Monday, March 23, 2020


We just celebrated this dude's 10th birthday! It's crazy... I just can't believe I have a 10 year old already. For his birthday, we invited 8 of his friends to come join us for a sleepover birthday party. He had an absolute blast!

When I looked through the patterned papers from Fancy Pants Designs' Cake Smash Collection, the plaid and yellow patterns really caught my eye and I knew I wanted to use them on a layout together! And I love how they look paired up. They are bright and happy, perfect for creating a birthday layout!!

There are lots of fun embellishments in this collection and I managed to squeeze bits and pieces on this layout. I love embellishments...

I added the puffy stickers inside the stars and balloons to add dimension. I wasn't sure how I was going to squeeze the number 10 on here, but I managed!!

I actually worked my design around this large "birthday" die cut" and then I added the "make a wish" to the center of the die using foam squares.

What do you think of Fancy Pants Designs' newest Cake Smash collection. Isn't it fun?! You can grab yours from the website! Click here! Save 10% using coupon code NICOLEMARTEL!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020


One of the things I love about Art Journals is that I can do whatever I want in them! Most of the time, when I'm bored, I will grab my art journal and splash some mist and paint on a page... then I let it sit overnight and go back to it during the week... adding a few things here and there. And that is EXACTLY what I did with this spread.

I love the purples, pinks, blues and oranges on this layout... I don't even know why I chose these colors... I simply started  brushing my Coloration Sprays from Art Antholog (Sky, Juicy, Ink Spot, Patience) onto the spread after applying clear gesso to the page so it would not tear. I chose colors to the kraft page that inspired me at the moment. It was SOOOOO therapeutic for me. I just love playing with mixed media product when I have the time.

I glued a piece of burlap onto a kraft tag to use as my frame for the photo. Then I punched a floral mat using a metal die from Pinkfresh Studio to tuck behind the tag.

The "love" snippet was actually a journaling card that I cut in half to use as my title! Initially I was going to color inside the letters using markers, but I decided against it since I already had lots of colors on this spread. ;)

I added a few embellishments from my stash here and there. I finally got to use the "click click capture" flair from 7 Dots Studio. I've had this flair in my stash for a few years...waiting for the right project to use it on. It's perfect. And... I did not even come across it until I had the page painted... it just happened to work out.

At the last minute, I decided to add the moon dream catcher die cut to frame the left-side of the photos. It really changed the whole dynamic of this spread and I LOVE it!

What do you think? Have you given art journaling a try? I just started art journaling last year and I am in love with this new way of recording and capturing my memories!

Friday, March 13, 2020


Good morning! Nicole here with another art journal spread I created with some metal dies, acrylic paints, stencils and gems. I created this spread one day when I was in the mood to craft, but I didn't really want to make a layout. I just wanted to play... so I selected a few acrylic paint colors that I haven't used in a while and just played and it felt great!

To begin, I cut the heart shape using a metal die from Pinkfresh Studio and my Sizzix. Then I put it aside. I started by painting the background using a variety of colors (Make It Rain, Kiss & Don't Tell, Bye Felicia, Bad & Tatted, Broken Doll and Hippie in High Heels). Adding a few colors here and there... Once the background was dry, I used the Pebbles stencil from Art Anthology's shop. Once the paint/molding paint was dry, I used a Coloration Spray (Plush) and a paint brush to color in the pebbles to make them pop.

I glued the die cut to the center of the page and then glued the gems, embellishments and stars. I colored in the "forever" sentiment using a black marker and then outlined the heart using a black marker. Then I added random journaling all over the page.

Love the different textures on this art journal spread. I sprayed some Raider Coloration Spray to dull the colors down a little. Then I splashed some acrylic paint onto the spread using a paint brush to make it a bit messier.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020


Good morning! I have another fun birthday layout I created using Fancy Pants Designs' newest Cake Smash Collection. Loving the color palette in this collection...especially the yellow and lime green.

A few weeks ago, I woke Edward up on his birthday and asked him how he felt about going to Grumps for breakfast before school. His response was, "Wait...and like, go into school late?" To which I replied, "exactly!" He smiled and said cool! I am so glad I did this for him. It totally made him happy and he ended up having a fantastic day at school! Gosh, I love him... He is so handsome! 

I used quite a few patterns on this layout... I didn't plan on it... it just happened. :) I love to play with multiple patterns when I can make it work for my layout.

I added a few pieces of die cuts and puffy stickers here and there. And I really like how the chipboard cake and party hat looks next to the journaling block. It frames the journaling nicely.

I added a tag and frame at the bottom to fill in the white space along with a few more die cuts.

Here is a closer look at the chipboard. Fab!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Good morning! Altenew has another fun challenge up on their blog for March and I love the color palette! I wouldn't normally scrap this color combination and that is why I love challenges! Challenges help me step out of my comfort zone a bit... Click here to join the challenge!

To begin, I sprayed some Sky Coloration Spray from Art Anthology onto white cardstock. Once the spray ink was completely dry, I used Art Anthology's Flitty stencil and Altenew's Sea Glass and Bamboo Crisp Dye Inks to create the flowers from the stencils.

Then I used a blending tool to blend the same colors onto white cardstock. Once I was satisfied with the blending, I stamped the flowers over the ink and cut them out. Isn't it pretty. The flowers are from Altenew's Smile More Stamp Set. I use this set often because the flowers are gorgeous!

I really like the blue background on this layout. It's hard to see in the photo, but here's a close up.

I used Altenew's Artist Marker (C002) to color the stitched frame so that all of the colors blend nicely. I sprayed the white ribbon with the Plush Coloration Spray from Altenew. It's been awhile since I used ribbon on my projects! I need to use them more often!

I used Pink Paislee's Bloom Street collection to embellish the layout. I really love the stickers from this collection. The colors are beautiful.

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Sunday, March 08, 2020


Good morning. Happy Sunday! I finally got to use my new Pink Paislee stuff that I ordered about a month ago. Loving the floral stickers and butterflies!!! Soooo pretty. The green adds a nice touch, wouldn't you say?

To begin, I used Art Anthology's Granny Smith Coloration Spray to add color to the white cardstock. Then I used a pink pen and ruler to add the border. I used the Narrow Card and bookmark metal die and Blending Buddy tools from Trinity Stamps to frame the adorable photo! I used Catherine Pooler's Lime Rickey to color the card.

I was sooooo sad this week. I completely ran out of foam squares sooooo I cheated a bit. I cut two tiny pieces of chipboard from packaging and glued them together to get the height that I wanted and then I glued them together. You can hardly tell the difference. I just ordered some foam squares and adhesives from Creative Memories. I should have them this week! Yay.

I clustered a variety of stickers together until I was happy with the look. I just love this... Paige Evans did a fantastic job on this collection for Pink Paislee!

Here's a closer look at the embellishments at an angle. Gorgeous, right!?

I added a few gems to the center of the butterflies to add dimension. I wanted a little bling on this layout and this worked out perfectly.

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Saturday, March 07, 2020


Good morning! Have you seen Trinity Stamp's newest release? There are so many beautiful stamps from this past month's release. I simply want them ALL. My favorite is the Love You Bunches Stamp Set. I am a sucker for pretty flowers! I never used to be a flower person until I started playing around with stamps a few years ago. :)

I've been trying to finish my vacation mini album from our cruise in December. I am almost done. I really love how this stamp set looks with the photo of me and Edward on the ship with Half Moon Cay in the background. It's so pretty and perfect!

To begin, I stamped the image onto a piece of 6x8 patterned paper. Before applying the stamp, I had a general idea as to where I wanted to place the photo...

I colored all of the flowers and leaves using lighter shades and then I traced around the flowers and leaves using a slightly darker color to really add dimension to the flowers. I'm no pro at coloring... but I really love alcohol brush markers. These markers blend so well! Notice the flowers have a nice even color.

To complete the spread, I added a few sentiments and embellishments here and there. I wanted to keep it simple, focusing on the photos and cluster of flowers!

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have fabulous weekend!

Monday, March 02, 2020


Seriously... it's March already? I can't believe it! Today I'm sharing a layout I created for Pinkfresh Studio's March challenge. I happen to have some new product and the color palette really caught my eye! I have not scrapped in 8 days... I have been so sick. I am just starting to feel like my normal self. It feels good to create again!

For this layout, I wanted to just play... and have fun with all different types of embellishments from stamps, metal dies, gems, stickers and die cuts... It has it all. I used the stitched tags to frame my photo.

Here is the challenge for March! And it's all about frames! Click here to submit your entries!

To begin, I sprayed different Coloration Sprays from Art Anthology onto white cardstock. Then I used my die cutting machine to create a few stars for the background of my layout.

The stars look great, don't they? I used a few different stamps throughout the layout so that it had a nice flow. And yes... I added pink gems on a boy layout... :)

I cannot get enough of the puffy stickers... LOVE them so much. :) A added a few puffy stickers here and there and added a few in the middle of the stars.

Embellishment galore! It looks like something from the candy store. LOL. 

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