out a few photos from my sister's trip in Thailand! I used several die cut frames from the Potpourri collection to frame a variety of photos for this layout. Then I added a few labels and die cut flowers to complete the layout. Super simple, but it has just the right amount of embellishments I think... to keep the focus on the photos and journaling.
 

I hand-cut the leaves from patterned paper and tucked them slightly behind the photo to help frame the photo and journaling mat.
 

I hand-cut another cluster of leaves and topped it off with a die cut flower using a foam square. Then I splashed a few droplets of mists around the layout to break up the white space.
 

I used a few star stickers and another flower die cut with a few tiny word stickers to decorate the frames. I folded the label die cuts in half and stapled them to a few of the photos in the top right corner to make the frames pop.
 

 

Pretty Little Studio Potpourri: Paper/Be MindfulDie Cuts, Stickers/Best Teacher, Stickers/So Much Beauty, Tales & Dreams/Die Cuts/Blooming Stories

Thanks for visiting today! What do you think about this layout? I just love it! So clean and crisp. :)
-Nicole
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February 5, 2018

Do It With A Smile

Happy Monday everyone! I've been wanting to scrapbook this photo from Jamie's wedding awhile now, but wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it until this weekend... Yes...I am addicted to art crayons and acrylic paints and stamps... LOL. I love the monochromatic look to this layout. Isn't it gorgeous?! The stamping and paint isn't perfect... that is why I went with a messier look so it would all blend together nicely. If you haven't seen Vicki Boutin's newest products, click here!! Lots of fun, mixed media products... Once you start, you won't be able to stop.


I cut the flowers from patterned paper and layered them together using a foam square. Then I added a few rub-on leaves from the rub-on pack. The frame had an "&" but I punched a 1" circle and rubbed the "happy" phrase onto the circle to cover it up. I tore the "favorite" sentiment from washi tape and placed it on the photo mat just for fun.


I used the writing stamp and pink ink pad to stamp below the photo mat. I felt it needed something at the bottom...



I love orange and pink together. It's such a pretty color combination. What is your favorite color combination at the moment? 

Thanks for stopping by today!
-Nicole

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February 4, 2018

Live Inspired

Hi everybody! I hope you've had a wonderful week. Today I am back with another layout I created using the January Bad Girls Couture kit. For this layout, I decided to play with my stencils, mists, acrylic paint and thread to create a fun layout! I just love the vibe here!! Such a fun layout! There's so many little details I love about this layout. Let me share them with you.

   

I used the triangle stencil from the December kit to create multiple triangles. Once the paint was dry, I splashed some teal mist to add more color. Then I hand stitched little plus signs randomly throughout the layout. I matted the base of the layout onto teal cardstock to help frame the layout. I had a tag in my stash that I used to frame my photo that is approximately 2"x2". I love this photo of me with my little man.

 

I grabbed some buttons from my stash to embellish my layout. I don't know what it is about me and buttons this month... I went a little crazy with them... I've had them in a jar on my desk for awhile now, untouched until this month.

 

I added a few buttons at the bottom of the layout and on the tag. I love how pretty the word stickers look on this layout. The stitched plus signs really adds so much charm to this layout. I just felt like the triangles were missing something... and then I thought of the plus signs, thinking about Edward PLUS me... and it totally worked.



I layered two buttons and tied them together to create a fun, unique embellishment for the tag.

 

Here is a closer look at the triangles, misting and stitching!

 

What do you think? Is there anything in your stash that you have not touched in awhile? Why not pull them out and think of a creative way to use them with your kit!

Thank you for visiting today!
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