May 4, 2016

Washi fun

Hello everyone. Today, I decided to play with my MAMBI washi tape. I used several strips of washi tape to create a fun, colorful and happy background for my layout. Then I cut the dreamcatcher 1 digital die cut from white cardstock to use as a frame for my photo collage. I love how happy this layout turned out. Just me and my little guy enjoying a little sunshine at the park!

Supplies: Cardstock: Stampin'Up, Washi tape: MAMBI, Die cuts: Basic Grey, Clique Kits, Journaling card: Stamp: Ali Edwards, Tag: Fancy Pants Designs, Enamel heart: Bella Blvd., Digital Cut file: Just Nick Studio.
Here are a few close-ups:
Tip: Try using tiny glue dots to adhere your digital cut files. It works like a charm!
Thanks for visiting today!

May 3, 2016


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Hello everyone. It's hard to believe that I am coming up on my 12th anniversary. And I've been with my husband for 17 years. Just recently, I started looking through our photos and pulled a few of my very favorites out to scrap this fun layout. I LOVE this month's sketch. What about you? I think the yellow cardstock really makes the colors pop on this layout. I used foam squares and some vellum tape to decorate my journaling card.

Pretty Little Studio Hello Heather: Paper/Posh, Night Stroll, Journaling Cards/Mon Ami, Flair/Adventure, Bonjour Words, Cut-Apart/Awesome Flags, Stickers/Click, Stickers/Roses, Stickers/Vellum Tape/Lovely.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

May 1, 2016

Happy Little Moments

Hi everyone. Happy Sunday. I've spent the majority of the day cleaning, but decided I needed to take a break. So I peeked on Pinkfresh Studio's blog to see if their newest collection was revealed yet and saw their monthly challenge. I don't think I've ever used an envelope on my layout before so I thought I'd challenge myself for a change.

I totally made them by hand using some paper, scissors and a stapler along with a few stickers and die cuts from the Felicity collection. The Clique Kits Shop has some of these products in their shop! Use NICOLE10 and save 10% on your order.

I took these pictures on Easter Sunday blowing bubbles outside. I love how he finds pleasure in doing simple things outside. He's so full of life and he's such a joy.

Here are a few close-ups:

I love the die cuts with the sentimental journaling. They are my favorite.

Thank you for stopping by today!

April 27, 2016

Is the spring coming?

Hello friends! Edward and I had a great day yesterday. We went bowling. He loves it and had a blast. After we bowled, I took him to Sweetfrogs for frozen yogurt. As usual, he decided to add a little yogurt with a lot of candy. LOL. Then we went to the bridge near mommy's work so he could watch the turtles and lizards. We had such a great time together. On the way home, Edward said, "maybe we can have another fun day sometime?" Absolutely! Before we came home, I noticed a rash on Edward's neck. It looks like he got poison ivy while we were at the park this past weekend... so I stopped at the store and bought him some ointment for it.

While Edward played on his computer, I scrapped this layout. I took this candid shot with my cell phone while we were at the park the other day. I just LOVE it! And Pinkfresh Studio's "Felicity" collection goes perfectly with the photo. What do you think? I love when that happens! We still have some of the Felicity collection in the Clique Kits Shop if you are interested. Use NICOLE10 to save 10% on your order. Click here!

Here are some close-ups:
I really love the sentimental die cuts in this collection. So sweet and perfect!

Thanks for visiting today!

April 26, 2016

Pinterest Inspiration: Hello

Pinterest Inspiration

Hello everyone. Today, I am going to share a layout in which I used this photo from Pinterest to inspire me. I decided to use lots of florals and vellum paper on my layout. I love vellum paper because it gives the layout a very soft, serene look. I need to pull out my vellum papers out more often. Notice how the vellum looks so much more softer than the paper? I simply backed the vellum up with white cardstock. This paper is so pretty. I am normally not a flower person, but these florals are gorgeous. I also used some vellum paper to create a border for my photo collage.

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Pretty Little Studio Here + There: Vellum/Floral Shop, Let's Go, Paper/Coffee Shop, Seine, Journaling/Belle, Journaling/ Beau, Sticker/Roses, Alphas/Blanc.
Also, notice how I cut the sticker flowers from paper and layered them together using foam squares. It helps add a little dimension so that the layout doesn't look too flat. You can simply do the same thing by cutting patterns from the floral paper if you have extra pieces on hand. Either one works fine.
A few close-ups:
Thanks for stopping by today! What do you think about this gorgeous collection? Love it? So do I!

April 22, 2016

Playing with Vellum Paper

Hello everyone. Today, we are featuring vellum on the blog. I love vellum paper because it gives the layout a very soft, serene look. I need to pull out my vellum papers out more often. Notice how the vellum looks so much more softer than the paper? My favorite way to use vellum is by punching shapes out from vellum and using them as die cuts on my layouts.

I decided to scrapbook another photo from about six years ago. We were celebrating my best friend Mischelle's birthday. And it was the first time I've been out since being preggers and just having Edward! We had such a great time too. CC made fun of my outfit. Said I looked too professional, but in reality, my entire wardrobe looks like this because I spend more time at work than I do at home. And I rarely get the time to go out these days, so why bother buying outfits I will not wear. Can you tell I am a mom? I know my readers are shaking their heads and can relate. Cheers to us moms. We have a tough job, but we must remember to spend time with our friends every now and then if we want to keep our sanity.

This layout came out to be a surprise. Initially, I had planned on having the squares at the top with just a photo and sticker. I was going to keep it simple, but then I kept adding stuff. Hence, the embellishments are sooooo fun! I couldn't help myself.

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Pretty Little Studio Here+There: Paper: Macaron, Night Stroll, Coffee Shop, Seine, Posh, Journaling: Beau, Journaling: Jolie, Flair/Adventure, Sticker Vellum Tape/Lovely, Stickers/Click.

I used my star punch by Epiphany Crafts to punch little stars out of vellum paper. I adhered the stars to the layout using glue dots. And since the glue dots peeked through the vellum a little bit, I covered them with sequins.


A few close-ups:
Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great day!

April 21, 2016

Spring is in the air

Good morning friends! It's hard to believe I'll be celebrating my 12th wedding anniversary on May 8th. And we've been together for 17 years! That's kind of crazy. It's almost half of my life... Not quite, but almost.

Initially, I was going to use the May Northern Lights kit to scrapbook my wedding anniversary, but I decided to use Pinkfresh Studio's Felicity collection instead. It was the perfect collection to go with a spring wedding! My favorite pieces of this collection is the die cuts, vellum alphas and the birdie stickers! So cute.

I decided to use this sketch from October Afternoon's designer Sasha Farina. I just love this sketch. What a neat design. And I am really digging the triangles! I also like the multi-photo mats. I decided to mix it up a bit by scrapping a black and white photo with a color photo to make the layout really pop.


Here is what I came up with. I decided to add my title and cluster of embellies to the bottom right-side of the layout, rather than add them in the triangles. I am too OCD to have separate embellishments spread out like that. haha. If you've been on the fence about buying this gorgeous collection, get it today from the Clique Kits shop and save yourself 10% by using NICOLE10 in the checkout. :) Yes, I am enabling you. Just a little...

I hand-cut the #LOVELIFE banner from patterned paper and then added the vellum alphas and puffy stickers at the bottom.


For this layout, I used the word die cuts to sum of my story. The pictures and word strips says it all. Wouldn't you agree? And I couldn't resist the #lovethis stamp. FUN!


This layout makes me happy just looking at it. Love the soft colors on this layout. It's so very pretty and springy-like.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a fabulous day!

April 20, 2016

April Clique Kits Blog Share

Hi everybody. It’s Nicole here, wishing you a fabulous Wednesday! Welcome to the April Pep Rally. This month, we hope to inspire you with the "Origins" kit. I am loving all the fun Simple Stories goodies in this month's kit and the entire pack of enamel hearts by Bella Blvd. A girl can never have too many enamel hearts. What a treat!

For our challenge this month, we challenged everyone to use circles on their projects. I love circles and they look great on layouts!

The Pep Rally, for those of you who are new to the Clique, is our monthly subscriber and design team blog share typically held the third week of the month and participants earn product credits-yes, free stuff to do what you love-who can beat that? It's out with the old, in with the new time at Clique Kits when we (hopefully) have all killed our kit from the previous month and have lots to show off, and we start to chat and hype the excitement for the coming month’s kit. In other words, we party! We don’t leave out our guests-there is always a prize for a hopper who comments on each post and likes and shares on social media! Just leave a new comment for each like and share for a separate entry in the random drawing for this month’s prize. One lucky person will win this month’s Origin's kit! Get the word out and have your friends join our Pep Rally because they might end up with this gorgeous kit at their doorsteps!

Here’s today’s line up:

​Clique Kits
Gia Lau
Erica Thompson
Lacey Gasper
*Donna Espiritu
*Justyna Skowron
*Aliza Deutsch
*Kat Benjamin
*Marcia Dehn-Nix
Kim Oedekoven
Sandy Gonzalez
Kim Allen
*Leigh Ann Odynksi
Mariah Hechler
Sarah King

* Design Team Members on Kit Duty
Feel free to hop in any order, if you get lost, you can always come back here to find your place. This month, I decided to play with patterns. Can't you tell? I love these papers from this month's kit. They are so funky and fun! I kept this one pretty simple since the patterns are enough. What do you think?

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Stickers: Die Cuts: Chipboard: Frames: Enamel Dots: Simple Stories, Twine: Doodlebug Designs, Stamp (#lovethis): Cosmo Cricket.

Here are a few close-ups.

Now, hop along and see what our design team and subscribers have been working on. Don’t forget to check out the gallery on the website landing page featuring our Varsity Team (design team) projects using the March kit and check out the Monthly Kit page for all the details about next month’s amazing Clique Kit Northern Lights. Take care!