January 28, 2018

Bad Girls Couture's DT Blog Hop!!

Good morning everyone! We are so excited that you have decided to join Bad Girls Couture's first blog hop. Hopefully, you will get to know the designers a little better and along the way, we hope to inspire you with projects about ourselves and fun techniques that you can incorporate on your projects!

My name is Nicole and I live in Maryland with my husband and 7 year old son (soon to be 8) and two kitties that we rescued almost two years ago. I've been scrapbooking for 18-19 years; a long time and I LOVE it! It's my therapy... I'd like to think it's cheaper than therapy, but it might not be. LOL!! I have been working for the same credit union for 9 years now. My hope is to use my Business Management Degree for a possible management position with the credit union.

I have had the pleasure of designing for Bad Girls Couture since September 2017 when the company re-opened their doors. It has been an absolute blast and I am so honored to be apart of such an AMAZING team. One of my favorite things about the monthly Bad Girls Couture Kits is that it includes vintage product that are hard to find and mixed media product! Sometimes, I will receive something in the kit that I would not normally use, but these kits challenge me to try something new! Think outside of the box... and not worry about what's right or wrong. Heck, I just do whatever I want on my layouts and it's so FUN!

We do hope you will check out the shop and our previous kits to get an idea about what we are about. I think there's a little something for all types of artists whether your a simple scrapbooker, beginner or intermediate scrapbooker. Check out our DT Gallery here.



I created this layout using my stash from previous kits! I love the vintage flowers that come in some of the kits... they are totally easy to alter.

I altered the flower to make it work for my layout. Since blue and green are my favorite colors, those were the colors chosen for the layout with a pop of pinkish/purple. I painted the flower with white opaque paint. Once the paint was dry, I sprayed the flower several times with Blue Color Bloom by Prima until I was satisfied with the color. It took several coats of mists. I found it easier to take the flower apart and paint the flower with mist then once dry, I put the flower back together. I sprayed the leaf with Green Color Bloom. LOVE how vibrant these colors are.


I decided to pick the flower apart a little bit to make it work on this layout. I decided to use one layer of flowers to keep it less bulky and big on my layout. Once the flowers were completely dry, I added everything onto the layout!



I typed my journaling using Microsoft Word. Then I held a piece of transparency that I planned on using to frame my journaling against the screen to fit the journaling within the block. I had to use the indent option a few times to make the lines smaller. Then I printed my journaling on regular paper and cut it out to stick behind the transparency once I am ready to add it to the layout.


I used a butterfly stamp from my stash to create my own die cut for the bottom of the layout. This is super easy to make. Simply stamp the image onto patterned paper and cut the image out using precision point scissors.



When I initially created this layout, I decorated the entire background with triangles using molding paste, but I felt that it took the focus away from the little things on this layout so I tore the layout apart and started all over again... Does anyone else do this? I am my worst critic.



And here is a list of questions and answers so you can get to know me a little more!

1. What's your favorite color? Blue
2. What's your favorite song right now? Never Be the Same- Camila Cabello, Bad at Love- Halsey
3. Who inspires you?  People who are kind, thoughtful, respectful and hardworking.
4. Favorite Book?  All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood, The Talisman by Stephen King
5.Favortie Movie?  Fried Green Tomatoes
6.Favorite snack? Gummy worms, almonds, Peanut Butter Ice Cream and dark chocolate.
7. What is your favorite food? Mexican, Italian (it's a tie between the two)
8. Where would you like to visit someday? Australia, Thailand and Ireland
9. Who got you into scrapbooking? My mother
10. How many years have you been scrapbooking? 18-19
11. Favorite Manufacturer? Pinkfresh Studio, Crate Paper
12. Currently Reading:  Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang (Love Book Club of the Month)
13. Favorite Bad Girl Kit so far? November kit, Joie de Vivre
14. Favorite artistic technique? Playing with gesso and molding paste! Love Bad Girls Couture's brand. The gesso is smooth and the molding paste looks fantastic when used with stencils.

Don't forget to comment on each of the designer's blog posts  by February 2nd for a chance to win this prize! Your next stop is the fabulous Irina Volzhina! I just LOVE her work!!! She is amazing!


”This is one of our Monthly Subscription Kits…:”A Little Bit Gaudy” …each month we include lots of artistic goodies to make you think outside the box and push you to explore different elements, textures, and mediums so that you can experience the best in creativity and grow as an artist. The possibilities with this kit is endless. 

Here is the line up in case you got lost along the way:


If you are still on the fence about joining, let me share one wonderful thing about this kit club. We always include tutorials on the blog to teach you how to use the mixed media products that comes in the kits each month. And we try to teach our subscribers how to use these products in simple terms with step-by-step instructions and photos so that we can inspire beginning and intermediate scrapbookers! 

Thank you for visiting today!! I hope you have a wonderful week!
-Nicole


29 comments:

Dana Tatar said...

Super cool layout Nicole! I've been a fangirl of yours for a long time and I absolutely love what you are creating with Bad Girls Couture Kits. I love the pop of blue from the oversized bloom and the way you highlighted your journaling. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

suerwelsh said...

Love this layout. I agree with the kit, one of mine too.

Joanne M said...

Love to see multiple photos on a page. Thanks for the tip about journaling. I usually print it out several times to get the sizing right. Definitely going to give your way a try.

Betty Pritt said...

I like the multiple photos. I have a few strips of photos of my grandson - this layout gave me some ideas on how to use them.

PattiM said...

Great lo! Love your poses and the way you placed everything on your lo...I never thought to color the flower to match the lo and the journaling tip is something I need to try...great inspiration! Thank you for showing us your lovely creation...

Hugs,
PattiM
(Pattie’s passion)

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

bonnie b said...

Love the layout! Thanks for the tips on the flower and journaling! Love the butterfly too. I have always brought white flowers to match my layouts, but love the idea of painting a flower white and then spraying- this opens up so many doors for altering the flowers I have!

robindefender said...

Love the way you got your journaling to fit within the transparency.

Ruth Luther said...

Interesting layout, like how you use the transparency.

Michelle Sanders said...

❤️ your tutorial!!

Peggy G said...

Great layout and a great step-by-step; I love your "how-to" on sizing the journaling, btw! I love how you stapled your flower petals down; it not only holds it all in place, but it adds to the details. (Re: tearing it apart - I think it happens to all of us, lol. Things look so different once they're down on paper, don't they?)

Steph said...

I really love the black and white with a pop of colour. Such a cool idea to use paint to make the embellishment fit your LO. Such a clever way of making your stash go further

Rae said...

I just love this! I love all the pics and the perfect design! The flower looks awesome! <3

Momkadletz said...

You're scrapbook page is the bomb. Love it!!!

TinaJewel said...

Love all the different products and projects, too!

Peggy Snodgrass said...

Thanks for the great idea of putting the journaling behind the transparency.
What a super way to measure it as well. Love the simple pop of the blue flower.

Jeannie In A Bottle said...

U did a magnificent job on this layout!! I love the simplicity of it yet alot of character as well! Xoxo Jeanne

mamadonald said...

Love the multiple photos and the way you did the journaling. Great inspiration!!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Love the color combo...that blue really pops!!!!

Wendy La Croix said...

Nicole...your layout is GORGEOUS! I love your photos..you’re too cute! Thanks for joining me on this AMAZING creative journey. (((Hugs))) xoxo💖

Sarah Lynch said...

I love the black & white with pop of blue! The stapling gives some added interest & the transparency is a really cool idea I’ve never thought of!

soapHOUSEmama said...

Awesome page!

Luzinha Folch said...

So many coil tricks! I absolutely love the transparency trick! Awesome LO ANd thanks for the huge inspiration!

Cathy Frailey said...

Black & white with a pop of color is my favorite thing! Great tip on getting the journaling to fit!

Heather Thompson said...

I loved the transparency effect! great idea.

VIVIENNE said...

the blue flower just makes the whole page POP!!! viv

Ирина Волжина said...

Thank you for the idea of how you put the inscription in the borders! I also love blue)))

LINDA said...

I love the transparency idea, never thought of that. And yes, I do not see the beauty in my own work, but I do see it yours.

Robert Spacagna said...

Really enjoyed the layout. I’m sure that we all have additional items to add to our projects

danastewardkemp said...

Hi Nicole! Loving your style! Really enjoyed your tutorial on the flower. I love to use paint, and pretty much make a mess with it.