January 15, 2018

Dance

Good morning ladies!! Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a layout I created using the January A Little Bit Gaudy Bad Girls Couture kit! This kit is sooooo pretty. I just love all the 7 Dots Studio Paper and stickers and the chipboard is totally fun! And let's not forget the beautiful flowers! If you're thinking about subscribing, don't wait... the subscriptions are filling up! Reserve yours today here!


We are also offering a mixed media kit this month! Check this out! I totally want this. LOL


I came across this photo from a long time ago... this was my 21st birthday party and it brought a smile to my face... Occasionally, I like to scrapbook older photos to look back on those fun times!! And this was such a great night...one of my best birthdays ever.

 

For this layout, I decided to make my flowers work for my layout... and since using pink was out of the question, I decided to use the pretty Glimmer Glam paint to paint them! They add such a gorgeous shimmer too! I coated the flowers a few times to add a few layers of paint to make the flowers more opaque.

 

I love the word stickers in this kit. They are fabulous! I cut a few of the words from some of the sentiments to make them work for me. I used the circle stickers to create a fun little border at the bottom of the layout to help pull it together. And for fun, I added a button on top of the circle sticker below the flower just because I wanted more circles on this layout. :)



I coated the chipboard with a few coats of paint to use as a chipboard leaf. It totally works! Also, I painted the brad too. Yea, I got a bit out of control with the paint... I LOVE PAINT. It's so fun getting messy after a crazy day of work... I was totally in my zone when I created this layout.

 



What do you think? Are you ready to get messy? You really can't go wrong with paint, chipboard and flowers... just paint and have fun! Enjoy the process! If you are interested in subscribing, click here! We promise you deliver gorgeous mixed media kits to your doorstep every month! You will not regret it.
Thanks so much for visiting today!
-Nicole
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January 11, 2018

Hello Fall

Hi everybody! I have a fun winter layout to share with you today using Heather's Feels Like Fall collection. A month ago, we got snow and my son was so excited! He simply could not wait to go outside and run in the snow. And he ate some snow...which is a tradition of his. :)

   

For this layout, I used a few journaling cards to create a fun grid for this layout. Then I added a few photos, cropped into squares.

 

I cut a few banner flags from the cut-aparts to help tell my story. And of course, I used my favorite stickers! The tiny word stickers are my absolute favorite. They are the perfect size for adding onto photos to help tell my story.

 

I used Creative Memories' trio of snowflakes punch to punch snowflakes from one of the journaling cards then decorated the center of the flakes using a button.

 

I tucked the scrap piece of paper that I punched the flakes from at the top of the layout because I can't stand throwing my scraps away! I like how it looks!

 

Pretty Little Studio  Feels Like Fall 6x8 Paper/Feeling Creative, Feeling Lovely, Fall Word Stickers/White, Vellum Washi Tape, Word Flags/Feeling Blessed, Journaling/Fall Adventures, Sweater Weather 

 What do you think? The next time you're looking to create a quick and easy layout, try pulling out those journaling cards! They are great for creating grid layouts.

Thanks for visiting today!
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January 8, 2018

Family

Good morning! Happy Monday! I have another bright and colorful layout to inspire you with today. I used this image from Pinterest. I love white, teal and orange together and there was plenty of it in this month's Bad Girls Couture kit so I had fun with it!


For the background, I used the watercolor paint from the September kit. Once the triangles were dry, I took the blue watercolor paint and tapped the brush all over the paper to create a fun, colorful background for my layout.



Here is what I came up with. Lots of layering here. Initially, I was going to paint the white "family" thicker, but decided to leave it white. I think I have enough color on this layout, what do you think?

 
I used the same ribbon technique as last Monday! Totally, fun.
 

 
Here are some close-ups:


I cut the heart from the patterned paper and painted it with blue watercolor to use as an embellishment for my layout. I think it frames the photo nicely with the felt flower and button.
Here is a closer look at the painted triangles. Don't they look cool? I think I need some more of these 12x12 stencils by Prima!

Thanks for visiting today!

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January 4, 2018

Hello

Happy New Year friends! I hope your year is off to a great start! Today I am sharing a layout I created using Pretty Little Studio's Potpourri collection! I took these adorable photos of Edward and I over Christmas when we were at my moms and I just love them so much! I felt the Potpourri collection would go nicely with the colors in the photos.

   

I love the pink notebook paper so I had to use it!! And the little snail is too cute for words. Heck, let me be honest...I love everything about this collection... The colors, patterns and die cuts/stickers are amazing.

 

I decided to use the kite and pencil sticker to make this layout more playful. Then I hand-journaled my journaling below the collage of photos. I tore the bottom of the paper to add some texture to the layout. Then I tucked some felt flowers behind the photos to add more depth to the layout. I completed the layout by adding the "hello" die cut using a foam square to make it pop off the photo.

 

 

Pretty Little Studio Potpourri 8x8 Paper/ I love Fall, So Much Beauty, Stickers/Best Teacher/Mini, Stickers/So Much Beauty, Die Cuts/Back to School, Potpourri Frames

Thank you so much for visiting!
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January 1, 2018

We Love This

Happy New Year!!! It's hard to believe that another year has flown by. What the heck happened to 2017? It seems like I blinked and now it's 2018. Today, I have a colorful layout to share with you using an image I found on Pinterest as inspiration.

 
I was inspired to use lots of blues and pink on my layout! Oh, and I LOVE that butterfly pillow. GORGEOUS. I wonder if I can find that pillow somewhere. For the background of my layout, I sprayed white cardstock with light blue mist. Once it was dry, I used a stencil and a darker blue to create a fun Damask background.
 
 
I love ribbon! I used the green and blue ribbon to add a little funk to this layout. LOVE how it looks. I used a mini stapler to staple the ribbon on to the bottom of the card. I stapled one end, then pulled back the ribbon to cover the staple, stapled randomly a little to the left of the ribbon, then pulled the ribbon right and repeated the process again to create the ripples.
 
 
Here are a few close-ups. This layout is so pretty. Well, at least, I think so. It's so different from what I am used to creating... Every now and then, I like to mix it up a bit. I layered the felt flower with a purple flower from the September kit.
 
I didn't like how the end of the blue ribbon looked without the button. It looked too plain so I pulled a blue button from my stash and some pink ribbon and hand sew the button on to the ribbon. It turned out just how I saw it in my mind... Love when that happens.
 
I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by.

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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
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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!
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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
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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
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