February 22, 2017

Love

Hi scrappers! Today, I hope to inspire you with another layout using Just Nick Studio's digital cut file and Clique Kit's February kit. I love working with digital backgrounds and the heart background really caught my eye. I used lime cardstock to really make the cut file pop off the page. This layout was super simple to make. I just layered some patterned paper together for the base, cut the image from my Silhouette Portrait, added some mist and embellies.

 
I added some random heart stickers and chipboard to the digital cut file. The little banners were stamped images that I applied to scraps of patterned paper and hand-cut them to use as embellishments. It makes the hearts stand out much nicer than without.
 

I added some mini word stickers, butterfly rub-on and some Nuvo dots at the bottom to fill in the layout a bit.




Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole
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February 15, 2017

Love this

Happy hump day friends. I just wanted to take a minute to share my very first 12x12 layout that I've created in 8 years. I started scrapbooking in 12x12, but after a few years of scrapping this way, I decided I liked the way the 8 1/2x11 layouts looked better so I went that way and continued scrapbooking that way. Kristine Davidson from Creative Scrappers had a call in December for designers to create a layout using her sketch to possibly be published in her new idea book and of course I was interested, but the layout had to be 12x12. I am not gonna lie. It was very challenging for me. In fact, I created a layout before this one and hated it... so I threw it out and tried again the next day... and this is what I came up with. I think for me, I have to really be inspired my the papers and embellishements in order to really like my project. And I knew I couldn't go wrong by using Pinkfresh Studio and Pretty Little Studio products. The two brands merged together so perfectly on this layout! Wouldn't you agree?


Before I started adding embellishments to my layout, I used a black pen and a ruler to draw a 1/4" border around the layout, then I splashed several droplets of black mists onto the paper. Once it dried, I used my Creative Memories Circle Custom Cutting System to cut several circles from paper, vellum and transparency to frame my photos. Once the circles were cut, I adhered them to the layout then doodled around the circles using a black pen to create a faux stitching appearance. I layered one of the circles using vellum paper to create a softer look. I used several die cuts, stickers, washi tape and chipboard to decorate my layout. I love embellishments... I cannot get enough them.


Patterned Paper: Pinkfresh Studio, Pretty Little Studio, Stickers: Pinkfresh Studio, Die cuts: Pinkfresh Studio, Pretty Little Studio, Chipboard:Washi tape: Pinkfresh Studio, Mist: Ranger, Transparency: Vellum: Pretty Little Studio, Circle Templates: Creative Memories, Sketch: Creative Scrappers

Thanks for stopping by today!
-Nicole







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February 13, 2017

Best Ever

Happy Monday friends! Today, I am sharing my very first layout using Altenew's Reflection Kit. I loved this kit when it first came out and I've been itching to get it! It is soooo very pretty. I just love the gorgeous patterns, transparency die cuts, wood veneers and stickers. Seriously, it is a one of a kind kit and it's gorgeous.

This is one of my favorite photos of my mom and I so I wanted to scrap a layout of the two of us. The photo really blends well with the embellishments on this layout. My mom snapped this photo of us last summer at the pool. We had such a great time together.



I used the tiny star stamps to stamp my background and I hand-stamped two geometric flowers because they are simply fun!



I used the "best ever" sentiment from the Meadow Flower Stamp Set for my sub title at the bottom of the layout, just below the journaling.


Products Used: Patterned Paper: Transparency Die Cuts: Stickers: Stamps: Wood Veer Buttons: Wood veneer bird: Altenew, Ribbon: May Arts Ribbon

Thank you for stopping by today!
-Nicole
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February 12, 2017

I am strong


Good morning friends! Last weekend, I wanted to scrap, but didn't really have anything in mind so I decided to have fun with a mixed media page. I honestly had no idea where this layout would go. The first thing I did was pull out my blue ink and blender and colored the entire piece of white cardstock blue. Then I used the stamp pad to make some flowers... they aren't perfect, but that's the great thing about mixed media projects; they are messy and fun. And most of the time, you cannot see the imperfections on the layout because it all just blends together so nicely.

I went through my wood mount stamps that I haven't used in awhile to stamp random frames as a fun background and some flowers. Then I grabbed my Honey Bee Acrylic stamps and stamped a few hearts and a birdie near the flowers. I used some Teal Me No Lies Texturez from Shimmerz Paints and a star stencil template to create a few raised stars. The acrylic hashtags are from Little B! I got these from the Clique Kits shop. SOOOO Fun. I used the rub-ons from the February Clique Kit and the transparency words is from another previous kit. I love the "Meh" transparency word from Pinkfresh Studio.


I went through my Story Kits by Ali Edwards and pulled out a few random things to use on my layout such as chipboard words, mini stickers and flair. I've been holding onto the "I am strong" flair for sometime now. I thought it would be perfect for this layout.


I added some little blue jewels here and there to add a bit of sparkle. It's been awhile since I've created a monochromatic layout and I just love how this turned out. I used washi tape at the top and bottom of the layout.


After I had all of my embellishments glued down, I splashed white acrylic paint all over the layout. But before I did this, I covered the photo with a piece of scrap paper since that is the only part of the layout that I did not want to get paint on!


And here it is. I am actually going to frame in and hang it up in my room because I just love it...


 
Cardstock: My Mind's Eye, Ink: Prima, Hero Arts, Wood Mount Stamp (flowers): Hero Arts, Frame stamp: American Crafts, Acrylic Stars, Bird: Honey Bee Stamps, Acrylic hash tag stickers: Little B LLC, Epoxy flower: Fancy Pants Designs, Chipboard: Mini Stickers: Flair: Ali Edwards Designs, Transparency Die cut word: Rubber sticker: Pinkfresh Studio, Butterfly Rub-ons: Washi tape: American Crafts, "Today" sticker: We R Memory Keepers, Cut-Aparts: Clique Kits, Sequins: Other, Texturez (Teal Me No Lies): Shimmerz Paints, Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp, White acrylic paint: Ranger, Star stencils: Ali Edwards Designs.
 
Thanks for stopping by today!

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February 9, 2017

Adventure Awaits

Hi everybody. I've been using the heck out of the February Clique Kit. It's so pretty not to. I used a lot of scraps and leftover embellishments for this layout. I really liked the notebook print and the globe from the cut-apart paper so naturally, I found a way to use it. And of course I had to find somewhere to put the cute bubble bee sticker.

 
I almost passed on the add-ons this month because I thought I had enough embellies, but I caved and bought them because I just can't help myself when it comes to cute little embellishments. I have no will power. This layout was super simple to create. I simply adhered two strips of patterned papers to the cardstock then cut a few cards from the cut-apart papers, added my photos and filled the naked spaces with scraps, stickers and die cuts.




Thanks for stopping by today!
-Nicole
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February 8, 2017

Guest Designer for Jillibean Soup

Hello everyone! I have some exciting news for you. This month, I am Guest Designing for Jillibean Soup. What an honor and pleasure to be working with this wonderful company. I want to thank Jill and Kimber for having me this month on their blog!

This month, I created several layouts using the Hardy Hodgepodge collection. I LOVE the colors and die cuts in this collection. What a beautiful collection. And so versatile.


It's been awhile since I played with my circle templates from Creative Memories. I love how playful this layout looks. Lots of die cuts and stickers on this one. And I am a sucker for Jillibean Soup's tags. If you look really closely, you can see how I randomly added a dot in the center of the stars using a mustard color Nuvo. :)



 As soon as I saw the cute Puppy die cut, I knew I wanted to scrapbook my buddy Cooper. How cute is he?! Lucky for me, I had the perfect photo to go with it. And more tags. LOL


I kept this layout pretty simple. I really like how the tags look at the bottom of the photo with the journaling and die cuts.



And for my last layout, I decided to scrap my handsome son. I just love this photo. It's hard to get him to cooperate with me when I pull out the camera, and even though he isn't looking at me, it still turned out nice. At first, I was worried that the plaid would clash with the patterns, but I love the color of this shirt too much to change the photo to black and white. The fun, playful circle digital die cut is from Just Nick Studio's shop. LOVE this cut file. It's my favorite. I used Shimmerz Paint to color the circles to add a little more color... As if the layout needed anymore coloring. LOL


 I painted the "Happy" wood veneer with Shimmerz Paint as well. Doesn't it look nice? And of course, I added another tag with hand-journaling.



Thank you for visiting today!
-Nicole




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Family

Happy hump day all! Hope you're having a fabulous week. Today, I am sharing another layout using Pretty Little Studio's "Summer Vibes" collection. I've had this adorable photo for quite some time now and haven't had the opportunity to scrap it. Until just recently, I wanted to play with mixed media so I used an American Crafts triangle stencil  with Shimmerz Paints Dazzlerz in Jelly Bean Green. I love these dimensional pastes. They really make a layout pop. Once the paste was dry, I splashed some paints and spray ink to add more color.


Here is a close up of the triangles with some splashes of paints and spray ink. The green is so vibrant and pretty!


I layered some more flower circles similar to the florals on the Journaling card to make it stand out a bit more.



Pretty Little Studio Summer Vibes Journaling Cards/Pineapple Punch, Die-Cuts/Picnic Tags, Die-Cut/Aloha Words, Cut-Aparts/Summer Labels, Word Flags, Summer Days/Cut-Aparts, Vellum Tape/Festival, Stickers/Flower Crown, Acrylic Shapes/Summer, Other: Dimensional Paste, Paint and Spray Ink/Shimmerz Paints, Black and White Triangle Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Chipboard Ampersand: American Crafts
Have a wonderful day!
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February 7, 2017

Remember

Good morning everyone. Just recently, I was going through Edward's baby albums and came across this one photo of Edward and I sitting in the sun. We were at a Father's Day party for Pete. His friends surprised him with a party which was fitting since it was his FIRST Father's Day. I miss those days when Edward was just a newborn. He was such an easy baby! He grew up too fast. It's hard to believe he's going to be 7 this February. Do you ever go through your old photos and re-scrap them? I love going back and reliving those moments just for a second.

For this layout, I used Just Nick Studio's Heart to Heart Background Digital Cut file. I decided to cut the image from orange cardstock to make the cut file pop! For the background, I added a variety of washi tape strips. :)

 
This layout was created using the February Clique Kit! If you haven't seen this kit, check it out because it is BEAUTIFUL. And there are a few add-ons to help enhance those projects this month in the Clique Kit shop! I used the little word stickers from the December Clique Kit. I cannot get enough of these.
 


I added some stamping, cork triangles, die cuts and stickers at the bottom of the layout with some mist and Nuvo dots to help pull the layout together. Without these elements, the bottom looked too empty. I used Clique Kit's cut file from October for the bottom. I cut the images in half to use as a border.


One of my favorite things to do is outline the layout with a 1/4" border using a ruler and a black pen. I just love the way it looks. See how nice the washi tape looks behind the digital cut file? LOVE it! I need to try this technique again; very soon.



Products Used: Cardstock: Doodlebug Designs, My Mind's Eye, Patterned Paper: Die-cuts: Stickers: Washi: Chipboard: American Crafts, Nuvo: Tonic Studio, Mist: Ranger, Sticker words: Pretty Little Studio (created exclusively for Clique Kits), Other: Stamps, Black Pen and Adhesives.

Thank you for visiting today!
-Nicole
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February 3, 2017

Let it snow

Happy Friday everybody! I have a fun wintery layout to share with you today. In January, we got a whopping 1" of snow and Edward was thrilled to death. He got himself dressed and came into my room and said he wanted to go outside and build a snowman. I told him that we didn't have enough snow for that. LOL. But that didn't keep him from trying. He gave up and started slapping snow on my back since he couldn't even form snowballs. The snow was like dust.

Yes! I did use the "Summer Vibes" collection for my layout because the colors matched my son's hat and jacket perfectly! And since we are featuring clear embellishments today on Pretty Little Studio's blog, I decided to use lots of clear stars on my layout. I love these and I am totally out of them. Looks like I'll be buying more soon. I decided to pull out my Creative Memories circle templates for this layout. I've had these templates since I started scrapping over 16 years ago and I still love them. What do you think about the clear star stickers? You can barely tell they are stickers. They blend in with the white cardstock perfectly.



Isn't the snowman adorable? I bought these from the Clique Kits store just because I loved the snowman! He totally makes me smile.




Pretty Little Studio Summer Vibes Paper: Aquamarine, Fruit Stand, Word Flags/Summer Days, Cut-Aparts/Summer Labels, Die-Cuts/Aloha Words, Stickers/Summer Stars/Clear, Die-Cuts/Picnic Tags, Acrylic Shapes/Summer, Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps

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January 31, 2017

Lovely

A few weeks ago, I dropped Edward off to school then went to Bean Rush Café for some coffee and breakfast before I headed to work. It was nice not having to go into work until 10:30am. I got a chance to catch up on some reading and it was GREAT!


I used the Printables from the February Clique Kit. I love the "I drink the coffee, I do the things....". I can totally relate. LOL. I added the "Lovely" gold chipboard from my stash. It looks so good on this layout, I think. Of course, the scanned copy of this layout doesn't do the layout justice. It's much prettier in person. I used foam squares to add the heart to the center of the black and white journaling card.


I hand-cut a little strip of patterned paper then stapled it to the bottom of the journaling card to help pull the layout together. Without this, the journaling kind of hangs at the bottom.


We have a variety of printables listed for sale in the Clique Kits shop. For just a few bucks, you have enough embellishments to last awhile and the good thing about printables is you never run out! You can just print them and use them again and again.


Thanks for stopping by today!
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January 26, 2017

Planner page using leftovers...

Hello everyone. I have a quick and easy planner page to share with you. I've already started plugging in my dates for March so I figured I'd go ahead and use the February kit to decorate my pages. I used some of the add-ons from this month's kit and I love the pom-pom pen! There might be a few left in the planner shop if you think you might need one of your own.


I try not to spend too much time on my planner page. Every month, I scrapbook my layouts first and then whatever embellishments are left, I decorate my planner page so I get the most from my kit and nothing goes to waste.



Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole
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January 24, 2017

LOVE

Hello everyone! Today, I have a pretty layout to share with you using the "Lots of Love" cut file from Just Nick Studio and January Clique Kit! I love this cut file and used it a few different ways on this layout. It's been a long time since I used a large photo on my layout so this month, I challenged myself to do just that...


I first cut the Love  words then used the naked piece of the cut to trace the word love all over the patterned paper at the top half of the layout. I used a Bic 0.7 pen so the lines would be a little darker and more visibly to the eyes.




Then I used Gluedots to add the "love" letters cut from the same cut file to the photo. I used a ruler and a fine tip pen to add faux stitching to the cut file.


Here are some close-ups:


The tags and word banners are printables from the January Clique Kit.
 


Products: January Clique Kit, Patterned Paper: Stickers: Crate Paper, Sticker Alphas: Bella Blvd., Enamel Dots: Crate Paper, Digital Cut file: Just Nick Studio, Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette of America, Ribbon: May Arts, Other: Gluedots, Pen.
 
Thanks for stopping by today! We still have some of these kits available in the shop if you are interested! Click here!
-Nicole
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