August 23, 2016


Hi everybody! This week, Jillibean Soup and Just Nick Studio are partnering up to bring you lots of inspiring layouts to get your mojo flowing. I wanted to create a mixed media layout so I could paint on my transparency words! Can I just say one thing, I love these things. They are so fun and they look great on just about any project. Amazingly, they do not take that long to dry.

I sprayed the background with three different Coloringz by Shimmerz Paints in the shades of No Yokino, Heidi Ho Blue and Don't Citron Me. I took the colors right from the photo. The heart digital die-cuts are from Just Nick Studio's shop (Remember). Initially, I was only going to include a photo with very few embellishments, however, I found that once I started applying embellishments and papers, I couldn't stop. I just LOVE how this turned out. It's such a happy layout. I let the transparency word die-cut and sticker letters tell the story. Notice how I balanced the top and bottom of the layout by adding a few hearts and butterflies? I think it really makes a difference. Otherwise, the layout would have looked like it was unbalanced.
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August 22, 2016

1st day of 1st grade

Wow. Seriously, I cannot believe I have a 1st grader! I scheduled my flex day for today so I could take him to school on his first day and pick him up right after school. This morning, I took a few photos before we left, but they had too much light on his face from the sun glaring down on him. He was quiet on the way to school this morning. I asked if he was nervous and he shook his head; he wasn't fooling me. I just told him he has nothing to be nervous about because he already knew half his classmates from last year! I walked him into the school and walked out with no tears! ha.

When I arrived to school to pick him up, he was upset because he wanted daddy to pick him up. He pitched a fit. This is unlike him so when he does things like that, I know something's wrong. I gently explained to him that daddy was at work and I told him this morning I was picking him up. He stalked some more.

I stayed quiet, hoping he'd tell me what happened and then he quietly told me that a someone had hit him in the nose during gym class. I asked if it was a boy or girl and his response was, "A boy. It's a good thing it was a boy because girls are more powerful and if a girl had hit me, it would have hurt." I had to smile. He is so cute. He said the boy hit him and told Edward that he wasn't his friend. I asked what he did, he said nothing because he was at school. He said if he hadn't been at school, he would have punched the kid in his face. Not nice... but he had sense enough not to do it. I told him to tell the teacher next time because I didn't want the kid to think it was okay hitting on Edward... I tried to explain to Edward what a bully was, but I don't think he understood me.

Overall, it was a successful day and he was smiling after a bit. He likes his teacher Mrs. Neich and I hope it continues! Here are much better photos that I took AFTER school. Once we talked about his day.

Have a wonderful day!
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August 20, 2016


Hi everyone. I've been having so much fun playing with the "Here comes the sun" collection. For this layout, I decided to use the Orange Crush journaling card and the clouds. I tried to keep it simple, keeping the focus on the photos, while also adding an embellishment here and there. The vellum tape and flair are my favorite too. And since I love the little sticker words, I decided to add a few onto my layout. How appropriate right? :)

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Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun Journaling Cards: Shine 4x6, Summer 3x4, Flair: Rain, Die-Cuts: Coffee Time, Vellum Tape: Summer Fun, Stickers: Think Positive.
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August 16, 2016

Son of Mine

Guess what! Jillibean Soup is having a design team call. Gosh, I can't remember the last time they had a call. I remember apply when Edward was like 10 months old. No, I didn't make it, but I tried! I've scrapped some really cute layouts with their products years ago. Luckily for me, I got my hands on some of their "Healthy Hello Soup" collection to scrap a few projects for their call. I must say, I love what I've created for the call. Heck, I even like the cards I made. :)

For this layout, I hand-colored the feathers using some water color paint by Shimmerz Paints. I wanted to do something fun with the background to try and make it pop. Once the paint was dry, I used my "scribble" stamp and some white paint to decorate my layout.

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August 14, 2016

Moon Child

Happy Sunday all. What do you think about Clique Kit's Mood Board for September? Isn't it dreamy? I totally love the feel of this board. It has so many fun elements to inspire you. I am hoping that by the time the kit arrives at my doorstep, my mojo will be back! Ah, wait until you see this gorgeous kit. It really is beautiful. There are lots of goodies packed into this kit... to name a few things, it will have some Pretty Little Studio embellishments from the Woodland collection, gorgeous exclusive cards and flair from Clique Kits and some Kesi' Art papers. That is all I will tell you for now. You'll have to look for the sneaks!

Don't forget, our blog hop is August 24th! Please feel free to join us for your chance to win the August Rio Kit.

Have a wonderful day!
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That's life

Hello everyone. Hope everything is well! I have another layout to share with you using the gorgeous "Here Comes the Sun" collection. I love this collection. For this layout, I selected the Wild Flowers Paper and the Pink Frame Paper. I think they really look nice against the picture. My neighbor has the prettiest garden! If only I can get my garden looking half as good as his, I'd be in good shape, but my Bubble Bee plants (is that what you even call them?) are taking over my garden. Sigh.
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August 12, 2016

Hello awesome

Hello everyone. Nicole Martel here with a fun boy layout using Jillibean Soup's "Healthy Hello Soup" collection. At first glance, I immediately thought of coffee/food layouts, but the more I looked at this collection, I thought it would work well with a few photos that I took of my son a few weeks ago. I totally love the yellow, aqua and blues in this collection. It's such a pretty combination.
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